On a recent trip to the East Coast, I stopped by DC to present a lecture at Bakery Street Studios, invited by fellow photographer, Derrell Todd. It was a wonderful experience to be surrounded by my family, friends, and colleagues as I spoke about some of my favorite and challenging photo shoots.
“The VW Bus Rolls Into the Sunset” Volkwagen vans hold a special place in my heart; it was our family vehicle for many years, and when I made my big move to Venice, California they appeared everywhere. Whether a Westfalia, Kombi, or a Samba, these adventure wagons have a characteristic unique beauty that I am constantly inspired to capture. So when news came that in December of this year, the company will shut down it’s last factory, I felt […]
Trent Reznor for Fader September 10th, 10:53 AM. Upload images to FTP for proofing cover. September 9th – 3:37 PM. Confirm correct negative for scanning. September 9th – 3:33 PM. Landed at The Icon with negatives. September 9th – 2:55 PM. Lost down memory lane. September 9th – 2:50 PM. Secured the box. September 9th – 2:45 PM. Locate the box. September 9th – 2:43 PM. Rushing to find negatives. There comes a time in your photographic career when you […]
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Art of Studio is excited to present Sara Swaty’s 3rd solo show featuring her ongoing photographic social documentary, In Between & Outside. This portrait series examines different perceptions of gender and how it related to sexuality through exploring the human body and gender identity across a broad spectrum of individuals. Please come and show your support for a new rising star just hitting the Los Angeles photography scene. Enjoy drinks and dialogue over this personal passion project!! To learn more […]
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Great catching up with makeup artist Sam Fine, and Tim Snell, who i worked with in NYC at the very beginning of my career in NYC. Guest DJ! Recently I had the pleasure of photographing hip-hop’s first lady, the radiant Queen Latifah, for USA Weekend with photo director, David Baratz. Queen was an absolute joy to be around and infected everyone with her energy, from jamming out with the DJ to singing some soul as we worked outside. I felt […]
Coretta Scott King Today marks the 50th-year anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington and his speech “I Have a Dream.” My grandparents made the trip down from Philadelphia to DC to march on Washington with many of their peers travelling from around the U.S. They often spoke of that day and how important it was for me to be proud of who you are and show yourself in the best light, no matter the trials and tribulations you […]
Thank you to Leigh Andersen from Industry for the lovely feature on our Art of Studio space for the first installment of their Studio Visit series. Read about it here. We are delighted to share our mix of analog and digital media and experiences with the world.
This is a film I created while on set with Essence Magazine for the Janelle Monae cover story, and am excited to announce it is finally live on my website!
To end the summer with a bang, we are offering a 1-day Venice Beach Street Photography Workshop for $295 for all of you adventurous photographers– amateur, professional, and anything in between. Register on Kwakushop to reserve your place today. The Venice Beach Street Photography Workshop is a fun and intensive 1-day workshop held in Venice Beach, California. I will personally guide you through the streets of Venice, where I have called home for over 10 years, and share my street […]
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