Back in March I traveled to Los Angeles to visit some friends and while I was there, made time to squeeze in a few photo shoots. One of these shoots was with producer, DJ, co-founder of record label/artist collective, Main Course, and old friend of mine from Seattle, Astronomar. Mar (as he's known to his friends) and I spent one late morning cruising around the Fashion District in his van looking for eye-catching walls and good light. The neighborhood did not disappoint.
Last week I was invited to shoot the first annual Upstream Music Festival + Summit in Pioneer Square for emerging media production company, Fortitude. I had such an incredible time, photographing and dancing to live music, working with some new creatives, and enjoying time with friends. Below are some of my favorite shots from the fest, and for the full album, visit Fortitude's Upstream portfolio on their website.
I'm looking forward to shooting a lot more live music this summer throughout festival season. We've got a good one ahead of us, and this is only the beginning.
I took a trip down to LA the first week of this March where I had the pleasure to shoot with a number of amazing musicians and friends. This is Maiah Manser, whose new EP Second Skin has been getting a lot of really cool buzz, including a few tracks being used for video promos from VOGUE for the Met Gala featuring Katy Perry and Frank Ocean. Maiah will be at the coming Upstream Music Fest + Summit playing on Friday at 9PM on the Axis 2 stage.
Last spring, a few friends and I headed out to the most upper left point of upper left USA, Cape Flattery and near Shi Shi Beach on Neah Bay. We loaded our cars with a ton of snacks and some stunning costumes on loan from Jamie Von Stratton. My friend Brigitte lent her gorgeous mug and Annabelle Petry acted as both hair and makeup artist, while our friends Lukas and Estelle supplied jokes and helping hands.
Back in January, I rented a cabin in Packwood, WA with a group of friends and headed toward Mt. Rainier for some relaxation and photo fun. Come Friday, we packed up our gear, loaded into a couple cars and set off for a weekend off the grid. It was two and a half days of drinking in the hot tub, playing Uno in onesies, sledding in the snow and of course, taking photos.
I invited local burlesque dancer Audrey Rugburn as my model. She did all her own hair and makeup and I enlisted the help of Paul White, who works in merchandising for Lucky Vintage, to pull some pieces from the shop and style the shoot for us. Erika Frank lent a hand with some lighting assistance and my friends Mario and Sunny tagged along for moral support. It was such magical if not brief getaway.
I tried my hand at some family photos with my gorgeous friend, Hilary Paris, and her new baby boy, Ollie, this past December. It was so nice to reconnect with an old friend (fun fact: Hilary and I used to dance back up together for a local pop singer) and meet her adorable son.
One of my more recent projects has been getting involved with the local non-profit organization, Good Vibe Tribe. For the first campaign I worked on with them, we have been raising funds to help provide basic necessities to the people of Nickelsville, a local homeless encampment run and maintained by its residents and dedicated to helping others in need. On December 12th we will work with Mojito to put on a dinner at the encampment and are inviting hair stylists and barbers to come provide haircuts.
In an effort to inspire people to donate, Good Vibe Tribe's social media/marketing team and I headed over to Nickelsville so snap some portraits and ask them some simple questions in hopes of getting to know them better. It was kind of our little spin on "Humans of New York" and we called it "Citizens of Nickelsville." It was really lovely to meet these folks, who all had such big hearts, and the campaign certainly invigorated our fundraising efforts, with $1400 donated in that week alone.