The Photographic Journal

Coquettish

Essay 142 • Mar 22nd 2017

Coquettish is probably my favorite word in the English language. I was trying to remember the first time I heard or read the word but couldn’t. And, to be honest, I forgot about the word, until I photographed Apryl a few weeks ago in my apartment in Berkeley. It rained for most of the weekend, until our shoot, allowing us the perfect opportunity to play dress up. Apryl moved effortlessly through each look, embodying a different attitude for each. Coquettish is defined as (of a woman) characteristically flirtatious, especially in a teasing, lighthearted manner. She exemplified it; a playful behavior: coy confidence, if there’s such a thing.


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Paige Ricks, 29, is a photographer and writer based in Berkeley, California. With her imagery, Paige’s goal is to always tell stories with vibrant color.

Her photographic style of capturing the color and mood of a scene transcends into her fashion photography which she conceptualizes, styles and photographs. With a special interest in documenting people, places and cultures, Paige’s documentary work ranges from photographing inmates inside San Quentin State Prison and women beer brewers in Uganda to street fashion in Central London.

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Model: Apryl Clark