Ice Personified: Illustrative portrait by David Noceti

I attended the Academy of Arts in San Francisco from around 2000 to 2002 at which time I dropped out to pursue a BA in English at CSU Stanislaus. Over the years I’ve listed many reasons as to why I made that change: mounting school debt, being closer to home, a passion for writing, and wanting full control of my creativity were but a few of those ‘reasons’. The biggest one, the most honest one, and the one I’ve never admitted to, was fear.

Fear of being myself. Fear of rejection. Fear of failure. Fear, fear, fear.

After hitting one of the lowest points in my life this past year, during a time when I should have been at my happiest, I decided that it was time to, for lack of a better term, let it go.

This is the first of three, possibly four shots from a conceptual shoot that I’m simply calling ‘Fire and Ice’ since it is inspired by Robert Frost’s poem of the same name. I’ll give a more detailed breakdown of how the poem inspired the shoot once I put up the combined image of our two personas. Until then, I thought I would share Ice since this is the aspect that I’ve had to free myself from in order to create it.

Fantasy shoot, Ice Queen

Concept shoot inspired by Robert Frost's 'Fire and Ice'. Hair, makeup, and wardrobe by Stefanie Baker Morriston. Photography, retouching, and illustration by David Noceti.

Behind the scenes, pre retouching of Ice persona

Concept shoot inspired by Robert Frost's 'Fire and Ice'. Hair, makeup, and wardrobe by Stefanie Baker Morriston. Photography, retouching, and illustration by David Noceti.

Closeup of Ice Makeup

Concept shoot inspired by Robert Frost's 'Fire and Ice'. Hair, makeup, and wardrobe by Stefanie Baker Morriston. Photography, retouching, and illustration by David Noceti.

Hair, Makeup, Wardrobe: the amazingly talented and gifted Stefanie Baker Morriston.
Model: Stefanie Baker Morriston
Photography, Retouching, Illustration: David Noceti