I'm still relatively new to the world of photography, having only picked up the camera just last year. I've met so many talented creatives throughout my work, but for some reason, I rarely meet other photographers. I saw a post on Instagram from the talented Omar Robles, who was hosting a Instameet in conjunction with Fujifilm and immediately signed up for it.
I had never been to any photography gatherings before, much less an Instameet, so I didn't really know what to expect. It turned out to be a great afternoon spent with like-minded individuals, and eager models in a variety of settings in downtown Manhattan.
Since the event was hosted by Omar Robles, there was one dancer/model present, which I was excited about shooting. There's something about a dancer's presence that brings emotion and beauty to every image. Shooting dancers is also a great exercise in practicing your timing in terms of photography.
Overall, I had a great time at the event, and I am on the lookout for more photography gatherings. It's a genius way to meet new friends and get some unique shots in a way that you wouldn't otherwise go about capturing when you work on your projects.
These photos were taken as part of a test shoot with male model Caleb Funk
and stylist Ashley Tanay
on a cold Sunday morning, the first of three(!) shoots I had that day.
The model had a great old school vintage look , a perfect fit for the classic suits Ashley had put together. A modern day gentleman strollling the streets of South Street Seaport.
We had so much fun adding props such as a newspaper and shooting in black and white to complete the vintage look.
I love this combination of the soft warm heathered grey coat, bright navy suit, and popped collar.
Check out my Youtube video for full behind the scenes coverage on this shoot!
For the first time as a side-hustle photographer, I actually had a snow day last week! Taking the chance at a day off from my day job, I finally got around to editing a huge batch of photos.
I start off by waking up at a proper hour despite having no set timeline. I'm naturally an early bird (and night owl), so I don't mind waking up at the same time I normally would for my day job. I think even when you work on your own projects it's important to stay on a focused schedule just as you would at any 9 to 5.
After going through my morning routine and eating a healthy breakfast, I begin to plan my day by writing a to-do list. I'm often working on several different projects, both personal and for clients that all have their own deadlines. Setting things down on paper helps me figure out what I need to prioritize for that day. This is totally my inner-Virgo coming out!
I'll reveal some of my projects later on, but I am so happy to announce an exciting feature!
You can purchase a set of Lightroom filters that I've specifically created for bloggers and social media imagery on Filtergrade. They're now on sale at the unbeatable price of $9 - that's like the price of two lattes! I'll definitely do a separate post in a few weeks on what each filter can bring to your photos as well as how to use filters in general.
So there you have it...all in all, I managed to edit about three batches of photos and create a set of Lightroom filters. It was nice to catch a glimpse of what it might be like to spend a day as a fulltime photographer and I have to say I really like the feeling of it!
P.S. The above photo is a the literally how my desk looked the night I worked late before the snowstorm. Fun fact: I'm also a sweater designer!
I "met" Paris, the model, thorugh Instagram at the end of last year. I loved how she was a dancer and a model, two great elements for a photo subject. When I found out she was moving out of New York City at the end of February, I jumped at the chance to do a last minute photoshoot.
Taking advantage of the last few weeks of winter, I had wanted to try a dark romantic shoot in the depths of Central Park. Having discovered a grotto section after a quick Google search for hiking trails in Central Park, I knew this was the perfect shoot location. Hidden from the tourist crowds, and nestled in between two ponds and a stone archway, it offered a tranquil escape from the urban landscape.
Shooting at golden hour also added soft lighting among the dead leaves for an extra moody vibe.
New York City and social media honestly provide the backbone for the majority of my shoots, and it never ceases to amaze me how such awesome collaborations with amazing people and locations can come about!
Catch some behind the scenes footage of Paris climbing to edge of the waterfalls in 4-inch heels in my latest Youtube vlog:
I can't believe it's already been one year since I started doing photography. Flash back to the last week of March 2016 - a gut-wrenching break-up with the love of my life and a quarter-life crisis propelled me to pursue new hobbies I always had an itch to try. I signed up for a photography class last year in hopes of learning how to use every last feature of my beloved Olympus Pen. Three hours of intensive instruction in learning how to operate digital cameras in manual mode left me with a renewed spark of creativity. I booked my first photoshoot ever the day after that class.
Magazine Submission Shoot
Editorial Shoot for The Urban Watch Magazine
I started off shooting fashion bloggers, then delved into test shoots with fashion models. Before I knew it, I was shooting editorials, running in and out of showrooms, and attending New York Fashion Week. I work 18 hours a day Monday-Friday and spend many Saturday afternoons with a cup of coffee and a pastry in cafes offering free WiFi in my neighborhood in order to edit photos and plan shoots.
NYFW Streestyle Shot
I'm more exhausted and sleep-deprived than I've ever been in my entire life. But it's absolutely worth it and photography might have just saved me from going over the edge when I was 25. Something in my gut tells me it's going to take me places, so follow along on this new blog addition to see what's next!