Models

Styled Rhinebeck, NY Farm & Meadow Boudoir | Boudoir

On the way back from Veronika & Ben's Upstate NY Barn wedding I stopped in Rhinebeck to photograph some fabulous Sweet Caroline Styles bodysuits styled with West Village Tribe Jewels on the amazing Lili, Gabbi, and Madison. I was so happy to be able to shoot creatively with these fabulous models and it was the perfect way to end a fabulous work weekend in Upstate NY. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes and these images that I love so very much!

Bodysuits- Sweet Caroline Styles

Jewelry- West Village Tribe

Models- Lilianna, Gabbi, and Madison

Noelle at Cira Green | Portraits

You probably remember Noelle from when I photographed her at Creer studio. If not check out the post here. I said she'd be popping up a few more times on the blog from shoots we did before she moved to LA, and this is one of them! Noelle is an amazing yogi, along with being an awesome model and appearing alongside Kevin Hart in the newest commercials for Nike's training shoes. With her yogi background and LA on the horizon Noelle really wanted to push herself and get some unique poses. I love all of the shots we got and working with Noelle never ceases to be a great source of creativity. Enjoy!

Model: Noelle

Paige at The Dazzler, Brooklyn | Portraits

There are times when inspiration hits you so hard it's difficult to stand. I'd heard from so many people how fabulous Paige is and knew how much I loved her work, but actually collaborating with her was more than I ever imagined. I was in Brooklyn for a bridal editorial and wanted finally meet the famous Paige. We got stuck with rain but I am so happy we did because I wouldn't have been able to come up with these photos otherwise. Also how awesome is this room from The Dazzler?! I am counting down the days until I can work with Paige again. Until then, I'll have these favorites to tide me over!

Model: Paige

Allison & Laila | Portraits

"Adventurer" is one of those words I think most people want to be associated with in an ideal world. This word is always one I've strived to achieve but that secretly scared me nonetheless. To me the word "Adventurer" is multifaceted. In the grand scheme, this word means someone who is unstoppable in gathering new experiences and fulfilling themselves with new cultures, traditions, places, and people. On a smaller scale however, this word simply means someone who tries their best to push themselves out of their norm and into the realm of the unfamiliar and the uncomfortable. To me one of those realms is the wilderness.

I guess that whole preface was a look into my soul for the singular point that "adventuring" out in the wilderness is something I've always liked the idea of, but is something of which the execution scares me just a little. On this day, being in touch with that lack of comfort and lack of predictability made me want to create something with more meaning and emotion than my usual portraits. 

As I said before in the "Laila in NYC" blog post, Laila and I are conceptually like-minded. I told her what emotions I was aiming to display and she made it happen. Working with her in a situation that was not "comfortable" for me meant that these photos were much more fulfilling than if they had been taken somewhere else. It was also fun to see Allison, who is very much still a newer model be exposed to the way Laila thinks and works. Allison was challenged for these photos and I could see by the end of the day that she had really allowed herself to try a new take on something and I loved the results!

I may know now that I am not an "Adventurer" at heart, but I will never stop trying to be.

Models are Laila and Allison.

Laila in NYC | Portraits

Laila is definitely a face you'll be seeing more and more on this blog. This day in NYC was the first day we met and while walking all over Brooklyn together with Katt (the blog-famous Katt) Laila and I realized that we have some parallel ideas when it comes to photography. Her modeling instincts play incredibly well to my conceptual photography instincts and I cannot wait to show another set I shot with Laila a few weeks back that really showcases that. 

As a model Laila has the most amazing control over a multitude of emotional intricacies that makes photographing her a fabulously unpredictable and awe-inspiring journey. Hope y'all enjoy the photos below because I definitely love them!

Model is Laila

Danny & Brigitte in New York | Portraits

I don't work in NYC very often, but when I do I make sure to work with models. (10 points to Gryffindor if you know what that sentence was inspired by) 
Danny joined myself and my amazing photographer friend Katt when we were in NYC a few weeks ago and brought his girlfriend Brigitte along. Little did we know that not only did they both model beautifully, but that we would be graced with their sheer adorableness as a couple. You could tell these two shared a special connection because of how Danny's facial expression changed when Brigitte was watching him model. I mean just look at these two!

Models: Danny Cosenza and Brigitte Belov

Paige at Duke Farms | Portraits

First of all, can we please talk about Paige's serious sense of style? I may or may not have wanted to borrow all of her clothes and give them a permanent place in my closet. Her second look was something right out of my dream wardrobe. 

Anyways when Paige isn't killing it modeling she's a hair and makeup artist! We bonded over makeup talks and our mutual respect for the color wheel (it's more vital than you'd think!) Paige was such a fun person to shoot with and I sincerely cannot wait to work with her again. 

Enjoy! 

