Tuesday, October 8, 2013

May 2013 Photos and my Birthday

So this brings us to May. My birthday month. A lot of changes have taken place this year, my 39th year on this planet. This birthday was not nearly as much of a celebration as it has been in the past but more of a regeneration. Growth, change and challenges are always a part of life but it seemed to be the year of extremes and the last month saw a lot of it come to a head.

A couple of events, the first was a Maggie Barry fashion show featuring my good friend Plastic Martyr. Also in attendance was his friend Courtney Stodden. She is a fireball and the media loves to follow her. Oh, Hollywood.

Then came my birthday. I spent it with my two good friends Katrina and Matthew. We went to Tiki Ti and got drunk. A very fitting and enjoyable birthday.

I did a bunch of model testing this month. It's a game we have to play in the fashion industry, testing models. Free work. Nobody really talks about the sheer amount of free work you have to do now if you want to be a fashion photographer. This is about the point I'm starting to question whether there is a purpose to all the free work but I do it anyway because it's my passion. Here are some of the results of the shoots I did in May with Elite Models, Wilhelmina and LA Models.

First a "lifestyle" shooting day with Nina Senicar from Wilhelmina. Hair and makeup were done by Dedra Whitt. This is an example of my more commercial work:

And I couldn't resist but do a couple of fashion/beauty shots, she's so gorgeous:

A couple of days later, I did a long day of shooting three girls from Elite: Toni, Kara and Ayanil. Hair and makeup was done by Christine Nelli.




Then at the end of the month I managed to squeeze in a fun shoot with Kendall from LA Models. I really loved working with this girl, she was just a lot of fun and had a ton of expression. Hair was done by Dawn Carter, makeup by Aga Jakubowski and wardrobe styling by me. Here is the result:

Here is one behind the scenes shot from that day of Aga beautifully holding the reflector...

And I think that's enough blogging for one day. You'll have to wait for the summer months update.

April 2013 Photos

To continue the theme of posting my photos monthly, here is April's entry. I guess the highlight event in April was the Muse show in New York so that's what I'm posting. It was otherwise not a very good month for me.

So without further ado, I give you photos from April 2013...

First up I got to photograph Matt and Dom doing a ping pong tournament with fans at Sirius Radio. I was actually tasked with doing a promo video of the event which was supposed to get posted on their site but apparently never did. At least there's a photo of my arm shooting the video!

 And here's my stills...

 That night was the show at Madison Square Gardens. They are one of the best live shows I've seen. So much energy on stage and in the crowd. I was never much of a fan until I saw them live. I'll always have those memories...

I watched the rest of show from the sound booth and from the private booths with Kate Hudson but I am too much of a chicken (or didn't want to look like an ass) to ask to take her picture or have a picture taken with her. I'm kicking myself I missed my chance now. All I have is this dark shot but you can't see who's in the booth. She's so lovely anyway...

The next day I went to the tattoo shop with Chris, (the bass player) and his lovely wife Kelly. Chris was getting his kids names tattooed on him by Baz at Hardcore Tattoo and Kelly was tweeting about it at the same time. It was overwhelming the immediate response she was getting as she tweeted. Celebrity is a crazy thing. They are such normal and down to earth people with 6 kids so it's hard to fathom the fan base that band has. Here are a couple of phone shots of the day:

I do love NY!

Up next, May photos and my birthday.