I have no idea where this was shot,” Kesler Tran says of his third Ben Trovato story. Tran and the three models - Kelley, Leore and Colleen, got in the car one afternoon and set off into the desert with one thing on their mind: Let the location inspire them!

The result is a simple and natural story, with a somewhat dark undertone. “It was almost as if we welcomed the sunset in a spiritual way, after a blistering 115 degree afternoon,” Tran says.

Refugee was brilliantly styled by Kelley, who’s not exactly a newbie to Ben Trovato, having been involved in more than five stories prior to this one.

Although the team was minimal, and the heat unbearable, Tran couldn’t have been happier with the decision to just leave the city and shoot something completely improvised. “And the girls were great, especially considering how hot it was, driving around from one location to the next.

Living Is A Gamble by Graham Dunn

California summers, nostalgia, and the idea of found footage were things that inspired Graham Dunn when shooting his third story and second film for Ben Trovato, Living Is A Gamble.

The still photos are at the bottom of the post.

It’s a simple story of two best friends’ summer day, featuring Kelley Ash and Jenny Sirney. “- I love working with Kelley and Jenny because they’re so able to get into character and that makes things feel more natural and real,” Graham says, continuing “You also can’t beat working with your friends when you have a chance to.

It’s also a special occasion for us as Ben Trovato, as we love the work of every single team member, and while it’s Graham’s third story for us, it is the fifth story styled by Wild At Heart, Kelley Ash’ fourth story, Jenny’s second, and makeup artist Juxta‘s second. A true Ben Trovato team.

I work with Juxta quite a bit…she’s super talented and does natural makeup really well, which isn’t easy. Plus we’re married, so it’s a family affair! I try to work with Wild at Heart as much as possible too—such an amazing stylist and the vintage keeps things looking authentic because the clothes are the real deal,” Graham tells us.

Wild At Heart says:

“For the styling I was leaning more towards free spirited 70′s child. I just had to channel my inner Stevie Nicks.”

And the result is an amazing video shot on 8mm film accompanied by a just as amazing photo story shot with different analogue cameras.

I wanted the video to look like found footage from the era, so I shot it on film and transferred it DIY-style so things look old. I like working with and mixing different formats.

Shot, directed & Edited by Graham Dunn
Styled by Wild At Heart
Hair & Makeup by Juxta
Models are:
Kelley Ash @ Q
Jenny Sirney @ Click
Music is “Blues Run the Game” by Nick Drake

All clothing is vintage.

Lady Of The Rocks by Salvatore Vitale

From Lugano, Switzerland, fashion photographer Salvatore Vitale traveled to Los Angeles with is medium format cameras and black and white film in hand, in order to shoot and work with some the people that have inspired him the most over the last few years. Fashion photographer Aaron Feaver, and model Shanon Roxanne were included on that list, both being featured multiple times on Ben Trovato and often in the same stories.

Salvatore ended up collaborating with Aaron, and he got to shoot Shannon, for Ben Trovato. “Shannon is great! I can say that one of the main reasons why I went to LA was the wish to work with Shannon,” he says, adding: “I’ve always loved her work with Aaron Feaver and a lot of other great photographers, I admired her also on Ben Trovato. I believe (and that’s not something new) that there’s a chemical reaction which brings the need for a photographer to look for that model who can transform his pictures to something more, to bring them to a higher level. Shannon Roxanne is that model for me. Working with her was great, we were completely connected. I can say it was very simple, she understood exactly what I wanted and I think we did a great work together.

The result of the two artists meeting and working together is what turned in to Salvatore’s first Ben Trovato exclusive fashion editorial, Lady Of The Rocks.

The story is about a lady who lives between the rocks and the ocean. She wants to be a part of the space around her because she needs to get rid of her feelings in order to escape from her human condition. She needs to escape from her fragile nature due to her human being and the only way to leave her condition and become immortal is to transform herself in order to take the form of the rocks around her. She will be eternally kissed by the ocean, static but in continuous transformation.  There’s a mythical concept behind the story carried from the idea of forms and elements’ mutation.

One of the main sources of inspiration for the story was Greek Mythology: “- I’ve been always intrigued by stories of Gods who were able to mutate their forms in order to change humans’ destiny or satisfy their needs. I can remember some great works by Annie Leibowitz where human beings are portrayed as mystical creatures. I see the girl of my story like a fragile being who brings a lot of mystical strength. She’s a human being who wants to become a sort of divinity, who wants to get immortal and the element in nature that is the perfect symbol of immortality are rocks, for sure.

The fashion, that was provided by Wasteland, is in full connection with the overall theme, and plays on the very neutral but yet visible. “The white long dress shows her body, her form, her fragile nature. Transparency helps to make them visible, giving to the model a soft human essence. The golden one shows her transformation, the divine essence. Gold is the color of divinity. We wanted a reflecting fabric to make the model shine in order to underline her sticking up,” Salvatore explains.

