Rise Inspire Magazine is a digital magazine featuring people AND their stories, bringing to life those stories about challenges, obstacles & inspiration. We've spent the summer working on this debut issue where we introduce you to the team, bring you stories about meeting and destroying challenges...all done through the use of stylized photography. www.riseinspire.com

Rise Inspire Volume 1 • Issue 1 • July 2014 Our Debut Issue We bring you Team Rise Inspire, stories of overcoming adversity, and super stylized photos www .riseinspire.com
Rise Inspire Volume 1     Issue 1     July 2014  Our Debut Issue We bring you Team Rise Inspire, stories of overcoming adv...
CONTENTS INITIATION A letter from Phil, welcoming you to Rise Inspire! RENEWAL! Phil and Laina discuss modeling when life turns hectic NEW BEGINNINGS ! Brianne shares how she aims to bring more high fashion to “everyday people” ! THERE’S A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING! Stacey puts together a concept shoot with nothing more than a simple idea and a hot glue gun! ! STILL SURVIVING Alayna beats cancer but doesn’t stop there. ! ! CHALLENGES Brie goes from teacher to student as she learns how to focus on a path of learning, adapting, and inspiring.! ! ! ! All photos by Phil Hovey, unless noted
CONTENTS  INITIATION A letter from Phil, welcoming you to Rise Inspire   RENEWAL  Phil and Laina discuss modeling when lif...
INITIATION It all began with an idea.! ! That is the answer I seem to give when people ask what started Rise Inspire. The idea was to unite and inspire those around me. It was winter of 2014 when Rise Inspire started to take hold of me. ! ! So here we are, July 2014 and issue 1 is live. This issue introduces you to our team: Stacey, Brianne and Laina. The non-stop work has been absolutely intoxicating. From planning shoots to their execution and the anticipation of the big release….this has been a process worth celebrating. ! ! We are dedicating issue 1 to the celebration of our series of firsts. We have our first issue, our first set of magazine exclusive photo shoots, our first shoots where we built props and sets, our first interviews…but more importantly, our first collective push to bringing about change. ! ! I’ve been involved in photography nearly my entire life and I’ve always valued people’s stories. It seems when people shoot with me, they share their stories all the same. I love learning about why people want photos taken, why they plan certain concepts and simply what they have gone through during their lives. ! ! The big “first” for me was taking my production totally on the road after many years as studio photographer. Most of my work has been created against the trademark grey paper you see above.! ! Often times, a photo shoot with me is the first time people get to celebrate the growth they’ve experienced because of adversity in their lives. So, I got thinking…what if we use those stories to help empower people’s photo shoots? ! ! And so began the movement to reach deeper inside and shoot with purpose.! ! We at Rise Inspire are dedicating ourselves to tell your stories in a manner that brings your strength to the forefront.! ! We aim to show your face with power, confidence and grace.! ! For anyone who writes in, applies to model, or reads our magazine:! ! ! ~ Phil ! ! This is your time to rise.! Team RISE INSPIRE ! Phil Hovey ! Stacey Mendyka! Brianne Kane! Laina Baio! Brie Morrone Pete Morrone Assisted By! Nicole Mason! Luc Burns !
INITIATION It all began with an idea.      That is the answer I seem to give when people ask what started Rise Inspire. Th...
RENEWAL Rise Inspire has always been about a small group of people taking on big things. The few CAN outweigh the many. Laina and I have been collaborating on this article for months now, only, we never knew it. Laina was one of the first people that Stacey and I shared our plans with and Laina was the first person to accept a spot on the team. It became a natural fit with her experiences as being cast for model jobs as “the outsider”. Hi fashion looks often demand a super creative execution of style…yet when type cast as the perpetually angry or disturbed girl, Laina gave second thoughts to various tasks she’d been asked to fulfill. One of our many in depth conversations lead to us planning a role of stylized shoots in studio featuring what we’d call creepy-beauty. The name says it all. We didn’t want to scare off fans of beauty photography but we wanted to invite other non-traditional style cues into our work.
RENEWAL Rise Inspire has always been about a small group of people taking on big things. The few CAN outweigh the many.  L...
