Miao Savage - Over The Moon

This magic moment.  So beautiful and so new.  Hello!  Happy Saturday!  Today we are jumping right in with my first set with my friend Miao Savage.  Miao and I were introduced some months ago by my friend and fellow photographer Darren Eskandari who I have my show up with at Arqade at the moment.  Darren recommened Miao as a rad muse he thought I would really get along with and he was right.  Miao is a wonderful human being with so much artistic energy and love to give.  We didn't have a ton of time as Miao was visiting from the East Coast.  What's particularly interesting about this set is that on this day we shot half of our set at Arqade which was Miao's first time there.  In the months since we shot this Miao has moved here to our fair city of Los Angeles and has been doing a bunch of creative work with Arqade so the family grows.

Through this adventure Miao and I blazed a lot of the marijuanas, got all up in some street art, and even took a jaunt to Elysian Park.  We had a wonderful time with a lot of laughs and I'm excited for you to see the other work that I have done with her since this set so let me please introduce to you one of the most spectacular muses I've encountered: the incomparable Miao Savage!  Enjoy!

Click the photo below to go over the moon with Miao Savage

Miao Savage - Over The Moon

Miao Savage - Over The Moon

Talia Schulz - Other Side

Hello!  Hope you're having a great Friday.  I am personally exhausted.  Last night I had my group show "Seeing and Being Seen" at Arqade alongside Jamie Myer, Astraia Esprit, and Darren Eskandari for the last ever Rockwalk at their Downtown location.  I'll keep you posted with Arqade's future plans but it looks like a move to Hollywood after the end of this month.  I spent a large portion of my week prepping for that.  I also spent a solid chunk of time this week on my visiting Goddess Chelsea Hanes.  Chelsea came down to Portland this week so I gave my apartment a deep (and much needed) cleaning.  After some much needed catch up time the two of us embarked on an epic shoot in Santa Ynez Canyon.  Chelsea also joined me for the show and we were both exhausted by the end so I'll say it was a great week for sure.

Today is a very art related set itself with my wonderful friend Talia Schulz.  Some of my muses are just so easy to shoot with because whenever we get together its just two friends catching up and talking about our lives and the mysteries of the universe.  Telling you that Talia is one of my favorite people is an understatement.  The two of us started out on the Westside of LA popping around Mar Vista, Venice, and Santa Monica before deciding the cross town to the Eastside deep in the heart of downtown to Arqade.  In the past few months I've had a few sets at Arqade's downtown location and will continue to for months after it closes its doors and this is one of m favorite sets shot in the building including a cameo by Arqade's Resident Cat The Grey Basil so please enjoy!

Click the photo below to travel to the Other Side with Talia Schulz

Talia Schulz - Other Side

Talia Schulz - Other Side

Minni Jo - All Eyes Watching

Happy Saturday!  Change is in the air.  This week I found out that my friend's gallery is shutting down due to the building getting condemned, more than likely to make way for expensive condos.  Luckily they've already found a new location, more details on that to follow.  Another change perhaps is today's muse Minni Jo who has started focusing on her new band Orbis Lazuli.  I've known Minni for over two years now and she's so talented.  She sings, plays instruments including the guitar and flute, acts, and of course models.  I've always loved shooting her and never been anything but delighted at the photos we've taken.

In the time we've been shooting together we've become very close so some days we just head out to shoot together with no real plan.  That is pretty much what happened with today's shoot.  Minni suggested we head to Laurel Canyon to go explore a bit.  I always have a bit of trouble photographing in Laurel Canyon for some reason but on this day we headed to the general store/cafe and found some gems including some street art by Gregory Siff.  Minni and I have shared a mutual love of street art since we met.  In fact if you go all the way back to our first shoot you'll see we met up to shoot at The Container Yard (too hard to explain if your'e not familiar with The Yard so give it a google) where we are both friends with The Container Yard's Creative Director Vyal One.

After Laurel Canyon we headed downtown where we in fact shot with one of Vyal's murals that had gone up just recently around the time.  Lastly I took Minni to one of my favorite graff spots in Chinatown.  I wasn't intending for this set to be so street art focused but that's often what happens when there's no game plan involved.  Enjoy!

Click the photo below to peep your eyeballs at Minni Jo

Minni Jo - All Eyes Watching

Minni Jo - All Eyes Watching

Kira Lawrence - Masculine Feminine

For a stretch last year and the year before I spent a great deal of time documenting the street art of my good friend Angelina Christina aka Starfighter.  Since then I've posted the vast majority of photos (still a few up my sleeve) but what you haven't seen yet (and only a few have) are the all the videos I shot with Angelina of each project.  Someday soon those videos will have a life to them but if you were lucky enough to be sitting in a cute little projection room with terrible sound in the Indio Performing Arts Center some months ago then you had the chance to catch the screening of those videos with myself and my beautiful muse/friend Kira Lawrence.

I was invited back in March to screen my films of Angelina's work for a small festival in the weird little town of Indio (most famously known as the host town of the Coachella Music Festival) hosted by Coachella Magazine.  I am in no way trying to put down the efforts of the festival or those involved but this seriously had to be one of the oddest experiences of my life.  Angelina was out of the country during the screening and could not attend, so rather than go it alone I invited my friend Kira to come join.  Kira and I decided to make a day of shooting out of it which wound up working out for a small fun set, but the main focus was always the screening which was to be followed by a Q&A for the audience.

Kira and I left LA in the late morning and arrived in Indio several hours later.  The drive from LA to Indio is a long one but one I have done on many occasions with Angelina for our trips out to the Salton Sea just past Indio.  These desert trips were actually the main catalyst for my desire to agree to screen the videos out there.  We arrive about 90 prior to the screening and realized that the festival resembled something closer to a craft fair of local vendors.  Though it was the late afternoon people were still setting up.  We waited for someone to greet us, though no one did.  In fact no one was contacting me asking where I was or anything of the sort, so we decided to get some ice cream and take a few photos.  When Kira and I arrived at the ice cream shop we were treated to some of the worst ice cream that we had ever had which for some reason also took forever to make as the big claim to fame of this establishment was making each ice cream order from scratch.  This delay and relative distance of the ice cream shop put us slightly behind schedule to get back but still no one was contacting me asking where I was.

Upon our eventual return to the venue I asked around for our contact Jorge.  I was pointed in the direction of a man wearing cowboy hat and carrying a camera around.  I went and introduced myself and my associate.  Jorge's first question he asked me was if I had brought a DVD copy of the film.  Days prior to this conversation I had sent the film via Dropbox to Jorge with no mention of a DVD.  This request for a DVD wouldn't have been so unusual in my film school days but certainly was a bit out of the norm in this modern day of high speed file sharing.  I told him I did not bring a DVD and had mentioned previously I wouldn't be bringing one.  I told him I had brought my hard drive just in case he hadn't prepped the file.  He then asked me if I brought a laptop to screen the film.  I had not.

Jorge went to get the projectionist, introduced us, and promptly walked away from the conversation.  The projectionist proceeded to lead me and Kira to the projection room and asked me if I brought a DVD.  After a moment of hesitation I repeated the same answers I had given to Jorge.  The Projectionist, Kira, and I exited the projection room to find Jorge.  Just as I had given up and assumed it was probably time for us to form an exit strategy Jorge revealed he himself had a laptop.  He said he would go get it but then turned around began to photograph various people at the event while The Projectionist looked at me as if I had some dominion over the situation and it's leader.

In the meantime Kira and I went and befriend a punky/burner band couple in the corner of the room.  We told them our situation and I began to show them some of the work of my beloved artist friend Angelina.  After some time The Projectionist, Jorge, and a third man (who I later derived was Jorge's partner in the festival) approached with Jorge's laptop.  The five of us walked up the stairs back to the projection room past a multi-colored wall in the stairwell.  Jorge copied my movie file onto his laptop while the three men attempted to figure out how to hook it up to the ancient projection system.  In the meantime I restarted my photo shoot and began taking photos of Kira in the multi-colored stairwell.

The three men could not for the life of them figure out how to hook up the laptop to the system and once again I had all but given up hope.  I could tell that Kira was feeling just completely done with the situation and wanted to leave when suddenly a man from one of the bands came in with all the proper hookups and got everything ready to screen.  I can't particularly recall if there was an announcement made that the screening was starting but a small group of people filed in to the cute little theater.  Before I continue the story I should preface this next part by telling you that my film was an 80 minute compilation of music-video style videos documenting the various street art pieces by Angelina.  The music element of the videos is hugely important and so when I heard the heavily distorted sound of the terrible speakers in the auditorium I was utterly heart broken.

Over the course of the screening almost every left the auditorium.  At one point just Kira and I sat (even Jorge was missing) though I could hear a lone voice talking on his phone.  I didn't have the heart to look around at who it was so I asked Kira to look.  Kira told me it was the Partner of Jorge, who eventually left as well.  Following the screening Kira and I were ready to get back to LA.  As we started to exit the theater and encountered Jorge and his partner.  I thanked Jorge for the screening because I knew though everything was a disaster his heart was in the right place.  He then asked me if we could still do the Q&A (which was to be moderated by his partner).  I told him that no one was in the theater and that I really didn't want to at this point.  Jorge looked dejected.  He asked me a few very general questions and then asked if he could record our conversation.  I politely told him I did not want to be recorded in this situation which caused Jorge further dejection.  The Partner started to ask a few questions that were clearly supposed to be part of the Q&A.  His questions included "So did the artist just let you follow her around?" and "Is this a student film or something?".  And with that Kira and I left for LA.

