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Click Click: Stillo (SUAV City)

Food Porn is less than a few weeks out and I’m getting super excited about it. I don’t have enough men in the show and I’m fortunate to have some male friends (and strangers) who are willing to volunteer to help. Unfortunately I can’t shoot them all, so I had to shoot two very close friends of mine who really wanted to be in the show too. I shot Still of Rottweiler Clothing and a member of Suav City, and also shot Gian aka Big Gee (I don’t have a teaser of Gee to show ya’ll).

Shot some Click Click photos of Stillo inside of Holy Matcha in North Park. Huge shout out to Holy Matcha by the way, they were very helpful with the food I used to shoot with. Thank you!

Fly When It Comes To This

Music producer all the way from Pasadena in town to work on some music with Rossi Rock. Fly and His crew supports SD hard. Made some dope beats for Rossi, meanwhile Stillo making house calls with Rottweiler Clothing as each of Fly’s crew copped something. On top of that Fly hired me to shoot some photos of him before heading back home. These photos look so much cooler with a little bit of edit. The only edit I did on these are the graphics on them.

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Fly When It Comes TO This

Music Producer

Shout out to Erika for the bubbles.

Shout out to Erika for the bubbles.

Rossi Rock at Jam'N 95.7

I remember growing up I’ve always wanted to be on the news or magazines and radio station for for the things we do. Either photography, community service, music, art, etc. It was always a dream growing up and I’m sure most of ya’ll can relate. I accomplished some of those dreams, and I’m proud to share these images of Rossi Rock at the radio station for an interview! People always talk about how local station in SD don’t support local artist. Maybe they do, it just takes alot of hard work to be recognized. Beto Perez and Tha Kid Reckless was kind enough to take the Suav crew in the station and kicked down some valuable knowledge. Rossi has been making alot of noise on social media thanks to all his fans. Beside that Rossi and Beto Perez knew each other, the support from Rossi’s fan got the station’s attention.

Click Click: Marissa

I’m excited about these photos. I did a photo shoot with Marissa last Sunday and took a few Click Click photos of her before we began. The shoot was for Monzu Fresh Pasta and I’m extremely happy with the results, and that’s a rare occasion. I’ll post the Monzu Fresh Pasta of Marissa later on the Monzu Gallery for ya’ll to see but for now I’m still in the process of staring at the photos for 2-3 days to decide on which one to print out for them.

These photos were taken with my new Canon AE-1 with the new 50mm lens I got. I just love the depth of field on the 50mm lens, and the color is on point! Shot inside Copa Vida and outside of Monzu Fresh Pasta.

I absolutely love this shot.

I absolutely love this shot.

I wanted to get a different angle and shot this from inside of Monzu.

I wanted to get a different angle and shot this from inside of Monzu.

First Look At Monzu Pasta Shoot

A week after Food Porn Vol 2 I got a DM from Monzu Fresh Pasta, requested to have a sit down with me to discuss future collaboration. I met up with the owner of Monzu (Aldo) on a Thursday afternoon and went over what he wanted from me and how he found out about me. Aldo told me one day he was strolling through downtown and stumbled upon 5&A Dime. Walked in to buy a t-shirt and saw my Food Porn Vol 2 photos on the wall and wanted something similar for his restaurant.

After days on working out the final details we finally found a set date to shoot. We will debut these photos at Monzu Fresh Pasta’s six month anniversary party in November so stay tuned for the date. I would love it if ya’ll can come to see my photos, drink wine/beer, and eat some pasta.

Special thanks or Monzu Fresh Pasta for this great opportunity, Erica, Alex, Tiffany Green, and Marissa for all your help to make this possible.

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Click Click: Erika (Kaka)

I'm always working on my craft, shooting as much as possible learning how to capture different angles and lighting. When I look back at my photos it seems I just keep sticking to the same style, I know I'll find new ways to capture people. Maybe start with a medium format camera or play with light leaks and fuck with the exposures for different effects. 

Erika is a great subject, so we shot for the 4th time last week in City Heights right behind a taco shop, in the heart of the ghetto. The employees were cool with us shooting back there and on their car. I love the wall Erika selected. She saw a colored wall and automatically thought of me and sent me a photo of it, so that's how I found this wall. I'm on that 16/8 intermittent fasting so it was reaching my dinner time so we went to Sipz for some Vegan dinner then we walked around North Park for a little to get more shots. We turned a corner and noticed the sunset, and ya'll know I love shooting in front of sunsets! You'll see in the photos below, enjoy!

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The sunset shot with the sun in the background. 

The sunset shot with the sun in the background. 

Click Click: Erica H.

We spent the weekend in Temecula for my God Daughter's Baptism and 1st birthday party. We as in my brother and I. I had two photo shoots booked while I was up there and Dook came along for the mountain bike trails. Well he was also invited to the birthday party too and he stayed at the hotel with me because he wanted to ride the trails Saturday and Sunday morning. After everything was all done, we checked out of the hotel around 11 AM and I spent the rest of the day with Erica. We had lunch, shot some pictures for Food Porn Vol 3, walked around in Old Town Temecula and spent money on expensive spicy beef jerfy I'll never get to enjoy hahaha. 

