5 Flat and Brown

Last week I had the pleasure of working with local hip hop duo 5 Flat & Brown. 5 Flat and I met at the Dice photo shoot I did last winter. He's a friend of Dice and helped shoot the behind the scenes video from the Dice shoot.

He came to me with the name of the album being "Tuition: The Mixtape". He had some great ideas and in the end we ended up with some great plans for the project. I'm doing the whole shabang for these guys from the photos to the design for the album. Part of our deal was I agreed to throw in some promo shots from the day since these fellas don't have any professional pics. I bring you those today.

We ended up having a really good time at the shoot and things went so well we ended up with a lot more photos than we planned for. My thoughts are, I would rather have them being used than sit on my computer, so I did some extras for these dudes.

I really dig the music these guys are making and look forward to hearing the final product. Check out a few tracks from their upcoming mixtape here. I will also be posting a behind the scenes video from the shoot in near future along with the final shots for the album.

For now, here are my favorite shots from the day. Let me know what you think about the feel of these.

January Photo of the Month

Holy smokes! These last two months have been the best two months for business. I've been working 7 days a week for the last month or so putting in 10 hour days. It's been awesome and tiring at the same time. I got a bunch of new gear with my tax return and can't wait to really put it to use in the next few weeks.

This is the second month now I've been more than 10 days late on my blogging... It's my way of making you believe I'm busy...

Anyways, this month was so amazing for shooting. I had three projects with musicians to do their photos and album design. All are turning out really dope!

This photo was from the Dice photo shoot. I really wanted to post the behind the scenes video with it but I haven't had time to edit the clips yet. Oh well. The shoot went crazy well! Her project is titled "The Foundation" so we really wanted to get some cement and grime in the shoot. We got "access" to a construction site that I spotted which only the foundation had been laid. We also got access to use this wonderful garage in Phinney Ridge. We were brainstorming where to shoot if it rained and I started thinking dark grimey basements. We were strolling along 3rd Ave NW and came across some awesome grimey cement garages. We pulled over and knocked on the door to be greeted by a wonderful lady "Marie". She said "use it as much as you want just don't forget about me when your famous". How rad.

This was the biggest production I have dealt with yet. Tawnya aka Dice really put  a  lot into the shoot. It really made a huge difference in how the pictures turned out. The make up, the hair, the outfit and the energy. It was great! I really worked hard on this shoot and I think it shows.

I will be posting some more shots in the week to come along with the behind the scenes video.

Also, as I am writing this I am sending all the album design files to Copycats Media for her new project. I will be posting some links on where to hear and buy her new album very soon.

June 2009 "Photo of the Month"

anybodythere Oh technology. How you change the world and the way we view it. Not too long ago, collect calls and quarters were our tickets to communication.  After I got out of high school, things really took off in the tech world though. Cell phones developed fast and became a must have and standard for everybody young and old.

When I got my first cell phone, the only entertainment it provided was the game "Snake", which would entertain a room full of friends for hours. 7 years later and I have a phone that can find me cabs, locate happy hour based on my location, take photos and count my daily caloric intake.

Every month I select a photo that I have taken which isn't always my favorite or best photo, but one that suits the overall feel of the month. This month I decided to push the boundaries a little bit. This month's photo was taken with my phone! All the editing was done in my phone with a program called "Picsay Pro". Everyday I take at least one photo on my phone. Lately, I have been inspired by local photographer Chase Jarvis who has mastered the "iphone photo". It's a whole different type of photography. It's not about camera settings or big lights. It's all about composition and more importantly, the moment. It's just so easy to whip out your phone at any given moment and capture a situation.

Social media sites like Facebook have also helped me share my mobile phone pics with the world. When I'm out on vacation or just having some drinks with friends I can snap a photo, upload it to Facebook and all my friends can see the delicious margarita I'm sipping on.

Phones have developed such great features. I have the T Mobile G1 also known as the "Google Phone". This features a 3.2 megapixel camera! That's the same amount of megapixels my first digital camera had!

Anyways, this photo of the month was taken on Capitol hill on 11th Ave just north of Pike St. This grimey phone booth once had a line up of people waiting to drop change in it in exchange for some airtime to call home. Now, it's just an empty booth and great subject matter for a photo. A photo taken by a phone of a phone that's no longer there.

Below is a slideshow of some of my favorite mobile phone photos I have snapped over the last month or so. Take a look and let me know what you think!

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Rippin it...

ripyntfinals-024 I got the chance to work with local emcee Ripynt this past week. I must say, he was probably the funnest musician I have worked with so far. You musicians need to step your social game up and have some fun on these photo shoots!

Ripynt just released his sophmore album Reinventing Poetics which has recieved some pretty solid reviews locally. I had the chance to listen to the album while editing the photos and it will spend some time on the ipod for sure.

Below is a slide show of the shoot. Click the 4 arrows at the bottom right to view in full screen.

You can check out Rypints tunes at www.myspace.com/ripynt

He's also looking for stalkers at twitter.com/ripynt