A few months ago Maiya Buck rented Ultraviolet Studios for one of her amazingly executed, fine tune detailed gatherings which she markets and plans under the name The Photoshoot Collective. Bringing together artists, photographers, stylists, and hair and makeup professionals and amateurs under a single, focused theme Maiya provides an exploratory environment. After seeing the results of her Plants + Color shoot at Ultraviolet I had to sneak in a session before she moves away to LA.

Snakes was hosted at Miesh Studios in SLC and was supported by Scales and Tails who brought the beautiful snakes. Thank you to the modelswho held themselves in confidence and forgave my jumpy distance and for the snake handlers for empowering me with more knowledge about these creatures. I’ll be sharing more on my stories today.

Pictured: Emily Bitters ( in the last two rows in the gallery below) and Abigail Patey (on the top row).

I shared the center photo on Instagram last week with some thoughts on fear and art:

As much as photography is a work that provides pure, edge-softening pleasure, it is also a crucible that has brought me into the fire of facing my many fears. I fear crowds, I fear not belonging, I fear that love isn’t real, I held fear that I would never have the life I yearned for, I’ve faced my fear of death, I fear not knowing what to say, not knowing what to do, I fear being a fraud. I could go on and on. I’ve stepped to the front line of these experiences over and over, afraid every time.

Fear is a portal, a personally curated invitation into a deeper place of being. Finding silence behind my camera when I’m deafened by my own heartbeat is why I do what I do. I’m scared almost every time I lift my camera. But I’ve learned to swallow it. As the years go by it becomes more and more obvious that holding these fears might cause me to be strange or act as such, and I care less and less about how it looks because I know I have to do it in order to get to the other side of fear where that silence, that focus, that reverence that helps me show and say what I’m trying to say, awaits.