Photography by Salvatore Vitale
Model - Shannon Roxanne @ Q Models
Fashion provided by Wasteland

Me and Serena by Spencer Wohlrab

From Spencer's first feature on Ben Trovato

It’s been a while since we showcased Spencer Wohlrab‘s raw and honest work on Ben Trovato, and we have since been longing to work with him on a project dedicated to the followers of Ben Trovato. Not only because we love to showcase wonderful fashion editorials, but also because we are huge fans of Spencer’s approach to photography, art and life itself. His personal work never stops impressing and exciting us, and with an almost an autobiographical piece he aims to bridge the gap between his personal and commercial work: “- Yes, and draw the viewer in to feel like they were part of the story or situation. Re-creating awkward moments in a relationship is something I think everyone can relate to and hopefully it will trigger memories,” Spencer explains, adding: “- Fashion editorials have gotten boring, and these days most stories have little differentiation from one another. I wanted to create something that would stand out.

As he mainly draws inspiration from the people and scenarios that surrounds him, he chose to re-create old photos and events to give sense of authenticity to this manifested relationship between Me and Serena. “I have an archive of photos from relationships ranging from cell phone pics, polaroids, webcam pics, and selfies containing all those intimate moments which I sifted through. I guess in a way, alot of my inspiration came from my book ‘Everything I Have Been Wanting to Say But Couldn’t Find Words.‘

When choosing a girl for this story it was about more than picking a pretty girl to shoot: “- There were more elements that went into it than just posing, and I wanted to give a very surreal, girl next door, feel and Serena was the perfect choice for this character. I have known Serena for years and when I shoot her she is able to channel feelings and stories from her past to give me the look and feel I am going for and to essentially lie to the viewer.

“Plus, she is absolutely crazy and I love that about her.”

Third member of the team was fashion stylist Alison Isbell, who says that when determining wardrobe selections for Serena, she hoped to reflect a dreamy atmosphere where feelings of both nostalgia and heartbreak could coexist. “- Specific looks were then created to correspond with Spencer’s vision for the story: relaxed, intimate, and most importantly, genuine,” she says.

Photography by Spencer Wohlrab
Styling by Alison Isbell
Model - Serena Hendrix @ Q Models

I Just Wanna Have Something To Do by Graham Dunn

Graham Dunn stepped up on the Ben Trovato stage back in November with his fashion editorial starring Sabine at Next, entitled The Girl At The End Of The World. We loved it, you loved it, and Graham loved it. So much that only a bit over a month after his first story we’re pulling the wraps off of his second shoot for us; an editorial and film entitled I Just Wanna Have Something To Do.

The story is a day in the life of two best friends who are tuff enuff,” Graham tells us, inspired by the Ramones song I Just Want To Have Something To Do.

The stars of the editorial and film are Jenny Sirney with Click, and Kelley Ash with Q, who should be a familiar face to the Ben Trovato reader since this is the fourth Ben Trovato editorial she appears in.

Stylist Coryn Madley, who also styled the infamous Libertine by Harper Smith, joined the team together with makeup artist Karina Moore, and hair stylist Danielle Cedillo. “Karina and Danielle did some beautiful retro makeup and hair, and Coryn and Wild At Heart collaborated on the styling, throwing in hints of Kurt Cobain, Patti Smith, and Joan Jett,” Graham says. “Of course Jenny and Kelley played the two rockstars perfectly.

The team was great to work with— We tore around L.A. leaving behind a wake of french fries and broken hearts.


Shot & Cut by Graham Dunn
Styled by Coryn Madley with Wild At Heart
Hair by Danielle Cedillo
Makeup by Karina Moore
Models are Kelley Ash @ Q & Jenny Sirney @ Click
Music is “I Just Wanna Have Something To Do” by The Ramones
All clothing is vintage.

Oh Sister, Where Art Thou? by Aaron Feaver

We wanted to do a story that had an old-timey vibe with a little religious fanaticism and sisterly unease thrown in,” says Aaron Feaver, who’s just shot his second exclusive Ben Trovato Fashion editorial. “The clothes, the hairstyles, the broken old houses…we wanted everything to reflect the personalities and world of these two girls who were serious and quiet but where something wasn’t right,” he continues. The Los Angeles based photographer made his debut on Ben Trovato back in July with a beautiful black and white story shot at the Salton Sea, featuring Shannon Roxanne with Q Models. The couple has again joined forces when producing another amazing story for us, entitled Oh Sister, Where Art Thou?.

Aaron says he was inspired by fashionably-outdated religious sects like the Amish and from movies like Witness, to other photo editorials: “- Yes, especially an amazing recent one by Bruno Dayan. We had the somber mood and sense of religious tension in our minds from the start of the shoot.

