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The Native American Indian | Mother Earth Pow Wow | Personal Project

Since my childhood, I’ve been fascinated by the Native American Indian people and culture.  Their spirituality speaks with all the elements of our earth, something which strongly resonates in my own beliefs and has inspired many adventures in nature.  I was fortunate to have been a guest of the Mother Earth’s People Inter-Tribal Pow Wow just outside Victorville, CA.  This project is in the very beginning stages and is my first experience of this type.  American Indians are very private individuals and my greatest challenge was to transform myself from an outsider to someone who explores their spirituality through photographs.  I would like to thank Moreena Rocha Chavez, the coordinator of the Pow Wow for her assistance in making these photographs possible.

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Meg Grant | AARP Magazine West Coast Editor | Los Angeles Photographer

A recent photoshoot in Los Angeles with the very lovely Meg Grant, West Coast Editor of AARP Magazine.  I love the ease she radiates in this capture.

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Art Streiber | Pier 59 Studios Santa Monica | Los Angeles Photographer

I recently had the opportunity to see mega-photographer Art Streiber speak about his career at an APA-LA event at Pier 59 Studios in Santa Monica, California. Afterwards, in my enlightened bliss, I became a bit of a conciliated opportunist because 1) As always, I had a camera with me, 2) We were in a top notch studio with hot lamps, an infinity wall, and a director’s chair and 3) besides being an artist whose work I quite admire, Art happens to be an incredibly nice and approachable individual.

Even though I recently acquired the new 5D mark III digital camera, I’ve been having a purist black and white film movement going on lately with my personal work, and I thought it was appropriate to photograph one of today’s most influential image makers in stark, grainy black and white film.  This image was self scanned on my Nikon 9000 ED scanner with Kodak T-Max P3200 35mm film.  I’m planning on going to a lab to make an optical print directly off the negative.

The event put on by APA-LA, Creative Problem Solving, had Mr. Streiber giving an intimate behind-the-scenes look at how he and his crew accomplished logistically complicated advertising and editorial work.  I’ve been a member of APA (American Photographic Artists) for the past two years.  It is a fantastic organization for photographers, both seasoned and new, to network and continue learning the craft and business of photography.

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Magic Johnson and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa | Los Angeles Photographer

Just photographed portraits of Magic Johnson and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa during Loyola Marymount University’s Urban Economic Forum in Los Angeles.  I was only able to get them for a very short period of time….and at different times.  The image above is a composite of two images taken separately.

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