When I moved to LA, I assumed that the feeling of summer ending would not be possible. How could a place that is sunny all year round, feel like September? Well, it does and I’m left daydreaming about this shoot with Bliss Street Creamery in my hometown of Queens, NY. Tavia is an incredible small business owner and ice cream maker. If you are a native or passing by New York, look up when to get a scoop, and be reminded of a time before mid September.
It's always difficult for me to go through my work at the end of a year. I spend so much time staring at each photo while editing, that I end up re-critiquing everything I could have done better. I'm very hard on myself ;) but at some point you just need to let images live.
I was going to take time to put together a more cohesive collection of editorial images on here, but it seems that this is a pretty accurate depiction of my 2017 work. At the end of the day, whether its photographing Ice-T in NY or a construction company in south LA, my job is to tell the story of my subject and my client. Here's a few of my favorites this year, and below is a list of new editorial clients I took on:
- Blue Network
- Chelsea & Walker
- CEO Magazine
Sending lots of love in the New Year! <3 Emily Frances
Its been a long time since I've been asked to shoot black and white for a client. HOW I'VE MISSED IT! This is a commissioned portrait of Susie, the owner of Sewtime Sewing Machines in Queens, NY. Within the first 5 minutes of meeting Susie, I knew she was an incredible, thoughtful & kind human being. Happy to call her a neighbor and now friend.
I was so excited to walk into 30th St Station in Philadelphia and notice this image I took up for Samsung Mobile. Here's one of the images up by the flower shop!
Hello! I am on the lookout for a second shooter/assistant for October 2017-May 2018. This person must be available at minimum 10 hours per week, and must be based in NYC. Jobs consist mostly of second shooting for corporate work and assisting for commercial work throughout the Northeast. Pay ranges from $50-$125 per hour. Must be open to travel & long hours, all of which will be compensated. Must have (1-2 years) prior experience as a paid photographer. Most importantly, must be chill.
Phew! What a great but tiring summer for clients. Always grateful to be working with such killer people & companies. Its always nice to work with friends on shoots. Here's one of my favorite outtakes & chosen shots I did with Sharon for an up and coming bag company ;)
Its so funny how often I am asked to photograph women and not men. I guess once you start a portfolio, you tend to get hired for work in that same area. I was so happy to shoot for this preppy lifestyle company Mallard. We did this over 2 days in sunny Santa Monica, but the feel is so NorthEast.....I have a knack for locations ;) Their website is looking awesome.
I loved photographing Liz and I'm so happy to see her helping others kick butt in their lives. Thanks for using the photo we took! Read up: 'From 9-5er to Entrepreneur, The Ten Lessons I've learned Along the Way'
Scenes from Bondi Beach, what a dream.
Hiked through the Blue Mountains in New South Wales today. A good reminder to be outside & unplugged often.
Love these photos! Recently, I've been shooting for the Blue Book Network & Construction Network. They feature construction businesses throughout the US that are crushin' it. Here's the Best Roll-up in Los Angeles who hand create those rolling metal doors for store fronts and residential buildings. #lit
Time is a funny thing. It can be hard at times for me to see my progress as a photographer and business owner....sometimes as a human being in general. It wasn't until I decided to finally sit down and organize my work from the past two years, that I realized just how much work I've done! Updated the portfolio, and now I need more photos for it. Let's go shoot!
If any of my photographer friends know anything about me, they know that I am not a fan of using flash. I've made most of my career off of using natural light but when The BaldCupcake contacted me for creating content, I knew it was time to bring in some artificial light. A little retro, a whole lot sweet--and I'm a whole lot happy to be part of their growth.
At the end of each year as a freelancer, I try to reflect and re-evlaute where I went wrong and where I went right, before bringing on new assignments. Working with both large corporate companies and intimate one on one portrait sessions has kept this year fresh. The only days that ran together were those spent editing. I've seen a lot of cities from the windows of public transportation and met a lot of people I would like to see again.
Thankful for those that I call my friends that have been my second shooters, makeup artists and trusty assistants. All the flights to the West Coast has brought on new sunny clients, but more importantly time to spend shooting for myself on a boulevard I've fallen in love with. You can check my about page for more specific publications from this year.
Though I have many focused goals for my photography (mostly doing a serious update on this website), there's only one worth mentioning- to just keep making photos. Cheers to 2017 and thanks to 2016 for all the lessons.
Over the past few months, I've been pickier about what assignments I take on as I try to transition into more full time personal documentary projects. Saying 'no' to a lot of work that I've otherwise would have said yes to, has been proving to be easier than I thought. By taking on fewer assignments, I've been able to take more intimate portraits, something that I hope will carry into the projects I am now concentrating on. This is one of my favorite images of an editorial shoot that I said 'yes' to. Melody is starting a training program for teachers/parents/coaches to work with young women in achieving overall happiness, strength and confidence. She commissioned me to take photographs of her, and I couldn't be happier that she did.
Tamisha, a ballerina from Trinidad who rose her way to the top in New York. I've been lucky enough to work with her as part of a personal project after being inspired by the story of Misty Copeland.