MELIS+DAINON

Photography, videography

& Casting

 

NYC-based photographers, videographers, & casting directors, Melis+Dainon, seek to explore the relationship between identity and style, with special focus on eccentricities. Their work boasts a mix of street, culture, fashion, and beauty images that embody the duo’s philosophy - “be brave or be invisible” - as they analyze people and societies through the mediums of photography & videography.

 
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The Eccentrics

“The Eccentrics” is our newest project dedicated to featuring the people who dare to be different. Through our work, we shine a spotlight on the individuals who live up to our motto, “be brave, or be invisible.” By shifting focus away from fashion and toward style, we explore the ways in which individuals express themselves through their presentation to the world. Style is not about money, labels, or prestige, like fashion often can be. Rather, it’s about embracing the opportunity to showcase your personality, thoughts, feelings, and identity through the items you choose to wear (or not to wear). Style is for everyone.


HAVE YOU EVER FELT LIKE A RENEGADE

TJ

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TJ is a magnetic force field of a human with a unique charisma that draws people into their realm. As a non-binary person and model with a career that continues to climb, TJ is successfully demonstrating the power of owning your identity. Their influence encourages people of all ages to feel confident enough to step into the light, and feel empowered to ask themselves who they are & ask the world to recognize them as such.

Through this series, we hope to show that there is style in truth, and truth in style, and that both have the ability to transform our mindsets and (over time) our society into a place where people can feel safe (and hopefully, appreciated for) being every color of themselves. TJ is a prime example of this pursuit. Thanks to TJ for being real, open, funny, and effortlessly badass. Thank you to their wonderful agent, Ali, who helped us to put together this meaningful collaboration.

 
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JESS

Jess Miller exemplifies the type of human that intrigues us and makes our work rewarding. Standing at 6’2” tall, Jess commands attention, and their spotlight continues to brighten since signing with The Lions NY as their first curve model. Jess uses their new platform as an opportunity to make an impact by sharing their perspectives as a queer person of faith. Jess is also a grad student at Union Theological Seminary, where they explore the chasm between faith & the queer community. We appreciate Jess’ warm presence, thoughtful approach to life, & the absolute openness that they bring to their art. Watch our video of them to see the full majesty of Jess’ talents in motion.


 
Bravery isn’t optional, it’s the price of entry for brands as people’s expectations rise and attention becomes harder to capture.
— Rob Lenois

Featuring: Whitney Wagner


NYc mood

Williamsburg

 
NYC is rich, alive, and vibrant. We traveled and moved like nomads for over a decade, always believing that the next place might become home. However, each city would eventually become dull or remained too distant for us to warm to it in a way that a real home would. Then, we found ourselves here. We’ve never felt such a sense of belonging, of immediate identity, or of constant inspiration as we do here. No matter how many cities we live in going forward, New York is our chosen home.
— Melis+Dainon

Chinese New Year Celebration, Chinatown

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge

LES

Greenwich Village

Flatiron District

Flatiron District

Midtown, Manhattan

Midtown, Manhattan

Skatepark, Two Bridges

Skatepark, Two Bridges

Skatepark, Two Bridges

Skatepark, Two Bridges

Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge

Midtown

Midtown

Flatiron District

Flatiron District

East Village

Times Square

Times Square

Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge

7 Train

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

LES

LES

Midtown

Home

Home


EUROPE VIBES: FRANCE & SPAIN

Alicante, Spain

Paris

Paris

Alicante, Spain

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Somewhere over the Mediterranean

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Marseille, France

Paris

Barcelona, Spain

Louvre, Paris

Paris

Barcelona

Paris

Paris

Mucem, Marseille, France

Paris

Ibiza

Paris

Paris

Paris

Paris


Exploring Asia:

Korea & china

Yangshuo, China

Seoul, Korea

Guilin, China

Yangshuo, China

Itaewon, Korea

Inland China

Xi’an, China

Shanghai, China

Guilin, China

Chengdu, China

Seoul, Korea

Chengdu, China

Chengdu, China

Yangshuo, China

Chengdu, China

Li River, Yangshuo

Bullet Train from Inland China to Shanghai

Xi’an, China

Yangshuo, China

Yangshuo, China

Seoul, Korea

Seoul, Korea

Seoul, Korea

Seoul, Korea

Itaewon, Korea


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