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JOHN on J

As of late, driving on "J" Street has been a part of my daily routine. With the morning traffic slowing things down a bit, it allows the opportunity to see--the people that (literally) live on the grid (the homeless). 

Despite recent revitalization efforts of the downtown area, it still leaves the question of how or where can the homeless seek refuge? What types of aide or assistance can community leaders come up with to help the less fortunate? How and what can our community do to provide some relief especially during the cold and rainy weather?

Please note that I am not here to exploit the homeless to gain any attention whatsoever for my photography work. [In fact] If you recall my recent Facebook post about a guy name Rick who walked into the Starbucks and gave everyone $20 Starbucks (app reload), it simply made everyone's day (including mine since I was having a miserable 2 weeks).

So, in the spirit of "Paying Forward," I decided to meet this interesting fella whom I took note of everyday because he would always be doing some type of exercise as I drove by on J, in the same spot everyday, between 11th and 12th street.

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"I enjoy art and like to read spy books."

- John

So, as I pulled over to the closest parking meter to his location, I pretended initially that I was there to park and go about my day. However, I still said "hello" to him! Then, he joyously said hello back as if we had known each other for quite some time. [And] Given how most people tread swiftly pass homeless people, I was expecting that John would ask me if I had any loose change but he didn't. 

As I proceeded to put in the last quarter, I told John that I was actually there to meet him and simply enjoy some coffee! Who doesn't love a nice warm cup of coffee during a chilly-sunny day!

Contrary to the great afternoon vibe, a reality of what John faces everyday occurred and I became a witness of. It's the scary fact that other homeless individuals [who look like drug-users] harass and steal from him constantly. I had just bought John some water, a gatorade, a banana and a bag of nuts from the corner store close by and this other dude walks up to us and tries to steal his gatorade and banana. I told him to leave it alone and that it belonged to John. I proceeded to call 911 and he took note of that so he left. 

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I learned a lot about John today but most importantly I learned a lot about the experience itself. Most shockingly, I took note that he didn't ask me once for money! I guess he just enjoyed the companionship. Perhaps, it's because he doesn't have any family or even friends to seek help from, much less have a meaningful conversation with. Learning this from my experience, I hope you too can reach out to people like John and just enjoy a cup of coffee


Dia De Los Muertos | Day of the Dead | Sacramento, CA    October 28, 2017

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Art Barrera | Musician | Sacramento, CA © Ryan Angel Studio | www.RyanAngelStudio.com

Art Barrera | Musician | Sacramento, CA

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northern california exploration (travel photography)

I'm currently shooting with a 4x5 film camera and these are some digital images shot during my exploration. I will scan my film negatives soon and post them on here when I get a chance. 

Check out some of my other landscape photography here


ACTOR: shelby elder | sacramento, ca

What a delight it was to photograph Shelby! I am super excited about this gal's future! She is currently taking acting lessons locally and because of the time she's put into her craft, you can definitely see the confidence in her eyes. She hopes to one day star in tv shows like the Gilmore Girls, Shameless, This is Us and of course Grey's Anatomy (duuuuh)!! 

 

If you're looking to build your portfolio for modeling/acting, let us help you create the best images!! If you're new to modeling and consider yourself timid, we can coach you throughout the process. Fill out our CONTACT page for booking and information. 


ACTOR/MODEL: BEN CHAIMONGKOL | BAY AREA

This past weekend I photographed Ben for his second round of talent (actor) headshots. I told him to bring his A-game and boy did he!! I think a lot of his new-found-confidence is from taking acting classes using the Meisner technique at the Meisner Technique Studio in the Bay Area. As a matter of fact, this is something I preach and recommend highly to all talent, both actors and models, because it really elevates your confidence and smoothness being in front of the camera. 

 

If you're looking to build your portfolio for modeling/acting, let us help you create the best images!! If you're new to modeling and consider yourself timid, we can coach you throughout the process. Fill out our CONTACT page for booking and information. 


ACTOR/MODEL: RYAN | SACRAMENTO, CA

This is Ryan's second headshot session with us within a month of each other! Why does he come to us for his headshots--REPEATED RESULTS!!! He is actively auditioning and traveling to Los Angeles for networking opportunities. This is what the modeling and acting industry demands--consistency, persistence and investment in yourself. 

 

If you're looking to build your portfolio for modeling/acting, let us help you create the best images!! If you're new to modeling and consider yourself timid, we can coach you throughout the process. Fill out our CONTACT page for booking and information. 


MODEL: TRINITY | HONOLULU, HAWAII

What a small world! Trinity so happens to be a Sacramento native. She recently moved to Hawaii from Sacramento with her boyfriend who is currently stationed in Hawaii for coastguard training. It's easy to take note that no matter where you point the camera in Hawaii, you have either a picturesque backdrop or something really "interesting" like the big-hanging undies shown in the first two images.  

