What in the hell is “Hybrid of the Streets?” Good question.
In short, “Hybrid of the Streets” is a personal project of mine that combines the feel of street photography with the look of an environmental portrait. Everyday humans with an unorthodox sense of style posing on the street, but with higher production value. The name derives from my first model, who reposted one of my photos to Instagram and sent it to Twitter: because of the 140 character limit, the name was cut short. So I took it.
I have always been fascinated by “street” fashion. My fashion sense has always been unique, and it has definitely evolved with time. During high school, I would essentially take whatever Gwen Stefani was wearing and translate it into menswear. As my taste broadened, I began to pull influences from other cultures: Rockabilly, punk, formalwear, even some hip-hop. My fashion sense has also transformed with each location I’ve moved––most recently, the West Coast. My residence in California introduced me to surf wear and taught me that just wearing “shorts and a t-shirt” could be exciting as well.
I worked with Ariyahna years ago and watched her style evolve via Instagram. I knew she was the perfect model to begin this exploration, and I photographed her on a playground last week in Philadelphia. Canon 7D; Sigma 10-20mm; Canon Speedlite diffused with a 60″ umbrella.
Follow Ariyahna on Instagram: @highimariyahna.
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Since I’ve been M.I.A. for the past few months, I decided to backtrack a bit to show everyone the work I’ve been doing. Because that’s really what this blog is all about, right? Photography!
Right after I returned to the East Coast, I shot some promotional photos for my cousin Sean (a.k.a. Saer) in preparation for the release of his debut track “Event Horizon” (Sounds of Elysium). This is a very exciting time for our family, because I truly believe he is about to blow up. My shoot with Saer marked the first time I collaborated with an EDM artist, so it was a learning experience for both of us. I shot on my Canon 7D with the Sigma 10-20mm ƒ/4-5.6 EX DC HSM lit with a Canon 430EXII Speedlite attached to a PocketBox. We were shooting in a small space, and the equipment worked incredibly well for how compact our location was.
Be sure to check Saer out on Facebook, Twitter, and download “Event Horizon” on iTunes here!
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It’s been a crazy few weeks for me, at least in my personal life. Within that manic stretch of time, I got to do a fun beach shoot with Danielle Montezinos. Like myself, Danielle recently relocated to L.A. from New York City. We met through a mutual friend out here and found out that not only did we graduate from the same college, but we also lived in the same part of Astoria when we were in New York. She is a brilliant actress and comic (you can visit her website here), as well as a fitness instructor. This was my first time doing a fitness shoot, and it really puts it all into perspective: I have become crazy out-of-shape.
The original shoot date was rained out; one of the few occasions this winter on which it has actually rained in Los Angeles (big drought out here). We re-scheduled to a much warmer and significantly sunnier Wednesday, February 12. I shot Danielle at two locations: alongside the promenade on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, CA, and on Santa Monica State Beach.
Equipment: Canon 7D; Canon 85mm ƒ/1.8 USM & Sigma 10-22mm ƒ/4-5.6 EX DC HSM (which is suddenly becoming one of my more favorite lenses, especially when paired with a speedlite)
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January turned out to be a little bit sluggish for me in the shooting department. Lots of business preparation, and then a lot of other things that had nothing to do with photography (check the other blog if you’re super curious). Anyway, I decided to climb out of my month-long hole of nearly zero creative expression by shooting my friend Kristina outside of one of North Hollywood’s creepiest landmarks––Circus Liquor. Circus Liquor (located on Burbank & Vineland) has a huge neon clown sign beckoning the San Fernando Valley to buy some whiskey. It was famously featured in the 1995 film Clueless, specifically the scene in which Cher is robbed at gunpoint returning from a “Val Party.” I also shot Kristina in Studio City, behind the old Bookstar (now owned by Barnes & Noble).
The shoot: I’ve really been into the whole street punk look. Reminiscent of the 1980s; think Debbie Harry of Blondie. I think Kristina really captures it effortlessly. All images were shot on the 7D, lit with a 430EX II Speedlite mounted with a soft box connected to an ETTL cord.
P.S. – I would like to take a moment just to appreciate the detail she put into her eyeliner.
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