Monday, December 6, 2010

Labeled

I've been designing a few lables with a great client (Jeff Moses)

This one is one of my favorited I've recently designed. Got to give a lot of credit to Jeff for the concept.



-Juan

It's available at Bevmo's across California & Arizona.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Rod Powell

Had the pleasure of photographing some of Rod Powell's most recent works of art..

Here are some of his creations getting some final touches..

Ever since I first seen Rod start working on this piece I was a fan!

A couple of years ago I bought my brother a Rod Powell painted board for Christmas... I think I need one for myself.

A light up Bust light... Dope!

I'm a big fan of this little guy..

Back view..

This little guy is also very cool!

Rod has become a Munny making machine!

Stay Creative!
-Juan

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Salinas Exposed

Here are the shots I did use for the "Salinas Exposed" photo exhibit.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the opening reception!

"Rancho Salinas"
This shot was taken kind of by accident. I went to this overpass to get a shot of the freeway, shot it and wasn't too happy with it so I ran across the street and looked onto the "trailitas" and had to capture them.

"Holier Than Thou"
I knew I wanted to capture some kind of older brick building.. So I was driving around South Salinas and almost shot the Salinas High tower but thought it would be too obvious.. So as I went to go shoot the letters of the Salinas Valley Bowl I drove to this Church and walked up to it..

"Cruise Night"
This is an old shot of our very first Cruise Night at Bay Photo Lab.. I knew I had to use it.. It says a lot about me and Salinas too..

"The Good Die Young"
I was driving home and remembered seeing some flowers and candles lit for the young 14 year old boy who was shot in broad day light.. Speeaks volumes about Salinas.

"Fayuca"
Taco trucks have played a huge feeding role in my life.. had to capture one..

If you couldn't make it to the opening reception try to stop by Somos this month.. Lots of dope photography!
-Juan

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Didn't Expose Salinas

Here are a few of my shots that will not make it into the "Salinas Exposed" photo exhibit which opens tomorrow night at Somos Gallery here in Salinas..

I've been wanting to capture Salinas at night for a long time, now I finally had a reason. I wanted to take this shot at another overpass, I practiced here and go to the overpass I really wanted but for some reason I never made it there... I will though.

I had this shot in my head for a while, I wanted to take a shot of traffic on the 101, I had a different view in my head, I like the way it came out, but not exactly what I wanted.. maybe I'll try it again.

I went to take a fes snaps in Oldtown Salinas, but after I figured a lot of people would so I decided against using shots of Oldtown... I still like this shot of Gabilan St. though..

Hope to see ya'll tomorrow night!
-Juan

Monday, November 1, 2010

Hallow's Eve 2010

Well my weekend started off with a good hearty meal (and chavela) at Mi Tierra in Salinas, Ca followed by a few hours of shooting some of Rod Powell's artwork. Here's a sneak preview...
More on this little guy and other Rod Powell creations later..

Saturday night I started out shooting at Melissa's Halloween Party (and dressed up as Russell from the movie Up) and had a great time!

There was plenty of drinks for the thirsty!

A celebrity arrived and people went crazy!

It was Jack, and he brought gifts...

The Ewoks arrived in style..

Lots of Sake Bombs!

It was good to have friends that I knew show up..

Snooki and the rest of the party people dancing.

After Melissa's party I headed to Celeste's party to catch my familia dancing to the beats of Dj Sho-T.

My Partner In Crime for the night Hobo Freddie.

Steph thinks she can sing, she can't!

In the mix!

Great weekend...
-Juan

Monday, October 25, 2010

Exposing Salinas

I'm pretty stoked to be a part of this photogrpahy exhibit and to have designed the flyer..

Will (at Somos Media) and I talked about doing a "Salinas" photo exhibit over a year ago, then we kinda put it on the back burner. A few months ago my buddy Mark asked Will if we've ever moved forward on the "Salinas" exhibit... We hadn't but Mark asking was enough to get the ball rolling..

I think we did a good job of gathering some photographers who will shed some light on the culture (not just agriculture) in Salinas.





Salinas Exposed
Froday November 5th
Somos Media

You must be there!
-Juan

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

See-Eee-Al-Al

Today I was saving files from my cell phone that will get erased after I update it...

So I thought I'd share some photos I've taken with the good ol HD2..

This is why I'm fat!

Sam's Burger in Hayward... Street Hopping!

behind the scenes of my brother shooting Jessica with some Salinas Boys creations

Package design research.. I swear.

Lil Jon is down with Deadend (at the XGames)

Speaking of the XGames.. rally cars are dope!

Up close and personal with Mix Master Mike!

Want a taste?

Padilla Pinstriping mixed media.

Amplive makes the beat go!

I'll forever keep snapping flicks!
-Juan

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Body Art

Not everything I shoot is automotive related...

Every once in a while I get called on to shoot people... I'm not that good at it yet but I do enjoy it. Especially when I get to work with creative people.

I've worked with Danyelle Castro (model/hairstylist/make-up artist) a few times before and we always have a good time shooting. She seems to always have good ideas.The bottle of alcohol she brings with her might also help.

Not so long ago Danyelle asked if I would be interested in shooting her first time body painting a model. I was interested and glad I did it. We had a great time. Danyelle asked her friend Victoria to help out (she did a great job) and had Josselyn be her canvas.. Josselyn was a great sport and did a wonderful job posing..

Hair

Painting & Make-Up

Team effort

Finished product

Josselyn's eyes are so intense..

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Rod Powell Picnic

The Rod Powell Picnic is back!

I can check another event off my bucket list..

Legends... Butch Hurley & Rod Powell

Talented customizers/painters/builders from the Salinas area.

Rod Powell & Big Watcha with this years banner

Me and Rod Powell

The Blue Mule

A few of the cars that showed up.

I'm glad I was part of this event!

-Juan