Wednesday, December 21, 2011

How to shoot your hero

No this isn't about food photography.

We all grew up idolizing someone, somebody that was just bigger than life to us, but what happens when you're put in the same room with that person?

Growing up playing guitar, Slash was a hero of mine. The low-slung Les Paul and a top hat only he can pull off is an iconic image in rock history and an image that spoke to many young guitar players that came after him.

 Early in October, we got the call at the RIDES office that Slash and his Aston Martin V12 Vantage would be available to be photographed later in the month. This was a dream come true for myself and RIDES Editor-in-Chief Michael Crenshaw, who is also a huge fan of Slash. With the excitement of a couple of kids, we hopped a plane to LA to meet the man himself.

We trekked our Profoto gear into the location at Galpin Aston Martin and started our setup while we waited for Slash's arrival. In as long as I've been working as a photographer I've NEVER had a celeb show up on time. Slash breezed in 20 minutes early and caught us off guard, still toying with the lighting for his jet black Aston Martin. I spent a few more minutes tweaking the lights while he made the rounds shaking hands with everyone at the location. When there was nobody left to say hello to, I was out of time and we jumped right into the shoot.

Our first shot was of Slash with the car, shot on the revolving stage in the Aston Martin vault. We had a stash of 8 heads on stands with different modifiers from bare bulb to a big 7ft octabox against the wall. I purposely brought extra gear and every different modifier because we hadn't seen the location and needed to be prepared for just abput anything.  Lighting for the first shot was 3 Profoto 7a heads for the car and another 7a head with a silver beauty dish for Slash.

Our next shot was Slash in the red leather lined entrance behind the vault. These turned out some of my favorite shots from the set. Lighting in this tight spot was simple, a Profoto 7a head with a silver beauty dish and a grid up high camera right with the silver metal floor providing some bounce light back up into the shadows.

Then we moved on to the vault door. Lighting again was simple just the 7a head with a silver beauty dish above and camera left.

 We were prepared for the worst with all our gear, but found the simpler setups allowed us to be quick on our feet and get the most out of the location.

I'm very happy with the results of this shoot. It was a dream come true to shoot it and I'm glad the pressure I put on myself for it is now passed and I can sit back and enjoy the images.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

NYC Earthquake 2011 MIXTAPE

2011 NYC Earthquake Mixtape compiled by:  Andrew Link, Matt Tuccillo, Eric Eng, David Zamdmer, Willie G. and Ivylise Simones

1.) Whole lotta shakin goin on

2.) Shake rattle and roll

3.)Rock your body  

4.) Booty Drop

5.) Ruff Ryders Anthem (stop drop) 

6.) Shook ones Pt. 2  

7.) falling away from me  

8.) block rockin beats  

9.) the twist  

10.)  twist and shout  
11.) Bump n grind

12.) earthquake weather

13.) boom boom boom

14.) shook me all night long

15.) ya'll ready for this

16.) we will rock you

17.) boom shake the room

                                                      18.)  all shook up

19.)all falls down

20.) milkshake

21.) good vibrations

22.) jump around

23.) wobble wobble

24.) laffy taffy

25.) lean with it rock with it

26.) hey ya

27.) drop the world

28.) can i get a 

29.) hippy hippy shake

30.) shake that ass

31.) shake shake shake senora

2011 NYC Earthquake mega mix    enjoy and pass it on!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Another new RIDES cover

Shot another RIDES cover. This time we've done split covers. Mine will be on the east coast and Scott Dukes' will be on the west coast.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Time for an update

I've been so busy lately I haven't been able to share any of what's been going on lately. Since my last post I've shot two new RIDES Magazine covers and also shot actor Tracy Morgan for our latest issue. Here are the covers, the Tracy Morgan shots will come after the new issue hits newsstands!

Our latest issue with the Tracy Morgan shoot.

Monday, February 1, 2010

New Pics and a new COVER!!

Adding some new pics to the blog:

First this shot of RIDES Magazine founder Datwon Thomas:

Nelly and Funkmaster Flex:

Another image I found from my shoot for the Mobile Addictions Calendar: And lastly my new cover for RIDES Magazine. Pretty stoked on this issue, got the cover and a TON of pages on the inside. Check it out when it hits newsstands!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Lazy Bum

So I'm a self admitted lazy bum. It's no secret. I've got a ton of stuff to add to this blog but I usually don't get around to it because of my laziness or because of the wild schedule at 0-60 and RIDES Magazines. Anyway, I shot these over the weekend real quick for a friend of mine who's trying to sell the car.  Hope everyone likes them. I'll try to be better at posting once I get home from the SEMA show in Las Vegas!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Orlando, FL

Heres a quick shot from last weeks trip to Florida for my RIDES cover shoot. Look for the new issue in a few short weeks!! :)

Also adding a shot of my newest addition to my guitar collection.

Last quick photo:
I stopped by a Barnes & Noble and saw my last RIDES cover.....had to do some shameless self-promotion. Also added a copy of 0-60 (which I also work for) in the mix :)