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Happy Pink Surprise Birthday Party to Me. In a Mansion!!

Happy Pink Surprise Birthday Party to Me.  In a Mansion!!

My family and friends threw me the best surprise birthday party on the planet earth!  It was all decked out in pink and it was held at a mansion. There was no detail that was not thought out in advance. To say that I was shocked and overwhelmed was an understatement!!

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Tolga Featured in Radiant Inc Magazine

Tolga Featured in Radiant Inc Magazine

Radiant Inc is an über-cool fashion magazine that just did a fashion editorial of Tolga’s work and included a feature about him as a photographer.

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Our Work, Willy Steed Transformation on 20/20

Our Work, Willy Steed Transformation on 20/20

Our friend and (now) model Willy Steed, a former FLDS young man who escaped a life of polygamy and abuse, was featured on ABC’s 20/20 – and they credited us with helping him transform!

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“Voices for Dignity” in LV Review Journal

“Voices for Dignity” in LV Review Journal

This year I started an awareness and empowerment campaign called “Voices for Dignity,” and yes! we are making a difference!!

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Our Fashion Show on 12 Action News

Our Fashion Show on 12 Action News

We put together a fashion show and photography events with Land Rover Las Vegas.  It was in the news.

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Land Rover Fashion Show – Tolga in News

Land Rover Fashion Show – Tolga in News

Las Vegas Sun | 04-12-13 Land Rover Las Vegas will be hosting “Models For Mutts” which is a fashion runway show with several of Las Vegas’ top clothing designers to raise awareness for the Animal Foundation.

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My Spectacular Husband – Tolga Katas – Behind the Scenes

My Spectacular Husband – Tolga Katas – Behind the Scenes

This is my eccentric, artistic, alien genius geek husband, Tolga.  See Tolga in action.  Whether it’s developing software or producing music or doing high-end, creative fashion photography, Tolga is truly a great artist.

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Christine Marie – Vintage / Retro in Pink Room

Christine Marie – Vintage / Retro in Pink Room

Here is a gallery of photos of me shot by Tolga in our studio pink room.  I love the whole vintage /retro look, it is so me!

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Our family Christmas in Big Bear, California

Our family Christmas in Big Bear, California

This year we did something we have never done before.  We went to a cabin in the mountains of Southern California and we had Christmas there in the snow! The cabin rental was an extraordinary gift, and it 

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A Year of True Love – How Did I Get So Blessed?

A Year of True Love – How Did I Get So Blessed?

Today when I woke up, Tolga was excited to ask me if I read what was on my facebook.  While I was sleeping, he posted the picture above on my facebook wall, and along with it he wrote this love note.

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Tolga Figures Out How to Pose for a Dog Portrait, Ha!

Tolga Figures Out How to Pose for a Dog Portrait, Ha!

Every time I tried to take a photo, Tolga and my brother’s Boxer were looking in different directions. Tolga figured out how to solve the problem. Click a photo to read the caption & see his ingenious solution!

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Meet Cookie Monster – the Big Daddy!

Meet Cookie Monster – the Big Daddy!

With the birth of Bambi’s new puppies, and the need to find loving homes for them, people have been curious about who the daddy is.  Well, here he is!

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Model: Sir Anthony Vacanti

Model: Sir Anthony Vacanti

Last night on Halloween Eve, we shot artist and model, Sir Anthony Vacanti, who was dressed as what he called “A Male Malefiscent” (the evil queen on Sleeping Beauty.) He did his own makeup, Tolga on photography of  course, and I did creative direction.

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Hot Topic + Lola Looks + Horror Fashion

Hot Topic + Lola Looks + Horror Fashion

Recently the Hot Topic enlisted our favorite model and pop artist to model their products in a fashion interpretation of the stars of horror movies.

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Video: Our Magical Wedding Reception

Video: Our Magical Wedding Reception

Here is a sweet, romantic 7-minute video of scenes of our extraordinary wedding reception by candlelight.

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Video: Tolga & Christine 101 – Pre-Wedding Fun

Video: Tolga & Christine 101 – Pre-Wedding  Fun

This is Tolga, according to Christine, and Christine, according to Tolga!  It was at a pre-wedding party, us just goofing off as usual.

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Video: Our Personal Modeling Competition!

Video: Our Personal Modeling Competition!

Fun-loving newlyweds (Tolga and me!) participated in an unexpected but hilarious activity in our first days of marriage. The question for you is – who was better?

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Video: “In Your Eyes,” Tolga Singing!

Video: “In Your Eyes,” Tolga Singing!

Video:  Tolga and I.  And yes, it is actually Tolga singing! Tolga also wrote and produced the song, and the photos were taken by Tolga too.  I’m over the moon!

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Video: Wedding Toasts

Video: Wedding Toasts

Wedding toasts by two special friends, music icon & best man Paul Fishkin, and psychologist & author Andrea Moore at our wedding.

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Video: Our Relationship, Wedding and Celebration

Video:  Our Relationship, Wedding and Celebration

Videos of our wedding and the eccentric, fun, ubers-special relationship between Tolga and I.

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Video: How Our Wedding Began

Video: How Our Wedding Began

To begin our wedding, we surprised the crowd with a breath-taking performance by an aerialist dress in white, performing on white silk.  It was jaw-dropping!

