SUSP(END) OF SUMMER

It has been a busy end of summer for me! Lost of assignments, shoots, and events went down in late July and August. Things have been quiet on this end because 90% of what I shoot, I do for SUSPEND Magazine which means I obviously have to post it on the SUSPEND website. So much has been going on that I have forgotten I run my own blog! I thought it'd be best to do a quick little post to keep you in the loop of what I have been up to.

Such a crazy year thus far!! Lots to be proud of and happy about, unbelievable to think the year isn't even over yet. I've recently been able to scratch another goal off my list for 2015... I have about 2 or 3 more goals that I would like to accomplish before 2016 commences. I think one of them will happen very soon but I will remain mute about it until it actually comes to fruition. For the time being, here is what has been going on. 

1) BLACKOUT MUSIC & FILM FESTIVAL (AUG. 29TH)

This was the second coming of the Blackout Music & Film Festival held in Downtown Los Angeles at the Grammy Museum. I attended the cultural event with contributing SUSPEND writer Emily Berkey. Guests were given the choice to view panel discussions, upcoming films, music showcases, curated art, and spoken word. Blackout Festival was honestly something I wasn't aware of before but I'm extremely glad it was brought to my attention. To know more about everything that happened at the festival read Emily Berkey's narration of our day (here).

2) FYF (FUCK YEAH FEST) 2015 (AUG. 22 & 23)

'Twas my first time EVER with media access at a festival! The fact that it was FYF Fest makes it all the more sweeter. I took full advantage of the opportunity to roam the festival grounds hassle free. It's an indescribable feeling being able to tote your camera around without the worry of being kicked out or having to take your camera back to your car. Also knowing that you have an objective and you're up against other photographers who've probably done this a million times before certainly provides the right amount of adrenaline. I hope this is the first of many festival I get to shoot!

DAY ONE: Included Bloc Party, Chet Faker, Run the Jewels, Purity Ring, Shlomo, and Kanye West.

DAY TWO: Solange Knowles, Mac DeMarco, Toro y Moi, Flume, D'Angelo and the Vanguard and FKA Twigs. 

3)  BEHIND THE LENS WITH PHOTOGRAPHER LEVI WALTON (AUG. 11)

At SUSPEND Magazine we have a series titled "Behind the Lens'. This series allows our audience of readers to get to know a selected photographer of our choice in a deeper, more meaningful aspect. It also allows me to personally pick the brains of visual artists who have influenced me in a major or a minor way. So for my first interview ever I decided to speak with photographer-visual artist, Levi Walton. Check out the full interview plus some of Levi's work over at SUSPEND.

4) BEHIND-THE-SCENES OF BLAISON MAVEN'S "STRANGERS" (AUG. 6TH) 

Earlier this year I was asked by my good friend Blaison, to witness and document the making of  "Strangers" the first visual for his upcoming album The King's Prelude. Each shot was meticulously filmed and conducted to portray the exact vision of director Henry Demaio. You can view all of the behind scenes footage I shot, plus a short interview by Diane Abapo on suspendmag.

BTS video.

Official Music Video >>>

5) SWEET BUMP IT @ CONVERSE CHUCK II LAUNCH EVENT (JULY 29TH)  

Back in July, Converse had a few launch parties throughout the U.S. to celebrate their newly redesigned Chuck II All Star's . One of them was held at their Santa Monica Flagship store on 3rd Street Promenade. To my surprise my stellar friends Sweet Bump It were chosen to perform and kick off the celebration. What better way to spend the day than seeing your friends rock out at Converse and check out some dope new shoes? You can see how I captured the entire event >>> here <<<

More work coming with Sweet Bump It soon, so stay on the lookout! ;) Be sure to have a listen to their music as well.

6) SOULECTION @ FIGAT7TH (JULY 25TH)

This was my first SOULECTION experience. I was hearing a lot about the Soulection crew over the last year but me being the snail that I am, it took me awhile to actually check things out. Their free for all ages show that was held at FIGAT7TH was the perfect opportunity to listen to what they had to offer. Well, needless to say the Soulection crew had plenty to offer! From classic hip-hop beats, to retro 80s-90s hits, contemporary neo soul vibes, all was covered during their show that night. My personal favorites of the event were Sosupersam, SPZRKT, and ESTA aka (BeatsByESTA). To view full coverage of the night click here.