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D Λ V I D・C Я U Z 🌿  📍 Ξast L . Λ . 🌵 Oaχaca Native 🌳 Ξditorial Photographer 🍶 Mezcalerφ + Λvid Cook

It’s not secret I’ve never been a fan of graduation ceremonies, don’t get me wrong however. I appreciate graduations for what they stand for, just not the ceremonies themselves. Mostly because the valedictorian never seems to represent the student body in general, no offense if you were the valedictorian of your class. To be bold, I feel it’s an excuse for those to go up there and rub the accomplishments on our face, as if, we didn’t go through our own trials and tribulations to get where we are. Then there’s the whole clapping and yelling when a certain popular someone walks up there, it sucks, ‘cause they’re usually followed by some random ass student that no one even knew attended the class. Which is why when I’m asked to take graduation photos, I do what I do best, be different and think outside the box. I mean, for the most part they’re standard portraits around the campus, but I give them that Synthetic Color treatment that you can only get with me. So hey! It’s not too late to book me for your grad photos this year for only $350, and best yet, most campuses are empty at the moment, so we won’t have to fight off other students during our photo sesh. While you’re at it, be sure to check the link on bio to view my latest grad photos from the lovely one, @amanda_delreal. 🌿
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#syntheticcolor #Fuji400H film scanned by @negativelab #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #ishootfilm #ishootfujifilm

Yes I know, I haven’t posted anything in a good month and my IG stories have been lacking content as well, and as we know, that hurts my placing in the IG algorithm on how it pushes my content to you. However, as non generic as I would like to sound, I’ve been busy, mostly with school, considering they took me off financial aid and have been trying to sell my possessions, to in turn use the money to fund the editorials I need to photograph for this semester, not to mention the materials and books required for this term. I’m happy to say however, that I finally bit the bullet and got myself a @squarespace website and it looks gorgeous. I’ve never been so happy with my website as I am now. Mostly on part that it has a dedicated blog that I can use to write longer stories and present my photographs in a much better way, as I can tell my stories visually to their full context. So yeah, that’s what I’ve been working on this past month, not to mention the amount of photographs I’ve been taking. So with that, I invite you to slide over to my website, which you can find the link on the bio above and read my latest editorial where both @michellefig02 and @ricksproduce modeled in. Comments on new blog posts greatly appreciated. 🌿
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#syntheticcolor #FujiProPlus200 film scanned by @negativelab #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #ishootfilm #ishootfujifilm #lookslikefilm #engagement #farm #temecula

Sex is complicated, it’s messy [not in the psychical sense] and it can be intimidating to some. Having listened to Loveline as early as middle school, I’m of the firm belief that it’s never too early to learn about sex and that it shouldn’t be as taboo as it made out to be. I believe the sooner we’re taught about sex to a degree and how to safely practice it, the better sex lives we’ll have going forward. As well as the better decisions we’ll make about our partners and the better we can protect ourselves, emotionally. But then again, I’m a special case, as I learned of both sex and death at an early age, thanks to my early fascination of horror movies. Public education [in Los Λngeles] is flawed, the sex education I received in middle school was mediocre at best, most of what I learned from sex was from pornography and witty banter with friends. It was shows like Loveline that educated me more on the emotional complications of sex, among other things. Unfortunately, we don’t have mainstream shows like Loveline anymore. That’s where these two gorgeous women come in with their show titled, T & Λ Sex Talk. It has a similar Lovelive vibe, with a woman's perspective and a good sense of humor to boot.
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Because sex isn’t ever just about sex - T & Λ. 🌿
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Contributors:
Models: @tatalksex
Wardrobe: @boneslingerie
Listen to T & Λ Here: www (dot ) tatalksex (dot ) com
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#syntheticcolor #Fuji400H film scanned by @colorservices #filmphotography #ishootfujifilm #keepitsimple #kinfolk #folkportraits #thehappynow #pinup #pinpupgirl #ishootfilm

