So i’ve been working with my buddy Philip Ring aka PHILDOESHAIR for probably over 3 years now. In between when we initially met and now he has moved from Arizona to Rhode island which obviously allowed us to work together more often. Regardless, I’ve done a lot of video and photo work for him and various brands hes worked with. However, this is the first time I’ve watched him replace his own hair system. Rewind a year ago and i didn’t even know this process existed, fast forward until now and i feel like I’ve shot so many educational videos that i could replace a hair system myself. At least that’s how easy they make it look.
Again, my bother Steven came to me and said he wanted to make something simple on short notice. I tried to over complicate the shoot but he wouldn’t let me. He wanted the video to be stripped down and right out front, just like the song.
I’m really happy with the result, but i credit him for keeping me in check and forcing me to just let it ride. And to me personally, the song speaks volumes and the video matches its simplicity. So in retrospect id have to agree with him, less is more in this case.
Steven Michael - Too Long
Im no writer and i damn sure wont be editing these but im going to tell you guys all about everything im doing and try to put some things into perspective for you as i post them.
My homie Steven very recently released his debut album titled “Lost in the Wonder” which i had the opportunity to watch come to fruition, almost from start to finish. Rewind 2 years and Steven is working a corporate sales job struggling to find time, inspiration and collaborators to make this album possible. What would any sane person do in this scenario you might ask?
Quit your steady job, throw away all of the financial security in your life and spend your savings on an album, DUH!
Click the image to stream the album now..
So i suggested recording the album with my buddy The Arcitype over at The Bridge Sound and Stage in Cambridge, MA. I stopped by a few sessions and it seemed like they hit it off right away. A few months later “Lost in the Wonder” was born.
Steven had the idea to shoot a handful of stripped down versions of the songs live at The Bridge. So with the help from my dude Danny Moore and the recording expertise of the entire staff at the studio we were able to bang out all of these in one day.
Last Friday night i was at a brewery down the street from my house and Steven popped by, we started talking about official videos and he said he needed to get something together this week, im taking on way too much at the moment but i was like
“fuck it, lets do it”
and hes like
“cool see you 330 am on Monday morning”
So obviously im thinking
“the fuck did i just get myself into, of course this hippy wants to wake up before sunrise and trek into the woods by phone-light and not wear bug-spray so we can bond with the mosquitoes”.
So that’s exactly what we did. Caught the sunrise in the middle of the woods and filmed for just about an hour and a half. You can see the video featuring Steven’s sister Alicia Lucchetti below.
I feel like just yesterday was Leedz’ 10 year anniversary show. The other night we celebrated him throwing shows and being in business for 15 long years. It’s always an amazing time whenever i get to capture my friends tearing down the stage.
Like i said in a bunch of previous posts i just made…
I’m updating this site with a ton of new material and more current projects. My goal is to keep this blog current with whatever i am working on and fill you all in on what goes into everything I’m doing and give a more in depth look than i would on social media. Might even give out some secrets, who knows? The pasts few posts have been bare but the future posts will contain a ton of material that doesn’t make instagram, etc. along with an up to date write up if the photos and videos cant explain something.
A Loss For Words was celebrating 10 years since the release of their album “The Kids Can’t Lose” with back to back shows at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA.
The third weekend in a row i found myself shooting photos of haircuts at a festival on behalf of the Idle Hand Collective squad. This time it was Levitate Festival headlined by Damian Marley.
Again, these posts will be much more elaborate posts when they’re fresh but im just catching up.
The very next weekend the Idle Hand Collective dudes asked me to come shoot another festival. They couldn’t get enough of the kid apparently. This one was super local and probably only 30 minutes from my house. Figured why not go shoot some haircuts and watch some bands?
I dont know where to begin with this one. I decided last minute i was going down to Delaware with the Idle Hand Collective squad of barbers to shoot photos for them at Firefly Festival. Drove down in a 12 passenger van thinking i wouldn’t know anybody until i got down there. It was a long and amazing 3 days of shooting photos, partying and trying to figure out how to stay showered. I even snuck in an hour and half or so to shoot some video which ill leave below.
Im going to do better in the future of staying on top of these posts as they happen so i an fill you all in a little better.
Just a few of the photos i took over the weekend.
I was stressed out from overworking myself, it was a Friday afternoon and i was looking for any excuse not to continue editing. I cant watch TV or film unless i want to be inspired and start thinking about filmmaking again so i decided to do something i hadn’t done in over a decade…
I bought a video game. Not a console but i bought GTA 5 for my PC and went to Target and bought an Xbox controller.
