Remembering James

James Kang
Photographer
Friend
Awesome Human Being

This was my friend James. I borrowed this picture from another friend (Bryan Frank) who was even closer to him. We are in mourning, and everyone who knew him is doing their best to process this loss.

James passed away unexpectedly on Friday.

I remember him as he always was: ever with a smile, friendly, always with a kind word for everyone. I’ve known James for quite a few years, and I don’t ever remember him being truly upset about anything. He always found the positive in any situation, and he added a little sunshine to everyone’s lives. He was an active member on twitter and facebook, and always had something lovely to say to those he communicated with.

I worked with James in both of his professions, as a media manager and as a photographer. He was good friends with my husband… they were the same age and shared a love of jazz and old music.

We’re all just very quiet right now… all of us. James is truly loved, and he will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.

Rest In Peace buddy…. we love you.

My First Group Shoot

So…

One thing happened, and then another thing happened, and someone said something to someone else… and the next thing you know:

I’m half of a team effort to pull off a Group Shoot in Downtown LA, in a record seven days.

Gah!

Here’s where we’re doing it:

http://www.playhardstudios.com/

Does that picture look familiar? Well, it might be because I showed you before, when I gushed about Greyscale Studios. Same Place. New owner. And so it goes…

I’m teaming up with one of my favorite photographers, Bryan Frank http://www.facebook.com/bryan.frank, to make it happen. I have one other Makeup Artist and one Hair Stylist. I need AT LEAST two or three more. Two would be good, three would be perfect.

All this going on and on and I haven’t even told you the most important stuff.

A ‘group shoot’ is a promotional venture… this time we’re doing it to promote the venue. Sometimes, it’s to promote the photographer, or the model(s), or the makeup or hair people. It’s a labor of love; we tend to NOT get paid for this sort of thing (so all the folks who have fibbed to me a little bit and told me that you typically get paid for group shoots… you’ve probably forgotten that I’ve worked with you on these kinds of things before… but it’s all good). We’ll do it to help out a friend, or to help boost someone’s portfolio. Most of the participants in this particular shoot already have very healthy portfolios and typically get paid (a lot) for their work. They’re doing this as a favor to me, and I TOTALLY APPRECIATE THEM FOR IT. They know that I need help, and that I’ll happily return the favor if they ever need help from me.

So that’s it.

Lot’s of stress, planning, emails to send, and lots and lots of begging to do. We’ll see how this pans out.

Naturally, I’ll take a ton of pictures (and introduce you to some of the most awesome photographers, makeup artists and hair stylists that I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with)!

Ya’ll light a candle for me and pray that I don’t screw this up…