Toky Photography

New Works Part II.

Posted in Baskit, Fashion, Male Models, models, New Work, Photo Essay, Toky Photography, We Are All Smith by tokyphotography on July 7, 2011

I’ve been working a lot with the awesome guys from BaskitWear for the last few months. Mostly shooting product and look book images which are always very simple and to the point. Recently they asked me to photograph their new ads/promo images in a creative setting. The basic idea was a rock-climbing trip. In came by buddy Jake who is a rock climber … and after a lot of planning … I did a great shoot with them. Just like my We Are All Smith look book shoot, I realize how much I enjoyed shooting “stories” that when seen together there is a visual thread but also each image can stand on its own as a single shot. Here’s a sneak peek of one of the shots that’s on the Baskit website now. More to come….

Toky Photography for


We are all Smith.

Posted in Fashion, Male Models, models, New Work, Noogie, Peeps, Ryan Paevey, Toky Photography, We Are All Smith by tokyphotography on March 6, 2011

For the past few months I’ve been a busy bee working on a new project, that now I finally get to reveal.

Check out

All the look book photos and all the products shots were photographed by yours truly.

While you are there, you might want to pick a shirt, or two, or three.

We Are All Smith Look Book.

We Are All Smith Look Book.

Ready to Wear!

Something I’ve been working on for a few months since I showed my work at Unique LA earlier this year…. a collaboration t-shirt line with New Clothing Wear that features my  photographs!

New Clothing Wear in Collaboration with Toky Photography T-Shirt.

New Clothing Wear in Collaboration with Toky Photography T-Shirt.

I met Kyle who designs the T-Shirts for New Clothing Wear at the Unique LA show a few months back. I was showing my “Against Nature” Cyanotypes and decided to go around and see what the other artists/vendors had to show before the doors opened. I saw Kyle at his booth with -THE- softest t-shirts I have ever touched in my entire life… we chatted for a bit and exchanged information. Then a few months later we got in touch and since my “Against Nature” series is printed on fabric, the ball started rolling about printing other photos of mine on fabric, particularly t-shirts… and… as they say, they rest is history.

Out first t-shirt features a film strip (actual 35mm black and white film if you were wondering) that I took a long time ago.

The t-shirt is Unisex and is available in both white and gray and can be purchased at the New Clothing Wear online store. Trust me, this t-shirt is soooo soft. It’s made of Kyle’s custom made fabric of 50% modal, 45% cotton and 5% spandex. Those of you who know about fabrics can already imagine the softness. I suggest XS, S and M for the ladies and L and XL for the dudes.

This is my first collaboration with Kyle and New Clothing Wear. We have another 2 t-shirts coming out soon… and… I have yet another fashion surprise I’m working on right now that will be out later this year 😉

For now, check out our t-shirts and buy one. It’s a limited run and they will not be available for long.

New Clothing Wear in Collaboration with Toky Photography T-Shirt.

Photos by, of course, Toky Photography 😉

For those of you who like to try things on… and live in Los Angeles… you can pick up a shirt at LOCAL COLLECTION at the Glendale Galleria. (and soon at other local stores).

Remember “Fashion Photography”?

Posted in Ali Rahimi, Fashion, New Work, Peeps, Photo Essay, Still-life, Toky Photography by tokyphotography on July 10, 2010

Dress: Ali Rahimi for Mon Atelier

Dress: Ali Rahimi for Mon Atelier

Dress: Ali Rahimi for Mon Atelier

Dress: Ali Rahimi for Mon Atelier

Some new shots I just did for Mon Atelier. What ever happened to this style of Fashion Photography?!

I’m bringing it back!

New Images @ Wonderful Machine

Probably the regular folk wont understand this, but as a photographer is always very interesting to see what other people choose as images representative of your work. I blogged about what images Wonderful Machine (my agency) picked to send on a mailer promoting my work recently. Now the images that represent each of my specialties on their website have been changed. No one asks you, they just do it… but that’s the best part because they are being chosen by experts who a) know what they are doing and b) have no “emotional connections” (lol) to the imagery. Anyways, totally random, but this are my new images at Wonderful Machine and… I gotta say I -love- their selections. And if those images represent how people see my work, I’m happy and I feel that who I am as an artist is getting through. And that is pretty priceless.

Main Image

Beauty Specialty

Celebrity Specialty

Fashion Specialty

Multimedia Specialty

Music Specialty

Loves it!

