Thanks to the models (Krista Zevotek, Amanda Tong, & Chichi), Sonja Aichinger (the makeup artist), Skye Colding (the hair/clothing stylist), and Kenneth (clothing designer).
The first shoot was with Krista Zevotek. It was only her second photo shoot, and she did an incredible job. I loved that she looked so young and innocent but fierce at the same time! We were in West New York, NJ in the afternoon shooting with the NYC skyline behind us. It is so ridiculously hard to find nice places to shoot without cars in New York and New Jersey. There were times I was taking pictures on the street trying to time myself so I would be shooting in between the cars going by or when the traffic light was red. It was a little bit frustrating, but we made it work.
The second shoot was with Amanda Tong in Brooklyn. She was working a hair show during the day, so she met up with us afterwards. She was amazing. An up-and-coming actress and a super sweet girl! We were out until 2am that night shooting in pitch black. I had such a hard time holding my camera still. I didnt know I was going to be shooting at night before I left for the trip, so I didnt pack a tripod. The model and I probably put on a good statue show, like the street performers in Europe who make money from tourists.
Did I mention the rats? The park we were in was so infested with rats. Yes, rats! I don't blame them though. The park was full of trash cans with all sorts of food goodies. There were a couple times I wished I could have video recorded Skye running as fast as she could and screaming through the park away from the rats or just recorded the sound of the rats running through the bushes and grass squeaking and all.