portraits

If Only You Knew Shoot

Just as explained in my Instagram post below, here are my favorite photos - or outtakes, I should say - from the 30 minute shoot for If Only You Knew, in celebration of its release today. You definitely can get a lot of shots in a short amount of time, don't ever doubt that! The ep is available now on all streaming platforms and iTunes, enjoy!

Angelia Can Fly

Angelicacanfly is an artist and dancer based in Los Angeles who reached out to me over a year ago to do a shoot, and a year later after moving to Los Angeles, we finally did! I'm glad I remembered to contact her after moving and even more glad she remembered me and was still up for it! We took some shots around the I-10 highway utilizing some of Koreatown's streets. For those of you familiar with the area, you know that this environment is very familiar. Always looking to do more outdoor portraits in Los Angeles, please reach out!

Izell Watkins

Yes yes, believe it or not but I have absolutely no past experience with studio photography! Barely learned what the thingy-majig that goes on top of the camera is called (trigger) and definitely can't explain how slaves work. But hey, with the little knowledge I have and with the help of the lady at the front desk, I'd say these came out pretty cool!!

Thanks to a past experience for the Durag Song music visual, I learned to shoot around F/8 to get the best detail and positioning of the strobes for various lighting. For the most part though, it was pure trial and error and as all my shoots go, I always have the "warm-up" period that leads up to the very satisfying results!

A big shoutout to Izell for believing in me and willing to let me learn the ropes while knocking out some of his headshots for an upcoming role he's doing. We will definitely be collaborating again in a near future.

15 minutes with Caleon Fox in Pershing Square

Caleon and I have reached a level of synergy where I can just shoot away and he'll keep posing, with little to no direction from me, and we always get icy snaps. It really speaks on our friendship and how comfortable we are with each other. By the way, we got all these gems in just 15 minutes of shooting, first time ever at this location. Not half bad.

Kamilah Gonzales

Kamilah and I have been friends for quite some time now, with my first time meeting and shooting with her was all the way back in Boston, Massachusetts nearly 2 years ago! We've kept in touch every now and then, and she told me about how she moved to LA a little over a year ago. Now that I've finally relocated myself, we made a plan to shoot with each other once I get here. After some difficulty aligning schedules, we were able to link up on a warm early October day. Despite that we missed the golden hour, we still got some great shots in.

In this shoot, I decided to shoot with extremely high ISO levels to get the grain and make the shoots seem like were taken on a film camera. Felt pretty satisfied with how they came out!