Thysha (@_classicthysha) | NYC Glamour Portraits

I came across Thysha's Instagram page probably two months ago. I liked her look and she mentioned something about wanting to connect with photographers so I left a message. She responded telling me she'd reach out again when she's in town. Like most situations that start out like this, I really wasn't expecting to ever hear back but to my delight, she did reach out once she made plans to visit NYC. 

We scheduled a time/location and I asked her to be on time and she actually came earlier than me (I might've been 2 minutes late). She came with an escort who was friendly and a great assistant. With him holding my reflector, we were able to manipulate the lighting to capture some great shots. Overall, we were able to click and get some creative photos. I really like how these came out so I'm hoping she hits me up again when she comes back to the city.

Kana R. (@kana_redia) | NYC Glamour Portraits

I connected with Kana again for a shoot in a Breather room. This shoot was actually my second of the day and to be honest, I was pretty exhausted. But because I shot with Kana already in the past, we were able to skip the awkwardness and get right to business. It was right around sunset when we met so we took advantage of the ambient light available in the room. 

Kana R. (@kana_redia) | NYC Glamour Shoot

Kana is a dancer who I connected with on Instagram. I loved how confident and comfortable she looked in her portfolio (can't leave out her dance moves either!) so I reached out and we were able to set a date easily. She was the first dancer I ever shot with and as she claimed, she really knew her lines and knew how to pose for the camera. So much kudos to her for not one peep while on the rooftop in 30 degree snow-flurrying weather. I was wearing clothes and I was freezing so I can only imagine how she felt. But luckily, we were able to get comfortable in the living room and came up with some great shots. 

Big S/O to Matt G. for letting us use his place.

Charlie Drizzle | NYC IG/Portrait Photographer

I had the pleasure of meeting "Charlie Drizzle" via Instagram. This one's a special one because she's actually the first person I met through networking on IG. She's has a larger presence on the platform than I do but coincidentally, we live in the same neighborhood so I used that to my advantage and finally locked in a day to shoot together.

We threw around a few ideas but at the end, my Shirting Life roots came out and suggested she be the first subject for our #SHIRTINGBAE idea we've been tossing around. 

When the day of the shoot came, I was pretty nervous not only because I never met her but also because this was my first lifestyle shoot with an active model. Luckily, we hit it off and after an initial awkward three minutes, we jumped right into it. She made a first experience very easy because I did not have to ask her to do much. She posed. I shot. I'm hoping we can continue taking advantage of the proximity and collab some more together in the near future. Until then, here are a few of my favorite shots. 

Styled by Carhartt WIP, Gitman Vintage & Saturdays NYC.