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My Favorites Of Hailey

I had the pleasure to work the beautiful Hailey. Hailey have been living in San Diego for only two years, ran into her at a bar on Convoy when she was a guest bartender. A friend of mine told me she won a Bartending contest, I forgot what it was called. I wanted to shoot with Hailey when I first met her but it's always weird to ask a stranger to shoot some photos so I never do. Luckily for me we have a bunch of mutual friends and one of them (Jesse from Sycamore Den) suggested I shoot with Hailey and lucky for me Hailey was familiar with my work. She seen some photos I took of Arlene for Food Porn Vol 2, it made things easier. I guess you can say I like it way better when my work speaks for me, so I don't have to be that creepy photographer asking random girls to model lol. You know what they say, "keep hustling till you don't have to introduce yourself anymore." Jk that's not a saying, is it? Who knows. 

Anyways, these are my favorites from our shoot. I wish I can show you the Food Porn pics we shot together but that will have to wait for the show. Enjoy!

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Click Click: Tiffany G.

Good morning! 

I got Tiffany's photos developed yesterday and I am excited to show ya'll. I put a few of my favorite photos in Click Click (main page) and some that I think are nice on this blog post. I think I'm falling madly in love with my Canon AE1 ya'll, the photo quality is just soooo crisp! Shot Tiffany with the Canon 24 mm lens, all natural light. Shot inside Moniker General located in Point Loma. So what ya'll think? Should I do a Food Porn shoot with Tiffany?

 

Shoot On Sight

These are some photos I took of Christina yesterday, I think they came out great but I'm not truly satisfied with them. Why? For one, I'm forever working on my craft trying to perfect it. Though perfection doesn't exist, I understand that. But the day I control the result of the photos I'll be happy with them. What do I mean by that? Well for one, I shot with my Canon AE1 yesterday because I love how the photos comes out. But I'm having trouble figuring out why the photo kinda get washed out above. The color kinda fade as you look from bottom to top. But maybe I'm hard on myself as usual because I shot these photos at F-Stop 4 and 2.8 during sunset in a shady area and I shot both with Shutter speed 250 and 500. So maybe I do have a bit control over my photos and I kill myself for the ones I don't like. I will never understand why I'm this way.

I like how it sorta look like a painting and not a photograph, or a mixture of two. The digital camera would give it a crisp, clean, and sharp look, where the colors will pop, but I prefer this look. I can't get pass it and convince myself to shoot digital. Maybe for business I would shoot with a digital camera, but my heart will always be set on film. 

Christina changed up her hair color and I wanted to shoot her again in front of a colorful back drop. I found a yellow wall and a light pink wall in Golden Hill. Originally I wanted to shoot in front of a red wall but I couldn't find it, I still can't remember where I saw a bright red wall. I swear it was in Golden Hill. 

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Lowrider Dream

Remember that dream I had about me and Rossi with the lowriders? If you read my previous post you'd know what I'm talking about. But I'll catch you up on it. I had a dream that I was talking to Rossi about the next music video shoot, he wanted to have lowriders in it. And out of the blue Rossi hit me up yesterday to shoot. I was available and made my way to Barrio Logan immediately. After a couple of minutes of walking around Mylow comes out of Por Vida and told us we can use his car. Shit all our eyes lit up, his car is dope as fuck. He wiped it down, unlocked the doors, everyone stepped in the car as he wipes it down. It was already clean but you know how car guys are, they'll wipe that shit down anyways. Correction, car guys and gals. Mylow pulled it out on the street and photo shoot began. Shit is kinda crazy though, that I just dreamt about it. So that set the lowrider idea in motion. Now Rossi is talking to a videographer about shooting his next music video with Lowriders in it, and I'll be in it as well! 

These photos were taken with my Canon AE-1 with 50mm lens. I'm not that happy with them because as you look at the photo from bottom to top, the light kinda washed it out a bit. Time to retired the 50mm or something, because the 24mm has a whole different feel to it. It could also by the shutter speed I was on. So there you go, I'm still learning after all these years, I'm forever a student my friends. 

Click Click: Day Walker

Shot Walker a.k.a Day Walker with my Canon AE-1 over the weekend. I just love how the film photos look versus digital photos. This time it cost me $21 to process one roll of film at George's. Over priced, I should've just went to Nelson but I was in North Park for lunch and wanted to get it done ASAP. 

Click Click: Babe

I apologize for the name on the title. I honestly didn't know what to use, she gets mad at me for using her real name so I'll just titled it "Babe." 

It's been a very very long time since I've done a Click Click shoot. Oh how I miss doing it so much! I love it! Here are some of my favorite from the shoot. I really love shooting the subject with the sun light directly behind them because it gives that soft tone and highlight that I need. You may have seen me do this multiple time and I think it's becoming a signature. Either the light or the blue wall, I love shooting in front of the blue wall because of the effect it has on the subject. It makes the subject look cut and paste onto the wall, but realistically, they were just shot in front of the wall with my film camera.