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Yes, it’s time to ketchup… or catch up (on the blog that is). It’s been a while since I have posted anything. Over the past several months I have been working diligently on creating new images for my portfolio. In August, I began collaborating with the talented photo consultant Selina Maitreya and really began sculpting a new vision. It actually wasn’t new, it just had yet to be uncovered. Selina’s expertise and lack of “sugar coating” things has definitely helped me do that.

Over the past few days I plan to post some of the images with a brief description of the planning, inspiration and thought process that went into their creation. I went back and forth on wether I should post such personal information, but I feel that in the long run writing it down will help the exploration and developmental process. Until then…

American Hotel

Here are some great little iPhone snaps taken while scouting the American Hotel in Long Beach for an upcoming shoot. These effects were done using Chase Jarvis’s new app The Best Camera. Love this one. It’s similar to CameraBag (among others), but allows you to add and subtract filters all in one pass. Very convenient and a major plus. Definitely check it out. I’m always looking for cool new apps so feel free to comment if you have any suggestions.

"Throw Down Your Heart" Opens In L.A.

IN 2008 I photographed 3 authors of the book Picking Cotton which was a New York Times best seller. I was very fortunate to befriend one of the writers Erin Torneo and her husband, director Sascha Paladino. Sascha’s new film documentary “Throw Down Your Heart” opens this Friday, June 5th in L.A. The film is a musical documentary that follows American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck on his journey to Africa to explore the little known African roots of the banjo and record an album. Béla’s boundary-breaking musical adventure takes him to Uganda, Tanzania, The Gambia, and Mali, and provides a glimpse of the beauty and complexity of Africa. Using his banjo, Béla transcends barriers of language and culture, finding common ground and forging connections with musicians from very different backgrounds.

See official site for upcoming shows in other cities. Spread the word and go see for yourself!