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slowtography

the day before we were supposed to shoot, i got an email from tabitha saying that she had just gotten out of the hospital from some kind of bug or virus or whatever.  she was all kinds of messed up for like over a week, but she was still on board so we made it happen – except we took things nice and slow and kept her topped up with some un-nauseating goldfish crackers to keep her from passing out.  we had a long day, but she stuck it out.

model tabitha constance

hair/makeup/wardrobe by the very talented shelly van gage

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kiril

if you say kiril’s name backwards it’s “lirik.”  that’d be a pretty sweet name if he was a rapper.

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yoga and belly dancing

i got a voicemail from erin the night before we were supposed to shoot saying, “i’m having contractions today and i’m in a little pain, so i’m not sure how it’s going to work out for tomorrow…”  that was kinda scary.  but she ended up feeling better and we got some nice pictures.  but dude, that baby was ready to come out.  it was kinda rad because she was really still and it was pretty quiet on set, but she had a fully grown bundle of joy in her belly doing the Carlton Banks.

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hot town, summer in the city – my hood #4

yesterday’s freak heat wave almost broke a 130 year record.  it just kinda snuck up on us.  a humid 95 degrees is no joke – especially in this brick-oven of a city.

they ran around like tyrants, soaking up the open fire hydrants

water fight in front of the roach coach

the paparazzi got paparazzied

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Nicole LeBris

sometimes you’ll see someone who’s not a model on a set and you’re like, ” dude, why aren’t THEY in front of the camera?”  that’s pretty much how nicole got her start.  she was a makeup artist/hair stylist and eventually somebody told her she was on the wrong end of the camera.  good thing, too – cause she’s pretty awesome at modeling.

check out more shots of her on her site HERE

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my hood #3

check out the other shots of my hood here:

my hood #1

my hood #2

there's so many things i like about this scene. i mean, maybe its the girls braids with the blue beads, the motion of the throw, the girls vs. boys, the open courtyard, the trash in the corner... it's all really beautiful to me.

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dumbrella

i like to imagine the weather reporter talking about the size of a storm by the amount of crappy umbrellas that will be littering the streets the day after.  they’d be like, “well john, you can expect tomorrow’s storm to bring a minimum of 5-6 UPB’s (umbrellas per block – you know how T.V. people like to “abbreve” things) then the following day will calm down to about 2-3 UPB…”  last night we had a pretty gnarly storm, so this morning i walked down 9 blocks of broadway (almost a half mile) and back to document the carnage.  during that 9 block round trip i counted 86 umbrellas.  so that makes last nights squall a 9.5 UPB storm.

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when life gives you snow, make pretty pictures

we found an igloo.  it wasn’t huge, but it was big enough that we both crawled in and could have squeezed another person at least – maybe two.  it was the snowiest month in NY history and the fourth largest snow storm in the city on record – and i was shooting heidi just as the last of the snow was falling.  in fact, before we finished it had completely stopped – minus the massive avalanches that fell down from the treetops at random.  heidi is hilarious.  she talks a lot – but not the annoying kind – she just says exactly what’s on her mind.  i think that’s cool.  she has lots of energy and didn’t need much direction.  we shot till heidi was just about numb and wrapped the day with some hot chocolate.

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ain’t that a drag

turns out that one of my favorite makeup artist guys is also a girl – well, sorta –  he’s a drag queen.  and not only is he a drag queen, but he’s a drag mother with a family of protege drag queens to whom he teaches the ways of femininity and how to be excessively fabulous.  he called me up and asked me if i’d take a few shots of his drag family, so i was like, “sure, bring em over to my apartment and i’ll help you out” and figured i’d bang out a quick little shoot and call it good.  they showed up and started to get ready – they were in that room for FOUR hours.  holy schmoly.  no detail was spared.  when jezzeniah and her crew came strutting out in a cloud of hairspray, glitter, skin bronzer and sequins, the fabulousness was excessive and the femininity was flowing in true-drag style, complete with angry complaints about the heels – enough to make a drag mama proud.

the queen bee and her hive. i'm still finding sequins and glitter all over my apartment.

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shower soiree

my makeup artist friend damion wanted to shoot some beauty with one of his male model friends named george, so i was down.  last minute he was like, “i think i have a female model coming too.  we’ll have them do some doubles.”  i was like, “ok, cool.  what are we doing for wardrobe?”  and he was all, “i think we’re just going to throw them in the tub.”  so that was that.  BUT, as models are want to do for tests, the female model bailed.   i called a model friend of mine and was like, “hey christine, so what are you doing like – right now?”  turned out she was down to shoot, so she rolled out and completely crushed it.  thanks, christine.

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