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Niia…..behind the scenes

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me, niia

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.

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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.

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michelle, niia, gigi, & myself. photo by eric

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”.

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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.

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In loving memory of Rocco Bertino. Huge thanks to the wonderful Cory Greenwell for the behind the scenes photos!!

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On location with COBRA STARSHIP

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me shooting Cobra Starship

Cobra Starship and I got together at a local hot spot in NYC for a fast and fabulous photo shoot for AP Magazine. Back in October, they were finishing up their time in the studio and gearing up for their Sassyback Tour with Forever the Sickest Kids (on tour now), we had a rainy afternoon to shoot 4 different setups. The band is awesome and they were all tons of fun. Their new album is coming soon…you can read all about that in December’s AP Most Anticipated Albums Issue. (I would like to thank my 1st assistant, Derrick, for pealing me off the floor of the nightclub..sticky is an understatement.)

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Cobra Starship’s (which was named by front man Gabe Saporta, taking his inspiration from a favorite pair of his vintage jeans) electric pop tunes have everyone dancing and screaming for more, they are funny, upbeat and 100% rock stars on the rise  – check them out live .. I hear they give their fans wild, high energy, offbeat shows that can’t be missed.

Cobra Starship’s myspace here.

Check out my website here.

Pictures coming soon!


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