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.
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.
I had a GoPro running in the background, so here is a rare look at my behind the scene process from photo shoot to post production. The editing is not on the same day. This is not an in-depth tutorial, rather just a glimpse of my workflow. I scan through thumbnails to see what catches my eyes, drop them into Photoshop, edit to perfection, and repeat. You can see I rarely go into the menu, it’s all about the shortcuts! That’s all there is to it, do I make it look easy? Photos coming soon!
I’ve known Eddie since high school, so it was exciting to be his wedding photographer and see his family again after so many years after they moved to LA. I liked Celine immediately with her charming, friendly, and outgoing personality, and all three of us just had great chemistry when they came to New York to shoot their engagement photos, since they both grew up in the East Coast. It was in the middle of winter during the session, but Celine braved the freezing weather better than anyone else I’ve met, her smile never dimmed and I don’t even remember her shivering at all.
They picked a beautiful location on campus to get married in LA where Celine works. The weather out there is perfect, and the foliage and architecture made for plenty of opportunities for photos. It was such an easy day, I couldn’t ask for a better couple!
It’s always fun to shoot at a secluded beach without a single soul to disturb you. You can run around free and have the whole beach to yourself. One of my favorite recent discoveries is a beach in New York that was closed due to Hurrican Sandy and the abandoned structures were filled with sand. I may be sneaking in there more during off season. Phiorella did an amazing job being playful and sexy, and her gorgeous long hair makes you believe she is a beach goddess.
Every year I like to create a group project. This year’s theme is "Tony’s Angels." Yes, I am a very possessive artist who claims my subjects as mine and do with it as I please. The secret is to treat them right and you will get everything you ask for in return. I have hand picked every one of these Angels who I’ve loved working with and getting to know. Each Angel has a unique personality and they all mesh together like a crazy fun family. Don’t be fooled by their sweet looks, when you put them all together, all the perversions and naughty thoughts come out and play. Are they really Angels? That’s for me to know.
I introduce you to the Angels at our very first slumber party, filled with candy, pillows, and a very happy Panda. Every family has fights, but we eventually kiss and makeup. We might have gone overboard…
Many thanks to Jonathan for his amazing penthouse location, enigMatt for the behind-the-scene video coming soon, Jenn Kang for her amazing makeup skills, and Ruby for pimping out Panda to us. For behind the scene photos, follow me on Instagram @tonyyangphotography or Facebook.
Angela: Goddess of the group with a sweet and soft face, she may be the only real innocent Angel!
Amy: Not only is she a mixed Angel, she brings both the sweet and naughty sides out.
Christiana: Playful bunny who brings the energy and life into the family, and her looks rock our socks!
Phiorella: The drop dead gorgeous Peruvian Angel that always wants to come out and play.
Kyla: The youngest but boldest Angel. Nothing will stop her from being sexy!
Kyla Gray: Bombshell Angel with a killer body that makes you want to beg for more.