Always love shooting with my beautiful friend Helen Castillo. We are constantly looking for ways to make every event count, so we set up a quick lookbook of the collection during all the NYFW backstage craziness. I love the shots we ended up with.
Years ago, probably 3 summers ago, I had an idea for a shoot. I wanted to do a modern looking beach shoot with a model and a clear beach ball. All this time, I've had the ball in my supply closet waiting for the right model, crew, weather, etc. Sahirah and I have worked on several projects together and when I saw that she'd let her hair go curly this summer I knew we had to shoot it. She is such a trooper and has the most upbeat fun personality. Love working with her any day. After shooting the dreamy beach pics I couldn't help but capture her smile along the colorful Coney Island. Here's a peak into our day.
Producer: Me //Model: Sahira @sahirahabdur //MUA: Julian Lazaro @julianlazaro
It was a crazy hot day in the city. The kind where you never really cool off inside or out. So why not put together an editorial on a sunny rooftop!?! Sometimes you just need to seize the day and make it happen. Luckily everyone on board had a great attitude and was super positive so we braved the heat for some amazing shots. Here's a peak into our day!
Producer: Raymond Casas @casa.nyc // MUA: Josephine @silvernoir // Model: Nicolette from Wilhemina
Incredible location and incredible crew is a recipe for great images. Creative director and producer Raymond Casas pulled together our editorial called Downtown Doll. The edgy and beautiful Grace modeled looks on this industrial NYC rooftop location. Editorial coming soon!
Producer: Raymond Casas @casa.nyc // Model: Grace Summerfield @gracesumm // MUA: Josephine @silvernoir // @designerhelen
Got to shoot for Narval New York's show at Globe Fashion Week. It was my first time up in the new Freedom tower. The views are so breathtaking! Such a great night of incredible people.
Producer: Raymond Casas @casa.nyc // MUA: Josephine @silvernoir and Belinda Ni @belindani_makeup // hair: Jenna Iva Wimmerstedt @ivainsane
The Helen Castillo AW17 collection was inspired by the ballet. Helen is a dear friend and has an incredible eye for detail and craftsmanship. She scouted our model Stella on the street. Stella is in high school and studying ballet. She was such a unique beauty and natural in front of the camera.
Stylist: Shay Dixon @ishayhello // MUA Aeriel D'Andrea @aerieldandrea // hair @chc.artist
Amazing shoot out at Lands End in San Francisco with the gorgeous Ema from Look Model Agency. We focused on leathers and this beachy vibe. Made me miss living in California.
It was a snowy day in Feb shooting the Raven + Lily FW16 collection lookbook at Drift Studio. It's always great to shoot at Drift and we had such an amazing crew on set. Check out our BTS video produced and edited by Josh Taylor (@joshtaylor). I snuck in a few clips but Josh did most of the work and has such an incredible eye. Great work team!
One of my favorite trips ever was to the island of Lamu, Kenya where we shot a lookbook for Raven + Lily. Such a surreal experience. We spent months preparing and after a long search we ended up flying in the beautiful Robyn Schrikker (@robynschrikker) at 20 Model Management (@20modelmanagement) from South Africa. It was the right choice! She was so wonderful to travel and work with. The island is pretty small and the only transportation is either by foot or by donkey. One of the shoot days we hired an antique Jahazi boat! I got to ride on a speed boat alongside to capture images while boat was moving. It was one of my favorite days ever shooting. We ended up on a remote beach along the rocky coast. So many incredible visuals. You can also read about this shoot on RavenandLily.com. https://www.ravenandlily.com/blog/introducing-springsummer-2015/