Milo + Nicki Fashion Photoshoot

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Milo + Nicki Fashion Photoshoot

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Kestrel and I produced a photoshoot recently for Milo + Nicki. We worked through Falcon Related to pool our resources and team up for a day-long fashion photo shoot. 

Kestrel took care of most of the front end production details and plans. I pulled location permits and made sure gear was in order. Before when knew it, the day was upon us and it was go time. Thankfully, we had the super crew with us including Jess Tyransky HMU, model Natalie Boras, photographer Ernesto Ortiz, as well as Milo + Nicki designer, Nicki Patel. 

The plan for the day was a full day fashion photo shoot on location in Balboa Park. We had an early 8:00AM crew call time and ended up wrapping around 7:30PM.

The shoot went very smoothly with the exception of one thing. I was shooting tethered into a computer so everyone could view the images as they are shot and give improvements on composition, lighting and other technical aspects. All of a sudden, the images stopped flowing through our cable into the computer. Within minutes of trying to find a solution (right before I was in full panic mode), I made the call to shoot only to the camera for the rest of the day. While I like offering to tether for my clients, we all easily adjusted and it made the location shoot a lot more fun and less cumbersome. 

Fast forward, Nicki launched her collection on November 9th. Click over to her website and Instagram for more of her designs and to view the collection. 

Some of the photos + some BTS below 

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Left Edit Branding

I've had the pleasure of watching Holly Olson and Kestrel Jenkins start to develop and collaborate on a fashion endeavor over the last few months. They have started their brand Left Edit out of the passion for connecting people, designers and makers throughout the fashion space. Watch out as they release collaborations aimed at changing the way we think about fashion.

Working with them to develop what the brand is going to look like has been fun and challenging. The photos on this blog showcase some of the images we shot on our first shoot in San Diego about a month ago.

 

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Eric Dieters - Trash Skimming Boat

This summer, I was working on a video series with Rob Greenfield, an environmentalist, adventurer, activist, humanitarian, and dude making a difference dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world. 

Rob developed the idea for the video series and I have been connecting with the subjects and filming. 

I am going to be posting some more behind the scenes stories about the people we have covered in these stories.


Eric works as a Salmon fisherman on Kodiak Island, Alaska during the summer time, and crews on the same catamaran as my now, fiancé, Kestrel, during his offseason. That's how he and I met. I was looking for subjects for this series and reached out to him. He was looking for some extra coverage, so he obliged. He had just finished designing his boat and was starting to talk to the city of San Diego about getting some contracts to help clean marinas and different areas of the bay. 

 

His boat is essentially outfitted with a small whale’s mouth size net on the front, that scoops up trash as it maneuvers around marinas and parts of the bay. While the net is down, the boat must be going slowly or risk the net snapping off. Once he fills the net, it is hoisted up and he dumps the trash into one of the trash barrels on the deck of the boat and drops the net back into the water. 

Unfortunately, but maybe fortunately, while I was onboard, we didn't get a chance to see big piles of trash go into his net. He told me stories of how much trash he finds after it rains. Think of all the trash you see on the side of the freeways and streets running right into the bay. At some points, the 5 freeway is very close to the bay near downtown San Diego. 

While Eric's boat does indeed run off of gasoline, takes space in the marina, and used materials to be build, it’s people like him who are looking for solutions to change our way of thinking for a better future. Like he said in his interview (which didn't make it into the video), "We are a cause of the problem, we need to create awareness so that trash doesn't even make it this far." 

Most of the people from that series I knew or knew people they knew. Follow that? I think that really helped bring an intimacy into each character because they were comfortable with me getting into their space. Most of the subjects are doing things they love and I think that is sometimes hard to open up to others and share that process. 

The video has already reached over 381,400 on Facebook alone, not to mentioned the views on Huffington post, which are hard to track. Below is the video and some still photos I took while working on this project.

Follow this link to the Huffington post article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/heres-how-to-keep-our-oceans-trash-free_us_59247c5fe4b0b28a33f63008

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NFL Madden // 2018 Rookies

Back in May I had the chance to assist Chris Park and Adam Feuerman on a video shoot for EA Sports. 

