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LA Woman: Filmmaker Tchaiko. You’ve lived all over the world, why did you you settle down in Los Angeles? “I’ll say the slow pace in LA is really helpful to the manifestation of all the ideas that I have in me. Like most creative people, I’m insanely sensitive - empathic, and having still, slow time is important and being able to find solace in trees and deer and coyotes (all of whom I talk to) feels special to me when compared to New York.” #lawomanbrinsonbanks

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Filmmaker Tchaiko Omawale for LA Woman  

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LA Woman: Tchaiko Omawale calls herself a Third Culture Kid because she grew up in Rome, Jamaica, Mozambique, Thailand, England, Sierra Leone, Yemen and finally New York. We asked how that unique upbringing influenced her creatively: “Oh how to put this into a couple sentences; it’s influenced every aspect of my creative being. Mostly I would say I’m drawn to themes of magic and self-destruction because I identify with characters and stories that have an urgent sense of being out of place, of longing, abandonment and the resulting urgent drives to cure these things.” There is more to come about Tchaiko and “Solace,” the feature film she is working on. (As always, this blue magic was done in camera, not in post)

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Raise your hand if you’re excited about Black Panther! We photographed the stunning + mega-talented Black Panther cast for The New York Times! This is clockwise from top: Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o. FYI, this is the first(!!) big superhero film with a majority black cast; it was written and directed by a black man (Ryan Coogler, who we also photographed), and it stars a black man. This is obviously way overdue. We can’t wait to see it and to see this trend continue

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We photographed the insanely talented composer Hans Zimmer in his studio in Santa Monica for GQ. Zimmer has been nominated for 11 Oscars (Inception (you know that horn sound), Interstellar, Rain Man, The Lion King, ...), including a nomination for Dunkirk today! The man is brilliant and between lighting setups he snuck over to his keyboard and started playing a beautiful haunting melody that he said had just come to him in the shower that morning. 

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Three lions, two skateboards, one gorgeous jacaranda tree. Photographed for Amazon Student Prime

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LA Woman: DJ + music producer Soraya La Pread in Beverly Hills / #lawomanbrinsonbanks

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Oh c’mon, there are two of us taking photos so you know we had to double our lighting set-ups! Here’s our second set-up with the incomparable Lena Waithe for Variety. // And here’s an excerpt from Lena’s inspiring “Master of None” Emmy acceptance speech: “The things that make us different, those are our superpowers — every day when you walk out the door and put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it.” She added, “And for everybody out there that showed so much love for this episode, thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a little queer black girl from the South Side of Chicago. We appreciate it more than you could ever know.” 👏👏🏼👏🏽👏🏾👏🏿 

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We were so excited to photograph actress + producer + screenwriter Lena Waithe because she has made big waves for herself and we’ve been watching.

Lena made history last year as the first woman of color to win an Emmy for best writing for a comedy series for her episode of “Master of None.” We photographed Lena for Variety and I kinda wanna pat ourselves on the back for this photo because we shot this outside at an apartment complex’s pool patio and if you saw the small setup you’d have absolutely no idea it had this sparkly emerald magic going on. It was pretty funny every time we used a spray bottle an inch from Lena’s face, and she never flinched. Lena’s new show “The Chi” premieres on Showtime this month and we will be watching. 

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Writer Liz Hannah’s FIRST(!) movie is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks! @itslizhannah wrote The Post, have you seen it? (Kendrick photographed Liz in downtown Los Angeles for The Washington Post. Yes, The Post hired us to photograph the woman who wrote The Post 😉)

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Sooooo, how do y’all like our new work uniforms? 

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Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth — she is the youngest ever editor in chief at Condé Nast and has made such buzz with Teen Vogue the past year as the magazine tackled issues from trans inclusivity to giving a voice to rape victims to encouraging political activism.

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LA Woman: Sarah Ullman, or Sully as we know her, said she created #onevoteatatime in 2016 after the Pulse Nightclub shooting. “I wanted to take action to fight gun violence, and I was tired of tweeting, calling, and donating. So, I decided to use my skills as a director to create campaign ads for candidates who support gun safety legislation.” She is part of a team of female filmmakers fighting for progressive causes and candidates. Case in point: In 2017 One Vote At A Time made campaign ads for 19 candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates and ten of those 19 won. Check out onevoteatatime.us to learn more! #lawomanbrinsonbanks 

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The uber talented Noel Wells, who we photographed for our #lawomanbrinsonbanks project, has a new film out! She wrote AND directed AND stars in “Mr. Roosevelt.” 👏 Cant wait to see it 👀 

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2 perspectives, 2 set-ups, 2 cameras, 2 photographers. Tom Barrack, CEO of Colony Capital and longtime friend and confidant of President Trump, photographed at his office in downtown LA for The Washington Post.

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🙌🌈✨ Squad Goals. (Shot for Amazon and produced by our talented buddies SharkPig) 

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We photographed the cast of Will & Grace for The New York Times because the 1990s groundbreaking show is back. Good news, they are just as adorable and funny in person! 

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We photographed the oh-so-stylish and oh-so-creative Jayanta Jenkins for the latest cover of Pitch Magazine. Jayanta is the Global Group Creative Director at Twitter!   #makeportraits