So I had another photoshoot last week in Malibu, this time on the gorgeous El Matador State Beach, which is well-known for its steep bluffs and rocky formations, not to mention gorgeous golden hour lighting. We did two looks, with an emphasis on combining a commercial and high fashion appeal.
I had the pleasure to shoot Grammy-winning Latin singer Ana Barbara at Hollywood’s famed Dolby Theater. Ana’s glamor and glitz was well-received at the same gorgeous theater where the Oscars are held every year. She owned the entire stage in elaborate outfits, backed by dancers and even a full mariachi!
Sometimes, as a photographer, I like to battle bouts of late-night insomnia by digging through my archives from past shoots to analyze my shooting/lighting techniques, play around with processing and retouching, or just find overall ways I can improve my work in the future. Last night, while thumbing through the RAW images from a shoot I did last year with tattoo model Cervena Fox, I stumbled on an image that I had flagged, did some retouching to, and then kinda put it back on the shelf — or stuffed it back into the folder, as the case may be.
Applying some new retouching techniques that I’ve built since then — using my awesome Wacom Tablet that I got for my last birthday — I ended up with an unexpectedly great image that I’m glad to add to my portfolio. I thought I’d post it here in a blog article not only to demonstrate how easy it is to make great images with Cervena, but also to demonstrate how I(we) must always strive to grow and improve as an artist.
I’m going to go ahead and lead-in with a photo of Anthrax playing with surprise guest Slash onstage, as they pummeled through a cover of AC/DCs “T.N.T.”, even though he came out toward the end of their set. Because, why wouldn’t I?? It’s Slash! With Anthrax! On the Sunset Strip!!
However, click the jump to see more photos of Anthrax’s Joey Balladonna, Scott Ian, Frank Bello and my best attempts to grab shots of Charlie Benante behind his monstrous drumset. Oh, and glowing pentagrams galore:
Feast your eyes on these flying V guitars that Exodus was slinging around last week at House Of Blues on Sunset Strip. Definitely added some nice visual elements to complement the aggressive thrash metal that these guys have been kicking out all these years.
Check out this Las Vegas-based glamour model I had the pleasure of shooting last weekend while I was staying at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
I wanted to take the opportunity to shoot a talented model that brought more to the table than being heavily tattooed, so that I could focus on a more commercial lingerie look. We only had time to shoot after sundown, but this proved to be a blessing in disguise as the photos have more of an evening lingerie appeal.