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TGS Collective: Funky Loft
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While CEO of The Gypsy Shack, also known as the TGS Collective, Alex Morehouse, was out of the country, she asked me to host one of their monthly meetups - and how could I say no? It was my first time hosting something as big as this, but I was very grateful to experience it and meet so many new faces! If you don’t know, meetups are a regular thing within the creative community online. It’s a way for people to build their portfolio, meet and network with creatives of all types, and create content for social media. I had been to several like this before, yet never had to host one. It was a learning experience for sure, and I would love to do something like this again! If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out TGS here for more info if this is something you would be interested in checking out in the future! Hopefully I’ll see you at the next one? See below for some of my fave shots from the weekend!

Make sure to click here for a behind the scenes look from the TGS Funky Loft! What would you like to see next? Comment below for blog ideas, who you’d like to see featured, and any other ideas!


Best Photo Studios To Rent in LA (Without Breaking the Bank)
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Ever since I made the move to Southern California, my methods of picking and choosing locations for photo shoots has changed quite a bit in comparison to when I was living in Northern California. In Los Angeles, there’s some amazing spots to explore and shoot at, from Venice to Downtown LA. The possibilities are endless! The only thing that could be holding you back about shooting in public are a few things; an uncontrolled environment, possible trouble with permits (especially for you filmmakers out there), or disrespectful people gawking at the model you’re working with. After trial and error, I’ve come to the realization of the beauty that is shooting in studios. If you haven’t dipped your toes in this genre, you better start considering it. It solves all the problems I’ve listed above, all the while making you focus more on the results you want from a shoot in controlled time periods and more. And most places even offer personal assistants (if needed) as well as different types of lighting equipment! I wanted to share some really great spots to rent out that won’t break the bank while doing so. If this sounds like something you’ve been searching for, scroll down to see what studio might fit for your next scheduled shoot!

*all photos listed below are from the studio websites


  1. LAvish Studios - DTLA

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This space has become a favorite of mine - offering 4 different stages to choose from, you can create all kinds of different art with the variety they have starting at just $30/hour! You can check out more from them clicking the link below:

Check out LAvish

 

2. F/8 Studios - Long Beach

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If you’re looking for a great clean and organized space with free street parking, you’ve found the right place. Great for headshots, products, and more, the simplicity of the studio backdrops is perfect for a minimalist vibe. Starting at only $50/hour!

Check out F/8

 

3. FD Photo Studios - LA (and New York!)

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If you haven’t heard of FD, you must be living under a rock. With a huge variety of locations all over the Los Angeles area (as well as New York!!) this studio has so much to offer, with all kinds of affordable prices starting as low as $25/hour!

Check out FD Studios

 

4. Art Lab Photo Studio - DTLA

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Art Lab has a gorgeous space with different looks to shoot - and a variety of equipment to work with! This space starts as low as $39/hour.

Check out Art Lab

 

5. Concrete Studios LA - Downtown Arts District

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I personally have been dying to check this space out. They have a variety of different stages to choose from, including a rooftop location! This one starts as low as $30/hour depending on what package you decide on.

Check out Concrete Studios

 

6. The Jesus Wall - DTLA

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The Jesus Wall is a one of a kind studio. Ranging from the major decorated and colorful rooms to a simplistic white room, this one goes for as low as $65/hour.

Check out The Jesus Wall

 

7. Revolt Society Studio - Long Beach

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Here’s another fantastic spot with a minimalist vibe. If you’re looking for a classic and easy set up, Revolt Society offers this space that would be great for your editorial and lifestyle looks. This one goes for $25/hour with a 3 hour minimum.

Check out Revolt Society Studio

 

8. Redlab Studios - North Hollywood

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When I stumbled across this spot, I knew I needed to share it with you guys! Redlab has several options for shooting space, whether you need a simple backdrop or a full on living room/decor set up. They start as low as $30/hour!

Check out Redlab

 

9. Rose Studios LA - Downtown Fashion District

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I absolutely adore this spot. Rose Studios offers 3 different shooting spaces, including a rooftop! With gorgeous color schemes and more, this one starts as low as $45/hour.

Check out Rose Studios

 

10. Analog Record Shop - Long Beach

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If you’re looking for a more retro vibe, this spot is the one for you. The Analog Record shop is an amazing space to work in, with a coffee shop right next door! Super convenient. This one is a bit pricier than the others, starting at $100/hour, but still worth mentioning.

Check out Analog Record Shop

 

What do you guys think of the studios above? If you know of other cool locations to check out comment below! Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter while you’re at it and follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest and let me know what types of blog posts you’d like to see in the future! Thanks for checking this article out, and share it with all your creative friends you love working with! Hope you guys create some awesome content at these spaces!


