Most of the time I get asked, “Why do you want to take my picture?”. Usually my answer is to update my portfolio and so the person can have some nice pictures of them self…while at times that’s true, most of the time the honest truth would sound plain weird. The reason I photograph the people that I do is because I believe in what they are trying to achieve or what they have achieved. I respect art and the people behind it and I admire people’s passion to their craft. These people deserve to be acknowledged as individuals and I would like to highlight them in our society. So, “Why do I want to take your photograph?” Because I believe in you and your work.
Speaking of, here is an example of one of those people!
I had the chance to photograph Goonies, a tattoo artist out of Old Towne Tattoo Parlor in Orange, CA and a singer/guitarist for Beatrix Kiddo. A bit shy at times but fun once you get to know her. Check out her work and her band! Support your local artist/band!
It’s beginning to be wedding season and Alan & Mariana’s wedding was the first one of the year. I usually don’t post wedding photos on this blog, but I realized that most of my followers don’t know that not only do I specialize in portrait photography but my second passion is wedding photography. It is honestly one of the most challenging gigs you can ever have. Not only do you start early in the morning and leave late at night, you have to capture the right moments and be creative, friendly, patient and positive at all times; especially at those key hectic moments. But the resulting photographs, that will live on for generations to come in their new family, makes it so worth it.
Skateboarding is a gateway to a creative mind, you see the world differently when you skate. As a teenager all I ever wanted to do was skate everywhere and anywhere, but I gave up skateboarding for photography. From time to time I wished I would have kept on skating but I love photography a lot more. I truly enjoyed seeing the determination and skills of Jake and Sonny; both skate for Anaheim Skateboards. Mark, owner of Anaheim Skateboards, gave me an opportunity to work with these two amazing skaters at two great locations. I was also able to take their portrait, I’m really pleased with the results.
I had a great time shooting this lovely lady and I also got the opportunity to work with the talented Drea Ruiz, an amazing makeup artist that helped my work look clean and refined Alexandria’s natural-born beauty. Enjoy the Pictures.
I had the opportunity to photograph Dee and El Guero. Photographing these two was a blast, not only because they understand my sense of humor, but because their chemistry is amazing in front of the camera. Dee is Guero’s mom. Most people wouldn’t get particularly excited about having a picture taken with their mom but not Guero. The last time they had their portraits taken together was when he was 3 year old. This shoot was an opportunity for them to share an experience long over-due. They chose to have their portraits taken at the LA Arts District, and as born and raised Angelenos, its mix of urban style, vibrant colors, and a community full of life was a great backdrop for their personalities. This mother and son duo are excellent people and their relationship is one to take notes on in regards to how a mother and son should care for each other. It was an honor and great fun photographing them, and I hope you enjoy the pictures and much as I enjoyed taking them.
Macko Inks Fonzy
Macko, a tattoo artist from Italy visited SoCal recently, and one of the stops he made was to Greaskull Alley, Fonzy’s tattoo/airbrush studio. I knew that I had to be apart of it, so I headed to his studio so I could both photograph Macko and also see Fonzy in pain. Fonzy and I go way back, and it was awesome that I had the opportunity to photograph Macko. I stuck around to get some video of Macko tattooing Fonzy, so check that out also. Enjoy.
If you don’t know of SoCal artist Gregg Stone, then I suggest you look him up! I had the opportunity to attend his Solo Show at Laguna Ink Spot and Gallery in Laguna Beach, California. The show displayed several original water color paintings representing the chicano tattoo culture and the beautiful people that make up this world of Southern California. His technique is clean and his representation of colors and tattoos is definitely something to see in person. Although I took detail photos, they do not bring justice to the paintings. I hope you enjoy the photos but if you get a chance to see his work in person, do so. It’s worth your day, your time and talking to Gregg will refuel your passion to your work whatever it might be. This man’s hustle is like nothing else.
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The Mi Familia Tattoo shop grand opening art show felt like a big family get-together. There was a lot of talent and beautiful work displayed on canvas, skin, two and four wheels. The family and friends of Mi Familia Tattoo stood out from the crowd…not due to the artwork that may or may not have been on their skin, but because of the fact that they were there to support Mi Familia and what they stand for, and that’s what family is all about: Respect.