Instead of recapping the show and my experience here on my blog…head over to Adorama’s ALC Blog for my article accompanied by images: How I Did It: Photographing The Victoria’s Secret Show in 20 Minutes
Another Selena shoot in the books! This was my 6th time working with the stunning actress and singer. It was a pleasure hearing her speak about working with Stuart and watching her excitement talking about her new collection.
This crew always makes my fashion week. I have some exciting shoots coming up with the Coach team so stay tuned on my social @smallgirlbiglens.
Shooting for Oscar de la Renta is always a dream. Violins played a soft ballad while Bella Hadid opened the show on the Spring studios terrace. Sister Gigi followed towards the end. Thankfully the rain held off for the show to complete. Being one of the few photographers allowed on the terrace, I felt engulfed in this secret community of beauty. I smile thinking about the experience and have to pinch myself to remind myself of the honor being at this iconic show.
Three days prior to show, I arrived at canoe studios. Lined in racks against the floor to ceiling windows was the spring 2019 Noon By Noor collection. From details to fittings, I covered the process leading up to show time. Models came in and out for castings, while some confirmed were photographed in multiple looks. The stylist determined what worked for each girl and made adjustments on the look if need be. Tables covered in polaroids, measuring tape, pins and sticky notes filled the room. The hair and makeup team tested the show look on a model to make sure it all came together perfectly the day before.
When I arrived Thursday for the show, I saw the final result. Since I had spent so much time with the collection, I knew how the pieces felt, fell on a model’s body and moved on the runway. It helped me create a collection of imagery for the Noon By Noor team to accurately showcase the new spring 2019 line.
When I went to visit Legacy Records for the walk through months before the show, I knew this runway was going to stand out from the rest of NYFW. Sylvie’s designs for Hellessy were a colorful palette of bold reds and sky blues. The loose waves by TRESemmé perfectly accompanied the off-the shoulder looks and puffy sleeves seen on the models.
Thank you Sylvie for having me be a part of the team!
Covering 13 shows this seasons, I left with a slew of new knowledge, experiences and by far the best fashion week yet.
IMG gave me the ability to be creative in my own space. I was encouraged to shoot through my own vision, capturing the backstage and runway experience. I feel proud of this new work and it feels fresh to me, a lot of this is due to the encouragement of my team and other creatives at IMG.
Shows above: In order of row
Sarah and Julissa held a beautiful wedding at a campsite in Plymouth, MA. The intimate setting felt warm with those who truly knew the couple best. Their love radiated off the cool cape water and shined over the lake. After the ceremony we took a boat ride around the lake looking back on the guests at cocktail hour. Excitement turned into pure bliss as the couple retuned back outside for a moment alone at sunset. Congrats Sarah & Julissa!
Excited to share the magical & colorful lookbook I shot for MAS Bisjoux. The story behind the brand is so beautiful, so I encourage you to check out their website and read more about Morgan the founder and the meaning behind magix the unicorn.
Instead of hosting a show or presentation, designer Sylvie hosted an all women's poker game. The players? Actresses, models, bloggers, editors and fashionistas wearing in the collection. A three corse dinner was served while the women played and flaunted their chip winnings.
After this night, I am definitely going to learn to play and host my own game like Sylvie.
Coach always knows how to throw a party. And this was no exception. There are 4 rooms of activations. I'm debating giving so many details because I feel you should go and experience it yourself, but chances are I will post this blog post after the event ends.
When you enter, you are placed in a dark room filled with TV sets playing static and coach logos There are 3 phone booths ringing. Guests are encouraged to pick up the phone, where their life coach is on the other end.
The next room was a totally blank all white subway car. You check in at a desk and are given a bucket of markers. Some of the best things I saw written were about Trump, gun control, pride and the Coach carriage logo. Street artist WhIsbe was tagging the wall with custom art. His notable Gummy Bears series could be seen on the ceiling and walls.
Third room was a Coney Island escape. Skee ball games are branded and require coach tokens to play. A hovering massive clown haunts the room. The DJ plays 90s flashbacks (my jams) while guests danced and drank signature cocktails. Ne-Yo mingled with Stuart Vevers and Joan Smalls before BK Steppers came in with a killer performance.
The final room is a dark forest with hanging moss. You can have your tarot cards read before leaving the activation. And the cherry on top? The ice cream truck out front.
I spent the evening getting ready with Tommy Dorfman, Hari Nef and Adesuwa Aighewi for the CFDA awards. Tommy gushed about Shawn Mendes over ice coffee while Adesuwa facetimed with other Coach gal Paloma Elsesser and Hari practiced the art of spinning in the dress for the cameras. "The paparazzi love when you do this," she squeals as she drops the dress allowing em to capture it in mid air. One of the best crews I have ever worked with. All it was missing was Selena's new song "Back to You" playing over the Coach HQ Speakers.
