Donna Missal is an up and coming bi-coastal recording artist whose voice and style Billboard Magazine has compared to Lana Del Rey, Brittany Howard, and Janis Joplin. I had the pleasure of driving with her to Long Island and photographing her with stylist Michelle Sylvester, Makeup Artist Alyne Halvajian, and hair stylist Erica Zimmerman. Read about Donna, the shoot, and my history working with her.
Donna's everyday personal style is actually pretty relaxed. She usually dons jeans, t-shirts, and oversized sweatshirts for but for this shoot we asked her to step outside of that comfort zone. In the end everyone on set added something. Consistent with the retro location (which is hairstylist Erica Zimmerman's amazing house) we wanted Donna to be herself but in another time and place. Erica's setlist was all soul, garage rock, and of course some prerequisite 70's horror punk. Donna tapped into the whole thing perfectly. The resulting images effectively exploit Donnas natural beauty as she becomes someone else, yet it all reflects the melancholy energy in her music. Read More
In the current technological landscape a functional and attractive website plays a significant role in the acquisition of new clients and collaborators. I am almost always taking photographs of the world around me. I truly love my work and would be glad to do this everyday. Still, when a client offers to put me into a situation that is unfamiliar, I don't shy away. I relish in the opportunity to appreciate a new universe. No matter the project, I believe it is my duty, and frankly my pleasure, as an artist to immerse myself. When a photographer does their job, the photograph will always be a reflection of personal style though the subject matter may take he or she in a new unforeseen direction. The issue then when creating a targeted representation of what we do as artists is realizing which images both embody personal style and reflect the artist's ability to bring client ideas to fruition. Read More
Rocky Catanese a singer and songwriter in a band called Rocky and the Chapter. They will be celebrating their latest release ‘You Are Not Mine” this Saturday at Porta in Jersey City.
The night I met Rocky six years ago he was wearing some sort of fedora. Thats the first thing I noticed about him. I had just formed a band and I was trying to do the thing the kids do when they haven’t been active in any sort of music scene for a few years. I just started calling and messaging bands that I knew were local, active, moderately talented, and most importantly willing to call me back. Rocky had recently become the singer of the New Brunswick Post-Punk band Let Me Run. Only I didn’t know that when I asked them to come play a show in Clifton I was putting together. Read More