Last fall I connected with Vaughn Stewart, editor in chief of Cool America Magazine. We had a couple of great phone conversations and decided to shoot an editorial together for the winter edition of his magazine. He mentioned the possibility of using Forest Hills Gardens as a location. I took a drive out and we toured around the neighborhood. I fell in love with the area and saw endless possibilities of incredible images. Vaughn hit up a half dozen of the top New York model agencies and we both agreed that Braxton Claudill from One Management New York was perfect for the story. Vaughn tapped Brian Robinson, BDR Styling to create out looks.
Shoot day was a breeze. Although we photographed a couple of looks inside an apartment and on a beautiful balcony, Vaughn felt it was not consistent with the editorial feel of the story. Even though I loved the images, I had to agree. We piled into my car, parked by the local train station, shot two looks on the platform, a third look on the sidewalk, pulled around the corner and shot three looks on a side street. Might be the easiest editorial I shot, and I am in love with the results.
I have been waiting to share this fashion editorial entitled Ebb and Flow that I shot early this Fall. It was just published in Parsian magazine Kodd. If features model Alisar with agency The Management New York(I am happy to see that the agency is using 4 of the photos on her portfolio page). Fashion editor/stylist Erin Bookman dressed Alisar in layered looks from designers Dries van Noten, Off-White, Maison Margiela, Comme Des Garcons, Issey Miyake paired with vintage pieces from her own collection.
We decided to shoot the story in black and white. I incorporated motion and shot through painted glass in order to give a dreamlike feel to the story.
Hair stylist Jason Linkow, ABTP and makeup artist Maria Oviedo completed the team.
I was thrilled that emerging fashion designer Claudio Cina asked me to photograph his Spring 22 collection. Claudio and I had collaborated before on an editorial. Our energy and creative vision produced spectacular work. I was excited to bring our vision to his new line. This is the first season that Claudio introduced a complete menswear collection. He also debuted accessories including handbags, jewelry and sick hand painted boots!
Claudio wanted the shoot to have a tropical feel. We were considering a restaurant location but the hours and timing didn’t work. My New York photo studio seemed to be the best option. We mood boarded, sourced props, backdrops, floors, plants. After many phone calls and a meeting Claudio opted to keep it simple and just use a blue backdrop which evokes the Caribbean Sea and tropical skies. I felt it was a good choice. We want to feature his designs and not detract from them.
Cina is a force. The collection includes a cohesive representation of swimwear, beachwear, jackets, couture dresses, tops, bottoms and accessories. His silhouettes, fabric selection, embroidery, hand painting, graphic designs, color palette is beyond. For me the highlight is his hand beaded dresses, color blocked leather biker jacket and those killer boots!
Claudio is very particular about his models. He already had male model Raphael Diogo with The Society Management casted. The female model he wanted to use was not available due to her traveling to Milano for their fashion week. I recommended a half dozen top NYC model agencies. After a bunch of go-sees it was decided to go with Jenaye Noah, also with Society.
The shoot was effortless. The models were perfect for the collection. We started off shooting with Raphael and menswear. He totally understood the vibe of the shoot and brought the clothing to life. The same held true with Jenaye. Besides being gorgeous she is a pleasure to work with and showcased the designs perfectly. I really enjoyed shooting the two models together. Although they just met that day it seemed like they knew each other forever!
I love it when the client has a difficult job selecting final images, as was the case with this shoot. He spent a lot of time narrowing down photos for his final layout. I also love when the client requests minimal retouching. These photos are pretty much out of camera. There was no toning. Some corrections were made with stray hair, unruly fabric, lightening some shadows, but for the most part what you see is what we shot.
We are thrilled that CFDA Runway 360 decided to showcase Claudio’s collection. You can see the images from our shoot by clicking on this link:
Creative directory Alex Palomo and I created a stunning editorial for Genlux Magazine. It was our first collaboration. We spent a couple of months planning our next shoot based on his concept Cockatoo Inn. We planned a sexy, film noir, motel feel, inspired by tight sets and limited props to be shot in my New York studio. We put together a moodboard and started recruiting a team: fashion stylist Bex Vanderway, hair stylist Damian Monzillo, and makeup artist J.Patrick. It was our first time working with Bex. I had collaborated with Damian on a killer beauty editorial for Oob Magazine and was looking forward to working together again. J.Patrick had worked with Alex before but it was my first time shooting with him. We contacted Chad Thompson of Communa-K and he agreed to help with casting models for the project. He gave us some amazing options and we selected Monica Ollander of Ford Models New York and Melissa Cuc with Supreme Model Management.
