I’m in a great mood and sharing some of my art, personal fashion styles, and brands with all of you. Plain and simple. And I love what I did with this fashion shoot. Best one yet! I discovered this narrow alley in Huntington Beach off the PCH. It was mid-day and time to try out a few concepts with shadows. This is one of my very first Simon Spurr sportcoats that I purchased way back in the day. It has that punk rock kind of look and of course my friends can always find me when it’s dark outside. The Body Rags tshirt happens to be one of my favorite designs and you’ll see me in it a lot. I’ll have to remember not to do so many fashion shoots with it on though.
If you’re going to do a photo shoot in downtown Los Angeles, you definitely have to get some murals in the shot. This place is filled with some of the most amazing graffiti murals in the artist district. To me, downtown LA equals urban art. This is where I go to be immersed in it. And if you take a moment to appreciate the art, you’ll realize how massive some of these pieces are. It blows my mind away. Kudos to all those artists who run the streets looking for the perfect canvas to express their soul.
Running around with all my creative energy burns like a million calories and after a few hours, my brain stops functioning properly. Photo shoots can be exhausting especially if you forget to eat breakfast. It’s around that weird time called brunch, the in-between of breakfast and lunch that I have a difficult time understanding. I pass 4 other restaurants because they’re too crowded but something catches my eye about this place. I notice right away when I step inside Salt Air bistro, right off Abbot Kinney, that it’s so different than all the other places on the block.
Maybe it’s the white cloth napkins or the white marble counter tops and tables. Maybe it’s because Carol Ann Emquies of Blinken Interiors designed it. Or maybe it’s the awesome duo, Patti and Dave over at Reiss Company that had something to do with it. I can’t nail down what actually grabbed my attention but I have to admit, it makes me feel good being here.
I’ve been waiting for these bad boys for so long. I took my Cavalli’s out of the box and drooled but the most difficult part is putting them back. I know, right?! Trust me, my other shoes are wearing thin and I want to wear these right here and now but I can’t. Not that I can’t, it’s more like I don’t want to. I really don’t want to scuffed them up. You might be asking, why? Well…I’ve been thinking about doing a photo shoot with designer shoes for quite a while. At the time, I really didn’t know which designer to choose from and it was just by chance the Cavalli’s were on sale. So I grabbed a pair. Come to think of it, I should’ve grabbed two.
I heard on the news that 10-12ft swells were hitting today so I decided to grab my gear and check it out. I’ve heard about Huntington Beach being a great place to surf. Granted, I’m not a surfer but I played in the waves of Bali, Phuket, and Costa Rica to know what a good wave looks like. And today didn’t let me down. The 10-12ft swells definitely made the difference. I arrived on the pier around 10:55 am and walked towards Ruby’s Diner, I know, kind of cool to have a burger joint at the end of the pier. I already attached my long lens to my camera so all I had to do was setup in a place where I thought I could capture some great shots. I don’t know any of the surfers but if you do, just let me know and I’ll make sure to give them a copy.
A fashion shoot in a harbor? Say what?! With so many harbors within a 30 minute drive between Long Beach and Dana Point, this happens to be the first time I’m actually shooting in one. I’m guilty. I should’ve would’ve could’ve done it sooner, I know. Glad that it’s happening now. By random selection, I ended up in this harbor, somewhere between Seal Beach and the south end of Long Beach, I think it’s called Alamitos Bay. I will do a better job of writing down the location because I have no idea where I am. The sun feels nice though. It’s quiet and no one is around to kick me off the dock. It’s going to be a good day.
Some of you might not know this but I don’t wear watches, much less a Diesel watch. I borrowed this one from my brother’s dresser when he wasn’t looking. I have nothing against watches and find the clock on my phone works just fine. However, when I do get a chance to have a photo shoot with some Diesel watches, I’m all over it. There’s something about the lost art of watch making that attracts me to them. I get so deep within the inner workings of the watch, I find myself in a macro world of gears and a bar that goes tick, tick, tick. Everything up close looks gigantic. I feel it brings a whole new look and emotion to the image.
A good friend, Katya, is visiting from Belarus. Don’t worry, I had to look it up too. I definitely want to travel and shoot some amazing street fashion there. Not sure if it’s anxiety or what but my heartbeat quickens ever so slightly when I think about all the new places in Belarus to discover and shoot; but enough of dreaming. I met Katya at my brother’s place. We chit-chatted about random things like health, weather, drinks, food, exercise, shopping but the energy quickly changed when I mentioned about getting into street fashion photography. Next thing you know, we’re doing a photo shoot. Winning!
Did you know there is a hidden network, crafted by weird little white-bluish men and women, trying to keep you from taking photos of their beautiful architecture? Seriously. No joke. They disguise themselves as security-renta-cops and when they spot you, they’ll ask you to leave and if you don’t, they’ll threaten your creative space by calling the real cops. But here’s the strange part. Basically, you can’t take a photo while physically being on their property but you can take a photo of their building if you’re off the property. Does that make any sense?
I’m starting this year with a bang. A lime green bang. I need to break these bonds and get back to my roots of artistic expression. Have to let go of all that holds me down and just let it out. I’m looking forward to a new year. I’m finding a rhythm to this madness and discovering how fun it is. I found this neat little spot tucked away in a parking structure in Newport Beach. It was mid-day and they forgot to turn off the lights. Winner.
My solo photo shoots are challenging and present technical limitations but overall, I’m happy how the photos turned out. My dad had a better way to put it, he would say, “Nothing is free in life, not even the air we breathe.” He’s a smart guy.