MADE IN JAPAN: Satoshi Toda for The Fashionisto

Made In Kanagawa, to be exact: Satoshi Toda (New York Models / Marilyn MGM Paris) for The Fashionisto: styling by Eugene Ong; hair by Jill O’Neil @ Refuge Salon; photo assistant Kacie Tomita.  Check out the story in higher-res on The Fashionisto Daily Digest here.

Of the editorials I shot in 2011, I think my favorite is called Battle Royale, and it stars new face Satoshi Toda, in his 3rd-ever shoot.   The story juggles an unlikely combination of elements: pastel colors, pretty lighting, futuristic camouflage, toy weapons, and Satoshi’s b-boy contortions.   Oh yeah, and freckles.   At any rate, somehow it all seems to hang together nicely, in no small part due to Satoshi’s verging-on-cyborg performance.  It was shot for And Men Issue 16, and since it won’t be hitting the newsstands until May of this year, I decided to shoot Satoshi again, in something that could be released fairly quickly.   We came up with a story that showcases his perfectly symmetrical face, his physicality, and his (bonus!) origami and calligraphy skills for The Fashionisto.  The truly marvelous and beloved-by-all Kacie Tomita helped to make it all possible on the day of the shoot.

 

thanks to Carl at The Fashionisto, and extra-special thanks to Kacie Tomita

09: Chris Peterson [Photogenics]

Powered by VIA: Chris Peterson (Photogenics); grooming by Ernesto Casillas; photo assistant Kacie Tomita


special thanks to James at Photogenics

08: Ari Cooper [Vision]

Ari Cooper (Vision); hair & makeup by Ernesto Casillas.

 

Special thanks to Meg at Vision, and to all those waiting patiently for test edits; November & December were genuinely overwhelming for me, in terms of cranking out successive editorials.  I am back on track :)

 

Lost Portraits: Adrian Cardoso, Dylan Reitz & Luis Borges for Fashionisto

Outtakes:  Luis Borges (DNA), Adrian Cardoso & Dylan Reitz ( Wilhelmina NY).  Fashion Editor Carl Barnett; makeup by Georgi Sandev; hair by Colin Yeo.  Order the Winter/Spring 2012 issue here.

Carl titled our story Renaissance Man, and what was on my mind as we shot (apart from “does that backdrop really stink from having been dragged through the cobbled streets of Soho, or is it just me?”) was the last, great gasp of the High Renaissance: Mannerism.   The casting couldn’t have been better, because all three of the faces posted here could be staring back at you from a canvas by Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo or Bronzino.  While I half-knew that these shots wouldn’t make it into the magazine, shooting them was a fun warm-up exercize…

 

 

 

special thanks to Carl for rounding up this incredible trio…..

Adrian Cardoso, Dylan Reitz & Luis Borges for Fashionisto Winter/Spring 2012

An Irving Penn-inspired story for Fashionisto Magazine starring Luis Borges (DNA), Adrian Cardoso & Dylan Reitz ( Wilhelmina NY).  Fashion Editor Carl Barnett; makeup by Georgi Sandev; hair by Colin Yeo.  Order the Winter/Spring 2012 issue here.

 

TOP BOY for TheOnes2Watch

A few frames of beautiful DJ James (L.A. Models), in his first-ever photo shoot; complete story and credits at theones2watch.com

 

 

special thanks to Rosie at TheOnes2Watch and to Sergio at L.A. Models

2011: The Year In Jake Madden

Jake Madden (Ford) from our second shoot together – complete set and credits here

Actually, it was really only a couple of months, and amounted to only three shoots, but if Jake hadn’t high-tailed it back to New York, I have a feeling we’d be just getting started.   Some of the most effortless shooting of the year for me, Jake definitely nudged me in new directions; I’d lost all interest in testing, for example,  until I shot test #01 with Jake (above).  And so, here’s to J.M. – wishing you a happy and prosperous 2012!

with Samantha (Photogenics) in And Then There Were None for theones2watch.com

from an editorial in Carbon Copy Magazine – The Saddest Music In The World – complete story and full credits here

 

special thanks to all involved in the above shoots, and especially to Geoffrey Rodgriguez and Marco at Ford