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.
My friend Chelsea had just decided to leave her longtime home in the East Village and move back to the other side of the country. We did this shoot with the vintage suitcase to commemorate that.
Model: Vincent Fuentes
Taken in Coney Island, Manhattan and Roosevelt Island, 2015-2016
I randomly met Vinny one day when my friend Jess and I wandered into his former place of employment, a high-end perfumerie. We hit it off immediately and became fast friends. A photographer and a model! We all saw that coming.
His beauty is tangible as hell, yet ethereal somehow. He’s “a good old-fashioned American mutt,” as he once cheerfully put it, but damn, his genes wield a potent mix in front of a camera lens. I’ve accompanied him to open calls and learnt early on fashion photography isn’t really my bag, but we’ve had a lot of fun doing shoots together. He taught me a lot about learning direction.
Vinny is also highly entertaining and his stories will leave you in tears from cry-laughing. Don’t be fooled by that serious Blue Steel, this guy is a goddamn riot with a heart of gold and will flash the Britney horns at the drop of a hat. Highly recommended model.
In Summer 2016 a mutual friend told me that she had read an article she liked by a woman in NYC and she had a “gut feeling” that the two of us would be friends. Sure enough, she was right. I met up with Katie Frank in Central Park for a photo shoot and we immediately hit it off. She has come to be one of my closest friends and biggest supporters, and we have both experienced so much since, from immense joy to the unspeakably tragic. I am so grateful for her friendship and her sunshine heart. She is absolutely my soul sister.
It’s incredible seeing these portraits now, almost three years later, considering what has transpired since. We’ve been through many battles, we are war vets who have been through a long tour of combat. May the next course be smoother for us both. I love you so much sister Katie!!!