While posting photos yesterday of Boston runway model Jasmine, I came across some photos I had taken of her working the runway at a couture show during NYC Fashion Week in 2008. The clothing shown had been designed by Jean Fares who has designed any number of gowns worn by celebrities at such red carpet events as Cannes, the Oscars and the Emmys.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Another model now located in Tokyo whom I met through Model Mayhem was Lira. Much taller than most Japanese, Lira has the perfect height and weight for fashion work. Lira is also extremely professional and a lot of fun to work with. When posing, she takes direction extremely well and brings a great deal of international experience to any shoot. I strongly recommend her to photographers working in Japan's Tokyo metro area.
The top photo was taken in 2011 when I photographed Lira at the Viktor Luna show during NYC Fashion Week. The one below it was shot at my studio. The two photos at bottom were both taken several months later in the Tokyo's Asakusa district near the famous shrine while Lira and I were preparing to have lunch at a nearby restaurant. I appreciate so much the hospitality Lira and other Japanese showed me in welcoming me to their country.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Over the past few years, I've inadvertently accummulated a trove of digital photos of the models whom I've photographed. I say "inadvertently" because these photos were never intended for publication. In the film days, like every other photographer, I shot Polaroids in the studio to check lighting and exposure before proceeding to take the "real" photos on film. When digital came along, I found that the best use in the studio for my Nikon D200 was as a replacement for the Polaroids. I would take five or six exposures with each change of lighting before shooting a roll of film. If the model were inexperienced, I would continue shooting digital until she felt more comfortable. At any rate, I saved the digital "Polaroids and will be periodically posting on this blog selections from my archives.
I originally met Chiemi, whose photos are shown here, in 2005 when she was living in Brooklyn on a student visa. We eventually became best friends and I look forward to visiting her and her husband, himself a talented photographer named Kosuke, whenever I am in Japan. Not only is Chiemi a beautiful model, but she is a talented musician as well, one of the few in Japan to have mastered the autoharp. Anyone with an interest in Tokyo's cultural life should check Chiemi's blog for an update.