Megan Renee — Summer Tattoo Glamour

Tattoo Glamour Model Megan Renee

Megan Renee is quickly gaining popularity in the tattoo modeling world. I’ve recently seen her grace the cover of LA Weekly! Here are a couple natural light photos I shot of her in celebration of the sunny summers we have here in Los Angeles


Reel Big Fish @ House Of Blues Los Angeles

Reel Big Fish Concert @ House Of Blues Los Angeles (Justin Gill)

Reel Big Fish brought their brand of zany ska punk to the House Of Blues on Sunset Strip.  I think it’s always nice to shoot a band with more variety in their instruments than just the standard guitar players.  It’s always a fun challenge to shoot an entire horn section as well.


Cervena Fox: UK tattoo glamour model

Cervena Fox tattoo corset glamour model


Here’s some photos I shot back in the Spring of UK tattoo model Cervena Fox.  Cervena gets lots of exposure not only for her excellent inkwork, but also for her trademark long red hair!  She’s a London tattoo model that tours the States a couple times a year, so I made sure to get her into my studio when she was last in Los Angeles since I had a corset that I thought would look great on her.


In The Studio: Fitness Modeling

fitness model studio photo

I wanted to quickly share with you a few images of a recent studio shoot I did.  The model was looking for some startup portfolio images to help her land gigs with fitness, bikini, and promo modeling.  She definitely had the body-type for these types of gigs — and beautiful hazel eyes to match — so I wanted to make sure she came away with photos to really help her promote herself.

fitness model in the studio

fitness bikini model in the studio

Somewhat different from my usual clientele (ie, half-nude tattoo chicks and rock stars), but I wanted to demonstrate my versatility with something a little more, well, traditional.

Flogging Molly @ House Of Blues Los Angeles

Flogging Molly live concert House Of Blues Los Angeles (Justin Gill)

Nearly exactly one year since I shot Flogging Molly on tour in Chicago, I managed to shoot their set at House Of Blues on Sunset Strip for their 8th annual “Green 17” tour.  And I gotta say, Los Angeles House Of Blues may be one of my new all-time favorite venues.  At least with it’s rustic, pub appeal, it seemed a very fitting venue for Flogging Molly’s brand of celtic punk.  With fantastic lighting, to boot!


Suedehead @ House Of Blues Los Angeles

Suedehead House Of Blues Los Angeles live concert photos (Justin Gill)

In preparation for shooting Flogging Molly, I got to limber up by shooting opening band Suedehead, a soulful motown-meets-punk rock band playing a high-energy set for eager fans at the House Of Blues.

Surprised I was to learn that in spite of the lead singer’s heavy UK accent, Suedehead hails from neighboring Orange County California.  Of note was their soulful rendition of Fugazi’s “Waiting Room.”


Emilie Autumn @ El Rey Theatre

Emilie Autumn live concert @ El Rey Theatre Los Angeles (Justin Gill)


I was highly impressed with Emilie Autumn’s live cabaret performance at El Rey Theatre, in support of her Fight Like A Girl (F.L.A.G.) Tour.

I knew going into it that I would come away with great shots, and if you know my work beyond concerts and musicians you’ll know that I also have a penchant for corsets and lingerie.  However, little did I know I was to expect her to put on a full theatrical performance with three of her all-female backing band.  Not only did I get great shots, but I got great shots of four different ladies putting on a full Victorian-gothic cabaret.


Alysha Nett: Tattoo Glamour B&W

Alysha Nett tattoo glamour nude lingerie model black and white

Alysha Nett is probably my most-photographed model — at least she is now that I’ve had her in my studio once again this week.  She gains more and more popularity as a tattoo/glamour/nude model not only because her ink work is very striking, but because she knows how to bring it with lots of sexy poses and facial expressions.

Not only is it nice to have a model that looks stunning, but also one that works as naturally as Alysha does in front of the camera.

I decided it would be nice to go back-to-basics with a black and white shoot, mainly since she’s gotten more black ink tattoo work since I shot Alysha Nett nearly two years ago.


Top 10 Concert Photos From 2011

 Boys Noize concert fans @ Music Box Hollywood (Justin Gill)

Top 10 Lists come out of the woodwork every year’s end, and I’m making no exception.  Here’s a list of some of my most memorable concert photos I’ve shot this year, either for aesthetic or iconic reasons.

I’m kicking off this list with the above photo, shot during Boys Noize set at The Music Box in Hollywood.  I’m including it here as it not only makes a good “lead” for a blog article about concert photos, but also because it showcases the raw energy emanating from the packed house that evening, and the fan wearing the Boys Noize shirt adds just a little bit of context :)


Descendents + FLAG @ Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Descendents Milo Aukerman and Black Flag Live Concert Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Los Angeles (Justin Gill)

The anticipation was high waiting for headliners The Descendents to hit the stage at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium this weekend, as the audience chanted for nerd-punk icon Milo [Auckerman] to take the stage.

But arguably of more note were the rumors flying around that legendary Los Angeles hardcore band Black Flag was to make a guest appearance.  The next-best thing occurred instead, as former Black Flag bassist and founder Chuck Dukowski took the stage with singer Keith Morris, backed by former drummer Bill Stephenson and Descendents guitarist Stephen Egerton, to blast through Black Flag’s Nervous Breakdown EP!!

After the short four-song set, Morris waved goodbye to the crowd who then began to convey utter disappointment, to which he took the mic to explain they only had time to rehearse during sound check.  Shortly thereafter however, Milo Auckerman took his place on microphone and the crowd’s disappointment was soon thoroughly placated as he and The Descendents plowed through a 28-song set.


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