The video was a teaser for Madden 2018. The idea was to have the 2018 Rookies guess what their Madden ratings are ... then, they would be told on camera what their ratings really were! These guys were literally just finding out this information on the spot, and some of their reactions were really good. They were given a set of emojis to express how they felt about the ratings and slapped them on the white board in a classroom setting. I loved the concept and all the players had a lot fun with it. I have to admit, it was a strange feeling to be throwing paper airplanes at these giant dudes, but that actually really helped lighten the mood. 

The whole video was shot inside of an executive meeting room in the Beverly Hilton. We had to make the inside of that room look like a classroom and pretty much had one afternoon to do so. A lot of pre-planning went into making that happen, so when it came time to roll the camera, everything was good to go. White boards were ordered before hand and all the supplies had to be gathered. A local prop company supplied the teacher's desk which was so freaking heavy. 

The shoot lasted a day and a half. We had about 15-30 mins with each player. Everyone that came through that room had so much respect and humility it was very refreshing to see. Those guys have the rest of their careers ahead of them, and they are stoked to be playing this game. 

 

 

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Vesta Studio

This summer we produced a fashion shoot for ShopVesta, a clothing company that has minimalist and modern options that are cruelty-free and eco-friendly. Designer Kendall Wilson came to us with a beautiful vision for a jungle vibes lookbook. She had an idea of what this shoot would look like and got in touch with us to bring that vision to life.

The shoot was produced through Falcon Related, a branding agency, that helps companies tell their stories through photography, videography and consulting. Falcon Related focuses on companies that have a sustainable element or a giving reach as part of their business model. 

We scouted a few locations in San Diego and ended up with the most amazing spot in Balboa Park. 

Part one of the shoot was indoor studio photography where we designed a look based on Kendall's vision that would pair well with the location we picked. Once Kendall approved the concept we were good to go.

Designer: ShopVesta

Production: Falcon Related / Kestrel Jenkins

Photography: Drew McGill

Model: Heidi Jo

HMU: Jess Tyransky

Photo Assisting: Zach Barron

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Alaska

Kestrel and I recently got to go visit her brother in Alaska. I have never been before, It is always fun to travel to new places. Alaska did not disappoint. 

I still have a big time trip hangover. Its been a month since we got back from Alaska and all I can still think about is going back. That place was serious photography and nature overload.

Check out a few of the photos and some video shot during that trip...

For the full gallery of photos from the trip click here...

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Khordz Mugs Lookbook Shoot

I recently collabored with Khordz Handmade Mugs this spring for their website and social media imagery. They have a great message and amazing product! We take our mugs everywhere.

They were fantastic to work with. We hand picked four locations for the day and moved systematically throughout to achieve the lifestyle look that suited Khordz the best. Check out their site and grab a mug.

Khordz.com

Khordz homepage

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Location Scout

We have an exciting shoot for a new brand next week! 

My girlfriend Kestrel and I are teaming up forces under our Falcon Related agency to produce a lookbook for Vesta Studio "Sustainable Womenswear."

We wanted to find a unique place to shoot the outside/lifestyle part. Our client wanted a jungle feel. Dang this is San Diego, a desert, where are we going to find that on a limited budget? After searching around town we made our way to Palm Canyon in Balboa Park and bam! we knew that was the place.  

Here are a few of our scout photos for the location section of the shoot. Minimally produced and processed. 

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Holiday

I went out to Wisconsin to visit with Kestrels family for the Christmas Holiday this year. Although its darn cold there are always plenty of things to do.

From hiking nearby bluffs, spending time with family, shoveling snow in the driveway, eating way to much, to ice fishing, we made the best of our time. 

Cheers to all those we saw while we were out there.

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New Camera

I go a long time between upgrading cameras. Once you really figure out a camera and how it shoots, making photos can become such a seamless, beautiful dance. 

For the last year, I primarily shot with the Canon 5d Mark iii. The Canon 5d ii always hung in the bag, ready to back me up in case anything happened to the iii. I recently sold the ii to a good friend and I know he will cherish and take care of that thing. It's still a solid camera.

Today, we got the Sony A7R ii via B & H. It took a long time to warm up to the idea of switching to a mirrorless camera and I am super excited to see what this thing produces. Saddle up and watch!

It may take some time before it becomes a main shooter. I will tag camera info with my social media posts moving forward; keep an eye on my hashtags.

