These are the images from my mini-series with Jess Ives, which we are calling Butterfly Kiss. Jess and I met through a mutual friend while we were living in Nashville, we were both modeling for him and I was painting my entire body gold for the shoot. From there we started to pair up on our own and bonded over taking photographs. We would usually play around with different props I owned including mirrors, tulle, and the butterflies. On this particular day the shoot evolved into an ethereal scene of swirling butterflies around on a string while surrounding by the warmth of each other’s energy. These images consist of intimate portraits of Jess during the beginning days of our friendship and how we began to open up to one another through playful energy.