The hotel that I was staying in at the time of this shoot in Down Town LA was an absolute shit hole… I shot all of these shots there and really no one would know if I didn’t tell you. Food for thought.

There seems to be a lot of concern amongst models and photographers where to shoot. I often get models tell me that they don’t want to shoot from there home as “there is nothing to shoot there” and photographers ask how do they find amazing locations like I have shot.

But really there is no such thing as an un-shootable location. The funny thing is most of the “amazing locations” are actually just me walking or driving around with the model and stopping wherever looks interesting or are some shitty apartment that I am staying in. I think that the biggest issue that people face is that they forget that only the things in the frame are in the photo. You don’t need to be at Mt Everest to have a portrait with a mountain in the background, in fact really you could use a tiny hill taken at the right angle. Heck if you crop it just right you can take a lovely “beach” shot in your little sisters sand box.

There seems to be a lot of concern amongst models and photographers where to shoot. I often get models tell me that they don’t want to shoot from there home as “there is nothing to shoot there” and photographers ask how do they find amazing locations like I have shot.

But really there is no such thing as an un-shootable location. The funny thing is most of the “amazing locations” are actually just me walking or driving around with the model and stopping wherever looks interesting or are some shitty apartment that I am staying in. I think that the biggest issue that people face is that they forget that only the things in the frame are in the photo. You don’t need to be at Mt Everest to have a portrait with a mountain in the background, in fact really you could use a tiny hill taken at the right angle. Heck if you crop it just right you can take a lovely “beach” shot in your little sisters sand box.

One of the things that is an important skill for any photographer is learning how to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. The point of photography for me is to use it as a way to show the world that I see inside my mind and also show how anywhere can be beautiful given the right context, angle or perspective. A bug is ordinary and not interesting to most of us, yet we can’t help but be intrigued when we see a beautifully captured macro photograph of a bee on a flower.

Some marvel at the technical ability of the photographer, wonder about the gear used to capture it, however in reality what truly captivates you is that you are seeing the beauty that the person that lensed it saw when they took the picture.

Can’t find something that works in your neighbourhood? Have you tried laying on the ground and shooting up at your model on a nice day? The sky makes a pretty dope background my friend.

So the reason that this springs to mind right now is that the hotel that I was staying in at the time of this shoot in Down Town LA was an absolute shit hole. Literally everyone I told where I was staying asked me if I knew the history of the hotel. Not only is it on the street next to Skid Row it is also commonly known as the murder hotel. A serial killer lived there in the 90s and a murdered woman was found in the hotels water supply on the roof (not even related).

So fast forward a few years and they have tried to classy up a little, but no one wants to stay there so it is a shit hole. I shot all of these shots there and really no one would know if I didn’t tell you.

Food for thought.

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