Kamipro Love!


Just wanted to share some scans from the latest issue of Kamipro. Whenever I get a few extra dollars in my budget, I like to go to Kinokuniya here in Los Angeles and buy Kamipro, and Kakutougi, the major Japanese fight mags.  But they are really 高い! Luckily, the publishers sent me a copy because I’ve got maybe twenty photos in the issue (yay).  I realize that many of you haven’t seen the Gina studio work I’ve done because it’s been sitting on a hard drive.  Perhaps this will spur more people needing to print Gina images and you’ll get to see more of my work from that same shoot.

So here you go! I’m quite proud of the photos, especially the Gina stuff — I think they are the best photos I’ve taken of her.  It’s always fun to shoot with her because she smiles brightly, laughs, knows a lot of her own favorite poses, but is also easy to direct.  Gina always shows up, ready to shine, even if she’s just been through a grueling workout with her conditioning coach, Satan.  Everyone keeps asking if I retouched her and I did not. When I do a studio shoot for Strikeforce, it’s the day before the weigh-ins and I have to shoot twenty+ people in a day and send out the work in the evening, so there’s no time to retouch. Everything’s gotta be ready to use pretty much straight out of the camera.

I’ve included two more scans, one from a Fedor article and one from a Brett Rogers article, all same issue, #139.  Hope you enjoy them!  Also, if any of you read Japanese, please translate these for me!  I didn’t include the largest scans ever, but just the gist of the piece would be nice.  I dropped out of my 2nd year of Japanese language courses at UCLA, guess I shouldn’t have done that.

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  • I had no idea there was a place in LA to buy kamipro and kaku! Hitting that up for suuuure.

    • Just a warning, stock is always pretty limited and old as heck. And Very expensive. Though, they were pricey when I was in Japan too. The bookstore in Mitsuwa on the westside also has a few mags, when they come out. But you have to check all the time.

  • Man, they should totally send you copies! Gong Kaku sent mine for me.

    I must feel good to see your pics there huh?


    • It feels awesome. Especially since they’ve really been using my images the most lately. And big too! So nice.

  • Grappo

    awesome shots.

    I emailed the image links to my mother (who is Japanese) so she can translate it if she can force herself to stop playing spider solitaire and online backgammon for 10 minutes. We’ll see…

  • Grappo

    Well she only translated a couple of lines from one (or both) of the Gina pieces.

    “It seems there is a growing trend of cute female MMA fighters”


    “The #1 most popular fighter in North America is a female fighter named Gina Carano.”

  • Awesome scans. Thank you!

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