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Necessary Baggage

October 28th, 2010

It feels great to say that I have a great group of friends. If I ever feel confused, lost, excited or any other emotion I know that I  can count on my friends to listen and support me. One of my best friends is Carlos Martinez-Cervantes. He is a special breed. He’s a one of […]

 

It feels great to say that I have a great group of friends. If I ever feel confused, lost, excited or any other emotion I know that I  can count on my friends to listen and support me.

One of my best friends is Carlos Martinez-Cervantes. He is a special breed. He’s a one of a kind guy that always gives and never expects anything in return. A caring heart is one of the best traits a person can have and his heart is filled with the kind of caring that very few possess. Carlos has always been into fashion and has wanted to create his own line of men’s wear. I’ve known him for years and am amazed to see his vision come true. He is the owner of Necessary Baggage, which is “Tailored Men’s Loungewear” for gentlemen. Follow on twitter and be a fan on facebook for info, inspiration, updates and the occasional sale.

Carlos invited me to his studio in the Fashion District in Los Angeles to take some pictures for his upcoming blog. Here are some behind the scenes shots…

"me, my camera and You"

"me, my camera and You"

"me, my camera and You"

This is one cool sewing machine:

"me, my camera and You"

"me, my camera and You"

I had no idea I could still do this:

"me, my camera and You"

"me, my camera and You"

What could I say, I’m a jumper. So is Carlos!

"me, my camera and You"

It was fun spending the day at you studio Carlos! Can’t wait to see what you come up with on your blog.

Jesse

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Canon and Coffee

October 24th, 2010

Two things I love (besides my beautiful wife) are photography and coffee. If anyone is wondering what my favorite coffee shop is, it’s Intellgentsia. They do everything right. The interior specifically at the Venice location on Abbot Kinney is how I’d love our dream kitchen to look like. The clothes the employees wear is how […]


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Two things I love (besides my beautiful wife) are photography and coffee. If anyone is wondering what my favorite coffee shop is, it’s Intellgentsia. They do everything right. The interior specifically at the Venice location on Abbot Kinney is how I’d love our dream kitchen to look like. The clothes the employees wear is how I dress normally so I feel at home whenever I’m there.

As for photography, I always enjoy the vast variety of lenses and what each one can do. I’ve been wanting a certain one for a while. I first saw it during the Vancouver Olympics. Canon gave them away to the press covering the winter games and I was very jealous. As soon as I saw this new lens blogged all over the internet I knew I had to have one… Enter JVS… Joseph one day tweeted that he had this very lens in stock! I knew I had to get it so I ordered it from him that very second.

I’ve used the same travel coffee mug for over ten years. It now has some company:

"me, my camera and You"

"me, my camera and You"

"me, my camera and You"

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Jenny and Kelly | Venice Beach

October 15th, 2010

Venice Beach 1800 Ocean Front Walk Venice, CA 90291 How do I start this off? Venice Beach was the perfect location to shoot these two. Both are from Southern California yet never really made it out to “infamous” Venice. It felt a little ironic to me because they both fit in so perfectly – just […]


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Venice Beach
1800 Ocean Front Walk
Venice, CA 90291

How do I start this off? Venice Beach was the perfect location to shoot these two. Both are from Southern California yet never really made it out to “infamous” Venice. It felt a little ironic to me because they both fit in so perfectly – just like a couple of locals. They knew about the new skate park, canals and even James’ Beach. They were naturals from the get go. Everything went so smoothly that it made me quite the happy guy. Couples like this make my job not a “job,” but rather a joy.

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

My favorite from the shoot:

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

Ever wonder what couples do when they want to change but have no changing room? Here you go…

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

These two obviously feel connected.

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

Details.

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

I really liked Jenny’s ring.

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

I love getting people to jump. There’s something so pure in a jump that makes me want everyone to do it… So I give you a series of jumps:

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

"Venice Beach engagement photography"

Jenny and Kelly… you guys rocked it (and made me look good)! Thanks for letting me capture a moment in your lives.

