Like many photographers, I have been intrigued with Sony’s line of A7 Mirrorless Cameras. While I love to shoot with my DSLRs, the idea of using a small, more compact camera that boasts many of the same features as my DSLR is very appealing. So when Sony recently released their new A7RII camera packing 42 megapixels and internal 4K video with the option of also shooting at 120fps, I knew this was a camera that I had to try.
Last fall, I was hired by Nordstrom to shoot behind the scenes photos during their photo shoot with Olivia Palermo at the beautiful Spring Studios in New York City. As you know, I love shooting behind the scenes photos, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Nordstrom, Olivia Palermo, and photographer Jason Kim on this project. I’ve included a few of my favorite shots from the day below but you can also see the behind the scenes video that Nordstrom produced here.
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.
Social media plays a huge role in how we communicate with others, but I’ve often said that it’s impossible to commit to every single social media site. We have to set limits, and spend our time wisely. Otherwise, we would never have time to do anything else. I tend to spend a majority of my time on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Those are the sites that I get the most value from, and where I have the most genuine connections with others.
With that said, while I don’t allocate much time for other social networks, I do believe that it is important to have a presence on as many social networks as possible, even if my accounts, for the most part, sit dormant. In this article, I will explain why I think it’s important to at least have a presence on every social media site, even if you’re not very active.
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.