This past march I did a shoot for Lotus Yoga in Montclair, New Jersey. Early that morning, before my friend and business partner Rylan Peery came to pick me up, I woke up with a horrible sore throat. We then drove an hour through torrential rains from where I was staying in Brooklyn to the yoga studio (heroic driving on the part of Rylan). Despite these obstacles, we were able to get images that the client was very happy with, and which will be going up on their site shortly (we also helped consult on the initial design, more on that later).
On a cold, foggy early summer morning in 2009, I organized five brave models for a photoshoot in Ubuntu Restaurant’s biodynamic garden, in the hills above Napa Valley. Despite the frigidity (and ill protection from the cold afforded by thin yoga clothes), the models were very good sports and we got some fun shots out of the endeavor.
Several of these images hang as large posters in front of Ubuntu’s Annex on Main Street in downtown Napa, and draw in customers interested in the unique combination of yoga clothing & fine wines (who doesn’t feel like a tall glass of biodynamically grown vin after their afternoon vinyasa?
For this image, we attempted to recreate the statue inside Ubuntu’s main dining area. The gentleman in the picture is over 80, and can do this pose without his hands (on even ground).
This is the image that made it into the poster.
This is another shot from the Ubuntu Annex yoga clothing shoot I did on a cold summer morning; the models look like I directed them to have that semi-devastated look so popular in fashion zines, but they were probably just bored and freezing their butts off. Suffering in the name of style!