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The LA Riots 20 Years Later for Los Angeles Magazine

Friday, April 13th, 2012

For Los Angeles Magazine’s article on the 20th year anniversary of the LA Riots, they asked me to photograph former Angelino Titus Murphy. He was sitting at home in South Central LA watching the TV on the afternoon the riots began. As he sat comfortably at home, he caught the news reports of a white truck drive getting pulled out of his truck and being beaten by a vindictive mob.

Once he realized that the mob was around the corner from his house, he ran out the door and helped rescue the poor guy from certain death. Titus was one of the heros of the riots and reminded us that there’s still a lot of good people amidst us who are willing to help when the time comes.


More articles and photos on the LA Riots can be found on the Los Angeles Magazine website.

John

A Summer Beach Day in Winter

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

One of the great things about life in San Diego is that it can be 80 degrees at the beach - in February. In fact, we have some of our best beach weather of the year in winter. Crystal clear and warm without being hot. The living is good…

That said, the unheated pool water was cold. The talent for this beach fashion editorial was relieved when I told him he didn’t have to keep jumping in the pool.











Afternoon on the Golf Course - Disc Golf That Is

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012


Miss California - No Miss USA!

Monday, June 20th, 2011

In April, I did a fun swimwear shoot with the then Miss California in Pacific Beach for Pacific Magazine. Well, I just got word that Alyssa was just awarded the Miss USA title last night. First, congratulations to her! Alyssa is beautiful girl, a hard worker and a lot of fun to work with. So, in celebration of her victory, here’s my blog post of the photos.


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And the actual cover. We like covers!

Here’s a link to the actual magazine if you want to see the layout and the shots that ran: http://issuu.com/pacificsandiegomagazine/docs/low_res_may

John

Speakertext Startup Team Portraits

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

My younger brother is the CEO of a Silicon Valley startup company called Speakertext. One day soon, they may be big! Until them, I’m one of their chief investors, the chauffeur, company photographer and the guy that buys pizza while they work late getting ready for a big tech conference for which they’ll be providing services.

Well the last three have been my roles during my visit with them over the past few days. Seeing as how only one of them has a car and money is scarce, I help where I can.

Here’s Tyler. He’s actually the most mild-mannered of the team. Not only does he do the coding for the client interface, he also does dishes. Were it not for him, the “Speakercave” - the frat-like apartment where they live and work - would probably descend into complete disaster.

“M2″ is the other Matt in the operation. He does the speech recognition and back-end work.

Matt, my brother and CEO. He’s the mouth of the operation.

The three bro-skies all gussied up for their photo. (Anyone who is cool is a brosky.)

All images were processed through Lightroom using the Photographer’s Toolkit Superpop preset.

John

San Diego Food Bank

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Today, I had an opportunity to do something different while giving back to the community. I’ve been hired by the San Diego Food Bank to do their promotional photography for the coming year. “Hired” isn’t exactly the right word since I’m doing everything pro bono. Today was our first day of shooting. To get acquainted with the people and their process, I spent the morning at a church where they distributed food to all comers.

I’d planned on shooting adults, but most were not happy with me photographing them. There’s a great sense of shame in standing in a food line. Many folks hid their faces or refused to allow their picture to be taken. There’s many people who’ve never stood in a food line before - from middle class folks who’ve lost their jobs to folks struggling to hang onto their foreclosure-bound houses to military families who can’t make ends meet on a government salary. Hopefully, in the days to come, I’ll be able to tell their stories.

In the meantime, I photographed some of the kids. Parents are okay with me taking pictures of them so it was easier for me to get my shot. These are a handful that I liked. I’ll share more as I shoot more.

John

Shoe Baby

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

My inspiration for this shot came from an old photo of me as a baby chomping on my grandfather’s shoe. He didn’t wear Stuart Weitzeman however. At least not in red…

Eclectic Studio Test

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

I always like to test new looks and work with new people. For this day-long shoot in the studio, I teamed up with new hair and makeup stylists to try out different looks. Let me know what you think of the results.

John

Fashion in the Park

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

In the midst of all my getting ready for WPPI in Vegas, we spent the afternoon in Balboa Park for a little fashion shoot. We tested out the eyelashes that Jeffrey created - he did the hair and makeup - for another shoot that he’s doing.

I liked all the lines and tones of this scene. When I set the shot up, the back wall was lit up by the sun. By the time we started shooting, a cloud rolled in and softened up the light.

I’ve shot a few wedding ceremonies at this spot. Usually, they’re in front of the well, not on top of it. This one’s my favorite…

Jennifer, the model, was freezing at this point. I suggested that she put on 30 lbs. Guess that’s not really an option…

John

A Career is Born

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

I’m in the middle of producing a magazine fashion shoot that I’ll be doing next week. We’ve got one model cast and now we need the second. We’re going for more of a European look rather than guy-next door, but that look is tough to find in San Diego. Today, Jeffrey - my art director/hair/makeup/stylist guru - brought by a potential model that he’d scouted. He’d shown me a few snaps but they didn’t impress me so I was a little skeptical. 

Right away, I could tell that the camera like Damon and that he’d be a good fit for our shoot. A lot of guys have one look and don’t know what to do with themselves. Even though Damon had no experience, he felt and looked comfortable in front of the camera.

Discovering new folks like this is always fun. With these shots, he’ll probably be able to get an agent and start working. I shot all of these with available light against a gray paper seamless. Nothing fancy although I did some work in Photoshop to deepen the shadows and play with the color.

 

 

John