Recently worked on a documentary with Brasilian director Pedro Gorski about Hélio Gracie, one of the founders of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and an all-around amazing human being. As always, I was found behind the still camera, producing production stills. Without a doubt an extraordinary group of men across the board, and it was an honor getting to meet each one of them. Here are a few selects from the experience.

We started at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, CA. We interviewed with Rorion Gracie and his sons, Rener and Ryron. While there, we also interviewed Ed O’Neill, who has been training at the Gracie Academy for 18 years *AND* is a black belt!










On the last day of production, we found ourselves at the home of Royce Gracie. We finished off the shoot with a couple of short interviews.





Can’t wait to hit the big time so I can start taking classes!

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Oahu

October 12, 2010







News!

March 23, 2010

It’s been a good month for work. (Hence the lack of blog updates.)

I spent 3 weeks shooting production stills for a Feature Film, Locked Away. I had gigs upon gigs of images from this, so it was a great lesson in editing down. As file sizes get bigger, storage is become greater and greater an issue. That’s why after my summer job, I’m going to get me a DROBO!. More on the summer job in a bit.

Also, this past week found me on set with a fashion shoot, featuring Linday Lohan as the model. Those who know me and my work, know that fashion is not my passion, so before you go scratching your head in confusion, know that I was just shooting the behind-the-scenes photography. The photographer was Patrick Hoelck. Cool guy, great images. Really fun to be around.

Images from both jobs will be added to this blog and categorized as soon as I have the proper permissions to share them.

Both of those jobs have been wrapped on my end, so the exciting news is now I can finally focus on my next two big projects.

I have an upcoming summer job doing videographer work for a non-profit. I’m very excited to use my eye for color and composition with them. It will be a great 90 days, and I look forward to improving on my video shooting and editing skills. In fact, today I will be upgrading to Final Cut Studio 3. VERY exciting.

Primarily though, I need to work on my Brasilia images. Brasilia is celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary, and I know that it is crucial that I get them key-worded and online… Also, they’re going to look great on my new site, jessreynolds.com.

So that’s the news for now. Locked Away and Lindsay Lohan archived, next is Videographer and Brasilia. 🙂

Hipstamatic

February 13, 2010

Absolutely adoring this new iPhone App – Hipstamatic!!!

Taken at the Royal Garden in NoHo.

NoHo's Royal Garden

Last Friday, October 16th, Visual Acoustics opened in Los Angeles, a film about architectural photographer Julius Shulman.

Tonight I finally got around to seeing it.

What an incredible film! Julius is without a doubt the photographer I aspire to be. I can’t believe that during my last two years of studying architectural photography at the Academy of Art University, none of my professors directed me to have a look at his work. In fact, the way I found out about Julius Shulman was through the broker on the house we are renting in LA right now. Of all people!!! She mentioned that he had passed away, and that it was a major loss for Los Angeles.

Being the curious person I am, I decided to Google him up and was blown away by the results I discovered. I found myself clicking through page after page of Google Images, reading article after article on his work. A few weeks later, a friend sent the link for the Visual Acoustics Apple Trailer…. After that, I just found myself counting down the days until it came out in Los Angeles…

The film gives an incredible history not only on Julius, but on the modernist architects of the 20th century. That was a bonus! There were clips from interviews from 50 years ago, and clips from as soon as a few years ago. I can go on and on about this film, but I’d much rather strongly recommend you to see it. Any fan of architecture and photography really should see it!

I aspire not only to enjoy a career in architectural photography such as his, but I also aspire to share his positive outlook on… well… everything! I’m sorry I didn’t get the opportunity to know him before he passed away, I would have loved the opportunity to meet him.

© Visual Acoustics, by Eric Bricker

© Visual Acoustics, by Eric Bricker

auf Wiedersehen!

June 23, 2009

These next few months are going to bring about much excitement!!

From now until July 7th, I will be wrapping up the end of a five and half year stint of living in San Francisco. Having originally moved here from the small borough of Folsom, NJ, I attended school at the Academy of Art University for Advertising Photography, where I graduated as a valedictorian nominee. What a great city to go to school in! San Francisco is welcoming of everyone and everything, and really gave me the opportunity to grow and discover who I am, both personally and creatively, without having to worry about anyone passing judgement.

After graduation, I took a job with Apple Inc. as a Creative which, to be honest, I couldn’t resist. A great company, with great products, and great people. After only a year, however, I was really missing photography. So I said my goodbyes to Apple, and started up my business… …right in the middle of a recession!

Work in San Francisco has been pretty slow, for both myself and my film-producer boyfriend, Marcelo Eid. As a result, we decided to try a new city! Off to Los Angeles we go…

But first, three weeks in France! 10 days in Paris, 10 days in the south of France…. Suffice it to say, I’m exhilarated for the opportunity and feel extremely fortunate. I’m also eager to photograph like crazy to expand my portfolio! This trip will certainly justify updating my website.

After France, two weeks in New Jersey… Catch a couple of shows from my alumni drum corps, the Cadets, spend some quality time with family, and enjoy some water ice on the Jersey Shore!

However, as relaxing as the upcoming weeks sound, as soon as I’m back to California, I’m going to be in a new city with not many contacts, which will catapult me into working double time!! Lots of phone calls, lots of meetings, lots of challenges… All of which I am very excited about meeting head on and starting a new career in the South of California!

Hope everyone is well… Now I’m off to put some things for sale on Craigslist. Anyone interested in an iPhone 2G? (:

Yosemite

June 22, 2009

Mid-May found me in Yosemite for the first time in my life. I can’t believe that I’ve lived in San Francisco for over 5 years of my life and have only just gotten to Yosemite.

Suffice it to say, it was a breathtaking experience. I was only there for two nights, so unfortunately I was only able to scratch the surface (not even!) of what Yosemite has to offer… Here is a small selection of what I came home with… Enjoy!

I’ll start with the essential Ansel Adam’s shot, 60 years later… Of course!

~jess.

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley Nightfall - Most incredible sky I've ever seen.

Yosemite Valley Nightfall - Most incredible sky I've ever seen.

Thunderstorm breaking

Thunderstorm breaking

Ahwahnee Lodge

Ahwahnee Lodge

From Glacier Point - Didn't even feel real.  Absolutely incredible.

From Glacier Point - Didn't even feel real. Absolutely incredible.

On the way to Upper Yosemite Falls

On the way to Upper Yosemite Falls

Panorama from Glacier Point - a wild attempt to capture magnificence. (:

Panorama from Glacier Point - a wild attempt to capture magnificence. (: