This is Alanna. We met in Ubud, a city on the island of Bali in Indonesia. I spent a few months living just outside of Ubud in 2009, where I spent most of my time doing things related to photography, agriculture, potlucks, and acro-yoga (not too very different from my life right now).
Alanna and I became fast friends, sharing, among other things, a love of the camera. At some point in our friendship, she began teaching a hooping class at a local hub, called The Yoga Barn. As you could probably surmise, The Yoga Barn, set near downtown Ubud and surrounded by rice paddies, was a popular spot for yoga practitioners. Her hoop classes were popular at the time that I experienced them, and I very much wanted a portrait of Alanna with one of her many arts.
But a few months ago, when I scheduled a flight to North Carolina for work, I saw one of my flight options routed through southern California. With the option of a long layover, I booked a flight with a 5-hour pause in LA, hoping that Alanna was free. She picked me up an shuttled me far down the freeway, where we found time to have lunch, catch up on life, and then shoot back to get me on a plane.
She now produces remarkable branding and marketing work in LA with her company, Co-Creative Media, and photography-that-makes-me-wish-I-were-a-model-just-so-she-would-photograph-me at 2nd Chakra Studio.
And it's not a Hula Hoop. Just a hoop!