Yesterday was a week since my big move to Austin and so far I’m really loving it here! The people are so friendly, the city is beautiful but most of all it has such a free artistic vibe I can’t help but fall in love with it! On Thursday I took a 3 hr hike by foot around the city, walked around down town while heading to the art store to buy some new drawing and painting supplies and hit up a really cute cafe. For the first time in a while I felt carefree and comfortable in my own skin. Though Romania became home and I miss it a lot I never really got over feeling on edge all the time when I walked in public there. So far my place is coming together nicely and is finally starting to feel like a real home save for a few missing things like a TV and a couch haha. I’m feeling very lucky and loved, as it turns out an awesome supporter of my work helped me out BIG TIME by gifting me with a new computer! Whew! I’m looking really forward to getting back to work asap and now I can! I still have a few other items that my place can use, especially photography gear, which I massively need, so if you’re feeling generous and wanna help out just check out the post below or click here to go right to my wishlist :)
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HELP ME PUBLISH NEW SETS!
Here I go again. As many of you might know by now I recently relocated back to the US from Europe (Romania).
It’s been fun, strange and emotional. Europe was amazing and will always hold a special place in my heart but change is also necessary for growth and so it was time to move on.
Besides the great adventure of moving I also launched my photo book project smack in the middle of the move so that’s been challenging in itself. After visiting PA and spending the holidays with my family in Florida it’s now time for my next move. My final destination is actually Austin, Texas, for many reasons.
First being that don’t want to return to my past, I prefer to feel that I’m going forward with this move. Secondly it’s also related to lifestyle and work, so I have my fingers crossed. I’ve been on the fence about continuing modeling for a while now, mainly age being the factor but adding to that the move left me with having to abandon or sell practically everything I owned from shoes and accessories to my desktop computer.
Of course I’m torn and I’ll try to make modeling viable for as long as possible as it’s my most intense passion but behind the final products like the photos you see there is pretty much hardly any revenue. After traveling a lot for work and paying for lodging out of my own pocket I’m left with very low finances but a few solid photo sets that still need to be worked on. Sadly without my work station they won’t see publishing for a while and it almost seems pointless to continue shooting if I don’t have the necessary means to publish the sets. Besides having my own personal photographer, doing my own concepts, designs, make-up & hair I also do all of my own post production on photos/videos and not having a computer has put a complete stop to my photo output.
This is the reason why, before I get my act together in Austin, I have this wish-list setup. Anyone who first of all has the means, feels generous and thinks they can support me getting started you are welcome to purchase items from my wishlist or those of you who can’t outright buy any item from the wishlist but still want to support me can use the donate button found below, any amount will help me move toward getting a new computer faster. The number one priority by far for me is the computer & monitor and only then new photography gear and other appliances. Anyone who purchased items for me in the past knows I reciprocate with private/unpublished or custom photos/videos so rest assured that if you get the computer I’ll make it worth your while.
Again, any support helps a lot, if you ever had to relocate you know this, however I’m more than willing to trade depending from case to case.Other than that, if you see me around Austin don’t hesitate to say hello!
Flew out to Puerto Rico on December 1st for the Puerto Rico Tattoo Convention. I really fell in love with Puerto Rico. I’m still mind blown by the amazing food but most of all I was so captivated by the old architectures right on the ocean! The Convention was also a great success. I met so many nice people and was even approached by the lovely Morgin Riley to shoot some quick casual shots, how could I say no to such an amazing photographer! Hopefully I’ll have some of the photos soon to share with you all! Aside from that I was feeling great being surrounded by so much amazing art and watching some of the most renounded tattooers at work. It was an amazing experience and I think for this being San Juan’s first tattoo convention it was a massive success and can only expect next year to be even better! Of course Atti and I had a blast with Toxyc and Flavia and Justin from Ressurection Tattoo. Fun times and surely a trip I will not forget. I even snuck in a very successful shoot with my new IPhone while I was at the El Batey bar ;) The location was really cool and there was a flood light which was a great source of light, I just couldn’t resist! On Monday Toxyc, Flavia and Justin had an early afternoin flight back to Austin which left Atti and I on our own. Our flight back to Tampa only left at 8pm so we had the whole day to sight see which I was really grateful for. One of my favorite things about travelling is experencing the culture and visiting the old architectures. Old San Juan blew me away! I’ll stop babbling and let you all watch the photos to see what I mean ;)
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Austin was a lot of fun! It was really nice catching up with Toxyc and Flavia, our generous hosts.
We could only find cheap flights out of Orlando on Nov. 26th so we ended up waking up at 3am and calling an Uber to head to the Orlando airport from Tampa. We made it there by 5am and our flight got us to Austin by 9am. Of course we headed out for drinks downtown in the evening to get a taste of Austin’s nightlife but we were pretty beat from all the traveling so we didn’t spend too much time exploring. The following day Atti had an appointment with Toxyc anyway for a touch up and a few new additions to his head tattoo. During our 4 day vacation we also looked at a few apartments and I think we might have found one! After our search we hit up breakfast tacos, headed out to The Oasis, a restaurant situated at the edge of a cliff overlooking a breathtaking view of Lake Travis, then a quick stop at a hula bar for margaritas before hitting up 6th street for more drinks. I was so happy to find an Irish Car Bomb partner to down a couple of those with ;)
On December 1st we were all packed up and ready to head to Puerto Rico for the San Juan Tattoo Convention but first you can see photos from my Austin trip under the cut!!
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Finally made it out to Las Vegas for the first time! I had an opportunity to make a trip out that way for some photo shoots with the Blue Blood crew Forrest Black and Amelia G. Over all the trip was a complete success and I’m looking forward to sharing all the new material I shot especially with my new wishlist items thanks to my generous supporters! Ironically while I was in Vegas my bestest friend Stephen happened to be out there as well as my friend Josh so it was a pleasant surprise to see them the first night we arrived. I spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday shooting but was still able to slip in some leisure time for drinks and exploring around the beautiful city. Anyway, I’ll just let you all watch the photos to get an idea ;)
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