"Personal Style"

Polaroids with Elena Karma

It was a lovely sunny day in the dead of winter in Washington Heights and three girls were ready to take on the town, or at least their local supermarket. My dear friend and sensuous model Samayah Jaramillo and I let passion and fury take over as we grabbed lettuce leaves and radishes, jumped inside of shopping carts and climbed light posts to get the shot's that were running through our heads. The most adorable Russian I ever did meet (possibly the only adorable Russian I've ever met) Elena Karma was there to capture the temporal moments with the flash of her Polaroid camera. The results are the beginning of a story that embarks upon the moment that I began to unleash the over flowing joy and elated-ness that has been boiling inside for far too long with my partner in crime by my side. This is only the beginning people, there will soon be much more to come. 

To see more of Elena's work click here or to see more of Samayah's click here

Spring is Here

Yes ladies and gentleman, it's official, spring is here! Trust me when I say I think everyone is quite ready for it (the winter has been rather daunting on the locals up here). After a shoot I was supposed to photograph got postponed on Saturday I decided to take full advantage of the bright sunshiny day and get lost in Prospect Park. I ended up literally getting lost for a good half hour and stumbling across this gem of a location. I couldn't tell you where it is other than somewhere within the vast location of Prospect Park but if you find yourself in that area this week before the dandelions all get plucked or wilt away look for a very large ditch with lots of cut down tree's and there you will find Spring. Of course on the first unofficial day of spring I decide to wear all black but that is besides the point. Moving on.....may your week be as lovely as this past weekend and a very happy spring to everyone!

No Wallflowers Allowed

This past weekend was a weekend that I won't soon forget. Not only did I accomplish my most complicated and large-scale team based shoot yet but I did it almost 100% successfully (unexpected encounters are bound to occur). If you have been following this blog for awhile then you may already be well aware of the fact that I was named the New York brand ambassador for Jacked Fashion and with that I wanted to give everything I could back to Jacked Fashion for this incredible and overwhelmingly inspiring opportunity. That said I have been spending the past few months planning an epic two part photo shoot of Alaska's newest collection as a way to introduce Jacked Fashion to New York. The results were more than extraordinary and the one thing that I have really taken away from this experience is that if you really want something than you can't be a wallflower waiting for it to hopefully come to you if you cross your fingers tight enough, you just have to take it. Put on your very best dress and own that shit, talk that talk and walk that walk. No one will take you seriously until you take yourself seriously so even if you're walking around with neon orange braids in your hair and a pink cow print coat on  your back never flinch in the face of adversity. Jacked Fashion is not a brand for the wallflowers; it is for a small niche of people that know who they are, what they want to say, how they want to say it and they don't EVER want to do it quietly. 

Since I am still in the process of editing and deciding the future fate of these editorials I can only give you a sneak preview of some behind the scenes snap shots myself and assistant Alex Rizzo captured. To see some more leaked previews you can check in to my instagram here or Jacked Fashions here. In the meantime enjoy these scenes from behind the scenes until the actual scenes can be released. That totally made sense.