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 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!
Bonnie and Roel are really chill people who had their reception only event at Cavo in Astoria, New York. From the toasts, to the friends and family, to the couple’s chemistry, you witness how rich their relationship is and how much they like each other, it makes photographing them incredibly easy and exciting. The short and sweet wedding events are the best!
One of my favorite stories is how Susan and Henk found me. It’s been a while so I might have not have the details accurate, but Susan and Henk both work in the Middle East, Henk is originally from South Africa and Susan is from Philly. They had wanted to get married in New York City Hall, so they asked their coworkers for recommendations. Somehow my name came up from a referral stationed in the Middle East, so that’s how they hired me! I can only say thanks to that person if you’re reading this!
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!
Christine Elle and Megan Do met for the first time at Hotel on Rivington, ready to get share some sexy poses together. They strutted their stuff in their own sexy outfits while I brought the body chains from Element 7. It’s a lot easier to direct intimate poses with two new girls together as long as they have chemistry, and while they both did great, I cannot imagine what we can create next time!
This was one of my favorite sessions just because of how easy the setup was, allowing me to enjoy more time directing and interacting with the Angels rather than fussing with the equipment. The only lighting was a Stellar ring light, Canon 5D Mark II, and a Canon 40mm pancake lens.
This past weekend was supposed to be a great night for a meteor shower, so I took a late night drive up Palisades Parkway to 9W through Black Rock Forest in New York and stopped at a lookout. It was nearly pitch black with a hint of city lights in the distance. Unfortunately while I was busy setting up the camera and taking photos, I missed the few shooting stars that my friend witnessed.
The photos are all single exposures, taken with a Canon 16-35mm 2.8L on a full-frame body, 30 second exposures with a remote. The foreground was lit by the iPhone flash and the lens was manually focused. It’s a good idea to take multiple photos with slightly different focusing distances in case you misfocus the first photo.