Yoga NYC

Happy 2015! Hope you all had a great New Years and Happy Holidays!

To get the year started off right I wanted to share with all of you a project that I’ve had in mind ever since I moved to New York City. The city makes up its own unique landscape that I knew I wanted to take advantage of for this conceptual photoshoot.  I set out to find a rooftop somewhere in the city where I could composite in someone doing yoga onto a ledge with the skyline in the background. After a few months of searching I finally found the perfect location. I knew I probably wouldn’t have another chance to go up there so I made sure I shot as much as possible just in case I needed something for a different project down the road.

It wasn’t until the next step in the process, when we began to reach out to models, that I realized this project could be much bigger. My initial thought was to create only one composite but after going through the various background plates it became clear that I had a lot more options to work with. We ended up booking three models with the intent of creating three different rooftop composites, as well as some “location” images.

The biggest challenge on set was making sure that the angles and positioning of their bodies were perfect so that I could easily place them on the building ledges. This became increasingly difficult for the shot of Alix (2nd Shot Below) where we used an apple box to create the ledge she would be holding onto for her pose. It was definitely a little unnatural but she did an amazing job and it turned into a great photo.

Here are the composite images:

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After we nailed shots/poses for the composites we switched modes and wanted to create some more natural “location” images. When searching for a photo studio for the shoot I wanted something that could double as a NYC Yoga studio. Elk Rentals was exactly what I was looking for. I loved the color of the hardwood floors and how you get the feel of an older building vs. something that has been completely renovated and polished. I like to create the visual contrast in my images where you have these beautiful women in a location that is a little worn out and grungy. I think it’s a way to constantly bring the focus back to the subject.

Here are the location images:

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Special thanks to all those involved in this shoot! It isn’t easy to get everyone on board to work on a test shoot in their free time but I couldn’t have done it without all of your help! We had a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to do it again!

     Models: Alix, Alyse, and Jacyn from Wilhelmina

     Producer: Efrat Zalishnick (ME Reps)

     Makeup/Hair: Juliet Silva Yee

     Styling: Arielle Silva

     1st Assistant: Kristina Diamond

     Studio: Elk Rentals

Looking forward to another great year! I hope to share more BTS and Tutorial posts throughout the course of the year to help teach and show the processes behind my photoshoots. I’ll be writing a follow up blog post that will include some BTS photos and video from this shoot. Also, a lot of the work that I’ve been busy with the last couple of months will start coming out soon, so be on the lookout. I have plans for some awesome personal projects  that I can’t wait to share. Thanks, as always, for following along and supporting my work. Here’s to an amazing 2015 for all!

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 You can find larger versions of these images over on my website.

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