Strong as Steel – Seattle photoshoot

Mimi & the Fremont Troll // Strong as Steel

Mimi & the Fremont Troll // Strong as Steel

In Seattle, I had the pleasure of collaborating with model/race car driver Mimi Park on a quirky industrial-themed photoshoot. Shot in Seattle’s historic Gas Works Park, with a guest appearance from the much-loved Fremont Troll.

View the full photoshoot below.

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Boys gone wild in PDX

Boys in the hood

PDX hood life. Models: Brian, Greg & Steven

In Portland, I collaborated with local Instagrammer Steven Bustrin on a Vigilante web series. During October, Steven posted an ongoing saga of the tales of a disengaged young man in the big city, accompanied by a photograph, several of which were by me. Fun times re-imagining Portland as a city full of hoodlums.

Gallery below. View them larger on Flickr.

Under the bridge

Under the bridge. Model: Brian

Under the cover of darkness

Under the cover of darkness

Squad goals?

Squad goals?

Brian goes rogue

Brian goes rogue

It's a tough city. You have to be tougher.

It’s a tough city. You have to be tougher.

Models: Steven Bustrin, Brian Pickett and Greg.
You can follow the Instaseries on Steven’s instagram.

From the streets

Portrait from the streets of Portland

Portrait from the streets of Portland

There are around 4,000 people sleeping rough on the streets in Portland. The homeless situation in the USA is always a culture shock for me. I even saw 2x police officers issuing a ticket to a man sleeping in a car park, what an outrage! I’m not sure what the solution is, but what I learned is the best thing I could do was to overcome my fear and treat everyone with kindness and respect.

Cœur de pirate – Live in Portland

Cœur de Pirate commanding Doug Fir Lounge

Cœur de Pirate commanding Doug Fir Lounge

Quebecoise indie-pop, singer-songwriter, Cœur de pirate (aka Béatrice Martin) packed out Doug Fir Lounge in Portland last week. Supported by the supremely talented NYC singer-songwriter Sophie Auster.

I couldn’t help but get into gig photographer mode and put together this gallery.

View full gallery on Flickr >

Cœur de Pirate

Cœur de Pirate

Cœur de Pirate

Cœur de Pirate

Sophie Auster

Sophie Auster

Sophie Auster

Sophie Auster

Offbeat Travel Guide to Salem

Offbeat Travel Guide to Salem
Salem, Massachusetts is a quaint coastal New England town, just 30 mins via train from Boston. Infamous for the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, this quirky town has rich American history, stunning examples of New England architecture and it’s sure to celebrate Halloween like nowhere else. There are quite a few tourist traps (mechanical dioramas anyone?!), below I will highlight places where you can discover the real essence of Salem (Google map included).

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Offbeat Travel Guide to San Diego

San Diego Travel Guide

San Diego, known for its unique mix of maritime history, colourful Mexican culture, the epicenter of Comic Con and pristine Pacific coastline. While it’s Mediterranean-style climate makes it a great holiday destination, it also has a rich cultural scene and dedication to preserving its eclectic architecture.

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Top 5 Milkshakes in the USA

Best milkshakes in America

There’s nothing like washing down a burger and fries with a good ol’ Milkshake. Whilst traveling through USA these past two years, I discovered that foodie culture is having an impact on the humble milkshake. Diners are serving fresh, new flavours that go beyond the standard milk/icecream/syrup recipe, created with real ingredients in unique combinations.

Read on for my favourite milkshakes in America, chosen for their distinct flavours and quality.
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Madonna MDNA Tour Photos

Madonna live in LA

Madonna live at Staples Center, Los Angeles

And so another Madonna world tour comes to an end. The MDNA world tour wraps up tonight in Cordoba, Argentina. Earlier this year I flew to Los Angeles to see both her shows at the Staples Center. Due to a series of fortunate events, I caught the show from the 6th row and could not have had a more perfect night! Madonna was on fire, the theatrics were mind-blowing and the choreography was out of this world. While I’m usually an advocate of fresh takes on old songs, I was pleased to see classic takes on Vogue (featuring post modern JPG cones) and Express Yourself (albeit with a cheeky Lady Gaga mash-up)! I lived the dream… sang, snapped and danced my ass off with The Queen!

Check out more photos in my Portfolio Gallery and Flickr page.

Ashley McCarthy Photoshoot

Ashley McCarthy
On my recent US trip, I collaborated with free-spirited Los Angeles-based actress/model Ashley McCarthy on a fashion photoshoot. With no plans, we scoped out cool scenes around Venice Beach, California, resulting in a very SoCal editorial. Check out the photos from our guerilla photoshoot!

Hotel California Photoshoot

Stefany

Model: Stefany, MUA: Rachelle Games, Photo: Naomi Rahim

In collaboration with Brazilian-model, Stefany, and LA-based Makeup Artist, Rachelle Games, we created this Lana Del Rey-inspired editorial shoot in Downtown Los Angeles.

Across two locations in the Historic Core of LA (you may recognise the location from 500 Days of Summer), we brought to life a vibe of casual glamour. The wardrobe was styled by myself, using a mix of 60s-inspired fashion and retro hair and make-up by Rachelle. Doesn’t Stefany look like a Hollywood bombshell?

View the full photoshoot.

Las Vegas – Glamour Shoot

Stefany

Stefany (Brazil)

Whilst traveling through the US on a Contiki tour, I met Brazillian model/dancer Stefany and we immediately started planning location shoots on our travels.

This shoot was a particularly fun & crazy one, we had about an hour on The Strip in Las Vegas to do some damage with some gold hot pants. Check out the full photoshoot on my Flickr page.