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 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.
I had the chance to create some advertising imagery for the new product called HERE, PayPal's new mobile processor, in San Francisco last year that's just rolling out. The farmer's market themed shoot fit so perfectly for the city of San Francisco since they're all over which helped us create real life merchant transactions. Enjoy the set!
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.