As 2015 comes to an end, it’s time to take a few minutes to reflect back upon a year filled with even more growth and success than 2014. First, I’ve made the journey over to fine portraiture, it’s something I’ve been long inspired by and I finally had the opportunity to explore it. With my vision, it’s a matter of pulling the right mood and energy from each person who steps in front of my camera. I kicked this off after the purchase of my first Oliphant backdrop, a small family business that specializes in hand painted canvases that has been seen on the covers of publication such as Vanity Fair and Vogue, as most notably shot by Annie Leibovitz. Upon that exploration I’ve developed an artist series, featuring different people in our community, whose art and contributions are inspiring and valued. One artist, whom I took the pleasure of capturing is Joey Goldsmith, a very good friend and my mentor as well. He recently picked up another passion of his, music, and we rocked out some fine portraits with his 6 string Warwick Bass.
Next... weddings... many of them! Words simply cannot explain the emotion that flows through me when capturing a couple’s special day. I mean from the first look all the way to the dance floor, there's just so much love and intimate details to cover and I enjoy all of it. A big special thanks to Antonio and Jordan Pantoja, who brought me on their team this past year, garnering me the experience and confidence to venture out further this coming year.
The family and I made a couple road trips this year, one to Chattanooga and one to DC. In Chattanooga I took a day to myself to explore the city, venturing to Look Out Mouintain, Ruby Falls and their sub-culture neighborhood, Coolidge Park. I have to admit though, witnessing Lover’s Leap on a cool foggy morning has to be one of my all-time highs since I started photography. Then while in DC, we explored several of the Smithsonian Museums and walked the National Mall. Upon walking to the Washington Monument, life became surreal, as I observed the flags surrounding it, I realized they were flying at half-staff, honoring the victims of the Chattanooga terrorist attack. It was sad time for our country, and I somehow managed to experience the mourning of that tragic event in our nation’s capital.
This year I also met a talented designer from our community, Kristina Sellers, in which through the second half of 2015, we built a solid team with several projects and commissions, making beautiful additions to both our commercial and fashion portfolios. Also this past summer marked my return to the 48 Hour Film Project as the production photographer for Antonio Pantoja’s “Awakening”. I asked if I could take a stab at producing the movie poster, he obliged, and man, did I deliver, something beyond what I initially imaged. That in return led to me to be introduced to Charlie Wagner and Bobbe Crouch whom commissioned me to shoot and produce the movie poster for their film “Dino & Ruby”.
Finally to close out the year, a personal project that has been months in the making, my lovely wife and her mother’s traditional Korean Hanbok dress. She came to me wanting to get a few shots in it for her mom, I wanted to do more, I wanted to create something that was beautiful, sentimental and that could be hung on the wall as art. Her, my good friend Ana Perez and I, put in countless hours of research and thought, with even ordering authentic hair pieces from Korea. This came together so beautifully well, I received goose bumps just looking over the final pieces and knowing her mother was completely in love with them. So until next year, I leave you with these exciting experiences and I look forward to hearing your thoughts... focused.
What's next for 2016?
NAHA 2016 with Matthew Tyldesley
The Eros Collection
A personal journal about any given day in my photography career where I will write about anything from portraits and headshots to sharing my educational experiences. Thank you for taking the time to stop by, it's my pleasure to share my stories with you!