Going Going Back Back to the Future Future.

That's right folks, we traveled back in time for this one. I've been working with OL' Small for over a year now and this marks our third project together. When we first met up he showed me this song and referred to it as "his baby". Well "his baby" is finally growing up! Here's a quick teaser of what's soon to come. Official Back the the Future music video dropping in October! How do you like these teasers? Are they too short? Too long? Just right?

Local Rapper Diffuses a Bomb?

I'm sure you've all seen the movie The Hurt Locker. If not, what you're about to see may not make much sense. I'm also sure most of you have seen the promo videos I've put together for Ripynt over the last six months promoting his two Ep's "On Second Thought" Vol 1 and 2. If not, you can watch them here and here. This is Ripynt's third EP release which raps wraps up his 3 EP plan for 2011. All really solid projects and all FREE! You can download them here. It's always a pleasure working with this dude because he's super open to my creative direction. He juiced up the dialogue while I focused on making this as Hollywood as possible and I think this is my favorite of the three.

Think we missed anything? Do you love it? Let us know in the comment box below!

Oh and if you can name the two people who are on the radios in the beginning, I'll hook you up with a framed surprise photo and a disposable camera! Go! I'll give you a hint, they both rap.

On Set with Ripynt and Griff J

The other day my buddy Griff J (photographer/film maker) asked me to help out with a scene in his latest project with Ripynt. Griff has been shooting a music video for Ripynt's song "Take it to the Top" off of his latest album "Re-Inventing Poetics." My part was to stand in as a photographer taking some snaps of Rip while he spits the line "and pose for some photos". Since I was there with all my gear set up, I figured I may as well snap away.

We had a good time and it was cool to be with these dudes for the last scene needed for the project. I could definitely feel some relief and relaxation after "that's a wrap" was said by Griff. The video is rumored to be debuted at a show on November 12th in which Ripynt is opening up for for Keith Murray at Haley's in Everett Wa. As soon as it's released I will post it up on this here blog.

For now, here are some of my favorite snaps from the shoot.

Behind the Scenes with Dice

So I'm sure all of you have seen the photos I took of Seattle's own Lauren Hill, Dice. If not, you can check em' out here. It was a huge shoot for me for several reasons. One, it was the first woman I professionally shot and two, she was the first client of mine who had a bunch of ideas and put in a ton of effort to really create something great. Here is the video that I had her friends Brandon and Blaine shoot while I was shooting. Edited by the great Chris Wojcik who is also the newest (and only) member of team Mike Folden Photography. He is one of the videographers for REI, so Chris has a lot of knowledge to drop on me. We have some really cool ideas so you will be seeing some really sweet videos in the coming months. Here is an awesome video Chris made entirely on his iPhone, including the song he wrote and recorded into his phone (unfortunately you have to log into Facebook to check out the video). Chris is the dude.

Anyways, check out the behind the scenes video we put together and let me know what you think. Is it too long? Is it too much of me talking? What do you guys want to see? Let me know. I depend on the feedback so please don't hold back!

I really learned a lot at this shoot. I feel like my whole game got upgraded and I approach each shoot with a whole new mind state. Thank you Dice for being such a sport and opening my eyes up to a whole new approach.

In addition to the photos, I was honored to do the design work for Dice's debut album "The Foundation". Here are a couple of shots of the what the album looks like.

In case you missed the link at the top, click here to check out Dice's music. If you're a tweeter, you can follow her every move at www.twitter.com/ONLYoneDICE

Next stop, Chelan to shoot my first wedding!