My name is Misha. I'm from San Diego, but I moved for Los Angeles for school, and graduated in UCLA's class of 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology. I stayed in Los Angeles for love, and dance. I live in Mid-City with my boyfriend and our 2 cats, Phantom and Ninja. I have 2 fabulous siblings. I take class at a pole dance fitness studio that provides a safe space for women to explore, empower, and embrace their gorgeous feminine bodies, and I thoroughly enjoy and am grateful for the community of women at the studio.
My Portfolio Goals
I initially picked up modeling as a hobby to make extra income.
But I've been so lucky to work with some really great photographer's who's artistic visions really touched my heart.
I've been inspired by their ideas, as well as my dance sisters at work and my dance family team to create a natural portfolio with little to no processing to the original photos, and no make-up.
In class, we create a safe space for women to explore, repair, nurture, strengthen, and honor their relationship with their organic feminine selves and sensuality alongside other women on the same journey.
On my dance team, we collaborate with dancers from all backgrounds to express our shared love of hip-hop and Latin styles with our audiences through high-energy, unity-themed collaborative pieces.
These two ideas resonate with me on a profound level. Combined, they inspired my own vision of wanting to collaborate with photographers and people of all shapes, sizes, genders, etc.to create imagery centered around appreciating natural beauty--particularly in women and women's body image. I want to capture moments that inspire and give women--and ultimately all people--permission to accept, embrace, and celebrate the beauty of their body, as it is, while doing what they love most with the people who appreciate them in the fullest.
So far, my experience has been mostly with artistic nudes and figure modeling for painters/sketch artists. I've done outdoor and indoor shoots, lifestyle shoots, and catalog shoots.