Hotel Misery: On Pins and Needles

I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was a horror themed shoot was exactly what my portfolio lacked and my dark soul needed. I accepted the referral with little hesitation and even less information.

I pulled up to the small motel in Mesa, Arizona at exact start time of the event. Room 134 was where the magic was set to happen. I knocked on the door and was ushered in by a short, thin blonde who jokingly, but loudly announced, “No, it’s not porn!” as she quickly closed the door behind me.

Yes. These are my people! Finally!!! I’ve found you filthy, nasty ghouls!

The tiny room was already filled with an interesting cast of humans. Twins from The Shining were talking by the beds. A couch and table created a barrier separating the sleeping and living areas. On the table sat a severed head. On the couch was Norma Bates in skeletal form. Along side her was Wendy Torrance. He sat directly in front of the air conditioner in a black wig and came complete with a butcher knife and royal blue bath robe.

On Pins and Needles’s creator, Maggie Mater is currently on my Favorite Humans list. This event took an immense amount of planning. She had sessions broken up into blocks based on specific horror scenes. She had buckets and buckets of blood and props! Oh. My. Fucking. God. The props!

Best part is… This is just the first in a series of horror themed shoots that I have so eagerly begged to continue to participate in!

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Maggie Crouse ran about ten times,in her underwear and heels, for me to get this shot!
Lady Alida and Tigrisness were so patient with me while I fumbled in inexperience. Got this amazing shot after probably a good 10 minutes.
Fun fact. It was about 103 degrees at six in the evening the day of this shoot. Another fun fact, Samantha didn’t die in this Babadook spin-off and I actually got this shot and another in just a matter of minutes!
Another fun fact. Dahlia was the first model that I’ve ever actually given direction to after visualizing the shot prior! I typically just wing it.
Maggie Crouse spent most of her time bloody. I was low-key jealous.
Jarin killing his girlfriend, to her delight!
Dahlia dying for my creativity.
That’s Jarin channeling Mikey channeling a ghost… killing his girlfriend… again.
What did you do this weekend? “Let a twelve year old slice her own throat! It was wicked!”

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