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IAMSU - I Love My Squad

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

Tianna G X Nick Mahar

Killers Shoot

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.  

Lighting Tests

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. 

Nick Mahar X Jenn Scott

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! 

Nick Mahar X Stephanie

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! 

Recent Shoots

I've been swamped lately with moving to LA, prepping for Logic's album, which i fully designed the booklet for, and coming to the bay every week for shoots. Thankfully in between I've had some time to do some personal shoots and here are some of the quick results. 

35mm exploring

New photos from my adventures around California and on set. 

Peter Pan

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 Somewhere New...

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! 

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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