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WE MADE IT!!

Well after touring for 3 straight months and jumping right on to shoot for Sonic for 2 weeks non-stop, I'm finally home! I've been working on moving my website over to Squarespace 6 from V5. It has some amazingly simple features but also lacks some of the best ones from the previous versions. Luckily I had my friend Paul help me out and configure everything and after spending all day today updating pages and photos, I'm happy to say the site is done!

I have a ton of new work in the photos section from touring, I added the Macklemore tour doc videos, updated the about me page, and fixed all my credits. Sadly the video page doesn't have anything crazy new because the types of videos i've been shooting, tour videos, aren't necessarily the types of videos i want displayed on the site. The Macklemore was a little different because of how BIG of a production it was. 

Now that I'm back i'm packing to move to LA, prep for a big shoot in Napa, editing the Macklemore Concert from Dublin Ireland, and prepping for Logics Album release which comes out later this year! So thankfully I will have a lot awesome video content to post. The project I'm most excited about posting is the Logic music videos! The album is incredible and the video concepts are epic. Doing a lot for what we have for the budget.

I will be posting a lot more soon but for now, here are some 35mm and polaroids from tour! 

A Year Ago I Was...

This is a very rare time that I'm actually going to use my blog page and post something more than new photos, videos, or a little story about the project I'm currently working on.

A year ago i was sitting at my house, trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life. I had dropped out of school and I was still trying to make sure it was a good idea. The first month after I dropped out I was booked on a few gigs for a little over a month. Fast forward a few more months and it was July. I was now about to embark on a whole new adventure, shooting with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. I had gotten the job partly out of luck but partly out of hard work and ambition. 

It started with the White Walls music video, to touring in Canada to help finish the video, to touring around the world and shooting for the tour documentary. It was a blessing to say the least but a lot of hard work. During all that I also shot a pretty awesome short film that is still being finished called All Men Are Thieves. I worked on or shot all the Sage the Gemini shoots and I worked on some awesome projects with Google, Facebook, and many other tech giants. 

My life changed drastically in a year and if it weren't for me dropping out of school, I don't know if any of this would have happen so soon. I don't write this to show my resume or say i'm the shit. I'm writing this because as I sit in my hotel room needing to go to sleep to get at least 5 hours of sleep, I can't help but just sit and smile. I've been blessed all my life but within the last year it has snowballed even more and has gone far beyond my expectations. I finished up tour with Logic and had 3 days "off" and have been shooting for Sonic every day. 2 weeks of shooting and catching a plane is exhausting and as much as I want to and do complain about the long hours, I'm lucky to be in this position. 

The point of this post is to show people that with hard work, you really can do anything. A year ago I was in my house confused with what I was doing with my life and now I can proudly say I have traveled the world, expanded my horizons, and this year is going to be even better. 


35mm Tour Photos

As most of you should know by now, I've been on tour for the last 3 months with Logic. It was a great and new experience from doing huge arenas with Macklemore to small more personal shows with Logic. Some shows were 800 and some were a few thousand. We had one show in Montreal that was only about 60 people because its a small market who mostly speak french however, we made it one of the best shows on tour. Logic went and hung out with the fans and Damion our security guard bought pizza for the whole crowd! I took a lot of DSLR photos and video but also shot 35mm and polaroid. These are some of my favorite 35mm but i still have 1 more roll that needs to be developed. I'm scanning my polaroids later today so will have a post about those very soon. 

Now that tour is over it's time to finish the album and get on these music videos. I'm excited for Logic to show the world how crazy good he is and i', ready to help with the visuals behind that. 

Logic X Nick Mahar X Alexis Ralaivao

While on tour I wanted to do another collab with my man Alexis Ralaivao and his sick drawing skills. This time i wanted to try a combination of using his normal style, and then also do something different that fit Logic. He loves the movie Back to the Future and immediately was like, "Yo, put a hover board under my feet!". The first animation is definitely abstract and it's not for everyone but we were going with the looks of past artists like Kanye West. The hover board came out great and Logic loved it. 

Logic: While You Wait Tour

Tour has been a lot of fun so far but the West Coast was by far the best section. LA and SF were my favorite by far! Seattle was also a great time catching up with the Macklemore camp and Macklemore video crew. It was nice to see everyone since our tour that ended last december. Here are some of my favorite shots so far on tour!

 

Summer at the Manor

 

A few weeks ago before I left for tour I was asked to do a collaboration shoot with Jesse Alford for Like Magazine. The theme was modern hippie and we shot at a sick mansion/house in Sacramento. A lot of the images I shot got used and it was a mixture of 35mm and Canon DSLR. It was one of my first shirts in a lot time that I used all natural light which is both scary but refreshing for me. I really like lighting but it helps to take a step back and find the light. 

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Logic Tour X HBK X 35mm Film


 

The last few weeks have been nothing short of hectic! Tour prep, commercials, music videos, and more! Next week I leave to photograph and document Logic on the Verge Campus tour on the East Coast. 27 colleges in 30 days is going to be extremely fun and glad to have a lot of creative freedom with the work. I'm most excited about being able to shoot photos and video for the tour. This is going to allow me to constantly try new things and keep it fresh switching between the two mediums. I am also excited to announce I'm sponsored by FreeFly who creates the Movi M10 Stabilizer and Paralinx for all my wireless viewing needs! I used both of their products for the Macklemore Tour Doc and it's great that i'm able to use them for this. 

