Los Angeles

Creative Funk

"It'll pass, it all does." Some days feel as if you have no control over what will happen over the tenuous schedule throughout your day. As a creative; even with all the projects I have going on, you can still fall into a funk. When I was younger I would know I'd be falling into an uncontrollable funk when I'd be dreaming about food even after lunch. Breaking out of habits is what will create a new habit. When I feel as if I've invested my mind and matter into a situation too much I try to find the simpler things. 

No matter what the content is, you may still find yourself in a funk, even if you are not a creative. I rely heavily on two things, my camera and my hobbies. Cycling is one of my favorite hobbies, and taking my camera with me on the adventure is the real plus. Allowing myself to interact with my trip, knowing that there is no time limit just to coast and feel the breeze and know why everyone else is out today; or the real question to ask, what is everyone doing out today? 

Bollipop Los Angeles; ©Sosaphoto,2017. 

Leap into Action! ©Sosaphoto;2017. 

One key to my successes is to be open to ideas and also hopefully others would be open to your ideas. I've had athletes, models, and regular joe's sometimes have some difficulty trying an additional idea for our session. What keeps my creativity ticking is my art for it all. I've always had a passion for sketching and love seeing great graphic design, I'm no graphic designer but some of the concepts I've seen I try to emulate into my photographs. The shapes and forms help me understand the simplicity we as humans must have when we interact with objects and other humans. 

Behind the Lens: Los Angeles Kings

Brian Kuhlmann is a very talented photographer I had the opportunity to work with. Coincidence or not he's originated from Chicago, IL! This assignment happened right before playoffs were about to begun. I remember walking into the practice facility in my Drew Doughty jersey and my 300mm not ready to mess around; coming out of the tunnel with an extra foot and a half on me in skates and low and behold Drew Doughty himself almost out of kids fantasy. 

Sports have been bled into my life throughout my childhood; however, as you all know it's never about the sport, it's about the people that make us become so passionate about a team. A rivalry is what creates the competitive nature to win to compete, most important to be the very best. This project was top secret for awhile as it played a priority leading into the playoffs. 

Each and everyday I am very gracious for the career I lead, the opportunities it has landed me, the people I have met. The networking opportunities that I embrace and create so that each and every artist I have met along my path is creating the best work they can put together. It's about a bond, a drive, and a goal, the fact that others are helping each day as a team is the key to success; the knowledge of knowing. Photographers, artists, and producers all have a goal and always need a helping hand getting there because it's the fact that your network that you have created is honestly your team. As Marcel Dionne the very great had Charlie Simmer, Rogie Vachon, & Dave Taylor always by his side to help his HOF career shine. 

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G.O.A.T

Remember the memories that created you and stood by you to become the person that you are. I love sports, and seeing your child hood icon close out his final chapter in his playing career is a big phenomena that lasted around the entire NBA. Kobe Bryant will forever be missed and is known to me especially; as the greatest of all time. 

Iphone-ography at it's best 

For this trip, I traveled to Milwaukee, which is about a 90 drive north of Chicago. Growing up being a constant Lakers fan drew me to the obsession of this game. You must find what fuels you and pushes your self motives and inspirations, not just related to your career but related to your life. We live once and we all must make the most of it with the magic we are supplied with; at all costs. 

Black & White Lives On!

For every occasion there's a wardrobe that fits it; however, in some cases it's all about Suiting UP! From a Writer to Corporate headshots, each need to be bold in their own way. In some instances; wardrobe, makeup, and all the fun that fashion has, doesn't have to be accounted for! I said it! it's tough for some to hear, but the reasoning behind this is lighting. This next image you're about to see was created with 8 lights back from my college days.  I've held onto my craft for a long time. I'm a master of lighting and I hold that trick hat high and mighty! 

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Black and White for me is a nostalgia feeling. It hurts to say, it really does because it shouldn't be remembered as old time feeling. I grew up with film and grew up with Black and White. It already gives you that contrast you want, it gives you the drama your looking for depending on what film you possess. I am forever grateful for having learned, Ansel Adams, Zone System. I still shoot myself all the time, I just wait awhile to develop my rolls. You look at everything through a different looking glass when you have time to wait awhile. 

My old friend Andrew stopped by my Los Angeles office. Currently, he's landed himself in the land of Music! Check out their site and stay tuned for Reggae Wednesdays!  I knew right away when Andrew told me about his new job this was the perfect look for him, he just supplied the perfect accessory by adding the mighty pen. 

Funny story behind this one actually. Andrew and I played baseball together in High School; however, he attended Clark Magnet High School; they help tap into creative skills; such as, design, editing, and writing. Some may think it sounds just like an X-Men school, when in fact, the real mutants went to public school, like myself. I remember light in spaces like nuns remember the holy bible, sad to say but it's somewhat like a superpower. Super powers or not, his writing and my creative skills are taking us places.  Hopefully we'll be working on more collaborations in the future. Music or not! 

