New Zealand actor, Canadian Designer, USA Shoot

I met New Zealand actor Dane Kent in LA last year through a couple of friends.  Dane made the move to America to continue to grow his acting and fitness career that he started back home.  Knowing I was working in town again Dane contacted me about doing a shoot while I was there.  We knew we were going to do a photo for him but we didn’t know what the concept would be or where we would shoot it until a few days before the shoot.
After I got in from surfing  on one of my days off I went into the backyard of the Air BNB I stayed at and to our surprise there was a brand new lions claw bathtub and everything I could possibly want to organize a set!
Every year I do a bathtub themed shoot so working with Dane this could be the perfect opportunity to get his shot and check another one of my concepts off the list for the year!  After a bit of convincing Dane was down for the shoot Idea. We had the set we had the concept, we just needed the look.

As luck would have it I did happen to bring down some dress clothes fitted and designed by Canadian designer and Project Runway winner Jason Meyers. Whats even more convenient is that Dane is almost the same build as me so he fit the shirts perfectly.

The result of this rare coincidence is a collaboration of three countries to make one pretty cool concept photo.  Take a look at the final photo let me know if you like it as much as us!

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Aroma Espresso Bar

Before I headed south of the boarder I was in toronto at the Canadian office of Aroma Espresso Bar.

I was doing some still life ads for their new spring smoothie menu!  The ads will be displayed in all the Aroma stores as well as some print marketing.

Take a look at one of the previews!

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This is 90

Ive worked with the Jack LaLanne health brand for a long time. Since I met one of their sons on set in Jamaica I have been very close with their family as a friend but I have also had many opportunities to work with them on a professional level too.

This isn’t the first time I have done a post about the brand CEO Elaine LaLanne. I always say how she should be more recognized by woman and the elderly, even the young and fit for her accomplishments in nutrition and wellness.  She is a living example of what a healthy diet and regular exercise can do for a person.
I was honored to be invited down by their family to celebrate Elaine’s 90th birthday in Hollywood, and even more excited when she asked me to film her 90th birthday workout.  That’s right 90th birthday workout!

We met up in their hotel gym on the afternoon of her birthday set up a couple lights and Elaine began training.  Push ups, pull ups, weighted shoulder presses, set after set Elaine in her 90’s is easily stronger than many people in their late 20s. Not to mention she doesnt look a day over 50. Which at first may not sound like much until you realize that is almost half her age!

Here are a couple pictures from Elaines birthday workout as well as a photo of the LaLanne family striking a pose in front of their star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

90 years old

90 years old

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Venice Walls

If you have ever seen Venice California you know that the graffiti is pretty beautiful there. Everything from garbage cans to entire houses are painted in some of the coolest ways.  This trip I took a few people out to these walls  to photograph them against them for fun.  Here are a couple shots from the trip.

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Santa Monica Girls

A last minute connection, I ended up walking the boarder between Venice Beach and Santa Monica looking for cool walls to photograph a fellow Canadian who made the move to southern California.

Here is a couple outtakes from the shoot.

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amanda kotel

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Day off in NYC

I was back in Manhattan working with Reebok’s Crossfit GSP again right before the holidays and since I had a couple days off between the shoot and heading home I had the chance to wander around the city for a bit.  I brought a camera along just in case. This is what I saw.

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Tiger part two

my reason for photographing Robbie the tiger was for one of my favorite clients who always does one over the top group photo every year! GRE always showcases their top sales team on their Christmas card and mails it out to their existing clients as a thank you. The best part of this is they always want the “wow factor” and 99% of the time they let me have creative control.  This time joking around in conversation I said something along the lines of “wouldnt it be awesome if we portrayed the main girl standing with a pet tiger” A joke at first that ended up with me sitting down with the head trainers at a zoo getting the tiger to pose on a studio backdrop so we could photoshop him into the shot after.  The end result is pretty neat but Ill let you see it for yourself! here are some photos from on that set.

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The Interview

I have had quite a few musicians, athletes and actors come on set over the year but last week I was on set with the most famous animal Ive ever had in the studio.
Meet Robbie. Full time Actor / Tiger.  Robbie has spent the last 15 years being the tiger in TV shows, Movies, even save the tiger commercials.  Most recently he played the tiger that attacks Seth Rogen in the movie The Interview.
Robbie has an amazing track record of being a professional on set. his handlers actually walk him by leash through the park. That’s pretty trusting for a 500lb wild animal.

We were waiting outside of the shoot location expecting a truck with a cage to pull up with a tiger when Robbie and his trainer come strolling around the corner. One of those moments where you have to shake your head and make sure you werent seeing things.
Everyone went into the set room and they basically let Robbie walk around and sniff out the place.  Once we were good to go Robbie was a natural he listened to me and his handler as good as most models do the only time he ignored us was when he walked off the set to pee. Most models would consider that common sense but for a wild animal I have to admit I was impressed at that.

The photos were shot on white for be put into a composite image I am working on for a client this month but I thought I would leave a couple outtakes in this post for you to see what we were up to!
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Jack Lalanne Juicer

I have known the Lalanne family for a long time. They are one of the most inspirational families I have ever met in my life. If you do a quick Google search on Jack Lalanne you will forever be impressed with everything he has achieved in his life. From basically creating modern fitness and most of the gym equipment you use today to the nutrition supplements, the records and crazy challenges he completed from his adult hood right until his late 80’s and everything in between.  His wife Elaine Lalanne is a couple months from 90 herself and lives that same life. She wakes up in the morning goes for a swim, goes to the gym, makes herself breakfast and then runs the Jack Lalanne brand 9-5. Unbelievably impressive for that age. She looks like shes maybe in her 50’s and acts like shes in her 20’s.  I am surprised she is not yet a big inspiration for young woman everywhere.

Elaine has welcomed me into their home on my travels in more than one occasion And I have worked with related brands to their family but this was the first time I shot a photograph for the Jack Lalanne Brand as itself.  It  is a simple shot showing Elaine and their new upcoming Juicer that will be in stores everywhere soon. I posted my favorite from the set because it really shows Elaine’s personality!…. and her muscles!!

We got to test out the new juicer after the shoot and It was awesome I cant wait for it to come out!

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Lala Surfboards 2015

I was back up the coast of Central California last month with my good friends at Lala Surfboards. The project this time was to shoot some ad photos to market the “Gemini.” Its the fastest and what is commonly known in the surf community as the most dangerous surfboard.  The Gemini (originally a Jeff Alexander patent) takes the characteristics of a jetboat it has two surfaces spaced apart for less resistance and more stability.  The design also ends up having a double nose removing the useless part of the nose on this model.  That is what scares surfers about riding this board.  Jon (Lala Surfboards) actually designed me my own model of the Gemini on this trip too and as a novice surfer I even noticed the speed and control right away.  This made me surprised that so many people shy away from the model and made me want to help market it even more because how will any surfer discover how awesome the board is if they’re too scared to try it.  For this reason we chose girl models for the portrait part of the shoot to give the impression that if a cute girl isn’t scared of the Gemini why are the big time surfer dudes! hahaha

Here are a snap from the series.

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