HANGING OUT WITH MODELS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS

"I also like to take this humble brag moment to speak on the topic of LA friendships"

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Since I spend a lot of time finding models to photograph and photographers to photograph me , it was inevitable that I befriend at least a few of them . One of my new joys is to hang out with a group of creative and fashion forward friends and just hang out with an intention , but no obligation, to photograph or model . There's no real plan or strategy except whatever the environment around us inspire us to do .  I also like to take this humble brag moment to speak on the topic of LA friendships . An LA friend to me is more of a delightful co worker . We get along great . The relationship is between two good and authentic people but the bases of the relationship is around the individual hustles . I'm not talking about the "fake friends" you hear about from LA so much . I'm just speaking to the fact that people in LA have to work extremely hard in order to get any amount of progress or success in their career . So much so that we dedicate our entire waking lives to that goal . And because of that fact , it makes casual friendships and companionship difficult . 

In my time working in LA , I've come across and have worked with a plentiful of talented and amazing people in a multitude of jobs working from a range of directors , makeup artists , craft services , security guards , fellow dancers , actors , models , marketing execs , assistants , interns and etc . All of whom I would love to have gotten to know more and befriend . Unfortunately , many of them I've met in passing on a job or on an one time gig . Sometimes , even if the job is a couple months long with unspeakable hours and we form an intense short term bond the way that summer camps bonds kids , we end up going our separate ways because we gotta go where our careers take us and demands of us . A few of them I've managed to cultivate a loose hold of a friendship with but connections are few and far in between . 

It's sometimes bewildering to try to think of all the human connections that I've missed while working in LA . 

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 SMAC

SMAC

 KRISTI

KRISTI

On a brighter note , these hang out photoshoots does serve a nice double function . I get to be productive and creative while at the same time get to spend time getting to know people both on a social level and creative level . I think sometimes that can be more authentic . 

 SHE'S HILARIOUS

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 SO IS SHE 

SO IS SHE 

 SERIOUSLY 

SERIOUSLY 

This most recent adventure is courtesy of model/dancer/actor extraordinaire : Smac . She's a model I've photograph a few times and she's recently started a new instagram page for her photography musings . She also invited a lovely dancer/model : Kristi

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Let me know if you wanna kick it 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A VINTAGE MOD INSPIRED SHOOT AND THE CRUSHING WEIGHT OF HUMANITY

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"even in the 1820s , nice guys were saying they always finish last ."
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The sheer size of humanity crushes me . It’s like when I fly across the country and I look down at the city below me . So many people living next to each other on top of each other , their lives interweaving with each other . I will never know any of those lives , the paths that’s been taken , the circumstance or experience . 

Think about how many people in even just your neighborhood . You can never fully understand their pain and struggles or joy and triumphs . You can live next door to them or down the street your entire life but live completely different lives . Or small differences in your daily decision or environments can lead you and your neighbors down vastly different roads . There is so much choice and so much in this life and it’s impossible to experience it all . the enormity of that fact is astounding. 

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It makes me sad , and oddly nostalgic about a life I will never lead . Maybe thats why I love books and movies and art in general . Maybe that’s why a lot of people like them . It’s the closest thing we can get in experiencing another life . Another narrative . Another perspective that we’re not able to gain with our own limited view of the world . We are so small that we have to tap into each other to see more , o be able to feel and experience more . 

When the internet came into popularity in the late 90’s , bringing humanity closer was a huge selling point . it brought the world together . it made it small . it made it reachable . Now I can know a neighbor in London about as well as my actual neighbor . There is more information and more knowledge , but for me , it lead more to questions and piles more possibilities . 

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This is just to talk about my own particular life time . But if you start going down the path of history . Good luck . I have these day dreams about what if i lived in a different era as myself or different people , what could my life have been ? And then you take a bigger step back and looking at the scope of the human experience . I haven’t found the words to describe how extremely insignificant yet monumentally important everything is and the totality of that idea weighs me down as if I’m drowning and can’t get any air . 

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I wonder if even though the situational experience may vary , the human emotional range can only span so much . so that even though i was born into this era , the trials and tribulations of life applies universally across time . for example , even in the 1820s , nice guys were saying they always finish last . That takes a little bit of weight off the shoulder . 

This isn’t even tackling the galactically mammoth task of making sense of the world . which is a whole other beautiful headache .

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Photographer - Ryan Feng

Model - Sarah Mccreanor

Stylist - Melynda Choothesa

Hair/Mua - Yukina Mitsuhashi