Double Brunch with JBUS!

Hello everyone, I have a fun post to share with you this morning. I have been a bit incognito lately. No, I did not fall off the face of the planet. I've been busy working on new projects and with new clients. Which is awesome because I will have some fun content to share with you VERY soon. 

In the meantime, I shot this hilarious sketch video with my pals, Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin. This slapstick duo has grown quite a bit since the last time I posted about them. So, it was fun shooting with them at YouTube Studios (I love that fucking studio). I was joined by my assistant Victoria who was nice enough to grab some behind the scenes photos. 

Same brunch, different date. Just Between Us is a love advice show and channel by best friends and comedians Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn. They post new videos Mondays and Thursdays.

JBUS MERCH: http://bit.ly/1d0klzE

Cast: 
Alex Lewis https://www.youtube.com/i8athumbtack
Miles Cooper https://twitter.com/mileslcooper
Rob Michael Hugel - https://twitter.com/robmichaelhugel
Sierra Santana - https://twitter.com/VivaLaSantana
Igor Hiller - https://twitter.com/igorhiller
CJ Johnson - https://twitter.com/cjjohnsonjr
Nate Williams - https://twitter.com/natewilliams99
Dan DeLorenzo - https://twitter.com/dandelo
Rachel Retha Middleton - https://twitter.com/rachelretha
Garrett Werner - https://twitter.com/gr8whitehoprah

Shot by: Miles Cooper and Jarrett Sullivan https://twitter.com/jarrettsullivan
Edited by: Alex Lewis


Nex Gen Vest Summit

I had the privilege of being a speaker at the Next Gen Vest Summit in Hollywood. I gave a presentation to young aspiring entrepreneurs where I spoke about how my short film, Genesis was a catalyst for a lot of my success. It was fantastic to talk about pursuing your goals and creative strategies with so many young minds.

For more on Next Gen Vest: https://www.nextgenvest.com/

Interview: Snapwire

No Weekly Roundup this week! I just got back from my Austin, Texas trip. Which was incredibly awesome by the way. But, I'm too fried to post a blog. The good news is, my interview with the good folks at Snapwire is now live. In my interview, I talk about my creative process from shooting and working with talent to how I edit. I also offer tips and insight into how you can become a better creative. Okay, see you next week!

Snapwire Interview

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Be My Buddytruk Valentine

Check out my Valentine's Day campaign for Buddytruk. We created our funniest video yet, entitled, “Be My Buddytruk Valentine”. In it, our "Awesome Buddytruk Driver" goes on adventure to deliver a teddy bear on Valentine’s Day but things get really awkward on his delivery. It was a great time shooting this campaign. We had one of our team members, Billy Bradley make a cameo in this one and it's funny as hell. He played off of the hilarious Andre Boyer so well without uttering a single word of dialogue. 

We shot everything on Wednesday and needed everything ready to go by Valentine's Day weekend. It was a mad dash to finish everything. I generally don't like fast turn arounds like this but it had to be done. One of the main reasons why it was such a short turn around was that we were not 100% sure about the type of promotion we wanted to have. But, the production was planned in advance so either way we would always have images to showcase. In the end, everything was ready to go and we're receiving a fun response. I think it's important for brands to take advantage of special holidays, occasions, and trending news. It's the perfect opportunity to humanize and showcase your brand to everyone.

You can read more about the campaign on the Buddytruk Blog. For the full photo scrapbook visit Buddytruk's Facebook. "Be My Buddytruk Valentine" features: Andre Boyer as our “Awesome Buddytruk Driver” – Follow him on Twitter. Raylene Pereyra and Billy Bradley as our “Buddytruk Users” – Follow Raylene on Instagram and Billy on Instagram.


DeAndre Bennett // D.C.

