Shooting Tattoo Artist Jun Cha’s Monarc Studios Opening Gala

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A client I’ve been doing some work with the past few months that you may have seen me post about here a few times, tattoo artist Jun Cha, had the opening gala for his new design/tattoo studio, Monarc Studios, last Thursday at The Well in Downtown Los Angeles. Whether you like body art or not, check him out, he’s insane: www.MonarcStudios.com. At the very least, I’m quite confident you’ll appreciate his work as an artist.

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Thank You To Photo LA & ASMP Los Angeles For A Successful Show!

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Last week saw the 24th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition, otherwise known as Photo LA, take over the entire 2nd floor of Downtown Los Angeles’ L.A. Mart Building. Over 15,000 visitors checking out more than 50 gallery exhibitors from all over the world over the course of 3 days. And with it, I had the honor of having one of my images, ‘Don’t Turn Your Back,’ taken in Yosemite, selected to be displayed by the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) Los Angeles chapter. Read more

Tattoo Artist Jun Cha’s New Site Is Live With My Images! Get Inked!

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So a few months ago, I got the incredible opportunity to photograph legendary tattoo artist Jun Cha’s new studio in Downtown Los Angeles. It was for his new website so I haven’t been able to share them yet until the site went live. Well, as of this week, it’s now live at MonarcStudios.com. This guy is the real deal. I mean, people fly him out to crazy places like Thailand and Hong Kong to get inked by his gifted hands. If you read this blog, you might remember my post on minimizing reflections in interior photography, and I posted an image to demonstrate the effect. That was from his studio and from this shoot. The studio’s delicate decor is as elegant as the art that Jun permanently adorns his subjects with. Everything from Read more

5 Tips For Shooting Commercial Real Estate Photography

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J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California

While there are definite similarities in regards to methods and approach when photographing any sort of real estate, there are also important differences to keep in mind, especially when photographing commercial real estate and properties. In the residential real estate realm, they tend to use the images for a few weeks or maybe months until the space is sold, but in commercial real estate, these images are used to sell the business for perhaps years and years, and they might live on a website for just as long, offering the potential client or customer a visual representation of the space.

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My First Month With My New Number 1 – The Samsung NX1!

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This is it. This is the one. I’ve found the one! Actually, the one found me! The Samsung NX1. If you’ve been holding out on investing in the mirrorless market because of your trepidations as far as performance as compared to traditional DSLRs, now’s the time to let go. It’s been exactly a year since Samsung invited me into their Imagelogger program, and in that short year, everything changed. I mean everything. I will admit, at first, it was an excuse to get out and create with new tools and have fun doing it. It started a little over a year ago with the NX300, and every few months, we graduate to a new camera and new lenses. We went to the NXMini, then the NX30, then the NX3000, and with each subsequent step, I find myself using my trusty Nikon gear less and less and less and less. Little did I expect that in a year’s time, they would be taking over my entire photographic arsenal, causing me to all but abandon my Nikon equipment (and once I get a wireless strobe system worked out for this thing for the my architectural work, my bread and butter, that’ll make the transition complete). But here’s a quick account of my first month with this 28 megapixel beast, the Samsung NX1. Read more

Happy New Year! I’m Going To Be At ASMP Photo LA – Come Say Hey!

Wasim Muklashy Photography_Realtime Lapse_Photo LA 2014_ASMPYes! Hope everyone had an incredible holiday season and a very happy New Year! As the (food?) hangovers begin wear off, let’s kick into this one in high gear – let’s do the art thing! Just a few days ago, I got word from the ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) Los Angeles chapter that two of my images were among the 32 chosen to be displayed at the 24th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition, otherwise known as Photo LA. Photo LA is an international photography and art exhibition that saw over 15,000 visitors last year and happens to be the longest running art fair west of New York City so you can see why I’m so excited about it. It takes place January 15-18 at The Reef in the historic L.A. Mart building in Downtown Los Angeles, a 500,000 square foot monstrosity filled with art and design and food and beautifully inspiring creativity. There will be lectures, discussions, tours, and enough art installations to keep your mind spinning all day long.

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Happy Holidays! A Few Words And A Few Gifts – My Best Images Of 2014

Wasim Muklashy Photography_Samsung NX1_50-200mm_122114_Santa Monica_California_ SAM_1252__8x10crop_1800As another year comes to a close and we prepare to spend quality time with the family and friends, I wanted to take a quick short and sweet few seconds to thank every one of you for the support, the warmth, the encouragement, the inspiration, and the all around positive energy you’ve brought into my life over the past 365 days. It’s been truly humbling and everything that has kept me going, encouraging me to get out and make another picture, write another post, keep doing the thing. I can only hope that I’m able to reciprocate even a small part of that. Happy holidays all you beautiful people. Below are a couple of my favorites from the past 12 months. They’re high-resolution versions for your desktops and mobile thingies and whatnots. Hopefully you’ll find one or two that you’ll dig. If so, just right click and save. If not, I’ll try harder next year!!!

2014, not too shabby. Not too shabby at all.

2015, let’s do this thing! Read more

That First 1st Led To My 1st Cover! Thank You National Park Service!

Wasim Muklashy Photography_Samsung NX1_18-200mm_111614_ National Park Service Outdoors Magazine Santa Monica MountainsMy first cover came from my 1st first! Huh? So I wrote a bit about my image Pole Position taking 1st in this year’s challenge category in the National Park Service ‘Spirit of the Mountains’ photo contest. Well, apparently they’ve decided to use that image for the cover of the new Winter edition of “Outdoors” magazine, the National Park Service’s quarterly publication covering events and hikes and news for Southern California’s Santa Monica Mountains. Read more

This Year We Did Thanksgiving A Different Way – The Sedona Way

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Thanksgiving 2014. Elastic sweatpants. Turkey. Football. Right? Nope. Not this year. This year, we decided to do a thing. A different thing. After 3 plus decades of hosting and cooking and working all week for Thanksgiving dinner, mom decided this year, she needed a break. She wanted to get pampered instead of pampering everyone else. And while we’ll miss the insane gastronomical heaven we’ve been so accustomed to, we knew that it was well-deserved, and, well, what better way to give thanks and enjoy your family’s company than to hop in the car and test how long you can survive each other? A Sedona, Arizona Thanksiving family photo…uh…road trip? Let’s do this!

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5 Gifts NOT To Get Photographers This Holiday Season

Wasim Muklashy Photography_Samsung NX1_Sedona Arizona_Gifts Not To Get PhotographersIt’s just one of those things. One of those crazy things. While every lens wipe and filter might look the same to the untrained eye, photographers obsess over every detail down to the thousandth of a second. No exaggeration. Literally. Thousandths of a second. So, while the heart might be in the right place, there are certain things that, if you give a photographer as a gift, may do more harm than good. Here are 5 of those things:

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