Over the years of photographing #weddings, I’ve collected a fair share of tips and planning suggestions for future brides. I originally had the collection printed in magazine format, however I’ve recently decided to offer it in digital format ‘till I complete it, as I’ve compiled a few more tips. Once complete, I’ll reoffer as a magazine to potential clients again. In the meantime, send me your suggestions or tips for wedding planning, they might just make it to the official Synthetic Color Wedding Planning Guide. Something you wish you’d know before walking the aisle on your day? Word of advice for future brides? If you could do it again, what would you omit/add to your wedding day? Would you go for a extravagant #wedding or lean towards a backyard affair? Let me know and I’ll slap on my notes for consideration. So keep an eye out, as I’ll officially announce the planning guide in a week or two. 🌿
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Contributors:
Wardrobe: @boneslingerie
Model | Hair | Makeup: @patty_love88
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#syntheticcolor #NikonF5 #Fuji400H #35mm film scanned by @colorservices #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #ishootfilm #ishootfujifilm #pinup #pinupgirl #bride

CΛSTING CΛLL: So I dug myself into a pickle this semester for my portfolio to be turned in at the end of the semester. Which is why I’m in an immediate search of reals couples [you can be married or dating] for editorial themed engagement photos as this one. I’ll coordinate wardrobe according to your lifestyle and may even do a retro theme. So if you've been wanting to book me for a minute, this is here’s your chance to receive free photos in exchange for your time to model for my ongoing photography assignment.
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You’ll receive digital files weeks after the session and selected prints at the end of the semester, which will be in about four months. Photos will be taken in and around Downtown L.Λ., Pasadena, Montebello and Rancho Palos Verdes and you must agree to your photos being displayed for assessment purposes in a classroom environment. 🌿
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Contributors:
Hair: @andyhairart
Models: @andiface @ohdanielsan
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#syntheticcolor #NikonF100 #UltraMax400 #35mm film scanned by @colorservices #kodakfilm #madewithkodak #believeinfilm #ishootfilm #filmisnotdead #engagement

On a good day I wake up at 4am, otherwise I’m usually up by 5am. Why? I love long mornings. There’s an ensorcelled feeling being up before everyone else and the calming sound of silence of the outside world, with the faint bell of the Gold Line or the occasional car zipping by the freeway. However, I was trained at an early age to wake up early by the Matriarch of the Family, this majesty of a woman, my Grandmother [right] and my Great Aunt [left]. Mainly due to the fact that the best cuts of meat, vegetables and fresh bread would sell out by 7am at the local mercados. Λn eight hour drive from the capital of #Oaxaca, #Huautla sits on the mountain top, Mezotec region of Oaxaca. During my visit a year ago, I took a two day trip with both my Grandmother and Great Aunt in search of the elusive Λguardiente at the crack of dawn with a handful of hours of sleep, in a village hidden in the clouds somewhere in Huautla De Jimenez; following the directions of my Grandfather, as this is his hometown, but due to diabetes he couldn’t make the trip with us. Λnd whenever I walk to the water machine at 5am, the smell of mist and the silence of dawn recall my time back at home, in Oaxaca. 🌿
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#syntheticcolor #TheDarkroomLab_Morning #NikonF3 #FujiC200 #35mm film scanned by @colorservices #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #ishootfujifilm #ishootfilm

I’ve photographed #weddings with 200+ people, I have photographed quinceañeras in the middle of the mojave desert, but nothing has been as challenging as photographing a couple alongside a #horse. This majestic beast is named Tequila, he lives in my model’s Grandfathers ranch in Montebello. I’ve been fascinated with the #charro aesthetics for a while now, especially the handmade craftsmanship that embodies the culture and decided for my final assignment, to photograph my models while incorporating a horse as an accessory, and luck at my side, my models are both horse owners and proficient riders. So it made insanely easy for them to be comfortable around Tequila, which made it easier on my end to direct them as I do. However, I was a bit nervous on account that I never been so close to a horse for an extend period of time. After a brisk walk around the ranch, we created a gorgeous set of photos, which I’ll be posting more of soon. Now that I know what to expect when there’s a horse around, I might revisit this editorial on film this semester. 🌿
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Contributors:
Charro Belt: @anah_1409
Charro Pants: @corbataspanda
Woman Boots: @boot_barn_official
Models: @charro_blanco @amanda_delreal
Charro Hat & Shirt Are Tailor Made
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#syntheticcolor #VSCO #Fuji400H #lookslikefilm #ishootfujifilm #jalisco #succulent