Jumping back to winter of 2013, Every session was built around a The images were created outdoors Laina and I took our ideas out on the concept..and the set you’re viewing on a hot summer day. There is a road to more traditional photography now was no different. sense of pride within in them as we instructional seminars. Laina, being did not stray away from the tradi- labeled an “alternative model”, per- We put our versatility to the test as tions we forged together during all of formed in top form. we launched our “home-town hero our studio shoots, lectures, and shoot”. The locations you’re seeing workshops. The lesson we learned, at the end of are in towns that Laina knows very the sessions…beauty portraits are well from her childhood. They are We made the outside world our stu- beauty portraits. No matter who the spots that hold meaning to her. So, dio. And when it was done, we model may be, versatility allows her to end a small modeling hiatus…it packed up, went home, and left our to stand in the forefront of booking seemed fitting Laina return home to imprint on the locations. jobs. shoot. So, when life gets too hectic and So when it came time to continue Life gets hectic and life can be cruel. times become too challenging…do our shooting, Laina and I created But, at the heart of Team Rise Inspire this: remember where you’ve been looks that never lost the emotion. is the will to adapt, overcome, and and take the chance to bring that to be the change. the outside world.
Jumping back to winter of 2013,  Every session was built around a  The images were created outdoors  Laina and I took our ...
“at the heart of Team Rise Inspire is the will to adapt, overcome, and be the change”
   at the heart of Team Rise Inspire is the will to adapt, overcome, and be the change
New Beginnings with Brianne Last summer my best friend competed in the Miss Texas pageant. As preparation, she began modeling in the months leading up to the event. Each time I saw new photographs of her, I would grow more and more envious. I absolutely loved the work she was involved in and wished that I, too, could somehow get into the modeling industry. Unfortunately, I am not a pageant girl nor am I a 5'7" or taller, stickthin girl, two things that would allow me to get noticed by photographers. However, I decided to not give up without trying. I found Phil’s website and got in contact with him after admiring his work. After some correspondences, we agreed to get together for a shoot and the rest is history! I have had so much fun this past year modeling for Phil. We have created some beautiful and incredible images throughout our time together. ! So when Phil brought up the idea of an online magazine to me I was more than thrilled to be a part of it. One of the problems with the modeling industry is that it focuses on unrealistic and, often times, unhealthy body-types. Phil, on the other hand, gives anyone with a vision and a passion the chance to model. I think Rise Inspire is not only a great way to show that any individual can achieve their dream of modeling, but it also brings a more high fashion area of modeling to Connecticut. I am very excited to see what is to come in the future with this magazine and I am very honored to be a part of this journey. ! In mid-June, Phil and I met up for our first summer shoot for 2014. It took place at Gulf Beach in Milford, CT. I am a strong believer in pushing the conventional boundaries so I decided to steer away from doing a typical swimwear shoot. Instead, I scoured the aisles of Savers, looking for the perfect outfit for a high-fashion, beach shoot. I finally came upon a size 14, vintage, purple dress priced at $6.99 and I was sold. ! ! Let's be honest, you can't really go wrong with anything priced that low. So I brought the garment home and took it to the sewing machine to reduce it 12 sizes down. In addition to the purple dress, I also purchased a white, sheer robe for $3.99, a black nightgown for $4.99, and a pink nightgown for $7.99, which also had to be taken in. Altogether, this dramatic shoot cost me under $25.00! The best part is that since the clothes cost so little, I wasn't worried about ruining them, thus allowing me to wade through the ocean water, lay in the beach's sand, and walk through a field of overgrown grass. ! When we scan the pages of the top fashion magazines, we are exposed to garments valued at more than our monthly rent, but the truth is, you don't have to break your budget to achieve high-fashion images. Don't be afraid to search the racks of second-hand stores or thrift shops and don't be afraid to try and make alterations on your own. Worst case scenario is that you waste a few dollars on an outfit you ruined while trying to alter its size. In the end, any type of shoot can be accomplished as long as you are committed to putting in a little time and work of your own!
New Beginnings with Brianne Last summer my best friend competed in the Miss Texas pageant. As preparation, she began model...
