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 was lucky enough to travel with Japan for the first time this year with my buddy Lucas (first blog post here) and even more amazingly I got to go again for two weeks later in the year for a commercial gig with PayPal in November. In between the scout days, shoot days, and travel days I was able to do a bit of personal street photography which is this collection here in the post. After the first week was done shooting my girlfriend Kelsey flew in and we spent a week together around Tokyo and Kyoto.
Before my first trip to Japan in May I came across the work of Joel Meyerowitz with his new book “Where I Find Myself” and his work mixed in with a new realization of how important it is to photograph life and not just the work you’re hired for really put me in a new state of mind for photographing my own life and how I draw from it. If you photograph your life as you go along then at the end of it all you’ll have a body of work that’s extremely important to you, but none the less a body of work that you can share with people. The book also led me to another avenue of learning which was Annie Leibovitz’s Masterclass and she brings up the idea that one of the most important things you can do as a progression of a photographer is photograph your life and share it with the world. What does it mean to be a working photographer and also what is a photographer’s life? I’m still in the process of what those both mean but I hope that by sharing and writing about my commercial and also personal work then we can figure those out together.
Below is a collection of my images from the second round in Japan for two weeks.
Something that I’ve been doing lately is really embracing photographing my own life adventures with the intention to push my work, my eye, and be able to share more personal work here on my blog. I think the personal work that you do shows people what you’re really interested in and there’s no limitations of deadlines, other creative ideas, or anything else that would change the way your work comes together.
One of my great friends, Sean E, who’s been stepping into more of a filmmaker role in his life wanted to go explore the area just on the edge of San Francisco that is Sutro Baths and Land’s End. We got there to catch the end of the day and the beautiful sunset that SF has to offer. This was all shot on my Fuji X-pro 2 which I’ve been using more as a general life camera to tell daily stories with. Here are a few snaps from that day.
Last week I was in New York for a quick 48 hours shooting the Bee Raw story for PayPal. I’ve been carrying my Fuji Xpro-1 around whenever I travel and here’s a few snaps from going to and from set on our shoot day. It really is such a beautiful city in the fall.
After my buddy and I spent some time in Tokyo in June we took the train out to Kyoto so explore the historical region of Japan for a few days. It was vastly different than the bright lights and chaos of the city, where here it was all about natures peace. Here are my favorite shots from the few days spent in Kyoto.
Here's a portrait of me in the Bamboo Forest. You have to at least throw one selfie in the mix.