This was a dream come true! I had the pleasure of photographing and interviewing Carmen Electra for Nylon Espanol. The shoot conceptually was based off of cowgirls and fetish fashion, think Sin City vibes. The Images were shot in the Hollywood Hills at one of the most eccentric locations I have ever shot at, the house of horror movie director, Children of The Corn, Fritz Kiersch. The majority of the shoot was shot outdoors because it had a lot of cactus and felt more western. She was such a fantastic subject to capture. Typically when I shoot their is a lot of direction coming from me but with Carmen it was just me capturing her in motion. She is a dancer and a gymnast and you can tell that she is completely in tune with her body. Her movement was inspiring she really gave everyone on set a performance. Carmen Electra is an Icon and was everything I was hoping she was, WOW!
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Gia is one of those models whose presence is undeniable. She is the perfect combination of super cool and sex bomb. Gia is one of my favorite stories of how I meet a model. Years ago I walked in late at night into really cool diner in Los Feliz and the moment I walked in the door I saw Gia, at the time she was waitressing. THIS WOMAN had huge angel blond hair and a body straight out of a Gil Evergreen painting. I told my friend instantly, "We are sitting in her section" My friend and I were both trying to guess her name, I had said to him people probably call her Kat or Kitten and my friend thought her name was Charlene lol. She came over to wait on us and right away I asked her what her name was, I told her what both my friend and myself thought her name was. She laughed and said very slowly, My... name... is...............Gia! So Perfect! She was great, fun personality and really stunning. My favorite part about meeting her was what she said at the end. The diner had made homemade pop tarts and they were in a desert case directly in front of us. She came over and said are you guys gonna order dessert? because their is only one blueberry poptart left and if you don't eat it........Im going to. I thought to myself YES!! this girl is awesome. We all shared the poptart and I went on my way. The very next day I had a meeting at NEXT model management and picked up an issue of Galore and sure enough, there she was Gia Genevieve on the cover! Some time soon after we met I had the pleasure of working with her for a la Eyeworks Uncensored Visions campaign. She then moved to New York City to follow her dreams and soon after became one of fashions most exciting faces. She has been photographed by every major photographer and in every magazine and music video . A couple months ago I was blessed to photograph her again for a story we did in Hollywood called "Love Me Tender" named after a tattoo she has. These photos have been some of my favorite shots I've ever taken. Working with her is a dream come true. Gia Geniveve is Everything!
Make Up by Jaime Edenilson Diaz
Hair by Anna Estella
I am very happy to debut this new image that I shot for eyewear brand la Eyeworks FW16 collection . I have been very proud to be able to shoot for this iconic brand for 5 seasons now. The brand is so fantastic and they truly celebrate individuality with their designs and the clientele that wears them. This season's image was so fantastic to shoot. First I am beyond elated that we shot a curve model as the face of the campaign. One of the joys that come with my job is curating these situations that make women look and feel that they are powerful and beautiful. I celebrate women in all shapes and sizes and I love that we got to showcase one of the most incredible figures in the plus size fashion world, India Haylee Barton. The LAE Uncenosred Vision images are always a welcomed challenge for me because with these photographs I have to create fully developed conceptualized beauty shots that really tell a story about me as an artist and my vision. Last season was such a treat because I collaborated with one of my favorite painters from Dublin Derrick Smith . This season I was greatly inspired by neon signs, the light sculpture of work of artist Dan Flavin and a minimalist aesthetic. We painted the backdrop with light, bright hot pink neon light against very simple sky blue horizontal mini blinds. In the end the color combination reminded me of the wrappers of the candy sweet tarts. I plan on working with India more, I love that she has a passion for artistic editorial modeling. Her portfolio of work is quite impressive and she is definitely an incredible role model in the body positive attitude / movement that has been been gaining lots of momentum in the past few years in the fashion world, which is about time! The shoot itself was really effortless, the team was incredible Jaime did a steller job bringing out out India's natural beauty and Anna really sculpted a timeless hairstyle that really opened the face up to showcase the eyewear front and center. Everything about this image is one big YES!!
