Berthold City "Walls Of Hate"

Finished up a quick music video for Berthold City.  We shot it over the course of about 6 hours in a studio space in the valley.  Why do traditionally trained Editors make for great Directors?  They can move quickly from shot to shot editing the piece in their brain.  They can see what they'll need.  What sync issues might come up, and best of all. The know when they've got it.  Which is why we were able to shoot this under such time constraints in a limited amount of space with a bare bones crew.  Enjoy.

Thanks For Riding L.A. Metro

Train To Speech - _A650497.jpg

Over the last couple of months this Father has been doing the things Fathers and Mother's do for their children.  Making sure they provide their kids with all of the resources they can so that they become successful in life.  Most recently that has meant taking our oldest into Santa Monica twice a week to attend speech class.  Typically this is about a three hour event.  Takes about 35-45 minutes to get there.  It's an hour long class, and then takes about 90 minutes to get home.  

Because of the appointment's close proximity to the Metro station I decided one Spring break afternoon to give the train a try.  We love it.  First off, it's fast.  Fast as hell, and I don't have to worry about driving on highway 405.  Second, it's reasonably priced.  $3.50 roundtrip for the adult passenger.  Lastly, I find it super important for my boys to get exposed to public transportation.  As a child I rode Bart frequently with my parents and I strongly believe that much of my outlook on life has to do with experiencing all that comes with public transportation. 

The boys and I take the Metro into Santa Monica once a week.  While we haven't yet convinced Gaelyn of it's benefits.  We are working on her to step out of her comfort zone and take the train with the boys to class.  Let's give her some positive affirmation!  You can do it G!

(Scroll to the bottom for a little family video I did on the trip).


Missing The Beach

Missing The Beach

This has been the longest we've spent out of the tiny beach town just south of Santa Barbara. As the days grow longer and warmer, we usually start making trips up the coast once or twice a month.  However, due to an awfully long Winter coupled with the natural disasters that hit the area.  We've been sort of stuck in a holding pattern as Summer approaches.  

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck

The-Subtle-Art-of-Not-Giving-a-Fuck-1.jpg
Our culture today confuses great attention and great success, assuming them to be the same thing. But they are not
— The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

I've recently come to the determination that listening to the news Los Angeles traffic has done very little for my psychological well being.  Instead, I've once again turned to the world of the audiobook, and the first one on my list was one called "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck" by Mark Mason.  

It was a perfect personal compliment and affirmation about how I've started to perceive my life and the world around me.  I've had similar experiences and realizations to that of the author and will probably continue to quote the book for some time.

Don’t just sit there. Do something. The answers will follow.
— -The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

In the book there's a whole chapter dedicated to the "Do Something" principle.  It talks about when the author finally quit his day job and became a self-employed entrepreneur.  Without realizing it, this was something that I also stepped into in May of 2011.

On May 30th, 2011 my wife and I had moved out of our large two bedroom apartment on the West Side of San Francisco, packed up our lives into the back of a U-Haul and moved across the State to try a new start in Los Angeles.

We didn't have jobs, or many prospects at all.  We just needed to make a change and have a swing at it.  There were so many barriers to entry, so many obstacles to overcome.  Yet, I kept telling myself.  Just do something.  Just make something.  Little did I know at the time that this big change for my wife and I would be a pivotal moment in my life.  It would change our trajectory profoundly and led to us ending up where we are today.

IMG_1278.JPG
Life is about not knowing, and then doing something anyway.
— The Subtle art of Not Giving a Fuck

Patches On Swiss Army Blankets

Here's a little fatherhood post for you that may have been missing that from me over the past, oh I dunno.  Year maybe?

A while back I picked up these replica Swiss Army Blankets from Amazon.  I liked the wool vibe and gave the room a bit of an outdoorsy feel.  The best part is these were not super expensive.  Which isn't always the case when talking about wool blankets.

IMG_5937.JPG

Over the past few years our family has been collecting these iron-on-patches from different trips, friends or occasions.  We hadn't really come up with a great idea for how to display them or in a way in which we'd have the opportunity to enjoy them for years and years.

I'd come up with the idea of putting them on the wool blankets.  Naturally my wife wasn't super sold on the idea, so I had to take matters into my own hands and iron them on myself.  
I liked the offset vibe of the patches giving it a bit of an off-center vibe and channeling a militaristic or Boy Scout style aesthetic.

Now here's to hoping they don't rip off during the night. 

