Chris Rock busted into my 1500 square foot studio on 29th Street cell phone in hand pacing back and forth barely acknowledging us in the studio. It was me, an assistant a groomer and Stephan Cambell, the stylist. I was shooting a portrait of Chris Rock for George magazine. Another assignment from ex Matt Berman. I got very nervous. I thought oh boy, this isn't going to be easy. But it turned out Chris was just shy. Once he calmed down he was unbelievable. I couldn't keep up with him. I kept shouting "Chris, please slow down, stay still, I can't focus!" My assistants couldn't load my film backs fast enough. After about 100 rolls. I'll have to look back in my archives to see how much I actually shot, we ran out of steam. Chris would have kept going, but we had shot all we could out of the wardrobe Stefan brought and I was way over budget on film. Chris was ready to go out and do something afterwards. He was so humble, hilarious and amazing! I can't believe my life! Thank you Matt Berman.
Jon Stewart photo shoot for George magazine. Another big thank you to Matt Berman, the Creative Director of George. Again, if you haven't read this already, Matt & I met at Carnegie Mellon University in 1983. When I moved to New York city in February of 1988 I moved in with him. He had found a small walk up on Broome Street between Mott & Mulberry streets. I shot this after we broke up in 1990. To his credit he would sit next to me in bed every night while I drooled over Jon Stewart who was on TV late at night on his Jon Stewart show. So for me to get the message via Matt's photo editor, Brigit Cox, that I was to fly to LA and shoot the actual Jon Stewart in my hotel room at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills was quite a shock. Thank you again, Matt Berman.
Oh boy was this one of the worst shoots of my life, but it did produce my favorite portrait I have ever taken. So you never know.
Ronnie Nagler's apartment - New York Cottages & Gardens.
Decorator Robert Passal Plays with Color and Pattern in an Art-Filled Upper East Side Abode.
Shoot for Rockport in Barstow California.
Travel + Leisure, Palm Springs travel story. I spent a few days in the hot dry desert exploring and shooting the quirky spots and mid century landmarks for Travel + Leisure Magazine. My assistant and I also found ourselves in Joshua Tree as the night was approaching. No one was around. Then a car pulled up. A man got out and started walking away, into the desert. I assume he was going to spend the night there. It was very surreal.
We also got to see Lily Tomlin's brother, Richard Tomlin, perform at a historic night club where the Rat Pack used to hang out.
Architectural Digest Geoffrey Beene
I got to spend the day with Jen Meyer, jewelry designer and wife of actor Toby Maguire. She chose her father's home in Malibu overlooking the pacific ocean. As soon as I walked into the fabulous modern mansion I felt as if I was walking down the corridors of LACM or MOCA. Amazing museum quality art work filled the walls. Then I was hit with the panoramic view of the pacific.
I shot Treach, from Naughty By Nature for the now defunct George magazine. Matt Berman was the Creative Director. Full disclosure we lived together for 7 years prior to me working for him at George.
It was Thanksgiving and I got a call from the photo editor that they wanted me to go shoot Treach in his home in East Orange, New Jersey. So I took a car service from New York city to East Orange. I was the only white person. I was pretty scared. It turned out to be a great shoot. He was very nice and quiet.
This was one of the biggest jobs I have ever worked on. It all started with my dear old friend the super talented Mr. Scott Fellows. He hired me to use my Creative Director services to help re-brand the historic Italian fashion house. I put together a 300 page inspiration book. That lead to flying to Florence and meeting with the Ferragamo family. From there we picked the clothes and I came up with the idea to shoot two somewhat unknown indie film actors in a mid century modern house on top of the Hollywood Hills. I found a house owned by Madonna that fit the bill. It was just what I was looking for. Since I shot there I've seen it in lots of movies and ads. Since Tara is so petite we had to have all the clothes fitted to her body. We spent the day shooting. I shot some super 8 film too which was used in the stores. The ads ran as gate fold and back covers of the September Vogue, The New York Times magazine, Harpers' Bazaar and many other fashion magazines. It was so exciting.
I took a week long meditation class with Jack Kornfield and asked him if I could shoot his portrait during one of our breaks. I'm so glad I asked him.
Jack Kornfield is a bestselling American author and teacher in the vipassana movement in American Theravada Buddhism. He trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma and India, first as a student of the Thai forest master Ajahn Chah and Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. He has taught meditation worldwide since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist Mindfulness practice to the West. In 1975, he co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, and subsequently in 1987, Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. He has organized teacher trainings and led international gatherings of Buddhist teachers with the Dalai Lama and worldwide and has worked as a peacemaker and activist.
Rachel Zoe photographed for In Style in her home and studio.