Themed shooting with Kamal Moummad

One great thing about working with someone like Kamal is that every time we shoot I can get at least two, if not more, very different looks out of the shoot. I got ahold of Kamal earlier this week after a number of cancellations left me frustrated and annoyed. The best part of having friendships with models like Kamal, they won’t waste your time if you say you want to shoot something.
So, we decided it was long overdue to rock a new shoot immediately, and met up the next day.

Creating a portrait of Kamal isn’t exactly something I would say is easy… and that’s simply because he has so many different looks. So I knew this would really just be more of a fashion and themed shoot type of day. The image above was more the casual-feel shot.

We also found this old chair in the basement of the building we were in to use. It was a nice contrast of old/ugly to his clean/sharp attire. The serious pose and piercing stare at the camera worked great as well.

And of course we HAD to do a gang/hoodlum style image with a much more evil glare.

We also did some natural light headshots outdoors that afternoon. This one was actually really nice, except we moved shortly after because the background was a bit too distracting.

Playin around a bit before going inside to finish the character shots.

Also, earlier this week I edited a slightly older shot of good friend and singer Jesse Hart.
Jesse is getting ready to go on tour again in Brazil and will be leaving the country shortly. So, for those of you in Brazil… keep an eye out for his tour dates.

And another recent addition to my portrait series is David Saber, DC. I met David a couple years ago through an old friend. This was a peaceful shot that I really liked and wanted to add here. His eyes came out a bit turquoise through my editing… honestly I’m not sure exactly why since I didn’t alter their color.

Also,
I was recently contacted by RAWartists about showcasing some of my work at one of their upcoming events. Tonight I went to the Hollywood showcase they had.  I’m going to try and get more information on which upcoming show they’d like me to take part in. So, stay tuned everyone and I’ll be sharing information on when/where you can come see my photography there!

This weekend I have a few small shoots coming up including shooting friend Rick Thorne and the Good Guys in Black tomorrow night. They need new band photos for the Warped Tour this year.

I’ll catch you all soon with more images, and more updates on what’s to come!

 

LA Rooftop shoot with 8 models, yikes!

Two weeks ago, while in the Bay Area, I was contacted by my friend Elle Favorule. Elle is a make up artist that I met two years ago doing fashion shows here in Hollywood. She called because she was putting together a small photoshoot with the idea that it would end dirty, grungy and with harsher contrasty light.

Well the small shoot quickly blew up in to a much larger production. Elle told me a few days before the shoot that we now had eight people interested in modeling, two hairstylists, two wardrobe designers that wanted to bring their clothing pieces, and the original two make up artists Elle, and our friend Samantha Ward.

We started simple and slowly added different clothing, different makeup, hairstyles, etc. By the end of the day we ended on the dirty, greasy looking photos like the end shot above.

I’ll keep this short, and share a little bit after some of the photos in the captions after the break.

Enjoy!

Natalie was the first model I shot that morning, and she was stunning. Very few models can take such a beautiful headshot straight on and without having to force any sort of expression.

And the equally stunning actress Zoe Myers.
Zoe and I had actually met a while back – but both had to be reminded by Elle, haha.

More after the break..
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Beau Peregino’s Mad Men contest entry

Beau and I need your help!

Beau has entered the Mad Men contest for a part on the show – and has submitted a shot that we took last week. Please click the image above, or this link, and vote!!
This shoot was very quick and we were able to do it here our large leather arm chair we have in the living room.
I used a simple two-light setup that allowed for two different shots. Beau only really needs one shot, and went with the image above.

This is a different angle of the same pose. Beau barely moved, and I changed one side light just a bit (softer for just a slight touch of light on his right side).
I actually really like this shot too. I think it’s a powerful feeling shot/pose.

I also told Beau that I would get a shot of him riding while he was in town.

Beau on his Yamaha R1.

This is shot one-handed from my S2000. My friend TJ has video of it. I’m sure my family would be mildly concerned if they saw what I do to get half the shots I take for stuff like this, haha.

