Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Holga Experiment

These are the first ever pictures developed on my Holga.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Holga, its basically a $25 toy camera that shoots medium format film.  Known for it's artsy, grainy, under/over exposed, light leakin' pictures, it's loved by hipsters everywhere.  It's the original Instagram. 

For a while there I was obsessed with the idea, shooting a good 10 rolls of film in a matter of a week.  Then reality set in.  To develop and scan each roll of film was over $30.  You have to ship off your negatives and patiently await their return.  This is not easy for me.  My first camera was digital.  I'm used to instant gratification.  

After a couple of weeks I got my images back and I was, well, disappointed.  Pissed off more like it.  I've seen some great Holga stuff.  Yea, I know they're supposed to be crappy and artsy and all that, but these were just crappy.  My excitement for the Holga immediately ceased to exist.  I put it down, gave my unused rolls of film away, and retired my Holga to a bookshelf.  It was fun while it lasted.

That was at least 8 months ago.  I recently found my CD of scans and, with a fresh pair of eyes, decided to give them another go.  They still aren't what I expected, but hey, I've seen much worse.  Given the right print and environment and they could look pretty cool.  I'm actually going to look for my undeveloped film and develop another roll at random.

So crack open a PBR and get yourself a Holga.  They're actually fun, just don't expect too much.  

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Prêt à Porter Spring 2013

My first official fashion shoot is in the books.  It was a freezing and extremely windy January day, which always seems to be the norm with these sorts of things.  As it turns out, goosebumps suck to get rid of in Photoshop.  

My client is an up and coming clothing company, Pret A Porter, based out of here and LA.  I shot a runway show last fall for the owner and designer, Carrie Licciardi, and she called me up to shoot some of her new spring stuff.  These are some of my favorites.  Be sure to check it out, it's all very cool and affordable.  Looking forward to more shoots like this in the future!

Laura Rochen
Jessica Strong
Caroline Licciardi
Eva Mace

Hair & Makeup:
Jennifer Lauren Make up Artistry

A.J. Hendricks Styling 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Fat Tuesday 2013

I'll spare you the details- you know the's Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  A one of a kind thing.  A regular Tuesday to everyone else, but a celebration of all things down here.  The forecast called for fog and torrential downpours, but as you'll see, that really didn't stop anyone.  

Hit play and enjoy some of what I saw down in the Quarter.

Starting the day off right.

Yes, Jesus would be proud.  Idiots.

The stuff nightmares are made of.

Photo caption contest for this one.  Go.

Oh, the irony... These guys were very, very mean and very, very judgmental.  I'm guessing Jesus would be ashamed. 

One of the best costumes of the day...this dude was cracking me up.  Don't know what he was going for, but I'd call this one "Ron Swanson in a box."

So long from New Orleans.