New work up - a skate story
This summer I went back to my roots and put together a shoot inspired by the days spent with a couple close friends. I grew up in a small midwest town where there wasn’t much to do, so as soon as I found a skateboard let’s just say all my time was spent either skating, finding new spots to skate or hanging out talking about skating. Yep I was that midwest kid who dreamed of being out west and rolling around the spots I would see in all the videos the local shop would get in. I got all the CSS catalogs, and had the coolest images from Transworld magazine ripped out and taped to my walls.
What I later realized is that I wasn’t that good at skating… but what I really loved was just being around like minded people who had a bit of that “rebel spirit”. We were creatives who wanted to find new places to hang out that weren’t the norm, and we saw things differently. To this day I miss those carefree summers and after school days with a board in my hand and a couple close friends just hanging out.
So to pay tribute to that past I decided to get a small group together, put boards in their hands, and set up some shots that represented what I would have done back then. I wanted to use this location in downtown LA because I loved the lines, and the clean walls as well as how the light in the morning. After scouting a few times and planning out a handful of looks and shots I knew I wanted to create I got to work casting with the help of the Zuri kids talent agency and Jilian who pulled together all the wardrobe on this.
Once everything was set we hit the ground running and had a great shoot day, and I couldn’t be happier with the results!
Huge thank you to all the models, Zuri talent, Jilian, and Charles who digi-teched/ assisted me on this one. I couldn’t have done it without you all.