Update:
AMC has removed Beau’s (and many others) image from the contest. We launched Beau’s photo into the Top 10 in under a day a half with out voting. Beau held the #5 spot (overall) and #4 for men for three weeks aquiring nearly 300,000 votes. AMC then suddenly removed all contestants with over 45,000 votes. No reason was given other then “you were cheating”.
Frustrating to say the least, especially since between this blog, facebook, myspace, twitter, and all my friends and followers who were helping promote this image, we had a ton of support.

Cazz and Marissa – LA Apartment shoot

Last week I had the opportunity to shoot with Cazz and Marissa here in Hollywood.

Cazz is someone I’ve been in touch with a couple of months. He was a fan of my work with Crazy Mike and Lyla Dee on the beach in Venice and wanted to do a couples-shoot working with me. I wanted to try something a bit different than another beach shoot though. Cazz pitched the idea of a black/white CK-style shoot.

Having access to an empty Hollywood apartment was definitely a plus. We went with the LA lifestyle feel, and for those of you who did what I did and packed up and moved somewhere to pursue your dreams, you know what it’s like to live in an empty apartment without much, or any, furniture.

One of the funniest moments in the day was when Cazz and I realized we have mutual friends in a completely different industry – Automotive. Many of you are aware that during 2009 I handled K&N and AEM’s photography for racing and am very active in the import car community.

Cazz was great to work with, as I said. This is one of my favorite shots of him from that afternoon. It needs maybe one or two more tweaks before posting to my portfolio… we’ll see.

So, after the break I’m going to be sharing just under 20 additional images from this shoot. I would LOVE to have any feedback from you guys about which ones you like. I’ll be sharing similar looking images, and want to know what you guys feel fits the theme and story best.
Also because I rarely do shoots that are soley black and white – so I’m anxious to hear your thoughts.

In other news, I will be shooting soon with a stunning model named Caitlin Kelly whose work I have liked for quite a while. I’m also trying to put together another shoot for this week, so we’ll see what happens there.

But please, read after the break, check out the images, and let me know what you think.

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Calendar Previews; Update Seven – Final

For my last and final calendar preview I would like to introduce Rita von Riot!
This was one of my favorite shoots that we put together. The concept was to do something a bit 50’s or pinup-ish. Since we had rented out an air museum for the day we were able to book two different shoots that day – Rita was the second one after Lana.

Rita was a blast to work with. Take a look at the image above, first off… she did her own pinup style hair. Second, she put together and made all her own outfits for this shoot. The dress she’s wearing she actually bought and dyed to get it the right shade for the rest of the outfit. And she put together a number of other pinup-era costumes from things she found at the surplus store or already owned! I love creative models!

We tried a few different outfits and a few different styles. I also tweaked my processing of each image a bit to see what I thought looked best. This particular lingerie outfit with thigh-highs was great for a sexy shot without being over the top. The one thing that the pinup era still proves, is that you can be hot without having to show tons of skin.

Some of you guys may actually recognize Rita from her work in Lowrider magazine, MTV, etc..
Rita and I will actually be shooting again in the next month – which should be a lot of fun. We’re going to stick with a 50’s theme again, so whatever we come up with will rock I’m sure.

So, that’s my final update on this entire calendar. Again, it should be printed later in 2010 for distribution for 2011. I know LOTS of you guys have been asking me about it and I’ll be excited to update everyone as soon as I receive my copies in the mail. However, it’s a limited production that’s not available to the public… so, you’ll just have to stop by my place to check it out. Haha.

I’ve already had a few potential clients interested in my work for other calendars… with a little luck, I may be able to say that I have two 2011 calendars coming out. And hey, if you’re a vendor of some kind, please feel free to email (contact available in my portfolio on the link at the top of this page) and get in touch with me regarding my rates!

Good night everyone! I will have updates on my trip to the Bay Area later this weekend sometime.

Calendar Previews; Update Six

Yes.. We really are in a graveyard.
This was definitely one of the most unique locations we had access to for this calendar. Night time at the graveyard. Originally conceived as a dusk shoot/low light photo, we quickly had no other option besides full on night-time photography. I, of course, love shooting in the dark. But, with only four lights at my disposal (and problems with our generators) it made things a bit trickier.

Suzy was a great model and a lot of fun to work with; and she definitely had a lot of fun playing around on set. I won’t lie, we were there wayyyy too long. This shoot went much longer than intended, but, we came back with a lot of stuff that would work. And check out the hearse that we had… how badass is that? Honestly.