This is one of the greatest things that has happened in my career so far. I did a shoot with actress / artist / director and all around amazing woman, Rose McGowan. None of the images have been revealed because they are going to be for her upcoming book. However one image is out and its out for the best reason, giving back to people, in particularly women. Rose McGowan designed a limited edition t shirt to raise funds for The East Los Angeles Women's Center. The center helps women in need that have suffered from abuse, rape and need assistance. The t shirt features a single image from our Rose McGowan Rises Up editorial and I am couldn't be any more proud at this moment. I truly believe the key to happiness is to help others so it warms my entire being know that , even in a small way, I can contribute my talents to something that will help people. Thank you Rose and I admire the hell out of you for this!! #Rose Army
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So elated to so have my images be featured in Flaunt. I shot an editorial and got to interview Amanda Lepore for the spread. We shot all these images during New York Fashion Week this past February. We shot these images inside the hotel that Amanda Lepore lives in, so Fab!!
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I am pleased to be featured in Flaunt Magazine for my editorial with one of my new favorite artists and models Coneja.
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Model: Conjea Pacheco @C0neja
Wardrobe Styling: Erik Ziemba @ErikZiemba
Make Up: Ady Sanchez-Macarty @lolitaleonmusic
Hair: Kristian Munoz @xtianmakeupandhair
Nails: Patty Garcia @rebelgrlnails
I love creating art with this awesome woman!
I haven't posted in a great while. I apologize but I can say this year has been really alot turning points. I have worked so hard throughout my entire artistic career and I finally do feel that I am starting to see the fruits of my labor. I have been fortunate to be able to work with pretty incredible people, artists, as well as people I have admired my whole life since childhood. Last year and alot of this year was all about myself attempting at doing things that I never thought I could do and, by finding the confidence in my work, change my mentality to I WILL. My ultimate goal in life and with my artwork is to have a body of work, a book, that is TIMELESS, thought provoking and still be pleasing to the eye. I came to LA with a dream and I am going to follow through with that. I can't wait to share what the next step is but I promise I will be a lot more up to date with my blog. Fuck Yes for Art!!
WOW! Yesterday I shot one of my favorite Idols of all time, Elvira The Mistress Of The Dark. Elvira has been somebody that I have always always (twice) dreamed of working with because not only is she a pop culture icon she is a huge icon to me personally and tremendous source of inspiration as an artist. Living here in Los Angeles her presence is everywhere. I mean just go to Hollywood Blvd and I guarantee you will see one of three Icons anywhere you go Mickey Mouse, Marilyn Monroe and..........Elvira. We shot portraits for the new la Eyeworks campaign as well as images for both of us to have. She was absolutely electric, her energy was fantastic and she really captivated everyone that was on set. Can we please talk about how INCREDIBLE she looks. Everyone had a huge toothy grin when we were shooting her. She was Everything I wanted her to be and more! At Josef Jasso Photography WE ALL LOVE ELVIRA!
Today I am flying out to Miami to showcase my work at the Queer Biennial I group show in Miami Beach curated by Ruben Esparza. I am so excited because it was always a dream of mine to just go to Miami just to attend the events for Art Basel and now I am not only going I am presenting my images. I am thrilled to be showing alongside some of my favorite artists such as Glen Hanson and Austin Young. This is going to be an incredible experience and at this moment I feel very proud. If your in Miami Beach come out and see the show.
Anything that is......
Lepore Some Sugar on Us
No matter who he's shooting photographer Josef Jasso knows how make is candy colors pop.
"Upstart fashion photographer Josef Jasso is a rare talent who can make the excessive feel necessary and the garish read gorgeous. Saturating every frame with gleeful, vibrant glamour, Jasso augments his subject's energies, whether he's working with boldly beautiful models or the denizens of nightlife's demimonde (Amanda Lepore , pictured, might say she's both). His full frontal assault of colors that dazzle and bleed produces an accurate representation of not only people's visages, but also their personalities."
Saturday August 16 7-9pm the show opens at Antebellum Gallery 1643 N. Los Palmas in Hollywood. The exhibit will run three weeks. Come see my best images in a new way, large format Xerox. Cant wait to see everybody!
Underneath the Glamour is EVEN MORE GLAMOUR! I have been dying to release any of my images of Amanda Lepore. She is an Icon and probably the nicest person I have ever had the pleasure of photographing. This particular image was actually from our most recent time together in Los Angeles. I had been booked by KODE magazine to shoot a feature on Luke Nero / Andres Rigel's Plastic Fantastic. This image is when we arrived at the venue and Amanda getting out of David Lachapelle's (who is in the white t shirt behind her) Rolls Royce. I absolutely love this shot its the epitome of Old Hollywood glamour. That evening was fabulous and filled with so many inspiring people all in one room, it most definitely was not like any other event in West Hollywood. Check out the feature in the latest issue of KODE now and keep and eye OUT for more of our work together coming out in September.
Sublime moment on set.....