Shooting the Sonoma Speed Festival was amazing. There were soooo many cars at the event that I had only seen in old magazines or books, or on the internet. There were several amazing invaluable race cars worth over a million dollars that were running on the race track - it was insane!Read More
A lot of people looking to contract me to produce content for them have asked me to list off the gear that I have.
While I think "a gear list" doesn't adequately define how good a photo/video creator is because a list can't show if the shooter knows what to do with the gear or not, I decided to make a list and post it online anyway so I don't have to keep typing this stuff out every time someone asks me.
I own and am highly proficient with the most current, top of the line full frame digital SLRs (1DX Mark II) and mirrorless cameras (EOS R) that Canon makes. I also recently bought Sony’s top-of-the-line flagship mirrorless camera, the Sony A9.
So here goes - this is the current list of photo equipment I have. This list changes frequently because I always have my eye on some new equipment and am constantly investing back into myself and my business...
I recently began working on a content marketing program for FCP Euro, a large online car parts reseller/distributor from the East Coast.
I’m super excited about this particular project, because it allows me to meet tons of new people as I travel to different race tracks and events to scout lots of cars for feature shoots (I’m at the racetrack CONSTANTLY). This project also allows me to work with lots of people that I truly respect and enjoy working with. This is how all projects should be!Read More
I've finally found the right headphones for my needs. These Exodus headphones from House of Marley are DOPE.
Last week, I posted on FB, looking for some high quality, foldable over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones that I could travel with - that ALSO come with a cable to connect to my Canon cameras and/or Zoom audio recorder when I'm shooting video and interviews at super loud motorsports events. These Exodus joints tick all the boxes for me.Read More
Earlier this year, I signed a contract to join the Blancpain GT World Challenge series as a Producer on their Media and Marketing team.
This series races all over North America and features some pretty amazing cars in different race classes - GT3, GT4, TCR, and Touring Cars.Read More
A couple weeks ago, I flew up to Sacramento CA to attend the Press Preview event that Jeep held to announce their all new Jeep Gladiator to the American public!
This event would be the very first time that automotive journalists and content creators were allowed to drive Jeep's new truck, which went on pre-order from the Jeep website this past weekend.Read More
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It might have come as a shock to some, but I recently announced that I’ve rejoined Speedhunters, the global car culture website and brand that I helped launch as a brand extension for the Electronic Arts Need For Speed video game back in 2007.
Automotive enthusiasts around the world are no doubt familiar with the Speedhunters brand, as one of the biggest websites of its kind. I’m glad to be back on the team, and I have lots of great things planned!
When we made the announcement and published the news that I was returning to the site, it received a ton of response!Read More
This weekend, I got a last minute booking to shoot marketing imagery for the Anytime Fitness Turkey Trot, which is an annual Thanksgiving-themed community event that features a foot race up and down a paved hill.
For this event, I was asked to shoot engaging imagery of the community having fun at the event, so that Anytime Fitness could use the images to promote their next event and attract more sponsors.
I don't shoot sports or fitness as often as I'd like to, so shooting this event was pretty fun! I'd like to shoot for fitness clients more often, so if you have a direct relationship with any companies in the fitness or sports industry, please introduce!
Since I’m good friends with the owner of Anytime Fitness, I went crazy and shot over 1000 images in a two hour period, from 9am to 11am.
Here's a small gallery of images that tells a story about the event:Read More
Aside from working directly with my own clients, I frequently work with ad agencies to provide creative services for their clients. In this case, I was contracted by ad agency Edelman to shoot an event for one of their clients, Pharmacyclics.
It required me to travel up to the SF Bay Area for one day to shoot stills while their own producer was shooting video content.
Click into this link to look at some of the stills from the event, which just lasted about 2 to 2.5 hours.Read More
I decided to sell my vintage 1970s Canon TL film single lens reflex camera, with a high quality FD mount 28mm f/2.8 lens and vintage leather camera strap included!
Perfect for someone looking to get into shooting FILM or even someone who wants a super cool vintage prop for photo shoots or your bookshelf!Read More
Nyakim has an inspirational story - she was bullied for her super dark Sudanese skin, but now she is a top model that's working with L’Oreal Paris and making waves in the industry!
It was so great shooting with this bad ass.
It was awesome shooting this week with an awesome new client, Shark Tank success story Cousins Maine Lobster, a food truck and brick and mortar restaurant franchise that is consistently being featured on the hit ABC TV show Shark Tank and in numerous books, podcasts, and YouTube videos!
