Little Alex (aka Alexandra Abercrombie NEXT LA/LOOK SF) holding our spread in Zooey Magazine at B&N :)
Monday, March 21, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
I'm a sucker for Jason Lee Parry's work. I mean the guy even has his own tag on my blog, because I have blogged about him before and knew I would again. I find this editorial for No Magazine #13 to be slightly more dark than his usual work, which is usually very, very California. I'm a little shocked that there is not toplessness, or bottomlessness for that matter, which is very un-Jason Lee Parry-esque if you do a quick search for his work. Personally, I haven't seen much from Parry since his incredible editorial for Tokion Magazine (which is now Factory Magazine, btw!) The spread still has several distinctly Lee Parry marks though - seemingly effortlessly beautiful photography, a distinct taste of hip, and a model with a I'm-hot-fuck-you attitude. Parry's style is to photography as Kate Moss is to stylish dressing - it seems to be something that just sort of happens rather than something planned to the last inch. And that makes it more perfect and intriguing than any outfit Sienna Miller ever planned.
P.S. In case you haven't noticed, I hate Sienna Miller. I realize this is understood also totally unrelated.
P.P.S. I also hate Cory Kennedy
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I've blogged about my current favorite model Alexandra Abercrombie (Look SF/Next LA) and favorite photographer/mentor/friend Joseph Tran before. They're both special and killer at what they do. I met Alex late last year and have shot with her a couple times. She's stunning in person and in photos, but what really stands out to me, far beyond those big blue eyes, is her overwhelming enthusiasm for what she does, to succeed, and overall, just being a very personable model. Really, she's extremely cool, driven and open to communication while shooting (on both sides). I really haven't met a model before quite like Alex. I'm certain she's going to go far and I am so excited for her future!
I found Joe (or he found me?) randomly on Model Mayhem some years ago. The technical side of his photography as well as his post-processing, are both beautiful. But the main thing that stand's out in Joesph's work, in my opinion, is the way he is able to connect with the models. You can really tell in photos when a model is uncomfortable or not feeling the photographer, even if she's trying her best to get her model on. Joe is able to bring the best out of the model by bringing her personality out, every time. Really, it's part of his style. As I keep growing in my photography (and Joe keeps answering my incessant questions) I'm hoping to be able to do this more and more, and I think I'm getting somewhere with it.
The photos above are the latest collaboration between Alex and Joe, while the photos below are the first. Both sets are beautiful but I'm particularly loving the photos above because I think they perfectly depict how Alex has grown as a model. Alex, it's your time to shine.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
A little over a week ago, a much talked about shoot with Ms. Taylor Sterling of Sterling Style finally came to be, a shoot for the upcoming Glitter Guide. Taylor and I spent a couple weeks talking about the shoot, and she had endless amounts of cute inspirational photos, her favorite being a particular Kate Spade ad. I felt like I understood her idea quite well. My girl Michelle of De Linda Artistry did makeup as we pretty outside of the Bookshop in Hayward (yes that's it's name - big thanks to the owner, Carl!). Michelle and I loved working with Taylor - she's incredibly sweet, stylish, and down to earth. As a model, she was really easy to work with and took direction really well! Of course, I am working on editing the photos Taylor needs and look forward to seeing them on the Glitter Guide!
Sunday, March 6, 2011
A few more preview images from my shoot with Ms. Taylor Sterling of Sterling Style for the Glitter Guide. There is more coming when the Glitter Guide is finally turned on, so stay tuned! Thanks again to De Linda Artistry for makeup and the Hayward Bookshop for allowing us to use their lovely bookstore!
A few images from my test shoot with Liam JE a few weeks. It may look sunny but it was gloomy, gray and cold. What a trooper!
Words cannot describe how goofy my makeup artist Michelle is, and it certainly doesn't show in this photo. Michelle was trying to be, as she calls it, "Serious Model!" She did pretty well, do you think? This one was my favorite from our film roll.
Via the Skinny
Urban Outfitters March 2011 catalog
Urban Outfitters March 2011 catalog
I'd like to say it all started with Charlotte Free, the 18-year-old 5'7" new comer who had everyone at fashion week whispering, "Who is that girl?" Discovered late last year in a Souther California arcade, Charlotte Free has reached the pinnacle of the fashion world, already signed with IMG despite her height and with less than a year's experience of modeling. However, while no one can deny that she is beautiful, Free's defining feature is less about her and more about her head. A mix of Special Effects in Virgin Rose and Cupcake Pink and Manic Panic in Hot Hot Pink and Cotton Candy keeps Free's ombre looking quite, quite pink. But instead of this being troublesome, she actually walked Jeremy Scott, Charlotte Ronson, and Richard Chai in this past Fashion week. It's not a downfall, it's a downright fashion statement and who knows, maybe technicolor hair will be the next big thing.
That said, Free is not the first model to have hot pink hair...or at least isn't the first to be photographed with it. Pink hair models are a love of mine, something I mentioned weeks before Free's fashion week debut on the Thrifted Blog. Even my inbox was delighted to see that the new March 2011 catalog featured a model with some hot pink mixed into her hair. While they come in varying shades of pink, the fashion world is no stranger to technicolor models, though here's to hoping it becomes more acceptable as a permanent dye after Free's walk.
Friday, March 4, 2011
More from my shoot with Madeline last Sunday - these are mix of film and digital. I'm sure you can tell which are the film shots - those with more saturated colors, more texture, more depth (basically, the hat change). Both digital and film have their strong points and weak points I suppose. The shoot happened after much difficulty planning but I met up with Madeline and her mom in front of the park and MUA Aliya Qazi was nice enough to do the makeup, even though the shoot was planned so last minute. I wanted her to look soft and natural, but slightly doll-like. As we walked into the park, Madeline asked what words I'd use to describe the shoot. I guess these are the words I'd use to describe most of my shoots - young, natural and fun. She took the idea and ran with it I guess! It's always my goal to make the "fun" part of my shoots look natural. I usually do it but making the shoot actually fun (or by getting someone to tickle the model). Needless to say, I was overwhelmingly pleased when the agent at Ford called me this morning to tell me she loved the photos.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Preview from my newest shoot with Madeline with Ford SF, makeup by Aliya Qazi, styling by me. Just a simple test shoot – I asked Madeline to have fun and be herself and I got a model literally jumping around! I can’t imagine anything better! It was just a brief portfolio builder, but with Ford, always a pleasure!
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
When my makeup artist Noel told me she was going to be visiting the Bay Area again around Christmas time, I knew I had to plan something around her trip. A killer makeup artist, Noel is as cool and she is talented, and her and my stylist-friend, Ashley, are pretty much twins. We settled on the day after Christmas. One of my newest muses, Alex A. with Look SF/Next LA, was on my too-shoot-with-(again) list and agreed to come back from her vacation early for the shoot. Alex has an unrivaled enthusiasm for modeling coupled with a can-do attitude and beautiful eyes. As a result, we’ve actually become friends and I hope to continue shooting her. As I said before, this girl is going to be big!
The changes went quickly, all pulled courtesy of Labels in Walnut Creek. We ended the day with a meal at Buffalo Bill’s, which is now the place we always eat at whenever we shoot in the area.
Naturally, I was thrilled when W25 Magazine picked up the spread. And yes, I named the spread after the song by Portishead. If you must know I named the "What's Golden" shoot after a song by Jurassic 5! Both great songs if you haven't heard them!