I’m going to keep this post fairly short. I have a lot of photos from this shoot, but they’re all very similar styling, and I don’t want to bore you guys.

My last post will be coming later this weekend – it will feature Rita from our second air base shoot… 50’s themed… it rocks.

Hope you guys all had a rockin week. I’m heading up to San Francisco tomorrow for the Wekfest car show. See you there.

Calendar Previews; Update Five

Blowtorches, Boots, Babe… oh, and a dirty garage…
We had a very simple concept for this shoot. Actually, there is an ooooold photograph that we did a newer version of. But, still pretty much an emulation of the old image… girl… boots… blowtorch.
Jenny is actually an old friend of mine that models in fashion shows. And by old friend I mean I met her when I was shooting those fashion shows shortly after moving to Socal. She was a great sport during this whole shoot.
This image was created in the summer, in a garage, in what was quickly turning into a very hot day. Plus, holding a blowtorch a foot away from you get’s fairly warm..

This was us goofing off in between poses. But, I actually really liked her expression even though it’s not the pose we wanted. The main light source during this shoot is, actually, just the torch. I used a second hot lamp to throw a bit of light on the car, and to give just a bit of rim light to her body.
The fun part of working with Jenny is we always laugh and have a great time. I actually had to go shopping with her to find her outfit and boots. I could only imagine what the girls at Fredricks and Victoria’s Secret were thinking when she walked out in different outfits and said “What do you think!?”

Here’s me and Jenny after the shoot was wrapped. I probably need to start trying to look a little bit nicer when I shoot… or at least not leave my hair so shaggy lookin’. hahaha!

I know I promised you guys Crystal for this update… but you’ll have to wait. I’m going to save her shoot for last because it was one of my favorites. Next up I will have a couple images from Suzy’s shoot in the graveyard!

Also, I’m heading up to the Bay Area this weekend to attend Wekfest (import car show) and support our crew Topdown with the S2ki (Honda S2000 owners) forum. So, if you’re there, come say hi!

Calendar Previews; Update Four

“Wow, she’s hot” followed by “Wait, how’d you do that?!” is typically the response I get when people see this image. Haha, I’ll take credit for the image, but you can compliment Lana yourself.

During our round table meetings in the planning phases of this project I pitched a couple times that it would be cool do something on an airbase… After about a month suddenly everyone else thought “How cool would a shoot be on an airbase!?” Yep, you can bet I gave them a hard time since I was trying to pitch that idea from the beginning, hahaha!

Those of you with a sharp eye will also notice that we’re shooting with one of Jesse Rooke’s custom bikes. I had the pleasure of meeting Jesse a few times at K&N. He’s an incredibly nice guy and was ready to hook us up with a bike for this project – Thanks Jesse! The RatRod is privately owned; and you’d be amazed at how much traffic slowed down to look at it while we were on the highway.

Lana, our gorgeous model, came to us directly from another audition that day. Due to issues with the other models we were left scrambling to find a girl with 24hrs notice – Lana was available and ROCKED the shoot. As soon as I was ready to take photos she was on, posing, and hitting everything we wanted to try.
I can’t say enough about what a great model she was to work with.

We shot many different looks, styles, and poses with Lana that afternoon.
I’ve toyed around with different versions of how I saw this image coming together in a final image. Again, I have no idea how the final printed version will look. I really like my HDR mixed image (first one) but I also think the “washed out old photo” look fits well, too. The client is editing in-house, so, I’ll see what they did when it’s printed.

Lana was  great to work with and I definitely would shoot with her in the future should I ever have the chance.

Directly after this shoot we went indoors for another shoot, with Rita von Riot. But, you’ll have to wait til later this weekend for those to be posted. For those who don’t remember Rita…

Thanks for following everyone! Check back soon for more shots from the calendar!

Peace.

Calendar Previews; Update Three

For this calendar preview I want to introduce the stunning Melissa Miko – or in this image… her legs. Haha!

