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Missing Photos & Data Loss – Why 2016 Sucked Bad For Me

6 Years Worth Of Photos…Gone

2016 Sucked

2016 Sucked

I heard a lot of people griping about how bad 2016 was for them. While many people had one or two really bad things happen…I had several. Although I don’t want to go into all the personal details of my life right now, one of these terrible things to hit me was 6 years worth of my work vanished. I want to share my experience on this to try and help others before it happens to them…or help others who might experience something similar.

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Avant Garde Shoot With Chrystofer Benson

Avant Garde Photoshoot with Chrystofer Benson

This is for an editorial collection we did to launch the CBC Collective with the new CBC Tools. Chrystofer Benson, one of the most sought after names in the hair world, launched a new brand this year. To really send the new brand out with a bang, he pulled the team together from across the country and made this one hell of a shoot.

 

The images below are from the shoot with Chrystofer and the CBC Team.
a·vant-garde
aväntˈɡärd/

noun: avant-garde

1.
new and unusual or experimental ideas, especially in the arts, or the people introducing them.
“works by artists of the Russian avant-garde”

adjective
adjective: avant-garde

1.
favoring or introducing experimental or unusual ideas.
“a controversial avant-garde composer”
synonyms: innovative, original, experimental, left-field, inventive, ahead of the times, cutting/leading/bleeding edge, new, modern, innovatory, advanced, forward-looking, state-of-the-art, trend-setting, pioneering, progressive, Bohemian, groundbreaking, trailblazing, revolutionary; More

Test Shoot With Supermodel Stacy Beth Lobb

Although I had previously worked with Stacy on a shoot for a pilates company, this was the first real chance to shoot with her. Not only is she an amazing model but she is phenomenally fantastic to have around on set as she is a really upbeat/fun person.

I really hope that I have more opportunities in the future to work again with this amazing model!

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!

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

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 works 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.