After nailing down the moodboard I purchased some curtains, scavenged some rugs and was preparing to drag some of my Danish Modern furniture into the studio. My wife was not happy about transporting her curated furniture into my studio. Since everybody on the team was fully vaccinated against Covid we decided to shoot the concept in my Park Slope Brownstone. I was really excited by the prospect and after showing Alex what my home offered, he was pretty stoked as well. We spent a Saturday prepping models, moving furniture, shlepping lighting equipment around my home. We had a great time and were very excited with the images we created!
I have included photos in this post but check out my website and Instagram to see more!
Styled by fashion director Mike Stallings, we shot at a single location in Brooklyn. I love the simplicity of the wall, offering a dynamic backdrop to showcase our killer guys and the street style high fashion.
Fashion stylist Holli Kingsbury, represented by Timothy Priano, came to me with the concept of a spring color story with a model on a trampoline on the rooftop of my studio. I was really excited about the idea, but due to schedules we had to shoot the upcoming Friday. We booked my studio and started planning.
Holli and I both agreed we needed a model with a dance background. We couldn’t have just any girl bouncing on a trampoline. She needed to have experience posing and nailing expression midair. Also she needed endurance. I immediately thought of Sophie Olszak. Last July we shot a fur catalog together. She is gorgeous, and a pleasure to work with. I remembered that she danced for the Brooklynettes. The Brooklyn Nets were in the playoffs so I knew she would be in town. I messaged her on Instagram. She was in between agencies and was excited for the shoot.
The morning of the shoot the sky was gray and there was a significant chance of rain. I decided to set up the studio as a backup for the likelihood of a torrential downpour…which occurred.
I used an Elinchrom Fresnel Spot 30 to create a hard light and a strong shadow. The paper was rigged across the ceiling and down the wall so I could shoot low and not have the studio ceiling showing. It was a fun setup!
As soon as Sophie was finished with makeup and hair, dressed in her first look and started jumping on the trampoline I knew we had magic. Immediately Holli whispered in my ear we booked the perfect model.
The shoot went without a hitch. The hardest part of the shoot is choosing images!
When Emma arrived at the studio (see previous blog post) she was accompanied by a new friend Hannah Jo, also a fresh face with Elite Model Management New York. While shooting Emma, I pulled makeup artist Maria Oviedo aside and asked her if she wanted to shoot a look with Hannah as well. We had Hannah contact her agent who agreed. Glad we asked… here are some of the results!
Very excited to share this new shoot with fresh face model Emma with Elite New York. Emma is visiting NYC for a week to meet with her bookers and prepare for her launch this fall. I am the lucky photographer to be the first to work with her in New York.
Makeup artist/hair stylist Maria Oviedo and I had a great time working with her. We kept the concept clean and want to accentuate her natural beauty. I think we were very successful! The images are stunning!
I love this shoot with natural beauty Madison DeSilva from Ford NYC. Madison is a dream to work with, perfect skin, gorgeous features and sweet personality. My friend and frequent collaborator, makeup artist and hair stylist Maria Ailen Oviedo enhanced Madison’s beauty keeping the makeup light and subtle bringing out highlights. We played with her lip color and beautiful, thick, long hair. These images were created in my New York photo studio. I am super excited to share the images we created. Check out my website and Instagram to see more stunning photos!
I am really pleased to share my latest fashion editorial I produced that was published in Genlux Magazine.
I collaborated with my friend and art director Alex Palomo. We created a moodboard incorporating floral arrangements into a fashion photo shoot. After solidifying the creative deck we booked fashion stylist Holli Kingsbury with agency ABTP. Holli also wanted to handle the floral styling. Once we worked out the fashion direction we rounded out the team with long time collaborators hair stylist Cassie Carey and makeup artist JP Ramirez.
Shoot day was fantastic! I was blown away how the team pulled together and created magic! The images are stunning. I have received so many wonderful compliments. Please take a look at some of the magic we created and visit my website and Instagram account to see more of the work!