I recently photographed my lovely friend, Riley Ticotin with Wilhelmina Models here in NYC. I met Riley last summer through her mother agent, Natural Models LA. Riley grew up in California but now spends her time in NYC (and on many, many planes). Riley was recently featured in W Mag alongside Ashley Graham shot by Patrick Demarchelier. This girl is stunning and a force in front of the camera. You may have seen her with Lane Bryant, Marc Beauty, SimplyBe UK or Forever 21.
Riley's agents at Wilhelmina and I came up with a colorful, editorial concept for her shoot. I love shooting on colorful backgrounds and using color in clothes too. My goal for this shoot was to create shots that were colorful but not overly commercial. I pull my inspiration from editorials, fashion campaigns of past and present and retro photographs. We shots 3 separate, colorful looks.
I found a few older fashion photos that had a fun, playful vibe to them with fruit, lollipops and hair curlers. I was nervous to try this concept out but I think the mix of Riley's modeling experience and Amanda Thesen's effortless hair and makeup, this look was a success!
For our final look Amanda created a beautiful glitter-lined eye and a shiny red lip for some beauty shots on Riley. I found the vintage Guess top at an estate sale which we thought would go well with Riley's beauty look. I shot some unclose, macro shots (which you'll see added to my portfolio soon). For now here are some of my favorite shots of the full look.