A sweet staycation at Hotel Joaquin for CEREAL Magazine.
Pro tip: made-to-order breakfast is included, the smoked salmon is amazing. You’re welcome!
Super fun portraits with Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects for FRAME Magazine. Found these awesome props in his studio during the location scout and thankful that he was down to try out all of my proposed concepts!
Visited Daniel Libeskind's studio in the Financial District to create a few portraits for FRAME Magazine.
That bench is a prototype made of steel and took 6 people to move!
Thank you for the opportunity, Tracey!
A little time outside of the dance studio with captain, dancer, writer, director, actress Angela Trimbur before L.A. Municipal Dance Squad practice. Read her feature on MISSBISH and learn about her dance team that was featured in TIME and follow along as she shares her journey battling breast cancer. This woman is a spark plug powerhouse inspiration!
For the inaugural issue of TONAL Journal - dedicated to celebrating the strength, ambition, and beauty in women of color. An editorial spread shot alongside the brand video.
Dancers: No)one. Art House - Karen McDonald, Gigi Faye, Shauna Davis, Micaela Taylor, Madeline Leavitt
Creative Director: Lauren Machen
Executive Producer: Zarna
Producer: Nicole Disson
Choreography: Chris Bordenave
Stylist: Caitlin Coelke
Hair: Angelo Rivera
Makeup: Yasuko Shapiro
Black-ish star Jenifer Lewis is featured in PEOPLE Magazine to her recently published book The Mother of Black Hollywood. She was everything I expected and more - super hilarious, outspoken and a hoot to photograph. She can even kick her leg over that staircase railing! Still got it!
Thank you Joe and Gladees for the trust and opportunity!
Thank you to the crew for helping it all come together!
Photo Assistant: Ashley Poole
Digital Tech: Logan Bingham
Hair & Makeup: Valente Frazier
Stylist: Vanessa Shokrian
On the final day of Phillip Lim's month-long hiatus this past summer, Alex Maeland and I sat down for an afternoon conversation and portraits in his beautiful gallery-like Tribeca home. Casual and unstructured, the conversation spanned everything from Lim's upbringing in Southern California and creative inspiration to the changing face of fashion, the business of creativity and cultivating a new generation of young creatives. I highly recommend heading over to MAEKAN now to experience the full story including a wonderfully edited audio interview.
Thank you to Alex, Eugene, and the entire team at MAEKAN such a fun opportunity.
Aubrey and Lizzie had a press day in Santa Monica at The Bungalow at Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica. Popped in for a quick portrait shoot with them between interviews.
Usually these shoots are really short since the talent's days are packed with as much press as possible. The challenge with commissions like this is that you are not sure what you'll get as far as environment so I try to do as much research as possible about the venue and find pictures to give myself a bit of an idea. Also, the Photo Editor able to have me arrive an hour before my scheduled shoot time which bought me more time to scout and set up. I was informed I'd only have 10-15 minutes with them total to cover group and single shots so we decided to work with existing/natural light - there wouldn't be time to futz with strobes.
My shoot was scheduled for 1pm so shooting outside wasn't an option - the beautiful sunny LA weather works against me in this scenario - the sun was directly overhead casting hard unflattering shadows across the face. I needed to find an area of open shade or a well let interior space. The Bungalow is a cool place to hang out and party but it was so heavily styled with beach paraphernalia and crazy tapestries that I wanted to veer away from that to give the subject a cleaner background. Here are the test shots of the different spaces I had available:
(Thanks to the PR person who kindly stood in for my test shots!)
I ended up liking the window and the outdoor patio area ( I shot on the opposite side) the best. The cushions were grody so I moved all of them out of the way. From first frame to last frame I was able to shoot with them for 7 minutes. These shoots are definitely a good challenge and keeps me on my toes!
Thank you Jenna @ WWD for the opportunity to contribute!
I traveled to Sydney (and Australia) for the first time to photograph a few stories for Volume 13 of Cereal Magazine! Despite the crazy long flight from New York to Sydney with a layover in Hong Kong, it was well worth the time to travel there to see the infamous Icebergs pool at Bondi Beach. We woke up for sunrise each morning to catch waves crashing into the pool before the swimmers dove in at 6:30AM.
The Marketing Director initially reached out to me to do an instagram takeover and I’m a fan of the brand and their goal to create clothing that adapts to your lifestyle. Their pieces can easily transition and move across the different realms of a creative lifestyle.
We scouted locations the week before that would compliment the styling and tell a story that wouldn't distract from the technical details of the pieces. On the day of the shoot we had two hours with MC and everything went smoothly as we were able to work quickly on location with natural light and had one wardrobe change during a coffee/donut break (these should be mandatory on all shoots?) at The William Vale hotel.
Huge thanks to the team at ONU for the opportunity to contribute.
Justin Kim - Marketing Director
Thomas Moon - Chief Creative Officer
MC Barao - Talent/Stylist