Is it summer yet? I’ve grown tired of watching all the snow and winter looks on my Instagram feed that I thought I would heat things up with these photos I took of my favorite Brazilian model Paula Newlands. We shot this in the Shore Club, the hotel I was staying in for Miami Swim Week, on the South Beach strip. The best part about the Shore Club is the immediate back access straight to the beach (see the shoot we did on South Beach). Hope you enjoyed the shots! P.S. Check out this video from our shoot! I hope to do more swimwear shoots this Spring and Summer in LA.
Naty Michele and I have been friends for as long as I can remember. We don’t see each other much except for NYFW since she lives in New Jersey. There was this one time she visited SF and I saw her for a good hour or two. But I am always happy to see her each time I visit NYC (see our very first shoot together). We shot this in-between shows in freezing temperatures. Hope you enjoyed the shots! Be sure to check out her blog post for more details of her outfit: Texture Mixing in Black & White.
For the record, Jeanne Grey was the very first blogger I met and shot during my NYFW trip. I was glad that it was her because I really love working with her. She always brings a stellar style each time I work with her, and each look is always as fresh as baby powder. The last time we shot was in September’s fashion week, and unfortunately we missed each other a couple of times when she was in the West Coast. Funny story, we took several shots around Times Square. After half an hour has passed, she confessed that she hated Times Square. Since I was in tourist mode, I made the realization that her outfit would be best shot on a dark background. So we actually wandered around Midtown looking for spots and we came upon this black staircase/door area. I’m glad we took that extra time to explore, having the right background makes a difference, especially if it’s clean and creates contrast. Hope you enjoyed the shots! Check out her blog post for more details of her outfit: The Snow White Effect.
I had the pleasure of meeting Paola Alberdi of Blank Itinerary at fashion week. It was actually through an introduction from Thania Peck of Catcher in the Style. She’s now one of my new favorite bloggers to shoot! In between shows, Paola and I had time to take some shots just as the snow started to fall. This may have been the first time I shot in snow so it was interesting to work with another environmental factor that tends to sometimes through your camera out of focus. Nevertheless, I’m happy how the shots turned out. It helps that Paola is such an amazing model in front of the camera. Be sure to check out her blog: Blank Itinerary.
If I recall correctly, the last time I shot Eugenie Grey was actually during last September’s New York Fashion Week (click here). She’s been such a jet setter that I never get to meet her in Los Angeles. Nevertheless, it felt great to shoot with her again, only this time in 12 degree Fahrenheit weather. We first met up at a Starbucks in Times Square (we realized there were multiple Starbucks around that area so we started the shoot a bit later than we wanted). Eugenie then told me she wanted a landscape that looked like a winter wonderland. After wandering around Midtown, we found this cool, icy park that had an interesting backdrop and created a striking contrast with her outfit. We tried not to freeze during this whole time (guess who else froze with us). Hope you enjoyed the shots! Check out her blog post for more details of her outfit: Hell Frozen Over.
P.S. Here’s what Eugenie was thinking about during this shoot (click here).
I learned that snow days in New York City are usually warmer than non-snow days during the winter season. I’m not quite sure why but I’m sure there’s scientific reason behind it. I spent the whole day at Lincoln Center this time, and caught a lot of amazing bloggers. The snow started to fall later in the afternoon, which was pretty fun at first (see Melanee Shale welcoming the snow flakes) but then it got more intense later in the day that it made it difficult for my camera to focus and function. I’m pretty sure that’s how my camera started acting up at the end of the day. Without further ado, these are my favorites from day three of New York Fashion Week:
Today was perhaps the coldest day of New York Fashion Week. The morning was so chilly, it was almost unbearable to take any shots outside. I also had a really tough start. Planned on arriving at Lincoln Center for the MONGOL fashion show, but ended up getting off the train one stop early. And then waited for another one. Then realized I was on the wrong train line all that time. Missed it but decided to keep shooting. Luckily the weather got a bit more bearable in the afternoon. There were so many amazing outfits and style today, and I made some new friends too!
So starting off… for many fashion weeks, I’ve been dying to meet and shoot Nicole Warne (GaryPepperGirl). Finally today was the day. I saw her alone walking out of Lincoln Center, and just burst out “I’ve been a fan for the longest time and been dying to meet you.” And she smiled and said “Why, thank you!” Then I asked to take her photograph and she gladly agreed. She’s just amazing in every aspect, and I’m finally happy I got to meet her.
So New York Fashion Week officially started and it has been non-stop action ever since my alarm rang this morning. I rushed to Lincoln Center to catch the BCBG show attendees, but I came a bit late and missed a lot of the bloggers that were already inside. I did manage to meet and shoot Tamara of The Glam and Glitter! She’s always one of my faves at New York Fashion Week! Be sure to check out her blog!
Afterwards I rushed to shoot with Louise Roe. But that will be another blog post. But here’s a sneak peek (click here). We all ended up at MILK Studios for the Marissa Webb show. I made new friends while I was on streetstyle mode. This one is Leah Ho of Lipstick Catwalk.
My fashion week is never ever complete without capturing Miss Aimee Song (Song of Style).
Finally landed in New York. Very smooth flight, slept like a baby so I woke up with a “wow, that was a quick ride.” My hotel was right near Times Square, so this was the sight that greeted me coming out of the subway station. I also dropped my newly bought Metro Card which is a bummer. But that’s what happens when you are carrying three bags and trying not to freeze.
Then I got to meet up with my dear friend Jeanne Grey (aka @the.grey). She was super happy she was the first blogger I got to shoot in NYC. Here’s her doing tourist stuff. I made her do it even though she’s actually from the area.
Next, Miss Eugenie Grey joined us for coffee, and then we wondered around Midtown looking for cool spots to shoot. Our exploration paid off when we found this random park that was exactly what @feralcreature was looking for. It was pretty tricky working on ice, but luckily none of us slipped.
Every now and then Jeanne makes a face about how cold it is.
We also found a spot that was perfect for Jeanne’s outfit. Midtown Funk gonna give it to ya!
And back to Times Square! We decided to thaw at my hotel room and recharge. This was a really fun day to start my NYFW experience! I can’t wait to see what the next couple of days will bring! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram (@ryanbyryanchua) for more fashion week photos!
Julia Cheng of LifesJules visited me in San Francisco last month, and we shot around Financial District and Market Street. My word of advice: always keep an eye on your surroundings. Julia had a creeper that really had no shame and straight eyed her at point blank range. I also had another blogger friend whose bag was stolen during the shoot (well, I’m not sure if anyone was paying close attention to her bag, but that is quite unfortunate). Oh and don’t forget cars and tourists. They either get in your way or you get in their way. Check out Julia’s blog for more details of her outfit: Flying High.
This was a different side of Francis Lola that I saw, but I thought she pulled it off quite well. We found a cool wall to shoot in an artsy part of Long Beach that was a great fit for her outfit. Hope you enjoyed the shots! Now go check out her blog post for more details of her #OOTD: the blvck sheep: Marble.