Category Archives: Photoshoots

Backstage Photos from Dillon Gitano

Dillon Gitano is a fantastic on-site event photographer.  He brings a great combination of charisma and calm to each event that allows people to feel comfortable and confident in front of his lens.  Here are some shots he took of my models backstage at Omaha Fashion Week.

Clothing: monoprismatic collection by Audio Helkuik
Model: Symieon Harrison
Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Clothing: monoprismatic collection by Audio Helkuik
Model: Aaron Steward
Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Clothing: monoprismatic collection by Audio Helkuik
Model: Dawaune Hayes
Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Clothing: monoprismatic collection by Audio Helkuik
Model: Domy Alai
Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Clothing: monoprismatic collection by Audio Helkuik
Model: Nick Watson
Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Clothing: monoprismatic collection by Audio Helkuik
Model: Chikadibia Ebirim
Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Dillon Gitano Photography:


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2011 Omaha World Herald feature

While preparing for Omaha Fashion Week last year, I was contacted by an Omaha World Herald reporter.  They wanted to feature me in their spread about OFW 2011.  After I was interviewed about my collection, the reporter told me she was going to send a team of photographers out to my studio.  This is my stage fright’s cue to go into overdrive.  To prepare/relax for the photo session, I gave myself and my little pup a matching eyebrow makeover.

Best friends have matching eyebrows: Audio and Thor in teal.

When the team of friendly photographers arrived at my studio, they set up and shot photos of everything: my work, me, my workspace, my dogs.  I’m glad they were friendly, because I am fairly anxious in front of a camera. My pup is fairly anxious about everything in life, so I was shocked that they got him to stand still enough to snap a few shots of us together.  It was awfully exciting when I got my copy of the paper and saw my wiggly pup, Thor, looking so statuesque and adorable.  He’s on his way to being Omaha famous!

Reading my copy of the Omaha World Herald article in my studio.

Excerpts from my interview about my concept and inspiration:

“Ballet is beautiful and everyone knows it’s beautiful,” she said. But what about a trapeze artist or fire-breather? “The freak aspect . . . nontraditional artistry of making fire beautiful.”

“I love the circus and would love to costume the circus,” she said. “For now, I’ll outfit models as circus performers.”

Image in the Omaha World Herald article for Omaha Fashion Week 2011.

Audio Helkuik featured in the Omaha World Herald online:

“Omaha Fashion Week’s Night to Shine” article (photos me and my worktable):

“Meet the Designers” article (tidbits from my interview regarding my collection):

“OFW Need to Know” article (photo of one of my outfits included in this event info article):


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You might’ve read my behind-the-scenes blog post about my photoshoot with Wolfgang Kaufman.  He is such an amazing photographer.  Here’s his dreamy photoset of my collection.

Models: Zach Cook, Katherine Neary, Ashley Naikelis

Models: Zach Cook and Makayla Torrez

Model: Makayla Torrez

Model: Nicole Keimig

Model: Aaron Steward

Models: Makayla Torrez, Ashely Naikelis, Nicole Keimig, Zach Cook

Model: Katherine Neary

Models: Katherine Neary, Ashely Naikelis, Nicole Keimig, Zach Cook, Makayla Torrez, Aaron Steward

Model: Katherine Neary

Circus folk are beautiful people.

Props for this incredible photoshoot team:
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft
Photographer: Wolfgang Kaufman
Models: Katherine Neary, Ashely Naikelis, Nicole Keimig, Zach Cook, Makayla Torrez, Aaron Steward
Creative Director: Cherisse McCoy

Wolfgang Kaufman Photography:

The collection is available in my store:


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Behind-the-scenes: Wolfgang Kaufman shoot

My collection just begs to be part of themed photoshoots.  A really great photographer named  Wolfgang Kaufman was coming through town and wanted to do a photoshoot while he was here in the Omaha area.  The creative director for this shoot, Cherisse McCoy, contacted me to see if I was interested (yes, duh) and for details about my latest collection.  When I described my line, she got really excited to create a very dramatically themed photoshoot, including a custom built set, props, and she even brought in a fire performer and aerial artist.  If anyone knows how much I LOOOOOOVE circus themed stuff, you’d know how much I was nerding out at this point.

