Some recent work for Los Angeles based singer/songwriter, Natalie Major. These were promo pieces (and cover art) for her recent single, “City of Gold.”
Natalie Major http://www.instagram.com/itsnataliemajor
HMUA: Lindsay Byrd, http://www.instagram.com/lindsaybyrd/
“City of Gold” song: https://open.spotify.com/track/2NZfPrO6thk2eVuyo9ZnkG
Kelly (IG @kellygoldsackmakeup) and Alex (IG: @elegancebyalex) are both local hair/makeup artists. We came up with an idea where they each played the role of HMUA and model. So we headed to Malibu. These were the results :)
My name is Justin. I like to drive around and find foggy/snowy forests and make really moody photos. A lot of laughter happens on these trips, but that’s always before and after the moments when I’m pressing the shutter button.
I usually post these photos with an equally moody song lyric or quote. A lot of people think the lyric choice is really thought out. It isn’t. I just like music and hate writing my own captions.
Some people msg me and tell me they cringe when they see my photos and it makes them uncomfortable. I’m ok with that (now). As a recovering people pleaser, It’s taken me a long time to understand that my goal is not to reach “the masses.”
Some people message me beautiful/heartwarming compliments and tell me my photos have helped them through rough times and give them hope. If I’m being honest, this makes me feel mildly uncomfortable when it happens. I never quite know how to respond so I usually just say something like “Aww, thank you .” Conversely, I also see the beauty involved with deeply connecting with a random stranger on the internet, and that does feel good and real. The whole thing brings on a cognitive dissonance that I am learning to accept.
Speaking of being uncomfortable and being honest, this post was was difficult for me type and I’m cringing at the thought of hitting post. With that being said, a lot of people whose opinions I really value would never forgive me (see, I’m people pleasing again, but for the right reasons this time) if I didn’t hit post, so (takes breath….)
Here are a few favorites from a recent forest excursion with Rex (IG: @rex.dude). The Norse gods of fog (just pretend they exist) were good to us on this day! Make sure to check out his art account too (IG: @rexrockwell). This dude has serious talent!
Raphael Arkera recently commissioned me to do create studio portraits to update his look/brand. He wanted to go them to feel dark, edgy, moody, cinematic, etc, so naturally, I jumped at the opportunity. Raphael’s a multi-talented creator, that has his hand in everything from creative direction to video game design, and much more. Check out his work here: https://www.raphaelarkera.com/ and on Instagram: @raphaelarkera. Here are a few our favorites from this shoot.