WePay - Awesome Service & Awesome Team!

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of working with the company WePay. I started using their service over a year ago and while my business is one that fluctuates from month to month, I slowly began sending my clients invoices via WePay. I really liked using their service cause of how easy it was to send an invoice and none of my clients experienced any issues paying the bill - always a perk for a business owner :). 

Well recently they had a big event at their office and I was asked to come onsite to chat with Bill (CEO) in front of the entire company about my experiences with WePay. It was a bit nerve wracking but overall, the WePay team is an awesome crowd!  I was also asked to capture some images and video while there. 

Now I'm in the process of putting together a short video from the footage I captured. The final copy is coming soon! 

Meet the Rad Owner of Cafe St. Jorge, Andrea De Francisco

A couple of weeks back I was contacted by this rad girl, Andrea De Francisco. She had come across my posting offering Kickstarter video production on Craigslist. The funny thing was that I had a project already scheduled for the Monday she needed to shoot but luckily for her, the client I had scheduled to shoot with ended up flaking. Serendipity or maybe you can just chalk it up to coincidence. 

We agreed to start shooting at 6:30 AM, yep...we're both early birds and you know what they say, the early bird needs a lot of coffee or some sort of energy supplement to get through the day. That's a saying, right??? We met at her old place of employment, The Grind located in the awesome Lower Haight district in San Francisco, CA. She was easy to direct, open to ideas and just overall, a very cool person to work with. 

From there we hit the location of her future cafe located at 3438 Mission Street in the beautiful Mission district of San Francisco, CA. We shot there for a few minutes and then headed to Dolores Park. The sun was shining and the 420 party goers from days before had left a nice mess but we made do. 

The result was this final video that Andrea will be using to kick off her Kickstarter campaign. It's always a pleasure to work with ambitious people that have made up their mind to chase down their dream. These people make my work fun and I leave even more inspired to continue with my pursuit for my own dream!

Crisis Averted!

During yesterday's shoot, I had my DR-40 and Azden Boom Mic all ready to go. Right before we began looking for people to interview, the signal suddenly went dead. I wasn't capturing any sound! I was about to panic and dart off screaming in frustration but then I remembered that I had brought along my Rode Shotgun microphone as a backup. 

It's these kind of moments that remind me just how important it is to show up prepared to every shoot! You never know what can go wrong, so if you have a backup, it's good to bring it along! 

As the crisis was happening! Haha. 

Working on a Music Video

This year I have given myself the challenge of raising the bar. I'm notorious for getting comfortable with a certain groove and sticking with it, so I took on a music video project. The storyboard has been created and the musical duo has approved it. At thits point, it's a go! 

I will have the pleasure of creating a beautiful visual for the group 

CHARITO FUNKCH3N

The concept will be driven by tight framed shots, beautiful costumes and fancy post production techniques. The song that will be featured is a cover of After The Rain originally by Little Dragon.

I'm looking forward to creating something that elevates my level of work. 

Impromptu Shoot

Sometimes shooting on a moments notice can yield great results.

This muse happened to be available last night and allowed me to capture these shots. During the shoot, I utilized a strobe with a beauty dish. 

The Album Cover Photo Shoot on Vimeo

About a month back I had the pleasure of working with Douye' once again. She is a talented songstress that is about to drop her sophomore album. Douye' is such a sweet person, it never feels like work when I'm hanging out with this talented woman! For a sneak peak to her new music and a glimpse of the shoot, check out the behind the scenes video I've put together. 

While on set, I had the opportunity of working with all of these very talented people:

Ugo Mozie: http://www.ugomozie.com/

Daver Campbell: http://davercampbell.co/

Kenny Sweeney: http://kennysweeney.tumblr.com/

Crystal Givens: https://www.facebook.com/girlwhodoesyourhairsalon

Andrea Zamora: http://makeupbyzamora.tumblr.com/

Thanks for reading and for taking a moment to check out the video! 

Music Fuels Inspiration

Currently working on a few projects but I'd like to address one specifically.  

I am in the process of creating a collage of moments that I have captured during weddings and various other events that I've shot. The key thing driving this project is the music track.  

If I think of movies I've loved, music always plays a big part in the film. Sideways, 500 Days of Summer, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Juno, etc. All of these films not only consist of great cinematography, storytelling, directing, and performances but soundtracks as well. Let's face it, visuals without music can stand on their own but music certainly spices things up and in most cases, brings a project together.  

Take a listen to this incredible instrumental track that I had the fortune of coming across while surfing SoundCloud! This musician is from Finland and I'm obsessed with most of VAPPU's tracks. This person creates some beautiful music.  

