A New Beginning

Today is my birthday! Like most people, I LOVE my birthday, but not because of all the attention that it brings. For me it’s kinda like a fresh start. I always feel a little wiser on my birthday, not sure if it’s because as I get another year older the dumb brain cells die off or if my brain just releases special chemicals once a year, but the saying is certainly true “with age comes wisdom” or is it “with age comes back problems, grey hair, wrinkles?”

I’m sorry for those who have been following me on here, I have been gone for quite some time. I just needed time. Needed space. I made a quick trip this past week back to Portland to spend some time with friends and then Seattle for my mom’s birthday on Saturday. As I was flying back to Los Angeles late last night, I got a chance to reflect, a chance for me to let go. I’ve always been a sensitive person even at an early age, sensitive to the point that I can feel other people’s energy and emotions around me, almost like emotional ESP. So as I was going through the toughest years of my life, I withdrew from my family, my friends, moved away to a new city, isolated myself with my cat. Everyone has a way of coping, I thought that’s what I needed. But yesterday on the plane, I realized that with my emotional sponge, I should have surrounded myself with friends and family that I can feed off of and take in their love and support to build myself back up. But I was worried that other people might be like me and absorb my sadness, so I left.

I spent the past couple years over analyzing everything, what could have been, should have been, but the conclusion is, what should have been would have been. So it’s time for me to let it all go. Accept the past, it will always be with me, but now I must look forward.

I’m ready to create art again. Inspiration is coming back to me and I’m ready to shoot a bunch of personal projects. I’m looking to build my team here in LA, so if you’re in my field, get in touch with me. Need stylists, locations scouts, hair, makeup, and talent!

Also, I’m ready for more LA friends.

Peace and Love,

Quavondo’s New Website

Finally, it’s here. The release of my new website! I’m SO freaking excited about it. It’s been 5 months in the making. It only took this long because my attention was always needed else where, so my personal website got pushed to the back burners. Built from the ground up by one truly talented designer and programmer, Marcel Ganz of Flambe Agency. I had all these ideas in my head on what I wanted my site to do and I was blown away that Marcel was able to make every wish come true. Finally I’m able to rid myself of the Flash based website that can’t be seen on mobile devices and iPads! Amen. There are still minor kinks to work out for the mobile site, we’re working on that. Please let me know if you encounter any problems or if you have any suggestions to make my website better. Thanks so much!


Now that I’m pretty much done with this project, I want to let you guys know that I have two other pet projects in the works for you photographers out there. Both should be done by the end of the year if not sooner. One is with Marcel and the other one is with Pratik of Solstice Retouch. Stay tuned!


Quavondo’s Lighting Techniques Volume 2

I was driving a couple months ago and the thought of writing the second book on my lighting techniques came to mind. The thought stayed with me for about a couple of minutes until Avicii’s Wake Me UP came on, I started rocking out, the thought slipped away. That was the last time I’d thought about it until this morning when I received this email.


I just finished reading your book. It is WONDERFUL! The information is clear and well organized. The text compliments the images and diagrams extremly well. In particular I find that your “voice” is friend, fun and honest. Including the stories about mistakes you made (leaving your slave at home etc) creates you on level with others who have done the same. They will, I think, make it easier for a shooter to look for a work~around instead of freezing up in a panic. Also, having to change a plan and idea on the fly when circumstances change will have the same effect especially for the beginning or novice getting started. Another valuable piece of instruction and information is about the use of on camera flash as is the natural light and clip lamp information. It shows that great photography is possible on a very small budget and the book has no feel of “brand” selling. 

In closing, I can say that if I were to teach again, I would use your book as the book to teach lighting. It would be wonderful to find such books for photoshop etc.

I remain most sincere,”



Thank you Jacqueline for the wonderful email. In a World where you usually only hear from people when they aren’t happy with the product, it’s rewarding to get an email such as this. Perhaps it is time to start on volume 2. 

Quavondo’s Lighting Book is Best Seller on PhotoWhoa


I am truly flattered, PhotoWhoa recently did a review on my lighting book and had good things to say about it. They liked it so much that they are now carrying it. Good news for you if you’ve wanted to get a hold of my lighting book but haven’t gone around to it. It’s currently available in PDF format at PhotoWhoa for $5! I’m also proud to say that it’s one of their best sellers! It’s available until Oct. 25th. Don’t miss out!

Signed paperbacks are also available for purchase through me.



What Has Quavondo Been Up To?

You’ve probably been wondering what I’ve been up to lately (or not HAHA)…for the past three months I’ve been laying low, staying away from Facebook, blog, twitter and everything else that was just distracting. I was working on 3 major projects. Two of them I can’t share with you yet but will be ready in a couple months, one of them is about to launch, or should I say relaunch. I’m super stoked to share with you the NEW Cliché Magazine!

Around the time of my disappearance, I took on the Creative Director position at Cliché Magazine. I saw a magazine with great potential that just needed a fresh pair of eyes. With my design, photography, and ad agency background I was eager to take on this daunting task of rebranding a magazine. The first step was the logo.

Here’s the old logo:
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Here’s the new logo that I designed:
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I wanted our logo to exemplify elegance and sex appeal. I designed the logo so that when viewers see it their subconscious mind sees the word chic. Well I guess I let that pony out of the barn. We also just launched the new website this week. I don’t have the before/after for this, but trust me when I say that this is way better! It’s not up there yet, but webitorials will be launching on the site too!Screen Shot 2013-08-16 at 7.44.31 AM

And finally, the relaunch issue of the magazine is set to release this weekend. It’s packed with so much content and fashion editorials, I hope you guys enjoy it. Would love to hear your feedback.


Workshop Revised

So I’ve been taking some time to move this past week and have finally settled in and ready to get rocking again. During my down time, I’ve been doing a lot of meditation and thinking about the direction that I want to go with my career. As much as I love teaching and giving back to the photography community, I have to evaluate what’s good for me. Do I have time to do workshops? Probably not. That’s why I’ve teamed up with Nicki Callahan for a couple of trial runs. She’s organizing everything for me. If there’s a good head count and everything runs smoothly, I may do more workshops around the country, but if it doesn’t pan out, I am fine with refocusing my energy towards myself.

While thinking about my lighting workshops, I’ve decided to give it a little more “punch.” Instead of just teaching the attendees my lighting techniques, I will now be teaching them how to present their work, branding, what Art Buyers/Directors look for, getting published, making money, and some retouching. That’s a lot to fit into one day.

With this news, we’ve opened up 5 seats for the workshop. First come first served.

Also, the workshop is sponsored by Fundy Software, expect a swag bag filled with goodies if you attend. The workshop is in Seattle on June 29th. See you there.

First Stocksy Emailer

It’s been a couple months since the launch of Stocksy and it looks like momentum is building, the collection is growing, and feedbacks have been overwhelmingly great! Here’s the first emailer that went out:

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It was an honor to be featured alongside some amazing photographers. Go check out Stocksy for all your marketing needs, use the coupon code “FREELOVE” for a free small photo or a $10 credit. Also, check out my Stocksy Portfolio while you’re there. Contact me for a 20% off code for your first entire order. Please pass along to your designer/art director friends.