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Hurry Up! Here Comes The Rent-O-Cops!

March 22, 2016
Long black dress by Free People Clothing in downtown los angeles with street fashion photographer John Ussenko and model Janelle Carroll.

It makes me so frustrated when you’re trying to do a fashion shoot and you see the security guard running towards you. I already know what he’s going to say. It’s the dreaded deja vu. We don’t have much time. Now it’s a rush rush and hurry hurry type of shoot. I was only able to snap three photos near this red structure. The security guard gets close enough and shouts, “This is private property and you can’t take any photos.” I’ve heard this so many times. How can a building in the middle of downtown Los Angeles be private property? They don’t care if you walk around or sit down or even eat your lunch but has soon as the camera comes out, 9-1-1! 9-1-1!  Dang rent-o-cops.

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Food

Delicious Neapolitan Gluten-free Pepperoni Pizza In Huntington Beach

March 18, 2016
Gluten-free pepperoni pizza in Huntington Beach.

After a long day, sometimes you just want to eat pizza. It’s simple. It’s easy. And it’s take out. How can you beat that? And as far as I know, I’m not allergic to gluten. The main reason why I order gluten-free is for the chewy dough.  I have no idea if all gluten-free pizza taste like this but I’m enjoying it. The crust is chewy and the pepperoni is so crispy. The red sauce isn’t too thick either.  If you’re interested in trying something different, give Spin Pizza a try.

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Black Leather Fashion Shoot Takes Over Laguna Beach

March 8, 2016
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For being such a small beach town, Laguna Beach has many things to offer with great locations to shoot. I love this place and the fresh ocean breeze. It’s now mid-day and getting hot here. The last thing I want is for the Belarus model, Katya Katie Kutz, sweating in her black leather BCBGMAXAZRIA dress and belt. So let’s knock out a few shots and call it a day.

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Surfing The Concrete Fashion Shoot In Downtown Los Angeles

March 4, 2016
Surfboard fashion photo shoot in downtown los angeles with photographer, John Ussenko.

One of my fav fashion shoots. I love combining completely different elements and creating art from it. When was the last time you saw a model, Jeffrey Campbell high heels, and a surf board against some murals in downtown Los Angeles? Exactly my point. When I collaborate with models and hear some of their ideas, it helps spark new visions in my mind. And then we create something like this.

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Lifestyle

Mercedes Benz Kills It At The Anti-Mall Lab

March 1, 2016
Side shot of a Carlsson Mercedes by lifestyle photographer, John Ussenko on location at the Lab in Costa Mesa.

I love taking out the Benz for a photo shoot. You can place this car anywhere and end up with amazing shots.  I’m literally driving to one of my fav coffee shops located in The Lab, Cafecito Organico, when I see this colorful wall. I’m definitely going to give it a shot after I get some coffee.

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Bringing Street Fashion To Old Town Irvine

February 27, 2016
Irvine downtown old village fashion shoot with photographer, John Ussenko with model Janelle Carroll.

I’m a nostalgic kind of guy and when I find a place that was built back in 1895, I start to drool. And Old Town Irvine is one of those places. I’ve done a few street fashion shoots here and it feels new every time I visit. The ancient wood, that appears to be original, keeps my mind wondering about the history of this place. I love old stuff.

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Arka Clothing And A Killer Mural by Derick Montez

February 17, 2016
Arka Clothing Street fashion photographer, John Ussenko during a photo shoot in Seal Beach, SoCal.

Today, I’m on a mission to find new locations to shoot. I’m cruising north on PCH towards Seal Beach and see this cool mural by Derick Montez. It’s located in the back of an ominous pink motel but thank goodness it’s during daylight hours so I should be safe. Creepy motel for real.

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Long Beach Docks Where Bizarre Society, WeSC, And Diesel Get Down

February 13, 2016
Edgy street fashion photographer, John Ussenko wearing Bizarre Society Clothing and WESC snapback, on location in Long Beach during a photo shoot.

Today, is different. Most mornings, I wake up to the idea of where to shoot and as of now, nothing comes to mind. Maybe coffee will help. I jump on the 405 and stop at some random place on the east side of Long Beach for a cup of organic coffee, which by the way, was made incorrectly. Not that I’m a pour-over-coffee-snob, I just want my coffee to be made correctly.

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Alyona Elena Alekhina Brings Roxy Fashion To Sunset Beach

February 9, 2016
Photo shoot with Roxy sponsored pro snowboarder, Alyona Elena Alekhina and photographer, John Ussenko on location in Sunset Beach, Tower 8.

I met up with pro snowboarder, Alyona Elena Alekhina to do a fashion shoot for one of her sponsors, Roxy. She was kind enough to share her story with me while we headed over to Sunset Beach. I’m clueless about the snowboarding industry and hearing about her accident almost brought tears to my eyes. Seriously. I don’t know what I would do in the same situation. After listening to her story, I immediately felt a sense of complete inspiration. I have to admit, she’s a true warrior and an inspiration for a lot of people. Kudos to her. This photo shoot really hit home for me and I started thinking about what it takes to never give up.

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Lifestyle

SoCal Architecture Complements The Fine Lines Of A Mercedes Benz

February 5, 2016
611 Anton Mercedes Benz lifestyle photo shoot with edgy lifestyle photographer John Ussenko.

Ideas started popping in my head the day I decided to use my Carlsson Mercedes as a prop. It’s a pretty cool prop to have and definitely brings a certain element to each photo shoot.  There’s something about seeing a beautiful car next to some amazing architecture. And I didn’t have to drive far to find 611 Anton, it’s right next to South Coast Plaza, also known as the other Rodeo Drive. I honestly didn’t realize how many awesome buildings are here until I started looking for places to have a photo shoot.  I’m happy that security didn’t rush out and kick me off the property, they tend to do that. It’s a good day.

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