Dec 30, 2020

Jonte x Brian Thomas team up for his video series "Poetic Truth" series and Photos for 360mag.  Check it out!!     

360 Magazine had the opportunity to collaborate with Jonte’ Moaning and Brian Thomas for an editorial fashion shoot that encompasses the new age of fashion. The incredibly talented duo worked together to produce a photoshoot that displays high fashion and uniqueness. The creative director of the shoot was Franklin Peña and the production was done by Brian Rubiano. This shoot features two exquisite looks which Moaning carries off flawlessly. The chained shirt, paired with leather shorts and unique, gladiator boots creates a modern-day, stylish armor. The second look features a silver overcoat with red and black dripping detail falling from the jacket’s shoulders. When paired with this statement red and grey hat, the look comes together effortlessly. Jonte’ Moaning has been a pioneer for the entertainment industry worldwide. He has influenced major pop artists with his unique discography. His work can recently be seen in the Black is King film which was directed, written and executively produced by Beyoncé. Jonte’ has been of major importance for the LGTBQ+ community and has broken down barriers for men to explore their gender expression. Jonte’ is best known for taking part in curating the iconic “Sasha Fierce” persona of Beyoncé. Although, he has also worked closely with a number of other notable artists such as Janet Jackson, Cassie, Tamar Braxton, Blackpink and many more. Jonte’ released his first solo single, “Bitch You Betta” in 2008 and has continued to release music from there. The artist has stated that he was inspired to work on his solo career while he was working alongside performing artists and felt that he “could do it better.” As a performer, Jonte’ is known for his androgynous look and trademark high heels which challenge classic gender norms. He has worked into the elite status and continues to produce music that embodies all he represents. His music, along with his style makes waves within the entertainment industry and this editorial shoot is no different. You can read more about Jonte’s successful career on his website, HelloJonte.com.

The photographer for the shoot, Brian Thomas, is an astound choreographer and photographer who is best known for working with legend Michael Jackson. Throughout his career, he has gained a great deal of experience and works closely with a variety of performing artists. Thomas also owns Spinkick Pictures in New York City, which produces extraordinary films. Thomas has had major success in the directing industry and some of his credits include “Amy’s Victory Dance,” an award-winning documentary as well as, “Follow, Lead, Love” and “P.S. Love Robby,” two documentaries currently in production. He also directed the short film, “Dark Matter” which features dancer Desmond Richardson. Thomas has also won the GLAM award for various music videos including “Higher Love,” which stares Carishma. He has also worked as the Associate Director for the Cirque du Soleil Flash mob Time Square performance. As well as being an accredited director, Thomas has choreographed for many notable stars. He has worked with stars such as Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Pink, Whitney Houston, Usher, Jason Durelo and Alicia Keys, all giant names within the music industry. He has also worked closely with stars like Destiny’s Child, Jamie Foxx, Mya, Brian McKnight, Deborah Cox, India Arie, Liza Minnelli, Gloria Gaynor and Marc Anthony to produce stellar choreography. Thomas has also choreographed for companies such as Sesame Street, The Electric Company, New York City Knicks Dancers, Brooklynettes, Optimum triple play, Are We There Yet, and numerous other TV and live stage events. Thomas explained that his mission is to promote empathy through his work with Visual Art. He wants to further conversations about Equality, Representation, and Diversity which he certainly does with his films. Read more about Brian Thomas and his success on his website, http://brianthomasfilms.com/.

The creative direction of the shoot was executed by Franklin Peña, a professional dancer and fashion model from New York City. He has always been heavily involved in the entertainment industry and in 2016 decided to make the move from the Bronx to Los Angeles. There, he appeared on E Network’s reality show, What Happens at The Abbey. This series takes a glance inside of The Abbey in West Hollywood, which is known as the “Best Gay Bar in the World.” The show follows the workers of the bar as they interact with celebrities and navigate love and drama. Pena was also tapped by 360 Magazine as a red carpet correspondent in 2017. He continues to grow his success working with a variety of other creatives in the industry.

This shoot was produced by Brian Rubiano. As a first-generation immigrant from the Philippines, Brian Rubiano has gained success as an actor and producer. He also started “Humanize It,” his own Film Production and Brand Strategy consultation company. Rubiano has worked closely with Brian Thomas on many similar films for Spinkick Pictures. Rubiano worked as the Post-Production Producer for both the Award-Winning feature documentary “Amy’s Victory Dance” and the short film “Dark Matter,” both of which Thomas also worked on. Rubiano has a goal to use his platform, skills & knowledge in order to help artists and the creative community to expand their brand’s purpose. He aspires to be a vessel to the voiceless, marginalized & underrepresented by using film production as his medium. You can keep up with Moaning, Thomas, Peña and Rubiano on their Instagrams. Model: Jonte’ Moaning Photographer: Brian Thomas Creative Direction: Franklin Peña Producer: Brian Rubiano

https://www.the360mag.com/jonte-moaning-x-brian-thomas/


June 22, 2020


Since hit with this pandemic the world has changed forever.  Not only are we dealing with COVID but Racism, Ageism, loss of LGBTQ rights and the list goes on.  As a business most stay neutral but as an artist & human I cannot.  I stand on the side of equality for all and until that time comes, we must unite and stand together.   In this series I shot with Joanna Numata I wanted to focus on the feminine energy, empathy, and beauty.  She as my good friend has always been a quiet storm full of goodness and goodwill...something we need more of in the world right now.