And Action!

Here we go again!

Tomorrow I get the pleasure of teaming with up with the beautiful Mila Lovette, yet again. This time around we will be shooting a short video. It's an idea that I've been entertaining for a while and now I'm lucky enough to have Mila participate. 

The purpose, well that I will wait to reveal on a later post, but every shoot helps me get better at capturing great footage, so I'm excited.

If you don't know the beautiful Mila Lovette, here are some images that we have created while working together.

Tonight's Event

I arrived a bit late (oops) but it was great working with Jutta Lammerts, Gavin Farrington and other people that contributed time to this little event. While there, I got to chat with Jennifer from A Girl and a Camera Photography and several other cool individuals. Great food and networking, not a bad time at all! 

Jutta always does a great job of putting together beautiful events. The couple was lovely, the decorations were awesome and a vintage Rolls Royce was stunning!!! Below are some snapshots from video I captured while I was there.

More to come!

New Project - Save the Date

Tonight I begin to piece together a series of images and videos into a 1 to 2 minute story that will end up being a Save the Date video for this awesome couple. 

The fun part is that they want me to get creative. They said to throw in some filters, create a little story or whatever I think works. There is nothing like having the chance to create something romantic for a lovely couple.

No sleep till Brooklyn baby! 

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Club Night!

Friday night I had the pleasure of working with Chavis Aaron and the ICU Network team. The event took place at the Atmosphere club and the turnout was pretty good. The people I really enjoyed seeing were a violinist who did some interesting stuff with hip hop. My favorite by far was him playing along to Big Poppa by the Notorious B.I.G.

The other performers I really enjoyed were two Filipino girls by the name of CHARITOxFUNKCH3N. A mixture of acoustic guitar, soulful vocals and a drum machine. This female duo is extremely talented and I hope to catch them performing again real soon. 

Below are a couple of snapshots I snapped and the rest can be viewed on the ICU Network Meetup page. 

http://www.meetup.com/i-see-you/

Lock Down

I'm locking myself away from the world for the next 36 hours. Editing is all I will be doing. A table full of fruits and healthy snacks is all I have to accompany me.

Before locking myself away from the world, I finished The Sessions. This movie is probably going to be my 2nd favorite movie all time - number 1 being Sideways. The performances are amazing, the writing is superb and the movie as a whole is simply beautiful. If you enjoy heartfelt comedies, this is definitely one that you should check out! 

Thanks for reading and now, I'm off to create something!

A Night Off

For Valentines day, I decided to watch my beautiful niece while my brother and sister-in-law enjoyed a nice dinner. What can be better than spending the night with a beautiful little girl??? 

Tomorrow I'm going to shoot at Club Atmosphere for ICU Network. There's supposed to be a red carpet and a bunch of artists. We shall see how that goes. 

After a few hours of that, I will be escaping to an undisclosed location and locking myself away to edit until Sunday night, possibly Monday morning. 

That's all for now. 

Here We Go Again

Tonight I'm focusing on a video for WIPA - Wedding Industry Professional's Association.

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of shooting this event at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, CA. Jutta Lammerts and Kimberley Roberts hosted the event and it was such a pleasure being surrounded by so many professionals in the wedding industry. 

The purpose of the video is to highlight the main speakers at the event. It was a great talk discussing print and the power of blogging and social media. A lot of great information was given to us by the speakers.

Thanks for tuning in and go create something!

Shoot with KocoSky

Wrapped up a day long shoot yesterday with KocoSky.com! Frankie, founder and owner of KocoSky is an amazing client! I love her energy and creativity. Her team of ladies were such a delight to work with and throughout the shoot, a lot of jokes were made and with the help of Mila Lovette (model), we captured some beautiful images.  

http://instagram.com/p/UZ0l7sxqSf/

Click on the above link for a snapshot of one of the backdrops we used at my studio in Oakland. 

Now the objective is to produce several images for Frankie's web site and create a 1 minute reel of the good times had during the shoot! 

More to come!

And for great evening wear, check out www.kocosky.com 

New Crimson Series

I have been working on a new series of photographs for the last month now. Slowly the project is transforming from one thing to another. 

The first photos were engulfed in red or crimson but this last weekend, I shot with a single light and a flash cone. The subject was Mila L., a beautiful model from the Central Valley.  The result was a beautiful black background with her being lit in select areas. The shoot was very fluid and intimate.   

Now I'm rethinking the direction of this series and will probably reshoot so that I can create more images with the same light setup.