Two great friends of mine Amir Zakeri and Justin Burbage premiered their film save the reef a few days ago and needless to say it is amazing! I encourage everyone reading this to watch “ 50 minutes to save the world”.
Torrentiiial is a rapper making waves in the local rap scene here in Hawaii who just dropped a new album titled “Hell or High water 2” that’s been the talk of many locals recently on the islands. I’ve been wanting to connect with him for a while and finally had the chance to shoot one of his shows a few days ago at Pure nightclub.
The guys got talent and I’d Highly suggest checking his album out and giving him a follow.
The New York based global media agency and online publication “The Hub” recently wrote an article titled “30 swimwear photographers to hire this summer” with a feature of me inside Linked Here.
I think its safe to say I’ve never really been one to go out, stage shoots on a beach, simply walk around, and take photos. I’ve always preferred living out a chosen narrative and bringing the camera with me to shoot photos. However recently I’ve been taking it a step further and aiming to construct a narrative beforehand that can contrast the chosen subject in a light that not only enhances its qualities but captures the message a subject stands for beyond what anyone might initially guess. I’m a very creative person with an upbringing in business so any chance I’ve got I really enjoy fusing the two together. One of my favorite things to do is dive deep into learning and understanding the culture of a brand to see what “specialties” I see in everything their doing that can maybe give me insight into creating content for them that really en captures everything they stand for along with showcasing whatever I’m shooting in its best light.
Its no secret that I’ve been venturing outside of the usual “bikini beach girl vibe” that you typically see from many people who live in Hawaii. However in the spirit of this article coming out I’ve put together some of my favorite pictures that have been shot and published for various brands within the swimwear industry that may fit the category. Enjoy.
I wrote a caption on Instagram not long ago talking about movement and how fascinated I’ve become with capturing subjects “making moves” towards their goals and ambitions. Recently I teamed up with my good friend Jack Soren who is an amazing artist based on the North shore of Oahu to practice my ability shooting subjects in motion, and being that he’s an avid motorcyclist I suggested we’d have some fun shooting photos of him ripping around on his bike.
There’s a few things i’d have to tweak the next time around in order for me to really nail the clean crisp shots I was going for but for a first time the photos didn’t come out too bad, and despite not having the photos exactly as I’d liked them, I feel as though having the slight blur within the subject adds a bit of “flavor” to the images, and makes them seem more real and spontaneous and less like a planned shot.
There’s so much more power contained within images that en-capture a subject moving towards something, and I’ve always loved when I can sit and stare at images for hours and try to string together a whole narrative being played out before and beyond that one moment captured in the still photo.
There’s not much difference between the photos however I feel each contains its own specific energy and some more so than others. The photo I’ve attached above this text is a good example of that for reasons I credit more to the composition than anything. If you take a look at some of the other images which I chose to compose the road more in line with the frame of the photo the energy seems a bit less “continual” where as in the photo above I chose to angle the road in a way that feels a bit more like its continuing and leading toward whatever hes’s racing after. Imagine if the camera were to continue shooting as if these were frames out of a film I believe some of the more cropped images would have more strength being a transitional clip, putting more emphasis on the speed at which he’s moving where as if you imagine the image above playing out it can yield more strength panning out and showing the entirety of the scene as well as the speed at which he’s moving.