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They're Weird, We're All Weird

Hope you were able to catch last week's Time Out New York (I photographed the cover!). It's on weird NYC. Yep, in an era of gentrified NYC and big box stores everywhere, there's still some character in the City. 

Coney Island Circus Sideshow performers

For the feature article, I photographed Coney Island Sideshow performers, the Reverend Jen and Blackwolf the Dragonmaster. Uh? Ok, I'll translate -

Sideshow performers: A contortionist, sword swallower, fire breather and the Outside Talker, the ultimate barker.

The Reverend Jen: Artist and proprietiess of the Lower East Side's Troll Museum. And she has elf ears. 

Blackwolf the Dragonmaster: Probably the weirdest of the bunch. He's the unofficial wizard of NYC. We're talking Gandalf-style with walking stick. And he's got an amazing video with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

All unique and cool folks. 

I'm still awaiting pdfs of the article, but in the meantime you can check out the online version here. More images used in the print magazine too! As soon as the embargo's over, I'd love to post some outtakes. 

Hand-Dyed Silk Tops for A Cheng

I shot a quick still-life of hand-dyed silk shirts for A Cheng. If you haven't been there, go now. It's a cute and well-curated boutique in Brooklyn's Park Slope. In addition to two house lines (A Cheng and Confetti), they carry lines such as Sessun, Demy Lee, Clare Vivier, Dieppa Restrepo and Monserat De Luca. 

Hand-dyed silk top 

Hand-dyed silk top 

Check out more images here - This Week's Feature: Hand-dyed Silk Tops

Kai D Utility

If there's anything that sums up my consumer life, it's this…

Buy less, but better. Buy less often, keep things longer.
— Kai D Utility's Philosophy

(with the exception of baked goods - buying less that is)

Kai Fan, owner and designer, Kai D Utility.

Kai Fan, owner and designer, Kai D Utility.

In January I met up with Kai Fan, former Creative Director at Nautica, at his new Williamsburg shop Kai D Utility. Walking in you think -- Heritage. Utilitarian. Slow fashion. Durable. Explorer. Modern artisan. Craftsmanship. Stylish manly man.

Fabrics are sourced from generations old mills and all production is in New York City's Garment District, handmade using non-automated machinery. Leftover materials are used to create his ties and notebooks to waste less. It's the antithesis to disposable H&M.

Inspiration wall at Kai D Utility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Inspiration wall at Kai D Utility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

I love his shop and you will too! Check out more photos in the new BKNY MADE II section. I'll also be posting a few more images next week but on the blog only.

Profile on Twig Terrariums

New work out on bkstyled! We met with Katy Maslow and Michelle Inciarrano of Twig Terrariums. They've an amazing store on Gowanus' increasingly hip 3rd Ave (the uber-Brooklyn Whole Foods is a few blocks down). 

Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow, owners, Twig Terrariums

OMG! Sooo cute!

It's not just succulents, airplants and moss. Michelle and Katy also create mini worlds within the terrariums.

Mini worlds created by Katy Maslow and Michelle Inciarrano of Twig Terrariums.

See them? Teeny tiny people!

Head over the article to read about them and check out more photos - Decor Spotlight // Twig Terrariums | bkstyled

2013 Photo Shoot Highlights

Clients and friends - thank you again for making this year a success! I've been lucky to help so many creative entrepreneurs visually communicate what makes their brands unique. From fashion designers to jewelers to artisanal foods, it's been an inspiring journey! Here are some of this year's highlights:

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For one of my first  jobs with bkstyled I photographed Sophia Matthias in her Williamsburg, Brooklyn studio. High ceilings, large windows that let in copious amounts of light, exposed brick - a dream workspace. How could you resist shooting backlit?

More photos here - Style Spotlight // 1509 | bkstyled

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Over the summer I went to Nashville and met a some really talented designers for Nashville MADE. The Nappis preside over gorgeous Italian-crafted boots and accessories. Located at the end of Adams Street in an industrial area, the Peter Nappi showroom is a must visit with its open layout, music stage and welcoming vibe and is flooded with light. 

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A short drive from Peter Nappi is Otis James Nashville, maker of handcrafted ties in Marathon Village. His space consists of a cozy showroom connected to a large studio area. Another place flooded with light! Jealous. 

