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Sanctity of Sinners | Coney Island Variety Show

"We are here! We are queer, straight, trans, WE ARE WOMEN!!!" -Nola Star

When my friend, Nola Star, first told me she was producing a project about women empowerment in Coney Island, I knew I had to get on board. "Sanctity of Sinners" was co-produced and hosted by Maestra Mayhem, and co-sponsored by Coney Island Brewery. These incredibly talented, body positive, fierce women know how to put on a show! See some of my favorite moments & check out the amazing performers below. 

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Jennifer & Manny | Coney Island Engagement Session

One morning, in Texas, Jennifer was scrolling Offbeat Bride when she happened upon a wedding I had photographed being featured that day. She and her new fiancé, Manny, had a trip to NYC planned and thought an engagement session in the city could be fun. When Jennifer reached out and told me they liked street art and bagels (two of my very favorite things), I knew we'd be friends.  

Their session ended up being on one of the hottest days of the summer during a week filled with thunderstorms. We got lucky with a lot sunshine! In order to beat the heat, we took a stroll down the pier to feel the breeze and obviously had to stop for ice cream! I loved their relaxed vibe, Jen's colorful engagement ring, and the way they had each other laughing the entire time.

Congrats to this super fun, very happy couple! 

Coney Island USA 2018 Mermaid Parade

One of my favorite things to do at the start of summer in NYC every year is attend the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. It's a magical, sparkly, colorful kick-off to the summer season that celebrates art, inclusivity, and creativity, combining all my favorite things in life.  

According to Coney Island USA's website, "The MERMAID PARADE specifically was founded in 1983 with 3 goals: it brings mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune ; it creates self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as 'entertainment'; and it lets artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public."

See some of my favorite "sea-quinned" moments below!