Record Sea Lion Pups Wash Ashore for The New York Times

Posted on March 20, 2015 in Editorial

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People often ask me what my favorite shoot I’ve done is but every single shoot I do is different. Variables like light and personality and the environment and the client play a big part in the variety, but this shoot was amped up because I had more than 100 barking subjects. I headed to Laguna Beach to The Pacific Marine Mammal Center for The New York Times where an amazing team was rehabbing a record number of sea lion pups that were abandoned and rescued on the Pacific Coast. The young new rescues barely resembled sea lions, they looked more like thin, weak otters and I was just stunned by the dedication the staff and volunteers had to get the pups well so they’d be the chubby and playful animals they are meant to be. To say I love animals is a bit of an understatement so we can file this shoot under one of my thousands of favorites. Read More

UFC 184 Fan Portraits for ESPN

Posted on March 11, 2015 in Editorial, Portraits

Although I set up my makeshift studio near the concessions and wasn’t near the actual ring, this is the closest I’ve ever come to a UFC fight. This fight, UFC 184 in Los Angeles, was the first UFC fight in history with women competitors headlining, which is cool from a historical perspective, but also meant the crowd was a little more diverse than the average UFC fight and was great for me.

I had to set up in a 10×10 foot area, which was very limiting in terms of the space I’d ideally need for lights and stands to shoot portraits on a seamless. I also had to factor in that I would be in a heavy trafficked area alone at times and could not have multiple lights that people could bump into or trip over. So I went with the smallest black roll of paper and a ring flash and when I saw where I’d be shooting I was glad I did. Read More

Almost Famous, or Surrounded by Fake Paparazzi For A Day, for OZY

Posted on March 10, 2015 in Editorial

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I spent my Valentine’s Day shooting what has to be the strangest assignment I’ve ever had. My job was to photograph an OZY editor as she walked Hollywood Boulevard through crowds of tourists pretending to be a celebrity, which was amped up by the fact that she was standing next to an actor playing a bodyguard and surrounded by a crowd of screaming hired extras with cameras pretending to be paparazzi. And, as you can see in this photo, people bought the con. It was especially strange for me because I was in the crowd of fake paparazzi photographing the fake celebrity and I was the only real one in that mix, though watching the scene you’d never know that.

I’ve never laughed more or ran backwards more on a shoot. Read about Sanjena’s surreal experience as a (pseudo) celebrity for an afternoon HERE: Almost Famous

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American Apparel’s New CEO

Posted on February 10, 2015 in Editorial, Portraits

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I had the utmost pleasure photographing American Apparel’s new CEO Paula Schneider at the American Apparel HQ in Los Angeles for The New York Times. Read the article HERE.

We shot on the roof, in the sewing room of the factory, in her office, a conference room, and a waiting room and it’s rare shoots like this where I’m so happy and completely spoiled by my photo subject. She is clearly a very busy woman and was so easygoing and easy to photograph and she gave me a lot of time. Read More

After the Golden Globes for New York Times Style

Posted on January 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

I desperately needed to be cloned on the night of the Golden Globes. Read More

Travel: California Central Coast for The San Francisco Chronicle, Part II

Posted on January 6, 2015 in Editorial, Travel

This is the second blog post of images I shot while working on a travel story on the California Central Coast for The San Francisco Chronicle. Read More

Travel: California Central Coast for The San Francisco Chronicle, Part I

Posted on January 6, 2015 in Editorial, Travel

I had the utmost pleasure exploring the California Central Coast for a handful of days for The San Francisco Chronicle. Read More

Ice Bears for The New York Times

Posted on January 2, 2015 in Editorial

I always enjoy photographing in factories because I love learning how things work.

I got to photograph the Ice Energy facility in Glendale, California for The New York Times for a story about energy-storage plans in California. Read More

Grindr Founder Joel Simkhai for The New York Times

Posted on December 18, 2014 in Editorial, Portraits

I photographed Grindr Founder Joel Simkhai for The New York Times Sunday Styles. We started at his office and then the following day I photographed him at a house he recently bought and one he was renting nearby, both with insane views of Los Angeles. Read More