My Bad Ass Friend Sarah

I have no way to explain to you all how amazing my friend Sarah is. We worked together for three years on our fashion magazine at school and became best friends and I'm so thankful for STITCH for bringing her genius to me. She is amazing but also incredibly talented and I can't wait to watch as she continues being a bad ass journalist. We went together to the Bowie exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum then got to play around with my camera. She is and will always be my favorite photo subject.

See my favorite photos from our friend date below:

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If you give a photographer a bomb cyclone...

...then they'll want a photographer friend to explore with.

 

I was so lucky to meet and work with my dear friend Mari through our fashion magazine at college and we've stayed friends now both pursuing our dreams in NYC. I was waiting for the perfect time to do a photo walk with her and on the day we both happened to be free we were hit with the bomb cyclone – lots of wind and a moderate amount of rain. She let me photograph her in a little For Love and Lemons dress like a boss while I got all bundled up for her photos of me. Scroll down for my favorite photos of my beautiful, talented friend and for some photos she made of me at the end :) 

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And some the talented Mari took of me!! <3 

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My Michey

All I can say about this shoot is how lucky am I to have one of my best friends living in the same city as me? And on top of that how lucky am I that her sister works at Vogue and was able to style my normally beanie-wearing, sweats-clad love?

This shoot is yet another example of why wandering around and photographing without a plan is actually the best plan. 

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If You're Not Wearing Nails You're Not Doing Drag

I was so excited to be able to meet up with an old friend from college during DragCon weekend to shoot! It was amaaazing to be able to see Quinn in all her drag glory and to do my first full shoot with a hyperqueen. They are both so beautiful and talented and being able to shoot on a rooftop in Chelsea at golden hour just was the cherry on top. Follow their amazing adventures on their Instagrams - you can find Quinn here and Rosemary here. And enjoy this stunning shoot!

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Old Favorites Abroad

Two summers ago I was two months into my study abroad experience. I had just finished up an amazing 6 weeks in Arles, in Southern France, where I made two best friends for life (miss you loads Marissa and Mo) and that August I was traveling with my old french host brother before my fall program started up in Paris. Now that I'm post-grad I feel extra nostalgic for my favorite place in the world... I had been planning on going to grad school in Paris for a couple years post university but circumstances changed and now it seems like I'm spending the next while in the US. Which rocks! because I get to be with my family... but makes France even more of a sunset memory. 

Now that I've finally found a Lightroom preset pack I'm super happy with (Phil Chester, you rock!) I've gone back through my favorite study abroad photos and revamped the edits. It was so lovely to relive my 7-month trip (on a minuscule scale) and I hope I can get myself back out there soon.

PRIDE

Last Sunday for PRIDE in NYC I was incredibly lucky to be able to photograph Dream Midtown's rooftop pride party. (Huge huge huge thank you to my girl Bella Noche for inviting me and getting me on the VIP list.) It was by far my favorite event I have ever photographed and the amazing rooftop setting + extraordinary subjects made it unforgettable. Below I have a little gallery of my favorite detail shots and then I have my favorite portraits following. Normally I try to pick my favorite 8 pictures..... but you can see how impossible that was! I cannot wait to work with some of these stunning queens again - stay tuned! xx 

Rockbar Behind the Scenes

My best drag friend, Bella Noche, brought me along to Rockbar a month ago for her monthly show. The gorgeous Ophelia Nightbird opened for her with a live guitar set and she is unbelievably talented. Cherry Poppins, the stunning spitfire, was Bella's featured guest and Flippe Kikee hosted her weekly karaoke after Bella's (as always) killer performance. I always feel so lucky to be able to hang out and photograph backstage and here is a selection of my favorite BTS shots and a few of my out-in-the-bar shots. Click on each girl's name to follow their Instagrams and get yourself to Bella's next Rockbar show - it's July 20th and it's her birthday so if you're a drag newbie it's a perfect starter show!! 

Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don’t fit into boxes.

- Tori Amos

‎"There's a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a lot of good." 

- Edwin Denby

Katherine the Great

This girl is not just gorgeous and talented but absolutely brilliant. Keep an eye out for all the incredible things she'll be doing in the future.

"You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you can still remember dreaming? That's where I will always love you. That's where I'll be waiting."

- Peter Pan

 

"I want to talk to everybody as I can as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night..."

- Sylvia Plath, The Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962

and some just for fun shots in with the red lightbulb... 

The Yogi Project Part 1: Danielle

I kicked off my long-term "Yogi Project," photographing yogis around the city, mixing the organic lines of yoga with the rigidity of NYC architecture, with Danielle. She is not only gorgeous and talented but unbelievably kind and so incredible to work with. Follow her bad ass yoga Instagram here

"We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets."

- Marilyn Monroe

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."

- John Muir

Bad Girls Do It Well

I met Mary Cate at a bar in Williamsburg through mutual friends and worked up the courage at the end of the night to ask her if she'd be down for a photo session. Of course she was because she's gorgeous and lovely and we had the best time shooting in Lincoln Center!

Follow her on Instagram here.

"If I'd observed all the rules I'd never have gotten anywhere."

- Marilyn Monroe

"We're all pretty bizarre, some of us are just better at hiding it than others."

The Breakfast Club

L'Europe, Mon Cœur

My favorite photos from study abroad: Southern France, Ireland, Paris pictured below