School of Rock – Tustin, CA


Fun shoot with some kids from School of Rock – Tustin, CA for OC Family Magazine.  I had the opportunity to hear them play while setting up and they were a talented bunch!

The Body Beautiful


COAST May 2016 Cover

MUA/Hair: Simon Rihana   Creative Director: Karen Kelso   Senior Editor: Jenn Tanaka  Model: Megan Felix   Location: Newport Coast, CA

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


Shooting in tight spaces (with low ceilings)



I was recently hired to photograph engineer Neil Ferrier for Orange Coast Magazine.  The magazine requested a portrait of Neil with wrap around lighting sitting with some of his amazing products.  Different locations came up but didn’t pan out so Neil suggested shooting in his garage where he moves inventory in and out.  Most photographer’s have done a shoot in a garage one time or another and know the limitations but this was an extra challenge because of ceiling storage racks which made a low ceiling extra low.  There was one certain area that made the most sense as far as where to set up the backdrop and place lights, so we cleared a few things and pulled the table in.  I knew I wanted to use a Softlighter for my key, it’s shallow profile provided the opportunity to press it up into the ceiling as far as I could and adjust the angle until I got the desired look, I also knew it would spill onto the products in a controlled way.  A larger front fill was used along with two 30 degree gridded heads as rim lights and the background was lit with a collapsed umbrella.  I was tethered into Capture One Pro 7 and my main goal was to use the wrap around setup in a subtle way.

Neil is a former Oakley engineer and the co-founder of e-tail business Discommon Goods which makes amazing items for men: straight edge razors, whiskey tumblers (Neil has an extensive whiskey collection), bottle openers, leather watch and passport wallets – he even had a motorcycle that he built in the garage.  We shot on an extremely hot day which made things more challenging but rolled with the obstacles and had a fun shoot.