While I was back at home on the east coast, my sister coordinated some photoshoots for me. DeAndre Bennett was one of the models we selected from a casting call I posted on Model Mayhem. I loved his entire style. Our photoshoot was in downtown D.C. at Meridian Hill Park. It was a really cool spot with so much fantastic scenery. DeAndre was so much fun to shoot and had this amazing artistic style to the way he modeled. While we were shooting I had to tell him he reminded me of Corbin Bleu. He laughed, already hearing that for the millionth time. Then he added that he also hears... Jaden Smith and Jimi Hendrix. At the time I was like "Yeah, I can see that." But, after editing these pics all I can see now is the hybrid mix of Smith/Hendrix...LOL. 

Want to see more from DeAndre? Take a look at his site on the link above and you can also follow him on Instagram.

Photography Assistant: Ashley Johnson + @queenashash

Wardrobe: Sweater + Pants (Urban Outfitters) and Necklace (Clutchesherpearls). 

Buddytruk User Photo Campaign

I have been developing a photo campaign for Buddytruk. One of the cool things about this campaign is that when I began strategizing for it, I knew we would be showcasing these images primarily online. So, instead of holding casting calls for creative talent, I tried something different. Instead, I reached out to creative talent I personally knew that had strong engagement from their social media following. So, you might recognize some of these names and some of these images from previous shoots. This is why I was capturing those images.

My goal was to capture subjects that already have a built in following so, we could showcase Buddytruk to their fan base while continuing to build our own. In return, the creative talent I captured can use any of these images for self-marketing purposes, get free promotion, and in the future we can go back to them for much larger campaigns. I honestly think this is the way marketing/advertising will move forward into the future. This sort of strategy can empower creative talent who can use their social media following to their advantage and brands/companies being able to reach audiences in a more cost effective way. 

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Last year, I was fortunate enough to become friends with CEO/Founder of Buddytruk, Brian Foley. Buddytruk is a mobile app that's changing the way we deliver/move items. Think "Uber meets U-Haul". It's free and easy to use. When Brian first told me about it, I responded with "Damn, that sounds like a good idea". My response would be one that has been uttered from 99% of the people that I've talked to since coming aboard the Buddytruk train. 

I began working with Buddytruk to focus on building their brand. It was a wonderful opportunity that the entire team had to sign off on. I'm glad they did! Now, I headline their creative marketing/advertising department and get to utilize my "outside of the box" strategies. I even brought along my gal pal, Summer Brighton to help headline the publicity/events for Buddytruk. Since then, we have been able to use my tactics, and implement my strategies to expand the Buddytruk brand message. Everything has been moving forward at an uncanny speed. It's pretty insane to be a part of. 

As, I stated before, I love the tech movement in Los Angeles. To be able to fuse my background with this world has been exhilarating. So, there is plenty more to share with you. Right now, I just wanted to share some fun "GQ" style team photos I took of the team. I'll be posting more about Buddytruk in the future because we're doing so much together. But, if you would like to learn more about Buddytruk now, visit our official website at www.buddytruk.com and hit us up on social media:

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Just Between Us

Have you met the hilarious female comedic duo of Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin? When they're not tearing up the web with their Buzzfeed videos their starring in their YouTube web series, "Just Between Us". I caught up with the talented ladies in Silverlake and took some fun portraits. They came out rad! 

The Amazing Whitney Milam

In December, I was collaborating on a photo shoot with the amazing Whitney Milam (writer, producer) in Marina Del Rey. Whitney showed off her fashionable side with her green Fevrie outfit. She has a fantastic sleek look and I love how her gorgeous eyes pop through our images. If you haven't seen Whitney's work, check out the links below:

The Great Willie Sparks

As 2014 comes to a close, I wanted to share some more shots of frequent collaborator, Willie Sparks. We did some fantastic work together this year for his fashion blog, Sparks N Style. These shots were taken in Venice, California earlier this year, and we never got a chance to share them. I really loved the style Willie put together for this shoot. It's got a fun beachy look to it.

