#MODELMONDAZE W/ MIKE MARTIN

Having something dope to look at always helps make my Mon-daze easier. Mike Martin is an artist out of Oakland, CA and the creator of 6638. We shot these candid photos a few weeks ago as promo for some upcoming projects he’s working on.

ADVENTURES IN CANDYLAND

A few months ago, I stumbled upon the work of a guy named Matt Crump. Matt has developed a unique photography style he calls ‘Candy Minimal’ which he showcases in his Instagram gallery as well as an account created exclusively for sharing amazing #CandyMinimal features from all over the world.

The basis behind Matt’s eye catching style is simple: Minimalistic shots with vibrant candy colors. I have become obsessed with his style. Candy Minimalism was at the forefront of my creative mind on a recent trip I took to, perhaps as close as we will ever get to experiencing a real, live, candy colored world: Disneyland.

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Disneyland lends itself well to the candy part of candy minimalism. It’s the minimalism part that requires a bit more work. BUT, its well worth it. I love Disneyland, don’t ever get me wrong about that. But all the things that make Disneyland a photographers dream: emotion, fun, youth, families, breathtaking scenery, once in a lifetime moments at every turn – can also make it difficult to create truly stunning images within the park. There is always a straggler (or 10 or 20) in the background; a pesky wire running a tangent through your photo, an absent minded stranger wandering aimlessly through your background. It can be excruciating. Focusing on #CandyMinimalism helped me to circumvent these common obstacles. Especially since, for me, photographing in Disneyland can sometimes be exhausting. There is literally too much to look at. I feel pulled in 50 million directions, creatively, when I try to shoot there. Should I be capturing candid moments street style? or documenting the amazingly detailed decor? or capturing my own memories via video? Just trying to figure it out can take a lot of the fun out of it. Finding focus often allows us to find clarity, both proverbially and literally.

Consider this next time you are feeling overwhelmed in any situation. What are you really wanting to say or show, or do? Defining this, in simplest terms, can help you to refocus on tasks that align more centrally with your core objectives and get you closer to your end goal.

Stay Inspired,

Jess

SEGWAYING TOUR THROUGH GOLDEN GATE PARK

Believe me when I tell you, you haven’t lived until you’ve ridden a Segway. A few weeks ago, I took my lil boo on a Segway tour through Golden Gate Park for his birthday. This was our second time so we were excited for the longer ride and more challenging terrain.

I’ve lived in the Bay Area my whole life and this was my first time really getting to explore Golden Gate park. We took our tour through the Electric Tour Company. Their adventures are great for locals or tourists and their guides are full of interesting facts and helpful hints about San Francisco. For example, did you know that Golden Gate Park is the largest urban park of it’s kind in the U.S.? 5 times the size of New York’s Central Park? Neither did I!

 
TOP: A teeny fairy door in a hollow tree. BOTTOM LEFT: The Shakespeare Garden, a popular (& inexpensive!) wedding venue tucked deep into Golden Gate Park. BOTTOM RIGHT: A greenhouse made of wood and glass, left over from one of the world’s fairs?  I can’t totally remember but I know they have a corpse plant and venus fly traps on display inside so it’s definitely worth the checking out. ABOVE: The highlight of the hike ride (…?) was when our guide brought us to this stunning waterfall. The waterfall came out of the side of a hill and flowed into a pool that dropped into the lake. The huge flat stones (LEFT) formed a walking path to cross the pool, which was about 30 feet wide – you can’t tell in either of my pictures
:{  I was shocked at the size of the waterfall when we walked up, it was so big. There was a bridge near the top we were able to walk across for amazing selfies with a waterfall right behind us. The weather was kind of against us that day and it rained on and off but they were nice enough to let us borrow jackets and gloves.

Disneyland Days

I love going to Disneyland. It’s like going someplace brand new and very familiar at the same time. The atmosphere is celebratory and youthful and makes you feel like anything is possible. I always feel compelled to shoot while I’m there because everything around me is so visually stunning. I’ve yet to really capture the essence of Disneyland in my photos, but I just use that as an excuse to keep going back. One thing I always love about Disneyland is how swaggy everybody is! Aside from the fanny packs, sunhats and ridiculous sandals, most people come with some of their best outfits ready show off their Disney spirit. Of course, the best pieces usually don’t come from the park. Hot Topic has a sick collection of Disney inspired pieces and some of my favorite things I saw were from there as well. One of my main focuses this trip was to photograph Disneyland Street Style in the style of classic street photography.

I failed miserably at capturing the essence of the photographic style, but I do know how to spot great style when I see it, so the photos aren’t amazing, but the subjects are sporting some seriously cool shit.

Theres just too much to appreciate at Disneyland! Disney is really good about finding actors who are truly committed to their roles. When you meet Kylo Ren at Disneyland, it’s not like meeting a character, it’s not even like meeting Adam Driver. It’s like stepping on to Star Killer Base and meeting Kylo Ren. It really adds a lot to the Disney experience.

Unfortunately, I have to wait till summer to come back. But my family will be coming, including two of my nieces and my nephew so I know it will be even crazier and more fun than this trip! What are some of your favorite attractions at Disneyland and California Adventures? And who is your dream Disney Bound? I’m trying to think of a really good group Disneybound that can include myself, my mom, sister, two nieces (15 &11) and my nephew (9), and would love to hear some of your ideas!

XO,

Jess

Straight Outta Oakland, Pt II

Hello, hello!  Today I’m sharing Part II of the Straight Outta Oakland shoot inspired by the movie Straight Outta Compton. For this shoot, I wanted to expand on the concept from our first shoot, but in kind of a funkier way. Angela actually found this spot while hiking in the Oakland Hills (I never give up secret spots like this, sorry) and knew right away it was going to be the location for our next shoot. We had hella fun playing with those spray paints 😉

Shout out to my go to model Angela (@_persuasioon) Shes such a dream to work work with – i’m always amazed at what we come up with. Stay tuned for much much more!

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Intergalactic: Galaxy Jordan XII Editorial

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Today I’m excited to share some shots from my first published photography series. (eeeeeek) Back in May I designed and photographed a pair of Retro Jordan XII’s. I was lucky enough to have my photos accepted for the November/December <i>Street Style</i> issue of StyleEquation Magazine. This is extra special for me because  not only was I the photographer, I was also the designer so it almost feels like having two things published. Screen shots from the digital mag and original shots included.

 

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