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Behind the Scenes photos from a Flashes of Hope shoot

When not shooting fashion advertising, editorial, catalogs or lookbooks I love to produce photo shoots for Flashes of Hope acting as the New York Chapter Director.

Flashes of Hope is a volunteer driven organization that brings commercial photographers into pediatric cancer treatment centers in order to photograph the patients and their families. We also bring in hair and makeup artists to make the subjects look extra beautiful, the photos more polished, and make the subjects feel really good.

No, we are not curing cancer, but when a mom tells you “It is so nice to see my daughter smile, it does not happen that often.” you know we are doing something really important.  This shoot took place at Cohen Children’s Medical Center on Long Island.

Thanks to photographer Chris Casaburi and hair and makeup by nuBest Salon for generously donating their time and mad talent!

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Great photographers wear glasses!

My photo assistant Kentaro Minami had a personal project taking polaroids of photographers.  A couple of months after he took my polaroid I asked him to see his project.  Kentaro brought me a photo album.  Leafing through the pages I found my picture flanked by portraits of photographers Bruce Davidson and Stephen Shore.  Talking about being surrounded by greatness!  I was quite flattered!

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First photo shoot with my new hip!

In younger days I was quite passionate training in wrestling and karate.  Part of the regime was running.  I loved to ski as well. Almost 20 years ago I felt some stiffness in my hip. Thinking it was stubborn tendonitis I went to a doctor to have it checked out.  Unfortunately the diagnosis was early onset of arthritis, which I have been living with since.  I traded in the dojo for a swimming pool and the running shoes for a bicycle.  For the past 3 years pilates has kept me in good shape.  After a visit to my doctor in June, we decided it was time for a change, and scheduled replacement surgery for December 11, 2014.  My work schedule slows down around the holidays.  I let my clients know I would be out for 5 weeks and tried to schedule shoots the best I could.  I lost a couple of jobs, but not too bad.  I was dreading surgery up until I was sitting in the operating room, hooked up to an IV, and the anesthesia knocked me out.  When I woke up in recovery I was very happy I had it done and looked forward to recuperating and a better quality of life.

It has been 5-1/2 weeks since surgery.  I have been doing physical therapy every day trying my best to get back to work.  Yesterday was my first shoot.  I was nervous that I would start feeling sore and the joint would fatigue.  I felt great!  It was nice to get back into the studio.  The job was demanding and I felt no pain or tightness.  I am looking forward to full recovery and of course more work!

If you need a new hip, Dr. Roy Davidovitch is your man (NYU Hospital for Joint Disease).  If you want to see an animated video of the procedure, check out this link.  Pretty crazy.

Here is some behind the scenes from yesterday’s shoot for Alice and Trixie.  Robin Buss of Muse NYC was our gorgeous model.  The last photo of me on the ladder was taken by my assistant at the end of the day!

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Beauty photography in my NYC studio

Yesterday I took a day to shoot a test in studio.  Booked the stunning Dutch beauty Quirine Engel from New York Models.  Lizzie Lerman did her makeup and Ayato Yokojima did hair.  Lizzie was referred to me by Jillian of Exclusive Artist Management.  I have been working with Ayato for years.  We started very clean and built the makeup gradually, but never too heavy.  Quirine was a pleasure to work with.  I am very happy with the photos.  Here are a couple of behind the scenes photos.  I will post the finished images once they have been selected and retouched.

Monday I will be shooting a lookbook for a Korean designer, Tuesday I am coordinating a shoot for Flashes of Hope… can’t wait for the weekend to be over so I can get back to work!

Lizzie applying the final touches using Nars Cosmetics.

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Ayato on set working his hair magic!

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One of my favorite frames out of camera, no retouching…

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Half day shoot

Today I had a half day job shooting an aspiring model.

My Manhattan studio is on West 20th St.  My sister lives around the corner. This weekend my sister and her husband are out of town.  My mom and step-father are watching my niece and nephew. Since it is a weekend and my shoot ended at noon, I decided to invite my mom to bring the kids in for an impromptu  shoot and surprise my sister and brother-in-law with some fun photos of the kids.

My niece is a spitting image of my sister and my nephew is the total ham.  Their parents are going to die when the see the photos!  My only regret is that I forgot to shoot my mom with her grandkids!  I guess that means another family session!

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On the Other Side of the Camera!

This winter my friend and former assistant Kentaro Minami visited NYC with his client Mitsukoshi Department Store to photograph events and other assignments. One of the assignments were to create photos of their newly designed shopping bag being used by people. I was quite flattered when he asked me and my family to model for the shoot, which of course includes our Italian exchange student Caterina and our vizsla, Hoshi. Sunday morning we had the crew over for a typical New York breakfast of bagels, lox, and cream cheese, then got down to work: hair, makeup, styling and shooting in my Brooklyn home.

The photos were recently hung in windows at their flagship store in Tokyo. Unfortunately my schedule does not permit me to visit Tokyo and stand next to the window in order to greet my Japanese fans and autograph shopping bags. I am thrilled to have the experience, memories, and photos! I love being on the model side of the camera.

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