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The new Gareth Emery's Album "Drive" is available since April 1st. In the meantime I'm proud to share the cover shot and some other pictures I've photographed in the Mojave Desert on the legendary Route 66. 

Ready Go ! Los Angeles River Hot Rod !!

Back in the 50’s TIME magazine did several features on the Hot Rod culture. 
 It was an American past time & phenomenon that showcased vibrant, powerful classic cars that  competed with their stand out, stylish drivers all across the U.S.

Tuning up at the Downtown LA Garage

One of the most iconic locations for this four wheeled sport was Southern California ~ specifically Los Angeles.

LA River Classic Cars 

Downtown and the Los Angeles River area were the main spots where these classic cars would compete and the 6th street bridge was the place where the drivers would get together.

American Style, Classic Car Preparation for Hot Race !

 3rd & Army Apparel was inspired to not only recreate the event but to re-enact the Time Magazine photos taken back in the 50’s. 

The race is featured by 3rd &Army Apparel
It's all about the race

It's getting darker and the race is almost over

The winner takes the pretty girl home. It's the end of a beautiful day

Thanks to the handful of local enthusiasts, the City of Los Angeles and the photographer Rocco Ceselin for making these historic hot rod moments revealed to our current generation.
I'm being honest. Venice, Italy is one of my favorite cities in the world.  I'm lucky to be born one hour away from it. I spent most of my life in a small city in Northern Italy and I have visited Venice many times. Yes, it can be overwhelming, crowded, noisy... sometimes smelly, but nobody can take away the fact that it is a romantic and very unique place. Everyone should visit.

Last time I really wanted to capture something unique, different and tell a story of real Venetians. Was this possible with all the amount of tourists walking around, everywhere ? 
I thought this was a challenging task, but I finally decided to walk away from the crowd and just get lost between Venice and the island of Burano which was a pleasant surprise. 

I just wanted to share some of the photos I took that day.

A Gondoliere at the end of his shift. Texting his wife or...

Women playing "tombola" a sort of italian bingo in the island of Burano (Italy)

Granfather (nonno) and his granson (nipotino) playing soccer on the street of Burano (Italy)

The Queen Mary is such a staple here in Southern California. A beautiful retired ocean liner anchored in Long Beach (www.queenmary.com) that sailed primarily in the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967.
I always had a dream to do a photo shoot on this iconic ship. It's so majestic and well preserved. You can actually book a room and have a romantic dinner, visit the boat and get "scared" by their ghost stories. I also spent a New Years Eve here once. Very fun !

The occasion happened when the producers of LA HAIR (www.wetv.com/shows/la-hair), a very popular reality show on WE TV, asked me to photograph Kim Kimble's new wig collection. She is most likely one of the most famous hair stylists in Hollywood.

I was very excited to be part of the project. We had a full team of professionals to create something very unique and original.

Here is a video piece of some behind the scenes footage with some of my favorite images from the shoot!

2014 started with an amazing photo shoot for the LA fashion brand 3rd & Army at the iconic Stahl House nestled in the Hollywood Hills. 

A shoot to remember !

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Happy to report that 2014 is off to a great start and we just finished two great photo shoots for the fun, "teen" fashion brand 4Love & $ (www.4loveandmoney.usshot on location in Los Angeles on the Hollywood Hills.  Our beautiful young model Lucy (from LA models) is a natural and was a lot of fun to shoot with all her energy and ease in front of the camera.
The owners of the brand Andrea McCook & Jennifer Howard worked especially hard so that the shoot ran smoothly!  Congratulations to the both of them and much success with 4Love & $.  Special thanks to Lucy for making the images come alive and beautiful with each fun outfit and accessory she wore!
 Let the pictures and clothes tell the story !!!

Happy New Year!

2013 was an amazing year for many reasons but here are some highlights.  I had the opportunity to travel overseas and visit wonderful & inspiring cities like Prague, London and Venice.  I was reminded that travelling is really a great opportunity to discover yourself in places that stretch the imagination.

PRAGUE - (Old Town) Staroměstské náměstí on the top of St. Nicholas Church tower
A view of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge
London icons: double decker bus and red phone booth
London Icons: double decker bus and red phone booth
This past year I’ve been focusing on my career with renewed energy working with some innovative fashion brands like 3rd & Army (www.3rdandarmy.com) along with being one of the staff photographers for Emmy magazine.   It's been a non-stop busy and fulfilling time and I'm fortunate to be surrounded with a terrific team & crew.

Here are a series of shots from  3rd & Army Apparel; an upcoming “Americana” brand from the Fall & Winter 2013 Collections that I shot on location in Long Beach at the Razorbacks Barber Shop, at Big Bear Lake and at the iconic Stahl House on the Hollywood Hills.

Big Bear Lake, 3rd & Army Fall 2013 Collection
Razorbacks Barber Parlor in Long Beach for 3rd & Army 

Along with Big Bear Lake, I also shot 3rd Army at the Stahl House, one of the most captured iconic 60’s modernism buildings nestled on the top of the Hollywood Hills.

Stahl House Photo Shoot (Hollywood Hills) for 3rd & Army 2013 Spring Collection

What I love about living in LA is the the opportunity to photograph wonderful people who are a big part of the Hollywood’s entertainment industry.   Multiple Emmy winners, successful writers, directors, producers and creative people who generously open the doors of their offices, homes & studios to me so I can capture the best photographs possible!

Gideon Raff: creator and executive producer of Homeland and Prisoners of War for Emmy Magazine.

Keong Sim: actor on Monday Morning on TNT Network for Emmy Magazine 

Tawnia Mckiernan, television director for Emmy Magazine. Los Angeles CA

Marti Noxon, Film Writer and Producer. Los Angeles CA

A great year end project finale was shooting the international superstar DJ Gareth Emery for his new album and American music project.  

Stay tuned ~ I'll be able to post those photos soon!

I’m looking forward to an even better 2014 with more fun and interesting projects and hope you'll check back in to see what I've been up to.
Ciao ~