The L.A.-based lensman, featured in Ammo's Milk and Honey photo book, has a knack for capturing the sunny free-spirit vibe of L.A. living.
I knew I wanted to be a photographer when...I was 18 and out taking photos during a storm when I was struck by lightning. While I was in the hospital recovering I looked at photography books and it became clear to me what I wanted to do.
The subject I'm most drawn to...Violently spirited energetic freckles.
The inspiration behind my Stay Cool photo series...I had an idea. I did the idea. It felt good. I did it over and over. I think the concept of doing something that makes you feel good is what makes something worth doing.
Living in L.A. impacts my work by...Awesome fuzzy warm magical city = awesome fuzzy warm magical photos.
My camera of choice...Canon 1Ds.
I put my subjects at ease with...Tiddlywinks.
My photography icon…Steve Jobs. Do I need to say why Steve Jobs?
My most memorable shoot...There are a few. First, having one of my best friends skateboard on the 10 freeway in traffic (above). Four friends climbing on a traffic pole in Beverly Hills and high-fiving tourists on a double-decker bus. Convincing a cop to bunny-hop on a razor scooter on Sunset Blvd.
Best advice I ever received...Before he died I had the honor of meeting Helmut Newton and he said to me, "Try to make everyone take their shirts off."
And my advice for the would-be photographer...Have fun. Take pictures. Repeat.
Photo from the Stay Cool series by RJ Shaughnessy