Niabi’s friend Ivy styles these gorgeous wigs to order, and we decided to go do an Artemis-themed shoot in Astoria Park one evening. Niabi miraculously procured a bow and arrow and we photographed these under the Hell Gate Bridge.
Sara and I are extremely close friends but amazingly have only ever really met each other twice in person. She’s like a sister to me in many ways. During one of her visits on the East Coast we met up in the Hudson Valley and did a shoot together with her nana’s spectacular fur coat. She had been extremely close to her grandmother so it was a very poignant moment to photograph. We rode around places that were very special to Sara’s childhood and took in the scenery and the energy surrounding them.
I did a series of portraits of actor/TV host Oliver Trevena for Downtown Magazine this summer. What a nice guy, and what a lot of fun we had in TriBeCa doing this shoot. It was a spontaneous decision but we came up with some fun portraits.
I was working on a gallery opening with my friend Adrian Wilson devoted to Native American art in NYC over Thanksgiving 2018. Sparrowhawk, who works as an actor, stuntman and model, also happens to be a talented painter. After the show closed I met up with him and a few friends in Central Park and we did some portraits of them in action. Such a delightful afternoon, and COLD.
Nora is a dancer I met when I shot a Fringe performance rehearsal at Westbeth one evening. It turned out we had a few mutual friends and we hit it off. I did a series of her doing some dance movements around Greenwich Village, as well as testing out my fisheye lens. I found the fisheye to be a lot of fun with dance and movement. Nora was a joy to work with and incredibly expressive, so I took a chance on a different approach and ended up using her as a model for a fashion shoot with IQ Test later that month.
One of my early portrait shoots was done on iPhone with Francesca, who at the time was contemplating a move into the NYC improv comedy scene. Francesca’s love for unusual fashion and character impressions made for a terrific jaunt around the East Village.
Another group of fun images from my old Harlem apartment. The previous tenant left all her knickknacks when she passed away, and I used them extensively as props. She even had a collection of liquour that was pretty ancient. Heather, who is a comedian, came over with her amazing collection of darling 1950s dresses. The bizarre knickknacks accentuated her look perfectly!