Danie

Danie was my Lyft driver. She was telling another passenger how she modeled sometimes and I told her that I was a photographer and we should get together and shoot one day. A few weeks later, we met in Bankers Hill with several outfits and no make-up under the mid day sun.

This is Danie.

Desert Daze 2018: Saturday Edition

Desert Daze is the first camping festival I’ve been to. Since I went with Wild Wild Wets, who played the opening party, I was able to get artist access but not a media badge. So my perspective is from backstage or in the crowd instead of the photographer’s pit. It was rad!

Saturday night consisted of JJUUJJUU, Cosmonauts, and Slowdive, who had my favorite visuals. I was super into the black and white and silver lines.

There are also moments of hangs at the campsite. Enjoy!

JJUUJJUU

COSMONAUTS

SLOWDIVE

HANGS

Desert Daze 2018: Friday Edition

Desert Daze is the first camping festival I’ve been to. Since I went with Wild Wild Wets, who played the opening party, I was able to get artist access but not a media badge. So my perspective is from backstage or in the crowd instead of the photographer’s pit. It was rad!

Friday I took pictures of All Them Witches, Warpaint, Idels, and Tame Impala. Tame Impala’s set got cut early because of a lighting storm so everyone had to evacuate.

I also posted some pics of friends hanging at the campsite and other views from the festival. Enjoy!

ALL THEM WITCHES

WARPAINT

IDLES

Tame Impala

Hangs

DM FOR ADDRESS: Oak Palace, Nite Lapse, Noble War, and Los Pinche Pinches

A few weeks ago, I was wondering what I should do on a Friday night when I came upon the Instagram page of Los Pinche Pinches. They posted a show flyer with bands I never heard before and said “DM for address” and I knew I had to be there. “It’s in an alley” they told me over the DM’s. My curiosity sparked.

I invited my friend Ralen, the dude who is always down for anything. Beer cans in hand, we walked down the long alley toward a light coming from a building and a crowd of people around it. As we came closer I noticed it resembled a garage, with a car on the right side and a metal door that you pull down to close.

Going through the garage and into the first room, we were greeted by Jetty Sushi, a mobile sushi bar. The next room was a wonderfully typical DIY space, complete with a dirty couch, Christmas lights, and a projector screen. There was no stage, the bands were going to intimately play on the same level as the audience.

More and more people came as the night progressed. In between sets, everyone congregated outside and the DJ, Noxid, played the dopest house music and kept the people moving. I really enjoyed all of the bands. From punk to new wave and indie rock there was something for everyone. It was a legit party.

Los Pinche Pinches

Instrumental punk FUCK YEAH

Noble War

Classic indie alternative

Nite Lapse

Funky new wave and “Very easy to like” -Ralen

Oak Palace

They revived the mosh pit!!! So good. Bummed I had to leave early cause I had work the next day but definitely want to stay for a full set next time.

Stray Monroe at the House of Blues

Stray Monroe are one of the bands that I am legit friends with, not just music related friends. I love going to their shows and catching up with them. This one was at the House of Blues in Downtown San Diego, where I got Colin’s epic drum face!!!

Night Walks- Pt. 1

I love going on adventures with my cousins Danny and Tavi. We literally just hung out at the beach at night and walked around and talked and looked at things. I live for a good party, but I truly cherish the nights just chillin with people I love.

Close Encounters of Buddha Trixie

Buddha Trixie was one of the first bands I linked up with when I moved back to San Diego, recommended by my little brother.  I haven't seen them live yet and it was a while since I last caught up with them, so a few weeks ago I decided to check out their set at Soda Bar.  Seeing them live is crazy hypnotic and dreamy and I didn't want to wake up.  They remind me a lot of Tame Impala and Pink Floyd.  Good shit!

I Don't Do Weddings: Suzie and Bryan Wehrwein

Suzie was my best friend in high school.  She has always been such a kind and generous person, so when she asked me to photograph her wedding reception I was ecstatic.

Bryan and Suzie did a courthouse wedding the year before, so this reception was an opportunity for the friends and family members to come together and celebrate their union.  It was set at Marina Village, a venue on the harbor and occured during sunset.  It was gorgoues.  I was very happy to be apart this and will always send good vibes to their lives.

Here are a few of my favorites:

DM FOR ADDRESS: The Shed, Sands, Lefties, and Blunites at Lobsta Palooza

Since moving back to San Diego I've been searching for fun DIY shows to shoot.  When I saw the 'Dm for address' under the flyer for Lobsta Palooza on Instagram, I knew I had to travel up to North County to check it out.

In the backyard of a house in the suburbs of Encintas, the first thing I noticed about the show was that I WAS THE OLDEST PERSON THERE! In Brooklyn, majority of the people who attended DIY shows were in their mid-20s to mid-thirties and a mix of ages outside that range.  Here, I was clearly the oldest one but I felt like it didn't really matter.  These were the cool artsy kids who accepted anyone and everyone and were themselves in this safe space. And they were WILD

Blunites

Started off super chill and ended with a motha fuckin baaaaang

Lefties

A band with so much energy they took the crowd up to the next level.  The lead singer has the best faces and performs the fuck out of that stage.

Sands

Very cool rock music, a sound that would be in an indie movie.  The organizer of Lobsta Palooza, Nina, was the bassist in the band.  

The Shed

I could tell these guys were the local rockstars, everyone went NUTS!!! They had to cut their set short cause of the cops.  But I, and everyone else, left hyped.  