I spent the weekend shooting street style at Governors Ball. I had never been to a music festival before. Excited and overwhelmed, I packed everything I thought I could need gear wise and packed my fanny pack Tito's gave me for the festival with necessities (hand sanitizer, advil, ear plugs and koozies). Highlight of the day? Shawn Mendes laughing at me for lip syncing behind the camera to all the words to his new song Lost in Japan.
The Academy Mansion was the perfect setting for Oscar de la Renta's romantic bridal lookbook and the vibrant silhouettes of the resort collection.
My day started early with Oscar, creating some fun GIFS on the set of their SS19 Bridal photoshoot (which you can see them on their Instagram). The afternoon was spent capturing the backstage madness of the resort collection. All images were captured for Oscar's social team showing the hair and makeup process, empty runway and first looks on the staircase in real-time for their followers.
Nora & Peter had a stunning wedding on Mother's Day weekend. A small gathering of 25 of their closest family and friends gathered at the Loyola Church on the UES. After the intimate ceremony, we walked to Central Park for portraits. Foot traffic in the park was pretty slow due to the earlier rainstorm; perfect for our family photoshoot. The group migrated to the West Village for a dinner in the carriage house at Palma. Surrounded by candles and fresh flowers, the couple glowed in newlywed bliss. Congrats Nora & Peter!
I spent the week prior to the Met Gala covering the making of Selena's dress in the workshop. Capturing the details from sketch to red carpet.
Her custom dress got made attention on Vogue Magazine and went viral. Selenators adored the angelic dressed inspired by Queen Esther. Her bag even quoted “A woman who fears the Lord is a woman who shall be praised” in Selena's handwriting.
She cheered champagne with Stuart in her hotel room and gushed about her Heavenly Bodies dress before heading out to the carpet.
Thrilled to be able to share these images is an understatement.
Model Adwoa Aboah hosted her annual Gurls Talk this year in Brooklyn at Industry City. Gurls Talk was founded on the principle of having "a safe space for girls to share and listen without any judgement or stigma." Speakers included model Paloma Elsesser, who spoke on Body Positivity, iO Wright, Dogpound's Dara Hart and Janaya Future Khan.
This assignment was shot for Coach and more images can be seen on their Instagram.
I love covering IWD in the city because the energy surrounding the day is so inspirational and contagious. Instead of shooting the strike and rally like last year, I focused just on portraiture of the beautiful women in Washington Square Park for International Women's Day. It might be my favorite series yet and I hope in these images you see strong, independent and powerful women and girls.
When T assigned me Tom Ford's Men Show I was overwhelmed with excitement. I was completely speechless when I saw Mr. Ford himself at the show taking notes of the models and their walks during rehearsal. It wasn't until 15 min before the show that I learned the finale would be launching his underwear collection.
I wanted my work from this show to look different than my past. I didn't want it to look like "backstage" but more editorial in nature with a detailed focus on more portraiture. I also edited the images differently with a more desaturated color palette focusing on the body and skin tones of the models.
Wu's show was the only women's show I captured for T this season. The bold eye look allowed me to capture more beauty and portraiture than I typically do during NYFW. However the portrait of Whoopi Goldberg might be the highlight of my career thus far.
I watch The View everyday in my office and have adored Whoopi in all her accomplishments. No one was asking her for a photo as she sat front row, so I thought maybe she was unfriendly or didn't want to be photographed. I waited around until the end of the show and lingered as she greeted friends. I politely tapped her on the shoulder when I noticed a lull in the conversation. She was so sweet and posed for a portrait on the runway. I hope reading this is a reminder to all photographers to always ask for the shot! Never be intimidated. I mis-judged the situation by seeing no one shooting her and I am so happy I pushed myself to talk to her. Every time I look at the photo I smile thinking of how lucky I am to meet the people I do in my industry.
Monse asked me to cover their party at the Gramercy Hotel Rooftop in honor of their Fall 2018 video shoot with Erin Wasson. The film played on screens throughout the rooftop and everything was inspired by Coney Island, where the video took place. Hot dogs, cotton candy, tater tots, popcorn and corn dogs were passed around. Guests included Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton, Zosia Mamet, Olivia Culpo, Princess Olympia of Greece, Isabeli Fontana and more. You can see more on Vogue.com
Artist Alice Longyu Gao put together a Harajuku-inspired Insta-worthy beauty room at the Moxy Hotel. Lucky cat figures line the fuzzy floors and fortune cookies are on display to take before you do. Illuminated in neon lights, the room is a glimpse into Alice's mind. Alice plays her track made for the Juicy Couture NYFW show in the background while she herself gets her hair done by Kahh Spence. Offered in the space are nail appointments with artist Mei Kawajiri, jewelry workshops with Etsuna Otsuka and hair styling sessions with Kahh Spence. Per Alice's request, I got the extra pearls and sparkles on my nails. "Nothing can ever be too much in here," Alice says.