Sharing a personal assignment here … I recently shot the proposal of long-time childhood friend and now fiancé on their rooftop on the Upper East Side. I was honored to have witnessed this beautiful moment of pure joy.
If you know me - then you know covering the Met Gala is my favorite time of year. I had the opportunity to shoot Michael again in his custom Coach look as well as the beautifully talented Maggie Rogers. Captured in the Pierre Hotel, we had time to shoot portraits and editorial content before they jetted to the gala. Stuart joined for a champagne toast and I followed them out.
The elevator ride down was magical - stopping on every floor opening up to another celeb dressed to the nines. Guests waited in the lobby outside the revolving doors before exiting to the madness and chaos of fans eagerly waiting to see their looks for the anticipated red carpet of the year. (See below for some pictures taken in the hotel lobby).
Michael went first, Maggie followed suit. And off to CAMP they went…
Another season with BRIDES Magazine with stunning white dresses, pantsuits, veils, tuxedos and flower girl looks. Unlike NYFW, Bridal is only a couple days but filled with back to back shows all around Manhattan. The designers really utilize the space of the show and use that to compliment the collection. This was one of my favorite seasons yet and hope you enjoy looking at the images as much as I do.
INES DI SANTO
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
Florals filled the floors and space of the Moxy Chelsea to honor the flower district during their opening party last week. A makeup station with Bella Thorne products was set up next to Jon Boy Tattoo’s workspace on the 2nd floor across from a bar with speciality cocktails with edible flower toppings that match your zodiac sign. Outside on the 2nd floor’s balcony was Heaven Sake bottles, a pizza oven and fresh dough being tossed in the air.
As if that isn’t over the top already, the 32nd floor was decked out with rooms to visit. One had a performance going on that played with the themes of ASMR and touch. Another room was entirely made of grass and the other with a light installation of flowers. Across the hall was a small room you could record an ASMR video in with any of the props, including bubblewrap, lollipops, toothbrushes, dice and cocktail shakers.
The Moxy clearly doesn’t throw your average party, which is why I always love covering their openings and shooting their ad work.
Finishing NYFW with a bang - Oscar de la Renta’s beautiful garden with arches set the tone for their fall collection. Bold red lips and statement handbags. I admire Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim’s eye. They truly know how to dress the modern woman. (They dressed Regina King and Lupita Nyong'o for the Oscars).
Another special shoot this NYFW for Coach. I had the pleasure of shooting the celebrity wall - before celebs took their seats at the show. The studio set up allowed for more intimate portraiture and unique front row coverage compared to other shows. Flip through to see some of my favorites from the show.
I had the pleasure of shooting house for Veronica Beard this season. Their colorful collection was mirrored by the atmosphere set forth by the brand - fun and vibrant. A nice break from the serious nature of NYFW, the models danced and posed for lookbook and detail shots before taking their place on tree stumps in a pine tree forest.
More can be seen on VB Blog.
First day of fashion week I spent covering fittings for Noon By Noor. Canoe Studios creates the perfect airy backdrop for the yellow, camel and feather accented collection.
Natalia Dryer stopping by the show was a great front row coverage start to the week.
Check out Noon By Noor’s Instagram for more highlights.
This was my second season working with IMG during New York Fashion Week. I covered Jonathan Cohen, ADEAM, Self Portrait, Cushnie, Brock Collection and Jeremy Scott for the social team. It was such an eclectic group of shows - making my portfolio more diverse. Check out the fashion week section of my website for more highlights from the shows.
It’s hard to really grasp the concept that your work is going to made into a mural until you actually see it. I visited the corner of West Broadway and Grand St. in Soho, NY last week to see my image taken for Oscar de la Renta being painted by Colossal Media.
I stared up at the brick wall across from Felix’s restaurant. The painting is so real with so much detail, it’s incredible. If you get a chance, go visit the mural - up until mid February.
Credit: BTS images taken by ODLR
2019 is off to quite the start. I spent last Friday chilling with Michael B. Jordan in Newark, NJ as he surprised the students of Barringer High School. The day was a whirlwind of screams, tears of joy and hugs one after another.
Michael hosted the “Passion Talent Show” and watched as students presented their passions of dance, art and music to an auditorium of students and faculty.
The day ended with a little basketball competition during the pep rally. Students flocked to the court to catch a glimpse of the Black Panther star.
Michael was an inspiration to the students and a true example of how a dream from Newark came to life.
I knew I would be covering this show in China for quite some time but it didn’t fully hit until I was on the plane.
14 hours later I landed in Shanghai.
Show day I arrived early to capture the empty runway with vintage cars and neon signs. Backstage models were getting dressed, shooting the lookbook and celebrities were arriving. I got to sit for the show (something I rarely have the privilege of) and it was truly magical watching Stuart’s work come to life on the runway.
When the show completed, carts of hot dogs and pretzels were pushed out instantly and the DJ set began. Cocktail booths were opened and champagne was served. Models came out from backstage in their street wear ready to dance with their huge rexy balloons.
After all the confetti was cleaned up, my photos were submitted and I caught my breath, I jetted off to other cities outside of Shanghai for some much needed vacation & exploration (See below for my travel pictures).
I returned to the U.S. very jet lagged and a stomach full of dim sum.
I can’t wait to go back to China - comment below for any recommendations for my next trip!
Years and years ago I saw a commercial for NO MORE with Mariska Hargitay and immediately knew I had to be involved with this organization. I shot an event launch for them back in 2016 in NYC and had kept in touch with the team since. The stars aligned this November when we were able to collaborate on this campaign “Don’t Stand By.”
This day was such a world wind. 6:45am call time and 11 scenario set ups, with the most amazing crew. Thank you to everyone involved. More to come on this campaign in 2019!
New York’s first snow storm set the scene for this Thanksgiving hosted by Parachute. A stunning tablescape with calligraphy namecards and candles filled the long table in the back room of Brooklyn’s Dumbo House. I was so inspired by the Bubby’s pies on the tables, that I ordered one for my own Thanksgiving.
Hope you all have a great break this week. I am so thankful for you all supporting my work and following along on my blog!
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.
MG’s Spring 2019 collection was a spectrum of rainbow filled with sparkle shoes, structured handbags and cashmere. Flowers were placed in models hair with loose waves, contrasting the formal nature of the furs and head-to-toe uniform colored looks. Guests sat at tables with petite pastries and macaroon towers.
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!