Posts in Category: Models

Sabrina in CuraƧao

Sabrina and I have been traveling around the world separately for a while, always tailing behind each other until this trip where for once we could go to the same destination on the same plane, at the same time. She loves fashion, and I love taking pictures, so it was easy for her to pick the outfits while I picked the locations and snapped away. There’s nothing like renting your own car and exploring a new country, finding secluded spots and making the world your studio.


Fort Tryon with Sabrina

Sabrina and I walked around Fort Tryon park in Manhattan on a sunny day enjoying her cute summer dresses. As the photographer, we have just as much say in the wardrobe as the model. A photographer who has a vision must also know what kind of outfits he or she wants in the narrative. So many times the photographer might say “whatever you want,” when the model also replies, “I don’t know, what do you want?” Somebody needs to make a decision! When it comes to the outfits, the model needs to feel good in them, she needs to feel pretty or sexy. The photographer needs to create the story, the setting, observe the lighting, and tell the model the outfit is appropriate. My taste has always been soft, loose, flowy light summery fabrics that barely sits on the skin. It makes the model feel free and comfortable. I love the idea of cute clothes that can easily be on the verge of sexy. The inadvertent slip of the strap, revealing collar bone and cleavage or dangerously low back is such an incredible tease you just want to take the model inside so it can just be slipped off completely. So remember photographers, you have just as much of a responsibility and say to the wardrobe if you are organizing the photo shoot.


Kyla Throwback

I’ve had the extreme pleasure of photographing Kyla over the past four years, watching her transform from an innocent face to a seductive siren. The photo shoots have alternated between Miami and New York, from a hotel room to the beach, from my studio to a Brooklyn loft. No matter how she looks or where she is, her true playful and down to earth personality always shine behind the camera, and I love just hanging out with her. She will only blossom into a more confident and sexy woman with the coming years.


Pro or Amateur?

I get asked often whether or not my models are professionals or if I like to work with amateurs versus experienced models. There are obvious advantages and disadvantages to both, but if I would have to pick one, I am usually more excited to work with someone with little to no experience in modeling given that she has visible potential. Before I list my reasons why I would choose either one, it would be best to explain my type of work. I prefer my style of photography to be intimate and feel more personal, almost a boyfriend perspective rather than a studio session. I want the audience to feel as if they are actually there playing with a real woman. I want the chemistry and interaction to be palpable. I don’t want the model to feel distant as if she were above and beyond the reach of the audience. Simply put, I want the girl-next-door feel.

When working with an experienced model, it depends what field of modeling she fits into. My least favorite type are fashion models, they have memorized ten fashion poses that are usually unnatural, sometimes uncomfortable looking, or simply just trying too hard to look different. A fashion model’s job is to make clothing look good, not their own body. Granted, if a model has the ideal height, face, and body structure, she can make any pose look good, however it still won’t convey a sense of intimacy in the photos that I am looking for. No matter how hard I try to direct an experienced fashion model to be more natural and playful, the poses are so ingrained into their muscle memory that they fall back into them and I just shake my head! On the other hand, if the experienced model usually does glamour or any other sexy genres, then I’ll shut my mouth and let her take control of the session and I become a trigger-happy-puppy. She will know how to flirt with the camera, how to tease with her outfit, and enjoy being suggestive with her poses. An experienced model in the same genre as the photographer’s interest make the session go by incredibly fast and efficient with guaranteed results.

When working with beginners, it’s always a gamble whether or not this model will truly have potential in front of the camera. The true test is when the shutter starts clicking and the model is required to start moving fluidly and interacting with the photographer. All beginners need some warm up time, some women require only thirty minutes while some might need additional future sessions. My evaluation for every model on her potential varies greatly on what I think of their looks, attitude, and personality. I might give some women more chances than others. It does seem like a lot of investment is required in terms of time and energy to work with a new model, time spent coaching and directing her. Notice I used the term investment. Being a model’s first photographer leaves a huge impression on her and usually gives me priority for future work if I make her feel beautiful, sexy, and comfortable. This is true throughout the photography world. I’ve ran into models that will not shoot intimate portraits with anyone else other than their “personal photographer”, just as I have models that are exclusively mine. An experienced model might work with me only if I can trade her final edits or if payment is involved. A beginner who is looking to build her portfolio will be my muse for the time being and I can pursue my creative path without the pressure of delivering a final product. We are all possessive in some ways. To summarize, the best things about a new model is the exclusivity of their time and image, and being able to mold them to how I work as a photographer.