I hope you enjoy this set we shot in between all of the madness

Kira Lawrence - Masculine Feminine

Kira Lawrence - Masculine Feminine

Phoenix Askani - Secret Gardens

Heatwave!  Los Angeles is going through a bit of a heatwave this week to the point that the hills of Burbank are currently on fire.  I remember the last time LA had a major fire.  It's a bizarre sight to behold when you're driving on the highway and you can clearly see fires just raging.  Meanwhile can someone with an AC please hit me up about sleeping at their place?  Thanks!  Whenever it gets this hot I usually like to "Los Angeles is Burning" by Bad Religion so I've included a link to the video at the bottom for your listening pleasure.

I thought since we are going through what is probably the last heat of the season (hopefully!) that I would bust out this pool set I shot with Phoenix Askani.  A few months ago Phoenix invited me to her friend's house with a pool to do some pool shots.  There are certain tropes of photography that I'm less experienced with, pools being one of them, so I figured 'why not'?  It wasn't the biggest pool but I think we got some dope shots.  After that Phoenix and I headed a secret garden in Hollywood with a gorgeous Buddha statue.  This led to one of my absolute favorite shots of Phoenix with her sitting in front of the statue.  Towards the end of this set my camera battery died and I didn't have any spare ones on me but I think we really got some special shots.  I'm going to stay focused on the pool stuff and pretend I'm in one right now.  Enjoy!  And scroll down for Los Angeles Is Burning!

Phoenix Askani - Secret Gardens

Phoenix Askani - Secret Gardens

Chelsea Hanes and Chelsea Lugosi - At Play

Hello!  Short post today as I'm running out the door to meet for coffee and talk art projects with a rad girl I met at Arqade during Kitties & Titties named Lara.  We are meeting in Mar Vista which is always a strong artist connection area for me having worked documenting several murals there by Angelina Christina as well as photographing all sorts of street art there.

Having posted some wonderful photos of Chelsea Lugosi yesterday and thinking about my Goddess Chelsea Hanes I wanted to post this set I shot of the two of them together.  Check out yesterday's post to catch up on how I met Chelsea Lugosi through Chelsea Hanes.  The two of them have such a great energy together that I just felt compelled to share the photos we took together.  The three of us stopped by this dope Vyal mural and spent most of our time at my residency of Arqade.  It was a somewhat short but beautiful shoot and afterward Chelsea Hanes and I made out a bunch.  Enjoy!

Chelsea Hanes and Chelsea Lugosi - At Play

Chelsea Hanes and Chelsea Lugosi - At Play

Chelsea Lugosi - Stardust

Oh hello.  I'm back and it's been an interesting second half of the month.  My Vegas trip was a challenge for sure but capped off wonderfully by a shoot with the lovely Amythyst.  Since then I've had a few really killer shoots but it's been way to hot to work on anything at home.  Last Saturday I showed some work as well as photographed at my residency of Arqade.  Overall things have been going well and I even made my way back to Switzer Falls with the lovely Amanda Darling this past week.  Amanda and I discovered that we happen to have a mutual friend in today's muse Chelsea Lugosi.

When I started spending time with my Goddess Chelsea Hanes she told me about her friend named Chelsea Lugosi.  I heard about Chelsea for a few weeks and even got to briefly smoke a bowl with her on a cool evening in Brentwood.  Chelsea and I hit it off right away and scheduled a fun little shoot in the forest.  Chelsea and I really connected with a magical day in the woods.  There are just some models that I really vibrate with and Ms. Lugosi happens to be one of them.  Chelsea Lugosi is a really interesting figure.  Much like myself she is multi-disciplined in a few different scenes.  Chelsea spins hoop as well as fire, DJs, makes clothes, models, and has a strong connection to the spirit world.  Chelsea also read my tarot and told me some very interesting things about my future.  Chelsea is really one of the sweetest people I've met in my journeys.  Since this shoot Chelsea and I have gotten together a few more times including a shoot together with Chelsea Hanes so keep an eye out for that.  In the mean time enjoy Chelsea Lugosi in Stardust!

Click the photo below and find out what it's like to be made of stardust

Chelsea Lugosi - Stardust

Chelsea Lugosi - Stardust

Babes of Arqade - Lil Monster Squad

Sunday Funday!  Tonight I fly out to Las Vegas but before I head in to the Desert I'm excited to bring you the first Babes of Arqade post.  Since meeting Grey Garbo she and her boyfriend Ceven took over a gallery in downtown and branded it Arqade.  Grey and I previously shot our Tiny Dancer set at the gallery when it was still Oddville under the previous regime.  The place was a bit of a mess when I first started going there but since then they have really cleaned it up and made it in to a fun space that you'll get to see some sets at starting now with the first "Babes of Arqade".

