Year of the Snake

For those of you who don't know, I live with the most awesome albino corn snake ever, Vans.  My partner Justin has had him for 13 years now after a college buddy of his found him in his shoe (a pair of Vans).  Unsure what to do with the snake, he called Justin who insisted he bring him home and they have been together ever since.  At that time Vans was only the size of a worm (or so I am told).  Hard to imagine since he is now a little over 4 ft long.

I have been collecting his skin each time he molts and setting it aside knowing someday I would have a use for them.  Finally back in January it dawned on me what I needed to do with all the skin, funny since 2013 just happens to be the year of the snake.  I called up my friend Briana who also happens to be a makeup artist and asked her if she would let me glue his skin to her face. 

More than willing, and not knowing she would be finding snake skin in her hair for weeks to come, we set up a date to make it happen.  It took us 3 hours and a lot of spirit gum and liquid latex to get the skin to stay on her face.  Briana had to keep very still, meaning she couldn't really talk.  For anyone who knows her, this was quite the task.  All worth it in the end though, here is the final image and a few behind the scenes shots of how we got there.  

P.S.  Vans is not photoshopped in, he just happens to be the most awesome snake model of all time.

Lindsey Rickert

Portland, OR, United States of America

I turned to photography at a young age as a way to manipulate the world in front of me into endless possibilities. It remained a hobby for several years until I decided to run away from the snow in Iowa and towards the rain in Portland, OR. While I was inspired by film makers and my surroundings, I had a tendency to pick apart single frames and freeze them. My memory wasn't a movie playing back in my head, it was a series of still images that created a narrative. This translates into my work through the use of lighting and props that build a scene and create a story. When I am not taking pictures, I spend my time roller skating, playing with my puppy Charlie Von Shitbird (he is very sophisticated), spending time with my snake Vans, embarking on capers with my girlfriends, messing around with special fx makeup, and exploring the great Pacific Northwest and all it has to offer. The best thing about my job is getting to meet a variety of people. No to shoots are the same and I thrive on getting to know my clients and collaborating with them to create truly unique and bold images that fit their needs. Whether it be wedding photography, family portraits, small business needs, or you simply want a kick ass original portrait. If you are looking for a creative experience that will not only boost your confidence but create a lasting memory then lets make it happen!