August '16 has been an incredibly busy month for me, guys! And September is shaping up to be even busier...
In addition to the incredible honor of publishing an exclusive editorial with Summer Diary Project in mid-August, featuring the lovely Derek Villanueva (of indie Hollywood acting/directorial skill), I've had quite a bit of work going on otherwise. I thought I'd take the opportunity to catch you all up now—before I catch a plane to Costa Rica for a week.
August was my first time ever working in Los Angeles. I had the chance to work with an old friend/model while down there, Drew Campbell, at the Old LA Zoo in Griffith Park. Drew also brought along a friend, Jarid. It took a little convincing to get Jarid in front of the camera—Drew's doing, not mine—and the three of us took advantage of the ample graffiti. It was fun seeing the two play off each other a little, in their quiet puppyish way.
Also while in Los Angeles, I spent a few hours with actor, Josiah Blount. IMDB here. Josiah brought an easy warmth to our session, despite many distractions from delivery trucks or coked-up ladies. (Seriously, we had a homeless friend...) His preparedness and professionalism were matched only by a friendly manner, definitely a boon when traveling. Admittedly, you can't fully appreciate him from this view, but Josiah has a great body and strong, angled features—you may be seeing more of him in September. ;)
Later that month, I added two sessions to my already busy schedule—a client called Nicolai and a Seattle-based (sometimes) model called Joshua.
Nicolai actually hails from LA himself and flew up special to work with me: it's always extremely flattering when something like that happens, and we had fun following some heavier emotions to their through-line at Buck East Studio in SE Portland. Joshua was a different story entirely: we've been following each other on Instagram for some time now, hunting for the right moment to work together; Joshua and his partner just finished up a beautiful sunroom renovation in their Seattle home and so invited me to come break in the space. You'll see why, but I honestly took Joshua for a dancer...
Finally, just a few days ago, Bear and I met up for a 4th session—our first since April—and stormed Buck East with handfuls of flowers. We had in mind something artful and critical: a form study of the male in bloom. The title picture is Bear's, and I can't wait to show you the rest, as all Bear does is get better and better.
So that was, essentially, my August Plus. I said that September would be busier: I've got one, two, three...no, five potential sessions in the next two weeks alone! Plus all those edits to finish. It's an embarrassment of riches! Wish me luck!