New York Nights

Trip Start Sep 01, 2004
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Thursday, September 29, 2005


Many things have been going on in my life the past few months, so it's been kind of hectic for me. I am still working as the Night Manager at Milk Studios in NYC. It's been a great job for me, more than I could have imagined upon my arrival to the Big Apple... Here's just a brief history of Milk Studios, where I've been working the last three months.

It's the biggest photography studio in the city. It's made up of Milk Studios(4 big photo studios on the 8th floor w/ roof access), Formula Studios(three smaller photo studios on the 2nd floor), Locations(loading dock on 1st floor w/ equipment rentals for location and outdoor photo shoots), Milk Gallery(1st floor contemporary art and photography), House Productions(a casting agency for commercials, videos, and tv/film) and Raven(a designer clothing label). It has international clients which have photo shoots there for major magazines like Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Numero and a lot more. So it's a pretty cool place to be. Uma Thurman, Naomi Campbell, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, John Stewart, Conan and Regis and Kelly all shot there in the last few months. It is located in the Meat Packing District in NYC on 15th St. in b/w 9th and 10th Ave. Which means it's very close to Chelsea, a very cool and trendy area in NYC, lot's of artists, actors and musicians around this area.

I usually walk to work from Penn Station on 34th and 8th Ave, so it's about a twenty minute walk for me (20 blocks), but it's so nice to see the city and take photos on the streets on my way to work. I usually work from 3pm to whenever the clients are done with the photo shoot, which is around 8pm. Then I break down the equipment and set everything up for all of the next days shoots. This takes hours, so I usually am finished with everything around 1 or 2am. Since I am the last and only one there at night, it has to look perfect in the morning for the clients...Think of it as a five star hotel, it has to be flawless. So, some days are short and others are really long, but it's well worth it and I love my job.

I am a teaching assistant on Weds. mornings for the Studio Photography Technique class at the International School of Photography this semester. This is a cool gig b/c I get to use their equipment, studio, and darkroom in exchange for my assisting. So I get to help the professor with the class and be a student at the same time! Other than that, I am freelancing as much as possible on the side for modeling agencies, actors and clients in the city.

Brea has been working a lot herself. She just got back from Switzerland where she is filming a French mini series called "Zodiac" which is a huge hit in France. She is flying back to Paris next week to film some more of her part. She also just starred in a short film with an up and coming director at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

Weekends are great b/c we get to spend quality time together and with my Aunt Debbie and Uncle John. We are about 45mins, by train, outside the city in Long Island. We are saving up to move closer to the city, probably to an apartment loft in Brooklyn.

I took a bus to Washington DC on Sept 24 to document the war protest at the capital. There were supposedly 100,000 people at the rally. It was crazy, people had signs, costumes and a lot to say. I took some great photos was well worth the 4 1/2 hour ride there and it only cost $20 by bus!

I haven't been to Texas in almost a year now and I can't wait to come home for Christmas to see my family and friends. I get a little over a week off so I'll be home around Dec 22-30, before I embark on a crazy road trip back to NYC. That's right, I'm buying a one way ticket to TX and renting a U-Haul to bring back furniture and stuff for our new apt which we are getting around Dec 1.

I hope all is well... and I send my prayers out to all of those that were hurt by the hurricanes. I have included a series of photos from New Orleans that I took a couple of years ago. Best wishes from New York.

Take care,


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