The SUCCUBUS Chronicles

Succubus. Vampire. Demon. Creatures of the Night. Years ago I did a a collaborative series fueled by my love of horror films and halloween. It would exercise my passion for fashion and hair, produce two sequel, involve lots of talented artists, published three times and created an amazing experience. Looking back in retrospect we created a timeless body of work that is worth a revisit….The Succubus Chronicles

 Succubus Origins image by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Origins image by Joey Goldsmith

 dream team: discussing our vision captured image by Gary Barragan

dream team: discussing our vision captured image by Gary Barragan

 Succubus Origins photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Origins photo by Joey Goldsmith

The initial collection was conjured together with award winning make up artist, Isidro Valencia and with published photographer, Joey Goldsmith. The three of us discussed our love for all things macabre and dark and wanted to create a serious collection inspired by the folklore of the “succubus”. I was responsible with both hair and styling along with creative direction with both Joey and Isidro. We secured three models and got permission to shoot at the historical Culbertson Mansion in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

 Succubus Origins photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Origins photo by Joey Goldsmith

 selfie with photographer, Joey and videographer, Blake

selfie with photographer, Joey and videographer, Blake

 Succubus Origins photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Origins photo by Joey Goldsmith

We spent an entire day at the eerie Culbertson mansion with its beautiful construction and full of historical antiques. I was not allowed to use hairspray whatever on the premises as it would collect in the air and unto the vintage heirlooms. That was a fun challenge. I was also in charge of styling and purchased expensive garments from Goodwill of which I paired jewelry and accessories.

 Succubus Origins photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Origins photo by Joey Goldsmith

 making up model, Chris with mua, Isidro

making up model, Chris with mua, Isidro

 Succubus Origins photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Origins photo by Joey Goldsmith

Joey did an amazing job of telling a story with the three models we had. He scouted various areas of the mansion prior to setting up lights and for staging every area we utilized. Jacey Calloway was our lead who created the allure and beauty a succubus needs in order to drain the life and energy from her victims. Chris Diaz and Erica Goldsmith play the unsuspecting couple that venture into the home of the succubus. As the night progress so do Jacey’s power and both Erica and Chris become creatures of the night.

 Succubus Origins photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Origins photo by Joey Goldsmith

 styling Elora’s mane. Image by Gary Barragan

styling Elora’s mane. Image by Gary Barragan

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Succubus Origins image by Joey Goldsmith

 Succubus Origins image by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Origins image by Joey Goldsmith

 Succubus Origins image by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Origins image by Joey Goldsmith

Isidro created a very clean palette that encompassed the sultriness the models needed but turned it up a notch when the Succubus turned into her dark form. Heavy kohl rimmed eyes and defined brows with lots of contour and red lips. For hair I made a lot of custom extensions but wanted lots of texture with curls and lots of volume. Kind of the old world meets the new world for a timeless feel.

 Succubus Origins photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Origins photo by Joey Goldsmith

 bts of my working area: tools and vision board to bring the vision to life

bts of my working area: tools and vision board to bring the vision to life

 Succubus Origins photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Origins photo by Joey Goldsmith

We had custom nails designed by nail designer Maritza Cabalerro and had bts imaged photographed by Gary Barragan. The collection, “Succubus” debuted in Australia’s Like a Lion magazine fall issue.

Teaser for the upcoming Succubus-Incubus fashion editorial. Goldsmith photography Matthew tyldesley Redken artist Valencia make-up Liberty Designs Dark Heart Creative
 Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

 amazing working design bts by Genna Yussman Greene worn by Jacey

amazing working design bts by Genna Yussman Greene worn by Jacey

A sequel was brought up a year later and we wanted to go bigger and harder with this one. So many ideas came to mind but we knew the fashions would play a larger role for this and so we asked designer Genna Yussman Greene to create a collection for a follow up to our Succubus. She created a very slick and sexy collection in dark hues of red, violet and black featuring various textures, slim fitting and strategically showed off skin.

SUCCUBUS BTS VIDEO BY DARK HEART CREATIVE

 Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

 Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

 working design bts by Genna Yussman Greene worn by Erica and Elora

working design bts by Genna Yussman Greene worn by Erica and Elora

We talked about using Jacey as our lead and inviting both Erica and Chris back but needed to up the ante and added two new models, Elora Antunez and John Wells. We split the shooting in two days. Day one was at ThoughtFly Studios and focused more on the artistry of hair and make up and was strictly beauty images. Day 2 was on location in full fashion editorial mode. This way we created two collections with two completely different vibes using the same models.

 Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

 Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

 Genna’s original designs based on our vision per our meetings

Genna’s original designs based on our vision per our meetings

This time we got permission to use the lovely home of Janice Carter Levitch who had home in the highlands: Old gorgeous home covered with lots of shrubbery, stones and trees. There were lots of areas outside that provided a beautiful landscaped to create the darker world of the Succubus.

 Succubus Incubus

Succubus Incubus

 wardrobe touch up and model posing inspiration with Genna

wardrobe touch up and model posing inspiration with Genna

 Succubus Incubus

Succubus Incubus

 capturing both stills and video of Jacey and John with Blake and Joey. Image by Gary Barragan

capturing both stills and video of Jacey and John with Blake and Joey. Image by Gary Barragan

 Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

We again invited photographer, Gary Barragan back again to shoot bts images and brought in videographer, Blake McGrew who filmed promotional teasers and a small documentary. Maritza Cabellero was gracious again to create new set of nails for all the models to wear.

 Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

 John and Erica on set with Joey. Image by Gary Barragan

John and Erica on set with Joey. Image by Gary Barragan

 Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

 working design bts by Genna Yussman Greene worn by Jacey

working design bts by Genna Yussman Greene worn by Jacey

We spent an entire day (14 hours) staging, prepping models and photographing all models. We were tired but knew we had made magic. Isidro pushed the makeup much more: much darker and harder and I turned up the hair full fashion runway volume with classic waves and vampy curls.

 Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

 Joey capturing Elora behind the lens. Image by Gary Barragan

Joey capturing Elora behind the lens. Image by Gary Barragan

 Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

 our creatures of the night, Elora, Jacey & Chris

our creatures of the night, Elora, Jacey & Chris

The collection, “Succubus / Incubus” debuted an impressive spread as well as grace the cover of Imperial Magazine’s fall issue and our beauty collection, “Succubus: Creatures of the Night” was a Bangstyle exclusive collection.

 Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

 Succubus Incubus

Succubus Incubus

 Succubus Incubus

Succubus Incubus

I am beyond proud of these collections, the amount of work that went into them and the artists that combined their gifts and talents to create these timeless collections.

 Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus Incubus photo by Joey Goldsmith

 so much fun on set. image by Gary Barragan

so much fun on set. image by Gary Barragan

Succubus | Incubus Principal Photography | Joey Goldsmith BTS Photography | Gary Barragan BTS Videography | Blake McGrew of Dark Heart Creative Hair | Matthew Tyldesley Makeup | Isidro Valencia Makeup Assistant | Ana Perez Original Wardrobe Design | Genna Yussman Greene Wardrobe Assistants | Jami Boston Guess and Kali Schmukie Nails | Maritza Caballero Featuring the Talents of Erica Goldsmith, Jacey Calloway, John Wells, Chris Diaz (Heyman Talent), and Elora Antunez.
 Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

 Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

 Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

 Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

 Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

CREDITS

Photography/Creative Direction | Joey Goldsmith @joeygoldsmithphoto

Hair/Creative Direction | Matthew Tyldesley @hairbymatt

Make Up/Creative Direction | Isidro Valencia @valencia0612

Wardrobe | Genna Yussman Greene @gennayussman

MODELS

Jacey Calloway @hownowmeowcatt

Erica Goldsmith @ericagoldsmithactress

Chris Diaz @chrisryandiaz

Elora Antunez @mermaidqueen25

John Scott Wells @john_scott_well

BTS Photography | Gary Barragan @photobygaryb

Videography | Blake McGrew | Dark Heart Creative @darkheartcreative

Make Up Assistant | Anna Catalina Perez @anacperezhmua

Wardrobe Assistants | Kali Shmuckie | Jamie Boston Guest

Special Thanks to Culbertson Mansion, Like A Lion Magazine, Imperial Magazine, Bangstyle and Janice Carter Levitch, Eric Baker and ThoughtFly Studios.

 selfie with Janice Carter Levitch

selfie with Janice Carter Levitch

 Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

 Jacey behind the lens with Joey. Image by Gary Barragan

Jacey behind the lens with Joey. Image by Gary Barragan

 Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

 selfie with Chris and Jacey

selfie with Chris and Jacey

 the make up master working on his canvas

the make up master working on his canvas

 Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

 selfie with John

selfie with John

 Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

 selfie with Erica

selfie with Erica

 Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

Succubus: Children Of The Night photo by Joey Goldsmith

 selfie with Elora

selfie with Elora

 with my Bestie, Isidro. Image by Gary Barragan

with my Bestie, Isidro. Image by Gary Barragan

 memorabalia: digital tearsheet from Like A Lion

memorabalia: digital tearsheet from Like A Lion

 memorabalia: Cover of Imperial Magazine

memorabalia: Cover of Imperial Magazine

 memorabilia: featured collection from Bangstyle

memorabilia: featured collection from Bangstyle