I worked with the amazingly talented Jessica who is currently studying to be a lawyer. She wanted some fun photos of herself taken before she had to start studying for the Bar Exam! We went to a beautiful beach up in Del Mar, CA. It was a full day of running around with arms full of different outfit choices and trekking up the beach for forever looking for a deserted stretch of sand and rock and a lot of joking around and laughter! Here are the finished images…
Awaken my mind to the ever expanding fashion industry, there’s so many new trends and up and coming designers that it can be hard to keep track of it all! I have always been an avid blog follower, it’s become my nightly ritual before I go to sleep to read up on all of my favorites! When I got the phone call from Courtney Allegra saying she needed some head shots for a new blog series she would be writing for the Huffington Post, I was very excited!!! First off I was happy to be working with the sweetest new designer again and secondly I was thrilled to hear she would be writing a fashion blog! Her first post on how she became a fashion designer is a really fun interesting read I always love hearing how someone got started doing what they love, and now I am patiently waiting for the next post! You can check out her blog here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-allegra/
I photographed Courtney in her beautiful front yard using natural light! And also using my Beiber singing skills to make her laugh! Here are my favorite finished shots…
I recently photographed my sister Chelsea again in the studio. It was really just a shoot for fun that turned out to be one of my favorites I’ve done with her. It’s very simple on a white background with two soft boxes lighting her from behind on each side. The effect it created is one of my favorites, very bright and clean with soft edges. I later turned the images black and white and then added different hues to get the specialized colors that I wanted.
It’s a little bit different from what I normally have done in the past being that its not what your average person thinks of as beauty. To me it has this haunted feeling with the dead pan stare that looks right through you and the chapped lips. I really like how it turned out and I hope you guys do to…
A few months ago my dad met a group of guys who had just moved here from West Virginia and were in the process of starting their own business. When he tried to explain to me exactly what they were doing I was completely confused. He told me they basically take people flying on water jet packs that attach to your feet, which honestly I was skeptical about! But then they let me try it out and it was crazy!! It is so much fun and a little harder than it looks but once you get the hang of it then its pretty amazing!! Well it turns out that they needed a photographer to take some images for the website and press, lucky me!
The shoot took place at the Paradise Point Hotel on Mission Bay, at first I was shooting from the docks as each of them took a turn going out and doing their best tricks on the board. Then their fly board go to pro Aaron went out and so I was driven around on a Jet Ski out in the middle of the bay near the Sea World Bridges, taking photos! Needless to say it was scary taking my camera out on the water with someone I didn’t really know driving a jet ski, I was like what if this kid guns it over a wake or does some crazy turn and this camera flys into the water, thankfully that never happened so all my worrying was for nothing!
A few weeks ago I worked with the lovely Nailah Edmonson in downtown San Diego. She wanted some fun spirited portraits that captured her personality for her website http://www.drinkvinyl.wordpress.com. She is a music guru who goes to countless music festivals and shows and then she reviews it all on her site. I myself have discovered a few new bands from her that are now among some of my favorites!
We wandered around Downtown looking for interesting locations and every time we stumbled upon one we loved, we stopped and did a quick 5 minute mini shoot. Several hours later we had a ton of photos with different locations and styles to choose from!
I had the pleasure to once again work with the amazing Courtney Allegra on some advertising images. She is amazingly easy to work with and very sweet. I walked into piles and piles of candy we had for the shoot, so we got creative and the amazing stylist fashioned a necklace to die for made out of rock candies! There were gum balls, lollipops bigger than my head and tons of jelly beans so needless to say I went home with a bag full of leftover candy!
Part way through the shoot Courtney busted out her old roller skates from when she was younger, so we decided to use those in the shoot and make it a little more playful! Balancing on one foot in roller skates while holding a lollipop and having wind blown at you is not an easy feat but Courtney pulled it off and the images turned out great…
I went behind the scenes of the B&C production of their short 48hr film Captain of My Desire filmed in San Diego,CA. It’s my favorite of the short films they’ve done so far and was a lot of fun running around and viewing the craziness through my lens! You can view the film here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOSxnFO2_Gg
I tagged along with Bad and Classic Productions during the Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Festival as they filmed their short film “The Crossing”. During the competition you have 48 hours to write, film, edit and turn in your film. They have you draw a random genre on the day of the day of and they drew Drama. Their film won The Audience Favorite Award, Best Sound Design and Best Film. Which means it will be going on to the Filmapalooza competition in Los Angeles and then possible on to The Cannes Film Festival! You can view the short film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFnsR7vVRoM
It’s always an adventure to shoot behind the scenes of the 48. There was action scenes that went a little to far like being thrown back onto a table and actually having the table break, or fake kicks that turned into accidental real kicks! And at mid day their apartment was covered in fake blood which you would think is easy to clean up but turns out it is really hard, that stuff dries fast and is super sticky! But all in all it was a great team of people who all had an amazing 48 hour adventure together!
I photographed the look book for Courtney Allegra who is a fifteen year old designer! She is insanely talented and driven, her line was in LA fashion week this past year and it was extremely well received. You can view all of the photos and her fashion show on her website at http://www.courtneyallegra.com.
One of the best moments of the day was when Courtney decided she was going to bring in one of her miniature horses for part of the shoot! They are so cute and tiny and needless to say I am now obsessed with mini horses, their just so friendly! Halfway through photographing the horse we decided to take her outside and shoot with natural light, which was so much fun! Did you know that horses can sit on their behinds kind of like dogs can? Well I did not and when I saw her horse do that I was in utter shock and laughter ensued!
I photographed the collection at her home in Jamul, San Diego on a white backdrop using two strobes with soft boxes on the models and one strobe with a reflector on the background. The models were amazing to work with, they had the challenge of modeling without being able to use their legs very much. Courtney wanted you to be able to see how well the clothes fit so she did not want to distort it by having them stand irregularly.
About a month ago I did an impromptu photo shoot with my sister Chelsea Maidhof. I realy wanted to shoot in the early morning with fog floating in the air, so I would wake up at 4am to check and see i it was foggy outside, and sometimes it wasn’t which was disappointing and left me super tired! But finally it was and so I woke her up and off we went in search of a cool location, of course the one I had originally picked out had no fog when we got there but a little ways down the coast in Del Mar was this amazing beach. So here are the photos from my foggy morning shoot!