NYFW Fall/Winter 2019

New York Fashion Week is a busy time! This past weekend, Friday-Monday I woke up at 6am, did photoshoots for 4 fashion bloggers, 1 dance/choreographer, 1 yogi, and took 6,000 photos. Here’s a brief look into my very busy weekend.

Shoot #1

Brenna contacted me cause she’s friends with a blogger Emily who I worked with in December. We had planned to meet at 8 but because of weather and transportation issues we didn’t end up meeting until 9am which was fine cause I always plan plenty of extra time. She had ideas of where she wanted to shoot, in front of Dior, and her outfits as did everyone I shot. When we started it was sprinkling a little and we were hoping it would clear up but the longer we were shooting the heavier the rain got which resulted in us having to find spots to shoot under awnings.

Shoot #2

Kristina found me through Instagram, as do most people, and we planned to meet at a coffee shop again at 8am. She asked if her friend who was also in the city for fashion week could come along and I of course said yes. They arrived right before me and we grabbed a coffee before going out into the cold. It was freezing. The real feel was 12 degrees and we were outside for almost an hour changing looks on the street cause most places we could have gone and changed weren’t open until 9. Even though I couldn’t feel my hands after 5 minutes in, we took so many great photos and had SO much fun. Kristina and Lee were so nice and happy and ready to do anything even out in the cold. (Lee is a lawyer and she’s blonde and her insta handle is @legalleeblonde and I think that’s the greatest thing)

Shoot #3

I had two more shoots planned for this weekend previously which were also just as cold and just as fun. I thought I was done and was considering possibly doing homework when I got a message on Sunday from another blogger who was in the city for fashion week and had already heard about me from Lee! And she was leaving on Tuesday but wanted to possibly shoot last minute if I was free. Normally Mondays are my schoolwork days cause I have basically the whole do free, but that also meant I had the time to shoot more so I said yes and I met up with Alyssa in Brooklyn on Monday morning where we took just a few shots in DUMBO and on the Brooklyn Bridge.

All in all a very busy, cold and incredibly fun weekend!

January Review

I’ve gotten a little behind on everything and I should probably be doing other work instead of this at the moment but classes have just started back up and I still haven’t shared what I did the last couple weeks of my break.

As I said before, my sister is my model on vacation. These first photos were on a cute watch tower on the beach and we took them in the evening thinking we could get better ones if we came back in the morning during the sunrise because the beach faced East. But when I came back in the morning during sunrise with my other sister and her friends there was a person sleeping on the tower so we opted for some simple beach pics.

more from vacation . . .

I didn’t really shoot after that until I got back to New York and made quick arrangements to do a photoshoot with Regina aka Gypsygina, a yoga instructor and founder of “Wander with Wellness,” a new health and wellness podcast for women of color.

Follow Regina and “Wander with Wellness” here!

NO GOOD IDEAS

This past Saturday I had made plans to meet up with one of my best friends because it was the last chance we had to see each other while we were home and she wanted some new pics which I was more than happy take. I also had a little shoot planned with another person I knew from home. I met up up with my friend Casie, my sister was with me too of course, and we decided what to do. Earlier she had been concerned about it being rainy to which I responded, “could be cute.” and it was. So because I never have a plan for anything we drove around looking for somewhere I thought would be cute and we ended up in a park that had a light layer of fog.

Then we had to go meet for the shoot and I never have any ideas and again don’t plan anything, which I really need to start doing, we went to a parking garage that I’d already been to twice that week. Who cares though, right? It still looked good. And we had fun, I hope. I had fun despite me letting everyone know I was cold every five minutes. I also constantly verbalize my uncertainty during shoots which probably doesn’t make models that confident in me. I think trying my best to direct everything else out of my mouth was that I was cold or that I didn’t have any other good ideas. But it was okay, and the pictures came out great! As long as I ave an idea it doesn’t have to be a good one.

After I had really run out of ideas, my sister and Casie, who were still with me, had been trying to decide if we should go to a big field we’d gone to in the summer. Then was like a sea of flowers and we were curious as to if it would be good for photos since the sun was starting to set, but weren’t sure it it would be worth it. We decided to go and on our way I said, “I think it’ll be dark by the time we get there, but oh well, we’ll go anyway.” I also said, as I was looking at the sky on the drive, “I wish the clouds would go away, they look kinda pink, it would be a nice sunset.” I did not have high hopes. But then we got there and it was very much worth it. And I was right about the sky.

GET READY

If you follow me on anything you’re at some point going to ask “why is the same girl in almost all of your photos?” It’s my sister and she’s my favorite model, obviously. She’s also often times my one model, especially when I’m home or on vacation like I am now. So get ready for the first of MANY photos you’ll see of her.

HERE IT GOES

Honestly, I don’t know if I want a blog or if it will last. I just want to share all the photos that I don’t on Instagram. Also the stories behind them. I guess that means I want to start a blog.

Because it’s the new year, here’s a tryingly brief yet wordy recap of a year of photography:

January 2018 - I was home from school on winter break with nothing to do so, I decided to take my camera off automatic settings and teach myself how to really use it, and how to edit photos on something other than VSCO (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I still don’t really know what I’m doing but learning’s fun right!? Also a year isn’t all that long. And when I say teach myself I mean watch a million YouTube videos. 

Then I started making all my friends model for me which I did before but now I was actually trying. Then I kind of went in head first and started shooting other people - I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I didn’t think about the fact that I was gonna have to talk to people and really be in charge and if you know me you know I like do my own thing but I’m very uncomfortable in any kind of leadership position and I’m not great at speaking in any situation and can go a very long time without speaking, but that’s a whole other story. 

Moving on. I’d like to think my people skills are slightly better. Maybe. And the more I do it the more fun it becomes and the less anxious I get about messing something up (so far only one major fiasco). And that brings us to now. Kind of one year in and winging it.

Here’s a very large handful of photos I haven’t shared spanning the entirety of 2108 that I would never get around to sharing otherwise, some of which I love and some of which I think are horrible pictures - the reason they’re included is because I think it’s important to be aware of your mistakes to improve - I tried my best not to add too many.

To whoever’s reading this, thanks, you didn’t have to. Here’s to another year of creativity and growth.