2017: Year In Review

This year started and ended with a bang. Like any year previous, two thousand and seventeen wasn’t without it’s inevitable disappointments.  Personally and professionally I experienced incredible triumphs and dealt with catastrophes.  Yet, the year in a whole was nothing short of large strides forward.  We traveled more this year than in the previous two or three.  We  had the chance to completely remodel our entire backyard from scratch.  We spent a lot of time outside enjoying adventures in the world that surrounds us. Elliot started preschool and we have begun the exhaustive search for Kindergarten. We have let go of the weight that has been dragging us down and tried our best to attach ourselves to situations, places and people that  make us feel good.  There is much more to take care of in the coming years, and two thousand seventeen has set us on the correct path forward. I was able to accomplish many of the creative project’s I had wanted to do this year and I want to thank those of you who have been following along on my professional and personal journey.  Although I am still trying to figure out the best way for my “Jenkins Family Stories” series to exist in the world.  I appreciate those of you who have kept up with us throughout those changes and adjustments.  I look forward to many more mutually meaningful conversations with you in the new year. 

 

In another post I’ll write and two establish some goals for 2018, but for now let’s look back and laugh at the last three hundred and sixty five days. 

 

Thank you for another year

 

John Jenkins and The Jenkins Family

Cognoscenti Coffee

I've been to Cognoscenti Coffee probably a hundred times.  I had always thought of them as a coffee curation café.  They find some different, new, desirable bean.  Then they serve it to their customers as a taster of what that coffee roaster has to offer.  It's a fun way to enjoy different beans from around the world.  However, apparently over the past year or so, they've started to roast their own bean right here in Los Angeles.  

Typically, I bought a bag just to try it out.  It's a light roast, and it sits right on top of your tongue. It reminds me a lot of a Ritual Coffee roast, which isn't necessarily my favorite, but it'd do the trick.  I'm just glad to have another Los Angeles coffee roaster.  Take Flight, Cognoscenti Coffee, and a few others.  I'm going to do my best to seek out more Los Angeles local coffee roasters.

Cognoscenti Coffee
6114 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

Santos Beans

Santos Beans

If you read this blog you're probably also aware that the family and I spent some time in Los Cabos Mexico this Summer.  While we were visiting we took a day drive up the coast to Todos Santos which was probably our best experience the whole trip.  We found a little 3rd-Wave spot in Todos Santos and had a cup of coffee and I couldn't pass up a bag of beans.  

Take Flight Coffee

Take Flight Coffee

This is a new experience that I hadn't really known about.  I believe I bought this box of coffee at a placed called Go Get 'Em Tiger in Los Angeles.

I looked up the company and got a bit more of a backstory which really intrigued me.  At this point in my life I'm captured by small brands that have a story.  That have an experience they want to share and Take Flight is one of those kinds of brands.

D.I.Y. King Sized Modern Bed Frame

D.I.Y. King Sized Modern Bed Frame

This post is long overdue, but I found some extra time this week and I'm just finishing up some of these projects that have been clogging my hard drive.

Earlier this year my wife and I decided to finally upgrade our bed size.  For the length of our relationship we've shared either a full or queen sized bed.  However now, with the introduction of two little boys, we're finding that the queen will no longer suffice when the entire family needs to share the bed.  Plus, I'm 6 foot 3 inches and over two hundred pounds, so I've been on a recent crusade to update my world to a size that works for me.

D.I.Y. Our Entire Backyard Renovation

D.I.Y. Our Entire Backyard Renovation

We did it.  We finished our backyard!  Can you believe this?   

We moved into our home about three years ago at this point.  It's perfect for us and even better, here on the Western side of Los Angeles where space is at a premium. We had a pretty big backyard...

Advice

Advice

This letter came across my feed again this morning.  I know that I've read it before and I'm sure that all of you have read it as well.  However, it's yet again a friendly reminder and/or confirmation of how your path is taking shape.  At some point I'll record some audio clips of this letter and post here so that I can have them to play and replay in the car to remind myself that accidentally already live my life the way that this author suggests.   Go get to it.

Read Below:

Kilz Visionaries "Chip Gaines"

My family is definitely what one would call "big fans" of the show Fixer Upper. 
It's not that I necessarily seek it out when it is being premiered on teleivision, but if it's on, we will watch it.  Since they've finally put the show on Netflix, it's one of our go-to background shows.  A show to put on and then fold the laundry to.  Something we watch while cooking dinner.  That kind of show. 

