When I got asked to fly to Jamaica to spend 10 minutes with one of the greatest Olympians of all time I was over the moon! We had 10 minutes to create portrait and device ads for Xoom of Usain Bolt as well as shooting alongside a commercial out on the track that he originally trained on. We flew into Kingston for the four day shoot to prepare for the heat that was to come. Avoiding the rain and humidity we came out with these sets of images below. He was such an amazing person to work with being super collaborative and having a ton of fun during the shoot. Here’s some of my favorite images from that day.
I met Boom, yes that’s his awesome name, years ago when I first starting my photography career in SF. He’s a lofi music making, skating, SF dude who’s also a full time model. He’s always had such great energy on shoots that I wanted to spend an overcast morning skating around his home in Ocean Beach, SF to capture more about him than a fashion story. The amazing stylist Annie Palmiotto styled the shoot pulling looks inspired by skate culture with brands like Roark and Stussy. Here’s the images from that morning!
I had the opportunity to shoot the new merchant and consumer advertisements for PayPal’s new feature Instant Transfer. It was shot over two days, five production days total, in Portland with a weekend turnaround time. Thanks to the amazing team at Swift and PayPal for making this all come together so well and having me on board to shoot.
Here’s a few BTS snaps from our shoot days.
Here’s the film I directed of Miranda along with the BTS video of our shooting the video and stills.
Directed by: Adam Dillon
Videographer : Sean Ely
Styled by : Annie Palmiotto
Assistant : Kelsey Fey
Dancer : Miranda S. of the SF Ballet
Since things typically slow down towards the beginning of the year I wanted to take the time to shoot something personal and collaborate with my creative team without any limits. Miranda, the ballerina, reached out to me a few months to work together and I knew she would be perfect for a personal work shoot. We styled her in the most beautiful dresses that she could move around in and express herself. We blasted everything from jazz, hip hop, acoustic guitar, and samba for her to move around to create beautiful shapes and movement with. Here are the images from our wonderful shoot. The next blog post is the film we directed along with some BTS film from the shoot as well.
Styling by: Annie Palmiotto
Assistant: Kelsey Fey
Retouched by : Cameron Rad
Cinematographer : Sean Ely