For this project, I got to work with Survivor Reality TV show regular Aubry Bracco, who did two seasons with Survivor - very cool!
We shot some great product photos of the food, as well as lifestyle photos with different personalities that you will be seeing on a certain television show with singers that has a British judge by the name of Simon Cowell.Read More
That moment when senpai notices you...
Okay, okay, I know this is totally a FANBOY post, but I’ll post it anyway because I still think it’s cool! After all, it’s not every day that the manufacturer of the cameras you’ve been shooting with for the past 15+ years comments on your Instagram post!
Thanks so much Canon USA! I appreciate the love!
As a photographer and content creator, I've been blessed with tons of amazing experiences and have worked at LOTS of cool shoot locations all over the world... but this particular one was pretty special!
My new friend Ali booked to shoot video footage for a music documentary being produced by her record label, Revolver Records. All I was given was an address and a time to show up, so I didn't even think anything of it... so when I actually arrived at the building where the shoot was to take place, the exterior was bland and nondescript, with zero signage or markings on the building or the doors except for the number 8477 on the brown building exterior.
However, this is Hollywood… and in Hollywood, these types of buildings are often times more than meets the eye (cue Transformers theme music). When I initially passed through the black tinted glass doors at the entrance, I was greeted by Ali in the lobby of the studio, which had an old school wooden lodge vibe inside - from the wooden furniture to the faux stone and cork textured paneling inside the place.
Once I pulled my Thinktank Photo camera bag inside the building, it was impossible not to notice all the gold albums hanging on the wall, with the photos of Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones on some of them.
Wait… What?!Read More
I've finally decided to part ways with my original Canon Rebel EOS 2000 FILM SLR Camera that got me started into photography. I've owned and used this camera since high school, and am the original owner of the camera - I got it at the camera store I worked at after school in my senior year.
This camera has been with me to many epic live hip hop events - The Roots, The Fugees, De La Soul, Common, etc etc.
This film SLR was what I used to shoot the early days of AE86s, KP61 Starlets and TE27s racing autocross with the SF Region SCCA OSP class.
I brought this film SLR with me on my first out of town trips to document the car scene in New Jersey, Toronto, and JAPAN. I have a HUGE photo album of photos I shot with this camera on my first visit to Tokyo and Tokyo Auto Salon - AE86s, Keiichi Tsuchiya, Nobuteru Taniguchi, RE Amemiya, Yamashita Koichi from Running Free, Crystal Body Yokohama, you name it.
I'm only selling it because it has been sitting on my shelf unused, collecting dust for YEARS.
I've been shooting professionally for years now, and because of this old Rebel EOS film camera, I've become incredibly loyal to the Canon brand for over 15 years.
I've owned pretty much every generation of Canon DSLR from the 10D, 20D, 40D, 70D, 5D Mk2, 5D Mk3, 5D Mk4, 1D Mk2, 1D Mk3, 1D Mk4, and I now shoot with a Canon 1DX Mark II - Canon's top of the line, flagship DSLR. The greatest thing is this old film SLR still works with the Canon EF lenses that I use with my current camera!Read More
Say whaaaat?! I was Google searching for photos of my cars just the other day, when I saw this link that led to Road & Track Magazine's website. I didn't even know one of their editors did this writeup! (THANK YOU!!!)
Seriously, WHAT AN HONOR to be written about in one of the top automotive media outlets of all time. I'm humbled!
The crazy thing is though... I didn't even KNOW about this until almost 3 years after this story was published! insert facepalm emoji here
THANK YOU to Bob Sorokanich of Road&Track Magazine. It would be amazing if we could work together on some projects some day!
I'm excited to be doing a series of new content marketing projects with Anytime Fitness! This is the first in a series of HD videos that address the topics of workout tips, nutrition, and muscle recovery. The intent is to use these videos for short form content on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
I used my Canon 1DX Mark II for the 120fps slow motion video clip, and my Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR for the main interview footage, with a Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art Lens providing CRISPNESS in the image with creamy bokeh in the back. External mic used was the Rode Video Micro.
It took me FOREVER to get started on editing my Japan Vlog series. Actually, wait. That's not true. It took me forever to FINISH this edit.
This footage was shot almost ONE YEAR ago - ten months to be exact! So why the hell did it take so long, you might wonder?Read More