I'm also prepping for the new HBK(IAMSU, Sage the Gemini, PLO, Kool John, Jay Ant, Skipper, and the crew) video with Director David Camerena! I can't talk about it too much but it's going to be one of the illest music videos the bay has put out and will be a radically different look for HBK. David has come up with some clean concepts and it will definitely show in this video. I'm glad that he has brought me on this project to help realize his vision. I have also been shooting a lot of 35mm film and finally got my B&W back. I used a special SFX film which you can do infrared on. I didn't know that when shooting but my next set is going to be with testing that out. I plan on shooting a lot of film on the video this week as well as the tour. I attached some of my favorites from my last roll with many more on the way. 

Lots of updates hopefully coming soon!

@nickmaharfilms

Josh Cooley's Movies R Fun

 

I had the pleasure of shooting this awesomely cheesy commercial for Pixar Animator Josh Cooley. Josh has been working at Pixar for over a decade and the look of his R rated child's book definitely has the look of classic Pixar films. The book and commercial has been picked up by huge web sites like Buzzfeed and the Chive. David Fincher has even seen it because of the Fight Club scene. Best luck to Josh and the book and I will definitely picking up a copy. 

Screenshots from recent shoot

 

This last month has brought some fantastic projects from music videos to commercials. I'm very blessed to shoot the projects I have. Surprisingly a lot of the music videos I've shot lately have also been all natural light. Partly because of no budget for an HMI, but also because we wouldn't have any time. Thankfully I grew a lot shooting natural light on tour and I've learned to shape light with bounce boards more. All of the stills are ungraded and straight from the games!

 

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Alice Part 1: Rabbit Hole

 

In my last post about Alice, I talked about the shoot and gave a little bit of the preview. Today i'm proud to release the first shot from that shoot and show a concept to final image timeline. It was a complicated undertaking but I think Jake and I were able to pull out a good final image. The next one is going to be even harder and I'm not sure if we will be able to edit it without more help but that's half the adventure! Once again a very special thank you to Stephanie & Amazing Fairytale Parties. Their costumes are legit and we wouldn't have been able to do this shoot without their support!

Feedback is always welcome!

THE TEAM:

Photographer: Nick Mahar
Model: Frida Thomsen
Storyboard: Marcus Ocana
Makeup & Hair: Maribel Enriquez
Stylist: Estasha Goodwin
Compositor: Jacob Kreitzer & Nick Mahar 
Grip Help: Hank Miller Ryan Mosely Leyla Ismen

Very Special thank you to Amazing Fairytale Parties & Stephanie Sarit Werba

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Rock City


A few weeks ago I went exploring and shooting at Rock City. I decided to bring 1 lens and no flashes to limit myself and see what I could get. These are the results of all that.

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis World Tour EP 5: The End

As I have said many times before, it was a blessing to tour the world with this amazing group of people. Ben & Ryan are extremely humble and loving as well as everyone in the entire crew. Having time to think about it all after being off tour for more than a month now has really given me some perspective. I played football in high school for 4 years and the team really bonded. I felt a lot of the same comradery in the Macklemore camp but it wasn't until these last 2 weeks that I really realized it and missed it. Our editor Johnny did a fantastic job of putting together all the footage over tour and I think this last video fully displays his talent at its best. 

I can't wait for the next adventure with this group and I wish them the best in 2014. Congrats to them again for the 7 nominations and 4 Grammy wins! I do agree that Kendrick should have won best Rap Album but I think "The Heist" should have gotten album of the year over Daft Punk. 

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2013 Cinematography Reel

I finally had some time today to sit down and work on a new reel from everything I shot in 2013. This reel doesn't even show half the projects I worked on because a lot were either corporate video or I was only camera operator on. The ending of the video includes some amazing shots I got while on tour with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis but I don't even have 1/4 of the amazing footage I shot. Hopefully after I get it all i will have some time to go through it and get some even better shots!
I've already had some awesome shoots in 2014 and can't wait for more as the year progresses!
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Night Photography In SF

 

 

Decided to go out to SF one night and do some night photography. Sadly a lot of the bay was covered in fog however it lent itself to some gorgeous shots with how the light reflected off it. 2 days later I decided to try it again and shoot some fire breathing and spinning. This time I was actually looking forward to the fog and embracing it but sadly there was no fog. The good news, I got some more fantastic shots of the Golden Gate with some good friends!

Nick Mahar X Erk Tha Jerk

 

Here is my first photo set of 2014! Excited for all the new work this year! This is my most recent photo set with the homie Erk Tha Jerk. It was a fun shoot as always with Erk and I was glad to have a break from shooting on tour to finally do a photo shoot. It was at one of my favorite places in the bay, but we ended up getting kicked out by security. Sadly we didn't even get to shoot in a dope spot i found while exploring a little more. Despite the problems, I think we ended up with some great shots. Special congrats to Erk for his tour which is starting next week! 

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Goodbye 2013

2013 was one of the greatest years of my life. I got to travel the world doing what I love with some amazing friends. Here are just some of the highlights from the year. 

 

-Dropped out of school. 

-Shot for EDC & Marquee in Vegas

-Shot in Mexico for BPM Music Festival

-Shot Ziggy Marlet, TMills, Mike Posner, Columbia Records, Sony Records

-First time in NY and for a shoot! 

-Worked on a music video and Toured with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

-Toured in London, Ireland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Sweeden, Poland, Italy, Scotland, Netherlands, The US. 

-Watched the cover of the rolling stones be shot

-Featured on Small HDs website

-Shot over 15 music videos

-Shot 2 World Star model videos

-Shot over 40,000 photos

And much much more!

 

Heres to 2014!