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!
Back in September I had the chance to shoot some photos for FiveThirtyEight's Electorate series they were running every week leading up to the election. We shot reportage and portraits of Mr. Diep at different locations around San Jose to show the growing influence of Vietnamese in San Jose elections.
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.
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.
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.
I recently had the chance to contribute to a feature on the lasting effects of Hurricane Katrina on young men in New Orleans. David Abramson and Lori Peek are researchers that have been following the lives of young men since Katrina hit New Orleans 10 years ago.
Portraits of Ari Berman for a story on his new book about voting rights in America for RollingStone.com
Portrait of Glenn Danzig in the Rolling Stone Studio in Midtown Manhattan for RollingStone.com
Mikky Ekko in the Rolling Stone studio for a story on RollingStone.com
They Might Be Giants for RollingStone.com
A portrait I recently shot in Berkeley, CA of a Bay Area domestic violence attorney that is doing some awesome work. Story on Ozy.com
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:
A few photos from my portrait shoot today with ‘Q’ from the Bearded Professionals. More to come soon!
Check them out on IG: @BeardedProfessionals
Last week I had the chance to shoot an album cover and promo photos for a jazz guitarist named Peter. We shot at the beautiful Sutro Heights Park in SF.
Came across a great interview of a photographer that is a big inspiration to my work, through the blog of a photographer who’s work I also admire.
I’m a huge fan of photographer Nadav Kander. Here is a great interview where Nadav offers some great insite into his working process and thought process surrounding his photography. Enjoy.
Here are a few shots from my shoot on top of the Russ Building in downtown SF for Poe’s upcoming release on Ear Peace Records.
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.
Here are a few selects from our session:
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.
Model Patrick Devin. Shot at NoobPro Studios, SF, CA.