Thursday, March 19, 2009

Meet the Models, Part 5: Introducing Moni...

Hey guys,

Here's a snippet from a quick shoot with the sexy male model, Moni. Up close and personal, just the way I like it...I hope you do, too. Check it out:







Tuesday, March 17, 2009

More models...

Two photos of the day for your viewing pleasure. I hope you like them.

Happy St. Patty's!



Monday, March 16, 2009

Meet the Models, Part 4: Introducing Carolina...

A little while ago, I posted a teaser about the model Carlina Ulloa...well, that was just the preview, and now this is the whole deal. There were two shoots that I did with her, the first of which was an ad for Fendi sunglasses, and the second was a shoot that she participated in with a male model, Jarod. The two shoots were rather different, but I am posting pics from both here so you can see her versatility. Without further Carolina...







And now Carolina in the twigs...







Sunday, March 15, 2009

EmilyIs: Part 1, introduction

EmilyIs a walking human montage of creative talent...
EmilyIs a poet, a singer, a writer, a master of words...
EmilyIs the one of the most free spirits I have ever and probably will ever know...
EmilyIs strolling and racing intellect...
EmilyIs always walking to the beat of her own drum...
EmilyIs my muse...

...and one of my best friends. She and I have been friends for over ten years now, and I got the extreme pleasure of catching up with her yesterday. Oh, how she makes me miss NY sometimes. Besides all that, she is one to watch...I'm not quite sure how her road to fame will manifest, because she is positive and frenetic creative energy exploding all over the place, having a hand in as many projects as she can handle at one time. You can check out her music at She also co-wrote, produced, and starred in Swing Vote, a film short that won Best Female Filmmaker Short at the AOF International Film Festival. (I shot the movie poster, as well.) Check out more about it at There are several projects that she is involved in, and her role as my photographic muse is an ongoing one. This is the first of many posts that I will do here on Emily, and it is a simple introduction to an amazing artist. Here's a few pictures from a quick shoot that we did at the apartment house we lived in in Brooklyn. Without further adieu, the amazing EmilyIs...








Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Marantz's and Me...

A little shameless self-promotion never hurt anyone, right? Well, that's only partly what this post is about. The other part is about the amazing Justin and Mary of Justin Marantz Photography. Last summer, I was interning with them, which was fantastic in every respect...I learned the business side of wedding and portrait photography here in CT...a nice foray into helping me jump off my own career here and establishing my client base. They also gave me photoshop knowledge and the "in" on how to be a great event shooter and achieve that photojournalistic flair. I learned about vendor relations, became part of the CT PUG, and started networking with other CT photographers. Because of J&M, I realized the importance of blogging to our business, hence they helped birth my blog.

Needless to say, I am eternally grateful for my experience with Justin and Mary...even if I was the world's oldest intern! Just kidding, J&M! Although, at first, it was a bit intimidating to work with photographers who had achieved so much success so early on. I got over that rather quickly, though, as my quest for knowledge and my constant barrage of questions didn't leave time for feeling anything other than the need to know and know more. I am, after all, an eternal student...

So, with all this came a photo shoot of me by Justin and Mary in New Haven. And it got posted on their blog (check it out at what was 2009's second consecutive Friday the 13th! This is their introduction of me into this crazy blog world. Thank you Justin and Mary for the beautiful post on your blog. And just so my readership can see the awesome results here, I am posting the pics as well...after all, I was the PHabulous PHirst, right? (I am going to try to get involved with Portrait House soon...then I can get my t-shirt!)

Without further adieu, the gorgeous work of Justin and Mary Marantz...

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

VOTE FOR ME on the Name Your Dream Assignment website!

This is the link:

Ok, everybody, I just entered a photography contest called Name Your Dream Assignment. The prize is $50,000 to go and live your photographic dream assignment...the winning entry will win because of the number of votes it receives between NOW and APRIL 3rd. The number one ranked dream currently has 310 votes, so needless to say, I NEED YOUR HELP.


IF I WIN THIS CONTEST, YOU STAND TO WIN, TOO! What's in it for you guys, you ask? If I win, the person who has rallied and tallied the most votes for me (from your circle of friends and loved ones) wins a portrait shoot at their home or on the location of their choosing...even if you are in California...yup, I will travel to you anywhere in the continental U.S. while I am on the road for the Dream Assignment! How EXCITING IS THAT? To keep track of your people's votes for me, have them send me an email at when they vote, outlining who they are affiliated with (your name)...and that's how I'll keep track! So, let's get a-networkin'!

Thank you to everyone for your support!

Now let's team up and get to shooting some awesome images for me and you!

This is my dream as I entered it on the website and what I would do with this opportunity:

"Americana We Stand:A Study of a Nation's People & Places,Varied Yet United,Diversified & Personified"

The ultimate exploration of America and the way its many varied cultures collide. This country was pioneered by dreamers & those seeking freedom, & though we have been sharing the same soil, we remain disparate. Renew the American Dream.

My study of America would include its people and how they relate to each other as well as how they identify with the rest of the country...

There are many questions to which I seek answers... what does small town America think of big cities and their corporate commerce? Or, what makes Southern hospitality so different from the hustle and bustle of NYC? What is life like in the Mojave, or the Rockies, or the Plains in Montana? What is the pace of life like for its inhabitants? What do the they think of Obama or gay marriage or Hollywood? How is the family unit held together in a divorce-rampant nation? What do people think about the importance to separate church and state? Why do prejudices still exist when our country was founded upon freedom and we are guaranteed unalienable rights upon birth? Why is ignorance, like prejudice against someone's skin color, still taught in the home? What do men think about the glass ceiling that exists for women in the workplace and why is corporate America keeping it in place? How does a mechanic's life differ from a nurse's? How are New Englanders coping with the current economic crisis? What do the people of Mississippi think about sex education? Where did the phrase "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" originate from and why is it supposedly so crazy there? And perhaps most importantly, why do so many Americans settle in every capacity...taking on jobs they loathe to pay bills or remain in miserable relationships?

We are ALWAYS empowered with CHOICE, and I want to revitalize the American dream...because I feel like it's gotten lost for so many of us...there is strength in believing and power in knowledge...what we do with it is up to us...

There are realities and truths which I need to uncover and document photographically. My journey would include a roadtrip cross-country for 3 months so I could explore Americana, its people, its roots and heritage, it's iconic locations, its history, and how we all relate to each other, not only as Americans, but also as humans. Through this journey, every frame and shot conceived would double as my witness of me pursuing my American dream...I am a photographer and a story teller. It is my duty to try to understand this place in which we live, and the people that we are living with. Through my research and understanding, I will extend and share my knowledge with my photos and writing...through this, I will promote understanding by offering a vicarious journey through my imagery. This is where we live. I encourage the American dream.

PIC ME! PIC ME! PIC ME! That what the votes are called in this one, PICS, so go ahead and PIC ME!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Little Emily's first photo shoot!

Hey All,

Just took a mini break there, but now I'm back and raring to let's go. This is a shoot I did for my friend Edgar and his beautiful wife, Yesenia, to welcome their first little girl into the family, baby Emily. While I was at it, of course, I caught some great moments with Nicolas, their 3 year old, as well. Congratulations to this beautiful family and the memories that they will make.

For this shoot, I decided to bring back some good 'ol film, so these are digital and film shots. I am showing the entire shoot in black and white, because it seemed more cohesive that way...there's some major grain going on and some smoothness of texture as well. I hope that you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed shooting them!







This one cracks me up...the beginnings of sibling rivalry rear it's ugly head...(being a younger sister, I know this plight well...)