The second Thursday of the month at Arqade is Rockwalk, a part of Downtown LA's Artwalk.  Rockwalk is a combination concert/art show/burlesque.  The Burlesque element means that Grey Garbo and crew are usually on dancing duty in the Burlesque Lounge which includes a window above the stage of Arqade where the ladies dance.  Of course those that follow the site remember that I met Grey through Lady Krondor and both of them introduced me to Carlie Anne, both regulars of the Burlesque Lounge.  I happened to introduce Grey Garbo to Lina Savanna, who both happened to hit it off and so the forming of what I deemed as The Lil Monster Squad.  Enjoy!

Babes of Arqade - Lil Monster Squad

Babes of Arqade - Lil Monster Squad

Chelsea Hanes - Unconditional

Happy Friday!  Today feels like a bit of a Monday for me as I'll be working the next seven days, getting one day off and working three more, but nothing I can't handle.  I spent a period of two years working seven days a week.  This week I'll be traveling to the fashion convention MAGIC in Las Vegas to photograph with Idol Mind.  I've never been to MAGIC but if you've been to one trade show or convention then you've been to them all.

I'm personally a bigger fan of working in the realm of the unexpected, such as today's set with the return of Goddess Chelsea Hanes.  I've been desiring putting out this set for a little while because of how special it is to me.  In our previous two sets I had taken Chelsea to some pretty epic places, but on this day we wanted to keep things somewhat low key, so we headed to El Porto in Manhattan Beach, eventually winding up in Venice.  I particularly like El Porto because it's fairly solitary as far as beaches in LA go.  Chelsea and I found a few cool props on the beach that led to some really spiritual feeling shots.  Walking on the beach we also found a bunch of beautiful shells for Chelsea to use in her work.  During the course of our shoot Chelsea decided to go topless, which made for some beautiful and raw shots.

On the beach Chelsea and I were having a really deep conversation about all sorts of things.  Somewhere in there we confessed feelings one another and so started the journey we are currently on.  We had been flirty in our time together but I didn't particularly see this coming as she has a boyfriend.  Chelsea revealed to me that they are poly and had been crushing on me.  I was head over heels for Chelsea the first time I laid eyes on her and had been trying to put it out my head.  After this love confession we continued our shoot including Chelsea wearing my signature leopard print vest and an nWo Wolfpac t-shirt from my youth.  Overall it was a really magical shoot with Chelsea as always so please enjoy!

Click the photo below for something unconditional with Chelsea Hanes

Chelsea Hanes - Unconditional

Chelsea Hanes - Unconditional

Peyton Victoria - Liberating

Yesterday we talked about a confluence of circumstance.  Some seem inevitable.  Because I knew Liza I eventually met Mandee.  Had I not known Liza would I have met Mandee?  Perhaps not, but many of my LA Muses and I have multiple friends in common, we participate in similar scenes, but some meetings are almost completely unrelated to anything other than chance.  Such was my meeting with today's subject, the lovely Peyton Victoria.

To support my art making practices whenever I don't have enough gigs to do so I drive for rideshare services such as Lyft and Uber.  It's honestly not the greatest job, but it gives me the flexibility and freedom to do all the other amazing things I do.  On many of these rides the question comes up about what else I do.  You see everyone in LA does something other than the thing you seem them doing, and so my photography comes up.  On occasion the reaction I get will be, "Oh rad!  I would love to shoot with you sometime!"  99% of the time that conversation has lead to nothing but sometime a while back I was giving a ride to three people where the same conversation played out.  A beautiful girl named Peyton told me she was visiting her other friends in the car from up in The Bay Area.

Peyton and I kept in touch and several months later she found herself coming back to LA for another visit.  I mentioned the shoots I had been doing in Switzer Falls and wanted to include her in the same series.  She was very excited and there we went.  Peyton and I had a beautiful day together.  I often mention the conversation that's had throughout the day and my beautiful dialogues with Peyton are some of the my favorite that I've had.  Peyton is a thoughtful human being with a wide open mind.  We had a wonderful day together and she is easily one of my favorite muses I've ever worked with.  We have since gotten together to shoot again and I continue to look forward to more shoots to come.  Peyton is a wonderful woman and I only see great things for her future.  I feel privileged to spend the time with her that I have and I think you will too.  Enjoy!

Click the photo below for something liberating with Peyton Victoria

Peyton Victoria - Liberating

Peyton Victoria - Liberating

Mandee Leslie - Heart n Soul

Hello!  Welcome back!  Is it necessary I start each post off with a greeting?  Probably not, but I just feel like it's the friendly thing to do.  I always ask my friends how they are doing before we get in to a full conversation.  Small talk?  Perhaps, but should we talk about the weather?  It's been humid in LA recently and I don't care for it.  Heat is one thing but humidity!?  I don't care for it.  The reason we are getting this humidity though is the same reason for the much needed rains we got during the winter and spring this year.  That same rain was responsible for our first poppy bloom in some time which also made today's set one of the most beautiful that I've shot.

