One of the spots I shot for Daisy Cottage Cheese is finally out! I wrote a post about the making of this project that I think will be great for a lot of young filmmakers.
Latest commercial for California Almonds. This was a really fun shoot and very strange concept but happy with how it looks! See it on Discovery Channel during Shark Week!
Today was a whole new adventure for me. I love hiked but I've never hiked for 8 hours straight. It was a 4 mile hike to the waterfall which I didn't think would be that bad but forgetting its 8 miles round trip it turned to be much harder for me. On top of that i had a 15 pound backpack with camera gear, not enough water, and my boot split in half 3 miles in. It was definitely a test of willpower but we thankfully made it back okay with some amazing photos.
I rarely take vacations but even when I do I find myself exploring and shooting even more. I was lucky to take a trip to Kauai with my dad for a week. We explored and took photos every single day and it was a blast. Sadly the weather wasn't the greatest but it got better throughout the week and we got some incredible photos.
Less than a year ago I shot some beautiful commercial and print ads for the Napa Valley Tourism board. The print work has been out in some magazines over the last few months but the commercials are finally being released. It was a lot of fun shooting in these beautiful locations and the team killed it!
The last two years have been very hectic from 5 tours with 2 different artists, moving to LA, and all the other shoots i've had, I didn't have time to edit all the photos I wanted. This last week all my shoots got canceled so I thought i would take the opportunity to finally go back and edit photos I never had a chance to. The benefit is also i'm better at editing now so I can make the photos better than they would have been then.
The first set of photos I wanted to release were from my first ever Flask Mob SF. It was a photography group started by my friend Evan and this was the 1 year anniversary. It was organized kaos to say the least. We mobbed through the middle of the stockton tunnel. Word of advice to people caught in a mob, NEVER honk your horn at them or people will jump all over your car. Luckily no one got hurt and besides some graffiti it was a peaceful event. Here are the photos I captured mobbin with Joe, Ryan, and Leyla.
I met this group a few years ago through social media and we have been working ever since! Last year we collaborated on the Alice in Wonderland shoot and this year we decided to try something more cinematic.
Photographer: Nick Mahar
Model: Kim Flink
Stylist: Estasha Goodwin
Makeup & Hair: Ashley Langston & Maribel Enriquez
Clothes: Getta Grip Clips
Jewelry: Tiana Saul
Assistant: Ryan Reichert
Earlier this year before i moved to LA i set up a bunch of shoots. Some were unfortunately not able to make it so I couldn't make it work however i've been scheduling those slowly but surely while I've lived down here now. One was Caitlin O'Connor and we killed 2 birds with one stone. Finally shot at the beach in Laguna and we finally got to shoot together.
The day went very well until I dropped my FULL card in the ocean before sunset. I had some cards go through washing machines before so I wasn't too worried but fear slowly crept over me as the sunset. I decided to rush reshoot all the setups we had done the last few hours. I knew we'd only get a few but I didn't wan to end up with nothing from the shoot. I got home and the card worked fine, started to download and it froze on the 20th photo. Tried again and same thing. I eventually copied the files instead of use lightroom but it still wouldn't transfer everything.
I got most of the photos but I didn't get some of the ones I was most excited about. I ended up washing the card again in my sink. Because it was in salt water i had to make sure the port pins didn't have particles on them. Finally everything worked fine and the card seems to be stable.
There were a lot of photos I loved but here are a few.
I went to Flask Mob SF for the 1 Year Anniversary so now that I live in LA, i definitely couldn't miss the LA edition. It was a massive group but peaceful the entire time but sadly the cops shut us down. We mobbed over the bridge and cops told us to turn around. They eventually got us into one area and slowly forced us all out. The damn helicopter was above for 2 hours which was a ridiculous waste of money but got us some cool shots. The areas we walked were a lot darker than SF so I didn't get as many great shots but still got a few below.
Even though the holidays mean no work for most filmmakers, I try to still shoot with family or friends. This last year I've gotten back into shooting film again so I bring a film camera everywhere I don't bring my 5D. Here are some of the photos I took during a birthday party for my friend Troy. The party took place inside a blanket fort which was also connected to a twigloo.
This year I spend New Years Eve at the Golden Gate bridge with my best friend Matt. It was certainly a site to see!
Every year, like most people, I try to look back and reflect on all the amazing things I was able to see and do. 2013 was very hard to top, from going to Europe, to touring with the biggest artist of the year. Luckily 2014 brought new opportunities that put it on par with 2013. I had the opportunity to work with some amazing people and the list below is just a few of the accomplishments i'm most proud of.
- 10 Commercial TV spots
- Dozens of music videos
- 2 US Tours
- 3 Magazine Publications with over 20 Photos published
- Created the album artwork for a DefJam Artist
- I moved to LA
- Worked with LOGIC, G-Eazy, Quest, IAMSU, Sage the Gemini, NE-YO, and more
- Featured on VSCO, LRG, DEFJAM, 106 & Park
- Shot for companies like Google, LRG, SONIC, Genentech, Mylacor Alcohol, VMG, and more
- The feature film "Bar America" I worked on won audience selection at the Catalina FIlm Festival
Theres a bunch more but thats just a brief list. It has been a great year and 2015 is already set to start off with a huge bang!
Earlier this year I had the great opportunity and pleasure to shoot new ad campaigns for the Napa Valley Tourism Board. We shot some of the most exclusive wineries and hotels in all of Napa. Not only was I responsible for the Cinematography of the 5 commercial spots in 4 days, I also had to shoot all of the print ad work. We lucked out because the major earthquake that damaged a lot struck the week after we wrapped. I turned in all my images and select the week we got back and had no clue when they would all come out, let alone where. I went to the color sessions for the commercials and I was proud to say that we lit and shot everything so well, no one had many changes to the final grading. Almost everything had minor to no adjustments which i'm extremely proud of and wouldn't have been able to do without my team.
Sadly the commercials aren't out yet but my mom was flipping through her American Express Magazine and there happens to be the picture of a bike in front of a castle. It was one of my favorite shots and the only one I had shown anyone. It ran in that magazine and a few others for about 2 months and now the image of the dinner table is currently circulating. It's a great feeling to see my work printed out, especially in the digital age when everything in on a screen! Thankfully everything was so well received, we are shooting more commercials and print work! 2014 has been a tremendous year and I can't wait for what's in store for 2015!