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5 Things Tuesday


Sorry this post is coming at you late. I really had a hard time this week coming up with five things to share with you. Anyways, I’m at the airport right now and I have about 45 minutes to whip something up. 

Let’s see if it’ll happen!  Here you go, five things:

1  FREE STUFF - You guys, I’m not lying when I say I’ve been rockin the free stuff lately. It’s one of the perks of living in Los Angeles! Just a couple weeks ago I talked about the free movie screening for Let’s Be Cops for Lamorne’s birthday.

Well, I got to do a couple more free things this past week:

This Is Where I Leave You- courtesy of Gilt City Los Angeles

Not only did we get to watch this movie 10 days before it’s released, but it came with free dinner! Hooray for the Grilled Cheese Truck. Plus, the movie was really good. There were some tears, lots of laughter, great moments in there. And it’s jam-packed with amazing actors. All their performances were amazing.

Other bonus points: The music is rad, Ben Schwartz is hilarious, and Connie Britton has the prettiest hair in the world. 


Mulaney & Friends - courtesy of Fox Studios

I also got to go to a small private comedy show at The Largo where John Mulaney and some of his castmates each did a set. It was quite hilarious!

Mulaney had some new material. Zack and Seaton (pictured below) were both hilarious. And I saw Nasim Pedrad and stood right in front of her for like two seconds. It was one of those crazy celebrity spotting moments where you’re like “woah - you were on SNL.”


2  COFFEE CONVERSATIONS - This past week has been quite the week for random coffee meetups. I’ve been doing this thing lately where I’m literally just asking to buy people a cup of coffee so we can talk shop.

I recently met up with a very busy Art Producer and picked her brain on the business side of things. How it all works, what’s the best plan of action for someone like me, what advice can she give, etc etc. And she was like, “dude just keep shooting, keep reaching out, keep taking on jobs.” 

Same advice that I’m always given. Which is golden. Sharpening your craft takes a long time of just doing.

And then I met up with another photographer. He’s kind of all over the place, taking everything from student portraits to Bar Mitzvahs to photographing for the Emmy’s. Yeah, he’s pretty legit. Especially since he’s been doing it for over 20 years. So it was awesome to talk to him for over an hour. Plus now I might be revamping his website and overall online presence. So learn more and get a new gig. It’s a win/win.


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3  THE DAILY EDIT / HOW THEY DID THE WALKING DEAD COVERS - So I love a few things … I love The Walking Dead. photography, magazine cover art, and I love love love creative process.  And well, this article actually covered all this this week. 

Check it out!


4  ONE OF MY PHOTOS WAS RECENTLY FEATURED IN A SKINTIMATE COMMERCIAL - Some of you already saw this, which is fine. But if you’re not on Facebook anymore and/or are not a “fan” of my FB page, here’s the spot:

My photo was the one at the 0:05 second mark. It’s really no big deal, but then again it kind of is. So I had to share it with you!

5  NYC, WE’LL NEVER FORGET - It’s a little bittersweet being at the airport today. To imagine what went down 13 years ago. And what it did to our country.

It reminds me to pay respects to those fallen, both the attacked and the heroes who tried to save them.  And to honor our troops every day for their service. And to pray for what continues to go on in our world today. 

MONDAY MUSIC SHARE: The Griswolds - Right On Track (Audio)

You guys, this song is my JAM. Just had to share. 

BOOM. Enjoy.

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5 Things Tuesday

Hello.  It’s really late and I should be in bed but oh well!  Here’s five things going on with me:

1  DISNEY PRINCESS MARATHON - How was your weekend? I spent mine at Disneyland! Not at the park but right outside it, cheering on two of my friends as they ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon.  

One dressed up as Snow White, the other as Ariel. Just a couple princesses among a bunch of other Disney themed runners. How incredible were these costumes! There were tons of princesses (obviously), a Mike Wizozski, a Boo, the Incredibles, Peter Pans, the entire bobsled team from Cool Runnings, Tweedle Dee followed later on by Tweddle Dumb, and even a guy dressed up as the mop from Fantasia.

Anyways, I’m thinking about running this next year. Which means, I should start training AND I need to start planning a bomb costume. 


2  JOINING THE WORLD OF MAILCHIMP - Heyo. So I spent most of my Labor Day Monday working MailChimp and gathering my subscriber list. I haven’t done very well on the marketing side of my biz, so hopefully this will help me get in front of people’s faces again.  Like "hey, I’m still here.  do you need photos?  hey, check out what I’m shooting these days!"

Anyways, if you want updates coming to your mailbox too you can sign up HERE.

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3  CHECK OUT THIS FLIPAGRAM BY TJ - I just love this concept and all the t-shirts! It makes me want to do something similar to this. Maybe it’s just an excuse to buy 100 t-shirts though. But still! It’s for ART!

4  WISDOM TEETH ALS CHALLENGE / HILARIOUS - OMG this is the funniest ALS challenge yet. Seriously. The bloody teeth. The fact that she’s slurring all her words. Her face when she thinks her mom is coming. How she dumps the ice water on her.


5  COLORADO BOUND - If you haven’t heard yet, I’m heading up to Colorado next week. Denver to be exact. I’m shooting a wedding out there … in the mountains!  

Even though I don’t really do weddings anymore, I’m happy to take on just a few ones here and there. And plus, I get to travel some more! Can’t complain about that.  

Ok so who has suggestions on what to do, where to go in Denver? Obviously, I’d love to climb Pikes Peak again but I’m not quite ready to trek 13 miles up a mountain. Next time maybe. But food/entertainment suggestions are welcome.



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Happy Labor Day Monday. Let the weekend last as long as possible with this new single from Verite … aptly named "Weekend."


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