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Allen Zaki is a photographer based out of Los Angeles, CA. He shoots fashion and celebrity portraiture. He travels to New York, NY to shoot and is willing to travel to get the job done. His work/portfolio can be viewed at: www.allenzaki.com

Thursday, December 10, 2009

NEW: Andy D'Arrigo





More, More MORE!

Its all about working, and that's what I've been doing. Here is a Behind the Scenes video I created from my shoot with DJ/Producer/Remixer Andy D'Arrigo.



He's a multi-talented artist, and a cool guy all around! For more info on Andy D'Arrigo go to www.ANDYDARRIGO.com

Until the next posting, Peace!

Allen Zaki
www.zakiphotography.com
zaki@zakiphotography.com

Gelleed Magazine Dec Issue BTS

Hello World,

As I said in the last post, there is a lot more from Zaki Photography coming. Well, here's just a lil look into what's been going on Behind the Scenes. I did this shoot last month (November 2009) and now its December and the issue is coming out! Here is the BTS video, hope you enjoy.



It was a BLAST working with Blanca Blanco, and the staff of Gelleed Magazine...please go to YouTube and rate and comment on the video if you would please.

Stay Warm, and Happy Holidays!

Allen Zaki
www.zakiphotography.com
zaki@zakiphotography.com

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Brrrrr...its cold out there!


Hello World,

Its finally THAT time of year....WINTER! I don't know about you, but I love the cold weather. It's FREEZING cold in LA (for LA temps), and its wonderful. Just thought I'd post a lil, STAY WARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS post. Enjoy your Holidays with Family and Friends, and Keep your Eyes Peeled! Lots from Zaki Photography to come in 2010!

Until then, Happy Holidays to All.

Allen Zaki
www.zakiphotography.com
zaki@zakiphotography.com

Friday, November 27, 2009

Update: Ryan Adames on OhLaLaMag.com


Hello World,

just a quick updated piece of news. I've recently been featured on OhLALAMag.com for my images of Ryan Adames. He's a TRIPLE THREAT: Singer, Dancer, and Actor. Check him out on www.ohlalamag.com second page, or type his name in.

He's a great friend of mine, extremely talented, and was recently in the newly released Eating Out 3: All You Can Eat, now on DVD.

More work to come, I'm extremely busy and excited for all the work I've been doing to come out so you can all see how hard I've been working.

Until then, enjoy the cold/cooler weather.

Peace,

Allen Zaki
www.zakiphotography.com
zaki@zakiphotography.com

Friday, October 30, 2009

NEW!


Hello World!

Its Allen Zaki, and I just wanted to let you know I'm officially changing my company over to ZAKI photography, therefore there is a lot of changing going on behind the scenes as I type this blog entry.

I've been busy shooting, working on business stuff, and getting everything figured out.

Please keep your eyes peeled for the new work, and new logo/website!

Thanks, Have an AMAZING Halloween, and I'll be back soon!

PS: The Image above is the Cover I got with my friend and trainer Ryan Adames! More to come soon.

Allen Zaki
www.zakiphotography.com
zaki@zakiphotography.com

Monday, September 28, 2009

Oddz Magazine Fall Fashion Editorial

Hello World,

Its been awhile, I've been extremely busy shooting a lot of different things, and working on a bunch of new projects. One of which was an editorial for online magazine Oddz. We shot in Downtown LA (Phil Sanchez's studio, www.philsanchezphoto.com) where we did a Fall Editorial spread about furs and leathers, with the story/plot about an artist and her muse. Below I've posted the vimeo video of the shoot, its a BTS look at what took place and the final images produced on the shoot.

Check out www.oddzmagazine.com this October for the full spread and all the awesome images.

BTS photoshoot for Oddz Magazine from Cass Hillstrand on Vimeo.



Till next time, Peace!

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rindy Sumners

This is a personal posting, not having to do with my photography, but my life!

my dearest friend, and artist Rindy Sumners passed away yesterday in Sacramento, CA in a car accident. At this time I don't know exactly what happened, or the details. However, I know that she left this life too soon!

We went to high school together in Sacramento, and she was one of my closets friends, who was always supportive of me, and helped me to get to where I'm at today in my career! She was a very talented musician, vocalist and overall AMAZING person. She was one of the most outgoing, jovial, happy people I know to date, and she and I would always have fun doing whatever. I consider her to be one of my best friends, and I will deeply miss her. Its still surreal to hear that she is no longer with me in this life, I am in shock.

I will always remember her, and keep her in my heart, prayers, and dreams. There will never be such a great person as my dear friend Rindy. I love you Rindy!

My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Sumners' family, and Rick and Sandy (her parents).

Allen Okazaki-Freeney

Rest In Peace, Rindy Sumners 1987-2009

Allen Zaki Photo: Banners




These images are banners for the web. I'm now offering great prices on Headshots, Portraits and Fashion Portfolios. If you're interested please contact me.

Prices starting at $150

Until Next Time, Peace!

