Throwback post with Grace Nguyen

So here we are once again. I haven’t shot much so here’s another post from way back. Like maybe four years ago. I’ve only gotten the honor to work with Grace just this one time. But schedule and her moving out west had a large part to do with that. But to this day I’m still proud of what we created together.
One day I made the drive downtown to what is now a pretty upscale high rise, and Grace had access to a pretty sweet apartment near the top. As you can see form some of the pics. As far as looks go we went for a very minimal look. Nothing over the top, but with Grace that’s all you need. Enjoy

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this view has changed a lot over the years

this view has changed a lot over the years

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For the second look for this set grace changed into a simple gray tank top and underwear. Which I think fit the vibe we were going for pretty well.

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I know it’s kind of a lot of pics, but not only is a chance to see some of my older sets but also a great way for me to archive photos as well. Hopefully one day in the future me and Grace will find ourselves in the same city again and get to greta together once more. Follow Grace on IG @graciebabyx0

Hailey Nicoson

For today I bring you a set from a couple months ago now when I got to shoot with my awesome friend Hailey! Yes! I have two friends named Hailey lol. I don’t know why I haven’t done a shoot yet with both Hailey’s XD, maybe one day. Hailey drove down from College station(congrats to her on graduating! Whoop!) and as you’ll see Hailey has awesome platinum blonde hair! Which of course I thought would make for some epic black and white photos.

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While the black and white photos were epic, of course we took some in color as well lol.

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This is easily one of my favorite photos that I’ve taken in 2019

This is easily one of my favorite photos that I’ve taken in 2019

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I haven’t been shooting much this year, or over the past couple years if I’m totally honest. But I’m finding a little more joy in just shooting for the fun of it and finding and working with super chill and awesome people. And Hailey is one of such people! I hoped you all enjoyed this set as much as I enjoyed creating with Hailey.

Polaroids

Let’s just face it. We live in a digital world. Our movies are digital, we stream music instead of listening to a physical cd, and the way we take and observe photos is usually through a screen. Hell about 90% of the photos I take are with some form of a digital camera, whether it be my dslr or my iPhone. But that’s not to say I don’t love the look and feel of film. I actually own Nikon F100 film slr that I’ve run a few rolls through. But ultimately my current form of film to shoot is polaroids.
Funny story about my polaroid camera is I got it for free. I was cleaning out my parents’ garage one day and found it stashed back in some old locker and fortunately it still worked!!! The thing I love about it is it gives a different feel to all the other photos from a set. It also can lend a different perspective and change your thinking process mid shoot. And with the resurgence of instant film it’s great that I can just run into Best Buy and pick up new packs and there’s no dark room or sending your rolls off to a lab to be developed involved.
Recently I finally started scanning and archiving all of the polaroids I’ve taken as of late so I thought I would share some of my favorites in a single blog post. So without further ado…

sometimes taking a pic of a polaroid on your phone is a great way to past time while you wait for your model to change. lol

sometimes taking a pic of a polaroid on your phone is a great way to past time while you wait for your model to change. lol

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Something different. Bay area archives

Contrary to what many may think or what a majority of my content may show, I love all aspects of photography. I don’t get the opportunity to shoot too many different things due to work etc. but I thought I’d go back a few years and share some photos from when I got to go on a west coast tour with The Turnaways (follow them on IG: @turnaways and follow them on spotify as well). During their tour they played a good number of cities including, San Antonio, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Fransico. It was also honestly one of the highlights of my photographic career.
So for this post I thought I’d start off right in the thick of the Tour by showcasing photos from our time in Oakland. We had a couple of days off in the bay area so a lot of the photos are from down time etc. But after longs hours in a van you quickly appreciate getting o stretch your legs whenever you can.

Zshwn trying out a guitar at broken Guitars in Oakland

Zshwn trying out a guitar at broken Guitars in Oakland

After a quick stop in Broken Guitar we went down the street to check out 1-2-3-4 Go Records. Since sadly, now physical record shops are so rare these days. I’m not gonna lie… there’s something super nostalgic about being able to physically look through records and instantly be reminded of an artist or a certain album… but I digress.

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After the record shop we needed a bit of a pick me up so of course when we spotted a little coffee shop we had to head over. The name of the shop was Subrosa Coffee and the dude working there was super friendly and knew his coffee. Little known about me… I love coffee, so if you ever want to get me to open up to you all you need do is talk about coffee, cars and cameras lol.

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I’d honestly love to just visit a bunch of indepent coffee shops and just document them.

I’d honestly love to just visit a bunch of indepent coffee shops and just document them.

Wearing a giants cap in Oakland Gasp* lol

Wearing a giants cap in Oakland Gasp* lol

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That night the guys had a show at a club in Downtown Oakland called the Golden Bull. Clubs are always a challenge to shoot in because they lighting is hardly ever ideal for taking photos. But the challenge is always the fun part.

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Justin White a.k.a baby keanu Reeves(especially since he’s grown his hair out) Lead vocals

Justin White a.k.a baby keanu Reeves(especially since he’s grown his hair out) Lead vocals

It’s always difficult to get the drummer in a club, cause they’re usually at the back… in the total dark.

It’s always difficult to get the drummer in a club, cause they’re usually at the back… in the total dark.

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For the last couple photos I’ll just share a couple pics from the next day where we just sort of hung around before heading to the next city. We visited another coffee shop, Timeless coffee and the coffee and atmosphere were A-1!!! And of course a big thank you to both shops we visited while in Oakland For being cool with me taking a couple photos with my big camera while we were there. Nothing intrusive, but you’d be surprised how many places don’t like a photo being taken with a dslr.

Turnaways line up for the tour: L to R Zshawn(guitar) Justin(guitar/vocals) Saad(drums) and Sal(bass)

Turnaways line up for the tour: L to R Zshawn(guitar) Justin(guitar/vocals) Saad(drums) and Sal(bass)

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outside Timeless coffee

outside Timeless coffee

Loved the atmosphere inside Timeless

Loved the atmosphere inside Timeless

This was actually shot on a Fuji X100s I leased for the tour. Not bad!

This was actually shot on a Fuji X100s I leased for the tour. Not bad!

That will wrap up this post. And I hope you enjoyed the photos! I love to travel even if I don’t get many opportunities to do so. Looking forward to more travels in the future, and going to make a couple more posts from this tour. Mostly more music photos to come as well as stories. Stay well!