Iron Rebel

Below is an image from a couple shoots I've done for Iron Rebel in Ohio. These are some big, buff, tan, strong dudes that lift weights for a living. After sitting down with a few and talking to them about the training that is put in, I have way more respect for them. 

 Luke pulling some weight! Shot this in Columbus.

Luke pulling some weight! Shot this in Columbus.

Garret and Lauren Fisher at Invictus

I was recently commissioned to shoot Garret and Lauren Fisher for an advertising gig in downtown SD. We needed to capture five key shots. This was such a fun shoot with multiple setups. When we arrived we setup a white backdrop in the corner of the gym for the product shots. I used Savage pure white paper, with four Paul C Buff Einstien's. I had two in the back facing the white to blow out the background and two in the front. One octobox as the key light and one soft box as a fill. I had my MacBook Pro tethered to my Canon 1DX with an Ipad mini that the client could hold to view the images. I had 3 Broncolor Siros L 800 strobes as my  main lights for the shots around the location. I had my MacBook Pro on my Film Tools cart so when we changed locations I could simply roll the cart over to the next location as my assistants carried the lights. I used the Rotalux Octo for my key light with a Chimera beauty dish as a kicker/fill light. My third Siros I would use to fill in other spots or bounce off other areas of the gym.

 Outtake of Lauren standing outside Invictus on the sidewalk. 

Outtake of Lauren standing outside Invictus on the sidewalk. 

 Outtake of Garret standing outside in downtown SD. 

Outtake of Garret standing outside in downtown SD. 

 on the pain machine. 

on the pain machine. 

Quick Baby Pics for a friend!

Here are a few baby pics that I did with a newborn girl that was only a day or two old. Shot these in the hospital. I used my Canon 1dx with my sigma 50mm 1.4 art lens. I shot mostly natural light. I also used a Broncolor Siros L 800 strobe. 

 Little girl chilling on the table to give you an idea of how small she is.

Little girl chilling on the table to give you an idea of how small she is.

 Sleeping....this is what most newborns do....they sleep...

Sleeping....this is what most newborns do....they sleep...

 Love this one! 

Love this one! 

UCI vs TCU Baseball (UCI wins two out of the three games)

Here are a few different edits from a recent series I was commissioned to cover.  Baseball is actually one of the few sports that is fun to shoot. You wouldn't think it but you have to be focused the whole time to get the shot. Believe it or not but there isn't a whole lot that goes on so when something happens you better be ready!  Gear: canon 1dx, canon 7d mii, canon 70-200 2.8ii, canon 400 2.8, thinktank photo airport security v2. 

 The pitcher just chilling. 

The pitcher just chilling. 

 This was great! He swung, hit the ball into the ground, the ball bounce up and tagged him right in the family jewels. Ouch! 

This was great! He swung, hit the ball into the ground, the ball bounce up and tagged him right in the family jewels. Ouch! 

 These are pretty tough shots to get right here. Every once in a while I get lucky ;-) 

These are pretty tough shots to get right here. Every once in a while I get lucky ;-) 

Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship

I've never been to a Jujitsu tournament so I decided to check one out. It happened to be the Pans at the UCI Bren Event Center. I knew a few guys competing so decided to go snap some photos of this dude Zach. He crushed his first two matches but fell a little short on his third. I believe he got caught in some sort of ankle lock. Below are a few images of him competing. These were shot on a Canon 1dx with a Canon 70-200mm 2.8ii or Canon 400mm 2.8 lens. 

 Doing some flying ninja stuff. 

Doing some flying ninja stuff. 

 Sometimes clothes fly off, or they take them off. 

Sometimes clothes fly off, or they take them off. 

 I call this one the foot to face, how do my feet smell move. 

I call this one the foot to face, how do my feet smell move. 

 I'm not really sure what you call this but I'd call it the wheel barrel move. 

I'm not really sure what you call this but I'd call it the wheel barrel move. 

 Waiting for his next match enjoying a Purps! 

Waiting for his next match enjoying a Purps! 

 I call this the backpack? 

I call this the backpack? 

 Waiting for that perfect moment to attack! 

Waiting for that perfect moment to attack! 

 The look of pain when you get caught in a ankle lock or something. 

The look of pain when you get caught in a ankle lock or something. 

 That look says it all. 

That look says it all. 

