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
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.
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.
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
This season I got to work with photographers Tanya and Zhenya Posternak at the Mansur show. Both sisters ran the Instagram story account while I shot for social. The collaborative process backstage to create imagery was unlike any show I have done before. Tanya, Zhenya and I met with the Mansur team a week prior to the show to discuss the show schedule and deliverables. I admire their work so much and loved being able to shoot alongside them this season.
Check my work out on Mansur's instagram and website.
She stayed way past her allotted time because she insisted on chatting with everyone who came. Selena greeted all the fans with a hug, signed posters and took lots and lots of photos. Just a few days later she announced she had a kidney transplant. I've never met a celebrity/notable more inspirational than Selena. It was an honor to spend the day with heron 5th ave at the Coach store to celebrate her new collaboration bag with Stuart.
To the left is me shooting the superstar in Coach's store in custom Coach bomber jacket.
Chillhouse is one of my clients outside of NYFW, so I was thrilled to hear they would be doing the nails at some of the coolest shows. My beauty details and products shots at Club Monaco, Baja East and their Lexus Pop Up in Meatpacking throughout the week can be seen on Cosmopolitan, Pop Sugar, and Byrdie
LEXUS POP UP
Working with the Louboutin team this season was such an honor.
Never have I been able to do constant squats while shooting NYFW.
Clearly not the same coverage I do for T Magazine, there was no need to capture makeup, models, the runway set or details of the clothing. I spent the whole time on the floor, focusing on those red soles.
I love the start contrast of the silhouette against the white wall and shadow. All the lines juxtaposed to the circles on the dress, create a bold dynamic look.
I was overjoyed to hear that this NYFW season I was going to be one of Tumblr's creators. Alongside GIF makers, illustrators and fellow photographers, I would be able to create imagery unique and different from past seasons. With the access to all shows and encouragement to shoot anything I want, anyway I want, Tumblr allowed me to shoot passion projects and take the time to edit and finalize them before sharing.
You can see all my posts during NYFW on my tumblr
I am finally catching up on my blog coverage from NYFW. I figured I would combine all my T Magazine coverage into one post.
I shot the always envelope pushing Eckhaus Latta. Located in Bushwick warehouse, models sported see through outfits, slicked back hair and green clay swiped on their arms and body. I created one of my favorite bodies of work - hence the separation omy website. It felt different than my past NYFW coverage and I felt it was strong enough to stand alone as a unique reportage of the show and designer's creative outlook.
Oscar de la Renta
Definitely a contrast to Oscar de la Renta. Held at Sotherby's, the location alone expresses the difference in the designers aesthetic. Splatter paint dresses, sequins and pant suits graced the halls and escalator entrance of the runway. Bella was certainly the star as photographer's flocked her getting her makeup done. Nicki Minaj, Paris and Nikki Hilton, and Zosia Mamet were in attendance alongside Anna Wintour.
Lastly, I wrapped my T Magazine coverage with Carolina Herrera. She hosted the first ever fashion show at the MOMA. Iconic. The bright bold color collection accompanied the greens in the garden. Lily Aldridge, Cameron Dallas andMichelle Monaghan sat front row in support of the designer. Models dressed and prepped amongst the greatest pieces of art and installations in their I heart NY t-shirts.
Raf's show was sure to be killer end to a NYFW Men's day. Set in an alley behind a daycare, the show was held in long hallway of a outdoor market. Boys wore raincoats, umbrellas and held lanterns. Inspiration derived from Raf's love of the film "Blade Runner" in the heart of Chinatown, the show started at a late 9:45pm. The sound of the trains above on the Manhattan Bridge and the stale air filled the space. Photographers gathered in an alley perpendicular to the runway, where guests stood lining the walls.
I'm sure people are sick of looking at all my Coach photos because I post them every other day, but I'm still obsessing over the Fall 2017 show. Creative Director Stuart Vevers put together another the cool IT girl collection filled with florals, fur and even Fisher Price logos on bags.
I captured beauty looks at Thakoon and Prabal Gurung backstage for Allure. Hair, makeup and nails were so strong at both shows.
Prabal had some big named models including Joan Smalls, Bella Hadid and Jasmine Tookes. There wore the bold eye look well on the runway. Thakoon's hair was a combed back look with beachy waves and a light pinky coral lip, matching the silk coral in the fabric of the blouses.