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Marina: Red Models

Some photographer friends visited our neck of the woods a few weeks ago and we had a shoot out. It was fun and a great learning experience shooting with amazing photographers Bandele Zuberi and Jide Alakija. Two extraordinary and talented photographers in their own right. The shoot went especially well due to the number of helping hands we had on set. Thanks to Dele Alakija, Tracy Uba and Ezenwanyi for doing such a great job of putting the looks together. Most especially thanks to the model Marina of Red Models for putting in so much work.

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HB photo shoot/Vietnam

Amazing fun shoots come by on rare occasions and this was one of them. Vietnam’s Next Top Model, Hoang Thuy was our model for the day and we were shooting a spread for Harpers Bazaar Vietnam. Stylist Arnold Milfort had pieces from designers; LaureLuxe, Korto Momolu, Herve Leger, Victoria Beckham, Cory Couture, and Celestino Couture on set. Here are some photos from the shoot.


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HVS Viewing and Live Photo Shoot

We recently co-hosted an event with House of Versatile Styles during New York Fashion week. The live viewing and photo shoot of HVS jewelry line was a success and we were fortunate enough to have amazing support. I will post up final pictures and behind the scene photos in upcoming weeks, and you’ll get a chance to see some of the pieces. Meanwhile here is some video footage of the event shot by ThaMegaBoi who we had the pleasure collaborating with.

Please check out http://www.houseofversatilestyles.com and  http://www.shotbymega.tumblr.com


MIA, Colby Models

I did an impromptu shoot about two weeks ago with MIA from Colby Models. I had opted for contacting a designer myself and picked up some pieces from designer, house of YBA that morning. I was also fortunate  to have make up artist Aja on set, and she had agreed to test with me on such short notice. MIA did a great job and I was floored when she told me she was only 16 years of age. Her mom had driven her all the way from Philadelphia for the shoot, and they were going to drive right back the same day. Even though it was more quiet than usual at the studio, we had the best time shooting.

Model: MIA Colby Models. MUA: Beauty by Aja. Designer: House of YBA


Schizophrenic Hues

Fashion Editorial with models from RED model agency.

Wardrobe Stylist: Dejuan Hightower,  Hair Stylist: Jachelle Whiting, Make Up: Krystal Smith, Photography: Avaloni Studios


My purple Sunday!

Just stumbled on Chicquero’s blog. Awesome stuff.

My purple Sunday!.


Eye Wear Connection

Eye Wear connection has finally launched their look book and the pictures look so amazing. We had the best time doing this project and finally we get to post the final shots on here. You can check out Eye Wear connection’s look book here http://eyewearconnection.com/lookbook/ . They do have a great eye wear collection and you can make a purchase while you are at it. 😉

We would also like to thank all the models and the amazing team we had for making everything possible.

Wardrobe Stylist: Dejuan Hightower

Make Up Artist: Jasmine Nicole

Hair Stylist: Kenza Jacks

Models: Angie Blue, Que Brandon, Steph Rai, Vincent William Cooper, Keith Thomas Dosch, Roxy Yatsevyuk, Steph Rai, Shea G.,


Nest Seekers Ad Campaign

We would have closed out 2011, but it’s too late for that, so to kick off 2012 here are a group of shots for a real estate broker outfit (Nest Seekers) ad campaign.

We weren’t quite sure what to expect when we were assigned to shoot model homes for a New York real estate outfit whose marketing exec had been featured on bravo television’s Real Housewives of New York and Million Dollar listing. Despite our overnight preparations and stressing about everything, we managed to forget part of our gear and only realized that at the shoot location in New York’s Financial District.

Nest Seekers had chosen 3 different model apartments, which provided the perfect opportunity for some great shots. The model apartments were fully furnished and we had two models for added effect and selling value. Maria Ortega, the make up artist, was the perfect choice for this project and she did a great job with the varied looks for the duration of the shoot.

The dog was a great added bonus, but it simply refused to sit still or listen to it’s owner.

A lens with a wider angle would have been more effective, but the 50mm Canon lens was decent enough. All shots were taken on the 5D MK11, which is full frame, with a 50mm 1.8 lens and 2 Impact flashes.

The yoga shots are our absolute favorite, and we chose to do those on the roof top deck with both the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridge as the backdrop. The sun was still harsh at this point and we used one light to create the effect you see in the photographs.


Shooting Eye wear

Sunday Morning we set out to the studio in Brooklyn to shoot designer eye wear for a New York based eye wear company (G classified information). There were about 7 models in total, in addition to the crew and don’t forget too many boxes of Pizza. Two thousand frames later, and the shoot was a rap. Will put the pictures up when they are all done, meanwhile you can take a look at the behind the scenes slideshow. Thanks to Manre for taking all the shots.

(Things I am excited about this week): My vogue Ipad app: Has really cool features, and I can watch videos of featured shoots in each issue. If you are about all things fashion and like fashion photography you’ll love it.

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Head shot of the week

I’ll start posting more work here with lighting tips etc. We’ve done so much this year and we haven’t found time to post anything up. So I have tons of stuff sitting on my hard drive and it’s absolutely killing me :p.
I’ll start with a head shot of Carol taken about 3 months ago. Carol is a medical student at Columbia University. She was a pleasure to work with and although she was uncomfortable at first, after 40 frames and cracking jokes we got great results. I enjoyed doing this particular job.

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Lit with one soft box in front of her and a strobe at 45 degree angle from the right behind her. Canon 5d mk ll, 85 mm f/11