Recent photoshoot

I love creating content that helps others make a profit! Below are a few images I shot for a gym that has an online fitness program. Below are a few outtakes from the shoot. These were shot on a Canon 1dx with either a Sigma 50 1.4 ART or Canon 70-200 2.8 ii. I used two Broncolor Siros L 800 strobes to light the subject. 

 Gotta love those chains. I love the coloring in this image! 

Gotta love those chains. I love the coloring in this image! 

 Throwing some balls around! 

Throwing some balls around! 

 Wallballs! 

Wallballs! 

 Ball tosses! 

Ball tosses! 

BTS Sneak Peaks!

I recently worked on a project for an upcoming feature with Guess Model Slesh. She was super easy and fun to work with and photographs really well. (side note, we actually went to the same High School but I was many years ahead...small world) The first two outtakes were taking with a Canon 1DX body and Canon 70-200 2.8ii lens with natural light. Images 3,4 were taken with the same setup but I added the Broncolor Siros L 800 strobe with the Chimera Octa Beauty Dish (24) to give it a more dramatic effect. After the shoot I imported them into LightRoom and exported the selects to Photoshop for a quick edit. Exported them directly into a zip folder and uploaded to DropBox to deliver to the client within 1 hr of the shoots end time. 

 Outtake #1

Outtake #1

 Outtake #2

Outtake #2

 Outtake #3

Outtake #3

 Outtake #4

Outtake #4

RVCA Sparring

I was at RVCA Sport this am shooting some sparring for the fighters. It's such a great environment inside this gym.  Jason "Coach" is the man and has the best one liners I've ever heard. I love watching these guys spar as I feel I learn a lot from simply listening to Jason teach.  

Equipment used:

Canon 1DX, Canon 85mm 1.8

 

 This is how Jason usually is sitting. If I tried to sit like this I'd be on my toes or fall over. 

This is how Jason usually is sitting. If I tried to sit like this I'd be on my toes or fall over. 

 Cris Cyborg sparring with Magic. These two really go at it. So much fun to watch! 

Cris Cyborg sparring with Magic. These two really go at it. So much fun to watch! 

 This is Magic, he has one speed....Full throttle!. Magic has his first fight coming up in a few weeks. 

This is Magic, he has one speed....Full throttle!. Magic has his first fight coming up in a few weeks. 

 Shaking and moving! 

Shaking and moving! 

 Coach really doesn't like what he does for a living. ;-) 

Coach really doesn't like what he does for a living. ;-) 

 Someone is always watching you. He is always looking for the little things that you can improve on.

Someone is always watching you. He is always looking for the little things that you can improve on.

 Cris, always focused in the ring. 

Cris, always focused in the ring. 

 This is Ryan, Ryan is the man! 

This is Ryan, Ryan is the man! 

 Every time I come to the gym Ryan is there. This dudes a beast! 

Every time I come to the gym Ryan is there. This dudes a beast! 

 The undercover...this dude is most likely the best pure boxer at the gym, I think he lives there. ;-) 

The undercover...this dude is most likely the best pure boxer at the gym, I think he lives there. ;-) 

 Not sure who this dude is but he moved like a ninja. 

Not sure who this dude is but he moved like a ninja. 

 This dude has a sweet beard! 

This dude has a sweet beard! 

 I couldn't exactly tell you what was going on here but I believe Magic is doing something crazy or the ninja moved out of the way so fast...

I couldn't exactly tell you what was going on here but I believe Magic is doing something crazy or the ninja moved out of the way so fast...

Marking UCI Photoshoot

I've been really busy lately and all the credit goes to God. I'm grateful how he provides for my family. I love this journey that we are all on together. Below are some images from a recent marketing shoot with UCI's Athletic Department. I shot, Men's Volleyball, Baseball, Tennis, Golf, Track and Women's Golf, Water Polo and Track. I shot this on location at UCI in the Bren's Event Center. I used my Canon 1DX with the Canon 70-200 2.8ii tethered to my MacBook Pro using the teethertools cable. I had a BenQ 27 inch monitor set up in portrait mode for my client to see what's coming out of my camera. Below are some outtakes from the shoot. 

 

 

More food!

Here are a few shots from another food shoot I recently did. This was a low budget shoot done on location.  I shot this on a busy night at the Restaurant. I had limited time and space for this shoot. I setup in the corner by the kitchen to block off the area I was working in. I used two Paul C Buff Einstein's to light this product. My camera was the Canon 1dx with a 100m macro 2.8 lens and it was tethered to my Mac Book Pro.  

Virus Shoot at RVCA Sport

I photographed Jon Tuck a UFC Featherweight contender. We shot him on location at RVCA Sport for Virus rolling with an AOJ brown belt student. Shooting in RVCA is really hard to freeze the action as I have to be at ISO6400 so I can get a shutter speed of over 500. I used my Canon 1DX with the Canon 24-70 2.8. This was a fast paced shoot with limited lighting. I used Lightroom to process this photo below! 

 Posing for a quick yoga shot! 

Posing for a quick yoga shot! 

 Hitting the ropes at the end of his training session.

Hitting the ropes at the end of his training session.

 Flying knee right at me! 

Flying knee right at me! 

 Jumping knee outtake form the shoot. 

Jumping knee outtake form the shoot. 

Fun times!

I recently did a photoshoot at La Salle HQ and it was extremely fun! I shot 9 different models in 8 hours. It was a busy and exciting day! The looks were very easy and simple to photograph. I had wonderful makeup artist (Hayley Burchell) and hair stylist (Crown Jewels) on my side. I also had the amazing (Emily Wheatley) doing BTS video footage. This was a top notch crew we had! 

 UFC Fighter Patrick Cummins giving his little smirk for the camera.

UFC Fighter Patrick Cummins giving his little smirk for the camera.

 Axis CrossFit Owner Brittany Marsh giving her best Speedo "serious" swimming look. 

Axis CrossFit Owner Brittany Marsh giving her best Speedo "serious" swimming look. 

 Olympic Medalist Kim (@kimswim) giving her Olympic look ;-)

Olympic Medalist Kim (@kimswim) giving her Olympic look ;-)

 Straight chilling

Straight chilling

LA Rams Training Camp

When I got the call to cover the LA Rams training camp...That was easy to say yes to. Below are a few photos to give you an idea of what the training camp was like. I shot this camp mostly on my Canon 1dx with the canon 400mm 2.8 I might of used my 70-200mm 2.8 for a few closer shots and my canon 16-35 2.8ii for wide shots. 

 Walking out to his final day at UCI training camp. 

Walking out to his final day at UCI training camp. 

 One handed catch during practice. 

One handed catch during practice. 

 NFL Network getting some closeups of the balls. 

NFL Network getting some closeups of the balls. 

Olympic Medalist Kim V.

I was blessed with the opportunity to photography Kim Vanderburge an Olympic Medalist in Swimming. She was the most down to earth person on the shoot and loved my Son Kai man! I shot this in a studio in Costa Mesa with a few other models in the same day. I used the Canon 1dx with the 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8ii tethered (with tether tools cord) to my MacBook Pro connected the 27inch Apple thunderbolt. I love shooting tethered!! 

 Here is a outtake from the shoot. 

Here is a outtake from the shoot. 

If you are struggling with things to shoot and need help getting started, send me an email and I would love to help. I’ll tell you all the things I’ve done wrong so you don’t make the same mistake. I feel if we all helped each other than this world would be a better place.
 Dark moody/creepy photo.

Dark moody/creepy photo.

I love learning and trying new things. I feel a lot of people are afraid to try new things and step out on a lim. It’s totally ok to fail. When you fail you learn from those mistakes and take away more than you would if you never failed.
 Another outtake of Kim just skipping around. 

Another outtake of Kim just skipping around. 

Never quit. I have a plaque that says “Never quit, never give up, ever” Follow your heart. Trust that God will never fail you. Believe in yourself, it’s hard to take that first step of faith and put yourself out there.
 Warming those arms up. 

Warming those arms up. 

 Looking gangsta! 

Looking gangsta! 

UCI Cross Country Head Shots

This shoot was super fun, easy and quick! We shot this at 7am in the morning and had minimal time. We had to take head shots of the whole team M/F and Team photos. Here are a couple outtakes from this shoot. Equipment I used: Canon 1DX, Canon 70-200 2.8ii, Two Paul C Buff Einstein's, Two umbrellas, Macbook Pro, Tethertools cable, Filmtools senior cart, battery pack to power the two strobes, assistant to help fix details and a great attitude for the athletes. 

We had limited space to shoot the group photos so we put them on the grass in the middle of the track. This is the silly photo we took at the end. 

Below are some head shots from the shoot. These athletes were so much fun and easy to work with.  

Paige's Ballet Portrait Session

I shot a really talented dancer today and this shoot was focused on ballet. She was so much fun to work with and very photogenic. I shot her at three locations with four different outfits so we captured a bunch of great looks. This was shot for Lido Living Magazine. 

