BE-Mag 'Top 5' Feature with Tyron Ballantine

/ 22 April, 2015 /
In Silverlake by the reservoir, I convinced him to let me shoot a polaroid
for my project.
I had the pleasure of shooting Tyron Ballantine who was visiting out from Amsterdam to film his Bladerbang VOD.

I didn't know it at the time, but I would be shooting for his Top 5 feature.  He's consistant, which makes shooting him a breeze, but it does mean there can't be a malfunction.  Of course, there were a few hiccups.  A pocket wizard didn't fire or a certain angle didn't work because of the trick choice.  In the case of one photo, I had to keep it down to one speedlight and 2 test shots so as not to attract the attention of security.  Them's the breaks when you're dealing with location shooting and action sports.

Overall, I'm rather pleased with the final results.  Even snagged a couple polaroids of Tyron, which @ImpossibleHQ ended up running for polaroid week (if you didn't catch the last post).  Oh right, and Bladergang added me on the opening credits of the VOD.

Very rad to see my name listed as photog for this edit.
Literally had 2 test shots and 2-3 real shots to get this right.  No pressure right?
Downtown in the depths of the LA fashion and warehouse district

Impossible Project Shoutout During Polaroid Week 2015

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A bit unexpected to see my polaroid shot of Tyron Ballantine up on the Impossible Project's Twitter page this morning.  Mostly because I had posted it up on Instagram after it had been released on  I'll post up that clipping later today.  For now, I'm rather content knowing someone at Impossible is eying me.

Lux Armor Coverage on ONE Magazine

/ 16 April, 2015 /

A couple weeks ago, Lux Armor in Long Beach, CA had their 'Bash' event, that brought together a VIP feel with 50 lucky ticket holders, watching 25 of the best rollerbladers in southern California.  I snapped up a number of shots throughout the night and ONE Magazine was juiced to run my photos of the night.

I went with a single strobe set off to the side for a more dramatic kind of lighting.  Not something you see when it comes to skate competitions, as they generally go with even lighting and usually on camera.  Just the nature of the beast in skating.  Here are a few samples from the night...

Now what I didn't realize was one of my polaroids had been used as part of an article promoting the event just a couple weeks earlier... Thanks ONE for keeping me in the loop there. haha.

A Bit Of Photoshop Humor....

/ 25 March, 2015 /

I caught this little gem on Pratik Naik's Facebook page which he got from Akshar Pathak.  I haven't posted anything in a while even though I've got a number of magazines that just came out at once! More on that later!

For now, for every photographer, designer, or creative who works in photoshop....I know you've felt this pain.

Voted 2014 Blade Photographer of the Year by ONE Magazine

/ 30 December, 2014 /

Things have been quiet this past holiday and I've been away from social media.  Pop on today and a few congratulations...on what? I was so confused.  Only to get a link to ONE Magazine's website and I see this! Guess I've had a busy year when my peers and contributors to the magazine voted me 2014 Blade Photographer of the Year.  So how to celebrate not a clue!  Now to let that sink in because I can't quite believe it!
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