Sara Maraffino

Portraits

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.

Virginia Marcs

Portraits

I did these portraits in Astoria Park under the Hell Gate Bridge. We went full goth on this one, folks. And then we got outgothed…by a group of people who decided to also spend the afternoon under the bridge spreading someone’s ashes. It was a memorable shoot, to be sure…and the SECOND one I’ve done now involving human cremains.

Trish

Portraits

Trish and I had a mutual friend and met during a showing of 1973 version of The Wicker Man, which is my favourite movie (and as it turned out, also completely apropos). Trish is a writer so we made use of my ostrich quill after deciding to do a shoot in the East Village. We shot around Rivington for this series and it ended up being a lot of fun!

Courtney Yates

Portraits

Courtney Yates, whom millions know from Survivor, has been one of my models and besties in NYC after we met at a protest in 2016. We share a love for skeletons, politics, the stars, and philosophy. A couple of years ago we did a series in her home to promote her work as a physical therapist. True story: she literally saved my back. Years ago I was hit by an SUV and had suffered from back problems for years as a result. She calmly said “I can fix it.” And she did, using cupping and massage. I am so grateful to this amazing woman for giving me back my full mobility and proud to call her my friend.