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Natasha Samoylenko is the talent behind Samoy Lenko, a women's line "...designed to accentuate the feminine form with detailed simplicity and ease of movement." She's also one of the partners behind DUMBO's Trunk boutique.

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Greenpoint, Brooklyn's Ovenly bakery does savory and sweet just right. And their salted chocolate chip cookie (vegan too!) is pretty darn good. And I am cookie obsessed. 

More photos here - Style Spotlight // Ovenly 

That's all for 2013. See you next year!

Merry Marbling Workshop

One of my clients, bkstyled, held their first workshop a couple weeks ago - "Merry Marbling" - with fashion designer Ilana Kohn

Marbled!

Marbled!

Generally I prefer more controlled shooting to events, but instead saw the marbling event as a reportage opportunity. Sometimes it's good to go out of your comfort zone, no? It was held in Primrose Cafe in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. In the back room. At night. Dimly lit and small. And low ceilings. 

No problem. Bouncing a flash onto the ceiling and photographing at ISO 1600, I was able to bleed in a tiny bit of ambient and still retain sharpness. 

Mixing colors. Emily Grace of Hartland Brooklyn (center).

Mixing colors. Emily Grace of Hartland Brooklyn (center).

Mixing acrylic colors for fabric marbling
Fabric marbling at the bkstyled liana kohn workshop.
Fox's U-bet chocolate syrup, Brooklyn Brewery Chocolate Stout, Citrus Hella Bitter and bubbly. Sounds odd - tastes goooood.

Fox's U-bet chocolate syrup, Brooklyn Brewery Chocolate Stout, Citrus Hella Bitter and bubbly. Sounds odd - tastes goooood.

Afterward were cocktails made with Brooklyn Brewery Chocolate Stout, Citrus Hella Bitter, a little U-Bet chocolate syrup and bubbly - surprisingly yummy! Plus Mast Chocolates to snack on and goodie bag. 

Mast Brothers chocolates to snack on.

Mast Brothers chocolates to snack on.

Goodie bag!

Goodie bag!

The Claudia Pearson goodie bag included Fox's U-bet chocolate syrup, Cirque nail polish, Knot & Bow parcel tags, a Mast Brothers chocolate bar and a bkstyled fabric notebook. 

The Claudia Pearson goodie bag included Fox's U-bet chocolate syrup, Cirque nail polish, Knot & Bow parcel tags, a Mast Brothers chocolate bar and a bkstyled fabric notebook. 

Good times at the bkstyled x Ilana Kohn fabric marbling workshop.

Good times at the bkstyled x Ilana Kohn fabric marbling workshop.

Rachel Apodaca and Rima Brindamour of bkstyled

Rachel Apodaca and Rima Brindamour of bkstyled

And it wasn't all work. I did get to marble a few handkerchiefs!

Read the article and see more photos from the event - Merry Marbling Workshop | bkstyled

At Home with bkstyled's Rima Campbell

When bkstyled's founder Rima Campbell asked me to photograph her Clinton Hill apartment, I said yes immediately. I'd never been there before but she's got great taste, so I knew it wouldn't be disappointing. Très Brooklyn!

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bkstyled Rima Campbell living room detail
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bkstyled Rima Campbell book shelf
bkstyled Rima Campbell at desk
bkstyled Rima Campbell apartment
bkstyled Rima Campbell apartment kitchen
bkstyled Rima Campbell cookbooks chemex
bkstyled Rima Campbell hand-drawn wall design
bkstyled Rima Campbell bedroom
bkstyled Rima Campbell in backyard hammock

A little vintage, a little modern, some items from Brooklyn designers. Want to know where she got it all from, read the article to find out!  At Home With Rima

Lunch with the bkstyled Ladies

A couple weeks ago I joined Rima and Rachel of bkstyled for their monthly meeting (full disclosure: I shoot for bkstyled) at Anella in Greenpoint. Generally, if I see a burger on the menu, I can't help but order it. This time I opted for a slightly lighter, but not too much, meal - prosciutto and spinach omelette. Can we say YUM?

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Maybe I should've ordered something seemingly healthier... 

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Check out the bkstyled write-up - bkstyled Lunch @ Anella