New October 2017, Men’s Issue, COAST Cover


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I had the opportunity to photograph a rare 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster.  Both images were up for the cover, and I agree with the final choice.  The car was on tour at Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana, CA.  I lit with one strobe, and pieced multiple photos together in photoshop to get the final images.

COAST Magazine’s 50 most influential people cover



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


COAST Cover October 2015


COAST wanted a drink cover for their October issue and sent over a few samples for me to look at.  I instantly knew I wanted to blackline the glass but haven’t done this technique in many years.  I also wanted to push this cover and started to think about having the glass off kilter with a splash.  The hard part was that we were not in studio and on location at AnQi Restaurant in Costa Mesa, CA.  After seeing the glasses (the creative director brought her own) I thought it would be even better, but incredibly challenging to use two.  I loved the fact that there were two different sizes.  The glasses were tied with fishing line to a boom arm coming from a C Stand and under the glasses we applied earthquake tacky.  The team threw ice cubes into each glass to get real splashes and the final was pieced together in Photoshop.  The glasses were very unstable and shifted constantly, the ground was drenched and timing each splash was very difficult because the mouth of the glasses were very small.

OC Family Cover


My first time working with OC Family and it was a great experience.  After discussing the details with the creative director I had a Norman Rockwell vibe in mind along with a lighting plan.  The shoot took place at South Coast’s Plaza’s Din Tai Fung.  Shooting in a popular, busy restaurant can present a lot of challenges but the day went extremely well.  The restaurant provided us with several dishes to use as props and our model, 5 year old Archer Calvert was so polite, gave his all and lasted the entire shoot which most kids his age find hard to do.  This was his first time modeling – the magazine likes to use kids from the community who best illustrate the story and he did an amazing job.  Key light was a medium Photoflex and a small white umbrella for fill, gobos were added for control.  I have to add that the food was amazing and less than 3 weeks later I was back for a completely different shoot…and lunch.