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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Models Test Shoot – Katie & Zeta

One of my favorite photo series I ever took was from several years ago in Salt Lake City with Katie Leishman. It was a simple shoot with her flipping her hair around. After that shoot I tried to line up several shoots with her and never was able to make anything happen. After I moved back to LA, oddly enough she had also moved to LA. I once again tried to line up a shoot with her and to my surprise we made it happen. I also had the chance to shoot with London Model Zeta Morrison and I finally got to meet Katies photographer husband John.

From the model photoshoot with models Zeta Morrison and Katie Leishman

Thrilled once again to have had the chance to work with Katie again!

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!

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

Above & Beyond – Sticky Fingers Music Video – GreenGlow Films

GreenGlow films asked me to be the on set photographer for a music video they were shooting. The music video was taking place at the old Herald Examiner building in Downtown Los Angeles. The building is still in use by all sorts of productions to date. I was given a small tour by one of the guys that work there and I must say this is a photographers dream stage. The music video takes place in the 1950’s with classic cars, vintage fashion/wardrobe, and class style. The Los Angeles city lights made for the perfect backdrop as night fell on our shoot Here is the music video as well as a few more behind the scenes photos from the day.

Lux Magazine with Maria Joao Bastos

I had been told a few weeks prior that a Portuguese actress would be in town and I could not wait to meet her. I lived in Portugal for a little over a year and speak fluent Portuguese. But here in the states, I dont get to practice it much. I was hoping she would let me practice a bit with her.

When I finally met Maria, she was the sweetest person and she honestly seemed very happy to speak Portuguese with me. Over the next couple of days I realized I didnt really know how to talk about photography/modeling in Portuguese so we just stuck to the basics. We decided it would be fun to do a shoot at the beach so that she could use the photos for Lux Magazine (a Portuguese magazine) about her trip to the Los Angeles area.

Working with Maria was a real treat. I hope to one day get to see her again and catch up on things!

The following are some misc other shots we also took on the day of the fashion shoot.

Esteem Academy

“We are creating a “New Culture” in the Cosmetology field through our positive approach to learning.” ― Esteem Academy

I absolutely enjoyed meeting the crew on this day of shooting. Darci, is an amazing instructor, teaching students to be the best they can be.

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

Advertising for Fantasy Con and Filmquest

I have had the opportunity to work with these guys on several projects to date. It is always a blast seeing these characters take shape and come to life. Although I wasn’t around for the grand unveiling I was excited to hear and see photos of my shots being used as billboards to promote the event as well as billboards within the event itself.

These shots were used for a marketing campaign for Fantasy Con and Filmquest 2014 and are being used again this year to market Fantasy Con 2015

Here is a commercial used on TV to promote the event. Also, these are some outtakes of the actors getting prepped by their master make-up artists.

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!

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