Hadiyah Mujhid, founder of Black Founders and Playpen Labs, repeatedly braved early morning Castro traffic to get a shot for Handelsblatt Magazine. I did feel more than a bit nervous sending a pregnant woman out into the busy streets just to get a shot although my assistant was vigilant in making sure the cars knew she was there and stopped if necessary. As you can see by the green traffic light, we did wait for our turn.
I got a call to do an interesting shoot for M&C Saatchi. I was told the shoot would take place from 6pm to midnight at The Great Wall of Oakland. I would be photographing dancer Marquese Scott dancing down the side of the 115' wall. Obviously I couldn't say no to that.
Marquese is a known for his dance style that makes it seem as if he's defying gravity so the creatives at M&C Saatchi thought it would be a good idea to have Marquese actually defy gravity by dancing on the wall 115' in the air. It was a pretty amazing thing to watch considering Marquese was afraid of heights and had never done anything like this before.
The project was for Ballentine's. You can see the video they made here.
Here's a BTS shot by my assistant Mike Byrne. Believe me, leaning over the side was scary enough for me.
A few weeks ago I was in New York on a shoot for Cadillac for Campbell Ewald. Cassidy was the Art Director and was coerced into to being the lighting test subject despite her disdain for being photographed. She set the bar pretty high for the actual subject.
I got up early to drive down to Madera California to photograph Bryson DeChambeau for Golf Magazine. Bryson is currently an amateur playing at Southern Methodist University but since he's only the fifth golfer ever to win both the US Amateur title and the NCAA title he'll likely be turning pro soon (Jack Nicklaus was the first in 1961).
I photographed Kahlil Mack of the Oakland Raiders at their practice field for Sports Illustrated. I was hoping to be able to get in and watch the practice but it was a closed practice. I didn't have much time with Kahlil after practice but he was great to work with despite probably wanting to be anywhere but there after practice.