I have to confess that one of the best things about my job is that I am entrusted with a lot of responsibility and, as a result, I am able to own my projects from concept to finish. Back in March, Alton Lane shot a studio editorial shoot to feature as their Spring / Summer online presentation. Since I had only been a part of the organization for about a week when it was shot, I didn't have much involvement in the project. After the shoot wrapped and the photos received, we decided that the shoot's direction was not completely in line with where the brand needed to be so a last minute shoot became necessary.
As a result, I was able to work with my friend Collin Hughes for the first time. Collin and I got a beer at Alchemy last June after being Social Media friends for about a year or so. He had recently moved to NYC and I had been a big fan of his work since his Cavalier shoot came out. After about an hour and three Ciders, we became buddies and eventually good friends. I have an incredible group of talented friends and photographers in the city that I've worked with but felt like Collin's portfolio and style would be perfect for what we needed.
I was also fortunate enough to work with Jon Passavant of Soul Management who is also a friend of mine. Jon is starting an accessories brand with his business partner (and another male model Benj Lee) called Passavant & Lee.
Rachel has been my personal hair stylist since my friend Candice left for Paris three years ago and is now my go-to girl for men's grooming. First off, she seems to almost like styling men's hair more than women's and she's always hard working on and off set and super motivated which I really respect.
At about 5:45pm the night before the shoot, I got an email from our wardrobe stylist that she was in the hospital. The first person I reached out to as a replacement was my old colleague Becky Shim. Becky is the former Director of Design at Ernest Alexander and she is used to being on set and styling shoots (she also happens to be one of my best friends as well). Becky was perfect on set as someone who could challenge my opinions but also be incredibly hard working with a great and upbeat attitude.