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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

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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!!!

now playing: ketchup

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!

M.I.A.

July 18, 2010 Leave a comment

So I realize I’ve been MIA for a bit, but I’ve been slammed at work doing 10-14 venues per week and had a nice short 3.5 day vacation visiting my dad and friends all over Socal. Thao and Jacob were awesome as usual, I went to the best sports therapist/chiropractor ever in long beach, and had my Gyukaku, The Boiling Crab and my Pink Berry fix. Simply glorious!

So I managed to squeeze some time in for a shoot with Brooke. I told her I’ve been wanting to take some photos on the strip for quite some time now, since I basically pass these spots every night on the way to or from work. We managed to go to two locations, and get some decent shots. Lighting was very basic, nikon sb800 speedlight in a silver umbrella on almost all the shots, I figured there would be a lot of foot-traffic so i figured the less I brought the better.

I did realize a few things during this shoot however. I miss having prime lenses, and that I really can’t rely on my SU-800 outdoors, and its deemed useless compared to my radiopoppers. (RF>IR) The SU-800 is a great tool, its just for what I do and how much I make its really just another overlapping tool, and inconsistent (outdoors) at that! If they made an RF version of the SU-800 it’d be gold!!

I wanted to add in this black and white, I originally intended the set to be black and white but decided to go with color because it was so vivid straight out of camera. I really need to start shooting more portraits, I’ve got a lot on my plate at the moment and need to figure a lot of stuff out still. Hopefully after a quick 3-4 day in California again for my birthday will help clear my mind. I know this was a short post, hopefully I’ll be able to follow up sooner than later! Thanks!

Memorial Day Weekend

May 31, 2010 1 comment

Wow, I’m actually relieved this weekend has finally come to a halt, there were way too many things going on! Grand Opening of my new favorite pool on the Vegas Strip, Encore Beach Club/Surrender Night Club, Steve Aoki, Kaskade, Erick Morillo and Deadmau5 and more all in one weekend! Thankfully I only had a few things to cover, but that plus the traffic and the shennanigans inside the clubs/casinos, it was a handful!!

Above is Ne-Yo’s live performance at Surrender Nightclub. Partying at Surrender was Paris Hilton and her entourage. Ne-Yo invited her on-stage during his song “Miss Independent”. You can kinda see her bottom left in that picture, but distortion got the best of her.

I missed the shot due to getting hit in the face with a giant video cam (knocking the glasses half way off my face). Yep……one of THOSE nights. HAH!
Anyways….If you follow my flickr account there are two photos uploaded including this one, the reasoning made me LOL!

This weekend closed for me with Erick Morillo/Morillo Madness at Tao Nightclub. Every venue I went to was packed to capacity. Time to enjoy the rest of my day off and start the routine all over again!

Oh yeah, I got a great deal on a Nikon D90+grip, so I went for that plus some much needed accessories vs the D300s, as it would have cost me substantially more for that body alone. The D90 + Nikkor 17-35 is my full-time “nightlife/pool” camera. All the images above were taken with it, the noise levels remind me of my old Canon 1d2 at ISO 1600, but without the canon blotchy-ness noise. The AF is certainly a lot worse, and the viewfinder is TINY. BUT, it works well, and I’m stoked i didn’t have to hold a gripped d700+24-70+sb800 through this mess.

I hope you guys enjoyed the read, and I’m glad everyone I know got home safely this weekend! Until next time!