In building a new portfolio I’ve been trying to show consistency in both my lighting and settings. The blueprint started with using a two light set up consisting of a beauty dish and a fill light fitted with a 72′ inch umbrella. As the sessions have progressed. I’ve tried to add a new element to each session. The project started using a seemless background for the majority of the session before quickly moving to a concrete column (L) that separates the kitchen from the living room. On to the foyer which features a giant black / chalkboard wall before finishing up with a few outdoor shots, typically on the roof. It’s a pattern that’s built from one shoot to the next. One that’s rendered improving results with each try. Today’s session with Kristina was more than I could ask for. Great looks, makeup, style and personality to match. On top of all the studio fun. She helped me overcome my fear of heights by simply showing her own.
Much of the weekend was spent in Brooklyn taking in the sun and going to open houses. It’s been an odd couple of weeks weather wise but it seems like Spring is finally starting to show itself. Saturday we jumped on the F train and head to Cobble Hill for their local flea market. The area is beautiful with lots of tree lined streets and brownstones. Besides the flea market there were a number of gate and stoop sales. I’m becoming a better haggler these days and managed to get one guy to give me six CD’s for five bucks. He was selling them for two bucks a piece. (great, more crap I’ll probably never listen to.) We always manage to do a lot of walking and exploring. Before we knew it we had walked all the way to Red Hook. Cobble Hill is a real sweet area but a little out of our price range. Sunday we made an appointment to see a Condo Loft in Clinton Hill. Another section of Brooklyn I’m not all that familiar with. Kayuri was a little anxious about the area and didn’t know what to expect at all. I just asked that she keep an open mind. As we got off the train we came upon Marcy Park and the nearby projects. The name “Marcy” racked my brain. I knew the name from somewhere. I just couldn’t put my finger on it. A few minutes later it finally came to me. That’s where rapper Jay – Z grew up. Any fears we may have had about the idea quickly subsided when we saw the eclectic mix of African American, Hasidic Jews and Latinos. The Condo, which used to be a chocolate factory was breathtaking. A 950 square foot loft with thirteen foot ceilings which included a sleeping loft. The building also had a beautiful tiled roof and glass enclosed gym. (also on the roof) I could definitely see myself doing some really interesting shoots there. The views from the roof deck were spectacular. A clear view of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Jersey. After some drooling and speculating we decided that we wanted a little more space. We definitely loved the building and the neighborhood. Along the way we met some nice people including Elisheba who was so sweet we wanted to take her home. With Elisheba’s recommendation we headed over to Sullivans for brunch and headed home.