Back in early January, my wife and I were watching a movie called Black Swan featuring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. I've always loved dance and after the movie was over, it hit me. What if we did a photoshoot based off of the movie. It would be our interpretation of the film. So I contacted my dancer friend Payton Trollman (Trixx_dancer on IG) and asked her if she'd be down to play a ballerina for our shoot. She said absolutely. I threw out a few locations for her and we ended up settling on the Old LA Zoo. This is a favorite spot of my wife and I to shoot. The only thing missing was a makeup artist. I reached out to Ali Embury (aliemburymakeup on IG) website:, and she was more than happy to assist. So with about 2 weeks to prepare, we all pulled together and met up on a chilly Saturday morning to bring the Black Swan to life. We now present to you our modern day ballet, The Black Swan.