I found Asia Armon on Instagram and asked if she would want to do a test shoot while I was out in LA. I sent her my mood board, blending active life and architecture, and she was on board. When I shot at the LACMA with Natalie Duran, I saw some shots I wanted to try with Asia. So, instead of finding a new location, I came back to what I already had in my head.
Asia was so ridiculously easy to work with, incredibly professional and natural. It’s such a joy shooting with models like her, they make my job easy. Give her a follow at @asiaarmon on Instagram.
I met Lorry almost a decade ago (that is weird to say…) back in Indiana at a friend’s going away party, and we did a photoshoot when she was just starting as a model.
It was great to catch up in LA after all these years. She agreed to do an active lifestyle/running-ish shoot, and we decided to head towards downtown LA to find a location. Downtown was far too busy, but after driving around for a while we came across the Staples Center, which had the architectural elements I was looking for. We started shooting before we even left the parking garage!
Thanks, Lorry for being willing to run and jump around all over the place, and I’m thankful no security guards kicked us out!
And here’s a friendly reminder to make sure your models are safe!
Asking the people I met around Flagstaff, I asked for some awesome locations to shoot different sports. Someone suggested Pumphouse Wash as a nice place to shoot yoga, but on my last day in Flagstaff, I was set to shoot with Missy Verhaeghe, a runner. I didn’t know what to expect, but we found the “trail” after doing a few u-turns, not realizing you park at a bridge and just climb down to the streambed. The wash is a tight canyon, with featured sandstone walls 50 feet or less apart. We walked past a few fun looking sport climbing routes that would be awesome to go back and try.
Flagstaff hadn’t received any precipitation since September, so the wash was completely dry. I was also expecting a bluebird day, but we were surprised with clouds giving us pretty flat light, which gave us a different feel.
Still getting used to my Sony A7RIII, I was super impressed by the autofocus’s ability to keep focus. The Sigma 35 does the best of all my non-Sony lenses, with the Sigma adapter, but the Sony 85mm 1.8 really showed it’s crazy abilities with Missy jumping between the rocks.
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Thank you Missy, you were awesome for withstanding the cold!