Earlier in 2018 I wanted to put a small personal portrait project together that I could shoot to just push myself creatively and make some new work. I came up with something that I called the “Denim Project” where models could come to the studio with their favorite pieces of denim and I would photograph them on white with whatever they brought. Asaba was brought to me by Scout Models and he was my favorite subject in the project. He had such a laid back personality but when he was in front of the camera he embraced making interesting shapes with his body and he gave me a range of emotion. What he gave to the camera was a gift that any photographer is lucky enough to receive from a subject every so often. Here are my favorite images from the session.
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 second time working with Sam Blacky we decided to shoot in studio in DTLA. What I love about working with her is the energy she brings to the shoot that makes my job so easy; to put on some great music and she does her thing. It's hard to get a bad photograph of her and it's always a pleasure to work together.
What was so cool about this project was that when Boda Skins reached out to me to shoot they said I had free reign to show off my favorite spots in the city of San Francisco. I grew up outside of the city in Sacramento (two hours ish) but in high school and early college I spent a lot of time in the city while interning for a company called Wantful. We all gathered at Union Square and began roaming around some places from there like rooftops of parking garages, the famous Chinatown and even Little Italy. They gave me the pleasure of being able to shoot some of the work on film so of course I loved that opportunity and ran with it. Below are more images from the campaign in the city.
Here's a few BTS snaps from the shoot. @theadamdillon
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.