Outdoors with Taylor Ely

Syracuse doesn’t always have the best weather for outdoor shoots. However, we received one decent day of weather this spring and we use it to create some stunning photos. in this shoot I decided to go with a more neutral background and really bring out the models body art instead of the more busy settings. I wanted to feel as if everything was completely natural. It wasn’t the best day out but I have learned to appreciate whatever whether I’m given to create my images.

Curly Curves With Maria Louise

Today, Maria and I decided to shoot two separate sets, one indoors and one outdoors. This indoor setting consisted of large windows and dated furniture. The mixture between the fluorescent lit couch and the natural light made for some amazing lighting conditions to shoot in. Maria decided to leave her hair natural for this shoot. Her crazy curly hair gave an unique look to these images. Stay tuned for the outdoors set!

Living on the Edge with Hannah Wilkinson

I hope everyones week has been good! It’s been a wonderful week with unusual warm weather, so naturally Hannah and I decided to go shoot outside. With temperatures almost in the 70’s it was the perfect day to get out and shoot. The location is amazing but it still required me to use my creative side. There are no props to use, other then what is in nature, so you have to get creative with your poses and angles. The uniqueness of the caves, graffiti and views really brought this location to life. This is Hannah’s second shoot, she was prepared for anything and gave me all her trust. Sometimes you just have to live life on the edge!

Casual with Maria Louise

After backing up a lot of photos this week, I stumbled upon some images of Maria on her balcony . We shot two separate sets on a day this past fall so it was impossible to pick what one to post first. I can’t believe I forgot about this set, but better late than never. The aesthetic of the gold bra works very well with the setting. This shoot had beautiful light throughout, changing from harsh sunlight to diffused soft light through the clouds. This photoshoot was not really planned if I can recall, we both just ended up being free and deciding why waste such a beautiful day when we could shoot something. I believe these images have a causal vibe which corresponds to the laid back vibe of the shoot. Enjoy the photographs below.

Honeymoon suite:: Faith Marone

Honeymoon suites are known for their romantic looks. It doesn’t look like it now but at one point this was one of the most sought after resorts for couples. Red carpets used to cover the floors and walls, heart shaped hot tubs in every bathroom, and mirrors covering the walls and ceiling this was truly the romantic getaway. Unfortunately its now destroyed and abandoned, but that doesn’t get rid of the vibes that it once had. This resort was a great find and I was so excited that faith could meet me here. We pulled together some great photos as this suite had so many angles and features to work with. This day was filled photos and laughs, I’m so excited to share these images with you all! More coming soon...

Mother Nature with Hannah Wilkinson

With the frigid temperatures gone for a day or two it was ideal to get out there and shoot. Hannah was an awesome model who replied to a Model DM post on Instagram. Shooting in the winter time takes a lot of dedication from the models. It is not easy to stand outside, almost completely bare, and stay still. Today the temperature wasn’t as cold so we were able to stay outside a little bit longer before having to end the shoot. The location today consisted of a beautiful dead tree in a field. Even though this is not the most exotic location it sure worked well. Most people would look right past this tree thinking nothing of it. However the branches contrasted off of the sky, with soft light hitting the model truly lead for great depth to the image. Hopefully I will be working again with Hannah in the future. Check out the images below.

Snow Ridge with Nick Daniello

Getting out and shredding is the best thing you can do in the winter. Believe it or not Snow Ridge is one of the best places to go do that in NY. This mountain is a hidden gem nestled away in Turin NY. It drops snow there by the feet, has all different types of terrain, and some awesome food to grab after in the restaurant. Located just a little over a hour from Syracuse, it truly makes you feel like you’re on a different planet with the beautiful scenery and amazing terrain. Nick and I have rode together for many years and doing crazy shit to get a shot is nothing new to either of us. First run out we decided that the shot of the day was going to be sending it off a stump down a near vertical drop. I believe when shooting snowboarding there is a huge amount of trust between you and the rider. Most of the time when doing something big you get one chance to nail the shot, Nick was counting on me to get it on the first go. Not only does he not want to do it again but sometimes the shot is ruined after one take because all the powder has been rode through. Today was a blast, we rode 6 hours and enjoyed every minute of it. We will be back up to Snow Ridge soon to do more shots and have a blast! If you’re looking to get out there and shred I totally recommend it!

Rider: @Nick.Daniello



A Way of Seeing :: 12/12/17

Forsaken walls: Faith Marone

A couple weeks ago on my way down to New Jersey for my tattoo I misread the directions. It added a couple extra minutes to my already long commute but it couldn’t have worked out better. Not only did it add some nice woodsy scenery but I found a small town that looked stuck in the 70’s. It reminded me of a town that I’ve been before a while ago when also taking the wrong turn. Sure enough it was the same town with the same great abandoned structure. 
I wanted to shoot here badly but couldn’t stop as I had somewhere to be. I made a plan to find a model and come back soon to get the shoot done. It was a long drive to bring someone down with me, however it was directly in between Faith and I. I called up Faith and we made a plan to shoot for the next weekend.  
The weather was supposed to truly amazing but a snow storm was blowing in. We didn’t dare cancel the shoot and made our ways to the destination.
The first part of the building we were able to access was the basketball/gym. It doesn’t look like much but it was perfect for photos. There was a small hole in the ceiling letting some snow fall through and the top half of the room was covered with windows letting in a lot of natural light.
We don’t get to shoot often so when we do it’s great to catch up and create some spectacular work. This is only the first many sets from Saturday. Enjoy, and I’ll be sharing the other sets soon! 

Roses Are Red : Madi Godbold 

Last week I saw Madi at a bar downtown in Syracuse and she said that she really wanted to shoot! I haven’t seen her since High school and it is always great that someone wants to be part of your work. Today the temperature reminded us that winter is here in upstate, so we decided to head indoors. We shot in the bedroom and living area of a beautiful home in Skaneateles NY. What was so great about this shoot was all the different light we could get out of the location. There was beautiful warm light coming off of the lamp onto the bed and the amazing floor to ceiling windows. Location is key, I am lucky enough to be able to find new unique places to shoot in Syracuse.

Care Free :: Amanda Lee

When you’re in your own house anything is allowed. You can be completely carefree and confident while wearing whatever it is you want. 

Being in front of a camera can make some people nervous, but not for Amanda. She was as comfortable and confident as she would be if she was home alone. 

The light coming in the window allowed for soft shadows creating an overall soft look to the photos.

Morning Light :: Natalie

Monday is the start of a long week for most college students as they wrap up finals for the semester. Usually its a stressful time for students, however it was time for Natalie to take a step back and relax. 

What better way to relax than to pose for some great, body confident images. A nice boost to your spirit is sure to help ease all the stress for the upcoming weeks.

The light shining through the window this morning was amazing. Getting to create these images was a fun way to start this week off.

Unconstricted with Allie & Jamie

Even though portraits are my favorite type of photo to take, risqué photos are always a good way to incorporate different and unique ideas.

Shooting with a snake presents its own challenges. There is no telling what the snake will do and you have to hope it cooperates. With this being said working fast and precisely is the way to go.

This set was the first time either of them had shot risqué photos, even with a live creature they both stuck it out for some successful images.

Split Rock :: Nicole Valin



It’s not often in Central New York that you have a warm day this late in November. With temperatures near 60 degrees, it made shooting super easy as there was no rush to escape the cold. Taking advantage of the bright sunlight made for some really nice contrasty black and white images. Check out the photos below.