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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Event: Kollaboration SF Artist Portraits (04/10/10)

As mentioned in my previous post, I had the opportunity to photograph the various artists in Kollaboration SF's first event in Palace of Fine Arts. I'm definitely glad to have come out but even more glad to be able to meet the majority of the artists that performed.

Above is Sway Pinela of noted Drop N' Harmony, 6th Day, and of course American Idol fame pictured with his band.

I had to ask them all to do a funny face for me...

Above is Slashton who definitely has a great sound especially killing it with the female vocals.

The only swing/dance duo competitors but got the crowd going is Jean and Bromley.
One of the dance crews competing for the prize was Hydef. I really gotta give it up to their cool [stage] names--I was jealous when I met folks like Joosi and Contra. So I had them come up with my name--Click...get it? Camera? Ok.. bye.

Action shot of Hydef above.

Pictured above is emcee Mickey Cho and vocalist Hanna. These two were definitely down to earth as they were easy to talk to. You have to hear this guy--dope lyricist!

Pictured above is Michelle Martinez, an upcoming R&B/Pop singer from San Francisco. Long story short, I knew her when we were both budding high schoolers when I used to chill at her dance practices of Gen II. Good thing she remembered me! haha

Pictured above is one of the coolest comedians of the night Mark Zhang. He was definitely down to take a picture and kept Gee and I laughing with his jokes in between frames.

A guest performer, Groove Against the Machine, they blew up the stage with their high performance.

I wish I took better [lit] video because Andrew Plan was singing an impromptu song about me and Gee photographing him. Definitely cool guy with the guitar.

Pictured above are the Kollaboration's interview crew with Nicki Sun holding down the mic and Dan Fontaine with the video cam. Look out for the videos soon on Nicki's YouTube Channel.

The winner of the vocalist contest of the night is Esna Yoon. You HAVE to take a listen to her on her YouTube Channel.

Pictured above is one of the acoustic singers Charito Soriano.

Pictured above is one of the guest judges Victoria Pham, the 2009-2010 Miss Asian California.

Last but not least is Alex Salizar and Vince Wang (drummer). Definitely take a visit to Alex's YouTube Channel to take a listen to his grown vocals.

Thanks to all who were able to take a few minutes to have an impromptu photoshoot session with me. To the artists: if you choose to copy and save the photo, feel free to do so but just give me credits back to

Or! Shoot me an email at jcasas(dot)photography(at)gmail(dot)com, and I'll give you a larger file and all.

Hope to remeet you again on a photoshoot set! Peace.


nickisun said...

Great post! So cool of you to include us and shout out some links for us!

Much love,

JJ Casas ( said...

Thanks Nicki! I look forward in working with you in the future when we can!