Justin Loewen and I have started a long-term conceptual photography project which consists of turning a song into a photograph, or a series of photographs. Our first photo session was based on the song The Monster by Eminem and Rihanna. Kelly modeled as the innocent girl in the bed, and Justin modeled as the monster. I did his arm makeup after instructed how, by a friend who’s much better at it than I am. There were 110 shots once the session was over, but I’ve chosen twenty of them to edit and now show off. People tell me I need to make the photos “darker and moodier,” because apparently the monster is infecting her? Okay, he might be, but I didn’t find that to be the theme of the session. I focused on their friendship, and how close they are. And that’s why these photos don’t necessarily have a dangerous or dreadful vibe.