Three days definitely wasn't enough time to absorb how amazing NOLA was. Spent an entire day in the French Quarter, I'm still kicking myself for not bringing my video camera with me. Had a few drinks at the Corner Pocket: Friday night was apparently Fresh Meat night so all the young, barely legal talent in the NO area was there seducing a very eager older crowd. Bars are open 24 hours... trouble. I was able to capture the beautiful stone sculptures and gravestones at a few of the oldest cemeteries in the city. Everything about this place is amazing; the people, the food, the architecture, the live music, the local art scene, and the rich history. I may have to move there.
Got a touch of food poisoning from the local Sonics Burgers so the first day I did nothing but watch basic cable on an old box TV which wasn't so bad. Second day in SFNM, Hunt and I took a detour to "Old Santa Fe" to check out Todos Santos Chocolates as well as a brief stop in the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. The weather was trash and all the good scenic spots in SFNM were a bit out of our range so we kept a low profile, had some local food at the Pantry (BOMB) and relaxed at our America's Best Value Inn indoor pool and hot tub. Definitely a location pulled directly from the 70's I had to stage a few shots in here because the spot was just too perfect. On our way out to Texas we stopped at Meteor Crater which was pretty astounding. Wish I had a more intense wide-angle lens to capture the enormity of it.
I have to say shooting the landscape in Sedona is hard to F up. Pointing the camera in any direction allows for a spectacular view of their surrounding rock formations. At the recommendation of the locals my friend and I took a hike up Cathedral Rock to watch the sun set. Absolutely breathtaking...
My lights just blew the studio's fuse. The wattage is a bit much for this small room. We all needed a quick break anyways, before finishing up the final shots. I'm under contract not to mention certain details of the shoot but I have to say I am truly honored for the invitation to work among this group of talented San Franciscans. The Fashion/Tech world is about to take a huge step into the future. With the help of my little contribution :)
Dragged my ass outta bed to shoot supplemental footage for an ongoing project entitled FIGHTER, an upcoming single off of artist/producer TMAC's newest album CREATION OVER CONSUMPTION. This round it was lone photographer Mariah Bush "taking pictures" of SF's Sutro Baths. Her camera battery died halfway into the shoot so most of the footage I captured of her was beautifully staged. You can see what she was able to get HERE.
After we parted ways I took a stroll through the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park for the first time. So many amazing places to shoot in there.
After I met up with RAW Taolent and Maurice, two rappers in my next project, to discuss concepts for their newest hit. One quick beer and a shot later we shook hands and called it a day.