Steph & Brielle in New Hope | Portraits

I originally met Steph when I modeled with her for my talented friend Katt. When I reached out to Steph to shoot one week she mentioned she and her friend Brielle (who also happened to model) would be in New Hope. So we all got together and this is what transpired. Both of these ladies are incredibly talented and went along with whatever crazy thing I wanted them to do in a crowded town like New Hope. I can't wait to work with them again!

Katt and Lauren at Blueberry Hill | Portraits

Part of being a growing artist is constantly challenging yourself to try new things. I'm not scared to admit I'd been in a bit of a rut with my portrait work lately. It happens to everyone and it's frustrating but I'm thankful for it. In an effort to combat that creative rut I have started using direct sunlight and multiple models in my work. This was the first shoot where I really used both and because of that I was feeling so creatively empowered. These photos have taken a special place in my heart. Who knew that direct sunlight and multiple models would become two of my favorite things to photograph?

Models are Lauren Tedrow and Katt Wilkins. (I told you in my previous post you'd be seeing a lot more of Katt around)

Katt at Fairmount Park | Portraits

I've been doing a lot more portrait and model work since my last wedding of 2016 on New Year's Eve. I love working with models because it is a collaboration of multiple creative forces coming together to create something so special.

Now this lovely lady isn't just a beautiful model, she's one my favorite people, biggest supporters, and an incredibly kindhearted person. Working with her is always a pleasure and you'll be seeing more of her lovely face on this blog shortly. 

Noelle at Creer Studio | Portraits

If you've watched VH1's "Naked and Afraid" you probably recognize Noelle. However, what most people don't know is that she's an amazing model, a talented dancer, and fun as heck to be around. One of my photographer friends let me crash his studio session with Noelle and I can't be happier that I did because this lovely lady was awesome. 

Noelle is on her way to Los Angeles in a few months to continue her amazing work with some of the coolest cats on the west coast. Make sure to keep an eye out for her, because she's going to do amazing things. 

Model: Noelle Giorgi

Gather & Grow Workshop | Styled Shoot

When I first found out that my dear friend Sophie was going to be co-hosting the Gather & Grow workshop in NYC the first thing I did was ask how I could help. The fact that she had everything pulled together led me to my second question: Can I come? 

Now if you know Sophie's work you know that we have different styles. I'm dark and moody and she's light and airy. However, if you know her work you also probably know that she is amazing at what she does and she can put together something beautiful flawlessly. I wanted to take the amazing opportunity to challenge myself to capture something outside of my usual style and make it feel more like my usual work. I also took the opportunity to get to create something more personal and shoot hybrid- both digital and film. I have loved film since my dad gifted me one of his cameras from when he was in high school. I can say without a doubt that said camera changed my life. Anyways I see film right now as a luxury. I don't get a lot of clients interested in film, but I am hoping to incorporate it into my work more and more. I hope you enjoy these photos and make sure to check out all of the amazing vendors that helped make this incredible!

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#GatherandGrowNYC @Gatherandgrowevent

Hosts
Sophie Kaye @SophieKayePhotography
Julian Navarette @JulianNavarettePhoto
Amanda Watson @AmandaWPhoto

Venue
The Metropolitan Building #TheMetropolitanBuilding

Stylist
Chic & Pretty Events @ChicandPrettyEvents

Speakers
Dear Gray Magazine @DearGrayMagazine
Lomography @Lomography

Makeup
Natalia Bizinha Makeup Artist @NataliaBBeauty

Hair
Reflection Hair Design @Reflection_Hairdesign

Gowns
Lovely Bride NYC @LovelyBride
Bridal Gown: Anna Campbell @AnnaCampbellBridal
Hanging Gown: Limor Rosen @LimorRosen

Jewelry / Accessories
Petals and Stones @PetalsandStones

Florals
Lori Lee Floral @LoriLeeFloral

Calligraphy
Seniman Calligraphy @Seniman_Calligraphy

Vintage Rentals & Tabletop
The Tabletop Company @TheTabletopCompany

Shoes
Bella Belle Shoes @BellaBelleShoes

Rings
Victor Barbone @VictorBarboneJewelry

Boudoir
Girl with a Serious Dream @Girlwithaseriousdream

Cake
Sugar Couture @Sugar_Couture

Suit
The Black Tux @ TheBlackTux

Ribbon
Bellame Ribbon Co. @BellameRibbon

Styling Boards
Curio & Oak @CurioandOak

Linens
LaTavola Linen @LatavolaLinen

Models
Bride @jsv_irene
Groom @Maxim053
Boudoir @desifitstyle

Fairmount Horticulture Meetup | Portraits

So one of my favorite parts about being a photographer is meeting new photographers and models! We have a little community formed around here to help facilitate just that and I can't tell you how amazing it is to get together with new people and just create. Obviously we create to be together and meet new people, not to make money, but it's so fun. I have met a lot of new friends through this community and I feel so lucky. 

Anyways a few of us got together a little while ago in Philadelphia to meet each other and here are the results.

Models (In order of appearance)

Ashley Nicole, Allie Semales, and Madison Neumann