Behind the Scenes

So people ask all the time what a photo shoot is like….Today I put together for you a nifty little peek at what happens behind the scenes. This slide show features LightningCloud, the dynamic music group who won the Power 106 Who’s Next contest and is performing with some pretty heavy hitters this summer! Burn It Down by Lightning Cloud. Enjoy!!



ImageLightningCloud is a North American Hip Hop group based out of Los
Angeles, California. The duo consists of Crystle Lightning and MC
Invigorated by the sounds and energy of the underground club scenes,
LightningCloud found a way to fuse the elements of Hip Hop
with Electro-House music, giving birth to a two headed, fire spitting
dragon of sophisticated delivery. LightningCloud is well equipped with
a highly anticipated debut album that is rumored to explode and
capture the hearts of every listener. With a vibrant, multimedia stage
performance in their arsenal and a hunger that is all but gone in this
generation, LightningCloud arrives to save us all from the
monotony…just in the nick of time.Sam Slovik of the LA Weekly writes-
“North American Hip Hop duo, LightningCloud are a near-earth object
inventing new realms of the Electro-House-Hip-Hop revolution on the
Urban futurist, MC RedCloud and Crystle Lightning are L.A.’s
subterranean Bonnie and Clyde, inhabiting new worlds of underground
hip hop.
Stay tuned for the impending imminent.”LightningClouds reputation proceeds them and they live up to the hype
on this debut album. The LP is described as first class lyricism with
an assortment of
patterns, styles and articulations, over unmerciful hip hop, electro
and house production. Songs like “Casino Money” and “Gravitron”
satisfy the souls of any dance club elitists, while tracks like “Hang
it Up Daddy” and “Get Tribal” earn the respect of hip hop heads and
boombox saints alike.Crystle Lightning is everything that her given name implies: a
clearbolt of penetrating energy.

A Plains Cree/First Nations Indigenous woman, Crystle began her show
business journey at the tender age of four in Edmonton Alberta,
Canada. By the age of nine, Crystle and her family relocated to
Hollywood California where she immediately landed her first lead role
in the blockbuster hit:
3 NINJAS – KNUCKLE UP. Since then she has landed impressive
performances, including: a recurring role on the daytime NBC soap DAYS
OLDER THAN AMERICA she played strong supporting role along side
veteran actor BRADLEY COOPER (“Hang Over” “People Magazines Sexiest
Man Alive 2011”).

A woman of many talents, Crystle Lightning is also a well established
DJ. She is one half of the Hollywood DJ Crew “Ladies of The House”.
Spinning records at notable famed clubs such as King King and House of
Blues and honed residencies at The 1616 Club and Lucys 51, Crystle
Lightning made her imprint in the realm of music entertainment. While
touring with partner in crime and rhyme, RedCloud, Crystle made her
from behind the DJ booth to center stage with Mic in hand and
discovered another way to move the crowd. LightningCloud was

MC RedCloud, from the City of Hawthorne, is an indigenous legend with
a highly exalted live performance track record.

A California Native and Huichol Indian (Jalisco, Mexico), MC RedCloud
began his underground supremacy when his freestyles where heard over
the radio airwaves, as he defeated numerous opponents on Power 106
with Felli Fel. RedCloud signed with Syntax/Koch in 2000 and moved
well over 50,000 units of his releases. RedCloud is a “Tour Monster”
and has seen 60 Nationwide dates in a row with TECH N9NE and MURS. He
also toured consistently with IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE, KRS ONE and EVIDENCE.

RedCloud’s life would be forever changed during a chance encounter at
a Native Threads Catalogue Photoshoot, when he met his soul mate
Crystle Lightning. Both being rehearsal junkies and choreography
addicts, it was only a matter of time that LightningCloud would join forces with DJ Hydroe (RedClouds DJ since High School),
overflow and spill onto
stages all across the Planet. LightningCloud’s self titled debut album

“LightningCloud” just won BEST HIP HOP ALBUM at the 2012 APCMA Awards!

Bundle up, the reign is coming!
LightningCloud just won the Power 106 “Whos Next/Battle for the Best” Contest and are on their way to Austin Texas for the SXSW Festival to face the Winner of Hot 97 in New York in a battle for the official title of “Whos Next”. The winner cuts a record with the legendary TIMBALAND.

We’ve had the pleasure of working with this talented group for several photoshoots and they are pros all the way!!!! These guys are hard working, red blooded, and well, just plain fierce!! We LOVE working with them and hanging’ with them because in addition to possessing GOBS of talent, they are excellent individuals!!! It is our honor to support these talented folks and we invite you to do so as well!!!

Support LightningCloud by setting your alarms for tomorrow Friday March 15 at 1pm PST.
Text POWER to 51515 (as many times as possible!!!) untill 5pm. Whoever has the most texts- WINS! My money is on them!!!!


Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth.

On December 10th, Indigenous people and allies stood in solidarity across Canada to assert Indigenous sovereignty and begin the work towards sustainable, renewable development. All people will be affected by the continued damage to the land and water and we welcome Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies to join in creating healthy sustainable communities. We encourage youth to become engaged in this movement as you are the leaders of our future. There have always been individuals and groups who have been working towards these goals – Idle No More seeks to create solidarity and further support these goals. We recognize that there may be backlash, and encourage people to stay strong and united in spirit.

This is the mission statement Idle No More.

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This movement started in Canada as a peaceful demonstration between tribes and government. It spread as people world wide stood in solidarity for the Canadian government to honor treaty rights. It has become bigger than that. These violations have direct bearing on the protection,or lack there of, of our waters and land. If we don’t stand up as one people and start protecting our earth’s greatest resources we are dooming our future generations. It is an important movement and it has been our honor to be a part of this important message. We hope you enjoy these photos and PSAs and encourage you all to do the following.

GET EDUCATED. This affects us all as human beings. It’s our future.

SHARE the photos and PSAs therefor spreading the word and educating others.

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DO YOUR PART in protecting mother Earth.

SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY. Everyone involved in this campaign volenteered their time and talent. Take time to support their efforts…find us all on social media…let them know you think it’s important too. It’s a far greater cause than any one person but we stand stronger together. Indiginous and not, this is a human issue. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I know  this post is not really about photography  but before photographers we are human beings and we think it’s important to stand together, be positive, and always work toward the greater good.