The reason that some portraits do not look true to life is that some people make no effort to resemble their pictures. Salvador Dali
Alea in NYC
I still think of NYC in terms of the historical photographs I grew up admiring. The work of Alfred Stieglitz, Berenice Abbott, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Weegee, Diane Arbus, Elliott Erwitt, Helen Levitt, Garry Winogrand and of course my idol Richard Avedon had impacted my visual perception and personal style of my own work form the start of my career.
When Alea asked me to create her senior portraits in the city around the neighborhood of her "other high school" Juilliard, a sense of nostalgia set in and I decided I wanted to approach the job like a fun self assignment I did with several friends way 'back in the day'. We took a drive over to the city and we each brought one camera, one lens, and one type of film. That's it - no flash, no lights, no reflectors, no tripods. We photographed one subject matter for the afternoon. Some did cityscapes. Some concentrated on urban art, animals, taxis and their drivers. I did the variety of people of the city with expired Agfa APX film.
I did the same with Alea on Wednesday, only I cheated a little and used two lenses - a 50 and a 24. Still no lights, flash or reflectors and processed B&W. Pretty stoked how it all turned out. I was blessed with the gift of Alea and her flawlessness (no retouching here) and a very overcast, albeit chilly day. Brings me back to a wonderful time in my career and very liberating. The following album is a sampling from the gig.
What’s your "Master Plan" - your long term goal for life after high school?
The master plan, is there is no plan. My end goal, my dream is to be a professional opera singer, traveling the world by way of music. What comes between now and then is a lot of school, hard work, and a little luck.
Where is your go-to hang out?
My go to hangout is Épicerie Boulud outside Lincoln Center. They have the best matcha in town, and it's my favorite place to get a snack, coffee and study my music.
What’s at the top of your Bucket List?
I have a bucket list that is a mile long, but the one thing that I want more than anything in the world is to sing a principal role at The Metropolitan Opera. I think that'd be super cool!
Who is your hero?
I have a lot of hero's, but the artist and person I most look up to is Jamie Barton. She's accomplished the unimaginable, but stays true to the art and who she is. I think that is admirable.
I've watched my friends, who were older than me, get there pictures done by Joey since I was a freshman. When it came time to schedule my session I felt like there was no question on who to call. Not only is Joey an amazing photographer, but he is also just an awesome person who makes the entire experience enjoyable.
I personally don't love getting my picture taken that much... but Joey made me feel so comfortable and the shoot feel so natural. It was really like hanging out with a friend.
There's not much I would change. The shoot was everything I had hoped for and more.
Enjoy it! You've waited four years for your turn and it will be everything you've imagined for and more.
If I was to shoot again I wouldn't do much different besides bring a few props to make the photos a little more goofy... maybe my dog too.
To seniors everywhere, I wish you the best of luck and please never go to the bathroom without a hall pass or you'll get a lunch detention like I did. Also have your photos taken with Joey because if I didn't I know I would've regretted it.
My favorite childhood memory would going to Cape Cod every summer. I've had so many memories there that it's hard for me to choose just one.
I have no idea what I want to do when I'm older. I'm still trying to figure that out but I do know whatever it is I want to have an impact on others. I love knowing that I have made a difference in someone's life regardless of how small it is.
There isn't one moment that has made me the person I am today. I believe that my family and friends have played a major role in who I am. Everyone has taught me something valuable that I'll carry with me.
The best way to describe my style is beach boho. I love wearing unique things that most people would not but at the same time always want to be comfortable.
I've been lucky enough to have traveled so many places because my parents love to travel. It's very hard to choose which was my favorite but my top three are definitely Aruba, Bahamas, and Cape Cod.
Before I graduate, I want to take advantage of the time I have with all my friends in high school.
Genuine, easy going, and caring
I really enjoy art. Not many people know about it so it's like a hidden talent you could say.
My older sister Kayla is my greatest role model. Throughout my life I've always looked up to her. I admire how she is very driven and always stays true to herself.
I'm not sure how I will impact the world but I only hope I can make a difference big or small.