Avant Garde Shoot With Chrystofer Benson

Avant Garde Photoshoot with Chrystofer Benson

The images below are from the shoot with Chrystofer and the CBC Team.

noun: avant-garde

new and unusual or experimental ideas, especially in the arts, or the people introducing them.
“works by artists of the Russian avant-garde”

adjective: avant-garde

favoring or introducing experimental or unusual ideas.
“a controversial avant-garde composer”
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LA Models Test Shoot Christen Harper

After moving back to the Los Angeles area, I hit up a few agencies to do some test shoots with a few of their models. I was fortunate enough to get to work with LA Models and one of their new faces, Christen Harper. I teamed up with Saldana Vintage clothing and Susannah Kent as the hair and make up artist and made this fun little shoot happen. We did this shoot in beautiful sunny Malibu. The theme was to have a “Boho” feel to some of them and an H&M feel to the others.

From the test shoot with model Christen Harper, wardrobe by Saldana Vintage and HMUA Susannah Kent.

I had a blast working with LA Models, Saldana Vintage, Christen Harper & Susannah Kent!

Glory Motorworks Cover For 90265 Magazine

Justin works hand in hand with some of the most talented directors, production designers and stunt coordinators in the Hollywood to design and fabricate motorcycles and props that help tell a story and become a character in their own right. ~About Justin Kell

When I heard that we were going to be shooting with the guys that coordinated the motorcycles for the film Indiana Jones, I literally stopped with excitement. There is something about vintage motorcycles in movies that is exciting to me.

The following are some misc shots from our fun day of shooting together.

Beach Fashion Shoot in Malibu with Model Chris York

I have worked with Chris a few times. The first time I had met him was on a shoot for a mens suit company called “Perfectly Suited”. Chris knew that I had moved to the Los Angeles area and was going to be in town. I knew of a beach in Malibu that we could shoot at and told him to meet me there. I used to be an avid surfer and knew that the best time to be at the beach was first thing in the morning. We however absolutely could not make that morning work and the only time we could shoot was in the afternoon. To our luck, we had almost perfect conditions that day. There was no wind, the waves were perfect and the temperature was spot on.

Malibu beach photo shoot with model Chris York

A few more photos from the day with Chris

Photoshoot with Model Shaliece Schwemmer

A lot of people ask me whats it like working with all these “beautiful models”. I think its a funny question that I will have to answer in a separate blog post. For now, as an example, working with Shaliece is one of those examples of a model who gets it. She recognizes modeling as a career choice and takes it seriously. It is such a relief to work with models who take their craft seriously.  When a model knows their job and studies it, I get to do my job which is focusing on the photography. Although I met Shaliece in Utah, she is a international model that is currently working in Miami and is signed by an agency in Germany. I wish her the best of luck on her journey. I think she will be very successful.

Check out Shaliece on her Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/shaliece7. You can also find her at Major Models in Munich. People2People Austria

Actor Headshots with Jake Stormoen

A few years ago I was able to take part in a short film involving one of the actors from Hellboy, Pans Labyrinth and the Silver Surfer from Fantastic Four. The actor was Doug Jones. Doug is the king of prosthetics. He keeps his cool under all those layers very well. However, he spends a lot of time mediating and resting so that he doesn’t ruin the layers of work that has been done to him. With all of this time that Doug was spending resting, I found myself constantly hanging out with this super, SUPER cool guy named Jake. Jake was another actor that was taking part in the film. At the time I had never heard of him but mark my words, this guy is going places. After the KTDITD project was done, Jake needed a few headshots with his full grown beard before he started his next movie project. So he rang me up and asked me to go shoot some stuff with him. With how rustic and tough he looked with that beard, Jake and I headed up to the mountains and tried to get some good “mountain-man” shots. The shots seen here are from that days shoot.

Check out some more shots below of the epic up and coming actor Jake Stormoen!

Model / Actor Andrew Johnson

A few years ago I had the opportunity to do some behind the scenes work on a short film. My make up artist at the time was joking with me saying “make sure you get lots of shots of Andrew for me”. I didn’t know Andrew at the time and thought “this guy probably thinks I am weird for taking so many photos of him…

Fast forward to today, I have done several photo shoots with Andrew and he has become one of my good buddies. There are going to be several more galleries posted soon on this blog featuring Andrew. Stay tuned!

Check out Andrews IMDB page: Andrew Johnson IMDB. You can also see his demo reel below.


Andrew Johnson – Saints and Soldiers

My buddy Andrew has been in several war films. During one of his filmings of Saints and Soldiers he asked me if we could recreate one of the scenes from the film.

Luckily, the region where I lived had just survived a massive wild fire that charred thousands of acres near multi-million dollar homes. So, Andrew went out scoping the area and built a set that looked like a scene from the film. His genius did not disappoint.

War photos with Andrew Johnson

Check out Andrews IMDB page: Andrew Johnson IMDB. You can also see his demo reel below.

Fashion Model Test Shoot – Emma Jones


Recent Utah transplant, Emma Jones, first test shoot with Dan Amezcua

Emma was a model that I wanted to work with for a while. When she asked me to shoot, I couldnt have been more excited. I tried to put together a team to pull together this shoot but couldnt make anything happen. The photos that follow are basically just Emma and I making things up as we went along. Sometimes, my favorite shots come from these random moments.

One of my all time favorite models Emma Jones!

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