April 19, 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BTTTTTTT

We celebrated the big man himself - BT - the visionary behind SpinKick Pictures. Happy happy birthday BT. If the circumstances were different there would have been some sort of social gathering, but because we couldn’t do that, the gathering was taken to cyberspace with a surprise ZOOM birthday party! Your artistry and talent are a beautiful gift to the world BT, we are so happy to celebrate you and we wish you many more returns around the sun to come!



April 17, 2020

Somehow, through different lives, schedules and timezones, we managed to get the amazing creative team behind HIGHER LOVE together to celebrate the release of this video with a pre-launch virtual release party. No words could describe it as well as the team does in the video but it is clear how well these creatives worked together to create this beautiful video. They attest it to their relationships and how well they know and trust each other. Not to mention the INCREDIBLE talent they all have individually, which makes for a true power team. We watched (of course) and we thought we’d share with you our top 5 gems from this release party: The concept from the HIGHER LOVE video is about finding your highest love - for yourself and how deep self-care can transform your love for yourself. This concept actually came to the team through our incredible BT, who was the one who taught Carishma how to meditate and that thread inspired the ideas behind making the video be about a journey to self-love through meditation. This version of the music video is not the only edit! According to Carishma, anyone else who had edited the video has not done it justice and when she saw BT’s Directors cut that he surprised her with for her birthday, she knew that it was amazing and they had to release it. Dance adds so much to music and to music videos - dance brings life and energy to the videos - dancers are like instruments themselves! To be creative - you have to have vision, openness and be present to what is being offered to you in the moment. When you come together as a team, especially with different roles, experiences and backgrounds, it’s a priority to be able to be open to the present moment, especially because anything could happen when you finally get together. FUN FACT - one of the locations was meant to be a desert shoot and it actually had rained at that location so much that the place got flooded!- Watch the video to see how GORGEOUS it ended up looking! Finally - This team has worked together before in many capacities and individual relationships between them have been in the making for nearly 2 decades, so what makes this even more special is that sometimes things just come together in effortless ways because of time spent together, not only as colleagues but also as friends. It’s clear that the way art brings people together can really stimulate infinite creativity and it’s so clear as soon as you see the video. Take a look at the final official video of HIGHER LOVE here.



April 10, 2020

CASSIDY REEL

We specialize in all elements of the video production process. And sometimes clients come to us and just want our editing expertise to help them make a stand-out reel. This was the case when the amazing dancer/performer and long-time friend of BT, Cassidy Noblett, came to us to edit his most updated reel. BT and Cassidy worked together side-by-side (cyberly on Zoom!!) the whole way to make sure that the end product was one that boasted the integrity of both Cassidy’s and BT’s artistry. Check it out - Cassidy is a star!



April 5, 2020

AVD REELABILITIES

Though not as we had planned, a milestone memory was created on April 5th where Amy’s Victory Dance premiered(virtually) at the ReelAbilities Film Festival. We were so blessed to be joined by so many others around the world for this special, sold out, cyber event. The Q&A that followed really allowed us to feel the love and support of the community that has come together, even through these unprecedented times, to support AVD and our amazing BT.



March 16, 2020


Our new Photo Packages have been a hit this year! The talented Ray Mercer, who currently dances on Broadway in The Lion King, approached us to do a photoshoot to celebrate his birthday. He wanted to do something fun, to make him feel special and reconnect with himself. We were so excited to help him plan the vision for his shoot and grateful for his trust in us to create something special with him. Who can argue with those looks and the pure joy on his face! Happy birthday Ray, enjoy your special day.

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March 8, 2020

PHOTOMADNESS

Your wish… is our command! After the success of our first one, we brought our PHOTOMADNESS back and were able to fill the studio once again with so many new faces! We love the opportunity to meet new people and bring new people into the studio, we even had a few dancers from BDC and some of our Queen Debbie Wilson’s students join us to get their very first professional headshots. No matter where you are at in your artistic career, we take our responsibility to make you feel like a star in your photos very seriously!



March 5, 2020

PLATNIUM PHOTO PACKAGE

The beautiful Maggie contacted us earlier this year to set up a shoot so she could get some new looks to help support her dance career and we were so excited to have her back in the studio. Like many of our clients, Maggie came to us with her mom a few years back and we had a blast! We couldn’t wait to have her back in and help her to embrace her beauty, strength and grace. She’s a rockstar in front of the camera and it’s amazing to see how much she’s grown since she was only a teenager when we last saw her. Go Maggie Go!



Feb. 25, 2020

WILHELMENIA

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A dear friend of our director, Todd, came to NYC for a short work trip and one of the first things he did was reach out to our team to schedule a shoot with BT. It means so much to us that our clients maintain relationships with us over time and we were so excited to have BT and Todd back in the studio together. Take a look at his shots and you’ll see why. His agents at Wilhelmina Models in LA absolutely LOVED his new shots. We do too.



Feb. 14, 2020

SON OF A GUN

We had such an amazing time at our shoot with Celine Berthaud - she came to us wanting to bring a concept video to life and when we heard she was going to bring a little Cherry Pie to our lives, by the Iconic Queen Sade, we could NOT resist. Celine’s artistry inspired us and made it so easy to bring out the best in her. Not to mention the venue was absolutely TOPS. Who doesn’t want to spend the morning shooting in a gorgeous Lower East side bar with some Sade playing on repeat? Hands up who loves their job?!



Jan 25 & 26, 2020  


PHOTO MADNESS

Photo Madness January Our first PHOTOMADNESS of 2020 was an absolute success! We sold out the full weekend of slots with dancers and artists from all over the place. We were so lucky as well to have the amazing crew from Robyn D’Angelo School of Dance (NJ) come in to get some headshots. Stay tuned for future projects with them ;). Check out some of our amazing clients in their photos below.



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