Actually this entire set was a confluence of good circumstance coming together.  I adore Mandee Leslie.  I'm not sure how exactly I became aware of Mandee, but I had been following her on IG for a little while and really wanting to photograph with her.  Then all of a sudden one day I find out she is friends with my friend and regular KFB Muse Liza.  After Liza and I shot together a handful of times Mandee communicated she really wanted to shoot together.  I was super down so we put this shoot together.  I suggested we head up to Antelope Valley to check out the poppy fields, which is one of those LA staples that I just never had had a chance to do because the timeframe of the bloom can be very short.  You blink and you've missed it.  As I alluded to before, due to the drought we hadn't had a proper bloom in several years, but all the rainfall made for an entirely different story.

Mandee and I met up at my place and headed there.  We had a wonderful time talking about hiking, LA, acting, art, marijuana, Liza, diet, health, etc.  I'm not sure Mandee and I had any real moments of silence during our shoot.  Mandee is also a killer model.  I loved all of her poses.  This trip had a lot of great little finds including the cafe the title of this set comes from, a few abandoned places, an abandoned boat, an awesome bridge, and some very random poppy fields.  Actually the interesting thing about the shoot was that there is an official poppy reserve we paid to get in to, but they are super particular about where you can go, there were people everywhere, a few old ladies yelled at us, but the fields just outside of the official poppy reserve still had a ton of poppies (maybe even more beautiful), no one to tell us what to do, and they led to our best poppy related shots of the day.  I was super stoked that we found so many different things to shoot with that it really gave this entire set a great story.  Mandee is awesome and I hope we find the time to shoot together again.  Enjoy!

Click the photo below for a little bit of Heart n Soul

Mandee Leslie - Heart n Soul

Mandee Leslie - Heart n Soul

Annie Cruz - The River of Echoes

Hey KFBers!  Happy Monday to everyone.  The weekends have been a little busy for me the past few weeks so today (and perhaps some other days) you're getting a special weekday set.  Before we get to that there's lots of exciting things going on.  I have a few shows coming up with Arqade to please make sure to check them out and stay tuned to their social media, especially if you're in the Los Angeles area.  I'm also doing a bunch of work for Idol Mind so make sure to support them and check me out on there.  You can also see my work currently over at Eyecandy's website

I've been somewhat relaxing on shooting since getting back from Oakland where I spent a week shooting with Scorpion Warrior, a few other models, and a myriad of street art.  I'm also looking at redesigning some things with the website so that's always something to be excited about.

But right now we return to Switzer Falls with my friend Annie Cruz.  Those familiar with the site of course know the name Annie Fuckin Cruz.  Annie and I first met years ago when I was working doing video production for The Stockroom.  Annie and I really bonded while making ridiculous video clips in Las Vegas during the Adult Entertainment Expo.  We did a myriad of projects for Stockroom together, but really connected when I started shooting sets here.  In our first shoot we ventured out at night to Solstice Canyon where at one point I got us lost.  We then headed months later to the abandoned waterpark where Annie almost overheated.  This time I did my best not to kill Ms. Cruz as we headed to Switzer Falls.  Actually Annie and I had a fantastic time (as always, despite the dangers) and really took some of my favorite shots together.  Annie is just a totally magical creature and I always feel blessed to shoot with her.  Enjoy!

Click the photo below for The River of Echoes

Annie Cruz - The River of Echoes

Annie Cruz - The River of Echoes

Annie Motel and Sofia Weinberg - Hey Little Sister

Happy Saturday KFBers!  Today we see the return not only of one of my besties Little Annie Motel but also Annie's former roommate Sofia Weinberg.  Annie and I are celebrating two years of shooting together so I thought it only appropriate to debut a new set we shot a few months ago in Downtown Los Angeles with Sofia.  This set would mark the first time in some months I had seen Sofia but would also be the trigger for several new set with Sofia in the months to come.  I'm not really positive how this whole shoot came together other than I believe Annie invited me over to her place (we are practically neighbors), we shot some photos and then Sofia showed up!  I particularly love this set for a few reasons including the appearance of Annie's cat Elvis, Sofia's bodysuit, and the overall reunion of our little crew.  This set also marks the last time we see Annie's strawberry blonde hair for a while.  Enjoy!

Annie Motel and Sofia Weinberg - Hey Little Sister

Annie Motel and Sofia Weinberg - Hey Little Sister

Phoenix Askani - Downtown Lady

Hello all!  Just a quick post from me today as I prepare to the head to The Bay next week for new projects for the site.  This week had some last minute and unexpected journeys as Liza and I headed to The South Bay, Minni Jo and hit up the Farmer's Market, I spent some time at Arqade, and Grey Garbo and I engaged in various adventures in Long Beach.  Today's set also involves both Arqade and Grey Garbo as my good friend Phoenix Askani and I headed to downtown.  Many of my muses and I have friendships so sometimes we make plans that involve some level of shooting on a night out.  On this particular occasion Phoenix invited me out to her friend's art show in Hollywood.  I didn't get any super interesting photos there but afterward we headed to Arqade in Downtown for Artwalk.  I introduced Phoenix to several of the Arqade Babe crew including Headmistress Grey Garbo, Lady Krondor, and Necro Natalie.  Phoenix and I just had a coffee/work date this week so I thought now would be a great time to post this. Fun, short, but sweet set that I think you'll enjoy.  More sets to come this weekend but for now I must run.  Hope you love it!