There’s A First Time For Everything with Stacey Rise Inspire concept article When I started off 2014, I never pictured myself co-founding what I already consider a successful online magazine. Combined with the website, Facebook page and YouTube channel, it’s quite an undertaking, but I’m up for the challenge! There’s a first time for everything, and this first issue of Rise Inspire Magazine certainly included a number of exciting first experiences for me. I wanted to go all out for my debut shoot, so when an idea came to mind in May, I ran with a concept and theme of my choosing. Thus “Ocean Bride” was born. The goal was to create my own interpretation of a beach wedding but also include a second look by changing only a few elements. It was something I had never done before and jumped at the opportunity to make my own vision come to life. I shared my idea with Phil, was thrilled that he loved it, and we got right to work planning details. We set a target date and Phil was a great help with the location. I already had a pretty good idea of what I was looking for, but found it useful to create a Pinterest board to narrow down the wardrobe, accessories, color scheme etc. for Phil and me to reference as needed. I think it’s really important to give your photographer as clear of an idea as possible in regards to your vision so there’s less room for confusion leading up to the shoot. I made a list of supplies I’d need, headed to the craft store (with coupons in hand) and started on my props. That’s right; I made the bouquet, crown and veil in my pictures. Have hot glue gun, will craft. I love the sense of satisfaction and pride I get from designing and creating something completely unique. The crown actually took the longest since it was the first piece I made and was quite meticulous, followed by the bouquet and the veil. !
There   s A First Time For Everything  with Stacey Rise Inspire concept article  When I started off 2014, I never pictured...
Having seen so many standard looking “round” seashell bouquets, I wanted something different and I think the freeform shape succeeds in adding interest. I incorporated similar elements throughout, like the netting, seashells and “seaweed” greenery to tie in my theme. I’m so happy with the final result, how they appeared in the photos, and wouldn’t change a thing. Searching for the perfect dress was honestly my biggest challenge of the planning process. I spent hours looking online at different styles, textures and colors. Worried I wouldn’t find something better, I ordered a dress online in a panic even though it wasn’t what I wanted, and later returned it. I’m so glad that I did because a few days later I found the perfect dress in a store for under $40, which goes to show that a shoot doesn’t have to cost hundreds of dollars to be great. It couldn’t have been more perfect if I had made it myself and the style fit in so well with the theme. The white color worked with the bridal aspect, the open design gave a knotted feel like the nautical netting, and it was also really organic which tied into the second more Bohemian look. We used the bouquet and veil for Ocean Bride then traded them for the crown and a funky wooden and beaded belt for a free-spirited fashion look. We used different jewelry and posing styles to distinguish between the two “characters”. I think of Ocean Bride as a separate character because although she is considered free-spirited like the Boho Girl as we call her, she’s a bride and the other is not. We posed our bride at the edge of the water and on flat rocks that created an aisle effect, while Boho Girl scaled rocks and walked through water for a more bold approach. It’s also important to mention it was the first time I had an assistant on my shoot and Nicole Mason was such an asset. She had some great posing ideas for Boho Girl, helped with lighting and took awesome behind the scenes footage which later appeared in our “Making of Issue 1” YouTube video. Thanks, Nicole!
Having seen so many standard looking    round    seashell bouquets, I wanted something different and I think the freeform ...
Our goal for Ocean Bride’s shoot was to not only create a very surreal shoot based on the bride on the beach con- LIFE Style …Very styled cept but to also make it complete with a styled shoot. A styled shoot is when photos of props and accessories accompany the model/subject of your session. Stacey took the concept to the fullest with her handmade creation of Ocean Bride’s veil, bouquet and other wedding day charms. The shoot felt very authentic as we had custom accessories to play off. ….and it all began with an idea.
Our goal for Ocean Bride   s shoot was to not only create a very surreal shoot based on the bride on the beach con-  LIFE ...
