Pagan Pretties of Los Feliz by Joshua Darling

For the full photo and text story go to paganpretties.tumblr.com

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Shay Laren: My Blue Valentine by JM Darling

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SHAY LAREN: MY BLUE VALENTINE by JM Darling

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Goofing Around avec S Squared by Josh Darling

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Sov and I had a meeting today. The meeting was at our favourite gluten (it’s evil I read that) free pizza place. So naturally we took photos for 15 minutes before we did paperwork because we’re both procrastinators and like making shit. She’s looking good, no?

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Galadriel vs. Ela Darling: you decide by JM Darling

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Joking aside, it’s quite obvious that Ela Darling possesses some sort of other worldly quality (that is a single ingredient in the many qualities that make up her beauty) than inspire references to characters like Galadriel or Venus or faeries. But what’s especially magical is that it isn’t an affect. When you’re with her you do definitely feel special.
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On my own time I meditate on the nature of leadership, charisma/attractiness and what makes up that intangible quality. One of those gifts is, I think, to effortlessly take the emotional temperature of those around you and, when you want to, meet them where they are. So being in someone’s presence who does this feels like a little gift. Ela possesses this, I feel. She’s really special.

Here are a few photographs of her we took the other day.

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Bad Girl/Late Santa by JM Darling with Shay Laren

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‘Un Bisous Americain’ short holiday film by JM Darling

Un Bisous Americain from The Darlings on Vimeo.

UPDATE: This film just won “Best Honorable Mention” at the CineKink Film Festival

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Missy Martinez by JM Darling

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The (very) Black Dahlia Party by JM Darling

I won’t rehash my real life connection to the Black Dahlia. Suffice to say, there is one and I’ve probably gone on too much about it. What I will say, is in some ways it’s made me everything I am. I’ve spent over 5 years forming this next project, slowly but surely and soon it will be Darling House’s next experiental event. Stay tuned…

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Cory Booker n Lynsie Lee sittin’ in a Tree~ by JM Darling

My friend Lynsie Lee has sorta exploded in the last couple days because she it came to light that her prolific delightfulness had charmed even the most lofty of heroes Mayor Cory Booker. Thought it would be nice time to share some of her magic (with her blessing) in these recent photos I took of her.

Good for you, babe. Enjoy the sunshine.

Joshua Darling

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“This is Forty-one” by Dana Vespoli Photos by JM Darling

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I flipped through a fashion magazine the other day. Every other page was an advertisement for products that “reverse the signs of aging.” There were more and more ads and articles explaining “how to turn back the clock.” Growing older is gross, the magazine seemed to indicate. Your value, as a woman, is directly proportionate to how young you are, or how young you look.

Someone asked me recently if, I could forever be a certain age–which age would I want to be. I thought about it and realized I love my 40s. Fuck my 20s–I was arrogant and took everything for granted. My 30s were tricky–a lot of life lessons, stumbling to get my footing, a failed marriage, but the joy of motherhood. Now I am 41, and I wouldn’t trade the wisdom and independence I have now for my 20 year old body.

JM Darling and I did a photo shoot to celebrate 41. Here I am without makeup and retouching. My stomach has stretch marks, I have bags under my eyes, and I have a c section scar. This is my body, and I am proud of it. I refuse to lie about my age, or feel ashamed about how my body responds to the passage of time. I accept it. I honor it. I celebrate it. I hope more women decide to do the same.–Dana Vespoli

Photographers note: These photographs were taken without makeup or retouching as suggested by Dana. When I think of Dana I think of someone who feels complete. She embodies artistry, compassion, wit, style, humor, beauty with ease and grace. She is one of them most embodied people I know. I’m proud to be her friend. Happy Birthday, Dana.

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