 

If you're looking to build your portfolio for modeling/acting, let us help you create the best images!! If you're new to modeling and consider yourself timid, we can coach you throughout the process. Fill out our CONTACT page for booking and information. 


model: Paige | Honolulu, Hawaii

During my trip in Hawaii, I took advantage of the beautiful skies and seas and of course Paige's ocean-blue-eyes!! 

 

If you're looking to build your portfolio for modeling/acting, let us help you create the best images!! If you're new to modeling and consider yourself timid, we can coach you throughout the process. Fill out our CONTACT page for booking and information. 

 


Tabisola Wedding | Honolulu, Hawaii

It was a privilege to be able to photograph Cheryl and Structin's beautiful wedding in Honolulu, Hawaii in July. A beautiful couple! A beautiful family!! Joined together in the presence of God, family, and friends!! 

 

If you have a destination wedding and/or planning on getting hitched in 2017/2018 and still haven't found a photographer, we are currently accepting limited wedding sessions this year. Rates start at $2,000 for 8 hours of coverage. Send us an e-mail today at Info@RyanAngelStudio.com (Subject: Weddings). 

 


Above: Here is a recent project I did for realtor Ron Ortez. He wanted to showcase the house he was selling using video to really highlight the upgraded features as well as the characteristics of a grand space to entertain. 

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Realtor Headshots

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Keep a close eye on this talented model, actor, stunt-actor, and fitness competitor--Ryan Rasberry. Images are from his recent headshot session with RyanAngelstudio.com. Check back for more sample headshots from his session. Subscribe to our blog for new content notifications. 


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Studio Buildout

[Update] The studio buildout is still in progress and recently I added a bike mount made by Ibera which I found on Amazon for like $30. The garage staining was done by Renova Concrete Design based out of Sacramento.


"LIFE INSIDE A TIME CAPSULE" (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

Recent published work for Wall Street Journal. (Click on the <- green link for the official article.)  For video, work can be seen from Time: 00:00 to 00:34. 

I recently traveled to Weaverville, California to photograph Robin Miller's newly purchased home. It was said that the home was built around the trees but interesting enough (you'll see in the gallery) it seems as though the trees begin to grow around the house. The home features old-school intercom systems, hidden closets, original oven, shaggy carpets and a bomb shelter!?! 


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Weaverville, California

Went to Weaverville, California for an assignment this past Tuesday which is a little more than 3 hours drive north on Interstate 5. Love how calm and scenic the town has to offer. It definitely has a small-town feel which I find attractive. 

 

Camera: iPhone 6 Plus 


Product Photography - Test and Ad Mock Up

A behind the scenes look of my new space that I'm working in to photograph wine bottles for a local winery. So stoked to be working with them and I look forward to creating the rest of their content for their website and social media. 

If you have a business and need a fresh look for your website and/or social media, please e-mail us at RyanAngelStudio@gmail.com.

 


Melissa Uroff [Sacramento Magazine-Feb2017] | Ryan Angel Studio

[Sacramento Magazine | February 2017]

For this assignment, I wanted to capture the "fun-ness" of Melissa Uroff, so I used vibrant and bold colors to match her personality. 


For the January issue of Sacramento Magazine, I was able to meet and photograph the talented artist, Micah Crandall-Bear. Most of the time, the talent I'm photographing are usually busy and only have 15-30 minutes to shoot, however, for this shoot I was able to just relax and shoot in a variety of spaces that Micah had in his home. He definitely has great taste in furniture and decor which allowed for a beautiful lifestyle portrait. 

Gear: Canon 5d Mark II, Canon 580 EXii (balanced with natural light), Westcott Apollo Octobox


As an editorial photographer, it is without any doubt you will come across a well-diverse group of individuals--from small-business owners to top executives. For the November (2016) issue of Sacramento Magazine, I photographed individuals in our Capitol Region that had great influence on the top topic of 2016--"Will marijuana be legal in California?" 

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niccolo de luca  | townsend public affairs

Gear: Nikon D800, Tokina 16-28 (2.8), Canon 580 EXii speedlight (bounce flash)


In October (2016), I worked an assignment for Sacramento Magazine that allowed me the awesome opportunity to meet some big name artists in our community and they all were recently commissioned to create art for the new Golden 1 Center (Sacramento King's Arena). The artists include Bryan Valenzuela, Gale Hart, and (RCAF) Royal Chicano Air Force. 

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bryan valenzuela | GOLDEN 1 ARENA ARTIST

Gear: Nikon D800, Tokina 16-28 (2.8), Canon 580 EXii speedlight with Westcott Apollo Octobox

 

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gale hart | golden 1 arena artist

Gear: Canon 5dMarkII, Canon 24-105, Canon 580 EXii speedlight with Westcott Apollo Octobox