Nashville has quickly become one of my top towns to visit. I’ll take almost any chance I can to go back, so I jumped at the opportunity to work with perpetual favorite Maggie Mann and the cool, laidback guys from the show. Our editorial assignment for Glamour worked out so well that ABC called and asked to use the pictures as an ad for the show itself.
Spending an afternoon with stylist Eleanor Straus and three lovely models for Lucky Magazine became habit forming, so we ended up doing 3 stories right in a row. First in Beverly Hills, then Venice, and finally in Palm Springs, we just explored neighborhoods on foot, looking for interesting spaces to shoot.
As we set up a portrait series for the new Women’s Tennis Association print and TV campaign we took the opportunity to shoot our amazing crew as a little thank you for all their hard work. They’re some of my favorites to work with and it’s a show of just how many people it takes to get the job done. Not only are they the best in the business, but I think you’ll agree there’s some great personality in these faces.
I found this traditional New York loft studio and the Avedon-esque quality of the light became my inspiration for our latest Max Mara shoot. Ava Smith was a great model and stylist Giovanna Battaglia is such a talent. Hair stylist Shay Ashual and makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift did beautiful work. And of course creative direction by the incomparable Giorgio Guidotti, whenever we work together I know I’m going to love the final images.
It was a perfect Palm Springs day from sunrise to sunset at the Parker Hotel where there’s a great location around every corner. Fashion Director Evyan Metzner is a joy to work with, bringing color, a great spirit, and a sense of invention to every shoot she does.
I got to know brothers Raan and Shea Parton on the beach in Carpinteria. When I told them their Apolis menswear line was a favorite of mine, they asked me to grab a camera and come over to take a look at their new collaboration with J Crew. I have a lot of respect for these guys and what they’re doing, making classic, no nonsense, quality products with a commitment to global advocacy. Check their stuff and their story here (link to http://www.apolisglobal.com/about/). Shoots don’t get any more convenient than this, getting up at sunrise and walking down to their beach house about 100 yards from my front door. And style points to them for making the most of the small Santa Barbara swell.
Coco Rocha is a force of nature: nonstop movement that can take over any street corner and turn it into a studio. It’s like a performance piece to shoot her, she just goes and you try to find a place to stand to capture the action. Even in the chaos of Time Square at midday, people were watching her with open mouths. With a concept and great styling by Sara Gore-Reeves, it was a whirlwind and a lot of fun. It doesn’t take long with Coco, she steps out of the van and starts going. We shot the entire story for Vogue Latin America within 100 yards of the van in just a couple hours.
Everyone that worked on this shoot left as a 100% die hard Trey Songz fan. Not only does he have great style and attitude, but when he started singing along to Marvin Gaye the energy in the room changed instantaneously. It was a pleasure to spend the day exploring various corners of the Chateau Marmont with him and the wonderfully talented Fashion Director Evyan Metzner from Self Magazine.
Shooting for the brand new Revel resort in Atlantic City, I arrived at the massive, still-under-construction grounds on a blustery, windswept day. Collaborating with the great creatives at Mother Agency and stylist Susan Winget, we used the rain, wind, and moments of sunshine to our advantage and captured some terrific shots that alternated between dramatic and super cute.