Definitely the most boujee shoot I've done in a while. Thanks Jeff Hidy for having dope ideas and being a dope person. And props to Natalie and Georgia for putting up with our spontaneity and having a limo at the ready.
I am amazed, excited, blessed, thrilled- to have worked with #Girl Magazine in creating Cops & Robbers! It was such a wonderful experience working with someone so passionate about and submerged in not only their project, but their craft as a whole. It is even more exciting to me because Cops & Robbers is so meaningful to me and I hope that others can find it meaningful and empowering as well
Download #Girl Magazine Volume 1 here
And find the shoot on page 116-126
Cops & Robbers
A “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” is a movie trope that refers to “the bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.” In less formal terms, manic pixie dream girls are youthful, carefree, creative, rebellious, a bit troubled, deep, flawed in an endearing way, spiritually ahead of most, in understanding of life’s joys, and intent on living life to the fullest. Sounds like a beautiful person.
Unfortunately, the term manic pixie dream girl refers to a super amazing girl who has all these great traits, but her sole purpose is to fulfill everything that the male character lacks, to teach him all of life’s beauties. This was a very disappointing and troublesome aspect for me because no one focused on the girl, no one focused on the fact that she was free-willed, unique, and happy before she came into a man’s life. Her purpose should be more than just completing him.
This gave me the idea to redefine the manic pixie dream girl, giving her a new connotation, a more empowering one. A connotation where it is no longer looked at as the boy letting the girl complete him, but her having the power to complete him, and the choice of whether or not she wants to. In the series, she is not a counterpart, but a heartbreaker. A heartbreaker in the regard that she is not only independent, but she is also not villainized when she doesn’t fall for the boy in the end. I want to show that a woman can be all of these things for herself, not that she must be all of these things as a tool for a man.
I made a couple of Spotify playlists to shoot photos to and wanted to share them with you guys. Music makes every photoshoot better so here’s some of the music that I usually shoot to!
Playlist #1: “Shooting // Almost Too Chill”
This playlist mainly consists of chill, moody music with good lyrics and nice ambient beats.
Playlist #2: “Shooting // “Get Hype”
This playlist isn’t as hype as it sounds, so don’t be fooled. It’s pretty energetic, but I wouldn’t take it to a party.
If you want more playlists, follow my friend Former Vandal’s playlists on Spotify. He does seasonal playlists so if you love fitting mood music, follow follow follow.
The full set. An amazing shoot with one of my favorite models, Sarah Meyer (insta: @clay_evergreen).
L.A. Loud is a series that embodies the idea of “tinsel town” and the glamour that surrounds it via an heir of flirtation and over-the-top consumption of a culture. Growing up in the midwest, this series shows an outsider’s look at America’s iconic culture that captivates the entire world.
Yeah, that never happened. So instead, here's a long overdue photo set of Raegan Cureton (insta: @raegan_cureton) from when we went to a random motel and broke into their empty blue pool.
So a couple weeks ago I filmed, directed, and co-edited Former Vandal's music video for Comedown (which if you haven't checked his music out yet I 10/10 would reccomend!) Holy shit. Never did I ever think that video would be such hard work. Turns out video is very little like photography. Also turns out my expensive ass camera doesn't take high quality video. Also also turns out it's next to impossible to get 20 people in one room at the same time to model for a video. I'm tempted to keep going but I'm going to stop here. So let's just say in the end, it turns out that all of the shortcomings and difficulties were worth it when I finally saw the finished product.
Because I had so many ridiculous struggles, I'm going to try and save you guys the pain and tears I had to endure by making a list of things I wish someone had told me before getting into videography.
1. STORYBOARD. Don't wing it and think you will have enough B roll shots at the end BECAUSE YOU WON'T
2. Zoom to focus. Use the little digital zoom thing and make sure that you can see every single damn nose hair on that person's face. If you don't zoom into focus, there is a 95% chance it's going to be out of focus.
3. Check your camera's video settings and make sure it films in 24 p (progressive frames per second) which is cinema quality.
4. If you're going to do slow motion, shoot in 60p. AND DO NOT FORGET TO CHANGE IT BACK TO 24P WHEN YOU ARE NOT SHOOTING SLOW MO IT IS A VERY NOTICABLE DIFFERENCE.
5. Don't skimp and not buy a stabilizer. You can even buy a $50 one. I promise you though, you NEED a stabilizer.
6. Don't go over ISO 800! Keep the ISO as low as possible. Bring external light into the shot before you raise the ISO. If you're working with a zoom lens, zoom all the way out and get closer to your subject to let more light in. You can also lower your shutter speed and bring your fstop down to let more light in, JUST DON'T RAISE YOUR ISO.
7. When it comes to editing, I don't give a fuck what anyone tells you, final cut is better than premiere (and that's saying a lot considering that I edit with premiere)
8. Try really hard not to have panic attacks through the whole thing.
Okay so I already forgot about doing a blog every Monday, so y'all are getting it today.
Last night I did a shoot for a super exciting event happening on April 16 at Jennifer Ford Art (You can purchase tickets here). It's an Indigo Sound launch party that brings together all kinds of creative and talented people to get inspiration, see what other people are doing, and to get their name out there. And my favorite part is that it is based around the concept of "Indigo Children" WHICH IF YOU HAVEN'T HEARD OF INDIGO CHILDREN GO LOOK THAT SHIT UP CAUSE IT'S A DOPE ASS CONCEPT AND IF YOU'RE READING MY BLOG RIGHT NOW YOU PROBABLY ARE/WERE AN INDIGO CHILD.
But anyways, getting to the pictures....
The creator of Indigo Sound (insta: @cambryh)
The event planner and promoter (insta: @rashiidamago)
Anddddd all of the beautiful and creative promotors/performers/artists
Starting with model, Dylan O'Neal (insta: @dylaanxx)
Super talented and striking Lauren Yost (insta: @okoklana)
The gorgeous Danielle (insta
Hannah Kirk, who not only is hot as hell but who will be painting live at the event (insta: @filthyhan)
And last but not least, the beautiful and talented Lola Ortiz (insta: @hibiscushunny)
So I just recently changed the name of my blog to “No Filter.” This signifies more than just a name change though, it signifies the beginning of me fully being myself on social media, with no filter.
I received a comment on one of my blog posts a while back saying that they found the material offensive. That really resonated with me. So much so that I shied away from even posting at all because I didn’t want to offend anyone. I let that comment control me to the point where I was afraid to even be myself on my own goddamn website. And that’s not me at all. In real life, I say exactly what I want exactly when I want and I don’t care who it offends.
Just recently I finally realized that Jesus Christ… it’s one fucking comment. One comment by one person who didn’t even have the balls to submit a comment under their real name. And on top of that, why am I afraid to offend people on a blog, but turn around and take controversial pictures in hopes of offending every single person who views them?
From now on, this blog will include whatever the hell I want it to include. So if you can’t deal with cussing, or nudity, or the fact that I will always make fun of color splash photos, go back to Facebook and watch Buzzfeed videos.