Voyage LA Profiles Rachael Thompson

What a sweet treat! Thanks so much for the feature Voyage LA! I am so honored.

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Behind the Scenes: Freakish

These guys — assistant director Brian and second assistant A camera operator Logan — couldn't have been more excited to wrap Freakish a few weeks ago. I'm so glad I was there to capture this behind-the-scenes moment of pure joy and badassery. The series comes to Hulu this fall.

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Featured in People Magazine: GloZell Green's Baby Shower

Now that I've made the first of several big June deadlines, I finally got the chance to check out my photo in the latest issue of People Magazine. For the last year and a half, I've been part of a small Awestruck crew documenting the fertility journey of GloZell Green, an incredibly strong and funny woman, for her docuseries, Glo All In. A few weeks ago, we celebrated her impending motherhood with an elegant baby shower in Los Angeles. Here are some of my favorite moments with GloZell, her husband, S.K., and their amazing surrogate, Shawna. 

Skin Deep

I love working as a set photographer. I get to shoot some really cool stuff with really cool people. And, frankly, it's incredibly fun to watch — and document — the production of rad new TV shows and films. Skin Wars, a bodypainting competition show hosted by Rebecca Romijn, is one such project. In December, I photographed the show's casting day, where dozens of artists vying to become season two contestants toiled to create wild and captivating masterpieces on human canvases. Ultimately, 12 were chosen. Now, three remain. In anticipation of the Skin Wars Season 2 finale tomorrow night on the Game Show Network, here are a few of my favorite casting day moments.  

Beauty is Timeless

A few months ago, I snapped this photo of Academy Award-nominated actress Terry Moore showing off her stunning DeGalluchat handbag before the premier of her latest film, Mansion of Blood. Terry is not only an accomplished actress who has starred in Hollywood films since 1940, but she is also a sweet and kind dog-lover with an infectious laugh who works out with our fun fitness crew in the California sunshine three times a week. It's been a pleasure getting to know you, Terry. 

A Mother's Love

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of working with Gwen and her family once again as they prepare to welcome their newest bundle of joy to their merry tribe. This expectant mother radiates joy, strength and grace, even in those tough final days of pregnancy. Here are a few of my favorite moments.

Winter's Kiss

Model Sophie Lewis keeps warm in these cozy winter headbands by Violet Love, available now in these six stunning prints. Don't hit the slopes without one! Photographed in downtown Los Angeles. Makeup and hair by the incredibly talented Alfred Mercado.

The Not-So-Corporate Yogi

As a marketing executive, Dana Byerlee knows the adverse effects corporate life can have on our health and wellbeing. And she wants to help change it. After making adjustments to her own lifestyle, Dana, a certified yoga instructor, plans to bring her own brand of yoga and mindful meditation right to the belly of the beast — the office. So, for this shoot, we incorporated fun murals and sculptures to showcase Dana's playful nature and love of art. Here are a few of my favorites.

Renaissance Man

Surfer, philosopher, musician, actor, artist, voracious magazine reader. Bryan Smith is seriously one of the coolest people I've ever met. And, as expected, we had a blast during his photo shoot in Santa Monica on Friday afternoon. Here's a preview. 

Introducing Rebecca Michaels' Fall 2014 Collection

The upside to fashion photography: You get to shoot some really cool stuff with really cool people. The downside to fashion photography: You can't show anyone until the designer launches the collection many months later. I shot this lookbook in February. It's finally September, and most of this collection is now available at specialty stores throughout the U.S., including CorePower YogaLuke's Locker and Yoga Works. So, without further ado, here's the latest from L.A.-based designer Rebecca Michaels. Modeled by Makaela Maran and Tiara Denise. Makeup and hair by Alfred Mercado

Sneak Peek: Rebecca Michaels' Spring 2015 Collection

Two weekends, four sunrises, one sunset, one photographer and one model. That's what it took to shoot Rebecca Michaels' spring 2015 lookbook. Unlike previous shoots, however, Rebecca modeled this collection herself — doing what she always does, in her own neighborhood (which also happens to be my neighborhood), in her own apparel. Although the collection is still under wraps, here's a sneak peek that doesn't reveal too much. Cheers!

Stark Contrast

Loving these shots of Yoga Shelter founder Eric Paskel and Rina Yoga founder Rina Jakubowicz from our August photo shoot in downtown Los Angeles. Two souls, one love. Rina's hair and makeup by Nicole Hawkyard.