Hello again friends! I have been a busy bee the past few weeks so guess what. Lots of new sets! Up first is a few little adventure set with the returning Kim Herrera Cruz. Kim and I met up to check out Vhils new show in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles so this set is heavy on the art with some fun Kim shots mixed in. I also happened to photograph an unrelated bus on the side of the way on my way home that said, "Kool Bus" so decided to include that and even named the set after it!
Up next is another return with a brand new set featuring Sofia Weinberg. Sofia was a real champ as we braved the waning cold days out at Vasquez Rocks. Nothing too crazy from this shoot other than I was a little paranoid about shooting anything risque here after a woman on Instagram who claimed to work for the park said she would call the cops and report me from my Satan's Children shoot where the girls were nude. I knew Sofia and I wouldn't be shooting any nudity but it was a lot of booty shorts and body suits. I also probably wouldn't have cared but as we were climbing a rock we saw a cop pull in the park. We avoided anyone and everyone and had a fun shoot followed by Korean BBQ which led to a few shots at the end of the set with some nearby graffiti.
Speaking of cold, every year I try to get out to the snow in the mountains for the limited time we have it but I always sort of just let it pass by. Well not this year! My most prolific muse Grey Garbo made the adventure out with me in to the depths of Angeles National Forest to seek out snow. We had to go pretty deep to find it but it was totally worth it. It probably looks freezing but it honestly wasn't nearly as cold as the Vasquez shoot with Sofia. We had an excellent shoot through the mountains including climbing on top of a tunnel with an amazing view. I made the mistake of forgetting to get gas before we headed in to the woods so instead of double back we had to go all the way through the mountain pass to the nearest town. We were both really glad we did as we found the cutest little mountain town where we got dinner. This place was so anti-LA. It wound up being busy there so our food took a while, which in LA would be very typical, however at this place the waitress was so ashamed that she gave us each a free slice of pie!
And surprise surprise it's a double dose of Grey Garbo! A few days later Grey hit me up to do an impromptu shoot in DTLA. Anytime Grey does a gig that involves her getting painted or done up in any way she always hits me up and this time was basically transformed in to a swamp monster. We met up at the new Arqade 2.0 on St. Vincent's Court in Downtown Los Angeles and got in to some shenanigans around there.
A few days later I met up with a brand new muse named Virah Payam who was visiting from Bellingham, Washington. Virah is originally from LA and comes in to town every now and then. The last time she was in town she wanted to shoot but we couldn't link up our schedules, so this time we made it happen. I didn't tell Virah where we'd be going because I wasn't fully sure until she told me she wanted to do some fire stuff. I decided to take her to Angel's Gate Bunkers in San Pedro. What I didn't know until we headed out was that Virah was actually from San Pedro and had always wanted to go to this spot!. It was kismet. We had a great time and did some fun work with a lot of great conversation.
The following Monday I made plans to go out to Ventura to shoot with The Spritely One. I didn't reallllly want to make the trek alone so I hit up my friend Liza to see what she was up to. She just happened to be friend and took me to an abandoned place I had never been: The Scary Dairy in Camarillo (on the way to Ventura). I never visited the Scairy Dairy before because the pictures I had seen previously didn't make it seem that interesting, however I was wrong and we got some killer shots. From there I took Liza to the abandoned school in Ventura that she had never been to but I previously shot at with Sprite.
After the Scary Dairy and abandoned school Liza and I met up with The Spritely One for a short but sweet shoot at this park Sprite picked out. We got some really beautiful photos in the twilight of the evening. We had planned to continue in to some night shooting but it was just too cold so we went back to Sprite's place and played Cthulhu Fixx.
Fast forward to last Monday where painter Stephanie Monty and I ventured to one of my favorite places in LA: Murphy Ranch. Murphy Ranch of course is the abandoned former Nazi Sympathized camp turned artist colony turned abandoned hike. It was a lot of fun and I even got to see a building there that I hadn't seen before where Stephanie did some painting. This was more of a hang out day/hike but we got some really fun photos so a set was definitely in order.
Hiking adventures continued the next day with the return of Nova. Nova and I headed to her hometown of Lake Hughes, CA to investigate and abandoned camp that she had visited 10 years earlier. This adventure required a little exploration but we eventually found the location. It was mostly burned down from the multiple fires they've experienced out there but well worth the journey for what was left over. I'm very thankful for Nova who has been experiencing some health issues as of late but pushed through to make some beautiful art. On our way home we shot at a couple pull offs and found this weird boat clock pictured below. I told Nova she should take it home, but she didn't, later regretting it. At least we have the photos!
The next two sets are a little out of chronological order but I wanted to give a little love and attention to this new solo set with Chelsea Hanes. Chelsea and I had a little bit of a break from one another after after having a bit of a personal issue that arose from getting involved with one another during our first go around. We reconciled earlier this year, but this was my first time seeing her since then as she made a trip to LA from Portland. We visited this spot under a bridge in Chinatown that I love so dearly and things got naughty in one of my more risque shoots from the site. It was great to see her, catch up, make some art and she even gave me a friendship bracelet so I'm happy we are reconnected.
Before our solo set in Chinatown I actually did a muse group set with Chelsea and The Spritely One. As you can see Sprite and I have been collabing a lot and so when she hit me up asking what I was up to that day I told her to come play with me and Chelsea. I took the two of them to Switzer Falls where I had my very first shoot with Sprite. I thought the location was such an interesting place to return though because I had never taken Chelsea there even though I had intended to many times, I had shot Sprite there previously, BUT I never had photographed two muses there together. I mostly chose the spot out of convenience for the short window of time we had, and I'm glad we did because of the beautiful photos, but it did wind up being a pain in the ass when the realization hit that it was packed there due to the ongoing spring break. Either way we made some beautiful images with two of my most powerful muses.
Jay-Stephanie mess arounds continued that same evening when Stephanie Monty invited me to a kink event at El Cid in Silver Lake where Stephanie would be live painting. Much like our Murphy Ranch set this was mostly us messing around but between Stephanie's live paint, fun little portrait spots in El Cid, and running in to a surprise muse well we got a killed set out of the journey..
For this set I wish I had had the time to get it edited and up last week but fuck it. I made some plans with KFB regular Alondra Excene Shields. Alondra always has great concepts and wanted to do some Easter looks including a weird giant bunny head. We got really weird with everything and shot inside her apartment. The set came out way better than I thought it would and we had a bunch of it done in time for social media but here I present to you our full Easter set (along with some other goodies).
Late last week I got a group message from my friend and muse Phoenix Askani introducing me to comedian/porn star Sovereign Syre. The message informed both of us that we lived on the same small street in Highland Park and that we should be friends and shoot together. We made quick plans to meet up this past Monday where I walked over to her house (five buildings away from me) and we shot in our neighborhood while she walked her dog and then did some stuff in her apartment. It was all super low-key and rad. We got some really fun shots so look for more Sovereign Syre in the future.
And finally to catch us up with this epicness was a rad shoot with my friend Kooki Munsta. Kooki had been hitting me up wanting to shoot some new photos so I took her to the forest. Kooki and I have never shot daytime nature shots so I was really excited to see what kind of vibe she would bring and was not disappointed. Everything was really on point, the light was beautiful, we killed it. Not much else to say about it. I will try not to wait so long the next time for a post but I hope you take the time to check out all of these sets and enjoy!