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Friday, August 21, 2009

Update: Allen Zaki Photography August 09

Hello All,

I've been out of town a week or so, and haven't been shooting much lately. Catching up with past shoots, and looking forward to a lot of working in the coming months!

I've recently "partnered" with Oddz Magazine (www.oddzmagazine.com) to shoot two editorial stories for their Fall Issue. My amazing Creative Team, Shaun G, Johnny Chavez, and Randy Del Rosario are helping me to execute the ideas. Stay tuned to my blog for updates, and sneak peaks!

Till then, Peace!

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Friday, August 7, 2009

Archives: Monique Stateena BTS Video



This is from my shoot with Monique Stateena last year, where we shot a fashion story, along with some "lifestyle" shots on the roof.

I loved the images from this shoot so much, and we shot so many great looks that I decided to mock it up as a "proof sheet" and turn it into my newest promo card.

I hope you enjoy the video, please take a moment to go to YouTube.com and comment and rate it, it is much appreciated!

Till next time, Peace!

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Archives: Nikko Masterpietro




These images are from a shoot I did with actor Nikko Masterpietro this past April. His agent didn't end up using them, therefore I hadn't gotten around to retouching them until yesterday. I liked his look and the styling.

So, I decided that my team and I should at least be able to use them because they did such a great job.

Thank you to Shaun G. and Caitlin Lamb for styling and grooming this shoot. Much appreciated.

Till next time, Peace!

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Friday, July 31, 2009

Update: Prima J Behind the Scenes video Out!



Please enjoy the video above of Prima J and my "Glam Squad" of Johnny Chavez and Shaun Garcia are working it out here, and its a cool behind the scenes look at what it takes to pull off a shoot!

Hope you enjoy!

Till next time, Peace!

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fashion Shoot: TLOV






These images are from a test shoot I did a few months ago, for the past few weeks I've been retouching them, along with getting over the flu and trying to book more shoots.

I hope you enjoy them, its a kick back to another era(s). Team: Styling: TLOV (Judi and Kint'e); Hair: Kim B.; MUA: Angel Dobine; Models: Jennifer and Kat; Photos: Allen Zaki (of course).

Until next time, Peace!

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Friday, July 24, 2009

Update: Ambre Lake of VH1's Rock of Love 2






The images from this series were shot on a stage is Rosemead, CA in June 2009. This is the first look at the images, they are not out on my site yet. I just got them back from retouching, Ambre Lake looks HOT HOT HOT!

Hope you enjoy them, and thank you to my "Glam Squad" of Shaun G (MUA),
Johnny Chavez (Wardrobe), and Etienne Ortega (Hair) and of course the talented and love Ambre Lake!

Till next time, Peace!

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Update: Prima J




Prima J is the talented girl group duo of Jessica and Janelle. I was fortunate enough to photograph them last month in Rosemead, Ca.

Above you are seeing the final images from out PR shoot. The two ladies were amazing to shoot, they definitely know how to "bring it" to set! I love their Latina sassiness, and their spontaneity. It was a great shoot, and I would love to work with them again. One thing that I will remember from this shoot is how close I felt to the girls, I felt like I knew them as people and not just the celebrity singers they are seen as. They are very down to earth, and that came across in the images and just talking with them.

Thanks to my wonderful "Glam Squad" Shaun G (makeup) and Johnny Chavez (wardrobe) for your amazing talents, and to Prima J and their manager Jayson Sanchez for helping to get the shoot together.

Till next time, Peace!

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Update: Natalie Mejia (Girlicious) Pt. 2





Here are some more images of Natalie Mejia, I wasn't able to fit them all into one posting.

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Update: Natalie Mejia (Girlicious) Pt. 1






So, I've been gone out of the country, but before I left for Mexico I released the new images of Natalie Mejia on my website, along with a few new images here and there.

While I was gone, I had a huge outpouring of requests to post more of Natalie's images. Which is amazing to hear, I'm glad so many people are thrilled to see them, and like them.

So, this posting, is to show off the work I did with Natalie Mejia and my amazing team:

Makeup: Shaun G; Wardrobe: Johnny Chavez; Hair: Tony Vin; Retouching: Randy Del Rosario

Thanks so much, and I hope you enjoy them.

Till next time, Peace!

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Friday, July 3, 2009

On the Road....Its been awhile.

I'm traveling to Mexico, Cabo San Lucas to be exact. I left Friday evening, and I'm now in Phoenix, AZ with a 13 hour lay over! :( Not the best thing to be doing, however, at least I'm sitting on a comfortable chair, and had a pretty good meal. Its hotter than a whore in church in this city though. I just felt a little of the outdoor air, and it was in the low 100s. The pilot on the flight said the local weather was 104ยบ F and it was 7pm!

Anywho, the point of this entire trip was to catch up with the family, and get some shooting in while I'm in Mexico. I'm trying to build my lifestyle portfolio, and bring some cool new images for my book.