Artist Feature: Violet Days for Grumpy Magazine
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On a chilly morning in Hollywood Hills, Swedish Pop artist Violet Days and I had the chance to meet and shoot together for the amazing Paris publication Grumpy Magazine. Editor-in-chief Jasmine Perrier talked with them and learned a bit more about their debut EP ‘‘Made In My Head’’ and working on the next phase of their music project. You can find the full article here, but for now, enjoy the gallery below! Thank you to the amazing team, who you can follow below and support their work.

Who would you guys like to see me work with next? Leave a comment below and let me know what your new years plans are going to be!

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The Struts Invites You to the Body Talks Tour with The Wrecks & Thunderpussy
Luke Spiller of The Struts     *disclaimer: if any photos from the following article are to be shared on any social media platforms, please take the time to tag me @maxbakerphoto and give proper credit. Thank you!

Luke Spiller of The Struts

*disclaimer: if any photos from the following article are to be shared on any social media platforms, please take the time to tag me @maxbakerphoto and give proper credit. Thank you!


Anaheim was not ready for what the night had in store at the House of Blues. With a sold out show, the night before daylight savings, and a killer lineup of rock n roll, there was a rush of electricity that entered the venue with the talent that filled the room. The UK’s very own coming of age rock band The Struts made their way across the pond to bring the U.S. the Body Talks tour, in promotion of their 2nd album release. Having opened and being recognized by legends such as The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Motley Crue, The Struts are on their way to making history and restoring the heart that rock n roll desperate needs in this day and age.

Molly Sides of Thunderpussy

Molly Sides of Thunderpussy

Warming up the night, Seattle based quartet known as Thunderpussy started the show, glitz and glam in a matching red ensemble with a twist of their personalities. If you didn’t know who they were, you would not forget their name after the vibrant and killer performance. A stage presence like no other, lead singer Molly Sides put a spell on you with her picture perfect moves and silky voice, while guitarist Whitney Petty reminded the crowd guitar skills reminiscent of Keith Richards or something of the like. After wowing the venue, the next act set the mood in an unexpected way - Los Angeles group The Wrecks had to compromise for an acoustic set (something they hardly ever do) as they explained to the audience their van along with their equipment was stranded somewhere in Arizona. Nonetheless, there was an aura about these guys that made you know they have that special something that people look for when discovering new artists. A great sense of humor, crazy good lyrics, and a chill attitude with getting high and a tad bit buzzed on stage with some fans, The Wrecks definitely had new fans coming out of the night.

Fans of The Wrecks join the band on stage for their one of a kind acoustic set

Fans of The Wrecks join the band on stage for their one of a kind acoustic set

At last, the wait was over; it was time for The Struts to take the stage and give it their all for eager fans. Opening with an incredible number of their song Primadonna Like Me, with lead singer Luke stating a play on words of the song, “Anaheim, don’t you know who I think I am?”. And of course there was no shock to the glamorous style the band brought out with them, from feathers, leather, and all the glitter one could possibly desire. The energy was never ending, even with a two hour long set; who could blaim them when they have a lead vocalist such as Luke? I had heard these statements before, but it was incredible to hear a photographer to another as I was leaving the photo pit say “Wow, that guy kind of reminds me of Freddie Mercury or something”, a common comparison that has floated around the internet before in talks of The Struts’ front man. Performing songs like In Love With A Camera, Body Talks, People, and several others from their latest release of YOUNG&DANGEROUS, as well as some classics from their first album like Mary Go Round, Dirty Sexy Money, and Roll Up and many more, it was an incredible evening with even better music and perfect sounds. If you want to experience real music with a band that sounds better live, you do not want to miss a show from The Struts.

Make sure to check out The Struts on tour and if they’re coming to a city near you here!


Written and photographed for The Fox Magazine.


MAX Presents: the House of Divine Tour
*disclaimer: if any photos from the following article are to be shared on any social media platforms, please take the time to tag me @maxbakerphoto and give proper credit. Thank you!

*disclaimer: if any photos from the following article are to be shared on any social media platforms, please take the time to tag me @maxbakerphoto and give proper credit. Thank you!


On a cold and stormy night in Santa Ana, CA, New York native MAX sparked a fire within everyone from all ages that came out to the Observatory despite the weather. With supporting act Nina Nesbitt opening the show with insane vocals and a charming stage presence, it was the right way to bring the energy out and get the audience ready for what was to come. The House of Divine tour is filled with non stop dancing, good vibes, and all around love for people. Originally known as Max Schneider back when he first started on Youtube, MAX has grown from doing covers with musicians like Kurt Schneider, Sam Tsui, Against the Current, and more, to a pop artist sensation, collaborating with DJs and other artists from all over the world like Galantis, Noah Cyrus, Audien, and several others. His career has no foreseeable end in sight, with good reason. Having seen how his craft has changed since 2013 has been incredible to say the least. Not only is he one insanely talented individual, it just so happens that he is a truly genuine and loving human being, trying to inspire others to live freely and spread love wherever you may go. If you have yet to experience what a MAX show is like, you must check out the House of Divine tour, coming to a city near you. Check out the dates below, as well as a gallery of photos I captured from the night!

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