Roman and I have returned from our trip to LA to take some Mozart Photos, and so I’d like to share some of the photos from our adventure!
On June 9th, Roman and I left Montana and drove to Layton Utah to stay over night.
Roman and I leaving Bozeman for LA.
In Utah we played some games with my good friends, The Bakers (A family of Nine Children). We also were told a Joke by Kendra’s four year old, Ewan.
Ewan: Do you want to hear a joke?
On June 10th we finished our drive to Los Angeles. We passed by Las Vegas, and Roman took some photos out the window:
Caesar's Palace on the Way Past Las Vegas
We stayed in Los Angeles with my friend Jadi who loves to be a part of my artistic endeavors. She has done hair and make-up styling for my Mozart Photos for many years, and she has modeled in quite a few as well!
On June 11th, Roman and I went shopping and got him some cool clothes. Then we went to In-and-Out Burger.
On June 12th we did our first photo shoot for Thamos, King of Egypt.
Roman posin' for the camera set-up.
In the Morning, Roman helped me set up the backdrop (about a thousand times, because the tacks kept falling out), while Jadi got ready to do hair and make-up.
Roman does a test shot in front of the back-drop.
The models, Miguel, Nola and Summer came and got photographed, however we had one model drop out, and we couldn’t find a replacement. I decided to try some post production techniques which might solve the issue, but we won’t know until I get to editing.
Nola, Summer and I shooting some images for Thamos.
After Miguel and Nola had finished their shots, we worked with Summer alone in a costume change.
Roman holds up the reflector board to symbolize the sun rising on Summer who is modeling as the Queen of Egypt.
On June 13th, we took Roman on his first subway ride. Jadi drove us to a parking lot where we got on the subway and rode down to Chinatown to look around.
Roman and Jadi pay the parking meter. Then, we took Roman for his first subway ride!
The subway starts underground, but then you come above ground to get to Chinatown.
Roman's first time on a subway!
Jadi and Roman liked to make jokes while waiting for the subway, and there was a lot of laughter for the entire trip.
Roman and Jadi at the Subway stop.
We briefly walked around Chinatown, and then went to eat at a Dim-Sum restaurant.
Roman in Chinatown next to a Scary Dragon.
At the restaurant, Roman was overwhelmed by the quick service, and chose some fried shrimp to eat. He picked up a shrimp and was startled to see it looking back at him, and threw it back down. Then, he tried his hand at using chopsticks (honestly, it’s a pretty sad sight), and while peeling a shrimp to remove its eyes, it popped off his plate, flew clear across the table and directly into Jadi’s tea-cup the moment she started pouring herself a glass.
Roman's first time eating shrimp eyes using chopsticks resulted in this. A shrimp flew across the table into Jadi's tea while she was pouring it.
Then, Jadi took us to a fountain to make wishes and throw in coins.
Roman and Jadi in Chinatown
Roman inducted Jadi into Team Awesome. I think once he gets enough members, we might have a play-off like the NBA or something.
(Whispers) Team Awesome!
Then Jadi went to work, and Roman and I went to visit the Hollywood Sign.
Me (Top) and Roman (Bottom) at the Hollywood Sign.
On June 14th, we had our second photo shoot for “Der Stein der Weisen”. Our friend Katie stepped in at the last minute (taking off work) to fill in for another model.
Jadi prepares Katie's hair for the shoot.
Zaden modeled as the character Nadir, and we all got in my tiny car and drove out to a canyon near Malibu to take some photos.
The shoot was a fantasy style shoot with costumes based off of video games like Final Fantasy. In the picture below you can almost see Zaden’s cat hat.
Here I am photographing a "Der Stein Der Weisen" picture. The costumes were influenced by video games like Final Fantasy and Magna Carta.
Katie and Zaden were very fun to work with!
Zaden, Me and Katie
On June 15th, I bought around a hundred dollars worth of pastries, and we went to Candice’s house to prepare for and shoot photos for Don Giovanni.
There were six models in this shoot, including Roman.
Here's a shot of the Don Giovanni set-up with everyone getting ready. It looks like I'm picking the Zanni's nose! (on couch) Jon, Danica, Joshua, Krista, Candice (on ground) the back of my head and Roman in a mask.
The scene that I chose to illustrate was from the party near the end of Don Giovanni, where the players play popular tunes and Leporello tries to sneak food without Don Giovanni noticing.
Here's a shot of Don Giovanni and his ladies taken while I was shooting.
Everybody at this shoot looked soooo good! The models were fantastic, and were styled by Jadi and her friend Molly who did all the big hair!
The Players and Don Giovanni model their outfits.
The shoot went fairly quickly, and everyone was very pleased with the results.
On June 16th Jadi, Roman and I went to Melrose to go shopping. Roman tried on some horrible pants.
Roman tries on Sexy Leather Pants on Melrose.
Then, we wandered around for a bit, saw a show at the Griffith Observatory, saw our old friend Samantha and went back to Jadi’s.
On June 17th, Jadi made us a big breakfast, and then Roman and I headed home.
We stopped at a fantastic outlet store just outside of Las Vegas, perhaps for a little longer than we should have, and arrived back at the Baker’s in Utah at 3am.
Then we drove back to Montana after eating at Chik Fill-a.
It was a very nice trip! Jadi was a wonderful hostess, and Roman is a great traveling buddy and they are both such good friends and supportive of my artwork and the things that I do. It was wonderful to spend a week with them.
Now, I will start to work on the post production and editing of the photos!