Jesse

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LYON-SHOP

October 5th, 2010

SLS Hotel 465 S. La Cienega Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90048 (310) 247-0400 September 23 was an all-around great day. I had been waiting for this day for more than a month… Why? That was the day I attended a photography workshop by Amelia Lyon. Together with her husband, Justin, they make an awesome team […]

 

SLS Hotel
465 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 247-0400

September 23 was an all-around great day. I had been waiting for this day for more than a month… Why? That was the day I attended a photography workshop by Amelia Lyon. Together with her husband, Justin, they make an awesome team in the wedding photography community. They’ve been photographers that I’ve admired for quite a while. I noticed earlier this summer that they were going to have their sixth workshop, called LYON-SHOP in the Los Angeles area. The Viceroy was going to be the location but they were all booked up. So Amelia hosted the LYON-SHOP at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills! That place was very eclectic and unique.

"SLS Hotel" "Beverly Hills"

"SLS Hotel" "Beverly Hills"

We  had two photo shoots. The first one was on posing and interacting with clients.

"SLS Hotel" "Beverly Hills"

"SLS Hotel" "Beverly Hills"

"SLS Hotel" "Beverly Hills"

The rooftop pool was amazing.

"SLS Hotel" "Beverly Hills"

Amelia does anything for the shot... even if it means getting on the ground.

"SLS Hotel" "Beverly Hills"

Since I do the same, I had to join her to capture the moment!

I’m a shooter of everything, so I had to get a unique group shot. The only warning I gave everyone was “guys, look up!”

"SLS Hotel" "Beverly Hills"

The second shoot involved off-camera flash. I shot this at a very high ISO so you could see the colors. The shot doesn’t do justice to the one Amelia got, but at least I captured the moment.

"SLS Hotel" "Beverly Hills"

"SLS Hotel" "Beverly Hills" "first dance" "off camera flash"

Our models and the first dance with off-camera flash.

"SLS Hotel" "Beverly Hills" "off camera flash"

"SLS Hotel" "Beverly Hills"

LYON-SHOP 6 group shot.

"SLS Hotel" "Beverly Hills"

Me and my new friends.

Storytime… For dinner following the conclusion of LYON-SHOP we ate at P.F. Chang’s (which I hadn’t been to in years). Everything was yummy and there were lots of great conversations – about what some of the attendees that traveled from afar were going to do with the rest of their time in LA, while some of us discussed our all-time favorite movies. As the clock stroke “late” o’clock, everyone was saying their goodbyes. I needed to go to the restroom so I excused myself. I didn’t rush, but I wanted to get back out there to say bye to everyone and tell them that I had a lot of fun. I washed my hands and even wiped them on my pants to make sure they were dry for handshakes and hugs. I left the restroom and looked at my hands. I realized I was missing my wedding band. I went back and forth from the restroom and our dining area about four times looking all over the ground. If any of the attendees were wondering why I might have been ignoring you… I wasn’t. I just had to find my ring. Knowing what I was about to do, I went to Amelia and Justin to say thanks for everything and that I learned a lot and hopefully I could assist them in the future.

Now I was the only person left from the group so I told our server about the situation so he got me some gloves and I basically checked EVERY paper towel in three trash cans (while holding two bags – one with my laptop and the other with my camera). Forty minutes later, with a head full of sweat and a heart beating faster than ever before… I FOUND IT! Where was it? Remember when I wiped my hands on my pants? Apparently I wiped my hands in my back pant pockets and it was in my left one! The ironic thing is earlier in the day Amelia said she takes test shots of her hand, so here’s my test shot that also doubles for the “ring shot.”

"SLS Hotel" "Beverly Hills" "ring shot" "wedding ring" "omega"

I almost lost my wedding ring!

Amelia and Justin did a fantastic job teaching all of the attendees. I got a lot of them saying how much they learned and how they are going to apply it to their business. I wish everyone the best of luck and if you’re a fellow LYON-SHOP 6 photographer… let’s stay connected!

Jesse

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Jenny and Kelly sneak peek

October 2nd, 2010

A quick shot of a shoot I did at the Venice Canals.


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A quick shot of a shoot I did at the Venice Canals.

Venice Beach Engagement Photography