Too School for Cool!
Or, Is it Too Cool for School? For some reason I think that song by Pink, Raise Your Glass - might have gotten stuck in our heads and mixed up the saying.
Now that summer is finally over - the kids are back at school and we can get back to business. Hope you all had a great vacation this summer. We’ve been working hard over here to bring you some new content. This new project for Active Family Magazine was shot in San Francisco for their Septemeber Issue. We love working with kids - they are so real and raw - genuine and no non-sense. It’s exciting to see their different energies and always a challenge to manage them on a production. We thought this was a fun and proper project to share.
Hey Glasshole! New Work for Hewlett Packard & Stanford University
We didn’t mean to offend you, but according to Urban Dictonary:
Glasshole (noun); 1) a person who constantly talks to their Google Glass, irnoring the outside world. 2) Someone who has early access or is in possession of Google Glasses, and flaunts them around like a jerk. 3) Someone who uses Google Glass and is douchey about having this product.
At Stanford University’s Medicine X Conference we had the chance to photograph a few Glassholes - but we must admit - they weren’t jerks or douchey. Another opportunity to meet and photograph some pretty remarkable individuals in the technoloy and the medical/healthcare forum.
And, Finally we’d love to share a couple projects we’ve shot for Hewelett Packard. Just as much as we love shooting in studio and connecting with our subjects. Shooting on location always introduces its challenges and keeps us on our toes - we love what the natural light and location throw at us (as well as the client).
Farewell to the Academy of Art
After much consideration - the time has come to say farewell to the Academy of Art. In 2005, I moved to San Francisco to attend the Graduate Program where I received my MFA in Photography from AAU in 2007. Since 2009, I have had the honor to continue to be a part of this great establishment as an instructor. Truly, it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and career. It’s been a rewarding challenge to find the balance between my time at AAU and my freelance career.
The time has come to focus solely on my freelance career. To continue to look within myself as an artist and push forward with my own photography. I’ve worked along side amazing faculty at the Academy. For nearly 10 years I have been a part of this amazing place - and have been a part of it’s growth. A true institution in the arts as well as commerce. Many of my former students have become a great support to my freelance career in the roles of digital techs and assistants. Also great friends! I’ll continue to do what I can to be a resource to the industry.
Directors Will Mosgrove and James Wood - thanks for constantly believing and supporting me. May we cross paths in the future. And to Mary Casserly & Amberlyn Nelson for helping me through the process.
Food for thought to current students and former students - be true to who you are, shoot what you love, remember you are an artist first and foremost. Learn enough tools of the trade - and then break all the rules. Shoot, shoot, shoot! There comes a time - where you need to stop thinking about it and just go off and do it. Photography isn’t about perfection - it’s often those imperfections. Those in-between moments, those oddities. Don’t follow the current trends - explore your thoughts and express your visions through the medium of photography. You are in a position to be the next big thing.
Thank you for your time.
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.