Off i go and hours went by, my plan worked and im distracted from work. Finally. FALSE ALARM. All of a sudden i see something pop up in the corner of the screen and it says “Director mode unlocked”. So i eagerly see what its all about because i was already enthralled with the detail of the game and its internal “cinematography”.
To make a long story short i discovered an entire new genre so to speak of filmmaking that i wasnt aware existed. It was a crazy epiphany. I thought, “i can now move a fake camera around an already generated 3D city with incredible detail?”
Again, to try to make this short because i could ramble for days about how cool this is. I spent the next 60+ hours creating a short film for a 3 song EP by Ricky Phillips that we would later release under Talking Seaweed Music.
Im not going to stop there, ive already made a number of other shorts i didnt release. However we did release one more GTA short film under Talking Seaweed as part of a new series were making consisting of 1 minute GTA shorts.
To our surprise, we at Talking Seaweed were nominated for four NECANN awards at their first ever award show. Heres a quick hundred reasons we shouldn’t have been surprised.
We ended up taking home “2018 Best Industry Website” though and did a photo shoot in the middle of the night with our homie Trespassion.
We spent the following 2 days of the convention at the hotel across the street working out, swimming and well, ill just let yall take a look.
For those that don’t know i launched an award winning cannabis brand and digital media platform called Talking Seaweed with a partner of mine Bobby Sullivan in early 2018. We launched our live event series called #YiKES! in December of 2018 sponsored by Natalia Vargas Insurance and The Honey Comb Farm.
Talking Seaweed is a cannabis-centric lifestyle brand and media platform. Through groundbreaking original content (specifically, but not limited to: Film, Photography, Comedy, Podcasts, Music, Art, Sports, Etc.) TS aims to break down the negative stigma surrounding cannabis use. TS delivers high quality, consistent content while fully immersing themselves in every level of the cannabis industry and culture. Talking Seaweed seems to be the comedic relief the cannabis industry ironically needs right now. While everybody around them competes over product sales and argues about legal weed they just make jokes and outwork the rest. #EastCoastTasteMakers
Talking Seaweed believes there is a lot more the cannabis industry can do for athletes so we took it upon ourselves and started “YiKES!”. YiKES! is the extreme sports branch of Talking Seaweed. We are currently hosting our own private skate and bmx sessions. These are known as the “YiKES! Sessions”. We will continue to releasie an abundance of content surrounding cannabis use within and around extreme sports athletes and culture. It’s about time the industry stands up for athletes. Our goal with “YiKES!” is to de-stigmatize cannabis use in and around extreme sports and athletes in general. We are curating a platform just for that. For more #YiKES! content click here.
Besides music, the beauty industry is my favorite environment to work in. The people are fun, professional and for the most part, all go getters. This was my second time out to a Hairbrained video award show in Manhattan however it had changed venues since i was last there (and left my camera at the club after the open bar hit too hard, but that’s a story for another day).
I was honestly fed up with client work early 2019 and i decided to just reach out to some friends to get some gigs that would get my inspiration back and lead me shoot some things i enjoy more than my typical day to day projects. One of my buddies, Gordon who now works for HB responded almost immediately with something to the extent of “Love it!. We could use a photographer next month at the award show let me talk to Gerard and Randy and square it away”. And that he did.
Again, all of these posts are going to be me rambling on and not editing anything. Dictated not read. Anyway, here are a few photos from that event.
So as i begin to update my site for the first time in a while i realized I’m not going to start too far back I’m just going to make it a point to keep this blog and the rest of the site updated with everything I’m currently working on.
Not too long ago i went up to NH with my buddy Danny Moore to shoot a music video i was directing for J’You. I tried to shoot this one a little different and use as minimal takes and cuts as possible to really give the audience the feeling of being in the room. Anyway, hope you guys enjoy it.
J’You - Held Me Down (Directed by Rose Glen)
My buddy Andris owns a company called Baking Steel. Through a solid product, great marketing, and a lot of hustle hes been able to create quite a name for himself in the Pizza world. I flew out to SF for a short trip with Andris and his partner Craig to meet up with pizza legend, and restaurateur Tony Gemignani. The goal was to basically just create content for Baking Steel. Tony came by the Air Bnb and showed us a few different pizzas and the strategies behind each style of pizza as well as different techniques to cook the best pizza on a Baking Steel. Subscribe on YOUTUBE for all the video content.
Hosted a pre-thanksgiving dinner with 20+ guests, glass blowers and gourmet meals prepared by the Mass Cannabis Chefs.
So i decided i wasn't having enough fun just creating effortless shit with my friends anymore so i decided to reinvent a series i started over 5 years ago. Checkout the first 3 episodes right here...