The day I met Rick back in 2011, with Meagan.
Goodbye Dear Friend
Yesterday was a difficult day for many. We found out that Rick Ochoa had passed away.
i met Rick 3 years ago in Brooklyn. Since then we had become good friends and talked often.
One of my favorite things he would say is this - After a shoot with one of the many models he photographed - “I think we got some good stuff”. My response was, Duh, I know you did. He was very humble. He was dedicated to doing a great job and making sure everyone was happy.
i loved Rick’s attitude, warmth and caring towards others. You don’t get that from seeing photos but the people who he worked with can attest to this. He was a great guy.
One of the realities I have to come to grips with, is there will be no more photos from him. I looked forward to seeing his work, and talking to him about it.
You can add in every other cliche about life being short, cherish those people who make it a better place, and so many others, but it still hurts and it probably will for some time.
The ModelCon campaign has ended, and sadly having not reached our goal, the event will not happen as planned. At least for now.
But I don’t see this as a failure. Every cloud has a silver lining, and the most positive of all the elements I will take away from this campaign is the sense of community that has been shown by so many models and photographers who have spread the word and supported this idea since we went public with the attempt two months ago.
First, let me answer the most obvious question, since the campaign was set to a “fixed funding” setting, an “all or nothing” style that suited our needs, the few people whose accounts were charged will be refunded by Indiegogo in five business days. No other money has been sent or received by us at the convention, so no effort is required of anyone. If there are any other issues regarding refunds, please let me know.
Next, I’d like to personally thank my partner in all of this, Sierra McKenzie, who worked tirelessly in order to make the best event possible for everyone involved, and a special thanks to Rivi Madison for her graphic design work. Above all else, allow me to say how much I appreciate Brooke Eva, Jacs Fishburne, Cam Damage, Freshie Juice, Mika Lovely, Roarie Yum, Jordan Bunniie, Jenny Boa, L Shima, NOVA, Porcelain, Krysta Kaos, and all of the other immensely talented and understanding models who joined our roster. Your time and effort in getting the word out meant a lot to this campaign and means a lot to me personally. I can’t thank you enough for all of your patience, for your communication and input, and for all of your e-mails of hope, enthusiasm, and general good will throughout this long process. I am humbled by your continued support and friendship.
So often we get caught up in the nonsense of life that we fail to connect with the people we respect and care about, so I am truly touched by the feeling of camaraderie that we’ve shared and the dialogs we’ve begun while working on this project. I hope we can continue to stay connected as an ever-inclusive collective of like-minded creatives. And who knows, maybe we can attempt this whole strange trip again sometime in the future.
If you have any questions, please just let me know and I’d be happy to answer them all personally. Thank you again and please keep in touch.
I’m proud to announce the second in our series of NSFW Magazine Special Editions, this one dedicated to the always wonderful Hattie Watson. It includes over 30 pages of images we’ve shot together while she was visiting California on various trips. Order your copy today!
White Foam, 2014
My girlfriend used panties as a bookmark.
Thank you for this.
Mark and the NSFW Crew
"In his arms she fell
As her hair came down
Among the fields of gold…”
Model Brooke Eva
THERE IS NOW ONLY ONE OF THESE LEFT! MESSAGE MARK TODAY TO GRAB IT!
"The Collar Bone," 2013
This is one of my favorite photos from winter of last year. It is also part of my limited edition 5”x7” photo book, QUIET, featuring images of Miss Kacie Marie, Hattie Watson, Sierra McKenzie, Brooke Eva, Tiffany Helms aka Lady Sensuality, Roarie Yum, Rivi Madison, and more.
If you would like to order a copy, I only have TWO COPIES of this book left. Message me for details: email@example.com
HEY GUYS!! We only have about TEN DAYS to make this dream of ours become a reality! Please follow the links below and donate today!!
HEY LA!! Im so excited for this rad event that Sierra McKenzie and Mark Velasquez put together to bring a TON of models to LA for Model Con. There so much happening at the event, and you should go check out their page Model Con to get all the details, but they need your help to make sure it happens.
For the photographers and models out there you already know that freelance modeling world is a hustling industry. These amazing artists are hard working ladies that work everyday to push forward their careers and their craft in a industry that has inconsistent notions of payment. The biggest and most amazing goal of Model Con is to breing all these entrapenurial ladies into a single place so that we can all learn from them and they can learn from each other.
Aspiring models and photographers can attend the event to learn a ton from all these artists at once. As a photographer I can’t even tell you how much I wish this existed when I started shooting. There is so much that I had to learn through trial and error that could be learned in a single sit down at Model Con. Even having worked in the industry for years now I am excited to learn more from each of these amazing talents but, THEY CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOUR HELP!
So click and donate if you can. Julie and I are super excited to be there to catch up with some amazing models we’ve worked with, and to meet so many new ones. This list of ladies that will be there is insane and currently is as follows:
Cam Damage, Carlotta Champagne, Sierra McKenzie, Jacs Fishburne, Freshie Juice, Rivi Madison, Brooke Eva, Porcelain, Sugar, Justine Marie, Mika Lovely, Floofie, Miss Jennette, NOVA, Kathleen Truffaut, Lola Agnosia, Lady Sensuality, Palesaint, Jenny Boa, Jordan Bunniie, Roarie Yum, Kace Face, L Shima, Krysta Kaos, Briauna Mariah, and Miss Miranda!
So go donate if you can and then come to Model Con to learn a ton and meet a lot of amazing people.
Julie and I will be there so come on by and say hello!
See you all at MODEL CON 2014!!
You should donate to make this a thing, everyone. An amazing, weird little thing
Here is the second (and better?) Brooke Eva GIF in a Catholic school girl uniform from some video we shot last year. (Has it been a year already?)
Like these shots of Brooke? Check out the Special Edition of NSFW Magazine dedicated entirely to Brooke featuring images from this shoot and more!
My Early Morning Rebel Video is finally out and IT”S SO FUCKING GOOD I”M GONNA DIE!
Please share the crap out of this
I love these guys, this was such a blast.
also NOVA is in there so double babe time
WE LOVE BROOKE> How could you not? Check her out in her own Special Edition of NSFW Magazine HERE.
by Stephen La Marche
I’m pretty far behind on editing images and am in a bit of a creative malaise. The good news is that my not being able to sleep last night meant I had time to teach myself how to make GIFs from the video clips I have long neglected.