Autostraddle Calendar Girls 2013: Morgan is Miss January

Another year, another opportunity to create a kickass calendar of smokin’ hot lesbians. If you’ve not picked up last year’s calendar yet, now would be the time — they’re available for the post-holiday price of $15! This year we did something completely different yet totally spectacular.

Are you ready to meet the 2013 Calendar Girls?

Autostraddle's 2013 Calendar Girls

Now, onward and upward — here’s Robin!

Artist’s Statement:

For the 2013 Autostraddle Calendar, we put on our bathing suits and hit the water! My goal this year was to do a black and white series that was playful, sexy, and all about the women. I sought to capture images that would reflect the models’ feelings of freedom and comfort in their own skin. We chose a simple expanse of sand and water where the horizon is somewhat indistinguishable, and it was the perfect setting for a very personal and introspective look at each of these extraordinary women.

As a photographer, photographing an entire day at the beach is a great challenge. You need to maintain consistency as the light changes drastically throughout the day and the tides ebb and flow. This adds an interesting element in the images as over the course of the day, we watched them play and interact from sunrise to sunset. We closed the day with some very quiet, intimate interactions between the women who’d come to know each other over the course of those hours.

I love coming away from these shoots knowing that all of these women are now friends, and I hope that these images reflect those bonds formed.

A huge thank you to our beautiful models and our amazing crew for a job well-done. A special thank you to stylist and co-producer Sara Medd for being my partner in this project.

Robin, Photographer

Crew:
Robin Roemer, Photographer and Co-producer
Sara Medd, Stylist and Co-producer

Sarah Croce, Production coordinator and video
Lauren Aaland, video

Alex Vega, designer

Christina Natale, Make-up
Brandi Andrews, Make-up
Taylor Stevenson, Hair
Michelle McCaw, Hair

Sabrina Bringuier, Photo Assistant

Our January Lady is Morgan Faye:

Morgan in her own words:

“Hi! I’m Morgan Faye and I am the ripened age of 27. Things I like: burritos, high heels, high fives, dance offs, and glitter. Things about me that I think are awesome? I’m an animal rights activist. I do quite a bit of hollering and stomping of the hooves to make sure my animal friends have a voice. I know A LOT of goats and cows. I suppose that’s pretty impressive. I work at a rescue sanctuary for farm animals, educating people on factory farming and the vegan lifestyle, giving tours and scooping poop. I’m also a bit of a degree collector. I have a BA in History from UCLA and also a Film Degree. I’m back in school again doing a Pre-Med program at USC so I can be an Animal Doctor! My plan is to become a zoo veterinarian, hang out with some lions, elephants, and giraffes, and then move to Africa to run a conservation sanctuary.

I’ve worked as a comedian for a few years, so I know some jokes. I’ve also worked at Chevron, so I can change your oil for you. The ladies seem to like my lifted pick-up truck and my laugh, which is actually more of a cackle. I have no control over it. I get over-excited.”

 

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Robin’s Phoner with Morgan

What was your favorite part about being part of the Autostraddle calendar?

My favorite part was actually working with you! I’ve done photoshoots, because I used to work as an actress, and I’m actually really uncomfortable modeling. It makes me really nervous and weird, but then within a second you made me feel really comfortable. It was obviously also awesome meeting all the girls and just dicking around too. And I loved the U-haul.*

What is your greatest passion in life?

Probably animals, not to sound cliche.

That’s right, you’re an animals rights activist! Tell me about what you are doing right now.

I’m currently in school in a pre-med program. I want to go to veterinary school. I work at a sanctuary for farm animals an hour outside of LA.

What’s your favorite animal?

Well I have two and they’re really different, so I don’t know if I can pick one or the other. It makes me stressed out just thinking about that!

You may tell me both.

I have always loved wolves. I love the wildness about them. They are ridiculously cute. I mean, wolf puppies? Like, get out of town. And I love elephants. I really want to work with them someday. (In a commentators voice) Besides being our largest, and most majestic land mammal… (laughs).. There’s something human-like about them. They’re just special.

Number one pet peeve?

When I can’t hear someone on the phone, I hang up on them.

Haha… I’ll keep that in mind as I talk to you.

Yea if I can’t hear you, I would just hang up. I have anxiety towards technology.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

I love TV. People love to hate on it, but I can watch it for 17 hours.

Me, too. My DVR is always full.

I mean, if its a good show, or if you marathon a show, you don’t leave your place for two and a half days.

What is your ideal woman?

Looks-wise, I would say tall, athletic… swaggah-like. Personality, I’m pretty much just interested in a kind person that doesn’t take life too seriously and has a good sense of humor. Someone who gets me; good spirit, good energy. When you get that energy, you know they are legit.

*We rented a U-Haul where we did make-up and hair (and champagne drinking) for the shoot.

 

Special Note: As of December 2010, we request that the comments on Calendar Girls posts, unlike every other post on this site, be exclusively positive. These posts exist to celebrate women, so any shit-talking or criticisms of the model’s appearance will get deleted. Direct concerns about the project or website as a whole can be directed to robin at autostraddle dot com or riese at autostraddle dot com!

Robin specializes in entertainment, lifestyle and portrait photography. She's also a Creative Producer, Director of Photography and co-owner of Scheme Machine Studios LLC, her production company based in Los Angeles. Robin loves shooting for TV and film and has worked with media companies like Legendary Pictures and Viacom. She shot and directed the Pride campaign for Google called #ThisIsFamily. Robin has had the pleasure of working on national campaigns for companies like Dove and Levis, and had the unique opportunity to shoot for non-profits and initiatives such as The Black List, Save the Children, Move to End Violence, Have a Hart Day, and The Clinton Global Initiative. She is most proud of the work she has done with organizations such as The Ad Council and RAINN working on national impact campaigns. Her celebrity roster includes Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, The B-52s, Keri Hilson, JB Smoove, Tegan and Sara, Margaret Cho, The B-52’s, Andreja Pejic, and many more. She was there for Autostraddle’s birth and proudly served as A-Camp co-director for many years.

Robin has written 83 articles for us.

42 Comments

  1. This makes me really, really happy. I’m really excited about the calender–all of the women are absolutely stunning–and the fact that we get to read interviews with them is awesome. I love that we, as readers, get to know the models some – very refreshing!

    Also, I’m super jealous of Morgan’s knowing lots of goats and cows. Every time I see cows while driving or whatever, I say hi to them, haha. I’m not on a first name basis with any of them though. 😛

  2. I got the 2012 calendar as a Christmas gift. The photography is awesome as well as the models, but the calendar isn’t very useful.

    The actual calendar part is hidden in the corner without any room to remind me when I have a dental appointment or when I am supposed to work late.

    I am not the creative mastermind or anything, I am only suggesting…maybe a better month/day calendar set up for 2013? And maybe for 2014 some lesbian models like Beth Ditto because chubby chasers need eye candy, too. Thanks!

  3. i’m so glad to hear that robin is a great to work with as her wonderful photos make her out to be… stunning results!
    everything about this girl is gorgeous c: actress-comedian? animal rights activist? humanities student with a film degree who wants to be a vet and run a conservation sanctuary? where do you find these women??

    ps, i’m with Lali
    pps, it really is quite odd that we’re one year ahead, but what to do, these calendars, they mess with us they do.

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