Those of you who know my work, may know that my two favorite places to shoot photos are on the streets of New York City, or in my beloved Central Park. You may have also noticed that I love to shoot photos in the absolute worst weather, and in some of the most challenging conditions. If it’s raining, or better yet, snowing, and at night, there’s a good chance that you can find me wandering somewhere in New York City with my camera.
When Instagram recently announced that they were finally allowing us to post portrait and landscape photos to the social network, I was elated, overjoyed, thrilled, just to name a few emotions. I was so excited that I could finally share my photos in their entirety. I thought that the majority of my Instagram frustrations were over, at least until I started posting portrait oriented photos. That’s when I noticed that Instagram was still cropping my shots, just not to a square.
This week, I got to check something off my bucket list. I had the opportunity photograph a building that’s just about impossible to get access to when there are no other people around. Recently, I was invited by my friends at Adobe to take an #EmptyMET tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The MET is by far my favorite museum in the city. I’m obsessed with its architecture as well as the works of art on display. I could get lost there for hours, and in the summer, the views from its rooftop are just spectacular.
On social media, I always tell people that it is best to embrace the format of the platform they are using. Each platform generally has some unique characteristics. For instance, Twitter forces you to post messages that are 140 characters or less, Snapchat deletes your content over time, and on Instagram, you can only display photos as a square.
Of all the places to shoot photos in New York City, Central Park is by far my favorite area to explore. Measuring 2.5 miles long and a 0.5 mile wide, Central Park is full of interesting things to see. Each area has its own history and character, and each part is full of diverse groups of people; tourists, locals, shoppers, athletes, families, couples, artists, and photographers all converge on the park during various times throughout the year.
One of the first things I do when I arrive on set to shoot behind the scenes photos is to stake out the studio and see how things look. Everything in the room affects how my photos will turn out, so for me, it’s important to see how things take shape before I start to shoot. How many people are on set? How large is the space? What does the lighting set up look like? And are there any props that are being used on set? These are all things that I take into consideration.
Back in June, photographer, Sarah Silver, invited me back to her studio to shoot some behind the scenes photos for a beauty project that she was working on with makeup artist, Vincent Oquendo, hair stylist, Andre Cueto Saavedra, and art director, Danielle Von Braun. I enjoy shooting behind the scenes photos for fashion and beauty projects, it’s fascinating to see how professionals like Sarah and her team craft these stunning looks.
When I shoot behind the scenes photos, I try to tell the story behind the photo shoot. I document each step in the process as best as I can, but I do it in an artistic way that brings out the passion and enthusiasm that each member of the team has for the project.
Sometimes, people ask me about the gear that I bring when I am shooting runway shows during New York Fashion Week. So today, I’d like to talk a bit about some of the equipment that I bring with me when I am shooting a fashion show.
One of the great things about shooting photos for a major fashion show, like the ones held at Lincoln Center, for New York Fashion Week, is that you don’t actually need to bring a lot of equipment with you. I tend to pack rather light. During Fashion Week, you’ll spend a lot of time waiting in line for things, so I don’t want my backpack weighed down with a lot of items that I just don’t need. Below, I will list all the equipment that I use when I am shooting a fashion show. After that, I’ll explain what I like and don’t like about the equipment that I use, as well as what equipment that I would like to use in the future.
Back in January, I had the opportunity to shoot some behind the scenes photos for photographer Sarah Silver, for an article that I wrote on Tuts+. In that article, I talked with Sarah about the process of shooting photos for a dance company. It was fascinating to be able to witness the photo shoot, and I loved being able to interview Sarah, and then share some of her process with all of you.
That is why I was excited when Sarah invited me back to her studio back in May to shoot some more behind the scenes photos for another project that she was working. Her amazing team included Makeup Artist, Vincent Oquendo, Art Director, Danielle Von Braun, Hair Stylist, Andre Cueto Saavedra, Manicurist, Kelly Baber, and model, Basia Szkaluba, as well as many others.
I loved being able to help tell the story of this photo shoot from beginning to end. It takes a lot of work to make a photo shoot like this happen, and everyone has a role. The hair and makeup team, the prop stylists, the model, as well as Sarah’s production team work closely together to make sure that everything is perfect, and that no details go un-noticed.
The final images from this photo shoot can now be seen on the cover, and inside of Issue No. 82 of Magpie Darling.
I recently had the opportunity to shoot a few shots for my friend, and fashion blogger, Kendall Johnson of Styled Snapshots. Kendall needed a few shots for AprilMarin’s fall line, and since her usual photographer wasn’t available, I volunteered to help out.
After postponing our photo shoot due to hot weather, we finally ended up scheduling a shoot in Central Park a couple weeks back. Kendall and I both felt that even though it wasn’t quite fall, that the park would make for the best backdrop for this shoot.
The night before, we had some strong storms in the city, so we were a bit worried that we would have to postpone our photo shoot a second time. The morning of the shoot, we were blessed with some heavy cloud cover, and the rain let up just long enough for us to squeeze in a few shots.
We started out at the southeast corner of the park, and began by shooting some shots at the Gapstow Bridge. I love the Gapstow Bridge, it’s one of the prettiest areas of Central Park. After that, we left the park to shoot some additional shots on 5th Avenue. I really enjoy shooting on 5th Avenue, the long unobstructed avenue makes for some fantastic leading lines, and it’s usually relatively free of people on the weekdays.
Here are a few of my favorite shots from this shoot. Big thanks to AprilMarin and Kendall for being so amazing to work with.