On a wildly rainy day we took off to Long Island to shoot upcoming singer AVIAN on location for her new EP covers and press kit. She is a spitfire, with incredible energy and is absolutely charming. I am still blown away by her huge voice coming out of such a tiny body. Her manager, Jdot is deep in the hip hop community,and already has her cutting tracks with 50cent + some upcoming special releases coming out soon. You can catch Avian on next seasons “The Voice” too, check her out! Also, thanks to my crew, you guys always blow my mind.
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I had the glorious opportunity to shoot he lovely, talented, & gorgeous Lola Astonova. We shot in 2 parts; part 1 has been released, part 2 is a mystery to the public for the next few months. She is an incredible pianist with a list of accomplishments that take some people a life time, this young phenom has just begun and is already conquering the world. When I was first approached by her great manager Misha, he sent me a bunch of youtube videos of her playing the piano, one comment struck me, a girl who was def said: I cannot hear music, but watching you I can feel it and it is beautiful.
Below is a cover of a Russian magazine with one of out images
See the finals on my website http://www.carrieschechterstudios.com/
Hair and Makeup: Roshar
Styling: Absolute Images by Ope
A bit ago I had the privilege to shoot Moving Mountains. A super talented band quickly on the rise to stardom. These guys are hysterical and the nicest people (with rock star edge of course). I absolutely loved them and am so excited for all the success coming their way. I worked with the incredible Christopher Benton at Alternative Press Magazine for this shoot. Love AP, love MM, love Chris! Thanks guys!
My official site here (with some additional photos from our day)
A few months ago I had the pleasure to shoot Me First and The Gimme Gimmes for Fat Wreck Chords . We met on a chilly afternoon in Williamsburg Brooklyn to shoot a few EP covers and a press kit. I met Vanessa (Mutiny) & Fat Mike a year ago when I shot his other band NOFX for Alternative Press Magazine. We had a great time on the first shoot and I was excited they chose me for this project.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are amazing. I love when intelligence is mixed with punk sarcasm. It’s a pleasure to work with them as always. The first EP cover released is Go Down Under, its awesome and out now. Look forward to my next few EP covers to come out soon. Behind the Scenes photos by: Eric B.
I photographed the girl with the magic voice a little while ago…. her name is Niia Bertino. (Check out some of the finals shots here.) She is a classically trained pianist with one of the most intoxicating voices I’ve heard in a while. I’m in love with “Masochist” and “Learn My Body” at the moment.
From age 16-21 Niia was signed to Wyclef Jeans label. I recognized her voice from Wyclef’s smash, Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill) featuring Akon, Lil Wayne, Raekwon & Niia.
I met Niia at her old managers office to discuss shooting her press kit … I loved her as much as I love her music. Niia knew exactly how she wanted to be photographed, which was awesome.
Before the shoot I went to see her live. The audience hardly breaths while she sings, which almost led to a riot when the bartender dared try to shake a martini for a customer during “Last Man”.
On set: The fabulous designer and stylist Gigi Burris, the talented hair and makeup artist Michelle Coursey , myself, and my 1st Eric B. convened at Niia’s residence with Rocco & Wednesday on a beastly hot summer afternoon. Now working on her solo career, Niia is recording her new album and I personally can’t wait.
In loving memory of Rocco Bertino. Huge thanks to the wonderful Cory Greenwell for the behind the scenes photos!!
Honey TV shares the video footage from my shoot for their current cover Elle Matador – Janelle Monae
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to embark on a 1 hour tour with Ludacris, his entourage, my team & my clients at the ESPN Zone in New York’s Time Square. It was here that we shot the cover for the newest issue of Honey Magazine. The brains and brawn behind Honey Magazine are pretty magnificent and it was a pleasure to work for them, Ludacris was a class act and its no wonder why he’s at the top of his game, he’s 100% on point, and it was a great shoot. Above is the video from Honey TV showing some behind the scenes footage.
The shoot itself was craziness, we had one hour of shooting time. In that time we had 6 location changes, 5 wardrobe changes, a Dr Oz interview for Ludacris, brunch, a high school honor roll field trip and a children’s party. Due to unforeseen events ESPN had to keep the floor open during the shoot, so we had quiet the audience and adventure in the arcade.
A few weeks ago I was interviewed about an ad campaign I shot for Glamour Kills and Gabe Saporta (Cobra Starship). Here it is in print. For me personally being in PDN as a photographer is like a singer/band getting written up in Rolling stone, so I’m pretty excited. The article is copy and pasted below.