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Lido Living Magazine Portraits

I've been shooting for Lido Living Magazine for quite some time and wanted to share some photos from few shoots. These are very low budget shoots. I have to create a portrait and a action shot with the athlete with very limited time. I personally always want to try something a little different to separate myself from others. 

 

The shot below I used a panning technic, this technic takes lots of practice to be consistent. I shot this with my Canon 1DX 70-200 2.8ii. You have to focus on the face and pan with the subject while capturing the image. I converted this to black and white in Lightroom. 

 

 Mater Dei Pole Vault athlete in warmups. 

Mater Dei Pole Vault athlete in warmups. 

This photo below was taken at the NAC next to the Concept 2 rowers. I like the dramatic effect of this shot. I used my Canon 1Dx with the 70-200 2.8ii. I set up one Paul C Buff Strobe with a umbrella on it. 

 Newport Harbor athlete rowing at the NAC. 

Newport Harbor athlete rowing at the NAC. 

This is a portrait of the same athlete used in the Magazine. I really like the dramatic portrait that was chosen from this shoot. This was shot in perfect day light. I accomplished this look with my camera settings. I love this kind of look, one of my favs. 

 

 Portrait of NHHS athlete at NAC.

Portrait of NHHS athlete at NAC.

My favorite set up is the Canon 1Dx with the Canon 70-200 2.8ii. It's so versatile and can be used on almost every shoot I have. 

 Dancer looking at the ocean and Coastline Community College. 

Dancer looking at the ocean and Coastline Community College. 

Couple in Laguna Beach

This is Alison and Alain with an A. They brought there dog Penny with them to this shoot so we included her in the fun! This is such an amazing couple that go so well together! Below are a couple outtakes from the shoot! 

 

 Allison and Penny hanging out looking great! 

Allison and Penny hanging out looking great! 

 Penny protecting her owners while they snuck a kiss! 

Penny protecting her owners while they snuck a kiss! 

 Penny smiles when her owners are excited! 

Penny smiles when her owners are excited! 

 A & A enjoying the beautiful views of Laguna Beach.

A & A enjoying the beautiful views of Laguna Beach.

 Giving that look to each other...ya know, that look! 

Giving that look to each other...ya know, that look! 

 Look into these eyes as you will see them for the rest of your life. 

Look into these eyes as you will see them for the rest of your life. 

 I loved how natural and beautiful they are together! 

I loved how natural and beautiful they are together! 

 Fun on the sand! 

Fun on the sand! 

 Love this! 

Love this! 

Weddings

I don't really market weddings but I shoot about six a year and second shoot a bunch. I believe it is really important to be versatile as a photographer. You must learn all aspects of photography and never stop learning. I have noticed that most "wedding photographers" don't know how to track a subject and usually only shoot in Manual Mode.

I have a question for Manual Mode shooters: What happens when your subject, "bride and groom", go from inside the church to outside, but they happen to kiss really quickly in the doorway outside and continue moving? I can tell you... you overexpose the photo. I shoot portraits and posed shots in Manual but the rest of the wedding in Aperture Priority mode with back button focus in Al Servo. This allows me to track the moving subjects while at the same time creating amazing portraits. You must have the shutter speed at over 250 to freeze the action while the bride and groom are walking down the aisle. I personally think for tac sharp photos it must be above 500 for this type of photography. For sports I believe it is 1000, call me crazy but this is from my personal experience.  

 Amazing wedding in Long Island, NY. ISO at 6400 on AP

Amazing wedding in Long Island, NY. ISO at 6400 on AP

 Wedding shoes. You must be different and at the same time get the details. 

Wedding shoes. You must be different and at the same time get the details. 

 Capture moments that will never be forgotten. Mother giving her daughter two thumbs up! 

Capture moments that will never be forgotten. Mother giving her daughter two thumbs up! 

 Thinking about her husband to be. 

Thinking about her husband to be. 

 Use the natural light to create different kinds of portraits. 

Use the natural light to create different kinds of portraits. 

 Always be ready to for that special moment. 

Always be ready to for that special moment. 

 Boss.

Boss.

 These looks are so important. 

These looks are so important. 

 Details. 

Details. 

 I love middle of the road photos! 

I love middle of the road photos! 

 Candid moments are key! 

Candid moments are key! 

 Dudes! 

Dudes! 

 Ladies! 

Ladies! 

 Kids are so fun to photograph at weddings! 

Kids are so fun to photograph at weddings! 

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