LA FAD Show + Networking

A few weeks ago, I attended the LA FAD Show presented by Gwen, The LA Girl. It was a fun event that gave Summer and I the chance to take the Buddytruk gang downtown. We hung out in downtown Los Angeles at the Fashion Art District. Earlier that week, we were at an entrepreneur mixer for the filming of a pilot for a potential reality television series. It's always great to "network" and meet new people. Sometimes I hear "networking" and I roll my eyes. I'm bored with that phrase and it sounds disingenuous. Can we call it something else?

If you're a professional in any field you should try to attend as many events as you can EVEN if it's not in your "wheelhouse". Not only do you get a chance to meet brand new people but, you also get a spark of great ideas, and real feedback from complete strangers. 

The Wonderful Ambar Januel

A while back I was shooting one of my favorite people around... thy lady, Ambar Januel. She is a woman of many talents... an artist, actress, world traveler, critical thinker... she's a tough one to keep up with. Check out her artwork on her website and be on the look out for more of her work showcased in Los Angeles.

For this shoot we had two looks with different styles. I really dig the pastel colors of Ambar's pink dress and the background. Gave it a little bit of a tropical, retro feel. With the second look, I was going for more of a "Vogue" style.

Writer’s Note: I would eventually fall in love with this special woman. We created a successful digital agency and home together. If you’re ever lucky enough to fall in love and find your soulmate. Cherish them with every piece of you.

Trunk Club + Movember

I'm a big supporter of Movember and men's health. When my buddy (and stylist) Judson Hill from Trunk Club invited me to a joint event they were having I had to go. So, me, and some of the Buddytruk peeps attended the event in Culver City. It was an all-around fun event and gave us a chance to show our support for Movember... with style. 

Interview // Creations LA

A few weeks ago, I spoke with Los Angeles, blog, Creations LA and talked a bit about my career and offered some tips to hopefully inspire others to follow their dreams. It was a fun interview that you might find pretttttttyyyyy, pretttttyyyyy... interesting. 

Check out the interview here.

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#SNAPMEETLA

Over the weekend, I attended #SNAPMEETLA at the Santa Monica Pier. The event was hosted by Snapwire. I'm a member and shooter of the Santa Barbara based organization. It was cool to finally meet the minds behind the "Snap" team. The meetup was a gathering of talented photographers and instagrammers. It was a fun experience to hang out with so many cool people. As you know, I love the community aspect of things so this was a wonderful event to be a part of. All of the shots below were just me shooting dirty on my trusty iPhone 5. Check it out:

C.J. + Whitney Milam Present Geek Fall Fashion

I shot a cool fashion video with Whitney Milam of YouTube fame for "Geek & Sundry Vlogs". Our shoot was at YouTube's Play Del Rey studio. It was a great time! It's the first time I shot at that studio that's a convenient five minute drive away. It was surreal to experience the vibe at the YouTube studio. It reminded me of the good 'ol days of film school. A lot of energy. Creativity. Movement. Very fun stuff! There were plenty of recognizable faces shooting their own videos too. Imagine walking to class and Jennifer Lawrence passes by you and asks you if you studied for the quiz? Weird. Whitney was fun to shoot with and a true fan of science fiction. Even though I shot our video, I didn't end up editing it myself. Instead, Whitney showed off her editing skills and cut the video herself. She did a wonderful job creating a fun fashion video!

For more from Whitney Milam, visit:

Sparks N Style Featured on the VSCO Grid

VSCO has been selecting and featuring select shots from our Sparks N Style Blog lately which is incredibly awesome. Check out the gallery below to see the shots that have been featured and feel free to visit the links below:

Sparks N Style: Alexandra Nicole

Check out some more photos of Alexandra Nicole from a Sparks N Style photo shoot on the Santa Monica Pier. I love this section of the pier and I especially love the yellow fire hydrant and box you'll see in a few pictures I took on the pier. 

Model: Alexandra Nicole

Stylist: Willie Sparks // www.sparksnstyle.com

Wardrobe Assistant: Elisa Cortez

Photography Assistants: Michael Powell and Courtney Cubertson

Wardrobe: Chanel (top), Armani Exchange (shorts), and H&M (shoes).

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