Posts Tagged photography

my hood #5

pictures from my hood.

here are more from the archives:

my hood #1

my hood #2

my hood #3

my hood #4

street ball

bones

chillin on the stoop

race

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esther baxter

esther baxter is easy to look at.  you know it and i know it.  but esther is out to show the world she’s more than a fantastic sight for the eye to behold.  she’s landing acting roles in movies and her momentum is building.  keep an eye out for her on the silver screen.

for YRB magazine

styling: darius baptist

hair: Q

makeup: unique london

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fashion designer thuy diep

thuy (pronounced “twee”) was born into a family in vietnam who ran a custom-made clothing shop and a tailoring school.  she learned the ropes of tailoring as a kid and soon developed a love for fashion.  now, in america, she continues the family tradition of finely-crafted clothes and expresses her love of fashion through her label “Thuy.”  i recently shot thuy for the fall issue of YRB magazine and here are some of my favorite outtakes.

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slowtography

the day before we were supposed to shoot, i got an email from tabitha saying that she had just gotten out of the hospital from some kind of bug or virus or whatever.  she was all kinds of messed up for like over a week, but she was still on board so we made it happen – except we took things nice and slow and kept her topped up with some un-nauseating goldfish crackers to keep her from passing out.  we had a long day, but she stuck it out.

model tabitha constance

hair/makeup/wardrobe by the very talented shelly van gage

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kiril

if you say kiril’s name backwards it’s “lirik.”  that’d be a pretty sweet name if he was a rapper.

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yoga and belly dancing

i got a voicemail from erin the night before we were supposed to shoot saying, “i’m having contractions today and i’m in a little pain, so i’m not sure how it’s going to work out for tomorrow…”  that was kinda scary.  but she ended up feeling better and we got some nice pictures.  but dude, that baby was ready to come out.  it was kinda rad because she was really still and it was pretty quiet on set, but she had a fully grown bundle of joy in her belly doing the Carlton Banks.

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hot town, summer in the city – my hood #4

yesterday’s freak heat wave almost broke a 130 year record.  it just kinda snuck up on us.  a humid 95 degrees is no joke – especially in this brick-oven of a city.

they ran around like tyrants, soaking up the open fire hydrants

water fight in front of the roach coach

the paparazzi got paparazzied

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arizona

if you’ve never been to the desert before, i have three words for you: PRICKLY – PEAR – CACTUS.  it was pretty obvious that neither me or my assistant had ever spent much time in desert-like conditions because within 30 seconds of getting to our location, we were covered with cactus needles.  big ones, small ones, heat-seeking ones…  holy moly.  the first one to REALLY get me was mr. prickly pear himself.  i felt a nice jab in my ankle and i looked down to see a happy little ball of death spikes hanging from my leg.  when i tried to pull it out, i got stabbed about 27 times in my fingers.  i walked around to find a pair of gloves and it just dangled from my ankle like some gothic christmas tree ornament.  when i got the gloves i tried to pull it slowly, but it just pulled my skin with it (like if you pinch your skin with your fingers and pull it).  so i snatched it out real quick-like, and the cute mace-like ball was replaced with a dull burning sensation pretty much all day.  that was the first round in a long, heated fight with the desert landscape.  later i was shooting and my assistant yelled “yowwwwwwww!!”  i looked over at him and he said with big eyes, “man, i just bent down and sat on a cactus.”

models:  rachel and ariel from S.I.M.

hair: kelly marie from S.I.M.

makeup: samantha from S.I.M.

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colin kane is unzipped

i shot a promo for colin kane’s comedy show at Comix called “unzipped” the other day.  this wasn’t the shot he picked, but it was my favorite.  colin’s a pretty mellow guy on stage, but it’s like this picture is showing the beast inside that fuels his brutal humor.  maybe that’s why i like it so much.  andrew schulz and josh accardo are his guest comedians this time around and i pretty much love their faces in this picture.  kinda priceless.  tickets are selling for the may 24th show now, so buy your tickets HERE.

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Nicole LeBris

sometimes you’ll see someone who’s not a model on a set and you’re like, ” dude, why aren’t THEY in front of the camera?”  that’s pretty much how nicole got her start.  she was a makeup artist/hair stylist and eventually somebody told her she was on the wrong end of the camera.  good thing, too – cause she’s pretty awesome at modeling.

check out more shots of her on her site HERE

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