So, I'll try and keep blogging about the trip if time permits, and see where that goes. Otherwise, look forward to seeing the end result of the trip, IMAGES!

Till next time, Peace and Love.

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Featured: OhLALAMag.com model Calle Eriksson


Okay, so about a month or two ago I had the pleasure of shooting Swedish import Calle Eriksson in a Silverlake, CA loft. We did a test shoot with clothing designer Timoteo (www.timoteo.net), and his marketing/styling assistant Vinnie. The shoot was based around a sexy, sultry, and wet look, using Timoteo's clothing to guide the way.

We did just that!

The images came out amazingly beautiful, and Calle is a GORGEOUS model, and great to work with...which made my job of selecting the images very hard to do. But, its always better to have a hard time selecting because there are too many good images, than not having enough to choose from (so I'm not complaining!)

I just recently submitted them to www.OhLALAMag.com, which I am their current feature for June 24th, 2009. You can check out the images, and see for yourself how hot Calle is, and how well the shoot went.

It's great to get the exposure and have people view the images on a blog that features great photography (of hot men) and be apart of that community. So, thank you to OhLALAMag, and to Timoteo and Vinnie, and to my friend and colleague Ron Fellows II for assisting me on such a great shoot.

Till the next entry, Peace and Love

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Ambre Lake: VH1's Rock of Love 2 Shoot



On Tuesday, June 23rd, I had the pleasure of working with Miss Ambre Lake of VH1's Rock of Love 2.

The shoot was for a PR shoot we did with her, my go-to team Johnny Chavez (stylist), Shaun Garcia (Make-up) and Etienne Ortega (Hair). We photographed her in Rosemead, CA. It was a blast, the clothing was awesome (thanks Johnny), the music was blasting, and we kept cool from the sun inside the theater.

Check out the images soon...but for now, all I have is Ambre Lake and myself right after we finished the shoot!

Thank you to my team and Ambre Lake for being such a a great personality to work with.

Till next time, peace and love.

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Friday, June 19, 2009

"Prima J" Photo shoot in Rosemead California

Hey Everyone,

I has the pleasure of shooting Prima J, a girl duo of amazing talent. They are amazing to work with, have amazing voices, and know how to have fun on set.

We photographed them at their former high school in Rosemead,CA. It was cool for them to see what the school looks like since they've graduated, and how far they've come since graduating.

Please check back for a BTS (Behind the Scenes) video coming soon, and even better, the final images of Prima J.

Also, check out/buy their first album self-titled "PrimaJ" on iTunes and expect more from these talented young women!

Till next time, Peace and Love.

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Update: Matthew Naiman






So I recently showed you a Sneak Peak at the Matthew Naiman test shoot a fews weeks back. Well, I'm here to show you more, and also to show give you some links to blogs that picked the images up.

Links:

www.parisianboys.com

www.nextmodelmen.com

www.burbujasdeseo.blogspot.com (page 2)

Hope you enjoy. Until next time, Peace and Love.

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Monday, June 15, 2009

Photos: Isaiah Washington




As said and seen (video) before, I photographed Isaiah Washington for a PR awhile back. So now I'm here to release some of the images we shot that day.

I hope you enjoy them.

Peace and Love,

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Natalie Mejia

So tired, photographed Natalie Mejia of GIRLICIOUS! Great shoot, amazing images...check out my site 4 future images to come. www.allenzaki.com

Until then,

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Update: Headshots



On Monday I was SOOO tired, but I got up and out of bed and shot some headshots. Now normally I would say "Ewww Grey Sky!" however, on Monday, I was saying "Thank goodness there for those Grey Skies!" Because, the lighting was beautiful for shooting portraits in natural light. All you need is an apple-box, a reflector, and a person= Headshots!

So, that's what I did, I photographed Denise Vasquez (www.denisevasquez.blogspot.com), a VERY talented artist, musician, and writer. Please check out her blog, she just did a write up about our shoot.

Thanks, look forward to the next posting.

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Sneak Peek: Matthew Naiman Test Shoot


So, two weeks ago I shot model Matthew Naiman for a test shoot to build his portfolio. It was successful, and the images look amazing! However, I'm waiting to publish them anywhere because I'd like them to get published on a bunch of blogs before they go out to the WWW.

But, you are the first people to see a SNEAK PEEK at the BRAND NEW WORK of Allen Zaki.

Until the next posting, Peace and Love.

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Isaiah Washington Behind the Scenes Video

Hello Everyone,

So, I've finally got the Video Up! Its a great look at what it takes to produce one of my shoots, and all the movement and craziness that goes on behind the finished products that you see.

I hope you enjoy it, and spread it around!



Till Next time, Peace and Love.

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Archive: Fine Novelty Denim Lookbook




A few months back, I worked with designer Don Valenzuela of Fine Novelty Denim (www.finenovelty.com) and we shot his lookbook. Here are a few of the images from that shoot.

Until next time, peace and love.

Allen Zaki
www.allenzaki.com
allen@allenzaki.com