Monthly Archives: May 2010

Urban Tattoo

Aurora and I met for the first time minutes before our photo shoot. Usually I make it a rule to meet with potential models beforehand to gain a comfort level and trust between both parties. These short informal interviews usually give me a chance to propose my concepts and get any feedback or needs of the model. It had been a while since my last shoot, however, and I was eager to get one in the books.

Aurora or “Gigi” as she liked to be called, was really excited and mentioned on our drive to Kakaako Park, that it was her first photo shoot in Hawaii. She was very comfortable posing and wearing next to nothing in public. The goal, to capture her many tattoos.

In scouting an urban look for this concept, I thought it would be interesting to piece together several poses across a backdrop of a big graffiti mural, the “urban tattoo”.

October 2009

Chantele Machado Comp Card

I have experienced many photoshoots over the years, some that were amazing and others I’d rather forget. Since creating my blogsite, I’ve been wanting to “catch up” by sharing some of my older works.

These photos were done in Seattle at the end of 2009. Chantele was great to work with and has a great complexion. There were many great images and it was hard for me to decide which ones to post.

Angel Alabaster was a sweetheart. She was eager to work and entertaining during our shoot. She was very comfortable posing, considering she sings in a rock band, and seemed born to perform.

Bonnie was very new, but very ready to work. She brought her entire wardrobe to our shoot and I loved her enthusiasm. She took direction very well and I hope to work with her again.

When I spoke to Olga, she was willing to use her apartment for the shoot. It was very elegant and she had a great taste for design. The catch, she lived in Kennewick which was a four hour drive from my home in Seattle. It was an all day affair, leaving at eight in the morning, working for two hours, and returning home at six in the evening. I did learn one thing from that experience. Don’t drink two cups of coffee and chug water during a marathon drive.

It was almost a year since my last photo shoot so being able to schedule a blitz of photo shoots in a month’s period made for a great autumn and it felt great to get back to the collaborative process again.

Michael Thabet

Michael was probably the most experienced models I’ve worked with. Having acted in such shows as Army Wives, CSI, several movies, and Army Strong Commercials, I have to admit I was a little intimidated at first.

Upon meeting Michael, he was really cool and very eager to work. He and I collaborated on some sports looks down at Sand Island Park. The abandoned lookout towers were a great backdrop for an industrial look.