COAST celebrates the influencers. I know it wasn’t an easy task but going through the list of 50 I think the magazine made great choices, many people who I have photographed before, many friends. The magazine mentions picking people whose influence spiked in the past year and cover personalities Eric Rignot, Courtney Conlogue and Amar Santana lead the way in their field. Scientist Eric Rignot educates on the threat of climate change. His research made enough impact to be featured on the cover of New York Times Magazine and convinced world leaders in Paris to sign an agreement to reduce carbon emissions. This was my first time meeting Eric. I have photographed Courtney a few other times, one of which was an assignment documenting her grueling workout. Her year included becoming the first California surfer, man or woman to be ranked No.1 since 1990. I’m convinced that the hard working 23 year old will go down in history as one of the very best in the world. I have photographed Amar and a few of his dishes before. He was considered a teen prodigy in the culinary world, just opened his second restaurant VACA, which I went to hours after this shoot and is competing on the current season of Bravo’s “Top Chef.”
There were concerns about having different personalities on set but everyone got along so well, as a matter of fact Amar invited Courtney and Eric to his new restaurant and I heard they got together for a day of surfing with families. I think it’s great to have a photoshoot bring people together.
Creative Director: Karen Kelso Makeup: Simon Rihana, One Represents Hair: Harper, Exclusive Artists