In addition to Aaron and Shannon, Kelley Ash and Danielle Cedillo made up the team behind Oh Sister, Where Art Thou? -It was wonderful,” Arron says about the shoot, before adding “The two models and I had done one shoot together before, but this was my first time working with Danielle, the hairstylist and makeup artist, and she was amazing. And the models were fun to work with. Shannon is my girlfriend—we’ve done dozens of shoots together—so that is always easy and natural. Kelley is a great model, and I had a sense of the kind of photos we’d get from shooting with her before and from seeing her work everywhere.

Kelley, who’s appeared on Ben Trovato multiple times before, styled the shoot in addition to model, and says this about the styling: “- For the styling, I wanted to do something a bit more hauntingly romantic but simple. I wanted to keep the styling all black and white so it could reflect the different changes in the sisters moods for the story.

Together with Ben Trovato regulars Derek Wood and Bryant Eslava, Aaron is these days having an exhibition at Trumbull Studio in Brooklyn, NY. “- Yes! My friend Derek Wood invited me to participate a few weeks ago, and I just shot the photos a couple of days ago. I’m really excited to see what other people have done, and of course flattered to be among so many great photographers. The show has kind of a nighttime theme, which…night photos definitely aren’t my strong suit, so it was fun to challenge myself and work outside my comfort zone a little bit.

The exhibition is open until December 8th, and includes the work of aspiring artists such as Ryan Schude, JUCO, Elizabeth Weinberg, Jolie Clifford, and Ben Rayner in addition to those mentioned above. Go check it out!

Photography - Aaron Feaver, Feaverish Photography
Styling - Wild At Heart
Models - Shannon Roxanne and Kelley Ash @ Q Models
Hair & Makeup - Danielle Cedillo

Desert Rose by Aaron Feaver

Aaron Feaver might be a familiar name to a lot of our readers, due to his highly popular photography blog. Today he’s stepping into the spotlight here on Ben Trovato, with an exclusive story titled Desert Rose. It was shot at the Salton Sea, about 90 minutes east of Palm Springs, and features the beautiful Shannon Roxanne with Q Models, which is also Aaron’s girlfriend. She’s wearing fashion from her own wardrobe, and had hair and make up done by Kali Kennedy. “- The Salton Sea is a crazy, post-apocalyptic-looking place, and I like the way a pretty person in pretty clothes stands out in contrast to the landscape,” Aaron says, and explains that the story is a nice mix of digital and 6×7 film.

Aaron finds inspiration in a lot of things, but more than anything his girlfriend: “- I’m constantly taking pictures of her, and she always pushes me to be better, and I’m also inspired by my photographer friends who bust their asses for every job.” One of the places where he collected some of his inspiration was his popular blog: “- Yeah, I wanted a way to keep track of photographers and photos that I liked. I never expected the blog to be popular at all. Unfortunately I don’t really have the time to keep the blog going any more,” he explains, and admits it helped him get more attention around his own work: “- Definitely. Like I said I never thought it’d be popular, so it initially wasn’t going to be about my photos. Once it started getting a lot of visitors, though, I started sneaking in posts featuring my own photos.

Earlier he’s shot for Foam, Kinki and for several issues of Sloane. Having only recently started shooting fulltime, Aaron’s always on the lookout for new projects that will help him develop as a photographer.

FoHere’s Desert Rose by Aaron Feaver, for Ben Trovato:

Photography - Aaron Feaver / Feaverish Photography
Model - Shannon Roxanne @ Q Models
Make up and Hair - Kali Kennedy

Check out his portfolio here.

HEART SHAPED BOX by Harper Smith

- I love grit and grime. Anything imperfect and organic,” says Harper Smith about what inspires her. “The shapes and spaces of nature are really important in my compositions. Color is huge to me too, so if I am shooting indoors I love a colorful and nostalgic palate. Most of my shoots are thematically inspired by a film or piece of music.

This time inspired by “- the garb and attitude of the incredible train wreck, Courtney Love,” the LA based photographer has just shot her first Ben Trovato exclusive. HEART SHAPED BOX features Kelly Ash (Q) and Brea (LA Models) who was styled by Wild At Heart, and had make up and hair done by Sunnie Brook Jones. Harper adds: “- We wanted to create a fun poppy shoot that conveyed the style and persona of 90′s grunge.

She didn’t get serious about photography until her senior year of high school, but says she has always been inspired by 2D art and sculpture, due to her mother being an artist: “- She never fails to amaze me with her eye for natural beauty and graphic composition. she taught me to think like a photographer before I even knew I would become one.

Harper’s work has been featured in publications such as Nylon, Hooligan, Blend, Foam, Factory, Remember Paper and Tokion, and today she’s making her debut on Ben Trovato.

We are thrilled to present to you, HEART SHAPED BOX by Harper Smith, for Ben Trovato:

Photography - Harper Smith
Models - Kelley Ash @ Q, and Brea @ LA Models
Styling - Wild At Heart (
Make up & Hair - Sunnie Brook Jones (

HEART SHAPED BOX by Harper Smith for Ben Trovato intro

HEART SHAPED BOX by Harper Smith for Ben Trovato 11

Check out her portfolio here.