A recently client of mine had the opportunity to use them in some of the branded content they were creating, and I couldn't have been more thrilled.  The piece isn't ground breaking, or earth shattering.  It is however beautiful, and even more enthralling is being able to hear the philosophy of both Chip and Joanna straight from their mouths. 

I couldn't be more proud of how these pieces turned out, and I hope they turn you into fans of them, and their show as well.

 

An Email That Makes Your Day

photo by: Carina Romano (Love Me Do Photography)

photo by: Carina Romano (Love Me Do Photography)

I'm sure you (reading this) are like me in many ways, and in some ways we are completely different.  However, I think we can agree on this.  Sometimes you receive an email that just completely makes your day.  Recently I received one of those emails from a wonderful woman who is an editor at a website called Motherly (mother.ly).  

They were looking for a few quotes or sound bites from fathers to incorporate into a piece they were writing about.  I have quotes, I thought.  I also have a lot of shit to say, I also thought.  I asked if there was an opportunity to write a column of my own as well and be featured on the site.   Lucky enough for me, Colleen and the team at Motherly were very welcome to the idea of allowing me to contribute.  All of that out of the way, I'd like to link you to my first written piece on Mother.ly entitled.  "4 Things I Learned to do for my Marriage after Children Came Along."

I hope you enjoy it.   If you have an suggestions of things, topics, situations or anything else you may want read my thoughts about, leave them here in the comments.  I want to write more, but I need your help.  Are you interested?  

http://www.mother.ly/love/4-things-i-learned-to-do-for-my-marriage-after-children-came-along

Letters On Paper

I created this piece called "Letters On Paper" over a year ago when we still lived in a 520 square foot cottage in Santa Monica California.  We were staring down some big changes to our family, the way we were living, and our how we'd relate to our work.  I haven't felt super comfortable sharing this work, but I figure if I'm uncomfortable with it, it's probably worth sharing.  I wrote this piece in a series of segments and split the film up into pieces based on those segments.  I hope you can take the time to watch them all in the order I had intended them to be consumed.  I hope you enjoy it.

 

Part 1:

 

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Part 5:

Conclusion:

Mac Premo

For a week or so I've been really feeling the stress and anxiety of where I am in my head right now.  I've been feeling the weight of balancing work and life.  Balancing creativity and a need to make a living.  I've been struggling to figure out who I am and what I do around here.   Then for some reason I clicked "play" on this piece.   I found it oddly terrifying, and totally comforting at the same time.  I'm so impressed by the piece from an editorial standpoint, but really during my first viewing.  (that's right, my first).  I only really watched for content, finding that it was feeling like Mac Premo was talking to me.  Face to face, man to man.   Hope you enjoy.

Year In Review 2013 (Year of the Baby)

If you ask me, I think we had quite an amazing year.  Some of the biggest changes in my life occurred during this last year.  Honestly, this might be the first time I've ever been sad about the passing of another year.  I feel like we've really become quite an amazing unit over the past year especially with recent addition of Oliver to our family.  Clearly if you follow me on Instagram you know that this has been the year of the baby.  I am sure that it's not the most fun thing for you to look at over and over again.  However, this has been a huge transition in my life, and its been all about him.  Much like your life is about art, or puppies, or food, or photography.  My life has transitioned to becoming a father which is all encompassing and to be quite honest.  I'm super fucking proud of it and you either get that, or you don't.  No big deal. Hope you enjoy the look at our two thousand and thirteen, and we hope that you'll make it into next years "Year In Review".  Happy New Year!

Holiday Travels in Stills

Thanksgiving Featured

Hope your Thanksgiving holiday was great and you're getting all set and prepared for the onslaught of craziness that will be the Season coming straight at you.  We're all set and ready for a nice week visiting with family and friends.  However, before we get too far into that, we were just going through and editing some photo's taken during our ultra relaxing Thanksgiving weekend.  Although I got sick on Thanksgiving day and my wife spent all day cooking a nice vegetable only feast for us to enjoy.  We still both found some time to smile, relax and enjoy each other.  It felt great to have a casual holiday with no real expectations at all.  Hope yours was as nice. 20131209 IMG_256520131209 IMG_2583 20131209 IMG_2606 20131209 IMG_2630 20131209 IMG_2639 20131209 IMG_2646 20131209 IMG_2650 20131209 IMG_2686 20131209 IMG_2704 20131209 IMG_2725 20131209 IMG_2760