Still Surviving with Alayna My names Alayna O'Toole. I was diagnosed with stage 3 ing for days at a time. I would get fevers, be shivering Hodgkin's Lymphoma June of 2009. I was experiencing but sweating at the same time, having unbearable pains sharp pains shooting from under my left breast up my throughout my body. Being rushed to the closest hospi- shoulder and down my back. I tal only to be transferred back to All was in tears as I told my Children's. I had a fever one day mother something was and was rushed to Fawcett Memor- wrong and needed to go to ial Hospital and had to get a spinal a hospital. We went to Faw- tap which is a very painful Proce- cett Memorial Hospital in dure. Port Charlotte Florida June ! 5Th and they took x-rays of I was pretty out of it after awhile my chest. As soon as they because of all the medication but got the x-rays back they thought it was fascinating seeing said we need to be taken by my spinal fluid. Another time I had ambulance to All Children's extremely painful stomach pains Hospital in St. Petersburg and was rushed to the hospital Florida. once again and needed to get a blood transfusion because I had a He said he couldn't be sure low blood count. ! but I have a mass in my chest that could be cancerous. We went to All Chil- They gave me 2 bags of blood and dren's Hospital and I stayed in the middle of the second one there from June 5th to June they had to stop because I was 13th undergoing a lot of tests. I was diagnosed June 6th getting a terrible fever. All Children's Hospital was a and had a biopsy on a swollen lymph node in my neck wonderful place and treated me very well. All of my June 8th. June 11th I had a bone marrow biopsy and a nurses were kind and caring and helped me through a port placed in my chest. My first in patient chemotherapy lot. My mother was my rock though, never a day went by was June 19th to June 22nd. I noticed my hair started where she wasn't by my side helping me get through this falling out in the shower and I sat down and cried for every step of the way. I don't know what I would've done what seemed like forever, just pulling out chunks of hair. if I didn't have her with me. When I started losing my hair I was very confused as to what was happening to me my father who has always had long hair shaved his head and why it was happening. when I shaved my head for the first time. There was a point where I just didn't want to do it any more and At first it was kind of fascinating all the medicines and wanted to give up. I couldn't stand getting sick all the technology they use seeing how I wanted to go to school time, feeling like I was going to die and getting pumped in the medical field, but after a little while I started get- with chemicals everyday. ting really sick, in and out of the hospital everyday, stay- !
Still Surviving with Alayna  My names Alayna O Toole. I was diagnosed with stage 3  ing for days at a time. I would get fe...
I wanted to give up and let it take its toll. But I realized I was stronger than that. That I needed to keep fighting. Because I'm a survivor and have overcame a lot of terrible things growing up and if I can overcome all of that I could get through this. I wanted to give up and let it take its In September 2010 my Oncologist toll. But I realized I was stronger than told me I was cancer free. I did it. I that. That I needed to keep fighting. was in remission, but this isn't the Because I'm a survivor and have end. I need to go to the hospital overcame a lot of terrible things every 3 months to get CAT/PET growing up and if I can overcome all scans to make sure it doesn't come of that I could get through this. With back. I'm going to have to do this for the support of my family and friends the rest of my life in fear that I could and the wonderful All Children's get cancer again. But if it comes to Hospital I got through it. I moved to that I know I will get through it just Connecticut February of 2010 and like I've got through everything else started going to Children's Medical that I've battled in my years. I'm a Center in Hartford. warrior! Photos: Alayna personal Archives
I wanted to give up and let it take its toll. But I realized I was stronger than that. That I needed to keep    ghting. Be...
“I’m A Warrior !”
   I   m A Warrior
Challenges with Brie “A lot of people have stories they are uncomfortable to tell because they are afraid of judgement” says school teacher Brie Morrone. But, what if telling your story can help others feel less alone? We spent a day with Brie and conducted the first ever Rise Inspire video interview. Read on as Brie tells us about challenges, making a stand and becoming a leader on an every day basis. We live in an age where it is easy to share stories both good and bad with people…and sometimes all it takes to share a tough story is getting fed up with not feeling good enough yet wanting to “be a better version of myself”. It sounds impossible, but small steps are all it takes to find that first moment where the happiness outweighs the stress, sadness or sense of being disappointed with oneself. Brie is open in the sharing of her story having overcome the physical and emotional effects of weight gain. Now an avid runner and yoga enthusiast, Brie shares that it wasn’t always that way. High school is a formative time for us all. Memories of not being able to run the infamous gym class mile stuck with Brie over the years. As an adult, Brie reached a point where she felt it was time to change. It was time to lose weight, get fit and rise above the fear of change. She attributes the will to change to her gradual realization that she’d fallen into being too comfortable with the ways things were. As someone who always enjoyed dance, Brie took her realization that she wanted more fitness in her life and made it a goal. And like many before her, Brie stresses that taking the first step was the toughest one. It is important to note that the plan itself is only a small part of making progress. The steps we take to executing our plan truly matter. Brie has found an exceptional support group through her travels and fitness programs. Through repeating the steps to get up and be mindful of her plan Brie found her way. Strangers became friends. Sweat became evidence of frustrations leaving the body. And feelings of being alone were replaced with knowledge that other people struggled with similar problems. Small steps of progress overcame many painful memories of doubt, struggle, and feelings of being alone. You see, no problem is too small or too insignificant to make us doubt ourselves. As Brie says, success comes from “making sure we’re working on our goals together”. It all comes from sharing our story for that first time.
