Friday, March 20, 2015

Image is Everything Episode 12 - Guest - Model Amber Kellehan

On this episode of Image is Everything, we were lucky enough to have model, Amber Kellehan in the studio.

Amber has her sights set on Playboy, and we are cheering her on all the way. It was an absolute pleasure to work with her, and hope to see her one day grace the pages of Playboy. Her Instagram

Also, if you aren't at least signed up for tsu, you're missing the boat. It's gonna suck real bad once this thing gets as big as Twitter, or Facebook, and someone has already taken your name.

It's a fact that tsu, is growing at a much faster pace than Facebook did on it's initial launch to the public, and tsu is strictly by invite only. So, if you aren't signed up, play it safe, and click my invite, and sign up to at least claim your name, even if you don't plan on using the service as of now. So, click for your --> INVITE

See you next week on another episode of, Image is Everything!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Let me tell you a little story about a band, named, "Vicious Kinids"

A few years ago, a very good friend of mine came to me, and said he knew this band. This band wanted to enter a contest sponsored by, and for, Jameson Irish Whisky battle of the bands contest.

They wanted to produce a video of some sort, so, they could enter, I mean the bass player in the band is actually named, "Jameson", how could they miss an opportunity like this?

Unfortunately, they didn't know anyone, or have any idea how. "Thats where I come in" They were a new band, even though all in the band, are pretty much lifelong musicians, they hadn't been together that long.

It sounded interesting, and I am always interested in music type video projects, plus, I LOVE helping new indie talent, so, I showed up, and said we could wing it, and see what we could get, just let me have whatever recorded track for your video, and I will do the best I can. ....well, they didn't even have a track recorded at the time.

So, I was like how in the world can we match the music, for the video, with no professionally recorded track? I was like I can shoot your video, but if you guy's have no music recorded, well, we are dead in the water. I said I didn't bring any sound equipment, or a sound recorder. Do you guys have one? No, they said....

Luckily the violinist, Agnieszka, spoke up, and said well I have a dictation recorder that I use to play into, so, I can see what I am sounding like. I said well, lets try that, "I am the King of improvise"  So, I had the band play into the $50 dictation recorder a few times to get their track down, and then we went ahead with filming the video. So, on the fly, with no shot list, or any kind of real planning, or pre-production at all in the next couple hours we filmed this video, which "WON" the contest!!

Fast forward to today, and a few years down the road, they now have a very professional EP recorded, and produced by the late great, Ikey Owens, of Mars Volta fame, who also played with Jack White, and who passed away last Oct. while on tour with, Jack White of the White Stripes.

I have watched these guy's blossom, and really move into their own over these past few years. We have done radio interviews together, shots of Jameson, and other things, and have become the absolute best of friends, and nothing could make me happier than hopefully seeing these guy's one day ink their big record deal. They are very talented, and truly deserve's their time.

I believe in their music. I believe in their talent, and that's why I chose to work with them for absolutely no pay for their initial video. Remember, when I said I LOVE helping new indie talent?

Now, that they have a little production money together, they have returned to me, and my team to have their first "REAL" professional music video produced, for their new, hit track, "California" and I could not be more excited. I will be producing the video, and Directing the video, Corey Cruz Molina will be handling all cinemaphotogaphy, and D.O.P.

We had initial plans for filming to start the first week of March, but do to scheduling conflicts, and our Cinematographer, Corey Cruz Molina being out of the country on other projects, we were forced to reschedule everything for next month. Everything happens for a reason, right?

Filming will begin, the 22nd of April, and we are very close to having a deal with Sailor Jeery to help with some production stuff, and promotion, and advertisement, once the video is complete, and released. The video will also be promoted through, the most amazing Social Media Platform on the interwebs,, if you don't know what tsu should find out. Ask me, I'll be glad to inform you.


Find the Vicious Kinids, on their tsu page, and follow them, to keep up with their scheduled shows, and exactly what they are up too. Vicious Kinids

Sailor Jeery, are also, lending us their custom vintage, Sailor Jeery, truck, and Harley Davidson, both should make very nice props to add production value to our new video endeavour, and we can't thank them enough.

Once we've completed the video, and post production is complete, Sailor Jeery will also help with promoting which is very exciting news, for a brand of their magnitude to get behind it. TSU, will also be promoting the video through the network, so, this is all just great news, and all involved in this project feel very blessed to be a part of. Thank You, Sailor Jeery, and TSU

Be sure to check out the Vicious Kinids at their website:

Now, without further ado, check out their new hit single, "California", be sure to download it, from iTunes, and take it with you, but listen for free now on SoundCloud.