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Recent Photos

Recent Photos

Tim and Emerson are both in other states, so I had to do my “family pics” with just Christian (aka Megashark) and Lola. Photos by Tolga Katas.

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My Home Town Dedicated a Park in my Father’s Name!

My Home Town Dedicated a Park in my Father’s Name!

Tolga and I went to Michigan where, among other things, we were blessed to be able to attend a dedication of a splendid park in the name of my father.

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Model: Juliette Rapp

Model: Juliette Rapp

Juliette, as beautiful as she is, is also an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Fighter and skate boarder!  Check out these amazing pictures by Tolga Katas.  Sylist Bebe Zea, MUA and hair – Sabrina Tannehill.

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100 Photography Poses for Older Women

100 Photography Poses for Older Women

Older women want more creative and artistic photos these days, so we decided to share these 100 poses – all of which your grandma could do. These were take in Nelson, NV, a ghost town about an hour from Vegas.   Photos by Tolga Katas.

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Vintage & Red

Vintage & Red

Photos by Tolga Katas, makeup by Sabrina Tannehill, clothing by Bettie Page Designs.

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Me in Pink, with a Jump

Me in Pink, with a Jump

Tolga’s photography is amazing, but shooting me is no cakewalk.  

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A Mutated Rose Ate a Bee!

A Mutated Rose Ate a Bee!

When I woke up and went downstairs to see where my husband was, he had a look of bewilderment on his eyes and could barely find the words to explain what he had just witnessed.  

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Model: Dakota Nate

Model: Dakota Nate

Meet Model Dakota Nate.  Makeup by Myriah, Styling by Bebe Zeva.

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Tolga’s New Lens = More Pics

Tolga’s New Lens = More Pics

Yes, Tolga and I left the creativity factory (rare, I know) and ventured out in the heat.  We’re talking Las Vegas summer heat.

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A Tolga Song – Bollywood Style!

A Tolga Song – Bollywood Style!

Tolga’s song “Sending All My Love” has been remade in classic Bollywood style.  I got an absolute kick out of this. You will too, especially if you notice the choreography!

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Model: Sophia Casanova

Model: Sophia Casanova

Recently we did a super fun photo shoot with- Sophia Casanova.  Tolga took the photos.  Bebe Zeva did the styling.  I did the photoshop.  Love this girl!

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Tolga Filmed for Documentary

Tolga Filmed for Documentary

A film crew from LA came by along with Joey Restivo (Linear) and they filmed Tolga talking about the history of dance music. Pretty cool, huh?

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Model – Mosh

Model – Mosh

Mosh started modeling in 2006 and she now models fulltime. Although she is only 5’3″, she is the most successful alternative model in the U.S. 

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Tolga Won Photo Awards

Tolga Won Photo Awards

These are “Pic of the Day” on the modeling web site Model Mayhem.  He won it twice, once with model Jessica Bambu, and once with model Lacheln.  Pretty darned cool!

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Lola as Snow White/Evil Queen

Lola as Snow White/Evil Queen

Lola wanted to do a fashion interpretation of Snow White and the Huntsman, so we created this at Contagious.  Photos by Tolga Katas, styling and art direction by Lola and me.

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Honeymoon Photos, Dubai Pics

Honeymoon Photos, Dubai Pics

This is truly an amazing, breathtaking city. Even though it was a business trip we also planned and considered this incredible experience part of our honeymoon.

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Bambu Jessica Photos

Bambu Jessica Photos

Below is a candid shot of Bambu Jessica.  It’s not a “photoshoot look”. This is her everyday look. Yes, she has pink dreads and animal stripes tattooed on the left side of her head. She’s crazy but I love it!

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Photo Walk & Tolga Pics

Photo Walk & Tolga Pics

Tolga and I went to the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas to take a photo of Lola modeling in a big advertisement somewhere in the building.  While we didn’t find her photo yet, I did take the opportunity to photograph lots of other things, including Tolga!

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Tolga in the Valley of Fire

Tolga in the Valley of Fire

These were photos I took with a cheesy little camera on our mini-honeymoon, taken at the Valley of Fire.

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Valentine Photos

Valentine Photos

Here’s the latest in the world of Tolga photography:  Valentine Photos taken in our living room.

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Tolga Wrote 1st Online Craps

Tolga Wrote 1st Online Craps

Did you know that Tolga Katas wrote the first online craps software? Yup. It was finished in 1997 and he called it Ultimate Craps.

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It’s a Visual World

It’s a Visual World

Everyone has to model these days.

Or pose for photos anyway.  In a world now driven by social media, photos are more important than ever.

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Romantic Storybook Wedding

Romantic Storybook Wedding

After many wonderful years of being in love and of dreaming that we would one day get married, we finally officially became husband and wife.

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Love Old Cars

Love Old Cars

Tolga and I happened upon a classic car show  in downtown LasVegas, and out came the camera. He had me “model.” His lighting is award-winning.

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Our Engagement Pics

Our Engagement Pics

Tolga and I got engaged the night of my birthday – April 29.  We just watched the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and Tolga was unusually interested in how wedding work.  It was so cute. 

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