Challenges with Brie    A lot of people have stories they are uncomfortable to tell because they are afraid of judgement  ...
Another common theme during our Challenges are not easy to over- time with Brie was the notion that come, but they CAN be overcome. progress and growth come from the We live in an age where social media relationships we make. Often times, can help. Very open to sharing her transitions are super difficult times story, Brie is a regular user of social to stay positive. media to let us follow her journey to better health and happiness. As a school teacher to 5th graders, Brie stresses daily the need to make Brie’s story inspired many people to good life choices and surround follow their wishes to seek out better yourself with people who support fitness, or to try new yoga classes or and motivate you each day. Again, even to go find a new trail to hike. you’re never alone. The point is that Brie realized that Just like the fitness studio, everyone “this is what helps me, this is what needs a team. works for me and I want to share it”. Simple things come back to those As a team effort, Rise Inspire took to who become the change. It is a firm the woods of upstate Connecticut to belief of team Rise Inspire that what create the photos you see here. We you get back in life is directly related wanted to give a very empowered to what you put out. look to the shoot. We wanted to push past the common and jump Brie is a true leader, healer and mo- into the surreal. tivator. The day we spent with her showed us that no struggle is too Since movement is a key part of small to teach us how to grow. And Brie’s growth and new sense of no feat is too small to be celebrated self…it seemed fitting to let her and cherished. As goals are meant move. to be reached and not just set. Dance in the woods, levitate at a From dancing in the woods to being tree, practice yoga in the stream and the Brie-Hawk at the dam, Brie Mor- finally become a super hero at the rone showed us what it means to be dam all played into the day. mindful of every moment and find ways to tell your story. “I look at myself as trying to be the best version of myself everyday”
Another common theme during our  Challenges are not easy to over-  time with Brie was the notion that  come, but they CAN ...
“this is what helps me, this is what works for me and I want to share it”
   this is what helps me, this is what works for me and I want to share it
SPECIAL Thanks…from Phil Photo By Melissa G Well, there you have it! Issue 1 is a wrap. We’ve packed Brianne and I have been pushing boundaries and creating diverse so much into our debut issue. The creation process has photo sets now for quite some time. Each shoot with Brianne re- been so much fun. It has featured some truly iconic sults in my learning that there is always more to create and always moments for myself…and I am sure my crew would more ideas to bring to life. She brings to Rise, a simple belief that echo my sentiments. we can do anything because we are a team. It was without a doubt that Brianne would be part of what it means to unite and inspire I want to give thanks to them all as this magazine would those around us. be nothing without each and every ounce of life force given to Rise Inspire by the dedicated people I surround Brie and Pete Morrone: Welcome To Team Rise Inspire myself with daily. Heather Beaumont: Your Time To Rise Has Arrived. First I have to thank Stacey Mendyka for taking on this great responsibility of building the magazine from Luc Burns, Nicole Mason: Thank you for all the coverage and undy- ground up with. Thank you for all the patience when I ing support. say “It can’t be that difficult…”. As my day-to-day manager of Rise Inspire, model, concept planner and photo assistant, Rise Inspire’s success is directly linked to the dedication that Stacey gives daily. From a simple shoot to the building of an empire, Stacey, I am honored to see you as my #1. Laina has been part of the Rise Inspire crew long before there was even a Rise Inspire. She brings to me countless ideas, stories and themes that make me want to shoot more, study harder, and stand up stronger. Laina’s shoots with me have been and will continue to be iconic representations of the impossible brought to life. And I couldn’t thank enough: My brother Tito: 2manwreckingcrew. All our families, friends: We are loyal to the end. Much respect to everyone who has taken a chance to step in front of my lens. And thank you to those who allow us to tell your story. RISE UP!!! We at Rise Inspire are dedicating ourselves to tell your stories in a manner that brings your strength to the forefront. ! ! ! We aim to show your face with power, confidence and grace. For anyone who writes in, applies to model, or reads our magazine: This is your time to rise.
SPECIAL Thanks   from Phil  Photo By Melissa G  Well, there you have it  Issue 1 is a wrap. We   ve packed  Brianne and I ...
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