On March 19th I had the pleasure of photographing The Asia Society Gala Benefit Dinner and Dance at New York’s Plaza Hotel. This gala evening presented art, fashion, cuisine, music and design from across Asia. Guests in attendance included Anna Sui (designer), Michael Joo (artist), Hafez Nazeri (composer), Danielle Chang (LuckyRice founder and previously chief executive of Vivienne Tam fashion house). For me one of the highlights was seeing up close the legendary 84-year old photographer Bill Cunningham doing his awesome stuff (I got several pictures of him in action too!:)). Now, enjoy the pictures and then check some others out at the Asia Society website where some more of my pictures are posted as well.
I am an emerging fashion and portrait photographer.
I love to tell stories through my fashion imagery while bringing out the beauty of both the clothing and the subject. I truly enjoy letting my imagination run wild with new ideas and then realizing those ideas through the process of storyline creation, photo shoot planning and execution in both digital and print. I have worked with many wonderful models from top agencies, have shot images for various designers at New York’s Fashion Week, and have a topnotch team of make-up, hair and fashion styling experts essential to the creation of the fashion and editorial images I produce.
My portraits go beyond just superficial appearance to a level deeper so that the viewer gains something more than just an aesthetically pleasing image. By creating a rapport between subject and photographer that is unhindered by the camera’s intrusion, I am able to produce pictures that are at once authentic, classical and timeless.
While often shooting images in rich colors that pop with a life-like feel to them, I also love to explore the inherent drama and special qualities of black and white photography.
Raised in NYC, I was influenced by my father, who carried a Leica or Fuji rangefinder at his side and taught me the basics of photography, and by my mother, who gave me her Kodak twin-lens reflex camera at the age of 11.
Outside of my lifelong passion for photography, I have a diverse background that includes starring in off-off Broadway musicals, solo performances on a recording for a well-known children’s choir, years of experience in the technology field, and learning to speak Japanese while studying abroad. All of these and other experiences have given me a deep appreciation for the arts, a strong understanding of all aspects of digital photography workflow and Digital Asset Management, the knowledge to coordinate and direct successful photo shoots, and an appreciation for, and ability to work with, people from very diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.
I shoot with various professional digital cameras and a host of studio and on-location lighting equipment. I do my own retouching and printing using today’s leading edge editing and printing tools and I am always looking for ways to improve upon the quality of the images I produce for my clients.
I am based in New York City.
Thanks for stopping by and welcome to my blog! I hope you will enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy sharing information with you on it. This blog will give you a glimpse of some of the ongoing fashion, editorial and portrait work that I am doing as well as some of my personal work. Over the past few years I have been fortunate to have had a chance to work with some extremely talented models, actresses, fashion and hair stylists and make-up artists. Going forward, I hope to use this venue to give them all the credit they deserve and hope that you will enjoy viewing the pictures as much as I enjoyed the process of making them with the teams that I have worked with.