Enjoy Summer and the 4th!
We wanted to wish you all a Happy 4th of July and to continue to enjoy the summer. Summer Time Fun & Fashion - a fun project we did for Active Family Magazine in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nothing like spending the day out by the pool at the Diablo Country Club - chasing around 4 kids to shoot this summer-time feature. Thanks to our wonderful team and talent.
But, most of all - please do have a safe holiday weekend. Even though many of you might be out of the office on vacation - wanted to let you know that we’re around and would love to collaborate with you on any up and coming projects.
Medicine X Portraits, Stanford University
Most often, when I have the opportunity to shoot a portrait of someone - I only have a brief moment in time to make that connection and capture a part of their soul. A part of them that not everyone has the opportunity to view, even those that call themselves family or friend. Stripping away those cheesy kodak smiles - that we were all from an early age forced to make by our mother or father. The challenge now to only find that single moment - that is honest and true.
The Medicine X conference hosted at Stanford University has invited us for the 3rd year in a row to participate in this amazing event - a gathering of some of the brightest minds in Medicine and Technology.
Over the course of this three day event in 2012 we photographed 147 people, and in 2013 - 200 people. Such an amazing production - so thankful for my team of groomers for pampering each and every individual that let me capture a part of their soul. Looking forward to another amazing year.
The Last Originals
One of the hardest parts of shooting commercial projects is waiting for them to go live. When shooting image libraries - where quality has to meet quantity - I often get overwhlemed with productions to take the time to go back and do a personal edit. I wanted to share with you a project I shot earlier this year that I finally had time to sit down and process.
During the rush of the holiday season last December - I recieved a phone call from one of my first clients here in San Francisco after my move to this city back in 2005. I haven’t shot for Goorin Bros., in years. But, was great to be reconnected with 4th generation hat maker Ben Goorin. Ben asked me if I could produce and shoot a project for them within 2 weeks - to take place on January 5th. Without hesistation the answer was yes! Dispite the holiday and new year festivities - we were able to pull together an epic production. Worked closesly with the Oakland Film Commission, local casting and model agencies, and a very talented styling team. The inspiration for the shoot was the San Francisco based car club - Last Originals.
Special Thanks to great clients; Ben Goorin & David Kurtz for Goorin Bros. , The Oakland Film Office, and Last Originals. And most of all for my amazing stylists - on wardrobe; Tietjen Fischer and hair & makeup; Raina Antle. And to our wonderful talent for lending your time in front of the camera to capture your soul.
My mind began to wander after watching the recent Oscar awards. Thoughts of classic and historic Hollywood - and beyond - portraits of the elite dating back to the early Renaissance. I wanted to put together a quiet group of portraits - expressing the beauty of these individuals rather than transforming them into a fashion or fantasy icon. I wanted these images to be simple and elegant - classic and beautiful and most of all timeless.
Over the course of three shoot days - I’ve collaborated with some of San Francisco’s finest stylists to appreciate the beauty and empower some of our local talent as portrait subjects.
Classic Portraits, I wanted to share with you our results.
Special Thanks to the wonderful Agents at JE Model Management, Stars Model Management, Look Model Agency, Exalt Talent Agency and Artists’ Services. And most of all for my amazing stylists - on wardrobe; Travis Alexander Walls & Charles Noury and hair & makeup; Janet Marscal, Nicole Perez, Meaganne McCandess, and Elizabeth Chang. And my wife and partner in crime Nikki Kern (thanks for giving up your weekend to help construct our set). Couldn’t have pulled this together with out all of you. And to our wonderful talent for lending your time in front of the camera to capture your soul.
Before Ryan Guzman was hollywood super-star and lead in the new Step Up Revolution, I had the chance to spend the evening with him in Sacramento and we shot the Fall Fashion Feature for Sactown Magazine. Ryan was wonderful to work with. And here I thought all these years - the star of the shoot was the historic Sacramento International Airport. But, seems Ryan’s dance moves and 6-pack abs overrides the art of this architecture.
Ryan Guzman spent much of his time working in San Francisco and Los Angeles with Look Model Agency. Later to grace the campaigns of Calvin Klein and now on the big screen with Step Up Revolution.
Can’t forget his beautiful companion Brooke Grebe from Stars Model Management.
Tha Hood Games took over Bixby Park in Long Beach, California on March 28th of 2009. It was an amazing event. Over a dozen professional skaters joined the community and an event that attracted several hundred of long beach’s youth and their decks. Along with photographing 100 portraits of the local youth - I photographed each and every skaters decks. Final product - this great poster.
3 years later. On July 7th, 2012. We find ourselves back at Bixby Park - where we will be passing out 50 posters to the youth of Long Beach. Looking forward to another great event produced by Keith “KDUB” Williams and the amazing family we call - Tha Hood Games.
Saturday July 7th, 2012 / 11 AM - 4 PM
Bixby Park - City of Long Beach
130 Cherry Ave
Long Beach, California 90899
One of the greatest things about being in this business is the amazing people you have the opportunity to connect with. In 2007 while shooting for Sony Vaio - I had the chance to collaborate with model Liliane Machado (STARS) here in San Francisco. From that moment - she’s been one of my closest friends. It sure is amazing to look back and see how crazy life can be at times. Liliane’s spirits and energy have helped me along both professionally and personally. Today I had the chance to join Liliane for lunch while she was stopping through town visiting her family and en route to Bali.
Just reaching out to say - Liliane it was so great to catch up with you. Thanks for being an amazing friend - a loving and passionate human-being.
Until next time…
Had the pleasure of shooting some images for Jude Vargas’ refresh of her portfolio with Look Model Agency. Preparing for some worldly travels with her updated look. Our time was limited but we managed to crank out some beautiful and simple looks for Jude. She’s an amazing woman and a refreshing individual with a great head on her shoulders.
Another great collaboration with Josephine Chan for hair and makeup. And managed to drive across town and shoot at my favorite wall at China Beach.
hair + makeup | Josephine Chan
model | Jude Vargas (LOOK)
Had the wonderful opportunity to spend a day with my dear friend and collaborator Alex LaMarsh in-between our shooting for Benefit Cosmetics to do something creative and out of the ordinary. We were surprised with some amazing pieces from local jewelry designer Orly Ruaimi and also a graduate student at the Academy of Art University here in San Francisco. Thanks to Nicole and Ukushu for being our canvas and there wonderful agents at LOOK and JE.
hair + makeup | Alex LaMarsh
hair + makeup assistant | Stephani Platt
jewelry | Orly Ruaimi