Category: Fashion

Sneak Peak: Beauty Shoot with Samira

Last week I teamed up with model Samira and makeup artist Soo Park ( for a series of beauty shots.

Samira’s exotic beauty and emotive style, paired with Soo’s impeccable makeup artistry, made this a fun and exciting shoot! We did a number of wardrobe changes and modifications to the makeup. I really love how everything came out and am happy that I paired up with this excellent and creative team. I also had a lot of help from my wonderful GF. Below are a few images from the shoot:

Catalog Shoot for Jill Stuart

Again, an overdue post!

Last month I did a catalog shoot for Jill Stuart in New York City, specifically for the Jill Jill Stuart dress line. The photos will be used for online catalogs as well as the look book that the sales team shows to buyers that come into purchase dresses for distribution. The shoot took place at Jill Stuart’s corporate offices in NYC and lasted about half a day.

The Setup: Since I was coming from out of town, I had to travel light and since this shoot was indoors in a controlled-lighting environment, speedlights and shoot-through umbrellas (to modify the light) were the most compact and travel-friendly way to go. Throw in a paper backdrop and we were ready! Speedlights are not a one-size fits all solution but given the nature of the shoot and the travel, it was a simple and effective setup.

To trigger the flashes from a distance, I used my trusted Cowboy Studio wireless triggers.  Considering you get a pair of transceivers and one transmitter for $28 on Amazon, they’re a steal!  Also, for the price they’re shockingly reliable and reportedly have a range of up to 100 feet—to-date I haven’t had a problem with them.


Here's a production shot from the setup (photo by Harriet Jung)

Post-Production: Basic corrections were made for exposure, color temperature, and restoring detail in lighter dresses.  However, one major edit in each of these photos was the expansion of the gray backdrop to fill in the dimensions of the photo.  This is a very cool trick that I picked up from Scott Kelby at Photoshop World 2012, and I highly advise this approach when you don’t have the space for a huge backdrop.  We used was the Savage Widetone Slate Gray 53″ x 12 yards backdrop which is only $26 at B&H.  This is a very affordable and easy to transport paper roll, but 53 inches is not nearly wide enough to fill in the camera frame when taking full length shots of a (tall) model.  Solution:  Use content-aware scale in Photoshop!  To do this, simply use the marquee tool in Photoshop to select only the gray background (and as much of it as you can) on either side of the model, turn on content-aware scale, and stretch out the background until you’ve reached the end of the image canvas.   Then do the same thing for the other side of the image and voila (!), you now have a 9 foot wide instead of a 5 foot wide backdrop.

Here you can see how small the backdrop is in relation to the model and the area we need around her.

Our model that day was Jennifer Daniel, who was exceptionally graceful in front of the camera (and not to mention patient with the dozens of wardrobe changes she had to cram in).

Here are the final products of two of the dresses:

I want to thank my friend Harriet Jung, a talented Assistant Designer at Jill Stuart, for making this connection and taking care of so many of the details.  Along with her, I also want to thank Lana Rybak, Director of Sales, and the other folks involved with this shoot (including Jill Stuart interns Andrea and Ga) for making this happen, coordinating the wardrobe and looks, and making sure the shoot ran smoothly!


Alan’s NYC Photoshoot

Last week I was in NYC photographing Alan, a photogenic twenty-something NYU graduate student living in Brooklyn. Alan’s main objective for the shoot was to capture photos with an “urban feel.” With his background in urban planning and given our surroundings, this wasn’t difficult to accomplish.

To be totally honest, the logistics of the shoot came together at the very last-minute. We knew only two things; 1) we wanted a view of Manhattan in the background and 2) we had only one morning to get it done. To shoot from Brooklyn with Manhattan in the background, and to avoid harsh lighting and shadows, we had to be out there at sunrise. The tough thing about photographing at sunrise in the summer is that sunrise is at about 5:20 am! By the time we got to the Brooklyn Promenade (late start) we had only around 10 minutes before the sun would be up so we scrambled to get into position, setup the lighting, and start shooting.

After we finished at the Promenade we knew we could get a few more shots from the awesome morning glow. We ventured to Washington Street and Brooklyn Bridge Park to get some shots with the Manhattan Bridge and city in the background.

All-in-all this was a fantastic, and exhausting, shoot. Once we saw the final result it was clear that the early morning hours and sleep deprivation were well worth it!

Sneak Peak: Photo shoot with Saphonia

My awesome friend Saphonia is in town from NYC and yesterday we took some shots for our portfolios. Lucky for me she’s extremely photogenic—the pictures practically took themselves!

There are plenty of other shots, but for now here’s a sneak peak.

The shots were taken around 6:30pm, which is usually a little too early in the afternoon for this time of year, with the sun still high in the sky. Fortunately it was slightly overcast and the ambient light was perfect (we didn’t have to worry about harsh lighting). Depending on the shot, I used a combination of multiple strobes or just a single stobe through a shoot through umbrella.

Business of Fashion Networking Event

Yesterday was the Business of Fashion Networking Event at The Rooftop Rockville, hosted by Red Hue Boutique.  It was a lot of fun and the models were pretty fabulous, as were the designs.  Everyone really had a great time and there needs to be more fantastic events like this one.  Great job to all the models, Red Hue, Joel Castillo, and everyone else who put the event on!

Below are a few shots from the evening, but more shots can be seen on the Facebook album for the event!

Photoshoot in Old Town

It was great weather this past weekend so Lina and I decided to head down to Old Town Alexandria to check out the scenery and take some shots. By the time we got there it was overcast so we played with lighting and shied away from the typical Old Town scenery for photos.

I really like how they turned out, and it helps to have a fantastic model :-). Here’s a couple of the shots:

Strike a Pose

Last week I did another promo shoot with creative director Joel Cas—This photo will be used to promote the Business of Fashion Networking Event.

This shot of Amanda Jackson was actually taken with her completely horizontal working a yoga pose in 4 inch heels. Impressive!

Clothing was provided by designer Red Hue Boutique, hair/makeup by George Bacchus Salon and Spa, and jewelry by Designs by Hiedi.