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!
I've always been a huge Disney fanatic and both Aladdin and Peter Pan have been some of my favorites. It may be that it stars male leads but they also get to fly. I've been on airplanes many times including smaller, private planes, but I've never gotten the chance to be in a helicopter. Well, I was supposed to during an Every 15 minutes assembly where i had all clothes except my boxers cut off me but the weather was bad so it never came. I also did actually ride one during a training exercise for controlled wildfire burns but that was just over hills that look the same. Anyways, today I finally got to fly over a city with my good friends Nick and Ryan. This was my last fun shoot in the Bay Area before I move to LA.
Besides being a dream come true, it was even cooler because of the fog. Not only because we got to fly through it with the doors open, but the light from the sunset bouncing off the clouds were incredible. I just got back an hour ago and I only quickly went through the photos, but here are some of the ones i've edited so far!
Today I went exploring at Point Reyes with my friends Nick and Ryan. It's not a hidden place but I had never been here and never seen much about it growing up. For some reason to me it was hidden and its sad because its a gorgeous place. I must say it was a very foggy day and my photos make it look 10x nicer than it actually was today but i know once the sun came out it looked even better. It was a lot of hiking but well worth the adventure. Below is a quick edit i did on one of the shots. Lots to go through!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!