Category Archives: Photography
Since I started my phone-tography blog… What? You don’t know about that? OK, stop what you’re doing and bookmark http://phonetographs.wordpress.com.
As I was saying, when I started my phone-tography blog, I knew that I was going to need to keep the content fresh. That means that I would need to find things to shoot wherever I find myself. This scene here seems pretty uneventful and not a likely subject of a photoshoot, right? Well, check after the break for what I was able to find in this spot.
No, I don’t mean the football games. There are no games until Michigan takes on Alabama today. Go Blue. I speak of the Friday that kicks off the long Labor Day weekend, that I get to celebrate regardless of my employment status. What a great country.
Yesterday, I was prepared to have a Netflix night at home with my microwave popcorn in a lunch bag, made “famous” in this YouTube video. That thrilling video was put together on another thrilling night in the JDE. Try not to be too jealous. Alas, my date with streaming video was cancelled by a better offer.
The offer was so good that I had to give the ‘ole skull a fresh shave. Here is a representation over time of my preparation of a fresh skull. It is not always easy being JD…it takes work, but the final product is soooo worth it.
I met Ralph Guzzo as a referral from Sufe Bradshaw, another client of mine. Ralph and I had never met and I am not sure if we even spoke on the phone until the day before the shoot to setup the time. The timing was perfect because it was widely noted that my last photography promotional postcard didn’t have any male actors. I was starting to look like one of those creepy Hollywood photographers that only shoot beautiful actresses…which isn’t a bad gig if you can lose the creepy tag.
Ralph and I planned to go downtown and do some very serious pictures with an urban background to showcase his “federal agent” look. Well, when I got there we did some test shoots and realized that his house was an amazing place to shoot. We ended up staying there and getting the job done.
I have to say that we worked well together. You can tell that we were down to get any good shot imaginable. The creativity was there…the collaborative trust was instantaneous and we got some great shots. We also got some crazy shots that we both loved. Almost in honor of Sufe (aka Hollywood) we also networked with each other and brainstormed a short film that we will also shoot in his house.
All in all, it was a good day…and we didn’t have to go downtown!
When my friend Sufe asked me to do her headshots, one word popped into my head and created two competing thoughts. That word was HOLLYWOOD. I call her Hollywood because she is sooo Hollywood. She mixes and mingles and meets and greets and networks 24/7.
Hollywood “The Good” – I know the lens would love her and thus make me look good! I also know that Sufe does market herself and if she’s using pictures that I took, it could also be good exposure.
Hollywood “The Challenge” – she is an actress with actress ‘stuff’ going on. Some of that stuff is a healthy dose of perfectionism so I knew I would have to be on my game.
We met in the miracle mile district near the SAG building and shot in some alleys and around a building. We had a great time and got some great pictures, but like I said before her gene pool did most of the work for me!
I am going a bit crazy and I have no idea what this blog entry will be about. I am making it up as I go along folks. Don’t fear…I am a highly trained improvisor and this should end up making sense. Hopefully, there will be some insight and some “funny” along the way. Now that I’ve set expectations WAY too high, let’s get going!
The best skill a photographer can have is rapport. -JD
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5:00 am. For those of you who have never been awake at that time, it is also known as 5:00, in the morning and sometimes called “the crack of dawn”. How do I let my roommate talk me into such things??
“I don’t believe in signs…unless they point to what I want” –JD
I have a sure fire, step-by-step plan to get on top of Hollywood…at least the sign. The symbolism and inspiration is waiting for you at the top of Beachwood. The trail is actually called “Hollyridge”. Read the rest of this entry
The assignment: My good friend Neetu is engaged to Ken and wanted pictures for their “Save The Date” announcement.
We decided to play on and around the Santa Monica Pier. We went up top and played a bit, but we ended up choosing more images taken on the sand underneath. The have such great personalities that I wanted to capture the essence of their joy more than anything. Read the rest of this entry