Melissa and I met through my casting listing when I was casting for a completely different image. But, we were able to shoot with her on two different shoots since she had the figure, and the legs, for it. The image above I’m particularly proud of as it’s one of the cleanest and most vibrant shots from the project. It’s also eye catching and very sexy yet simple.
The idea I was hoping to show was classy with sex appeal. I’ve heard mixed opinions on Melissa’s tattoos as part of the finished image. I honestly go back and forth, and I may remove them completely before larger versions are uploaded to my portfolio. What do you guys think? The final version of this shot will be different; different wardrobe, different pose I believe, and different editing. But, this version is my favorite.

My other shoot with Melissa was on the beach – this was actually my first shoot with her.
This concept was simple: Let’s take a girl with a great figure, a vehicle that screams “Beach!” and do a sunset/surf theme. I felt terrible for Melissa though, we basically said “here, hold this board for the sunset”. I’m sure it had to be tiring after a while. And as always, we gathered a crowd pretty quickly. And that Woodie is a ’47 Buick Estate Wagon – a very rare classic.

I liked the colors and pose of this a lot, but we wanted to try something different too. I thought of a pose I shot of a girl I dated a while back (no joke) and figured we’d emulate that style shot.

Again, Melissa has an incredible figure and we wanted to take advantage of her silhouette. Yes, she has her bikini on. No, she is not naked. And, No, I didn’t enhance any part of her.

Here’s me (far left) and Melissa (center) and the rest of the team after the Ferrari shoot.

Melissa was a great model to work with, and hopefully when our schedules match up again at some point we’ll be able to do a shoot again.
I’ll be doing another update here in a couple days. I know I promised Lana’s shoot was coming soon, but I might share Suzy’s or Jenny’s first. Lana’s shoot went great, I’ll be honest, but I want to further edit her shoot and Crystal’s before sharing those here.

Good night all!
See you Thursday!

Calendar Previews; Update Two

That’s hot.
No, it’s ok. You can say it out loud. I think so, too. Besides, I was there…

So welcome to preview number three – update number two – on the Calendar preview series I’m doing. The above shoot was with Megan Black, and it was definitely a hot shoot. Megan does sexy very well, and she definitely has the body for it too.
The car we had for this shoot, a 383 two-year-restoration one-family-owned Chevy Camaro. It was gorgeous. I’ve always appreciated American Muscle… even being a huge import guy myself, I would love to call a vehicle like this mine.
Now, you might say “Sexy girl against a candy-apple-red car… how cliche”. But you know what, IT WORKS. In this shot, in this location, Megan, the Camaro.. it works.

Megan had multiple outfits, as many of our models did on our shoots. We tried a lot of different looks, styles and poses. Which one exactly will be printed I can’t say… you’ll just have to wait til SEMA when it’s released! Also, as I’ve said, these edits, touch ups, and processing styles are mine and do not reflect what may be used by the client. They are, rather, just how I see the image through my styling.

Check out this engine bay… clean and shiny. And yes, it sounds amazing when it fired up.

Another thing that I appreciated about this shoot… Nick took photos of me working! I typically only allow a handful of photos to be taken on my shoots, and never for very long. But in the case with Nick, he was part of our team and able to capture some shots of me doing what I do – and I NEVER have photos of myself!

Me with my face smashed against my 1D’s viewfinder. On the right is Adam who I had the pleasure working for most of last year.

It’s a rough life I live sometimes… hahaha
Adam was always right there with me during our shoots. It helped to have another creative eye there seeing close to what I was shooting through my camera.

Changing up the pose, deciding if I want to try and light that engine bay, and Megan waiting for more directions.

Some of our setup. Quite low-tech in many ways. I work very light, travel light, and do high-output shoots. I will admit though that as the calendar moved along our shoots became larger and more intensive. Megan is front and center, you can see me on the right going through photos with Adam. The rest of our team and staff in the background.

So that’s it for this update. I had a lot of photos from this shoot that I wanted to share and I decided not to lump two shoots into one post like last time. Look for another update early next week with images from my shoots with the gorgeous Melissa Miko.

Oh, and how many of you recognized Megan from past blog updates and in my portfolio? Megan and I shot in Laguna a week or so after this shoot… I’m sure you remember those photos now, right? No?

How about now?

Alright. That’s all for tonight everyone. Check back in a few days for the next preview!

Peace.