It took years of keeping in touch with Azusa to finally schedule being in the same part of the world at the same time. Her, from Japan, and I, from New Jersey, would meet right in the middle, in Los Angeles. We drove to a bed and breakfast in Palm Springs to shot in the desert heat, then back to Malibu for a unique cabin shoot in the middle of the woods.
My second session with Shelly in the same weekend was in the evening with dark, moody lighting. It was sensual and sexy, rolling around in nothing but bed sheets, socks, or some gold chains. It just gets easier with each session!
Shelly Tran visits New York all the way from Melbourne Australia, and we meet for the first time to do a sexy shoot. Shelly might look dangerously sexy, but her true personality is far from that. She’s one of the biggest goofballs I’ve seen in front of a camera, which makes it all the more sexier. This sex bomb has the accent that just makes you want to hear her say everything and anything. She told me she hates how restaurants in the states give her way too many options when ordering, luckily when I shoot I make all the decisions on what to wear and most of the poses. She did surprise me with some sexy Agent Provocateur sets!
To see how silly Shelly really is, check out our behind the scene video below the entry.
It’s always fun to shoot at a secluded beach without a single soul to disturb you. You can run around free and have the whole beach to yourself. One of my favorite recent discoveries is a beach in New York that was closed due to Hurrican Sandy and the abandoned structures were filled with sand. I may be sneaking in there more during off season. Phiorella did an amazing job being playful and sexy, and her gorgeous long hair makes you believe she is a beach goddess.
I have a secret garden,
No one else knows its location,
I have a secret.
My best vacations require a long scenic drive, whether my own car or a rental car (manual preferred), with lots of random side stops along the undetermined route to explore deeper and get a more authentic experience of the town, state, or country. It’s important to try the local roads over the highways, because you’ll just miss all the architecture, local shops, food and people. The trick is not to have a set itinerary, be flexible with your time and what activities you want to do, this will open up plenty of options when you discover them on the road, with no time restrictions.
What makes a great drive? I am always looking for well paved roads that have a lot of twists and bends with elevation changes, either along the coast line, a cliff, or a mountain side. Being able to scale a mountain and look down 3,000 feet is awe inspiring, while driving along a cliff knowing if you don’t pay attention, you could easily be at the bottom of the cliff in a mangled wreckage, will keep your heart at a high pace. The speed of the drive is relative to the contours of the landscape. It’s more fun to take a slower car and pushing it to the limit, than having to take a fast sports car and idling around a bend. If you really want to experience full control, either drive your own manual car or rent a manual car outside the States.
I will try my best to describe my top favorite drives around the world in order starting from the best. I will be available for hire as an international driver if anyone is interested!
I had a lot of fun shooting Angie, she’s comfortable in front of the camera and loves to play sexy, voluptuous and raw. If you haven’t heard of Angie Vu Ha before, she is Vietnamese, and an internationally known DJ and model originally from Singapore. Stay tuned for behind the scenes video!
My second session with Phiorella was just spectacular. Coming back for a second shoot after a successful first one is like anticipating your second bowl of cereal. Your mind tingles with soft fuzzies knowing it will just get better, and Phiorella made the second bowl taste exceedingly better. While she is soft spoken, cute, and frail in person, her intense womanly and sexy inner strength beamed through my lens like a piercing light. Enjoy this set and get ready for a third bowl!
Is there a recent trend of chopping hair to make a sexy statement? Meet Friday, she had been sporting sexy short hair since I shot her back in 2004. Here is a re-edit and revisit to an unforgettable model in my career as a photographer. This was back when I was still shooting at my parents’ home with a simple paper background and fluorescent lights for that soft shallow depth of field look. I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing face. The second half of the shoot was at a local park in the nude. Back then I was probably more brave, as I would never do this again without the fear of getting arrested. I hope you enjoy these 9 year old photos!
If you were wondering what I was shooting with back then, it’s a Canon 10D with a Canon 50mm 1.8, and a Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS.