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Time Turned Fragile

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It’s been awhile, I apologize. The past four months have been some of the busiest and craziest of my life. The past two weeks have been some of the most humbling. I’ll spare you the sappy details, but life always has a way of keeping you in check and reminding you of what’s really important.

I’ve been working on a lot of awesome projects, some of which I will be sharing in the near future, but for now – eye candy from the past couple of weeks.

Michigan Central Station – Detroit, MI.

In Fear & Faith for Alternative Press

Hollywood Hills

Aaron Stern of D.R.U.G.S. – San Diego Warped Tour

Craig Owens of D.R.U.G.S. – San Diego Warped Tour

Motion City Soundtrack at House of Blues Hollywood.

Awesome friends + their ridiculously good looking kids.

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August 23rd, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Record Store Day

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If you didn’t already know, I am a huge Anberlin fan.  When I heard that they’d be releasing “Cities” on vinyl for Record Store Day, I knew I had to get my hands on one.  The most exciting and frustrating part of this day is that there are ton of limited edition vinyl records released specifically for this day, the downside is that you don’t know WHERE they will be released and how many each store will have, if any.

I called every single record store in San Diego – none of them had Anberlin.  I called about ten different stores in Michigan (where my family is from) to see if they had any that my mother could possibly pick up.  Nothing.  I was finally able to find a couple of stores in Los Angeles that had a few in stock.

I made a quick decision to drive up to Hollywood – a long three hour trek filled with road rage.  I finally made it to Amoeba Music around 2:30 PM and jumped in line.  The employees were passing out lists for us to fill out with our record requests.  At the time, Anberlin was still in stock, I was in luck.  It took about an hour to actually get inside the store and it would be another hour until I was able to pick up my requests.  I wandered around the store for a bit, found an Elliott Smith album I didn’t have as well as the “Into the Wild” soundtrack.  The only thing I couldn’t find was the “Into the Wild” 12″ record – it’s a hard one to find if you don’t want to pay $200 for a copy from online scalpers.

My name was finally called for pick up.  They ran out of Anberlin.  I was pissed!  I called every other store in the area – they were sold out as well.  I guess my quest wasn’t a complete bust though because I ended up grabbing a copy of Ray Lamontagne’s live album.  I was feeling emo so I visited the infamous Figure 8 wall.  There’s more graffiti on it than there was before, bummer.  Finished off the day with a delicious vegan dinner with Megan Thompson and headed back home.

I came home to find several copies of “Cities” already listed on eBay – most Buy It Now prices are $50.  Seriously?  People like that ruin the fun for true music fans who want to buy the music because they love it.  Not so they can scam fans for an extra buck.  Shame on you.

I didn’t see Henry Rollins, wish I did though!  I was still waiting outside.

Travis Barker!

The wall Elliott Smith stood in front of for Figure 8.

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April 17th, 2011 at 10:16 am

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April Photo Update

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Just some photos over the past few months that I can finally post, enjoy!

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April 11th, 2011 at 7:01 am

Alternative Press Tour – D.R.U.G.S.

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I was able to spend a couple of days on the Alternative Press Tour with my friends in Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows. Be sure to check them out on the Alternative Press Tour – if you happen to miss them this time around, catch them on all of this year’s Warped Tour!

For you tech junkies: Canon 5D, Canon 35 1.4L, Canon 85 1.2L, natural light. No extensive post-processing other than resizing, watermarking and converting from raw to jpg.

* photographed through the guitar boat / christmas lights. no fancy tricks.

* This is Dakotah, one of the most hard working tour managers / guitar techs I’ve ever met. Say hi to him if you see him.

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March 28th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows: Behind the Scenes

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As a photographer I feel that in order to really capture true emotions, you need to have a good relationship with your client. Not only will they feel more comfortable around you and the camera, but they’re willing to work with you on a creative level. I enjoy shooting friends because they trust me 100% with my ideas and I’m able to work with theirs as well. When my friend Craig asked me to take some promos for his new band, Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (D.R.U.G.S.), I immediately jumped on the opportunity.

They were on a tight shooting schedule as they had a video shoot later in the morning. I had a two hour time slot to nail out these photos. Being on such a tight schedule meant I needed to scout a location that was relatively easy for the band to find and also be able to use a couple spots within the same area. While driving through the Hollywood Hills last year, I ended up getting lost somewhere on the winding road and ended up in one of the most breathtaking spots I’ve ever seen. Ever since I discovered the spot, I’ve wanted to save it for an amazing shoot, this was the perfect opportunity to use it.