I met this beauty of a woman during my time as a photographer for a local clothing manufacture, which I should save for another post, as my time there sucked, but it has its moments. I’d only get to work with Susanne once to twice a month, as she would model our designs to then be posted to our website. And believe me, photographing e-commerce is mundane as hell. Susanne and I would talk about food to make the time go faster. It’s funny ‘cause I’ve never met anyone from the East Coast with such knowledge of Mexican food. So yes, we’d talk about the T diet which includes, but not limited to, Tacos, Tortas, Tamales, Tlayudas, Takis, Tostilocos, etc. We’ve kept in contact since and was kind enough to take time out of her acting/modeling scheduled to model a few pieces from Bones Lingerie. I’ll be posting more photos from the editorial soon. 🌿
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Contributors:
Wardrobe: @boneslingerie
Model: @susanne.makosky
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#syntheticcolor #NikonF5 #Fuji400H #35mm film scanned by @colorservices #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #ishootfilm #ishootfujifilm #pinup #pinupgirl

Y'all asked and I listened. I’ll be posting more muggle photos, Λ.K.Λ, people photos, at least for the next week or two, ‘till I find more things to write about. On account that I haven't been inspired to write as of late, mostly due to the financial and legal issues I’m currently dealing with. On that note, I’ll be posting photos of previous editorials, leading into wedding photos attached to wedding planning tips within the following weeks. So if you’re planning a wedding this year, be sure to stick around and let your friends know.
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Λnd what better way to start this series than with my all time favorite models to photograph, friend, model, Mom, Ariana. She has such a verstial look that, not matter the theme and location I put her in, she nails it. Every. Single. Time. On top of that, she’s one of the kindest, most down to earth muggle I have met. There’s a handful of photos we created together, so many, I can practically make a whole separate account out of them. I’ll be sure to post more soon, so be sure to tap that post notification alert on. 🌿
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Contributors:
Hair: @andyhairart
Makeup: @itsmakeupnotmagic
Model & Dress Designer: @arisateen
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#syntheticcolor #NikonF5 #Fuji400H #35mm film scanned by @richardphotolab #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #ishootfilm #ishootfujifilm #pinup

Downtown L.Λ., as much as I publicly say I don’t like you anymore, you never seize to amaze me, and you somehow make me fall in love with you over and over again. After twenty five years of living in and around you, I keep finding new angles to photograph you in, most of the time, its from places I seem to walk right past. But, with my legs getting better and with new found friends who like, share the love of film photography, I’ll be walking your streets more often this year and creating soft, glowing portraits of you, as this one. 🌿
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#syntheticcolor #NikonF3 #UltraMax400 #35mm film scanned by @negativelab #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #ishootfilm #madewithkodak #losangeles #DTLA

Along with my commitment of using #Kodak film almost exclusively for both professional and editorial work, I’ve made a personal commitment to purchase photographic tools made in America. One such product is the Legacy Leather Wrist Strap from Tap & Dye, proudly made in New York. Each strap is made to order, upholding exceptional craftsmanship and build quality. Knowing one person made my camera wrist strap from scratch, all the way to shipping, makes the customer experience with this brand priceless in an era of mass, faceless, disposable production. I own four, one for my Nikon F3, F5, F100 and D200. These straps are hefty and feel natural around the wrist, you forget it’s even there, even magically making heavy cameras as the F5 feel light as feather. If you don’t already own one of these luxurious straps be sure to order yours today. You, like me, will be the next cool kid on the block too. 🌿
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Legacy Wrist Straps: @tapanddye
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#syntheticcolor #legacyshooters #MadeInAmerica #UltraMax400 #Portra400 #MadeWithKodak #KodakFilm #35mm #cameracult #kameracraft #negativespace #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #ishootfilm #analogphotography #believeinfilm #cameraporn #lookslikefilm #NikonF5 #cameragear #camerageargeeks

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