Watching all my models get styled at the salon was really exciting.  I let my makeup artist, Amy Burns, go to town.  She painted on mustaches, sprayed on some lacework, airbrushed stylized pink cheeks, and applied glitter lashes.  She’s great at taking an idea and bumping it up about 16 extra levels of awesome.

Makeup Artist: Amy Burns
Model: Makayla Torrez

Makeup Artist: Amy Burns
Model: Makayla Torrez

Makeup Artist: Amy Burns
Model: Nicole Keimig

Once all my models were styled, I finally got a chance to see all the props that were made for this shoot.  It was like a circus dream come true. It took all of my concentration to keep from running and playing with EVERYTHING.

Custom made set and props.

SECRET: The “strongest man in the world” barbell is actually made of balloons.  I was tricked every stinkin’ time I saw anyone pick it up.  I am always worried about overworking my models, so I kept telling them that they could set it down between shots to rest their muscles.   Balloons.  They are a clever illusion, especially for a gullible kid like me.

Model requirements: good-looking, hard-working, easy to get along with, and oh yeah……you must be able to lift one ton without breaking a sweat.

Wolfgang Kaufman was great to work with.  He was so committed to getting the best possible shot:  he climbed on ladders, crawled around on the floor, hopped up on all the different furniture, then hopped down, then did it all again.  Wolfgang is awesome.

Model: Aaron Steward
Photographer at work: Wolfgang Kaufman
(See what I mean about how convincing the balloons are?!?)

Model: Nicole Keimig
Photographer at work: Wolfgang Kaufman

This photoshoot was a dream come true.  Cherisse McCoy, the creative director, imagined a fantastic circus world for my collection to play in for the day.

Hair/makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Creative director: Cherrise McCoy

Wolfgang Kaufman: collection available in my store:


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Here are a few looks from my collection as photographed by Marlon A. Wright from MAW Photography.  His images are so very stunning.  Just soak them in:

MAW Photography: collection available in my store:

I leave you with this thought: Glitter brows make the world a better place.


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the “audipocalypse” photoshoot

Last summer, Omaha Fashion Magazine hosted a photoshoot competition.  Creative teams collaborated and created great fashion photo sets with the hopes of being featured in the magazine.   One of the teams that I was a part of was the “audipocalypse” team.

Models: Andy Shaw, Zach Cook, Makayla Torrez, Tom Shirazi, Aaron Steward, Imagine Uhlenbrock, Cameron Helkuik

Together, we created a world very different from the one we live in today.  Our environment was post-apocalyptic, so the styling I did was a mix of heavy utilitarian and tough fashion.  I knew these characters not only lived in this post-apocalyptic world, but also needed to survive it.  I wasn’t about to send them out in that harsh environment in heels and lashes and pretend like they’d survive on their good looks.  We were trying to tell a story, and we were going to do it without any sexified damsels in distress.

Model: Imagine Uhlenbrock

We talked about how fashion would evolve in this particular environment and what it would mean to people who had lost everything.  Would it matter?  Or would their style define their survival?

Model: Makayla Torrez

Then I wonder, are these questions much different from those I should be asking about people in my own reality?  What does fashion mean to us?  What does fashion mean to me?  I’m not talking hemlines or the color of the season or anything like that.  Despite it’s frivolity, fashion has deep meanings for a culture:  attraction, survival, alliance.

Model: Tom Shirazi

With all the conversations and thought about the aesthetic of survival and the meaning behind clothing, it was easy to really connect with this project and the people that I worked alongside.  The team I worked with was a dream team.  Their ideas were bigger than just hair, makeup, clothes.   It didn’t feel like I was joining a photoshoot team; it was more like becoming part of a creative force.  There’s talk of doing a follow-up shoot or some filming, but for now, here’s the shot that was featured in the Omaha Fashion Magazine Fall 2011 issue:

Model: Makayla Torrez, Tom Shirazi, Imagine Uhlenbrock

Photographer: Miguel Cedillo (

Creative Director: Zach Cook

Hair: Sirens at the Loft

Makeup: Amy Burns from Sirens at the Loft

Designer/Stylist: Audio Helkuik


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