Disorder: Mitzy at Mansfield Manor

"It's getting faster, moving faster now, it's getting out of hand,
On the tenth floor, down the back stairs, it's a no man's land."

Disorder by Joy Division

I met Mitzy while through a former lover of mine.  Her retro style inspired me I told her that we HAD to get together and shoot.  6 months later, she arrived at my house with hangers of outfits and we shot around the manor.

"What do you want to listen to?" I asked?

"Joy Dvision" She said.  And I've been on a Joy Division kick since.  

Wild Wild Wets + Well Well Well Double Release Party with Ethics + Creepseed

Last Saturday at the Casbah my homies Wild Wild Wets had a double release party with Well Well Well.  They were supported by Ethics from Tijuana and Creepseed.  It was the first show I shot in 5 weeks so I was a little rusty but very excited to be back at it!

Creepseed

These guys were FUCKING WILD! So much fun to shoot, oh man!

Ethics

I loved their vibes.  Started off super chill and then got super dancey.  They're from Tijauna and they make me interested in the scene there.

Well Well Well

They killed it! I loved the sax and flute and the lead singer rocked the fuck out! Also, that balloon hat!

Congrats on releasing your double EP  "Poptimism" and "Ships" !

Wild Wild Wets

The homies put on super fun party! They had these crazy insane visuals that, along with their music, transported everyone to the mad world of Wild Wild Wets. So dope! 

And congrats on releasing PRISOM!

Reunions in San Francisco

My work had closed for San Diego Pride, so I decided to take the 3 day weekend to visit my friends in the Bay Area.  I went all over, from San Mateo to San Francisco then Oakland and back to South San Francisco.  It was great seeing people I haven't seen in awhile.  One even flew from New York City to meet up in SF.  

I didn't take too many photos.  My focus was Instagram stories, which I plan to put together and make a short video.  Here are the few photos I took.  

WILD WILD WETS Photo Shoot

After 5 weeks of not being able to take pictures, I finally went on this crazy photo adventure with Wild Wild Wets.  We hiked cliffs and hung out under bridges, creating crazy beautiful images that I am glad to say I took.

My ankle injury over a month ago caused me to be immobile, forcing me to rest at home.  This photo shoot revived all of the bent up creativity and my eye went nuts!  I was obsessed with the big sky, bridges, and the gentle morning light.  Mike Turi, the lead singer, brought a lens that produced trippy effects and made their portraits look psychedelic AF.  They are very different from my normal work and that lens makes me want to explore that style further.  

COMING SOON: Photos from their PRISOM album release party on July 21.  

Trailer for the Photo Shoot with WILD WILD WETS

I made a trailer!!!

I've been wanting to get into video more and this past Monday's photo shoot with Wild Wild Wets was the perfect opportunity to record some stuff.  I thought a trailer for the shoot was a good place to start since it required little direction and footage.  To make an impact, I cut the shots really short and fast to make a chaotic feel, then slowed down the last shot and made an abrupt ending to leave viewer wanting more.

I still have so much to learn and practice with video, but overall I'm really proud of the final product and exctied release the photographs on Monday July 16th! 

Grove Collective and Cold Fronts at SOMA - 5.25.18

Philly's Cold Fronts are always put on a good show, which is why I had to shoot them when they came through San Diego.  Grove Collective opened for the them, whom I had seen before, and they rocked out as well.  

The venue was an all ages spot, which means they didn't sell alcohol.  Not a big deal, but I was bummed when they said no pics of the crowd, assuming because many of them are under 18.  Man, these kids went wild! They kept going up on a stage an jumping back off into the crowd.  It was a good change from the usual 21+ venue where people are too cool to go wild.  

Grove Collective

Cold Fronts

Stuyedeyed at Soda Bar- 5.15.18

I've been shooting Stuyedeyed's live sets at various New York venues for a few years now, so it was really cool getting to photograph them at a different spot.  They played at Soda Bar in San Diego which is a short 10 minute drive from my house.

I hung out with them before and after their show and they crashed at my place that night.  They told me stories from the national tour and I told them how good it felt to be on West Coast.  The next day my roommate, who is a mechanic, was able to help them with their van and gave them some weed for their trip.

It's pretty cool seeing Stuyedeyed outside of New York City.  I'm glad I was able to establish relationships with different bands like them over the years and be in a position now where I can provide a place to crash when they come through San Diego. 

 

Sammy Two-Tone in San Diego

Samantha Rose Key is my very dear friend from New York City.  She came to visit me on her West Coast travels in early May.  It was at a time when I needed to see a familiar face. 

We partied really hard the first night she was here.  After leaving the club, my friend Ralen came over with his Dj set up and we all danced really hard and woke up my roommate who wasn't happy.  

The rest of the time she was here we enjoyed the sunshine and just talked and spent time with each other.  I'm glad to have a friend like her in my life.  

Here are a few shots from my iPhone (my camera was in the shop)

 

Duuns Photo Shoot- 4.22.18

Duuns is a psychedelic band from San Diego, California.  We met up on the cliffs in Del Mar for this photo shoot, the storyline inspired by crime movies like Reservoir Dogs and Casino.  I wanted it have a very warm and retro Southern California feel, the same vibe I've been going on the past few months.  

Here are a few of my favorites.

 

We talked a lot about their latest album, the U.S.S. Death Express (one of my favorites right now) and also what it's like to be a musician San Diego.  They even took me to their crazy DIY show on on these cliffs over looking the ocean.  I wrote an article about the experience, check it out here: 30 Tickets: How Duuns is Honoring DIY Music in San Diego.  

I look forward to working with Duuns again!