In for a Schilling, in for a pound

A lot has happened since I last updated this blog. Most obviously, I got married and changed my name. It was all the planning and work leading up to that event that made this blog fall fallow, but I’m hoping to get back on track. I’m staring down a list of posts that I’ve meant to do for months now, and I feel like there’s no better way to start than to just dive right in. In the next few months I’ll be writing posts elsewhere online (poetically alternating between death and marriage) but I’m going to shoot for posting here at least once a week, even if it’s just a photo or a passing thought.

I remember my photoshoot with comedian and writer Dave Schilling really well. It was a scorcher that day, but Dave, who is as devoted sartorially as I am, powered through this shoot wearing more layers than some Angelenos wear all year. As you can tell from the photos, it was worth the discomfort. I’ve done about ten paid photo shoots thus far, and the photo below stands out as one of my favorites. I was also tickled to see that Dave is using it as his writer photo on Vice.

The heat wasn’t the only discomfort Dave endured for the sake of the shoot. We chose to play around with some mild light painting in this lovely underpass in Silver Lake. Lovely, but luckily one cannot smell these photos, because there was a robust array of feces sprinkled throughout the tunnels that nearly knocked me back on my heels. I’ve been looking to branch out into more artistic techniques of photography, so I’m glad that Dave indulged me with the light painting experiment, even if it was kind of…shitty.

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