Click the photo below for adventures with Phoenix Askani

Phoenix Askani - Downtown Lady

Phoenix Askani - Downtown Lady

Synful Pleasure - Savage

It's a spooktacular weekend as I welcome my first set with Ms. Synful Pleasure!  Syn and I were introduced by my good friend and fellow photographer Steven Sandler.  Steven is an attorney, a kinkster, and in recent years has recommitted himself as a photographer (something he learned as a child from his father).  Those that follow my blog here closely might remember Steven as the man the finally made the connect between me and Cybill Troy that led to the two of us shooting together.  Well thank you to Steven as he made another great connect.  

A muse is a sacred thing.  Of course anyone can model for whoever, but to truly achieve muse status it's all about the inspiration the artist draws based on a number of factors, but most importantly is chemistry.  I'm someone who gets along with most people but one photographer's muse may not be mine.  Some photographers and I share a strong crossover of muses and that often will push us close together, such as Darren Eskandari aka Paradox23, who I will be doing a small group show with in September at Arqade.  If Darren recommends someone to me I know that that person and I will most likely hit it off.  My only point of reference with Steven was the Cybill connection, who I was already very familiar with, but I saw the work he did with Synful Pleasure and felt strongly like I wanted to photograph her.  Steven set up the connect, we figured out a date, and met in downtown.

Syn was absolutely a delight to work with.  I loved her very punk rock attitude as we wandered around downtown including getting kicked out of the legendary Bradbury building (most notably for me one of the sets from Blade Runner).  We ran in to a little conflict in our second location when Syn felt a little out of place in a more naturey spot (Elysian Park), being primarily used to more urban environments, but after some discussion she pushed through like the warrior she is and was so gorgeous there I'm glad she did.  We ended our shoot in one of my favorite graff spots in all of LA underneath a bridge on the outskirts of Chinatown where Syn busted out her kinky nun look.  Overall we had a great day and I really hope we shoot together again as Synful Pleasure is a kickass human being.  Enjoy!

Click the photo below for the savage Synful Pleasure

Synful Pleasure - Savage

Synful Pleasure - Savage

Lady Krondor - Return To Witch Mountain

Hello my lovelies!  Didn't meant to abandon you again for two weeks but my computer crashed!  It's back up and running now (thankfully).  I'm still a bit behind on posting sets, editing some photos, etc. but I'm still plugging along.  Since last we spoke I had a few shoots and at least one funny encounter.  Shoots included Astraia Esprit at Devil's Gate Dam, Chelsea Lugosi at Angels Gate Bunkers, Talia Schulz doing fire for a night shoot at Vasquez Rocks, Alondra Excene Shields for a night shoot in downtown, and capping things off with my first child model in Pasadena for a clothing company called Idol Mind.

In between all that was last Sunday where I was giving an Uber ride (specifically an Uber Pool) to a couple of really cool people starting at LAX.  The airport was bonkers, I was exhausted from the weekend and ready to be done, hoping this would be my last ride for the night.  It took me a little while to get through the airport but once I did my passengers (a guy and a girl) were ready to go.   The guy and girl really hit it off realizing they were from the same small area in the middle of the country, swapping stories about little known towns and sites.  The conversation turned to LA activities (as these things tend to).  It turned out the guy is a drummer and multi-talented musician and the girl is an animator working for the creator of Ren and Stimpy.  As they are talking we got a request to pick up a girl in Inglewood.  The guy and the girl were both heading up in to the Northeast part of LA so had we not picked up this girl we would have simply taken highways most of the way, but this diverted us on the south side of LA to surface streets.  Before picking up the girl the two passengers asked about me so I told them about my photography and specifically my street art work with Angelina Christina.

Well we picked up and dropped off the girl in Inglewood to slightly further east in the same general vicinity as she had just gotten off work, but we learned very little about her as our conversation about street art continued.  As we were driving down a neighborhood immediately after dropping this girl off and heading to our next destinations we just so happened up The RV Angelina painted from my most recent set here on the site!  Mind you I hadn't seen the RV since Fall of last year when the owner died and neither Angelina or myself knew of its whereabouts and I just sort of found it on this random Uber Pool through a part of town I'm virtually never in in some random neighborhood.  I wrote down the address and plan to return but just a crazy situation (and of course I texted Angelina it's coordinates).  Eventually I dropped off both riders close fairly close to my place and with enough money made to end the night.

