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Throwback: Abby Normal – Model Shoot at Coney Island

Today’s post brings us back to my first year of photography. My shoot with Abby Normal was the second shoot I ever did with a model and I knew I wanted to try to give it a vintage look and feel. For the first year I did photography I actually delivered all my files in black and white. When I attended art school they wouldn’t even let us paint in color until the 3rd or 4th semester so when I got into photography I gave myself that same limitation. It was actually a very helpful exercise but I wanted to revisit this shoot and process the images in color for posterity.

Now, I just want to say…I shot these images way back in 2012 and because it was only the 2nd time I had every shot with a model I made a LOT of mistakes; many of which aren’t shown here but some are. I’d like to think that if I were shooting with Abby today that I’d make different choices in regards to composition and lighting but I think these images show a clear vision, though not executed perfectly.

I was fortunate to shoot with Abby as she was way more experienced than I was and she was truly comfortable in front of the camera. It was a sweltering July day in Brooklyn and I’ll never understand how she was able to get through it all with a smile. Not only that, but she also had a nice little collection of vintage clothing and even interacting with her was like talking to a girl from the 1950’s. There was something about her look, style and demeanor that was just perfect for this shoot.

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Throwback Thursday: Irene – New York City Vintage Fashion Shoot

Believe it or not, of the hundreds of photoshoots I’ve done, this one was my favorite one ever. I can say that now because this shoot took place over 3 years ago in the early days of my photography career. I’ve worked with hundreds of models, actors and creatives and I’ve seen plenty come and go. This girl was one for the books.

On this day, December 1st, 2012, everything just came together. The model, the makeup artist, the clothing, the location….me. It was a chilly 40 degrees in Manhattan, but you’d never know it because Irene was channeling a warm summer day. I was still new to photography but I still managed to pull off a few great photos, thanks to a lovely model and a fantastic location. I actually had 4 photoshoots this day, but this was my favorite one then and it’s my favorite one now.

There’s not much more to say…just enjoy the pretty pictures, folks.

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SJL Collection New York Fashion Week Lookbook – Washington DC

Recently I had the awesome pleasure of working with a Washington DC based fashion designer, Jabari Lake, on his new collection. SJL collection was chosen to be presented at New York Fashion Week and as a requirement a lookbook was neccesary for all participants. These images were shot on a white seamless at my Washington DC photo studio and lit with two lights. We shot 10 outfits total and I’m happy to show off of a few my favorite images.
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Throwback Thursday: Christine Sweet – NYC Fashion Portraits

Here’s an awesome throwback from my days in NYC. I met Christine on Model Mayhem and knew right away that we’d be able to get some great shots together. All I knew is that I wanted to try something new and different. I went into this shoot thinking I’d use straight up available light and try to go for a more fashion-y look, which I don’t usually go for.

I rented the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D for this shoot, from Calumet(back when they were in business), and just gave it a shot.

I must admit that a lot of the credit goes to the makeup artist, Adina, and to Christine for pulling together an awesome number of looks. As far as fashion goes I know nothing, but it was a fun shoot and I met some incredible people.

Location: Union Square area rooftop, New York City
Camera: Nikon D300
Lenses: Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D, Nikon 50mm f/1.8D
Model: Christine Sweet
Makeup Artist: Adina Pintilie
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New York City Street Photography: A Retrospective – Part 1

I lived in New York City for 5 years and in that time I picked up photography. I wasn’t really sure why I moved to NYC when I did, I just felt it was the right thing to do. I had just finished art school and New York just seemed like the right place to be for a young artist. Well, I ended up working at two different camera shops and because I wanted to be good at my job I eventually picked up a camera.

Location: Various  (Williamsburg, Coney Island, Brooklyn, Union Square, Times Square, Manhattan)
Camera: Nikon D100
Lenses: Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
(This was all the gear I had for my first year of photography and I only processed my images in black and white. I felt I wasn’t yet ready for color. This was a throwback to my art school days where we forced to start out in black and white and couldn’t move on to color until year 2.)
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Throwback Thursday: Sid & Aaliyah Headshots & Portraits – Brooklyn, NY

Half of these pictures have not seen the light of day until today, they were taken a year into my photography career in Brooklyn, NY. I met Sid on a casting call and we met up pretty much randomly at the last minute one day to get some headshots, portraits and other random shots.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Camera: Nikon D300
Lenses: Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, Sigma 17-35mm f/2.8-4.0

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