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.
I’m always thrilled to contribute to Vogue’s party coverage, especially when it comes to events in Newport. There is a classic elegance to the parties there, especially when they are hosted at one of the town’s historic mansions on Bellevue Avenue. As someone who grew up coming to Newport every summer, I am in the unique position to both be an observer and a participant in these grand events. I think it allows me to have an insider’s viewpoint that not many others can achieve and it certainly helps me put my subjects at ease. Another side effect (and I’ll let you guys decide if its positive or negative) is I am often included in my own coverage. Luckily, I know how to dress the part.
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.
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?
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.