Soft Lightning Studio

Soft Lightning Vol. 1

Soft Lightning Vol. 1

Soft Lightning is launching its first magazine! This is a call soliciting entries from the photographers we seek to hold space for:

POC, Photogs w/ disabilities or mental illness, body positive individuals, women, queer, trans/non-binary folx, rural & non-coastal imagemakers, etc


Send along your entries via email in a zipped folder to:

Images must be photographic in nature, any subject matter, JPGS, labeled as follows LastName_FirstName01.jpg

300DPI. Accompanying Image List, Bio that includes your pronouns and Instagram handle.

$5.00 entry fee for 10 images, $10.00 for 20 images, etc -paypal fee to INFO@SOFTLIGHTNINGSTUDIO.COM (If you are experiencing financial hardship please email us about assistance.)

How are these funds used? SL is a young passion project so these funds are used to support the operating costs such as yearly website fees, domain names, and funding publications.

Each submitting photographer will be able to purchase a discounted copy of the magazine.

10% of funds from sales of the magazine will go to Mozaic Ohio, a wellness program and community space for transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people of color ages 13-29. for more information.

DEADLINE: December 15th, 2019.

Publication date: Early Spring 2020.

If you are not a photographic artist but are still interested in assisting the cause donations are greatly appreciated.



Lilac Perez

is a New York based Casting Director and Photo Editor. Originally from Los Angeles where she received her BFA in Photography from Art Center College of Design in 2008. She is currently the Casting Director at Refinery 29 working across photography and video casting for both branded and editorial content. Lilac has casted for over fifty brands including Gucci, Instagram, Adidas, Chanel, Target, GAP, H&M, Universal Standard, and Revlon.

Having prior experience as an agent at Wilhelmina Models she has a keen eye for unique talent and strong agency relationships. With an innate ability to scout emerging talent in the modeling industry, she is a trend forecaster setting the tone for brands and agencies alike. Lilac built and defined the Refinery29 casting lens through her unique approach to scouting talent. She focuses on talents’ narrative to tell visual stories and continually showcases inclusivity and diversity across all of her work. Having an extensive database of real people, models, and tastemakers she continues to break boundaries and pushes the depths of visual storytelling within the industry.


Nicolas Bloise

is a photographer and visuals editor based in New York City. Born and raised in the city by the bay, San Francisco, CA, he moved to New York to study Photography & Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Under the guidance and mentorship of significant artists such as Wafaa Bilal, Deb Willis, and Erika Devries, he closely studied photography and its relationship to performance. Upon graduating Nicolas became an assistant photo editor at Teen Vogue, and then an associate photo editor at Refinery29, ultimately leading him to his current position as a visuals editor at Out Magazine.

He actively seeks to challenge the current systems under which photography operates and is continually looking for new perspectives to commission, particularly from queer artist of color. His photography currently focuses on the documentation of the queer community that he has become a part of in New York City.

Photo by: @haonguyen.jpg

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Zora Murff

is an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Arkansas. He received his MFA in Studio Art from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and holds a BS in Psychology from Iowa State University. Zora’s work addresses questions related to social aspects of making and consuming imagery. His work has been exhibited nationally, internationally, and published in Aperture Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic.

Zora was named an Aperture Portfolio Prize finalist, an honoree for PDN’s 30: New & Emerging Photographers to Watch, was selected as a Light Work Artist-in-Residence, and a Hammonds House Honors nominee. He has published books with Aint-Bad Editions and Kris Graves Projects. His most recent publication, At No Point In Between was published by Dais Books. Zora is also a Co-Curator of Strange Fire Collective, a group of interdisciplinary artists, writers, and curators working to promote and construct an archive of artwork created by women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ individuals.