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Photographing Strong Kids and Families

All my adult life I have been doing volunteer work with kids: literacy training in public schools, Big Brother volunteer, hosting foreign exchange students through AFS (ongoing). Five years ago I stumbled upon Flashes of Hope. The national organization photographs patients in pediatric cancer treatment centers and their families.  I am currently the New York Chapter Director.

I was initially attracted to the organization because it focused on two of my passions: children and photography. I had no idea how meaningful our work is to the families we serve. First, it is a fun diversion. We have hair and makeup and make a really big deal to make sure the subjects feel very special. We bring a lot of levity onto the “set” (a backdrop and lighting equipment squeezed into whatever spare space we can find). The families are so grateful for the photos. For the kids who get better, they document a monumental time in the life.  For the families who lose kids the photos are loving memories that are cherished.

I started off just as a photographer.  I was extremely moved by the work we were doing. I volunteered as Chapter Director so I can be more involved on a regular basis. Usually I am organizing the shoots, booking hair and makeup and a photographer.  I love sharing the experience with colleagues. It is incredible how emotional it is for all involved.

Tuesday I decided to take a turn as a photographer. It was a particularly difficult shoot emotionally since I was told that 4 of the 5 kids were under palliative care. The families are so generous with their appreciation and emotion. Lots of love.  I am still feeling the effect from the day.

A big  THANK YOU to Richard Piana and nuBest Salon for providing hair and makeup bringing all the more beauty into the shoot. Also a real appreciation for all Child Life specialists. Every one of you are angels.

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Activewear Photography, NYC

Last week I had the pleasure of shooting model Sean Biloski, Wilhelmina New York for an activewear campaign that will be featured in Costco internationally.

During the shoot I had fashion stylist Nyree square up against Sean, taking a promotional shot for their upcoming UFC, no holds barred, world championship bout!

I have my money on Nyree.  She may give up a considerable advantage on height and weight, but she is quite fast, has a great eye, and very skilled with pins and binder clips!

We had a lot of fun shooting lifestyle images in my studio!

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Kids Fashion Photography, NYC

Yesterday, a rainy May New York morning, we had a faux snowball fight, drank fake hot chocolate with real whipped cream, and had a lot of silly fun photographing kids outerwear fashion for BJ’s and Costco.

Models Adrian from Generation Model Management and Emma from FFT New York killed it.

I love shooting kids (with a camera, of course).

The ham that I am, I had to don a men’s jacket and get into a fun photo with the kids.

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Behind the scene with kids fashion photographer Eric Hason and models. Having fun on set!

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Poster Size! Go Big Or Go Home! Postcards Too.

Yesterday I stopped by the retail store of my long time client Lee Anderson Couture. Lee creates exquisite custom couture fashion for her discriminating clientele. Unfortunately Lee was not in the store, but got to see some of the images we shot last year in print.

I picked up a couple of postcards that are sent out as promotion, and the in store poster she prints each season.

The model is the stunning Jessica LeBleis from Next Model Management, New York.  Jessica totally gets the clothing and concept. Everything looks amazing on her.  Makeup artist and hair stylist Hiro Yonemoto with Art Department had the difficult job of making the beautiful Jessica look beautiful!

Special thanks to Wikkie for her beautiful craftsmanship and styling on set!

Postcards of model Jessica LeBleis wearing couture fashion by Lee Anderson.

Postcards of model Jessica LeBleis, Next Model Management, New York for couture designer Lee Anderson NYC.

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Poster of fashion model Jessica LeBleis for Lee Anderson Couture. Yes, that is me taking the photograph in the mirror!

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Fashion Catalog Photography

Wednesday evening.  Just completed my third day shooting for the early fall McCall’s Pattern Company catalog; two more days to go!  McCall’s creates patterns for home sewers to create their own clothing.  The company has a deep, rich history dating back to 1870! I had the pleasure of working in their studio and touring their catalog archives.  They have all of their past catalogs and is a real history of fashion and trends. A plethora of supermodels have graced the covers!

The amount of preparation and thought that goes into each shoot is really impressive.  I am honored to be entrusted to help execute the team’s vision while adding my personal style to each shoot. The art direction, styling, model casting, makeup/hair and organization is always on point.

It is a thrill to receive the catalog after it is printed.  I love doing photography for this client!

Since there is an embargo on the fashion images I can only show limited images I take specifically to share for social media.  I get approval from the fashion editor prior to posting.

Here are some natural light beauty images of models Sam Vrielink of Wilhelmina New York, myself with model Bamboo (Shine Ibu),  Lauren Macarro of State Management NYC, Karen cutting Lauren’s hair (not) and Anna Vorobyeva Wilhelmina New York in the makeup chair with makeup artist Dawn Brocco and fashion director Karen Duffy.

Can’t wait to shoot children’s fashion tomorrow!

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Summer in the Studio! Photography for Swimwear Catalog

I love working with my swim client Kuleana! Their swimwear is beautifully designed and cut to compliment a women’s physique. They use beautiful fabric with fun patterns and great colors.  We have assembled a great team so the day runs smooth and efficiently.  Monae Everrett provides hair and makeup. She gives us a natural beachy beauty look.  Below is a photo of model Becky Boggs from State Management New York.  Becky is great, giving a variety of looks and nailing it each time.   This was our last shoot for the Summer 2018 collection.  Can’t wait to start photographing the next collection starting in May!  Ironically, next week I will be shooting for a fur client.

Below are a few photos from the day.

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Photography for NYC Knitwear Designer Label and Thread

I love working for New York knitwear designer Label and Thread!  They create beautiful sweaters, scarves and hats, are really great with styling the looks, book great models, and are really fun to work with.  We always use Andrea Wilson of Next Artists for hair and makeup. Andrea is extremely talented and a blast to work with. Her energy keeps the set jumping and her attention to detail makes sure each look is flawless. This season the client booked Dutch model Romy de Grijff from Wilhelmina NY. Romy is a stunning woman and a pleasure to work with.  She made my job extremely easy.

The day started off similar to most.  I arrived at the studio early to start setting up.  I like to be ready to shoot when the client arrives.  This way I am free to spend time helping the client with what they need to prepare for a day of shooting.  During the week another photographer had a job photographing food. My studio manager surprised us with a crate of assorted bags of tortilla chips. There were about 30 bags! Jokingly I asked him what about the guacamole? He came in with a bag of ripe avocados, onion, tomato and limes.  I spent the next 10 minutes making some killer guacamole for the crew and studio staff.  That was a first!

Unfortunately there was no tequila left over. Never too early for shots!

We had a really productive day of shooting.  Below are some of the looks from the F/W18 collection.  I am looking forward to seeing the images live on their website! If you would like to see some of our work from the current season take a look at www.labelandthread.com.

Romy and Andrea love my guacamole!

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And images of the collection

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