Fashion Served

Posted in Fashion, models, New Work, Peeps, Promotion, Toky Photography by tokyphotography on June 8, 2010

A big thanks to the peeps over at Fashion Served who have featured “Sometimes Catastrophes Become Trophies” and now two weeks later the images I did featuring Artstring. If you get a chance stop by their site and take a look at the creativity of what other folks are doing out there. Fashion Served is a neat website that selects the best fashion work featured on the Behance network and features it on their site.

Sometimes Catastrophes Become Trophies @

Artstring @

While you are there, please click on the blue circle that says “Click Here to Appreciate it” after the last photo on each page.

Artstring @

More New Work

Posted in Ali Rahimi, Fashion, models, New Work, Peeps, Toky Photography, Wonderful Machine by tokyphotography on May 24, 2010

This is one of my favorites from all my recent new work:

New Work

Photo: Toky Photography

Model: Samantha Colburn

Hair: Joseph Orozco

Makeup: Paige Quintanilla

Dress: Ali Rahimi for Mon Atelier

More photos from the Boulevard3 exhibit

Posted in Ali Rahimi, Boulevard 3, Exhibit, Fashion Show, If life gives you lemons, models, Toky Photography by tokyphotography on October 27, 2009

View as you came in to the Gallery Space


Left wall


Right wall


I love this photo of me and Brandon except for the fact that I look like I'm 2 feet tall. (it's the angle!!!) Photo by: David Ariaza


You can barely see it, but the flat screens around the venue were playing a slideshow of my work as well.


Rehearsals are great. All the fun and zero pressure!


Now on to the actual show!


Anne... oh Anne... to be that tall! Love her.


Ali with the girls

Though strict policy here at the Toky Photography blog to only feature work by yours truly, some of these images are from fellow photographers David Ariaza (who I hadn’t seen in ages) and Cori Alegria (who I’m glad got to hold a camera again).

One more post from the show coming soon.

* A shout-out to Carrie from Boulevard 3 for supporting the local emerging artists and all the crew at Blvd 3 for being such gracious hosts. Also Kyle for doing such a great job hanging my work.

What a great show!

Posted in Ali Rahimi, Boulevard 3, Fashion Show, models, Peeps, Toky Photography, whyrHymer by tokyphotography on October 24, 2009

A full post to follow, but for now… Thankyou to everyone who lent of their talent, time and enthusiasm for our photo exhibit/fashion show.

Entrance and projected digital work

Entrance and projected digital work

Photo exhibit

Photo exhibit

A shout out to the amazing models who I heart forever: Madeleine Hammer, Jessica Blackwell, Ann Henson, Kacey Nicole, Kasey Hartsock, Tricia jo Hoffman, Amy Harber, Jenny Ladner, Anne Fluerange, Emma Zerner, Mona Deldar and Zhazira Nurkhodjaeva.

As well as glam squad extraordinaire: Maria Rivera, Jez Harris, Nico Colon (HairbyNico) and Heith Chanel.

And all my friends and friends of friends for coming to support me, Ali & Brandon.

Tricia (Photo by Cori Alegria)

Tricia (Photo by Cori Alegria)

Zhazira (photo by Cori Alegria)

Zhazira (photo by Cori Alegria)

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The Furniture Maker

Posted in Ali Rahimi, Exhibit, If life gives you lemons, models, New Work, Peeps, Still-life, Toky Photography, whyrHymer by tokyphotography on October 20, 2009

This is the culmination of my Furniture Maker project that I’ve been working on for on and off since 2006. A recently added series of still life images complete the series as “Part 1” and the orginal fashion story becomes “Part 2”.

In two previous posts I talked about the behind the scenes and the logistics. This is the final product. My vision, presented to you.

On Vimeo:

Or on YouTube:

The Furniture Maker project is about the narrative experience, which blends reality and fantasy, 2d and 3d imagery, and fine art with high fashion. It harkens back to those who have been criticized in their attempt to make their stamp in the art world. Such as those who are considered commercial photographers or fashion photographers, like Richard Avedon. It’s a piece that stakes its claim on a personal vision that isn’t about one thing, beauty or couture designs. It is about blurring all of the lines between those who are considered artists and those who are merely commercial photographers. It is about the imagination and query into the darker aspects of fairy tales. It is about blurring the lines of fashion and story telling, creation and destruction, and the attempt to rise to the occasion of our personal journeys.

The video was originally made to be played this Friday at the Furniture Maker Exhibit… but… some logistics, venue issues, etc… made me change my mind about how I wanted this video to be seen. Today life gave me lemons so I made lemon meringue pie and I saved the rest to make some lemon scented potpourri!

So sit back and enjoy some pie!

And a heartfelt and never-ending thank you to EVERYONE who lent me their talent, ideas, enthusiasm, and time for this project. They are all mentioned in the credits. I heart you all.