As photographer Carrie Schechter likes to put it, it all started with a fashion war between front man Gabe Saporta of the band Cobra Starship and Mark Capicotto, founder and CEO of Glamour Kills Clothing. “I was sick of watching Glamour Kills jack my style and make a ton of money from it… says Saporta.” Glamour Kills clothing has a youthful, trend-setting style full of bright colors and a flying pig that has become a huge part of the rock scene. The public taunting was all part of a marketing campaign for their new fashion collaboration “Overnight Sensation.”
Schechter is an emerging fashion, music and celebrity photographer in New York City whose career has been skyrocketing. Aside from gracing magazines, books and album covers, she has won numerous international awards for her imagery and outstanding use of light, mood and texture. Her work is described as haunting, beautiful and hyper-realistic. Clients say aside from her quality of work, part of her buzz is she’s so easy to get a long with, has never-ending energy, a fresh viewpoint and can produce whatever they throw at her.
Schechter shot Saporta’s band, Cobra Starship, as magazine editorial to publicize their album “Hot Mess.” Everyone had a great time on the shoot, and the magazine hit the newsstands. Months later, Saporta contacted Schechter and asked if he could use some of the Cobra photos and bypass the usual label red tape. They worked it out and became friends in the process.
This past fall, Kyle Roeger, head of marketing for Glamour Kills, contacted Schechter from Saporta’s recommendation to shoot their new Overnight Sensation campaign. Knowing Saporta’s style, his favorite visual artists and aware of the current ads for GK, Schechter knew that this had to be shot differently from the rest of her work to match the branding of the line.
Schechter says, “sometimes clients hire you because they want everything about you and your style, sometimes it’s the environment you create on set behind the scenes and the confidence they have in you technically and emotionally to do something completely different. Mostly it’s both. I work 10 days a week and 90 hours a day, I’m very driven. Word of mouth has brought me a lot of clients and I’m grateful for all of it.”
Schechter collaborated with all the creatives involved, and they all wanted an outdoor shoot in Manhattan’s Soho district mid-day. But the night before the shoot, Saporta called Schechter and decided he wanted to change everything from location to models. He even tweeted to fans at 1 a.m. telling them about the shoot and that if they wanted to be in it to please email pictures. Schechter was still going through emails at 4 a.m. with Saporta, while the shoot was to start in just seven hours.When Schechter finally arrived on the set, she was informed the building shut off the water and there would be no bathrooms for at least five hours. No liquid lunch or any lunch on this shoot. Everyone just crossed their legs and put down their coffee, tea or Redbull.
Saporta was Art Director on the shoot and had a great sense of vision for the photos. Capicotto and Roeger always brought new ideas and added a dynamic energy to the day. The shoot ran until midnight, followed by a launch party for GK at Angels & Kings.
The “Overnight Sensation” images are now running in print and on the Web. Four shoots and six days later after the campaign, Schechter left for Venice, Italy for a solo exhibition and to photograph campaigns for some of her new Italian clients. Needless to say she was an “Overnight Sensation.”
There’s a NEW SECTION in my portfolio now available for my shameless self promotion. Under the music category check out the NEW “POLAROID 600′S” section with behind the scenes Polaroids and comments from the actors/musicians we love.
I just finished doing some major editing on my website and my portfolio, and I feel a hundred pounds lighter. You get so involved with your photos they become like body parts and sometimes the emotions you have connected with that shoot cloud your judgment of if it’s really a good image or not.
EDIT EDIT EDIT. Less is more and you’re only as strong as your weakest image. At a marketing conference Suzanne Sease and Amanda Sosa Stone said take your “hero” image and compare everything in your book to it. I go to my more famous shots, the girls at the piano from the Lovers Story, my unreleased new work, Scarlet Affair, Hades, etc. As each image is lines up next to my best work – I hit the delete button or its a pass. Maybe I could toss a few more, some already say I tossed their favorites, I did what I felt is right at the moment and I feel good.
Portfolios are shredded. New Portfolios are being printed as we speak. New (HOT) shoots are in and finalized (but not released) I feel like I just purged my soul in the sweat lodge. All my old marketing material that was left is gone and its on to bigger and better things. I’ve got some new people I’m working with and I have that feeling in my bones that something huge is coming.
**this is a repost from my tumblr account, my tumblr and my wordpress blog serve similar and different purposes, but for this post – I wanted it heard on both ends.