One of my favorite assignments lately was spending three days to photograph the ten best cocktails in San Francisco for San Francisco magazine. The restaurants included Angler, Lazy Bear, Curio, Pearl 6101, True Larrel, and many more. Shooting cocktails is something that I’d never done before but I’m very excited how this project turned out, which ended up being eight pages of print in the issue.
I was really excited when San Francisco Magazine came to me to shoot and recreate scenes from the Steve McQueen movie “Bullit” with Ford’s 50th anniversary version of the famous mustang. We only had an hour with the car but we drifted and drove all over SF to shoot some great dragged shots of the car. Shout out to the managing editor, Ian Stewart, for driving the car around and looking like a badass while doing so.
Here are a few outtakes from the shoot that didn’t end in print.
My assistant, Marc Estrada, and I made a quick little video while we were shooting as well.
I had a bit of downtime after weeks of shooting so when my favorite stylist Annie Palmiotto asked to set up a test I jumped on working together. We wanted something that was relaxed and gave the story of a fashionable woman’s late afternoon wandering after her house taking in the sun, drinking wine, and enjoying a slow evening. We decided to work with model Alexis Hutt, who I shot for Harper’s Bazaar TR last year HERE, and met her at a small home in Santa Cruz for the shoot. I decided to shoot this story all film to put me in a relaxed and more meditative state and I’m very excited about the results from our evening shoot together.
For the August issue of San Francisco magazine, I was asked to photograph Cabaret artists that attend a local Speakeasy and really get into character. What was so interesting to me is that when each person walked in they were shy and timid, but I blasted old Sinatra music and asked they who they became in the Speakeasy they opened up and turned into alter-egos straight out of and old classic film. They were singing, dancing, and talking with the perfect old New York accent to make for some wonderful subjects. It was an afternoon of great music and amazing performances for the portraits.
It's raining here in the Bay Area and it's making me wish of the warmer days when you could adventure around and do some great shooting. My shoot with Caleb and Dade in Soho, NYC came to mind. At the end of summer last year I headed out to NYC for some meetings and planned a few shoots while I was in town. I wanted to do a run around young love style shoot and capture some finds around the Soho area and this shoot was set up with the wonderful models Caleb and Dade. They had never met before but their energy was great and acted as if they've known each other for years.