Joseph N. Tran

Eastside Story

Here’s a fashion set I’m brewing up involving Alex. This was shot in Salt Lake City awhile back. I’m piecing together various shoots, and this one was always one of my favorite ones. Alex has such striking features, and Janelle Corey, did an amazing job on her hair and makeup.

I’m currently debating on adjusting the colors, or simply going more bold with black and white. It’s still up in the air, but for now I’ve just laid out the RAW shots in a story board to get a better feel for how, and where, I want it to go.


Time flies by when you find your groove. I’m just getting caught up with things. It was such a busy, and difficult, weekend. Nevertheless, a new book is up!

Check it out when you get a chance. A glimpse of it was teased in my last post. Some neat shots, organized and arranged, to reflect the theme. I broke it up into three chapters, focusing on three aspects of Los Angeles. If you’re curious about the “sL92”, it’s more personal to me than anything. The “92” reflects an important year to me, and the “sL” is someone who had a huge impact in my life around that time. Hope you enjoy it!

Meg above, making it just in time.


“Sometimes I feel like my only friend, is the city I live in, the city of angels. Lonely as I am, together we cry.” -Under The Bridge : Red Hot Chili Peppers

A glimpse at some L.A. Stories with Hannah, Kianna, and Alex.

Pretty Days

Wasting the day away, and absorbing negative thoughts, doesn’t accomplish a thing. Live for the day. The best season is upon us. Enjoy what’s in front of you, and feel fulfilled for what you have, instead of what you desire.

Chelsea in the garden.


Awhile back, I thought it would be a fun idea to play with a few digital projectors. I got them connected to my Macbook, threw on some choice movies and created some unique backdrops and colors. Shot a few of my close model friends in this scenario and was excited to see the results.

I shot at a high ISO, somewhere around 3200 - 6400, and just used the projectors lighting for much of my lighting source. I killed off any ambient light in the room, and just let the projector do the work as well as the camera. I shot in RAW format to give myself some room for error. As for the models, I just let them be themselves, and they had a great time with the project. I really enjoyed the results.

I haven’t taken the time to go back, to thoroughly piece these shoots together. So I figured it would be fun to share them on this post. The top set is of Cassy, I used more of a futuristic setting, and the movie used, I believe, was “2046.” The bottom set featuring Kelly, I used “The Fountain.” The shots of Kelly, posted here, were shot from my old iPhone 5. Not bad for the time, in regards to the quality of the shot, and what I was able to do with it. These movies were quite visually stunning, and would provide really interesting backdrops and overlays. 

The results posted are pretty much as shot, with some light adjustments for shadows and highlights. I’ll probably work on these some more, down the line. Right now I’m currently working on another chapter to add to a personal favorite story of mine, which I’ll post within the week.


“Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.” -Norman Vincent Peale

Sofia looking bold.

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