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New Years Eve!!

December 31, 2010 Leave a comment

NYE is already here!! It felt like last week was Thanksgiving!! I can’t wait for 2011 already, I’ve got some plans!! The lower NYE flyer was another promo shoot that I did a few months back. A few flyers throughout Manufactured Superstars’ residency should be my photos as well, not that one however. The Manufactured Superstars photoshoot that I did was pretty epic I must say. Good things to come in 2011!!

Both TRYST and XS flyers were photos of mine as well, the TRYST flyer was later replaced with an ESTELLE flyer since she’ll be performing there tomorrow night (NYE!!!). Thanks again to Danny Mahoney over at XS for helping out with the shoot, some of the shots were his, some were mine, the lighting was done by me, NBD.

Heres a side profile shot that I took some time to edit. The original was pretty different, I’m glad I invested in that WACOM tablet! After all this madness is over I think a vacation is long overdue. I need to make an appointment with my sports therapist ASAP, and get my gyukaku/boiling crab fix!!

Not my favorite photo from the set, but definitely fitting for NYE and the giant blue Andy Warhol edition Dom P!!
On another note, I’m very thankful for my family and friends. I have the greatest family, and the best nephew! Everyone who knows me knows that I keep everything pretty close knit! I’ve grown close to new friends this year and closer to older ones, finding people you can trust and rely on in Las Vegas is pretty far and few between nowadays. Thank you everyone for a great year! 2010 went by a little fast, I’m still in shock its already over! See you guys’ next year, and please don’t drink and drive! Have a wonderful and safe New Year!! I’ll be at XS on the 1st shooting Manufactured Superstars, and Afrojack on Monday!!

-Brenton Ho


Help-Portrait 2010

December 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Dec 4th was the Las Vegas second annual Help-Portrait event at the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center. The group shot above was remote triggered via Al Powers, @PowersImagery who pretty much ran the event this year. Here is a link to last years post for those that don’t remember. Click!

I wanted to give out a big Thank You to all the hair and make-up artists that helped out again this year, Justin Wray for supplying the step-and-repeat backdrop, TRYST nightclub for letting us use their red carpet, and everyone that came out to support the event!

It was nice going out there again, weather was great, and even saw some familiar faces from the previous year!

I like to check out what other communities are doing, some places go to senior citizen homes, hospitals, special education centers, and some people seem to do it independently as well! Its quite unreal how big this became.

If anyone wants more info or wants to know how to help out, this is a WORLD-WIDE event! This is happening once a year in your community! HELP PORTRAIT WEBSITE

XS and Tryst Toy Drive

December 9, 2010 Leave a comment

I had the opportunity to shoot this amazing event yesterday. It was XS and Tryst nightclubs’ 3rd annual toy drive with 98.5 KLUC, and donated a huge $106,297 in toys to HELP of Southern Nevada.

It was great seeing everyone so enthused and in the giving spirit! People were filling up their carts so fast!!

Everyone there was having a great time! Choosing things they felt kids would appreciate.

This was pretty much how they left Walmart’s Toy section when they were done with it!
They filled up 2 semi’s full of toys from the local Walmart, clearing out most toys and bikes in the whole store and even had a firetruck+police escorts lead the way to the drop off site.

The unloading turned into a human-conveyor belt style system

The bike collection was MASSIVE!! I don’t think one kid will be bike-less this holiday season!

The amount of toys was overwhelming!

The receipt was 100ft long! Which was basically both semi’s back to back in length!! I definitely had fun covering this event, and had a blast overall. Nothing better than being surrounded by good friends and good company supporting a great cause!!

Tales From The Tryst

October 28, 2010 1 comment

I did a photoshoot for XS and TRYST nightclubs for the halloween promo/flyer. It was pretty last minute request and I wasn’t completely informed of how this would turn out, so i just found out what was going on in each scene and lit and shot them appropriately. It was last minute but the photos worked out, and I had a blast, if I were to do it again, I would have done a few things differently, but overall had a great time working with everyone! The flyers were not done by me, once the photos are shot its usually up to the art director/graphic designer for the final product, which the photographer has little to zero input 90% of the time 100% of the time.

This is my edit, of a similar photo used in the Tryst flyer.

Above photo is just cleaned up of small imperfections, but the tones were pretty much straight out of camera. This was the first time i got to use my new Paul C. Buff 86″ PLM v2 Reflector.

This was definitely one of my favorite shots….its just a cool shot even though we had some “wing failure”.

The theme from both XS and TRYST was awesome. Thanks to Danny Mahoney for bringing me in on this shoot. Had a blast!! check out XS Blog here!

and we took a bunch on white as well.

These can be found all around Town Square.

Tonight is Tales from The Tryst, perfect time for the blog post (I thought). Have a safe Halloween everyone!!!

Nike Womens Marathon

October 19, 2010 1 comment

This past weekend I took a short vacation to support my friend Thao in her 2nd full marathon. What a crazy weekend first and foremost, I was totally unprepared for San Francisco both trip and weather wise. The photo above was at about 5-6am on Sunday/Race day in Union Square, which had over 30,000 people in attendance!!

