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

Anomaly

I love Avant Garde hairstyling, anything goes. This collection stems from my love for all things horror and sci fi. I wanted this collection to have the asian horror feel to it and the models would become these beautiful, macabre "mutants". I wanted the hair to create visual movement, that similar to water pouring from a pitcher. 

The complete collection photographed by Jacob Roberts

The complete collection photographed by Jacob Roberts

I knew I did not want wardrobe for this collection and instead opted for body make up by award winning make up artist, Isidro Valencia. We had previously worked together with photographer, Jacob Roberts who shot Isidro's Make up collection a year  prior.  I knew I wanted him to photograph this collection based on his style of photography.

The team for "Anomaly"  image by Derek Hibben

The team for "Anomaly"

image by Derek Hibben

This collection was 1 of 5 shoots executed in the winter of 2016 for NAHA 2017. Although it was not nominated  we were honored to have it featured on Bangstyle.

my creations in the works

my creations in the works

I did some preliminary sketches for inspiration but was most inspired when I visited a local hair shop and fund two-toned hair extensions in various lengths. I took them home and quickly unpackaged them. I hand cut wire mesh to create the base for the hairpieces by shaping them into "stair like" pieces in various lengths.

red shape

red shape

I then meticulously hot glued the extensions parallel onto the mesh frames. The top pieces were created by cutting the hair away from the "weft" and sewing them into the shape to dorm the top of the hairpieces. 

model Max Whelan  make up Isidro Valencia

model Max Whelan

make up Isidro Valencia

I love creating something that will eventually be adapted to the model's head. I was very happy with models I booked for this collection. I wanted both male and female models.

the blonde shape.... you can see were the top is made of the wefted piece from hair extensions

the blonde shape.... you can see were the top is made of the wefted piece from hair extensions

model Jasmine Graham  make up Isidro Valencia

model Jasmine Graham

make up Isidro Valencia

To adhere the hair pieces to each models head, scalp hair was cornrowed to create a supportive base for hair and bobbie pins. The top pieces were created by cutting hair extension at the "wefted" (where the hair was sewn together) coverging them together with needle and thread.

styling hair on Max  Image by Derek Hibben

styling hair on Max

Image by Derek Hibben

Isidro doing make up on Max

Isidro doing make up on Max

Prep time for each model average 2 1/2 hours for both hair and make up for a total of 7 hours. We started early on a cold morning fortunately I rented a nice studio space at Breckingridge Inn. We staggered the models so they would be fresh and energized for their time in front of the lens and to give us adequate time to ready each model. I made sure to have plenty of food on set to keep everyone happy. 

Jacob on set filming Max

Jacob on set filming Max

Working with Isidro is amazing. We always pair well together on set. He created a red contour look on each of the models bodies an faces, Dark rimmed eyeliner on the female models and red lips on all models. 

Jasmine on set

Jasmine on set

it takes a village working with isidro to prefect the look on max

it takes a village working with isidro to prefect the look on max

I loved the lighting set up and the way that Jacob photographed the models. Each of the models really brought the characters to life,

checking images on camera | selecting the best picture of each model

checking images on camera | selecting the best picture of each model

discussing the subjects on camera  image by Derek Hibben

discussing the subjects on camera

image by Derek Hibben

I submitted the collection to Lori Balsamian at Bangstyle and she loved the collection and wanted to exclusively feather it. 

Final image by Jacob Roberts

Final image by Jacob Roberts

Final image by Jacob Roberts

Final image by Jacob Roberts

Final image by Jacob Roberts

Final image by Jacob Roberts

Credits

Hair | Matthew Tyldesley @hairbymatt

Photography | Jacob Roberts @jacobroberts.photo

Make up | Isidro Valencia @valencia0612

Models | Jasmine Graham @jas.nicole22

            | Brooke Taylor @modelbrooketaylor

            | Max Whelan @notrealmaxwhelan

bts making video of Anomaly

I was so grateful for the team. It's amazing to see a collection materialize from a concept start to finish. The process can be time consuming booking all the right people and gathering an building all the components but when everyone brings their talents that when magic is created.

selfie with Jasmine

selfie with Jasmine

selfie with Jacob

selfie with Jacob