Archive for April, 2010


Did some interiors for Yoshi’s restaurant and jazz club in Oakland. First two images are hdrs. My buddy Vin helped me out with the panos. We set up a 24 tilt on a d3 and shot vertical with his Nodal Ninja, blending four images together.



Did some photos for my buddy Don Davis’ new restaurant The Republic yesterday. They have a new chef so they wanted pictures of a couple dishes as well as some quick portraits of the chef. The shots of the chef were used with ambient and a reflector. All the shots of the food except for the fried chicken were used with mirrors and a reflector to balance the light. Used a grid on my Alien Bees ringflash for the chicken to add texture. The food shots were shot with my new Tamron 90mm macro, which I thought performed quite well.


Photographed a lil bit at the Old Skool Cafe fundraising gala Tuesday night with my buddy Guru Kalsa, a real talented and super down to earth photog here in SF (more photos of the event can be seen on his blog). The event was held at Cafe Cocomo. The theme of the gala was 1940s style, hence the outfits you see here. Pictures are of local youth who were servers at the gala.

I liked the red from the lights and clothing so much that I decided it would be my theme for the night.

The event was run entirely by generous volunteers. It was very inspirational to see how many people care about the community and the talented youth that performed were insanely good.

The founder of Old Skool Cafe, Teresa Goines, has the vision of transforming the abandoned 1912 Portrero Hill Police Station and Jail into a youth-run restaurant.


Did some pics a while back for Obsessions, a gogo dance company based out of San Francisco. First two photos lit by softbox and barebulb with reflector (used as the hair light) for the “business attire” look they wanted. Third photo lit by softbox, two rim lights, and a reflector as fill for the “casual” look. We lucked out as it had just rained and the brick was nice and shiny. Post-production was done by the uber-talented duo at Seventh Movement, who’d I’d link to but their website is not up ‘n running yet. They brought along some D3’s and profotos which I’d give my left pinky toe to have the money to buy.

It was my first time doing a real fashion shoot and I had tons and tons of fun as there was a great vibe from everyone.