One of Thao at the start of the race! Things started off pretty slowly, but the vibe and energy that’s there is inspiring! Being Half awake trying to spot your friends in a sea of people is pretty challenging! Someone needs to make a relatively affordable GPS unit so people can locate their friends/status during the race. Facebook updates were very intermittent and not very accurate, and Google’s Latitude was off….at one point Thao was in the ocean according to it.

Decided to play around with the shutter since I didnt know these people! I was day-dreaming of a latte at this point in time….

The view was spectacular as a runner. At the end of this picture there’s a bend that wraps around with a view of the coast. It must have been breath-taking. By the way, about 1.5-2hrs in it started to rain and didn’t end until about 7pm when we got dinner.

Being soaking wet, hungry and a little upset I was so unprepared I managed to catch Thao approaching the Finish line! Thank goodness!! If i missed the shot I was going to lose my head. I’m not used to NOT having credentials anywhere!!

Seeking dry shelter in the back of the “Team In Training” tent. Drying off and re-hydrating ourselves we took this time for a photo-op with the cheer team! Congrats to Thao, Anna, Jess, and Gen for completing the marathon! I had a great time with everyone! Also it was very cool being with Jacob and Thao outside a drift event.

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October 19, 2010 Leave a comment

I got the luck of shooting LCD Soundsytem at The Pearl. James Murphy put on a great show, and the music was great live!

The week prior DJ Lil Jon had a “Takeover” at Blush Nightclub on a Tuesday and Surrender Nightclub on Wednesday. This is from the Wednesday set, Lil Jon definitely interacts with the crowd more than anyone and gets the crowd hyped!

Britney Spears’ DJ/DJ Havana Brown put on a set at TAO beach the last week in September. She was VERY nice and also killed it on the decks!! Very cool meeting Australia’s #1 female DJ.

So pool season is officially over, so goodbye to all the ultra-pools until next year!! Hanging out at TAO Beach for DJ Havana Brown’s set was Taye Diggs and friend.

More Updates to come shortly!

Birthday woes…

August 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Again, I barely have time to blog anymore, I apologize. (Also sorry for the lack of photos on this post, I figure if I don’t post this now, it will be weeks before it actually goes up!!) My birthday past, wow exactly a month ago! Things have been quite ridiculous lately. I took 4 days off two weeks ago to visit my dad and friends all over in Socal. Awesome cake above from Thao and Jacob! I returned to Vegas to absolute Mayhem! The biggest change was I no longer had a shower, it was completely gone, and for it seemed like a week (but was 2 days in all actuallity)! After all the construction (banging,noise)/lack of sleep, I got a pretty BOSS marble shower in the end. Meanwhile, work was non-stop, I was working maybe 13-14 venues/events each week until last.

One thing I bought for this trip was a laptop/camera bag combo that I’ve been looking at for the longest time. The Think Tank UD50 (Urban Disguise 50) is a godsend, happy birthday to me! I can fit my old 15″ macbook pro, gripped d700, 3x sb800s, 24-70, 70-200, and a prime lens easily. the bag isn’t really huge, but with a good amount of gear it gets kinda fat like how you feel after “all you can eat” sushi!!

My birthday did get me kind of down, as I felt I haven’t achieved my goals for that age quite yet. I got sick and tired of a few things, one thing was my old website, so I spent a good four days on a new layout/v2.0 and I think its a huge upgrade. The site has fullscreen capabilities, easy navigation, Ipod/Iphone capabilities, and my facebook/twitter widgets!! It’s basically what I was lacking. The galleries in the portfolio section aren’t full yet, but I’ve been so busy I gave it an early launch. You gotta check it out and leave me some feedback! Check it out…..HERE

I did some other minor upgrades as well. I purchased Photomechanic for my Macbook. It is such a time saver when it comes to sorting hundreds of images taken nightly. I also upgraded my d300 to a d300s this week. I’m very happy with that move, the back of the d300s is very much like my d700. The multi-select button is improved, dual card slots FTW, 720p video and I like how the live view has its own dedicated button now, it definitely helps for overhead/crowd shots in the nightclubs. Another cool thing is the custom functions on this thing, the d300s is on par with the d700 where as the d300 had a few things it couldn’t do (custom function wise).

I also gave in after all these years I purchased my first pair of pocketwizard plus II’s. I got them strictly for remote triggering (cams not strobes). The Radiopopper JRx’s have been glorious for strobes/speedlites, but the on/off switch is the trigger when trying to trigger a remote cam, and it cant shoot in bursts. Either way, its about time. There are reasons these things are the industry standard still for all these years!

My vehicle was broken into a week ago. Window was smashed, and a camera bag with my “Just In Case” stuff was stolen. Cam Batteries, AA batteries, some CF cards, and other small things were taken. Luckily my insurance covered the window, and partial of the items stolen, but it was a terrible inconvenience. I spent the next 2 days cleaning out my garage, and can actually garage park the vehicle now. I still need window tint badly!