A Journey Ahead

Things are progressing here; as I took each day one day at a time and pushed myself to get to where I'm at. I could not have gotten here without the help of some very special friends & family. My next Chapter in life is coming up sooner than I can even imagine. As of December 30th I'll be splitting out of LA for a little while and starting a new journey.  I've set out and am going to make a cross country road trip. Reconnecting with old friends along the way, starting the new year fresh and hopefully leaving a large imprint on others lives.

Dive Into A New World!

My final destination on my game of life is Cleveland, Ohio. So far, it's looking like a 36 hour drive and I may possibly do it solo with my camera gear and that's it. Just know, I'll be living my dreams and getting out into the world.  I landed a job offer for a short time being, still applying my creative field and using my photography magic to the fullest! The big picture is who knows whats next. I try to wonder and imagine my new path and new journey; although, all I can imagine is the thought of being still and aware of just what's still in front of me for the days I have left here.  I'll be back sooner than you can imagine LA, keep on your toes and watch out for this new road warrior!

Give Thanks & Tradition

This past week my life has felt like two completely different worlds. Thanksgiving, for me was a time to give back and give thanks to those who need that helping hand in life. I'm a big fan and supporter of helping out, especially those who truly need it. We all need a hand at something in life; may it be exercising, that extra push for a job, or even financially.

I was more than pleased to help out on my Thanksgiving to the Union Station Homeless Shelter. They had a Thanksgiving dinner in the park that day. Enjoy the show below and appreciate every moment ahead. Right now in life, I'm just trying to appreciate what's in front of me till this moment in time is all wrapped up and gone. Always try and stay focused on what's next at hand.

Marv Gross accepting the check from Bank of America on behalf of Union Station Homeless Services. Thanksgiving Goal met!

Volunteers coming in early to lend their time and give back.

A day to give back to thousands and just be grateful.

Some people volunteer as families to share the positive moment of helping others. This was Carmen and her sons first time giving back.

Huge turn out leads to a lot of happy faces. Entire families coming together for a free meal.

Marv Gross as he helps find the parents of Diego and Juan on a busy day at the park. (Don't worry they were found moments later)

The reward of suppling Thanksgiving for the children & their families.

Thanks sure is a word often used lightly, but try to appreciate it the more and more you use it. Thanksgiving was also a great time to see families come together and create their own traditions so that they can bond together and stick closer and closer each year. I hope everyone I know out there had an Awesome Thanksgiving and just try and have this time to bring your families together and create your own tradition just like Carmen and her son volunteering for the first time and hopefully more to come!

Taking A Risk

Thanksgiving is right around the corner people! If you haven't noticed yet I sure love food. Sometimes you gotta take an edge and create something new with a twist. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to try some new recipes and get that food out the door. Just try and not make anyone sick by the end of the day. We want to keep everyone around for the next holiday.  

Spice on the mind; ©Sosaphoto2013

I like some spice in my life, it keeps things interesting. Green, red, yellow orange who cares as long as we get that kick in the butt when you take that first chomp! I can be a basket case sometimes so these peppers fit perfect in a basket for 3. This isn't what I'm bringing to Thanksgiving because it can be more filling than the turkey itself; however, it sure was delicious. Wrap this sucker in bacon and if you want to stuff it with a hint of cheese and some chicken, it may just knock your socks off at the end of the night. 

Jalapeños stuffed with Chicken and Swiss Cheese wrapped in bacon; ©Sosaphoto2013

Treat Yo' Self

Hope everyone had an eventful and fun Halloween! It's been a great month for me on this side. Tons of adventures throughout the jungle of LA and more.

Halloween is over so we gotta find something to do with our used pumpkins. Get creative with your pumpkins, I made this pumpkin chocolate chip muffin. The best part about this self project was getting the smoke/steam fresh off the chocolate chips as if it were fresh out of the oven. If you don't know yet, I've styled most of my own food shots myself and am growing at it each and everyday.

Right As It Bakes; ©Sosaphoto2013

Keep me posted and let me know if you guys do anything creative with your pumpkins.  The other fun part about this shoot was the lighting, I had a packed set with intricate lighting set ups and at one point it was started to look like a carnival haunted house.  That's what you need sometimes to get specific parts of the muffin to show off like the delicious warm chocolate chips that came fresh out of the oven. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin; ©Sosaphoto2013

Downtown Glow Run!

About a month ago I got the opportunity to shoot the LivingSocial 5K Glow Run!  The coolest thing about the 5k is that at the end of the race they had a dance party as well.

It was set in Downtown LA at the Historic Park.  The weather that night was historic in it's self; the harvest moon was just coming to an end and the clouds had been rolling in! Here are a select few of images from that night.

LivingSocial 5K Start, ©Sosaphoto2013

There was a very large turn out of runners.  There had to be multiple start off times because of the amount of people.  Luckily, I'm in somewhat of decent shape as of late since I had to catch up to some of the runners. 

Take off!, ©Sosaphoto2013

I'm an architecture guy myself, so when I see the right moment for the best view I catch it! Towards the end of the race I got that opportunity; the racers were running through these dance tunnels that had changed colors and played music throughout.  It aligned perfectly with Downtown right as the runners were coming close to the finish line. Everyone charged full speed ahead! 

Full Speed Ahead!, ©Sosaphoto2013