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Category Archives: portraiture
I did a photo shoot for http://TheFourthPeriod.com magazine today. It is the same publication I cover all the LA Kings games for. In essence I am always doing a photo shoot for them if you count those. But, today was a little different. I got to take portraits today!
The main assignments was to photograph Dustin and Nicole Brown with their family. They have three incredible boys. Only two of them were a part of the shoot because the youngest was in serious nap mode and not to be disturbed. The two that were a part of the activities were some of the coolest kids I have been around.
Honestly, if I had a guarantee that every family was as fun and easy to work with as the Browns I would be shooting family portraiture for a living.
I don’t have any of those photos to share right now. I still need to work on them and get them off to my awesome editors. In the meantime I do have a solo portrait of Dustin to share.
He was kind enough to fulfill my request to do this just as he was leaving. It was literally a five minute shoot including setup and light testing. I honestly wish there was more time so I could have lit him properly and designed an actual lighting pattern on his face. Despite that one element missing I am still really excited to show this image.
Hopefully, you dig it too!
Thanks to Paul Mocey-Hanton for assisting me and helping the shoot go smoothly, thanks to Dennis, Anthony, and David at The Fourth Period for making this happen, thanks to Dustin and Nicole and the rest of the Brown family for being amazing to photograph!
Now, go check out the magazine! I have nine photos in the current issue! <3
Merrie Swain is awesome! She saw my photos and wanted to be a part of my Faces project. She’s does some modeling and works over at G4 TV. She was a blast to photograph and talk to. Cool ass nerd =)
My brother, Jason with his awe inspiring beard. Holy shit. Casey’s below is longer I think but, Jason’s is just burly as can be. He’s currently working for AEG Live in New Orleans as a freelance Stage Producer and 3D camera man. Once he gets a reel together I’ll be sure to share. I really just rushed him into my room before he left for four weeks so I could get his beard recorded if he decided to shave while gone. haha.
Casey Crescenzo of The Dear Hunter. In case you somehow missed my admiration for him and his work feel free to search The Dear Hunter on my site. He is currently touring with Dredg (another music group I love) and gearing up to release his Color Spectrum Project (the music is fantastic~!).
Just finished up Sam Marie’s Face =)
She is an awesome animator! If you ever need some animation done or if you are looking to add to your team be sure to contact her! http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3822321/
Ami Storck (I’ll get her up soon enough) and Sam are new friends of mine. They both really surprised me with how supportive they are due to their willingness and excitement to come out to my hockey games to cheer and get rowdy after only knowing me for a couple weeks and hanging out maybe twice. Means heaps!
Sam rules and was a blast to take photos of. One day I’ll get some of the more cartoonish faces up. I just really liked this shot so it is the first to make it. =)
Ok. Here is my buddy, Ryan Brekke.
Ryan has been the most interesting shoot yet. Not only was he all over the map with poses but, we got talking and sharing some really random stuff during the shoot.
At one point Ryan mentioned how some of our friends and he were discussing clever and funny porno site names. I mentioned a few funny ones that exist, including MeatSpin.com
Next thing we know we are loading it up while shooting because Ryan had never seen it before. haha. When I have more time I will add a good one of Ryan showing his face the first time he saw MeatSpin. haha.
Apparently, Ryan was so taken back by the experience he insisted that I always show my subjects MeatSpin at some point during the shoot to capture some really good faces and break the ice. haha. I think he might be onto something!
Once Ryan has a site I’ll throw it up!
Here are two more friends! I love these people =)
Bonnie Kate Hussey <3
Jacob Fatoorechi (Look him up on my blog! He plays with heaps of bands and he is incredible!)
I’m shooting photographs for my friend, Matt Hsu, to be used in a book he is creating about goal tending in hockey. It is a beginner guide to all the equipment and proper usage and fit of gear.
I spent most of the day photographing heaps of gear individually on and off of a player. As a bonus I did some quick portraits of Matt and our friend, Angelo Arias suited up fully in their gear.
I got to shoot with my new friend, Brad, of Dead Letter Perfect, last week.
It was a total blast. Brad is a photographer in addition to being a talented musician. So, it was a really extra fun experience hearing his insight of the photo shoot.
Be sure to pay attention to his blog. He’s currently working on a 3-song EP and it should be great! I heard the demos and the songs have some really great dynamics to them.
Here is one of my BFFs, Myke Armstrong. He is the CEO and Founder of the newly launched internet start-up, Lissn.com
It is a really fun chat platform in the vein of Omeagle and Chatroulette. It is still being built out and there is a new feature added each week! Be sure to join in on the fun and share your thoughts with “Myke.”
He’s a great guy and fun to talk with!
I’m working on some more Faces right now. So, stay tuned.
My friend Brandon Rubin =) He is as sweet he looks until you sit him down in front of the TV while the Lakers are losing…whoa…take cover. Flying remotes ahoy! haha
More faces coming! Trevor Martin and a bunch of friends new and old this week!
I got four more added to the collection.
Alex Vojdani of Infantree.
You really gotta go listen to his band: http://www.facebook.com/#!/infantree
Paul Mocey-Hanton, photographer and cinematographer extraordinaire. He’s a co-founder of Lost Hills Films: Lost-Hills-Films/
Steve Davis of skate culture company, Ripe (be ready for it).
Here is my brother, Blake, to the Faces project. Played with some modifications to the lighting using kleenex as diffusion.
He’s another co-founder of Lost Hills Films: Lost-Hills-Films/
It’s been a long time since I’ve shot straight portraits focused on head and shoulders. I liked how this self portrait came out of myself and I have decided to do a little series focused on this.
I’m starting to shoot some friends to refresh my skills.
First one is of Jeff Ramuno.
I expect to get a lot more up in the next week as I pull friends away from the coach in the house and put them in front of my lights for a few minutes each. haha.
Here’s a fun little clip from the shoot:
After nine years as a freelance photographer and working with many different clients I have my images on a magazine cover for the first time.
It was well worth the wait considering I got to photograph my home team, the LA Kings. Not just my home team but, really inspirational guys that have faced adversity and doubt for most of their careers with the LA Kings.
This season is different. They found their confidence and have been in a playoff sport all season long. They always learn from their mistakes and come back stronger because of it. They make it easy to be an LA Kings fan for the first time in a decade. They make it even more fun than easy.
It was a the most difficult and stressful shoot of my career and it didn’t go close to what I expected when I first got asked to do it.
But, I learned a lot and have a lot of good things to build on. I can’t wait to shoot them many more times in the seasons to come.
I hope to shoot many more players for The Fourth Period Magazine too. They were a joy to work with and very patient and supportive.
Be sure to pick up the magazine on January 11th! It’s a great article by my new friend, Dennis Berstein.
Support the magazine! They’re new and deserve the readers. It’s a great organization.
More about the magazine can be found on the LA Kings website! Just click the image!
Thank you to Max Cohen, Dennis Berstein, and David Pagnotta for giving me this opportunity.
Thanks to Paul Mocey-Hanton for assisting me too! You can see that stud in the video. =)