ANNANDALE, Virginia — Newly launched in the US, the official Pacquiao brand tees! To help break in the brand, Bradley David Photography, Noel Delarosa Promotions, and skater Angelo Lee teamed up for one hot photoshoot.
Make-up by Ana Huynh
Second shooter: Noreen Delarosa
Models: Josiie and Stephanie
Courtesy of Noreen Delarosa
SILVER SPRING, Maryland – Sure, these may be last year’s model, but nothing’s changed except the colorway. I spent a lot of time looking for the perfect replacement for my six-year old Northwave Kevin Jones boots, and stumbled across the Nike Kaiju. Wow, I normally wouldn’t look to Nike for snowboard gear, but this boot was too hot to ignore. Nikes were also highly recommended by my friends, so it was a no-brainer to order them. I secured one of the last remaining pair from Martini Skate & Snow for $244.00!
What caught my eye the most was the strong Jordan design influence married with a bit of Asian flare (a la the Japanese characters). Yo, can’t go wrong with the elephant print and XI’s eye loops.
And it’s definitely not overrated; the fit is amazing and feels a lot less bulky than other boots. The liner hugs your foot without being constricting. I can’t wait to break them in. I’m not sure if I’ll heat mold them or just do what Mike of Martini Skate & Snow suggested; that is, put on snowboard socks, wear the boot for an hour, take them off for 10, then another hour with the boot back on.
I’m confident these will hold up for me for the next five years; that’s not to say I won’t pick up the 2010/2011 colorway when this season is over! Thanks to Marlon and Jordy for suggesting the Nike brand! Check out some of the images I took in my makeshift bedroom studio! 😀
2009/2010 Nike Zoom Kaiju (black/varsity royal)
Maryland — Today, I received my Vibram FiveFingers KSO. I don’t remember where or when I heard about the FiveFingers, but I knew the idea behind barefoot running made perfect sense. Rob, a close friend of mine, has been using them for a while and suggested the KSO model instead of the KSO Trek. KSO Trek has a crazy tread pattern and uses Kangaroo leather; soooo soft! Before I ordered a pair, I headed down to CitySports in Bethesda to get a feel for the size and fit. I’m a size 9.5, normally, and the European 40 fit perfectly. The build quality was excellent and look so much better in-person. I picked mine up at Rock/Creek for $84.95 w/ FREE SHIPPING and NO TAX since CitySports was out of stock.
As a former high school track sprinter/runner, I’m used to running on the balls of my feet. Unfortunately, those days are long gone and my joints and muscles aren’t like they used to be. After I get some miles on my KSOs, I may follow up on here or you can just email me if you’re interested in my thoughts and opinions. You can Google “barefoot running” since more qualified people on YouTube and various blogs have drawn-out discussions and analysis on the subject.
I took some shots of them before I jack them up on the street:
New York — This is the second collection I’ve photographed for Arti and NeuAura. Before I received the samples I had plans to shoot the collection outdoors. Unfortunately, the DC area got hit with two monster snow storms, so I was a bit worried about the shoot. My only requirement was to maintain a rustic theme, so I Googled “rustic” and didn’t see images that I liked. I stumbled on some images of wood flooring and knew that was the direction I wanted to take.
I headed down to Home Depot, perused the aisles for cheap solutions, but didn’t find anything reasonable. Staining cut planks of wood required too much effort and buying a big box of wood flooring was uneconomical. I stumbled on some pressed wood shelving and decided to go with four shelves for $20. But after shooting the shoes on them, the results were terrible. The wood pattern and quality looked really cheap. I was really worried after that.
Overnight, I remembered seeing some pretty good quality flooring at Ikea. The next day I swung by and picked a box for $30. Wow! The put together the set on my dining room table, but still wasn’t sure what to expect. After shooting a test shot, I was feeling pretty good. The results were lightyears ahead of the Home Depot solution. I’ll be return the shelving and keeping the flooring for future shoots!
Client: Arti Upadhyay
Company: NeuAura Shoes (New York, NY)
Product: Animal-friendly fashion footwear
GEORGETOWN, Washington, D.C. — A few months ago I received an email from Arti Upadhyay, owner and designer of Neuaura Shoes, saying that she’d like for me to shoot her Fall/Winter shoe collection. Wow, just the opportunity I was praying for! We played a little phone tag, but we eventually agreed to work together.
Arti is making quite a name for herself in the Vegan fashion scene. As many of you may know, Vegan fashion wear eliminates the use of animal products. Period. That means end-to-end–yes even the factory in Brazil is Vegan-approved–no animals were harmed during the manufacturing of Neuaura products!
A few weeks after our conversation, I received the samples in a huge, worn box. I could tell this guy had made it’s rounds with FedEx; turns out the collection was being featured in various fashion articles including The Wall Street Journal. I decided to take the collection down to Georgetown to give me a quasi-city feel. The Washington, DC area isn’t know for huge skyscrapers or that New York hustle, so I’d have to fudge the L&F with tight shots and editing.
Check out the article from City Saheli featuring one of our images!