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.
I am blessed to have had the opportunity to become great friends with an incredible singer and musician, Rebecca Peters, over the last three years. We met at an open mic night in Sacramento and from then on, our friendship grew over five shoots together and blossomed even further when we both moved to the crazy city of Los Angeles.
Music has always been close to my heart; one of my favorite passions as a photographer is to give an artist's voice a visual representation in the most interesting way possible. Therefore, Los Angeles is a busy, fast paced, and slightly terrifying city initially, as everyone seems to be running around at the rate of a million miles an hour and networking for the sake of networking. It can be rough, roller coaster of emotions for anyone who chooses to start a career in one of the most diverse cities in the world.
Rebecca and I, one day, were both sharing our experiences regarding how lonely such a busy city can feel when you are new in town and still attempting to get your feet wet in the industry. So, on a whim, I came up with a crazy idea to take Rebecca to the middle of nowhere and represent her small frame and her music within such an intimidatingly large landscape. We ultimately decided on the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley about seven hours outside of Hollywood.
We trekked with two cars (mine with a persistent 'check engine' light on the entire journey), an assistant, and a single stylist out into the abyss with the goal of finding the perfect canvas. Thankfully, we all made it to our destination without any car trouble and proceeded to capture one of my most favorite images to date. I knew instantly that once this shot was in my camera, this image was greater than I originally expected and gives rise to one of the best feelings - having a vision, creating something from that vision, and watching the results. After seven treacherous hours of driving back home to Hollywood, we were all exhausted but it was well worth it since we knew we had the ideal shot.
Rebecca is also an avid social media goer and I had to share our ceremonial "on set selfie."
I had the privilege of shooting with the amazing DJ Sam Blacky in Venice in LA. We ended up at her friends private estate who's house looked straight out of Bali, which made for a photographers heaven. Swimswear provided by Swim Like a Mermaid.