Taken from the rooftop of my workplace. Sunset overlooking downtown Hollywood.
Shots with my longtime friend and insanely talented filmmaker, Jacob.
Was an absolute pleasure shooting with Angela in one of my favorite cities - Pasadena.
Andree is a beautiful soul, inside and out. One of my favorite shoots to date.
While one of my best buds Jared was visiting Los Angeles, we decided we needed to shoot together. It was such a blast hanging with Morgan, Alison, and Jenn at Echo Park Lake.
Alison is one of the truest, most beautiful souls I've encountered in some time. Was an absolute joy to create with her.
One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles is being surrounded by so many talented artists. Gillian is no exception. Had such a blast trouncing around the mythical LA river with her.
See more of her work at www.gillian-cooper.com
Morgan, an incredibly talented musician/model, was an absolute joy to work with. I hope you enjoy the full set as much as I enjoyed working with her.
Had a blast walking up and down Sunset Boulevard with Kristen capturing these moments.
Had a magical time photographing golden hour at Echo Park Lake with Caylee, a true Beauty inside and out.
Had a blast meandering around LA's Art's District with the lovely Kim.
I never take self portraits. Something about the over-flux of "selfies" has turned me off to the idea (almost permanently).
However, during the end of 2016 and the dawn of 2017 my life underwent significant upheaval (the end of my marriage) and near tragedy (the almost death of my 7-month year old son).
I've found self portraits a unique coping mechanism. A marking of doubt and hope, place and pain.
Portrait session with Noah at the Los Angeles Dream Center.
While on our way from LA to San Francisco, we encountered a 5 mile backup on the I-5. Thankfully I had my camera and my twin brother Ben was a willing and epic subject.
Taken with my cast and crew after a 3-day video shoot for work.
Stills I took after a video interview with DeAndta. When I asked why he tattooed praying hands and a rosary on his neck, his response was simple: "For the days I forget to pray."
Some marketing photography for the Los Angeles Dream Center.
Stylized self portrait.
By far my most personal project to date, these images sat untouched on my computer for 4 months.
I took these one night in my near-empty home days after my wife and I separated and her and my three children moved from Los Angeles to Oklahoma.
Uncharacteristic of the area, heavy fog rolled through Echo Park one night. I was walking with my friend Call and decided it was the perfect time to grab my camera.
While grading my favorites, I couldn't decide between full color, black and white, or stylized. So I decided I liked each of them equally.
Several stills from a galaxy time-lapse shoot near Yuma Arizona.
Got to travel with a dear friend of mine and uber-talented filmmaker/photographer Nate to do a landscape-specific shoot on the beach in Malibu. Some of my results from that shoot.
A stylized portrait session in Echo Park, Los Angeles with my good friend Call. I wanted to capture a James Dean/True Detectives kind of grit and mood. Had some great streetlight and Call did the rest.
Had a blast getting to photograph Jessica - a psychology professor at Cal State Northridge.
Taken during a camping trip in the desert near Yuma Arizona.
Had fun accompanying staff and students of Fuller Seminary on a 32 mile bike ride from downtown Pasadena to the Long Beach Oceanfront.
After running 2nd camera for an interview with Martin Scorsese about his film "Silence", I had the chance to grab these shots.
Had a blast photographing my friend Yena in Pasadena's century-old, Spanish style City Hall. For this portrait session, we played with the idea of longing, waiting, and stillness.
While filming Dannielle for a short documentary, I snapped a few of these in her Pasadena-area home.
Michael, a brilliant and stylish co-worker of mine, accompanied me on a photoshoot at a Catholic Seminary several months back. While looking for good setups, I snapped these.
For my job, I had the privilege to photograph Yena in her home. Darting around, camera in hand, listening to her play the cello ranks as one of my favorite photoshoot experiences.
As part of my job, I had the privilege to accompany a retreat in Malibu to collect photography and video from the experience. These shots came from a spontaneous gathering that occupied the last night of the retreat.
A new favorite of mine: The Brilliance. Honest, incredible music. Honest, incredible people.
The longer I work and play with cameras, the more I realize that photography offers a rare privilege: the chance to glimpse someone's soul. To preserve a pure, transparent moment.
These are a few of my favorites.
A selection of my favorite photographs from a marketing campaign I shot for Fuller Theological Seminary during the fall of 2015.
Working with people is a highlight of the work I do. In my previous job at Regent University, after filming interviews, I'd take a few minutes to grab shots like these.
Regent University (my alma mater) holds many deep memories. The School of Communications & The Arts (the building pictured) has particular importance and meaning for me. The week before I left my position at Regent and moved from Virginia to California, I spent a few hours one morning photographing the place that has shaped me in many profound and positive ways.
During 2014, I had the honor to receive the Regent University Presidents Award for Excellence. One of the honors of the award is serving on the 2015 committee. The committee is responsible for selecting outstanding employees of the month and for recognizing them as such.
Under the theme "True Detectives", I designed the monthly artwork to reflect the opening credit sequence of HBOs hit show by the same name.
Using campus photography that signified where that month's employee worked, I created these double exposure images.
Event photography taken for Regent University.
// Chapel Ribbon Cutting //
// John Ratzenberger Guest Speaker //
// Executive Leadership Series Mayor's Forum luncheon //
// 2013 Graduation Commencement //
//Dave Berg Guest Speaker: Writer & Producer of "The Tonight Show"//
Credits: Photographer | Colorist
A selection of portraits taken for Regent University's campaign "It's Your Time."
Had such a blast hanging with my filmmaker friends Danielle and Adam at the Byrd Theater in Richmond. Honored to spend time with this super-classy couple.
I am blessed to be 1 of 14 children, all born to my parents Jeff and Sharon Kay (married 25 years).
This summer, for the first time in over 2 years, all of the siblings and grandkids were finally together again.
These are photos I took for a theater combat performance called "Fight Night."
Many of the performers are dear friends and pulling inspiration from HBO's epic series "Game of Thrones", I had a blast reimagining some of the photos from the set.
My dear friend Jared had grown a magnificent mustache, obtained a beautifully hand-crafted pipe, and wanted some pictures to remember the facial hair/tobacco puffing splendor.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
I came across the very studious Emily during golden hour one afternoon and she graciously agreed to let me take her picture.
Playing with black and white photography in Norfolk VA, with great friends - Dan Lappert and Dan Ostrem.
A 50mm lens, a beautiful sunny afternoon, and two of my dearest friends completed this engagement photoshoot.
So blessed to be asked by Jared and Ashley O'Dell to help capture these priceless moments.
Practicing with high-shutter photography. Shot with a Canon 50mm / 1.8 f stop / at 4000 shutter speed.