Last fall, my friend Smiles Davis needed some portraits taken that she could use as artwork for her DJ mixes and promotion over the next year. I met Smiles through The Flashdance, where we often work together at weddings. We bonded early on during a road trip to Vegas, so naturally we were both drawn to a desert backdrop when brainstorming ideas for this shoot. The entire afternoon was filled with dancing, random waterslides, bond-girl poses, and exploring desolate roads just outside of Palm Springs. Do yourself a favor and listen to this girl spin some records sometime — she’ll blow your mind.