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
Another wonderful collaboration with the ladies at LITTER. We spent the day running around in the city of Petaluma, just an hour hour of San Francisco. Not a good day for the allergies - but a wonderful day for photos. We had the pleasure of booking New York talent Anelisa Durham from SCOUT while she was in town. And our local model (not so local) all way the from Stockton, Phebe from PASSPORT. The ladies were awesome. Everything from playing with horses to goats, wandering the hillsides to playing on the railroad tracks. Wonderful pieces and styling by Rachel and Mackenzie from LITTER.
Hair + Makeup courtesy from the wonderful ladies at Lauthr Salon in Downtown Petaluma, California.
client | LITTER
assistant | Michael Nieland
We found it. The rain that is. Ukushu an amazing talent and courageous to bare all and jump into the fringed waters at Ocean Beach.
model | Ukushu Khrystyna (LOOK)
Chasing the rain - stuck inside retouching, felt the urge to shoot in the rain. Was emailing back and forth with Ukushu from LOOK and in the spur of the moment asked if she’d be game to go shoot some stuff in the rain. She said yes. An hour later - picked her up, suit case of clothes in tote and we headed to Marin Headlands to shoot. Once we arrived the rain that was in the city was no where to be found in the Headlands. The grass and concrete was wet - so we decided to shoot nonetheless. After an hour or so of shooting in the grass, we had the desire to find some rain. Back to the city we go - but before we left this is what we shot.
model | Ukushu Khrystyna (LOOK)
Long time friend and constant source of inspiration Miss Ashley Ying from LOOK here in San Francisco. I first met Ashley back in 2008 when I was in search for inspiration (constantly occurring for all us artists) but it was very enlightening to become friends with Ashley - she was mature and worldly, smart and kind and had an amazing outlook on life. I remember the first moment I met her, while we were waiting for the makeup artist. She grabbed an apple box and pulled it close to my computer and she was really was curious about my process, my thoughts, my inspiration, my work in general. From that moment on - I’ve found Ashley as a constant source of inspiration. So when she called upon me to help her update her portfolio with some body shots - I didn’t think twice.
I just moved to the Outer Richmond in San Francisco and 2 blocks away from my new place is China Beach - where I was absolutely fascinated with the textures of this wall, and also realizing that this wall in the winter is in shade all day long (fog or no fog), perfect outdoor studio. And locals only go here - no tourists really. So it would be a great place to shoot.
Dispite the chill in the air and the goose bumps on Ashley’s skin (nothing photoshop couldn’t fix) - we had an amazing shoot.
Also had the opportunity to work with up and coming talent Josephine Chan - amazing job with hair and makeup. True professional, amazing person and made our shoot with Ashley even that much more amazing.
Thanks for the constant source of inspiration Miss Ashley Ying and to her wonderful agent Jeffery at LOOK.
model | Ashley Ying (LOOK)
hair + makeup | Josephine Chan