I had the opportunity to work with one of the best BMX riders to ever do it recently while based out on the East Coast. Corey Martinez was kind enough to break down his “Travel Essentials” and explain why he brings what he brings on each riding/filming trip that he goes on. Check it out here and make sure to keep posted to the ESPN site to see more of my work in the future.
Where to start? I am currently sitting at JFK after being on the road for over three months now waiting for my final flight back to Los Angeles. I’ve been going pretty much non-stop since March. Between commercial work, photographing hotels for a travel company, ESPN, Red Bull, Woodward, X Games, GOLDEN AGE STUDIO and more I can honestly say I’ve had more work than I know what to do with. When it comes to being an independent photographer, there is nothing more satisfying than working on your craft and being paid to travel, explore, and provide content to satisfied clients on a repeat basis.
My experience on the East coast this summer can’t really be summed up in a few paragraphs, and a few photographs. It is something that I can’t really explain but I can say that it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. To say that you learn the most about life on the road is an understatement. To live outside of your comfort zone, away from home, and away from what you know is the best way to find yourself.
I can’t thank everyone that made my experience unique and memorable enough and know one thing is for sure. Although I live and work on the West Coast and have spent a lot of years there now and fully embrace and love everything about it I am deeply rooted on the East Coast and am reminded of that every time I find myself in New York and Pennsylvania.
I spent nearly three months working for Woodward in the middle of Pennsylvania as the head photography instructor for the Digital Media program for the second year in a row and it was an unreal experience for many reasons. My passion for photography goes beyond the norm and falls into a weird obsessive category but that is just how it is and how it has been and I’m ok with that. Between all of the ups, downs, and struggle to make it through the entire summer while trying to run a business in California I found happiness in the people that I surrounded myself with. I also found happiness in my surroundings, the beautiful weather, landscapes, and scenery in general.
I had the opportunity to reset, refocus, redirect my energy and just really take some time to realize what it is that I want out of my career. I am driven to document life, and I am driven to create images that evoke emotion, spark conversations, and create unique visual pieces of art. I feel the most alive when I’m behind the lens of any one of my cameras. I want to push the limits of my photography and I want to push it into a new direction starting now.
As soon as I get back to California I have a few days to adjust, do laundry, re-pack, prepare to shoot a wedding in Malibu and then fly to Maui for a work trip to photograph hotels until the 19th of September the morning after. Needless to say, the feeling of being home won’t last long but as I said, traveling is what I know, and it’s something that I feed off. Other than that there is a lot in the works behind the scenes right now so keep posted.
New work will be continuing to flow out of GOLDEN AGE STUDIO so keep posted on that. We will also be hosting our one-year anniversary party/photo opening towards the end of October. If you didn’t see our grand opening video from check it out here. Also follow the studio on Instagram @goldenagestudio. Other than that, there will be prints for sale, products for sale, more to check out in person and more reasons to stop by if you happen to live in the L.A. area.
I recently had the opportunity to shoot a new bike check for ESPN with Trey Jones. It’s been a busy summer so far on the East Coast and it was nice to take a break from the madness at Woodward and shoot something a little different. Check it out right HERE.
I’ve been on the road more than I’ve been home as of late and it’s been amazing but incredibly challenging at the same time. Stay tuned for updates, and look for upcoming posts to drop soon with a full update.
Until next time.
I got the chance to catch up with Brandon Dosch right before he moved to Austin, TX a few weeks ago and we got to not only work on TTL #100 but we also had the opportunity to do a bike check feature for ESPN which you can check out by clicking HERE.
I have a few more ESPN projects that will be dropping soon so keep posted to the site and don’t miss them when they come out!
It’s been a busy past few months getting GOLDEN AGE STUDIO up and running, shooting as much as possible, working on my weekly column, and maintaing some level of sanity.
Check out the newest ESPN feature that I worked on with BMX legend Jimmy Levan. I went and spent an afternoon chillin’ at his house and listening to him share some amazing stories along the way.
Another new ESPN feature with Shawn Mcintosh that takes a detailed look at his current bike of choice. See what kind of bike it takes to get on the cover of the newest issue of RIDE magazine.
I also wrote a new TTL Feature #102 detailing the differences between my now backup body and my brand new Canon 6D that you can check out HERE. While you are at it, don’t forget to check out #99, #100, and #101.
We also recently featured the video from our Grand Opening filmed and edited by the talented Dylan Pfohl which you can see HERE. Other than that, we’ve been busy working on the studio and getting the word out there that we are up and running and can handle any of your photography needs.
I also shot some engagement photos for my friends Jason and Missy recently in Malibu. If you are looking for photos of an kind email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote today. That’s all for now, I have a lot of projects to finish up and continue working on at the moment. More to come, as always check back often!
The Golden Age Studio opening party was amazing. After three months of hard work, tireless nights, and money well spent my wife and I finally officially opened the studio. We were surrounded by friends and family, and it felt amazing to hear everyone’s feedback on the place.
I also am glad to have finally shown my first solo show ever with an all-film series based titled “EAST” which is and will be hanging through January and into February. There is still time to come in and take a look around. Now that we are officially open I will also be taking clients and working on building my current studio portfolio in the meantime. Stop in anytime at 221 South Victory Blvd. Burbank, CA 91502.
Here is a look at my newest ESPN project as well as my newest column TTL #99.
Check out a day in the life with Broc Raiford HERE.
Check out a feature about Print vs. Online HERE.