I’m honored to have been interviewed by PDN Magazine for this month’s issue, available on newsstands nationwide. You can read the full article here, or by clicking on the magazine cover. After the interview and more thorough research into Facebook’s long history of data abuse and rights-grabbing practices that take advantage of artists, I made the decision to join the million-plus Europeans who deactivated their Facebook and Instagram accounts to stand up for human (and artist) rights. I’m still happily posting about my photography and life on more artist-friendly, privacy-conscious social media platforms — please make sure to follow me on Ello, VSCO, and Behance.
More images from my recent shoot with model Austin Carr (Mavrick Models) in Pasadena, earlier this month just before it started raining forever.
Having spent several weeks alone in the Mojave Desert a little less than a year ago, exploring and wandering and becoming closer to that region of America than any other I’ve visited, I cannot understand the destruction that has taken place in Joshua Tree National Park over the last several weeks of the government shutdown here in the United States.
That anyone would feel comfortable chopping down such rare and iconic trees to clear a path for vehicles where there was no road is unconscionable. The way humans sometimes behave when they believe no one will hold them accountable is beyond my ability to comprehend. For now, I am heartbroken for Joshua Tree — but I plan to return to the desert soon to document the aftermath of the darker realities of human nature, as well as the beautiful resilience of the American desert that has taught me so much about life itself.
I’m pleased to announce that open edition fine art prints from my series “The Mojave” are now available through Saatchi. They are available framed and unframed, and would make a delightful gift for the holidays or a wonderful addition to your personal photography collection at home or in the office.
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.
Los Angeles, 2018.
I've been photographing a lot of living spaces lately -- and absolutely loving it! The last two weeks have taken me to sprawling mansions in Beverly Hills, historic Craftsman gems tucked away in the lush Northeast landscapes of Highland Park, to stunning lofts with views of the city skyline in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
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.
Melanie Cruz - Hollywood Hills, 2018.
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.
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.
This year was a big one, filled with lots of extreme ups and downs. Photography has always been my rock -- the one thing that keeps me going even in the midst of chaos. I was lucky to get to work with a variety of amazing, supportive, wonderful clients this year -- ranging from huge corporations like Mercedes-Benz of North America, to corporate restaurant chains like Rubio's Coastal Grill and Bibigo Fresh Korean Kitchen, to smaller independent brands like High Ruin, as well as wonderful nonprofits like the Orange County Small Business Development Center as they featured local businesses that are doing awesome things, like Inland Wharf Brewing Company.
I'm genuinely looking forward to 2018 -- wondering about the challenges and inspirations the new year will bring is always my favorite part about New Year's Eve. Here's to the passing of a year full of growth and amazing opportunities; and a toast to whatever wonderful things 2018 has in store.
I'm also sending out all the best to everyone reading this -- may the new year bring you all the challenges and opportunities you need to grow into the person you want to become, to live the life you've imagined. Here's to 2018, and exciting new chapters.
Portland, OR - 2017.