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I hung out with my friend and fellow photographer EDIphotoeye a bunch while I was in NorCal. We were hanging out at her place one evening and her sister volunteered to be the subject for one of our photos so we decided to do a spur of the moment shoot. Her sister was really easy and fun to work with!
I haven’t done any crazy composites lately and I had the urge to do one when I was back up North for the holidays. My friend Maoz Friedman is a cyclist and I wanted to do a surreal shot of him riding. I shot the background assets in Half Moon Bay and shot Maoz outside of his house. I was pretty happy with the result. Below are the behind the scenes photos and the final image:
The night after I shot The Neighbourhood in the studio, I went and shot my buddies Adam and Stephen Mariucci recording some jams for The Relay Company‘s new record. Everything was sounding rad, much different than any of their other work. Here’s Adam singing:
After doing the test shoot with Emily Becklund, I wanted to shoot a more conceptual underwater series. I think things went much smoother after getting the hang of shooting underwater and having goggles this time! My friend Mallory Jesser from Ford Models was kind enough to do it with me on a 50 degree cloudy day and the shots turned out great!
Here are some black and white studio shots from the day:
These past few months I’ve been terrible about blogging so I’m going to try and play some catch up. I’ve been curious about shooting underwater for quite some time and I finally purchased a cheap underwater housing unit for my camera to see what it was like. Since my housing unit is really cheap (professional ones are close to the price of a camera body) and I didn’t have goggles for this shoot, it was definitely hard to see exactly what I was shooting. In the end I’m really happy with how everything turned out, they look raw and real and I think Emily’s red hair photographs really well underwater!
After doing this shoot, I realized how much I love shooting underwater; nothing like beats soft and elegant lighting.
Earlier this year Jeffree Star contacted me to do a shoot but I was traveling up north at the time and the shoot never panned out. I contacted Jeffree a few weeks ago and asked him if he was still interested in shooting and we finally did the shoot. First we did a bunch of studio shots against a blue and white backgrounds. It’s always fun photographing someone who wears lots of make-up because the skin becomes really reflective with the strobes.
After the studio shots, I shot Jeffree in my alley for a composite I had planned. Here is the behind the scenes shot: