A New Year's Eve Photoshoot
Found this behind-the-scenes photo of us recently.
Fog, fire and no cell service. VERY PRODUCTIVE.
Yesterday we celebrated the 150th birthday of author, artist and an amateur scientist Beatrix Potter with the latest RE:MODEL Project featuring Dr. Laurel Braitman.
This shoot was tricky for a few reasons - the dress was centuries old and we'd never met the spaniel we found via friends of friends of friends. Luckily Danielle Mallory can work magic with sewing pins and Laurel is a dog-whisperer.
The final images and Laurel's interview in which she shares her thoughts on Beatrix Potter, why scientists can and should anthropomorphize well and why Amy Schumer in Spanx graces her workspace can be found here.
I can't really think of a better place to spend a drizzly, overcast Wednesday afternoon than hanging out with the good people of EatSF photographing grandmas and fresh produce for an upcoming marketing campaign. Can't wait to see these in print.
Steve Aoki, world-renowned DJ, was once the frontman for a hardcore band called This Machine Kills.
I was digging through an old box of photos and I found what might be my first concert photo, shot on an old Canon SLR. Pictured to the left is Steve Aoki, who at the time ran a little label called Dimmak Records out of his apartment - The Pickle Patch - where this was taken, in Isla Vista, California.
Tequila, DJ Mustard and getting locked out of your studio at SXSW.
While I don't 100% wish I was in Austin right now, I found myself digging though work I've done at SXSWs in years past. I came across a portrait I shot of DJ Mustard and remembered it was a near miss: I had let the crew go for the day and we were all sitting somewhere on E. 6th on our 2nd(?) 3rd(?) round of margaritas when I got a text that DJ Mustard (who had cancelled earlier in the day) was now available on on his way to the studio. I told the DP and sound guy that I could handle it myself, left them with my credit card, and with the PA in tow ran back to the studio. The gate to the lot had been closed and locked for the night, and I didn't have the clicker. Tequilad and fearless, I clumsily scaled what I remember being pretty tall fence, ripping my pants and bruising my nether regions on the way over. We got the studio ready and the gate open just in time for Mustard and his entourage. I think maybe the PA did 2nd cam and sound and I interviewed him and ran cam A, though, tbh my memory is blurry. Thrilled to discover this portrait isn't. Interview below.
In honor of Darwin Day I'm proud to present The RE:MODEL Project.
Meet Dr. Lauren Esposito, Curator of Arachnology at the California Academy of Sciences photographed as Charles Darwin. Read her Darwin story and find out more about the project here.
A new spot for Vindie that I shot and directed.
Always a pleasure to work with actors who accept payment in the form of string cheese. Actually, Laurel Braitman is one of my favorite people and you should really consider buying her book Animal Madness (now on paperback) . It's a New York Times Bestseller and it's wonderful.
This was terrible to make. Just kidding. It was the most fun ever, even though I had a broken rib and huge laceration on my foot.
These last 30 days we've been working our butts off trying to raise money for The Lexington Club Archival Project and I'm thrilled to announce: Our Kickstarter was successfully funded. We are so incredibly grateful for the support from all of our supporters. This is a project about queer history, loss, a changing San Francisco - but mostly it's about celebrating a culture and community that will continue to thrive and we are honored and humbled to be among the folks documenting it.