Photographing New York Fashion Week

My late grandmother was a fashion designer for The Gap. I remember she would create clothes outside of work and attach tags from The Gap on the inner backs of shirts and skirts and pants, all in an effort to have her grandchildren wear the clothes she created. My mother also made clothes for my sister, brother, and me growing up. Handmade clothing was something I learned to appreciate.

I thought of my grandmother, whom I fondly called Mama Ada, on the day I photographed for New York Fashion Week. I thought of how she would have loved to see these up-and-coming designers at NYFW's event, Small Boutique Fashion Week.

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Photoshoot in Dumbo, Brooklyn

I met up with model and fashion blogger Oby Grace in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Oby chose this spot as the first location because the cobble-stoned street had been made popular through the TV show Gossip Girl. I believe it was because the main character lived on this block. (Correct me if I am wrong!)

Pop culture famous or not, this street was beautiful. The Manhattan Bridge in the background was a majestic tint of blue and worked nicely with the grey stones and the red bricks.

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"If I were to tell you what my big personal goal for 2016 is, I think it’s just continuing to disseminate the kind of resources that I wish I was exposed to, to my peers, and getting them excited about connecting with their community. Because I never was aware of these opportunities when I was growing up."

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The Details

“When you are attracted to people, it’s because of the details. Their kindness. Their eyes. The fact that they can get you to laugh when you need it the most.”

– Jodi Picoult

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Speak Your Truth

“Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end. 

And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.”

And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.” 

― Audre Lorde

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