Former ITT Tech employee and whistleblower for The New York Times

Last month I got a call to head down to San Jose to shoot some environmental portraits of a former employee of ITT Tech and whistleblower Dan Graves whose experiences and testimony led to the downfall of the company.  Mr. Graves and his wife were tremendously gracious with their time and access to their house for me to shoot a few different set ups in their home.  Huge thank you to Ariana McLaughlin at The New York Times for the fun assignment!

Aki Kumar and Little Jonny

As a lover of Blues music, when I came across Aki Kumar I thought he would be a great person to take some portraits of.  I contacted him and he said I could get some portraits of him and his friend Little Jonny before they went onstage at the Mojo Lounge in Fremont, Ca.  They were really nice guys and were very willing portrait subjects.  I enjoyed making these pictures so much I'm thinking it could make a fun personal project.

Fitbit execs for The New York Times

Apparently the folks over at The New York Times liked what I did enough with the forestry technician story to offer me the chance to head over to Fitbit headquarters in downtown SF to shoot portraits of CEO James Park and Chief Revenue Officer Woody Scal.  The story was a profile on the company and they wanted portraits with a range of different emotions.  I only had 30 minutes with each of them to get 3 setups but both guys were a pleasure to photograph and the photos turned out great.

 BTS of the hallway by the elevator that we turned into a studio.

BTS of the hallway by the elevator that we turned into a studio.

 Fitbit Chief Revenue Officer Woody Scal.

Fitbit Chief Revenue Officer Woody Scal.

 Fitbit CEO James Park.

Fitbit CEO James Park.

Dennis Webb, Forestry Technician, for The New York Times

Got the huge opportunity to shoot some reportage and portraits for The Sunday edition of the New York Times recently.  I had a great time touring the saw mill and hanging out in the forest outside Santa Cruz for a couple hours watching Dennis do his thing.  Huge thank you to Leslie Dela Vega for the amazing assignment and to the nice folks over at Big Creek Lumber in Davenport, CA for being so welcoming and patient.  

In studio with Blaine and Curtis

 

I was back in studio again last week, this time in Oakland at Studio GZ.  I had been wanting to try out some new lighting set ups and when I came across Blaine I thought he’d be perfect.

After my shoot with Blaine wrapped up, I asked the studio owner, Curtis, if he would be interested in sitting for a portrait as well.  Luckily, he said yes and we made some awesome photos:

Back in the studio this week

I was back visiting my friends at NoobPro Studio in the Sunset District of San Francisco this week to shoot a few portraits of a fellow named Greg.  I had been wanting to mess around with some new lighting set ups for a while now and when I came across Greg I knew he’d be perfect.  

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Here are a few selects from our session:

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A shot from a shoot last year at Corona Heights Park

Here’s a shot I did last year at Corona Heights Park in SF.  I wanted to practice lighting outdoors and found a model that was looking to add some new photos to his portfolio.  I normally like to shoot in studio but really wanted to work on my daytime lighting skills.  Robert turned out to be a real pleasure to work with and was a trooper dealing with my constantly adjusting my light.  He also did well standing in the shade on a breezy 50 degree day in SF.

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