Its rare that I find a brand that aligns with my own creative style and sensibilities as well as Sam Edelman. The brand has an “irreverent and whimsical style, inspired by timeless American elegance that bridges the gap between aspiration and attainability to define modern luxury.” That’s very similar to how I would describe myself. I feel very lucky that we found each other. Not only is Sam an amazing brand that I am honored to be associated with, but the confidence they have shown in my abilities has really allowed me to explore commercial photography in ways I never thought I’d get the chance to. Their desire to have me lean into my own photographic instincts has really pushed me to grow artistically. We tried to capture something that was at the same time effortless, elegant and timeless. I am super proud of this campaign and I hope you’ll look out for it on billboards, magazines, taxi cabs and, of course, your local Sam Edelman store.
If you’re flying American Airlines this summer, pick up a copy of their in flight magazine to find the story I photographed on my favorite summer resort. I like it. You will too.
Ralph Lauren hired me to shoot their new spring line of kids bathing suits. And thanks to the power of Instagram and @a.social.life they wanted to use my son Johnny as one of the models! We had so much fun shooting at The Colony Hotel and all around Palm Beach. I think Johnny and I make a pretty good team ;)
This year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House was amazing! Each year, celebrated interior designers transform a magnificent estate into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art and technology. All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club. This was its second year in Palm Beach (its been going on in New York since 1973) and once again one of the decorators chose to use some of my work to adorn his walls. Billy Ceglia chose a whopping 48 images from my @a.social.life series and framed them up and down the hallways he was tasked with designing. In addition, I was given free reign to explore the house and take pictures of the designers and shoot more photos for my @a.social.life. Many of the designers hired me to shoot the rooms and my photos were featured by Veranda and Architectural Digest.
I often get compared to Slim Aarons (what a compliment!), but when a publication as esteemed as Veranda starts throwing it around I can’t help but be flattered…and honored…and grateful. Hopefully I can live up to the compliment. Check it out below.
It was an amazing experience to both have my work on display at the Inaugural Kips Bay Decorators Show House in Palm Beach and shoot some of it for Architectural Digest and House Beautiful. Each year, celebrated interior designers transform a magnificent estate into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art and technology. This year marks the first time it is being done in Palm Beach. All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kips Bay and Palm Beach County.
In the old days, a person of taste and class was only photographed three times: when he was born, when he got married and when he died. Unfortunately, nowadays its important to keep your name in the front of peoples minds if you’re running a business. Plus, I’m way too pretty to be stuck behind the camera all the time ;) My wife is ok looking as well. Check us out in this month’s Avenue Magazine
I don’t shoot a ton of events, but when its something as fabulous as The Newport Art Museum’s annual gala I can’t help but say yes. It didn’t hurt that Vogue magazine wanted to post my coverage ;) Click the link to read the whole story (by the awesome Dodie Kajanjian I might add…)
I teamed up with the fabulous Bettie Pardee of Private Newport again; this time to write a story for Town & Country. Even better, the story was about me. My favorite subject. Kidding. Kind of.... Anyway, much like with @A.Social.Life, my family and I put ourselves center stage to show off our lives, celebrate our history and talk about how we like to entertain. Click here to read the full story.
My mother and I had a photo show in Palm Beach. Did I mention she's a bad ass photographer in her own right? Victoria Mele, go check here out. She does large scale prints of flowers close up. Anyway, we had a show at EMKO in Palm Beach. Remember them? I did a fashion shoot there awhile back. Man, I keep going of on these side tangents.... One more time from the beginning. My mom and I had a photography show and it went awesome. Lots of people showed up, we sold a ton of work and both the Palm Beach Daily News and The Palm Beach Post wrote stories on it! Cool, right?
So honored to be asked by Salve Regina University to exhibit my Newport portrait series along with the talented (and philanthropic) Elizabeth Kahane! It was a great event, a great turnout and a very fun experience overall. Best of all, the Newport Art Museum took one of my pieces to put in their permanent collection. How cool!
Bettie Pardee is the author of Private Newport and Living Newport, a garden furniture designer, national lecturer, and entertaining expert. She's also a pretty cool lady and a good friend so I was so pleased when she asked me to write a blog post for her about my photos and how they relate to my love for Newport. I won't repost the whole thing here, just go check it out on her site:
Very rarely, you get the opportunity to meet some of life's absolute characters. Those people who blaze their own trail, beat to their own drum, and often times change the way others view the world around them. I had the amazing pleasure to spend some time with one such woman a little while ago: gallerist, curator, dealer and art pioneer Bernice Steinbaum. Over 30 years ago, Bernice broke the mold in Manhattan, opening a gallery in Soho that focused on 50% female artists and 40% artists of color. Since then she has moved to Miami, but still champions the cause of diversity in art. I took these pictures in combination with great documentary short (not by me, but the lovely Kristina Sorge) available on iTunes:
Also, check out this article on the movie, featuring my photos, on Art Report:
I did a photo shoot with famed Opera star Diana Damrau for the the clothing store Escada and Town & Country online. It was a lot fun and I thought I'd share. Check out the full story here:
We're back with another fashion spread for M&V magazine. I'm a few months behind in posting this, but I figured better late than never. This time we were at the private airfield in Boca Raton where the awesome Vida Jets let us shoot on some of their planes. Check out the full story here:
Model: Martina Slavcheva HMU: Chell Love Stylist: Zlata Kotmina
In December, I did a shoot for UK based clothing company Body Frock. They came to Palm Beach and we focused on the company's new line of wedding and bridesmaid dresses. They wanted a real natural, somewhat moody feel to the photos and I tried to give the whole shoot a bit of a 35mm film look (even though I shot on digital). Check out more of the shots here: Body Frock Website
I'm back for another fashion spread in Palm Beach with Muses & Visionaries magazine. This time the shoot was loosely inspired by Slim Aarons, one of my all time favorite photographers. Go check out his book, Poolside. So we tried to go for a 70's era Palm Beach look in the clothes and aesthetic and I tried my best to blend Slim's use of wide shots and overheads with the need to show off the clothes and style. It is a fashion shoot after all. These are the results. Find the magazine near you: http://magazinemv.com/about/where-to-purchase
See the whole story here: https://issuu.com/mvmagazine/docs/m_v_issue_13/82?e=0
Model: Mikaela Schipani HMU: Chell Love Fashion/Art Director: Molly Greene
This past Sunday, July 19th The New York Times had a one page article in its Sunday style mag - T Magazine - about me. All about me! Ok, that's a lie. But it did prominently feature my photo series on kitchens in Newport, RI. The general gist of the photos (and I presume the article - I only looked at my pictures) is that the grand houses in Newport still contain kitchens that haven't been renovated for modern use. They are functional. They are used to cook food for house guests, not to show off. Its interesting. Trust me. Go check it out at: T Summer Entertainment Issueissuu.com or just look below (I make this too easy for you)
Below are the images on their own. They are just four from a much larger series that I did with the wonderful interior designer Ruthie Sommers (Check her out - she's awesome). Hopefully we will find somewhere to print the whole thing. I'll keep you posted.