Photo Journal

Studio updates, project announcements, and a glimpse behind the scenes of commercial and editorial photo shoots.

Posts in editorial photography
City Rain
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I had the chance to take advantage of the unusual gloominess a couple of weeks ago with Austin Carr (Mavrick Models) in Pasadena, CA. Everyone has been complaining about the weather (myself included), but I simultaneously love it. The clouds create perfect outdoor lighting — the whole city is currently a big soft box.

A Woman in Kansas Who Reads Vogue

Many photographers feel their client is the subject. My client is a woman in Kansas who reads Vogue. I'm trying to intrigue, stimulate, feed her. My responsibility is to the reader. The severe portrait that is not the greatest joy in the world to the subject may be enormously interesting to the reader.

— Irving Penn

Model: Ariel Thompson | Makeup by Stephanie Lopez

Julian

A couple of months ago, I was commissioned by Los Angeles model/actor Julian Zambrano to photograph an important transformation — the first cutting of his long, beloved hair in years. We decided to celebrate the moment in an homage to Patrick Demarchelier’s beautiful photographs of Karlie Kloss’s famous haircut.

AVI ROSS GROUP

It's always a pleasure working with Avi Ross Group on their stunning home renovation projects. This beautiful historic Craftsman gem, tucked away in the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park, is finally finished and up for sale. Every place they sell comes with the beautiful furniture that was hand-chosen for the space. They're not simply selling a house -- they're selling a home. You can check out their beautiful, perfectly designed and hand-renovated properties at their website.

Somewhere Outside of Time
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As a commercial photographer in Los Angeles, the reality of a contemporary society dominated by social media and a culture of cool is prevalent in my work and life in the city. "Somewhere Outside of Time" is a new, ongoing personal photo series exploring and documenting the Mojave Desert -- a region that seems to exist outside of time, largely untouched by contemporary society, existing only on its own terms.

VOGUE ITALIA
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I'm currently in Joshua Tree, California, working on a new photo series. I stopped for coffee early this morning and was excited to learn that one of my images from my recent shoot with model Ariel Thompson is up on Vogue Italia's PhotoVogue. (Makeup by Stephanie Lopez.)

IN THE STUDIO WITH COURTNEY TAYLOR BURNESS

A couple of my favorite images from my shoot a couple weeks back with actress Courtney Taylor Burness. Makeup by Stephanie Lopez.

TIME OUT LOS ANGELES

Toward the end of last year, I was hired by Time Out Los Angeles to photograph the interior of La Boucherie, a French-inspired restaurant on the 71st floor of the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Here are a couple of my favorite images from the shoot.

The Rossi Hotel

Last week, I had the pleasure of being hired to photograph the newly renovated suites and grounds of The Rossi Hotel in Palm Springs, California. The hotel -- a boutique resort tucked away on a quiet street just a few blocks from the resort town's bustling downtown area -- was a gorgeous, relaxing paradise. Here are a few of my favorite images from my shoot.