Monday, February 28, 2011

Ciao, Chessa!

The last few weeks have been crazy. When we got back from Argentina I went straight to trying to figure out the balance (for the 5,983,231st time) between being a mom and working, with New York Fashion Week and then my dad had a major surgery that had been planned for last week (he's doing great and back home). Things were very stressful so I decided that the best thing to do was to just take a week to regroup. And, this week, as if everything hasn't been turned upside down enough, I have to relocate my family to a temporary apartment while there is work done in our building that will prevent us from staying here. So now I have to pack our home with just the essentials for the next three months - this includes clothing of course but Lucia's entire room and my home office. Ack! It has been the perfect storm and I'm already looking forward to next week when it will truly be the calm (fingers crossed). Well, it has to be because it can't get any crazier.

But back to business! I've gotten a lot of emails about this photo that I took as a fun abstract during New York Fashion Week. So many inquiries that I decided to offer it in 8x12 in an open edition small format on my Etsy page. It looks really cool in print! Check it out in my Etsy shop because like my other 8x12 open editions, it's only $30!

Copyright 2011 Monica L. Shulman - NYFW - IFB

I'm excited because going forward I've decided to feature a new photographer every Wednesday! I've been profiling photographers who I admire and who inspire me for a while here but now I'll be doing it weekly. You can check out who I've featured here so far...Photographer Profiles

I'll also be having some really fun and exciting book reviews and giveaways, I'll be writing guest posts on other sites and I'm hoping to share some new work. And, on Fridays I will do a round-up of the best art and photography posts and stories from around the web.

I'm feeling really inspired lately and a lot of it is coming from being a new mother. I'm also getting a lot of inspiration from New York. I always relied on my city for motivation but now so more than in a long time. I'm looking forward to spring and to new beginnings and a lot of very exciting things for this blog, my work and my website, which is going to go under a redesign very soon.

So stay tuned...great (and cool!) things are coming!

Happy Monday!

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

(Another) Brief Hiatus

Hi, readers!

I'm going to be away from the blog this week.

I hope to see you when I get back. In the meantime, I hope you will read some of my archives...

Like why I love my iPhone.

And why I love Paris and Italy and New York City and Long Island.

And my love for Fashion.

And some of my favorite photographers.

And, check out my Etsy shop!

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CiaoChessa


See you soon...

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Friday, February 18, 2011

It's My Birthday...

And this is the best birthday ever because I'm holding this girl. My girl.

Copyright 2011 Monica L. Shulman

Happy weekend, my friends!

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mannequin

If you follow this blog you might know I have a thing for mannequins. Don't ask me why.

So as I'm going through hundreds of photos from this fashion week I remembered these that I shot a few weeks ago while I was out for a walk with the baby. I ventured down a street and came upon a vintage shop that I've never been in before and I quickly fell in love with the windows. Mermaids wearing vintage sparkle? Yes, please.

Even so, I had to see them in black and white - the processing makes them even more whimsical, I think. But, you can still see the sparkle...that's what counts!

Copyright 2011 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2011 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2011 Monica L. Shulman

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Black and White Fashion

I was backstage at Rad by Rad Hourani at Milk yesterday. Coolness. And then I somehow managed to sit on the media riser on a spot that was apparently reserved for Vogue. What? No one showed up to tell me that I was in their spot and I'm small (kind of) so I took it upon myself. I figured if you just look like you belong there people will leave you alone. The guy sitting next to me, who was really nice, asked me if I was with Vogue. I smiled and said "no" - but he thought I was! I looked official!

One thing I learned from fashion week is that you don't shoot with flash from the riser - the photographers get really pissed. But someone in the middle (not me!) was using their flash and it was really bright which caused some of the other photographers to yell and get annoyed over said flash at various points. It was entertaining and very dramatic but I just tuned it out and kept shooting. A fun story for me but likely not so fun for the photographers who had to adjust their settings in the middle of a show.

The energy of this show was awesome. The make-up, hair, clothes were all so organic and natural. It felt really positive and clean, timeless and classic - black and white was the ideal pairing in my view.

Copyright 2011 Monica L. Shulman - NYFW - IFB

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Copyright 2011 Monica L. Shulman - NYFW - IFB

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Backstage Pass

Yesterday I did some shooting backstage at the Ohne Titel show held at Mac & Milk Studios. I got there early and had to leave to rush home before the show started because my part-time babysitter needed to leave to go to her afternoon job. I'm a working mother, people. This is what we do! From fashion shows and photography to feedings and diapers and everything in between. Mamas, unite!

What I saw backstage intrigued me and I wish that I had seen the clothes on the models. I loved the structured look of the hair and the smoky eyes and subtle lips.

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See more photos on IFB and
The Coveted.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

My View From the Back Row at Rebecca Minkoff - NYFW

As if my Friday could not get more exciting, I had a scheduled lunch with three of my favorite bloggerinas - Megan and Kristin from BonBon Rose Girls and Lisi from The Beauty File. After our meal I was going to head over to Lincoln Center to take some street style shots when Megan surprised us with tickets to
Rebecca Minkoff. Woot! I love fashion week and my friends!

Monica L. Shulman - NYFW

Our seats were in the very last row but hello?! seats? I was all set to stand which would have been amazing too! It was a bit difficult to get the shots that I imagined but it was such an experience to be sitting at a show in the tents and not standing on the media riser or in the standing room only section. I sat on my leg and occasionally stood up to shoot and I kept turning to Kristin since we both seemed to be obsessing over the same pieces.

There were some pretty fabulous people there (aside from us, natch) but when the lights were turned off my focus turned to just one: Sean Lennon. Yes, Sean Lennon was there and he provided the music. I thought it sounded familiar and at first I didn't know they were live - it was so dark and it sounded so clear and perfect. I was about to tweet that I was at the show when I noticed another tweet from someone who was there announcing that the music was live and that it was none other than Sean Lennon and his girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl who were singing. Swooooon. I nearly passed out.

The lights came back on slowly and before the models came out they started singing one of my favorite songs ever by Serge Gainsbourg. At that point I was already in love with the show and the experience. I'll let the fashion experts (Fashionista) tell you about the clothes (they were fabulous and so ME - I particularly loved all of the different textures in the collection - chiffon, fur, silk, leather....sigh.) Here are some photos that I shot. My vantage point turned out to be pretty cool.

Monica L. Shulman - NYFW

See more photos later this week on Independent Fashion Bloggers.

And, see some of my photos from previous fashion weeks here.

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Monica L. Shulman - NYFW

Monica L. Shulman - NYFW

Monica L. Shulman - NYFW

Monica L. Shulman - NYFW

Monica L. Shulman - NYFW

Monica L. Shulman - NYFW

Monica L. Shulman - NYFW

Monica L. Shulman - NYFW

Monica L. Shulman - NYFW

Monica L. Shulman - NYFW

Monica L. Shulman - NYFW

Monica L. Shulman - NYFW

Monica L. Shulman - NYFW

Monica L. Shulman - NYFW

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