American Ninja Warrior for Emmy Magazine

A few weeks back  I was thrown into an action packed job! It was incredible to get to work with the staff and team on American Ninja Warrior. The athletes featured on the show have the strength, determination and ability to lay it all on the line - while on NBC in front of millions! To me, that takes massive courage and absolute strength. American Ninja Warrior hopes to capture the personal growth and development of individuals who are motivated to change their life!

Emmy Magazine Article

Emmy Magazine Article

Jessie Graff

Jessie Graff

Ninja Stunts

Ninja Stunts

For me as a photographer, I got to take photos of people when they feel their absolute best. The level of confidence the warriors had during the shoot translates into the photos. Power and determination is in their eyes. I love capturing this raw emotion in my work.

I have found memories of the project. I particularly loved working with the hosts Matt Iseman, Kristine Leahy and Akbar Gbajajiamila who act more as coaches than host on the show.

Kacy Catanzaro

Kacy Catanzaro

Flip Rodriguez

The Charles, Buckhead | Luxury Lifestyle in Atlanta

Back in August I flew to Georgia to work with The Charles in Buckhead, an upscale community in Atlanta. My goal was to get great, high end images that captured the luxury real estate lifestyle of Atlanta.

I had one full day of scouting with the client when I first arrived. We shot additional B-Roll that may be used for other marketing material. I love doing this because it gives the client options and additional content to use in a few months.

The Charles had many beautiful areas around the grounds, so we had a lot of location to use. My personal favorite was outside and around the building - I thought those images showcases The Charles beautifully.

The next day, we had several local talent and I really wanted to capture a group living their life in this exclusive community. There was a lot of greenery and the lush summer in Georgia helped the images come to life. The humidity gave everyone a nice glow on their skin and I felt the Southern sweetness in the air.

Italian Epiphany Tradition

Pignarul (or Fogolar) is popular tradition from Northern Italy during the epiphany time. It consist in a big fire where on the top sometimes it's placed a made-up witch with old clothes and wood. It cleans up the past and negativity and represents the end of the holidays.

Supermoon in Hollywood

I'm sure I will find thousand of amazing photos of the super moon on line today. I just wanted to capture something different and more storytelling. The location was perfect, just above the Hollywood hills, on Mulholland Drive. A lot of tourists, photographers, curious people hanging out waiting for the moon to raise from the horizon. 
I wasn't equipped with a long telephoto but I wanted to photograph this moment in the place where I live.

From Mulholland Drive Vista Point

From Mulholland Drive Vista Point

California Moonrise Fall 2016

To celebrate the changing seasons and the beautiful colors autumn brings, I shot the Fall campaign for California Moonrise. The goal was to showcase the painted yet vivid colors of the season so we shot at the Malibu Creek State Park and Paramount Ranch. Both of these locations have lovely fields of tall yellow grass, bushes and nice tall oak trees. Truly a beautiful California fall. It was important for me to catch the soft sunlight and warm, rich tones of the two locations. Paramount Ranch adds a bit of the Southwest and equestrian character that California Moonrise wanted in their photos.

It has been an ongoing collaboration with the clothing company and I love to shoot each season’s collection for them. As always I have a wonderful team and crew to work with on set. The models were Faith Picozzi, Candy Waltrip and Sydnie Miller. My friend Ali Levine styled the shoot, makeup was done by Anthony Pazos’ team and Cristina Fabian styled the model’s hair.

Love and Sunflower 2016 | at the Arboretum

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to shoot with Love & Sunflowers for the third time. The boho, vintage fashion company is always a source of inspiration for me. The youthful spirit of the brand pushes me to capture candid and light images.

At this shoot we decided Arboretum Gardens in Arcadia, California was the perfect location. The 127 acres garden, is an arboretum, botanical garden, and historical site nestled into hills near the San Gabriel Mountains. It is absolutely beautiful place to shoot and has peacocks all around the property. Our models were Khia Lopez and Samantha Beining and they both had a natural friendship on camera.

To see some of my past work for Love & Sunflowers, click here.

Scott Free Production Portrait in West Hollywood

I would like to share my latest portrait work for Emmy Magazine. I had the opportunity to photograph the iconic director Ridley Scott and his production team (David Zucker, Clayton Krueger and Jordan Sheehan) at Scott Free Productions in West Hollywood. Mr. Scott directed iconic movies such as Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise and last year, the Martian. I'm really honored. Thank you Emmy Magazine.

Betsy Beers for Emmy Magazine

Recently I got to shoot the very talented Betsy Beers for the April issue of Emmy Magazine. She is the executive producer of some of the top shows on television right now. Her roster includes Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and currently The Catch. She’s a force to be reckoned with and a powerhouse behind television’s most prolific production companies.

As a very powerful woman in the industry, I wanted to capture her professionalism but keep the shot soft and inviting. I loved talking with Beers about her career, her creativity and drive. “I don’t make anything I wouldn’t want to watch.” Beers states. This statement resonated a lot with me because I never want to take photos that no one wants to see. It’s important to be a tough critic of your work and make sure it’s as high quality as possible. 

Nudie's Rodeo Tailors

The infamous Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors is one of the most recognizable suits in history. Celebrities like Elvis Presley wore Nudie’s suit; he sported a gold lame´ suit. Each suit embodied ‘Western machismo with a bit of unconventional dazzle’. I met with Jamie Nudie, who is the granddaughter of the original founder, Nudie Cohn. She is hoping to continue the family tradition and keep the rhinestone-cowboy spirit alive. Additionally, she runs Nudie’s Custom Java, a coffee and sandwich shop connected to the famous tailors. I was able to photograph the entire Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors space and it was unbelievable! I am so inspired by fashion daily and being surrounded by such custom tailoring is incredible.

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History for Hire for Emmy Magazine

I always want my shoots to look as authentic as possible. It helps add depth, beauty and allows people connect with the photographs more. Authentic and antique props are essential to many photo shoot. The tricky part is finding the exact prop you need and knowing where the good prop shops are in Los Angeles.

Recently I had the opportunity to work with History for Hire to capture the prop shop on camera. The two story 35,000-square-foot space showcases props and pieces from the past 150 years. The owners Pam and Jim Elyea are veteran prop masters and set decorators in Hollywood.  It was amazing to take photos of stacks of vintage TV sets, military gear and props used in Mad Men. I really enjoyed shooting almost any prop you could imagine! I was also very inspired for future shoots. You truly felt as though you were surrounded by Hollywood’s history.

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Peter Mondavi Sr.

Today I received the sad news that Mr. Peter Mondavi Sr. has passed away.

He represented one of the latest great family winery owners in Napa Valley. He was the founder and owner of Charles Krug Winery and I remember him as a wonderful person, charismatic and dedicated to the hard work.

I had the possibility to photograph him at his winery two years ago. He was wearing his favorite blue shirt and proudly posed for me.

Thank you Mr. Mondavi, you will be really missed. R.I.P.