Allison Blackman & Ricardo Mantilla

Allison and Ricardo met up through FStop and created a fashion story that encapsulates the spirit of New York City. Check out their stories and work below. 


Say hello to Allison and Ricardo:


Where are you from? Where are you currently based?

A.B. – I was born in Philly and grew up in South Jersey, in a town called Voorhees. I am currently living in Jersey City, right outside of NYC.


From an early age, you were involved in dance, which evolved into acting and modeling. Can you elaborate on this evolution?

A.B. – When I was in middle school, I wanted to do more dancing than what I was already doing in my dance school. My mom signed me up for the town’s community theater show that summer. I then realized I needed to perform a monologue and song for the audition, which is what led to acting classes, voice lessons, continued years of theater and dancing, and then film. My primary focus right now is film. I do love theater and I still audition and perform in the city, but there is something incredible about the teamwork that goes into making a film.

Photographer: Ricardo Mantilla

Allison, name your top three favorite film directors you aspire to work with.

Steven Spielberg – Legendary. He has mastered every genre.

Martin Scorsese – I mean… It’s Martin Scorsese.

David Fincher – Fight Club, Gone Girl, Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – love them all. And Paul Thomas Anderson, Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson…the list goes on.


What types of modeling do you do?

A.B. – I mainly do street photography along with some fashion/editorial type studio shoots. For lighting purposes, the natural lighting from street photography is something you can’t beat. However, I love studio shoots since you get to experiment with different outfits, set pieces, etc., while also having some privacy.

Photographer: Ricardo Mantilla

You recently collaborated together for a photo session – tell us about the creative concept. 

A.B. – Ricardo found a space that had a nice window for natural lighting, brick interior, and some furniture to play around with. This space also had a terrace and roof access. The indoor shots were cozy with a slight edge, while the natural lighting from the terrace and roof allowed for even edgier portraits.

R.M. – We wanted to capture a variety of fashion styles that we had in mind. Including denim, leather and a comfy sweater. All of it with New York City in mind.

Photographer: Ricardo Mantilla

Photographer: Ricardo Mantilla

Photographer: Ricardo Mantilla

Photographer: Ricardo Mantilla

Photographer: Ricardo Mantilla

Photographer: Ricardo Mantilla

What factors go into your decision-making when considering potential photographers to collaborate with?

A.B. – First, I always look at their previous work to make sure they are credible. Once I am past that stage, the main factor is the conversation between the photographer and myself. I am a huge “people-person,” so the way that they interact is key! Ricardo, for example, had ideas and a location in mind, and was very easy to communicate with. We were able to set up a shoot immediately and stick to the time and date – being reliable and responsible is what makes a model more comfortable going into the shoot.


How did you break the ice with Allison?

R.M. – Over coffee! Taking a few minutes before the shoot and drinking some coffee will definitely break the ice and make everyone excited for the shoot.


Allison, where do you hope to see yourself in five years?

A.B. – In five years, I see acting and modeling supporting my life, instead of me supporting them. I would love to be able to inspire actors and models who may not “fit the mold” to continue pursuing their dreams. There is no “mold,” just passion and talent.


For anyone who wants to get in touch with Allison, here’s some contact information:

FStop: Profile

Website: www.allisonblackman.com

Facebook: Profile

Instagram: @alliblackman

Tumblr: Page

MM: Profile


For anyone who wants to get in touch with Ricardo, here’s some contact information:

FStop: Profile

Website: http://www.ricardomantilla.net

Facebook: Profile

Instagram: @ricardomantilla

Tumblr: Page

500px: Profile

MM: Profile


Thanks for sharing the results from your beautiful collaboration, Alli and Ricardo! 🙂

If any artists out there want to collaborate with FStop, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Also, remember to download the FStop app for iPhone here!

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