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.
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.
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.
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.
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.