Connecting with Artists via

Last January, I was introduced to by my friend Alisha Roney, who is in the band Cherubim (fka Feathers + Eyes). Her band was performing at the first showcase (pre-launch) and I wanted to check them out. I was also trying to excite the music photographer I used to be, so I showed up dolo with my camera in tow. 

I left the event completely energized by the people that I had met, but also by the music that I had heard. At that point in my New York existence, I was 4 years in and hadn't felt the music-community vibe since I left Seattle. It was hella revitalizing. You can read a recap of that night and see my photos from the showcase here.

The app launched this past August – it is a mobile interface that allows for you to connect with creatives all over the world. The idea sounds grandiose but in action, it's really quite simple. Let's say you are a singer who is looking for a songwriter or a drummer who is looking to pick up a couple of gigs with a band; you can post something specific on the bulletin board or you can use the app to search for potential opportunities. These opportunities are visible to all users but are also segmented into categories depending on the subject. 

Mid-September, I posted a listing. I was looking to update my site with some new faces and offered sessions to creatives free of charge. After I drummed up enough interest, I booked a photo studio with Peerspace and gave 30 minutes to whoever responded to the listing with their e-mail address. There was no pre-screening process, I wanted to go into this blind to see who I would meet.

Out of the five that confirmed, three came thru for their session. Mike Vivanco, Goods Wrapper, and Melody Sohayegh. Though each person was photographed in the same spaces in the studio, they naturally brought their own vibe. It was a challenge to try and capture the essence of each person who I had met maybe 3 or 5 minutes before, but in the end, I am happy with what I shot. Below are some of my favorites.

Overall the experience was super gratifying; I got to connect with new artists and got some great photos. I would for sure do it again! Perhaps sooner than later.

NYFW 2017 Pt. 2

Of course, this post is fashionably-late, but it took me a few days (and hours of sleep) to decompress post-NYFW. Below is one of the images that I took for The Haute Pursuit while she was in town for fashion week. 

 I spent 6 days in the company of Vanessa Hong aka The Haute Pursuit, who is the owner and creator of THPSHOP

She is easily one of the most woke humans I’ve encountered as of late. Of course practices yoga, mediates twice a day, eats super healthy (she put me on game about activated foods and now I know what my ayurvedic dosha is!) and has tons of knowledge regarding what is going on in the world on an environmental tip. 

Six months ago, she closed her store to re-think the materials and physical use of the items she was selling. While her life may seem super glamorous on Instagram, Vanessa spends lots of time thinking about how to make a fashion more sustainable and how she can help protect our earth. If you’re not already, follow her on IG and keep up with her journey.

NYFW 2017 Pt. 1

A few weeks ago, my dear friend Bobbie, co-owner of Bahtoh connected me with the lovely Vanessa, who is the powerhouse who is and runs The Haute Pursuit and soon after my first experience with New York Fashion Week began.

I’ll start by saying that I don’t consider myself to be an exceptionally fashionable person. 

When I moved to New York in 2012, I was in this phase of wearing only black and white and have since shifted towards wearing all black, with the occasional shades of grey and blue for variety. My go-to outfit is a ripped pair of black Levis jeans with a white or black oversized t-shirt depending on the pair of Vans I want to wear that day.

Rolling with Vanessa to and from fittings was an illuminating experience; listening to her talk shop with the designers about the current state of fashion and also the impact that fashion has on the world was very intriguing. I mean, I follow my fair share of designers and brands on Instagram, but don’t claim to know much about the fashion world outside of my personal opinion on how something looks. I don’t know the history of all that is fashion, but know that most if not all fashion is referential, so hearing these conversations live and in real time was enlightening.

Closer to the weekend, Vanessa’s schedule was packed with fashion shows. I didn’t go inside any of the shows – my main role was to assist Vanessa with her schedule and to help generate visual content for her Instagram, but I did witness the onslaught of paparazzi in real life, which was just as stressful as it seems on TV. I also got to scope out the camera slinging street-style photographers who, like myself, were also dressed in all black. 

I still have three more days left of Fashion Week and will hopefully have more photos to share in the next few days. More to come!

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