The lovely folks at Simard Bilodeau Contemporary invited me to shoot their exhibition at the opening night of the LA Art show! They featured works from world renowned contemporary artists such as Larry Lewis, Mailo, Yalda Sephapour, Jon Seeman, and Baucan. Shooting this event was inspiring, considering many guests had traveled from across the globe to meet emerging artists, add pieces to their collection, and to represent their governments abroad. Have a look at some of the highlights. I am sure it will make you want to attend next year's show!
This Friday, I shot and covered Taking Back Sunday's show in Orange County, California for Laguna Beach’s KX 93.5.
Taking Back Sunday is back at it again, finishing up their third to last show of their Tidal Wave tour at the Santa Ana Observatory this past Friday, October 21. Tidal Wave, released on September 16, 2016, marks their seventh studio album, which peaked at number 36 on the Billboard 200. Though countless fans came to relive the nostalgia of iconic albums like, “Tell All Your Friends,” Taking Back Sunday has managed to stay relevant by producing a modern sound, all while remaining true to their alternative rock roots.
They started the night out by playing their new album “Tidal Wave” in its entirety. Seasoned fans were surprised to hear songs like, “You Can’t Look Back,” which could have been released alongside their first two studio albums. When the band walked off staged for intermission, the crowd looked for clues as to whether or not they would return to play any of the well-known throwbacks. Like a messenger sent from the almighty rock gods, they flew back on stage with their hit, “Cute without the E.” Although I was on assignment to shoot the band, the fan inside me stashed my camera behind the stage to join the mosh pit for a couple of songs. I immediately became part of the crowd that helped to lift a few brave souls among the sea of hands to crowd surf.
I swam my way out of the tide and managed to get back to my camera to shoot the rest of the show, drenched in what I am sure was salt water. I hope you enjoy the images I captured below as much as I enjoyed capturing them! Make sure to check out Tidal Wave on Spotify.
The lovely ladies at Sugar Branch Events once again reached out this past October for me to shoot a 50th birthday party award Gala. Not only did our birthday host make all of her table's centerpieces by hand, they also ordered a custom backdrop for the red carpet! Attached are over 200 photos I had included in their 300+ photo album delivery.
On this day, we enjoyed a live session with Kira where she demonstrated her talent on her latest sculpture. Several months later, we would witness the finishing touches.
Due to client privacy concerns, I am only able to show a limited selection of photos from this event. However, this was one of my first red carpet gallery events with Simard Bilodeau Contemporary for the grand opening of Sculptures By Kira.
In March of 2016,Sugar Branch Events reach out to me to shoot an event at Crystal Cove Club House in Laguna Beach California. This event was for a Welcome Party the night before a couple's wedding. The family requested a casual photographer blending into the group taking pictures like a family reunion. They preferred this friendly shooting style rather than a professional photographer sticking out and organizing people for posed shots.
So, I did just that! I was able to intimately take pictures with the guests, all while mingling and getting to know the wedding party. It turns out the groom Phil was Australian and a former pro baseball player. The bride is originally from Chicago, but was living in New York City when she met him. He'd come to NYC with some teammates to attend a Yankees game. About 6 months after they met, she moved to Australia to be with him! Her parents relocated to Laguna Beach two years ago, the couple really came to love the area and chose to get married here. You could tell from their friendly demeanor that they both are great people - so easy to work with and very laid back. I couldn't have asked for better clients!
These photos were shot straight to JPG and delivered same day. No editing required.
Phoenix House is a nonprofit drug & alcohol rehabilitation organization with over 120 programs in ten states, serving 18000 adults and teens each year. I was invited to take their photos for their annual newsletter, sent out to every Phoenix House office around the nation.
In early 2015, I had the opportunity to shoot with the Utah based photography company Flo-Foto. They came out to the now demolished Irvine Meadows Amphitheater to document the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge, based off ABC's reality TV show called Wipeout. After 8 hours of continuous shooting straight to JPG in the blazing southern Californian sun, here are some of the highlights I was able to capture.