I believe both experienced models and inexperienced models both have something to put on the table, and both are a gamble sometimes, so I don’t restrict myself to one group. I really just want to find the next model that I can share amazing chemistry with and really blow the audience away with spectacularly intimate photos that other photographers haven’t captured of them. I’ve had plenty of bad experiences, but each one is a learning process to better filter out future potentials, and the amount of amazing women I’ve created incredible work with far surpasses the forgettable ones.

Cassie is a true testimony to my philosophy. Treat the women you work with respectfully and generously, and you will build a special relationship that will be rewarding in your career and personal life. I was Cassie’s first photographer many years ago, and even though she doesn’t look a day older or an ounce less stunning, she was a timid and shy model during the first session. She eventually jumped into the glamour modeling world and has built a great amount of experience with many photographers while sharing an occasional shoot with me during that time. Since then, she has been concentrating more on her career and less focused on modeling. I am the one she’ll call up whenever she’s in the mood, and I can proudly say I will always be her photographer and she will always enjoy the freedom of being in a state of undress and feeling beautiful in front of my lens. Every second I’ve invested in her from the first day to the end of the last session hasn’t made her more of a professional or less of an amateur, it has made us into the ideal artist and muse pair.


Angela in the Garden

You might recognize this garden of wild weeds, hanging branches, bamboo trees, and angels prancing in the field. Angela is at home here dancing around in the sun in cute little summer dresses and a few intimate pieces, feeling one with nature. You can thank her for coming down from heaven to visit for a few moments.


Follow the Sun

In the morning you arrive, the glowing fire merges from you and I am warmed by you. You spend the few hours nourishing the forest with your light, planting your life deep in the roots. When you dissolve into the earth, darkness follows until the next morning when I wait for you to return.


Emily’s First

It’s hard to believe a gorgeous woman like Emily hasn’t modeled before, but even better for me to be her first! Her blue eyes are so engaging, perfect nose, seductive lips, and bombshell blonde hair belongs in any Sports Illustrated or Victoria’s Secret magazine. Let’s hope we squeeze in a few more sexy shoots in the future before she gets signed!


Yayoi WHITE

Let’s have a quick and dirty session with Yayoi. Grab the 5D, 40mm pancake lense, and a Speedlite for a light weight setup, where it’s really just you and the model, a one-on-one interaction. Yayoi dances for me, she takes it off for me, she flaunts for me. The sexy white tank is from Urban Outfitters, just two panels of fabric tied by a few strings on the sides, hot. I love anything that is ready to fall off at any moment, it makes you anticipate her next move.


Caroline in the Garden

I met Caroline while I was coaching a fellow photographer my tricks of boudoir photography, and I loved how photogenic she was so I had to ask her to model for me. Caroline has the sweetest girl-next-door look with an amazing long and curvy body that screams to be shown off and not covered in long dresses. Of course this is where I come in! This was our first official shoot together at a location from AirBnB, a secluded backyard with no neighbors. At first glance the property seemed messy and unusable, but we found nooks and crannies combined with a telephoto lens to blur out the background to magically produce a beautiful picture perfect backdrop to get naked in. She told me how it felt so free to have this intimate session outdoors in the beautiful weather with nature. I am incredibly proud to have broken Caroline out of her shell and looking forward to future shoots together.


Megan From Above

Here is a session of the foxy Megan just having fun laying down below the camera. It still takes a lot of work to keep arched, twisted, bent, and looking natural when laying down. See the bonus Megan Loves to Dance video below.


