Chapter 3

The Fashion World

In 2017, House of Chuck Magazine decided to conclude our two-year-long Tour of the LGBTQIA+ community at Miami Pride 2017 with The Legendary Meko Sushi. Our pictures were published in the Advocate and shared all over the world. Two weeks later, I was informed that the St. Louis' legendary STL Runway Photographer was leaving town, and House of Chuck Magazine was asked to take over the territory. This was a significant change, and so the night I walked into my first booking in "The Fashion Community, "I met Danielle Washington Patterson.

15 Years of Chuck - The Pilot

Danielle thanked me for capturing her work on the runway. After that, Danielle began sending me bookings in St. Louis Fashion Community. One of those was with Pierre McCleary. After “Hats Off, Alopecia,” House of Chuck Magazine became the resource guide for The St. Louis Fashion Community. In September 2017, a childhood friend and photographer, Alyssa Ermiling, passed away from an accidental overdose. I had a complete nervous breakdown.

The night that Alyssa passed away, I got into a confrontation with a local entertainer who had been targeting me for over a year. He petitioned to have me banned from photographing in St. Louis the next day. However, a model named Lydia reached out to me and said I was incredible and that I had nothing to worry about. After that conversation, House of Chuck Magazine left the LGBTQIA+ Community. Lydia began sending House of Chuck Magazine bookings in the Fashion Community, and before I knew it, I was photographing Mercedes Benz and many more fashion events.

Around January 2018, I decided to make a post and throw it out into the Universe. Then a week later, I was on a plane to New York Fashion Week. For the first time in my career, I was scared because if I failed, I was dead, and if I succeeded, everything would be different for me when I returned to St. Louis. However, I did not let fear interfere, and my work during the New York Fashion week became my most successful image to date.

Galleries

When I returned home from New York Fashion Week, I celebrated 15 years working behind the camera. This landmark in my career resulted in a celebration; the celebration was to create a “Fashion Series” based on my years of working behind the camera. So I called my team, created a time machine, and we have been traveling back in time telling fashion stories ever since. Finally, in December 2018, House of Chuck Magazine traveled to Las Vegas to celebrate my 30th birthday, and I found myself looking up at the stars just like I did when I was a kid, and I told myself everything happens for a reason.

Tenelle Hollins Hall joined House of Chuck Magazine the following week, and we created the “Out of Darkness: season. After I told Tenelle my story, she demanded that my story be told, and we have been working together ever since. April 2022, House of Chuck Magazine celebrates five years of working in the World of Fashion.