We will be dedicating this video in memorial of the late great, Grammy award winner, Ikey Owens

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Image is Everything Episode 8 - Shooting in the dark

In this episode of Image is Everything I talk about what I have recently been working on including an international ad campaign I worked on, and a wedding I shot with my 2nd shooter, Jung Kim. We were faced with a Photographers worst nightmare, and I touch base on just exactly what had us scrambling trying to pull off a miracle.

I also just moved hosting for the podcast, we moved from Libsyn, to Podbean, so we have a new website now for the podcast, which we didn't have before.
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I also touch base on Sigmas new Art Series Prime Lenses, and a new web series called #BehindTheGlass.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Image is Everything - Episode 7 - Raw or JPEG

In this Episode on of Images is Everything, I delve into the age old question.....drum roll please....


In the Photogroup I host on Facebook, PhotoJunkie - Photo Addicts Only there has been some talk about shooting Raw vs JPG, many, many photographers are dead set on Raw is the only way to shoot. In this episode, I give you my thoughts on both, and what I think is the actual correct one to choose for you. Listen, and let me know your thoughts, do you agree?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Image is Everything Episode 6 - Guest Model/Muse Cissy Ly

In this episode 6 of, "Image is Everything" we were lucky enough to have the beautiful Ms Cissy Ly in studio. Cissy, and I have known each other a few years, now, and I had her stand in for a Commercial shoot I did a couple years ago, when we were actually seeing each other on a personal level.

I really encouraged her then to see where she could go with the modeling gig, and it's really awesome to see how far she has come in such a short time. She has signed with an Agency, and is well on her way to booking some high end commercial print gigs. In this episode I also let Cissy ask me a question which sets me off on a long winded answer on how, and when I actually started in this crazy field we love, and cherish called, Photography.

                            Below is one of the photos, we shot over two years ago.

And here are a couple shots from our latest shoot. 
This shot is for her new book. 
                   This shot was for my black and white fine art collection - The Nu Collection.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Image is Everything Episode 5 - Guest Ms AlliCat Arkfeld

As the old adage goes, "better late, than never".

Last Thursday's podcast is just now being loaded on Tuesday morning the 28th of Oct, for reasons that I have had company in the studio going on two straight weeks.

First I had Ms Nai Qazi, and ElleAX come out, and visit for a weekend, and do the show, than the very next weekend, I had my girl, Ms AlliCat Arkfeld come out for the weekend, and we did some Photo hiking in the Joshua Tree National Park, and she did the Podcast as well the two Sundays ago before leaving back to LA, unfortunately I only had her for a half an hour, which meant there was still an half hour of show to produce, and as soon as she left Sunday I had to leave for LA, and pick up my next Podcast victim Ms Cissy Ly, who ended up doing two days of shooting, and the Podcast as well, but with her being with a new agency we literally had to drive to LA, and back a couple times, so within one week, of her being here. I drove just over a thousand miles, and with doing her shoot, and all of her edits for her book. I've gotten way behind. Clients, and shooting will always come first for me.....

Anyway, without further ado, here is the podcast with my interview with, Ms AlliCat Arkfeld, and I also touch base on the popularity of Facebook Groups, and the potential positive, and negative effects of CCing your photos, and art.

Hope you enjoy the show.....I am actively looking for sponsors, so, if you want to get a spot on the show please contact me, and let me know.

UPDATE: Thursday, October, 30, 2014. If you listen to the show with MS AlliCat Arkfeld, there has been a write up in the Long Beach Press Telegram for the event she was promoting, and talking about. Follow the link for the story. Dramatic Results wins two million grant for arts


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Image is Everything - Episode 4 - Manual mode, or Auto for Beginners

In this Episode of, "Image is Everything" I will try to answer the question of should you as a beginning Photographer shooting your first requested photoshoot, even though for free, should you start off in manual, or auto-mode. I'll give you my insight, and opinion on the topic.

In Photography News: Addressing, and talking about the four UCSB Researchers, and Photographers who one was killed on the railroad trestle close to Santa Barbara, CA this past weekend.

Last, but not least I will give you my initial thoughts on the newly released Nikon D750, which is all the buzz all over the Internet these days. Being a Nikon D700 owner, I will give you my initial thoughts on this camera.

If you would like to listen to the show, on your mobile device, or tablet, you can download the Podcast App, Stitcher Radio App, or listen directly on iTunes for free.

I just want to THANK YOU all so much for listening, and all the support for this new show...... means the world to me, and I can thank you enough. ~RAV