A Slice of Sun

Sometimes you have to improvise your shoot based on what the environment gives you. I was excited to use my newly surfaced balcony, and the sun was at just the right angle where it only cast a beam of light down the center. This was the perfect place for the model to squeeze in, and the contrast between her black outfit and light skin created a great form to work with. It was important to bring out her skin texture as well as making the shadows very dark for a boost of contrast.


Splash Around with Elyse

Elyse shows off some of the sexiest swimwear from this season wet or dry. From a modern one piece, to retro two piece, to a barely there micro bikini, she really makes us want to jump in the pool to cool off. The awesome make up by @sabakandi.


Kim’s First Shoot

Kim and I had a blast with our first shoot, it didn’t take much time to get down and sexy. She’s from Philly and works at HQ Beachclub at Revel, you might just bump into her if you go. Kim looks great with lingerie, swimwear, casual, body chain, or nothing at all. When you’re always working under the sun, getting a great tan is never difficult. The long hair is also a lot of fun to work with, but you just have to be careful not to cover up too much!


Kyla’s Favorite Spot

Kyla Gray and I seem to share a favorite spot, this soft and comfy bed where you can just roll around with nothing but soft sheets and a light breeze to make you feel completely free and floating on cloud nine. When you make your place as comfortable as a hotel, your guests never want to leave. No luggage required, no clothes to pack. Ask Kyla to stay.


Amy Fay – See Through You

I am excited to share the first part of the incredible shoot with Amy Fay here in New York. I booked a beautiful suite in Hotel on Rivington with floor to ceiling panoramic windows and a large king bed. That’s really all I need for the perfect photo session, although a beautiful bathroom would just be a bonus. The makeup was done by the most talented artist I know here in NJ, Jennifer Kang. We shot on an overcast day, so the light coming into the windows was already soft, but the fall off is much greater and requires high ISO on the bed with a prime lens. The monochromatic design of the room is perfect for making the model stand out, especially with Amy’s perfect skin tone and soft flowing hair. My favorite items to shoot are soft fabrics that just hang onto the body, ready to fall at the slightest touch. I am dividing the session to multiple parts so you can enjoy more photos of Amy. She is just as stunning and charming before all the glamour makeup and posing begins as what you see in the final images. I was just a little in love. Don’t miss out on the behind the scene bonus video below!

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Sweet Morning with Cassie

The way the natural light beams through her hair, and how it caresses the sides of her body so gently and softly, it feels surreal as she dances in the sun light. I want to remember the smile forever, I don’t want the sun to ever set, can this day last forever?


Kyla at the Bentley

I invited Kyla Gray to the Bentley hotel in New York for a late night session. The mood was dark, sexy, and rough. As the evening got later, the outfits became naughtier, and how else to end a hot shoot than a cold shower!


Airstream Series: Debbie

I love every session with Debbie, she is such a perky and fun person to spend time with. We both share our Taiwanese pride, even though we can barely order any Taiwanese dishes at a restaurant. She is a very talented dancer and just as good a teacher to someone with two left feet (me). All of her amazing traits translate to an incredibly enjoyable time with us playing on set, just being herself and not trying to look sexy for the camera. Her bubbly personality and dancing skills just translates itself to confidence, and we can all agree confidence is sexy.


Airstream Series: Jessica

In between the lingerie shoots at the Airstream with the other models, I squeeze in some sexy dress shoots with Jessica. She was featured in my last Palm Springs session a year ago, and many more years ago as one of my top favorites, and will always be on the top list. She has an amazing body and a face with such strong sexy features you cannot forget!


Airstream Series: Leah Park

My last session with Leah Park was in the desert at Palm Springs. Leah still stuns us with her natural beauty and long straight hair that I always love. We start off with some inside shots of the Airstream, a warm and sun filled trailer, before going around the outside using all the different seating arrangements offered by this property, and using some more foliage to help cover up what she took off.