Sam Edelman Fall/Winter 2019 by Nicholas Mele

I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.
— Oprah

My first billboard on La Cienega and Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood

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.

Muses & Visionaries, #14 by Nicholas Mele

I have a private plane. But I fly commercial when I go to environmental conferences
— Arnold Schwarzenegger

BTS shot of me on set. Yay!  I'm on a plane

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

Body Frock UK by Nicholas Mele

You can get anything you want, if you’re dressed for it.
— Edith Head

Body Frock Home Page

BTS at the shoot on the north end of Palm Beach

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

Muses & Visionaries, Lucky Issue 13 by Nicholas Mele

Photographing attractive people who were doing attractive things in attractive places.
— Slim Aarons
Muses and Visionaries, Issue 13, pg. 82-83

Muses and Visionaries, Issue 13, pg. 82-83

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:  

Muses and Visionaries, Issue 13, pg. 84-85

Muses and Visionaries, Issue 13, pg. 84-85

Muses and Visionaries, Issue 13, pg. 88-89

Muses and Visionaries, Issue 13, pg. 88-89

See the whole story here:

Model: Mikaela Schipani            HMU: Chell Love          Fashion/Art Director: Molly Greene

Muses & Visionaries by Nicholas Mele

Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment
— Alexander McQueen
M&V Magazine Issue 9 pg. 102-103

M&V Magazine Issue 9 pg. 102-103

Check out this month's issue of Muses and Visionaries Magazine for my retro inspired, art-deco fashion spread.  I've been wanting to do more fashion and this was the perfect opportunity.  And if you're in West Palm Beach, FL, go check out EmKo.  Its a pretty cool place.  Find the magazine near you: or read online here: 

M&V Magazine Issue 9 pg. 108-109

M&V Magazine Issue 9 pg. 108-109

Model: Christy Giles      Hair and Make-up: John Barrett Salon     Stylist: Courtney Dudek