I think that is the most I've talked about something unrelated to today's set in a while but definitely a story worth sharing.  Anyway, today we return to one of my favorite spots, Switzer Falls with one of my favorite muses, Lady Krondor.  The day we ventured out there just happened to be one of my favorite.  It had been raining a lot in LA but on this particular day we rolled through the mountains to discover a bevy of fog rolling around.  It made for some extra spooky photos throughout the overlooks.  It wasn't quite so foggy down below but the light was extra beautiful.  Lady Krondor and I talked a lot about sexual magic and of course there were plenty of opportunities for some nudity.  Once again we had a great shoot but honestly some of my favorite photos from the set include Lady K fully clothed, though some of my favorites she is fully nude so I guess it was just a great set overall.  I bring up the clothed thing because the photo below is the one I used during my solo show in May.  The show included a number of artistic nudes, but my shot of Lady Krondor (the woman who is generally nude) was this one of her dressed.  Just kind of funny but Lady Krondor is an amazing model regardless of what she is or isn't wearing.  Enjoy!

Click the photo below and return to witch mountain with Lady Krondor

Lady Krondor - Return To Witch Mountain

Lady Krondor - Return To Witch Mountain

Angelina Christina - Dreamscape

Oh hello!  What a fucking weekend it's been.  I've been working this driving Uber and I have a theory that when one thing happens in a given weekend that it somehow happens exponentially (usually around three times) and yesterday was all about people being dickheads.  Hopefully today is better because I'm exhausted.  I am very excited though because this week is the 4th of July which means parties, BBQs, and America.  Yeah our country is in kind of a fucked position right now but we still have freedom dammit.

Ok, rant over.  Today's set goes back a minute.  Well really it goes back almost a year.  Those that have a clue about my life and the way I post (or are just really diligent readers of my blog and social media) probably know that I tend to shoot my sets and then post them sometimes up to 3-4 months later.  I stagger my content because generally it isn't time specific to the average viewer and I like to have a flow of steady flow of content.  Life also happens and sometimes I can't post for a month because I just have to deal with shit.  The case with this set is a little different.

Oh I should also welcome back my good friend Angelina Christina to the site with the first new(ish) set in quite a while.  This set was actually shot right around the time of our last set in Mar Vista in August of last year.  I have a few other Angelina sets that will get released from around that time that I haven't put out for one reason or another, so stay tuned, and hopefully Angelina and I will be shooting some new content soon as we discussed recently we are overdue for a trip to the desert at the very least.

Back to this set though.  Today's set focuses on a quick project we worked on in Venice over the course of few days right around the aforementioned Mar Vista project.  We had been working together pretty consistently all summer, back-to-back projects, when Angelina was approached by a gentleman who owned a bike shop about painting his RV.  We met up with him at his rad bike shop off of an alley in Venice.  The man was living in his RV in Venice (a very common practice out here due to fairly liberal laws about parking your RV as long as it is moved every now and then) and wanted to add some flair to it.  Angelina was happy to add her art to his mobile home.

Due to the on-going Mar Vista project we mostly worked on this in the middle of the night.  We spent three nights and a few quick afternoons working on both sides.  On the final night we were working in a parking lot where the RV owner was friends with the owner of the grocery store and would let him park there overnight on occasion.  At a certain point though a security guard came and kicked us out claiming he was calling the cops.  The work was near done and only needed some daylight touches, maybe one more day of detail work.  Unfortunately this would be the final day (for now).  After Mar Vista wrapped up Angelina had some other projects to go work on in various parts of the world and the finish of the RV would have to wait a few months.  We had grand plans to do final shots of the RV alongside Pacific Coast Highway early in the morning with a view of the ocean as the backdrop.

I received a message from Angelina a few months later that the RV owner was riding his bike alongside the aforementioned PCH when he was involved in an accident with a motor vehicle.  The accident was very bad and the man died.  The RV was left to his daughter.  Angelina and I weren't sure whether it was appropriate or not to contact the daughter about finishing the project or not and then life just sort of happened.  The project may get completed some day but I wanted to go ahead and put the set out either way.  Big thank you to the Bike Shop/RV Owner (I'm sorry that I can't recall his name) for asking Angelina to this project and Angelina for including me to document it.  I don't want to end this post on a downer so I'll just say that though this project was short, and included some tragedy, I will forever cherish this as one of my favorite projects, especially since the two pieces on either side of the RV are two of my favorite of Angelina's work.  Enjoy!

Angelina Christina - Dreamscape

Angelina Christina - Dreamscape

Grey Garbo - Something Broad

I am the type of person that tries my best to de-compartmentalize my life whenever possible, so naturally my shoots are often a reflection of my own experiences.  Such is the case for today's mini-set with Grey Garbo where we headed to The Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles.  The Broad (pronounced like it rhymes with road) only popped up in the last year or two and is free to public, which creates limited space and tickets must be booked in advance.  I actually forgot I had booked tickets to The Broad until the day before and asked my good friend Lucrezia aka Grey Garbo if she'd be interested in coming with me.

