Looking at this picture fills me with loads of joy and intrigue. For a 17 year old kid with zero fashion
experience and absolutely no knowledge of photography, I think I did quite well. Yup, that’s right
folks: my interest in fashion photography dates back many years before for this blog.
At 16, I became fascinated by the world of fashion and the idea that guys – even straight ones – could
be interested and even involved in the process of creating/photographing fashion. I saw it as an art
and I wanted in on the action. So I bought a subscription to GQ, observed the editorials, and honed
my craft (in my head.) The truth is… that picture above? That was the first time I ever worked with
live models. My first fashion photo… ever.
I know I haven’t been blogging that much — okay fine –I know I haven’t
been blogging AT ALL… but please hear me out! Back when I made the decision
to leave street fashion, I did so because I felt like I was being fake. I would go to
the city, walk around for hours on end, look for people, photograph them,
grab a bite to eat, then leave San Francisco.
I just felt like I was using my beloved San Francisco to provide me with
content for my blog. I was like that boy from the giving tree: always asking and
never giving back. Never giving myself the freedom to let loose and just enjoy
the city for what the city had to offer. I wasn’t fascinated nor seduced by the
splendor of the concrete jungle. I wasn’t gaining any inspiration from her.
So in order to maintain sanity and keep my love for the city alive, I left.
As of now, I am in the process of planning various photoshoots with multiple designers. Not only that,
but I also have a few fashion shows to go to, a blogger or two to collaborate with, and tons of video
ideas I want to try out. I’m not doing practice photoshoots or anything, but I am learning. I’m observing,
analyzing, and gathering up information. In essence, I’m doing exactly what I did when I was 16: I’m
honing my craft (inside my head.)
I can’t tell you how excited I am for my upcoming projects. I can’t wait to unveil all of my new ideas
and show you all why I’m here, and why I deserve a second look. I may not be the best technical
photographer, nor am I the most stylish guy in the world, but I do believe I have something. When
I’m in a fashion photoshoot, I honestly believe that I see certain things that many people (within my
skill range) do not. I’m not the type to spray and pray. I don’t just rev up my camera and fire off the
shutter like some crazy gunman, hoping to get a good shot out of many. I wait. I wait for that moment.
That perfect moment to hold my breath, look through the viewfinder, and freeze time. Don’t believe me?
Just you wait.