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Cuba

Last year, Kestrel and I visited Cuba. It was one of the most amazing places I have ever been to. We met the most hospitable, humble and fun people and saw the most gorgeous pristine lands. Everyone we talked to along the way shared their questioning of what Cuba would look like without Fidel Castro.

Everywhere you went in the country, there were political signs that made you feel like Castro was right there with you. 

I pulled some of my favorite photos from the trip. If you want to visually take a trip to Cuba, scroll below. Stories that accompany the photos were written by Kestrel. 

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Channel Islands Sail

The other week Kestrel and I went out to the Channel Islands to meet some friends. We took the Island Packers boat out of Ventura which dropped us off at one of the anchorages. Thankfully our friends were right there waiting for us. 

We hiked, learned, saw some history and made a great dinner. The next day we pulled up the anchor and packed out, heading back to Oxnard Harbor. The amount of sealife we saw in the channel was unbelievable. 

This video was shot during our brief stay. 

 

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New Years Wedding

 I got to shoot a fun location wedding at Sunset Cliffs on the 1st of January. Jordan and Remmy chose to have a small and intimate ceremony and only had a few family members in attendance.  What a great way to bring in a new year! 

 

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July Photo show in North PB

Super stoked to be showing some work at Turquoise Cellars in North Pacific Beach for the month of July. We just put everything up yesterday evening and it looks pretty darn good. I spend the last week or so toiling over the design and build of some custom frames I thought up, come by and see how they turned out. 

In the show are a few new photographs along with some standing classics.

Stop by after a surf for a coffee, a wine or beer. Hope you get the chance to make it down there!  

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San Diego County MPAs and Girl Scouts

I got to roam around the beach down in Imperial Beach with Girl Scout Troop 5912 of San Yisidro. They were conducting surveys on beach usage and having impromptu cleanups up and down the beach. Inspiring group of young girls. It's great to see them doing such positive stuff. 

Click on the link to read the story on the WildCoast Blog and see more photos. 

http://thewildcoastblog.com/2015/06/22/marine-protected-area-watch-training-with-the-san-ysidro-girl-scouts/


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International Surfing Day

Happy International Surfing Day! Go out and get some no matter what. Its an exciting way to spend time in the outdoors. Don't just appreciate it today, revel in it as much as possible.

 

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7 Ways

Cool article on Wildfire.life about '7 ways you can be more fashion friendly' featuring a photo I shot for Kevala

The photo was taken during a video shoot we did promoting the Kevala brand and their mission to help 50 different non-profit organizations. The video was released at a party they hosted in La Jolla but it not yet shareable via the web. Look out for that video on their socials and a future blog post of mine. 

https://wildfire.life/7-ways-you-can-be-more-fashion-eco-friendly/

 

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Culture Brewery- Artist reception show

We were so humbled and stoked at the turn out for our reception at Culture Brewery in Ocean Beach. So many fantastic friends came out to support and talk story last night. The kind folks at Culture have been great to us and their beer is ridiculously delicious! 

Super excited to be hosting another 5 nights at the tasting room in OB throughout the month. Take at look at the flyer for dates and times. So many great companies are going to be there. We would love to have you come by and learn about them and their causes. 

Click here for photos from the show


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Video: With the Sea in Mind

Fun Video from yet another recent trip to Baja. A collaboration between the Be Kind Vibes and myself. We show a quick surf session and beach cleanup. Featured on www.theinertia.com.

"Matt Hickey and Drew McGill score some fun surf on a day trip in Baja. Uncrowded point on MLK Day 2015. After surfing they take some time to walk around and pick up a few pieces of trash and say 'hi' to the local dogs. 

::We shot this quick video on a day trip to Mexico. It was super windy and we almost didn't even film. The surf was empty and we knew that if we didn't get any footage we would regret it. By the time we started filming there was absolutely nobody in the water; switching off filming and getting waves we kept an eye out for set waves and any sign of danger in the water. Most of the time after a session at home or while visiting a new spot we try and pick up a few pieces of trash around the immediate area, leaving the spot a little bit more pristine than when we arrived. The locals down there are all good vibes and after a few tacos and a beer we packed up and headed for the border::"

 

http://www.theinertia.com/surf/with-the-sea-in-mind/

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