I had seen a lot of photos on Instagram of some of the more social media worth aspect of the museum, but don't really feel like those did justice to some of the killer work inside.  The Broad had some cool stuff to offer but it was ten times better having Grey with me to fuck around and make some cool art with.  We didn't have a chance to hit any of the specialty rooms because they require their own sign up that you have to do in person and they were booked for the day, but we still had a great time.  After we left we decided to shoot a bit longer including Grey flashing some street people for the sake of some rad photos.  Eventually we encountered a good "Fuck Trump" outside of Grand Central Market.  I love the photo you'll see in the set but the original incarnation had Lucrezia dropping trough completely as if to be taking a squat next to it.  This photo did not come out as well, and had it not been downtown in the middle of the day with cops everywhere I think we could have nailed it, but I'm actually very happy with the result of what we went with instead.  We wound up later taking a few night shots as well.  Enjoy!

Click the photo below and fuck around inside The Broad with Grey Garbo

Grey Garbo - Something Broad

Grey Garbo - Something Broad

Summer Voelker - Finding One's Self

What an interesting week it's been children of Kung Fu Breakfast.  Originally I was scheduled to do six shoots in 4 days, this wound up getting reduced to four shoots and honestly I couldn't have been happier because all four shoots went very well.  Monday and Tuesday were all about the clown shenanigans as I started the week clowning around with Stephanie Weitekamp in Venice and picked up the next evening with Bangs the Clown as collaborated with mad scientist Balloonski (check my Instagram for a tease).  I also got a rare treat during the Bangs/Balloonski shoot that my friend/filmmaker Steven Burhoe joined us for what I'm sure will be a killer video about our shoot.  Wednesday and Thursday were all about new muses in the forest as I headed to Millard Falls with Ingrid Mouth and back to Switzer Falls with my friend Jaime Black.  I capped the week off with a journey last night to Koreatown to see Kung Fu Babe Talia Schulz aka Sprinkles On Top do her first ever fire performance with her burlesque troupe The Dollface Dames.  Phew!

Today we travel back to the forest for my first set with the beautiful and talented Summer Voelker.  It's really hard to remember when I first met Summer because our mutual friend, Annie Motel, had been telling me for the longest time that I needed to meet her and do a shoot together.  I believe Summer and I first officially met at Annie's place for a backyard BBQ she was having (the same place I met Jaime Black).  Summer and I hit it off and discussed doing a shoot for a while but it finally came together in this journey to Lower Winter Creak Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains.  This was my one and only time taking this trail and it was pretty magical.  Summer and I really pealed back the layers and got in to some deep discussion about our lives, struggling to be an artist in Los Angeles, relationships, and more.  By the end of the journey we really built a strong friendship.  Summer is a wonderful painter/illustrator/human being.  We discovered a lot of amazing things in the woods and I think you'll very much enjoy this set.

Click the photo below to find one's self alongside Summer Voelker

Summer Voelker - Finding One's Self

Summer Voelker - Finding One's Self

Lex Lu - Leader of The Pack

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!  The return of Lex Lu!  I first met Lex when German street artist Raphael Grischa told me he loved my photos and was wondering if I'd be interested in working on a music video with him while he was in town.  I had no idea who the musician was up until maybe the day of the day.  I showed up and there was one of the strongest female warriors I think I had ever met.  Lex projects confidence, raw emotion, and happens to be one of the sweetest people I know.  We headed out to shoot her video on dry lake bed in the desert.  I kept telling her I wanted to sneak away and shoot some photos with her, but sadly it did not happen that day.  Of course we would eventually go on to shoot several sets and Angelina Christina would paint her face on the side of a giant wall in South Central based on one of my photos so it all worked out in the end.  In fact Lex actually requested to use one of my photos of Angelina's wall as her album cover for her killer new album Lexangeles.  I've included all in the info on the album below to please check it out!

Today's set was basically themed "You can't take Jay anywhere".  Lex asked me if I'd like to shoot with her in a studio that included lights, a backdrop, etc.  I said, "Sure!" but when I showed up I treated the entire building as my playground.  Everyone there was so nice and said I could use the entire building so I basically ran Lex around to each room and down the street to shoot.  Lex pulled out this green sweater with a giant Dead Kennedys patch sewn on the front and I was just in heaven while we listed to Jello Biafra shout out "KILL! KILL! KILL! KILL! KILL THE POOR!".  The punk rock vibe was perfect for me because I think if you bring any other photographer in to a studio with lighting they would say "Oh cool!  How professional", give you a little click click click and then be done but I'm just running around like a nut.  I hope you love this set as much as I do!

Click the photo below for some shenanigans with Lex Lu and scroll further down for Lexangeles

Lex Lu - Leader of The Pack

Lex Lu - Leader of The Pack