My shoots last month with Grasie from Style Me Grasie could be best described in one word: festive.
The holiday season hit us hard and she was going to holiday parties left and right – which meant tons of cute party outfits! She was finally able to incorporate more layers and hats in her casual looks since it was colder last month as well. While the new year is starting off a bit warm, I’m hoping it stays cool since I love winter layers!
I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned how much I love shooting musicians and bands. It’s a completely different experience than shooting other subjects. They tend to be very fun, relaxed shoots and are always ready to try new things on the fly. Hopefully in 2013 (if the world doesn’t end tomorrow haha) I’ll get even more opportunities to meet and work with more talented musicians.
Did a quick shoot with Colleagues, a hardcore band from Los Angeles.
Brainchild of Kenny, this project has been evolving over the past couple of years. Although there are 25 songs written so far, they continue to build, mold, and rework the music into something great (but not always what they have originally intended). As the members have also been shifting throughout the project, they are currently looking for a full-time guitarist and bassist so let them know if anyone is interested!
One of my favorite things about photography is being able to connect with all different types of people. I’m a social person and I really like getting to know more about clients than just what kind of photos they want.
I had the pleasure of shooting some portraits of Erica – an adventurous lawyer who insisted that she was terrible at taking photographs but wanted some nice ones of herself (which I totally don’t believe because all her photos came out great). We spent much of the shoot walking and talking about our many overlapping interests – traveling, food, pets, and grocery shopping (yes, really). All the chatter and the gorgeous Venice weather made the shoot have a great relaxed feel.
Her outfits for the shoot were styled by the amazing Grasie Mercedes of Style Me Grasie! While Grasie was unable to come to the shoot with us, Erica and Grasie met beforehand to put together some looks that really represented Erica.
One of my dearests, Jennifer Chung, has been making some crazy changes in her life.
Throughout my 6 year friendship with Jen, I’ve seen her grow many ways as a person and especially musically, but this year she has made some amazing jumps from chopping all of her hair off (and dying parts of it purple) to moving to Korea to work on music there as well as spend some quality time with family she hasn’t seen in forever. I’m always so proud of her hard work and will continue to root for her from the other side of the Pacific. I absolutely love seeing videos, Instagram photos, and posts from all of my friends scattered all over the world continuing to chase their dreams.
Literally a couple of days before Jen jet off to South Korea, she asked me for one last shoot before her adventure. We got to spend some quality time shooting close by (close as in on my front stoop) and to talk about her excitement and anticipation on what her trip to Korea will bring.
Please follow her adventures and support her music quest on her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Jen isn’t my only friend attacking the music scene in Korea right now. My friend Marshall Bang is also over there singing. Here’s a video of them doing an impromptu street performance over there!
LA weather has been really fickle. We keep going in and out of heat waves with rain in between them. While Grasie still needs to throw in some looks in shorts & dresses, the rainy & cold days in between have allowed her to get some great sweaters and fall looks in there. These are the outfit posts we shot for November. (:
A little while ago, I had the amazing opportunity to once again shoot the current Kaba Modern team (hip hop dance crew based a UC Irvine that also had members representing the crew on MTV’s, America’s Best Dance Crew).
Shooting Kaba Modern is always fun because of the great people on the team – each and every one of them works very hard to make the shoot a success. I also love how they want to bring concepts and theme into their shoots as well. This year was a mafia theme and they had everything from guns to long cigarette holders. It was great getting to shoot some of the same people I have shot in previous years but it’s always exciting to meet and shoot the new members. Although they all say they are so awkward in front of the camera and have no idea what they’re doing, they have to be lying because they always come out looking great (and they all seem to have a lot of fun as opposed to being overly nervous). I love seeing the team grow as dancers, individuals, and seeing how different they are at these shoots once they are veterans and start killing it in front of the camera.
Aside from the themed look, we usually shoot a more personal, casual look as well.
Huge thanks again to the team for having me! You can view all the photos from the shoot on Facebook.
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So my friend and fellow photographer, Joan, lives on the East Coast in New Jersey while her boyfriend, Patrick, lives on the West Coast in California.
Since they rarely see each other (obviously) she requested that I take some photos of her bf. They are an adorable couple who manage to make the distance a non-issue. She’s going to be visiting soon and I’m SO excited to not only get to see her, but to see her be all cute with Patrick.
I really wanted to get Patrick’s personality and things he loves in the photos. He’s an extremely chill guy who does poetry, loves music, and dances.
Did I also mention another thing he loves is Joan? In order to get a little Joan into these photos as well, he brought along the a stuffed panda that she gave him. So cute. I’m dead.