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!
I love my home, The Bay. It will forever be the greatest place to live and grow up to me. The culture is strong and we have it all. Music is one of my biggest passions about the bay because we have such a unique sound. This year the homie G-Eazy blew up and helped put the bay back on the map. I went out and helped shoot the Oakland show which was a legendary night. He brought out Bay Legends THE PACK! It was a dope show and the results are below!
Last week I happen to be back in the bay area for another week because of a few job offers. The weather had been very unpredictable but I wanted to hang out with my talented photographer friend, Hailey. It was a fun day and I finally got to explore parts I haven't been to before. I also messed around with compositing a different background into one of the photos below!
Logic's debut album, Under Pressure, is officially on sale! We all went at midnight in NY to a Best Buy that was open and bought out the whole store. Weirdly they have 0 copies of the standard which was super annoying but, thankfully we got the deluxe.
Logic was kind enough to ask Jonathan Benavente and myself to do the album booklet. I ended up sitting down and doing it in around 6-8 hours which blew my mind. I was nervous to send it to him but after John and I made some changes and shot the final page, it all came together nicely. The booklet consist of polaroid, 35mm film, current DSLR, and old photo scans Logic had of him that I did on my HP Printer.
The booklet itself is a story. Obviously the front and back cover by Sam Spratt is amazing, but the inside tells it's own story. The booklet is divided into 2 sections, before and after the page with Logic and 6 in front of a brick wall. The first half is Logic growing. The first page we see him with his mom, in his room, and one other. The second page is another two from his room and lastly a picture that looks like his first day of school. I would have loved to include more photos of his childhood like I did his later years but sadly this is all he had left. The second half, which was after the photo of Logic and 6, was about the current state, all of the Verge campus tour and While You Wait tour, mixing and mastering of the album, and just the months leading up to the release.
I really wanted to include things in the booklet that really fit him. Originally we were going to have a cigarette on one of the pages but I didn't have any. Luckily it was on the CD itself so it got the same point across I wanted. All the photos from tour and hanging our are photos John and myself took. My favorite page is the last photo with all of the polaroids spread out on the table. We also decided to include the N64, Xbox, Playstation, and Super NES controller to represent Logic's love for video games.
Every word and date on the polaroids are from tour. After verge we decided to make an entire wall of our bus dedicated to tour polaroids. There were a lot of amazing ones we took with fans that became my favorite but because of legal reasons, we were never able to use them in this booklet. It was a great experience and I'm thankful for the opportunity to create this, I never once thought I would make an album booklet. Also last fun fact, last page above the Super Nintendo controller and Rhetorik, is a photo of myself. On that photo is my area code where I was born and raised, "925".
Over the last year I have had the opportunity to shoot some amazing tours, music videos, and now commercials. I shot 6 commercials for the Napa Valley Tourism board a week before they were hit with a huge earthquake. That was through Misfit Productions in SF, a company my friend Doug started and through an Ad agency, DOJO. DOJO has been responsible for some of my favorite commercials from Halo 2 miniatures to the original Xbox 360 commercials I loved soo much I downloaded to my Xbox just to re-watch.
Sadly those commercials still aren't our yet but some of the print work I did has been in a few magazines the last couple of months. I will be posting all the finals of those soon. Now I had the pleasure of shooting some very quick promo commercials for the Foster Farms Bowling in SF. This was a one day shoot with a very fast turn around. We shot is last week and it's already cut together. The fun thing about this project for me was working with my longtime friend Mike Wood who I've been wanting to work with for some time. We also got to shoot green screen which I haven't really done since I was in high school when I first taught myself how to.
I'm very happy with the results and it was a great shoot day!
Shot some fitness style photos for my friend Matt last week at the LA river. Always wanted to shoot down there and now that I live here, why not? I know it's the typical LA place to shoot, but its such a nice location and after growing up with the movie Grease, it was like a childhood dream. The light out was gorgeous like most LA sunsets and i'm happy with what we got!
Video I shot with Tianna Gregory for Connectic Clothing
Latest music video i've shot to be released. This was shot months ago, I mean probably 4 or 5 months ago. It was supposed to come out a few times but I'm not sure what happen. Thankfully it's finally out for people to see. Unfortunately we had a lot of logistical problems occur but we made it work.
Director: David Camarena
Cinematography: Nick Mahar
I was back home in the bay last week for a color session at Spy Post in SF. We were finally finishing with the Napa Commercials I had shot about a month ago which luckily happen before the earthquake. I'm extremely proud of how these came out! Doug, the director, had a fantastic vision and assembled an amazing team. I'm really happy that his company Misfit is doing such great things. I shot the photos of him and the team for their press release a few months back.
While I was at home bored on a saturday night, I thought of cool things to shoot and invited my friends over. It was probably 6pm when I called and we started shooting at 9pm. The results were very pleasing to me. Sadly my friend who was going to come assist thought I meant the next day so controlling the smoke outside was a little tough but I think the end result was fantastic none the less.
I have 2 more ideas I want to shoot before halloween but i'll be with Logic for the next month on his press tour! Album comes out the 21st and pre-order just went out a few days ago and it already went #3 on ALL of iTunes. and #1,#3,#7 in the hiphop channel. I can't wait for the album to come out so I can also share all the work I did on the booklet.
A few weeks ago I wasn't feeling very inspired so I went online and looked at new images. I looked at lighting diagrams, BTS videos, and found a tutorial talking about Annie Leibovitz style of lighting. Sadly I didn't have a studio with hardwood floors or a dirty background but I worked with what I had. The moody look I got was much different from the ones i usually do but, it was a fun experiment testing out some different styles.
This lovely lady was the first shoot I have done since moving to LA. We were supposed to shoot months ago but schedules didn't work out but im glad they didn't because we got to take advantage of this studio space. We got up at 5:30am to catch sunset but it was hidden behind the smog. It sucked because I never wake up that early anymore but we made up for it in the studio. I'm happy with the results and special thanks to my friend Jon for coming out to help!
I've been so busy lately between moving to LA, editing, planning, and playing Destiny, i mean A LOT of Destiny, that I didn't realize I haven't been posting much from a lot of my shoots i did right before and after tour. So I wanted to try and post everyday for the next week or so.
First up is a shoot I did with my friend Stephanie. This was our second collab and I think we got some dope shots. For the underwater shots I used a fish tank. It's a bit risky but way cheaper than getting an underwater rig. The fish tank is also limited and hard to focus and aim but just takes more time!