Fun shoots like this recent Buzzfeed video I was featured in are what make my work so thrilling!
For this shoot, I recreated childhood photos of 90's stars Beverley Mitchell from Seventh Heaven and Christine Lakin from Step By Step.
But I wasn't the only one who recreated these 90's moments.
It took a serious art production team to make these sets from scratch and they ONLY had 4 hours to make each set.
And that wasn't their only task. We also built and shot two other sets with two other talents! They weren't featured in the video sadly but you can still see the behind the scenes of them below!
The fun part was getting my strobe lights and the film crew's lights to work in tandem for both the photography and the video. Sounds challenging but not when you have a giant grip and lighting team by your side (Thanks Scene Snipers!).
As you can see, this shoot was just as serious as it was fun.
Thanks Buzzfeed and Pop TV!
Collaboration with Jacob Jonas the Company
Written photo caption from Instagram.com:
“I think as a choreographer my work tends to be very physical and explosive and athletic, and I encourage that in the still photographs too,” explains Jacob Jonas, artistic director of his self-named dance company (instagram.com/jacobjonasthecompany). Jacob discovered dance as a teenager living in Los Angeles; while skateboarding along Venice Beach he ran into a group of street performers and was immediately hooked. “With dance I’ve always been inspired by the people doing it rather than the moves they are doing, and that’s carried through my work today as a choreographer,” he says. A self-taught photographer, Jacob collaborates with Instagrammers to capture his dancers while on tour or outside of the rehearsal studio. He runs a monthly InstaMeet on location, #camerasanddancers, choosing unusual settings which respond to his dancers’ acrobatic movements. “I try to take each photo and make it an autobiography for the dancer — looking at the photograph you can understand who they are as people. It’s less about being flashy in their face and more about the rawness of the shot,” he says. Jacob is an advocate of staying curious and trying something new: “Encourage your friends to just go jump or do a dance pose,” he says. “You don’t have to be a professional dancer to shoot dance.”
For more dance photography from Jacob, check out the Instagram blog: blog.instagram.com/…/1341291513…/151128-jacobjonasthecompany
Production Assistants: Chris Barr, Kiefer Hackney
Location: Avila Beach Resort and Spa