Jack’s Muffler

A few days after I took this photo an employee at Jack’s Muffler was attacked with a hammer for no apparent reason. He had $300 in his pocket which was not even taken from him leading to no real motive other than a random attack.

I made this photo around 9pm, and as I was setting up the camera there was a man walking down the sidewalk behind me. I was focused on the camera settings and composure, but something told me to keep alert of my surroundings in that area at night. Nothing happened, but this random attack a few nights later around the same time made me realize this could have happened to anyone.

I will be donating 50% of the sales for this print to Henry Rader’s Go Fund Me fundraiser.

You can find the print for sale here.

Cody + Sarah on film

I recently photographed my brother and his wife on film at Windansea Beach in La Jolla.

I wanted to do this entire shoot on 35mm and 120mm film as a challenge, and to let go of relying on digital being something that I can always depend on to take an overabundance of images that can then be culled down to 200 photos, which to me is still too much to choose from. I’m trying to focus on less is more and seeing where it goes. As a bonus the prints from film are stunning compared to a digital print.

This wasn’t an engagement session, but I wanted to feature it as such. They’ve been married for over a year now, so I see it as an anniversary session! I’m looking to do more of these film based sessions in the future, so if you’re looking for a San Diego photographer please contact me here.

These photographs were made with a Canon AE-1P, and a Mamiya C220 with Portra 400 film.

My brother, Cody Long, is also an amazing visual artist and producer! You can see his work here: www.CodyLong.com

Mimi Zulu - It rains love

I worked on this music video for Mimi Zulu back in 2013, and always come back to it as inspiration for more video work. I had no story board for this video, and no idea what I was going to do, but I knew Mimi and her husband lived in a cool space that they had created for themselves and that we’d somehow find backdrops and lighting that would create the mood for the video.

The opening scene is just her husband walking up behind her with a blanket they had. The lighting coming in from both sides of her sitting at the dining table were windows they had and we lit incense and had it burn under the lens to give it the smoke effect. The circular white lights were hanging on the wall in their basement studio, so I just placed her in front of them and the bokeh from them looked great.

This video spanned a few weeks as we had to collect other footage of the dancer on one day, and the violinist another.

I created this video with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens.

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