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Studio Session with Meredith Adelaide

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I met Meredith a little over a year ago. We had moved to NYC around the same time; we bonded over culture shock and prevailing fears as newcomers to this behemoth of a city. As we shot in her small Bushwick apartment – one that had gotten broken into a few weeks prior – we mused over waning summer days and what the future had in store for us. Fast forward: a year later. Meredith now travels internationally for her thriving modeling career, and I – well, I have been privileged enough to meet and shoot with a vast array of captivating people. Meredith is one of them. Enjoy.

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Photo Credit: The Denizen Co.

Portrait Studies: Cat and BeeJay

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I met Cat and Beejay during a previous shoot and was immediately captivated by their palpable chemistry. While they are a strikingly beautiful couple on the outside, their love is slightly more nuanced – quiet, tender, elegant. Needless to say, I was stupidly excited when they agreed to come down from the Bronx to meet me in this East Williamsburg studio.

We strived to replicate a sleepy Sunday morning complete with disheveled hair, wrinkled white sheets and soft, diffused sunlight. With hardly any staging or direction on my part, we were able to capture some quiet and intimate moments between the two of them. Enjoy.

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Photo Credit: The Denizen Co.

Portrait Studies: Andrea

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In a recent article, HUCK Magazine called her a subculture photographer extraordinaire, and rightfully so – RVCA ambassador Andrea Dosouto has the uncanny ability to draw out a broad range of emotions from hardy street kids and top-dollar skaters alike. As one of the very few established female photographers in the skate industry, Andrea has brazenly navigated a world of relentless competition and machismo to bring us a tender and unadulterated depiction of skate culture with her signature black and white photography.

andrea-16Nomadic by nature, Andrea has traveled extensively across the US and throughout the globe. Thankfully, this brought her here to NYC late last month where we were finally able to meet after several months of IG likes and email exchanges. “I rarely let people take my portrait,” she told me. Needless to say, I was beyond honored to be able to shoot with her on this sunny Saturday afternoon in East Williamsburg.

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andrea-3Born in Galicia, Spain, Andrea was deeply entrenched in the skate scene from a young age. She frequented skate parks, the local Cyber and abandoned convents whilst photographing her friends and their various misadventures. This inevitably led to her moving to Barcelona to pursue a degree in photography at the age of 18. She followed up with a post-grad in photojournalism and has been documenting skate events and capturing compelling portraits of skate legends like Christian Hosoi (!) ever since.

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Show her some love over at her website and check out her latest video project, Exit Thru The Backdoor.

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Photo Credit: The Denizen Co.

Portrait Studies: Cat

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A couple weeks after moving into my new apartment in Greenpoint, I had the privilege of shooting with the ridiculously talented and endearing Cat Davis in my bedroom. Cat and her partner Stephanie traveled all the way from the Bronx on a Saturday morning to shoot in this space. We experimented with white sheets and linens as the sun filtered in through the east-facing window. The result was a minimalist yet evocative photo set depicting the many faces of the model/mother/all-around beautiful woman Cat Davis.

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Photo Credit: The Denizen Co.

Portrait Studies: Marimar

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Marimar is a born-and-raised New Yorker currently living in southeastern Bronx. Her striking features and remarkable ability to pull off a pair of combat boots and dark berry lipstick belie her warm personality. Within a year after graduating from Berkeley College with a degree in criminal justice, Marimar signed with Basic Model Management and has appeared in various runway shows including Brooklyn Fashion Week and Lingerie Fashion Week. For this shoot, we met up in the warehouse districts of Bushwick to create a look that is one part goth, two parts steampunk, and all parts New York.

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Photo Credit: The Denizen Co.