a couple spreads from the current issue of ‘the nature conservancy’ magazine. story about one of their geographers who is a big time birder in his personal time. thanks melissa.
don’t forget to get your hair made up all nice for the memorial day weekend. see you next week.
last friday we had a little scare in our neighborhood when 50+ years of brush caught fire on a hot and breezy afternoon and started burning up the canyon where we live. i grabbed a couple quick shots before heading home to make sure all the hard drives and animals were ready to go if it came to that. thankfully, the firefighters were able to make quick work of getting it out and only about 75 acres burned with no damage to any of the homes.
i recently went to alaska to cover an iditarod qualifying race for inc magazine. originally i was supposed to head up a few weeks earlier but that race was cancelled due to a lack of ice. the week i ended up going was quite chilly and by far the coldest my california bones have ever experienced. it was fifty below for most of the day, and it wasn’t until a 6 year old eskimo boy told me i was getting frost bite on my nose that i started taking the cold temps seriously. those are some tough guys and girls that do these races for 2+ days. thanks kelly and travis. always a pleasure to work with you both.
i’ve lived in l.a. now for 15 years and lived close enough for the rest of my life to be considered a los angeles native. besides elysian park, i’d never visited any of the sites i was asked to photograph for this feature. i discovered all sorts of great places on this shoot that i had no idea existed. where have i been? the best discovery by far was the fugetsu-do confectioners/ mochi shop in little tokyo. i love mochi and thought the only place to get fresh mochi in the u.s. was on maui. stop by fugetsu-do next time you’re near little tokyo and try the peanut butter mochi. it’s beyond excellent. happy as i was to find mochi in my own backyard, even better was getting to use my daughter in one of the shots. thats her hanging out in the ucla arboretum.
this is a really impressive house. shooting this for los angeles magazine was the second time i’ve been asked to shoot this home, the first being for sunset magazine when the house was under construction. i don’t often get asked to shoot homes during the construction phase and i don’t often shoot the same subject twice so it was a treat to get to revisit this place a year plus later and see it completed. it’s incredibly light with all the glass, open space, and unobstructed views but at the same time has that sense of power like a jumbo jet. wish i could have been there when they flew the 747 wings in by helicopter.
here are a couple of the final images from a recent shoot with manual creative for the relaunch of demand media’s website. the demand media staff stepped up and gave us some great talent and locations to make a successful shoot. thanks to everyone involved… tom from manual, robin from viewfinder pro, and especially peter for letting us take over his freshly remodeled house for the day.