I was very excited to shoot the lovely Vera Farmiga for the cover of this weeks Village Voice. Vera just had her directorial debut, Higher Ground, in NYC last week with & met with rave reviews. Our shoot was a calorie burning photo sprint from 11:45am – 12pm, the energy was upbeat and we had a great time. Vera is the embodiment of loveliness & it was a privilege to photograph her. John Dixon, Art Director extraordinaire, wanted to do some tight cropped headshots for the cover, so we played around with light patterns, selective focus and angles in about 7 minutes before moving on to the next environment. John and the Village Voice are always incredible to work with and I really love shooting for them.
Read the interview with Vera here.
View the rest of the finals here .
Below are some behind the shots of our quick shoot.
1st asst Eric. 2nd Asst: Michael. Behind the Scenes photos: Celeste Slomon.
Ashley, Engie, Miasha, Carrie, Matt, Joel, Matt, Eddie (not pictured)
Recently I shot upcoming singing & dance diva-sensation Miasha. What can I say about Miasha other than POWERHOUSE. This girl is a total doll, strong, sweet, passionate, talented and the energy and perseverance to see her way to the top.
Although I missed the private prelim show of hers..I hear her live shows are something to write home about – video mind explosions with heart pumping beats.
Check her music out at:
Lotsa love to her managers Greenhouse Management (Matt V. & Eddie)
Hair/mua: Joel Marriot, Styling: Engie Style, 1st asst Matt M. (miss ya buddy..hope Ohio is treating you well)
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The last book of my first trilogy for The Vampire Diaries, The Return – by L.J. Smith. I shot for the incredible HarperCollins Publishers, who I LOVE, they are all such a great group of people! This cover was art directed by the incredible and warm-hearted David Caplan, graphic design by the lovely and talented Jennifer Heuer, hair and makeup extraordinaire Roshar, one of my favorite team members. First asst Derrick C.
The shoot was lovely, I adored our model!! She became the character Caroline in the novel. What an amazing day we had on set, it’s an incredible series to be a part of. Congrats to all the success of the books and tv show and everyone involved, esp the fabulous L.J. Smith.
all 3 of my covers for the Return Trilogy
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.
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”.
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!!
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Mike, me, Vinny, Ronnie
I had the pleasure of shooting three of the guys from MTV’s #1 show, The Jersey Shore last week. The images are being featured on the cover of today’s new issue of The Village Voice; Art director, the one and only John Dixon.
On our 4-5 hour tour we had Ronnie Magro, Vinny Guadagnino and Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino. The boys were total pros on set; light-hearted, hysterical, and total gentlemen. We all had a lot of fun! John decided to go simple, bright, and shoot them being themselves(which was the exactly where my brain was, so I was very happy to take the job). Though we were in a very industrial part of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, far away from the public and paparazzi, within 1 minute of The Situation going out to smoke a cigarette, young girls in sexy clothes materialized out of thin air. It was pretty comical. All I can say is a few of us still have an odd urge to go tanning…
I wish the cast a unbelievable amount of success, they deserve it.
I had a great team on set, credits below. Also a special shout out to Emily Yeomans from MTV. Thank you guys!
CHECK OUT THE FINALS ON MY WEBSITE HERE
Photographer: Carrie Schechter | Client: The Village Voice | Art Director: John Dixon | Groomer: Angelique Velez | Stylist: Jessica Zindrin | 1st Asst: Mike M | 2nd Asst: Ross T
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.
Photographer: Carrie Schechter | Talent: Ludacris | Client: Honey Magazine | Photo Editor: Erika Ramirez | Editor-In-Cheif: Shanel Odum | Production: KWC Productions | Photo Asst.: Noah Dodson | Styling for talent by Mike B. | Styling for model: Jason Rembert | Hair: Tracy Balan | Groomer/MUA: Sir John Barnett | Manicurist: Amber Stores | Model: Kneecole Hamilton
stretching before Ludacris gets to set. Time to prepare for some gymnastics to get the angles I need in some pretty tight spaces.
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.
SEE THE FEATURE HERE
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