I left San Diego early that morning and arrived at my destination in the Hollywood Hills to begin setting up. My good friend, Megan Thompson met up to help assist the shoot. Be sure to check out her work! I had two locations in mind: a dirt hill in front of the Hollywood sign and a cliff overlooking the city. Unfortunately, it literally rained on my parade. I wasn’t about to let the rain ruin my agenda though. Since it was overcast, I had a nice soft light to work with as well as a foggy background. For the dirt hill photos, I used a large softbox 1/4 power about 6 feet from the ground – enough to light the band but keep the background intact. I also learned that the Vagabond II battery doesn’t hold up too well in the rain. The strobe would go off every 15-20 seconds, putting a damper (no pun intended) on things. However, we made it work and were able to get a few keepers from this spot.

Photo by Megan Thompson

Photo by Megan Thompson

Photo by Megan Thompson

We were able to nail out the photos from the hill within 30 minutes and headed across the street to the cliff / canyon. Changed up the modifier to a large octabox for a softer light. The rain had finally stopped but since we were up so high, the fog stuck around and made for an excellent background. Knocked out these photos within 25 minutes and called it a day!

The final image.

Special thanks to Megan Thompson, Rob Hitt @ Crush and Amy N for helping make this shoot happen.

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December 30th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

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Adestria: Behind the Scenes

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I haven’t updated this blog in over eight months. I took a break to reinvent myself and find that fire that previously fueled my passion. Needless to say, I’m back… and it feels good.

My buddy Chris asked me to take some new photos of his band, Adestria. He said they wanted to stray away from the typical band photo / brick wall / etc, etc. We originally planned on shooting in downtown San Diego, but I made a last minute decision to shoot in an abandoned naval center that’s now used for fire fighter training. Since this was an active location (the fire fighting school was across the street and airport security has random drive-bys), we had to be extra careful to be as discreet as possible.

I’ve always wanted to do a conceptual shoot in this location since it’s literally the location of a post zombie apocalypse.

Be sure to check out Adestria. They’ve been named one of the top ten unsigned bands in the country and they’ll be featured in the upcoming issue of Alternative Press. More importantly, check out the photo with the article ;)

Tech Specs
I’m a fan of simple lighting and I usually don’t use more than one light. This entire shoot was lit by a medium soft box w/Alien Bees B800 and a Vagabond II battery pack.

(photo taken with my phone)

(photo taken with my phone)

A couple of fun photos –

The final image –

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December 27th, 2010 at 12:21 am

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Pierce the Veil Teaser

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Happy Birthday to my mom / Ann Rork!

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April 3rd, 2010 at 1:38 am

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Pierce the Veil

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Brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes of Pierce the Veil chatting it up outside of Ocean Studios in Los Angeles.

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December 24th, 2009 at 2:03 am

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Cinematic Sunrise

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Cinematic Sunrise / Pete Wentz – Fall Out Boy / Nash Breen – Armor For Sleep

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December 5th, 2009 at 6:04 am

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October Photo Update

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Lots to update here.  I’ve been either working or shooting literally every day this month and I’m loving every moment of it.  I’m going to try to remember all of the events here, but there’s too many to keep up with.  Another photo giveaway to the 50th person to retweet this blog post!

I had to opportunity to see Sufjan Stevens at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, MI — it’s been awhile since I’ve seen him live.  If you haven’t yet, I recommend doing so.

Haven’t heard of The Classy Gents yet?  It consists of Brian Southall (The Receiving End of Sirens, Boys Night Out, Isles & Glaciers), Nick Martin (Underminded, Isles & Glaciers, Cinematic Sunrise) and Tommy Simms (Automatic Loveletter).  They’re the classiest group of gentlemen you’ll ever come across and I had the privilege to take their very first promo photos.  Stay updated with them here -The Classy Gents.

On October 1st, I took the longest road trip of my life.  Driving from Michigan to San Diego.  Made it in under two and a half days.  Celebrated the end of the trip with Sushi Deli 3 then headed over to the Pierce the Veil benefit show for A City Serene at Soma.  Good times were had before, during and after.

I found out last minute that Anberlin and The Game were playing at UCSD a couple of weeks ago, so I went up to La Jolla with Mike to check it out.

This is Coronado Beach.  Photos/words cannot describe how amazing the view is here.

Grabbed this photo of Mike and Casey in the hallway at House of Blues in San Diego.  Alternative Press Fall Ball photos can be viewed here –

This past weekend I assisted a photo shoot with my friend Adam Elmakias for the new Electric Zombie clothing line.  To make a long story short, we had some unexpected visits from the marines and several state police officers.  I can’t really post these photos since the line hasn’t been launched yet, but you can read more about the surprise visit and sneak peak a few more of my photos on Kyle Crawford’s blog.

Some photos I couldn’t post just yet – behind the scenes photo shoot with Bane, A Day to Remember, Electric Zombie photo shoot, Blink 182 and a few others.  I’ll be opening my online print store real soon.  50th person to retweet this blog post gets a free 8×10 of their choice.  Go!

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October 22nd, 2009 at 4:26 am

Posted in Music,Portraits,Travel