I have no problem with nepostism especially when it comes to my dad helping out with thisÂ project whileÂ he was in town. The idea has beenÂ lingering in my head ever sinceÂ the studio was renovated in 2012.Â Repetiion is somethingÂ IÂ seeÂ everyday and in this case it was the repetition of left overÂ construction supplies that captured my attention. My orginal conceptÂ was to create a series of high contrast b+w images but as I was shooting I decided to change gears and add some color to help communicate my vision.Â The color added character and enhanced the visible dimension of the stragtegically placed, haphazzard repetitions. Thanks dad for all the help!
I began photographing surfers in the summer of 2016. Â This is an ongoing project.
Iâ€™m pretty darned humbled that my image of a hand-tied fly has been included in the 2016 Communication Arts Photography Annual. For me, shooting still life is meditative; I get no greater joy than being in the moment and focusing in on one thing. In this case, it was capturing the minute details of the flies and the artistry of fly tyers. Â Below is my winning image, Pale Morning Dun. To give you a little bit of backstory: my father was an avid fisherman when I was growing up. He had a fly tying rig that always intrigued me, and I remember being amazed that he could take a hook, some thread, and some feathers and come up with something that resembled a living fly. Fishing is one of his great passions like photography is for me. Fast forward 30 years and a client requested I source some hand-tied flies for a shoot. Naturally, my first phone call was to my dad. He sent me several he had made along with others he helped source for the project, but which were much more colorful.Â The shoot was a success. After it wrapped, I put the flies away in my prop […]
Love can be bitter & sweet! Here’s to hoping you have a great Valentine’s Day! (And hey – even if it’s bittersweet, hopefully it was sweet to begin with.)
Roses are red, This snowflake is too, Many best wishes, From me to you! Happy Holidays to my clients, crew, vendors, friends and family! I really don’t celebrate the holiday season in the traditional sense. I do take some down time and reflect upon all of the years lessons, easy or hard, and all of the people that have lined my pathway. I’m thankful for each and every opportunity I’m given to love and grow and hope, in some way, my day to day activitiesÂ andÂ actions enrich your world. 2016 – Bring It On!!!
Iâ€™m not always sure of my inspiration for projects, but for this Â shoot, I knew I wanted to be a part of something big and culturally relevant; Â I wanted to be a part of something greater than myself. Â I wanted to create images of the beloved characters in the Star Wars movie series but in a way that was unique, giving the viewer a different perspective. Â While in retouching, Jamie (my digital genius and Star Wars fanatic),Â likened these images toÂ Hans Solo being frozen in Carbonite. Â While not frozen in Carbonite, these collectables are encapsulated and sealed beneath a sheet of latex. As Iâ€™ve shared these images over the past few weeks with colleagues and friends the reactions have all been the same; people are blown away and theyâ€™re excited. Â Most importantly, these images make them happy. In the end, what I did was bring a smile to peopleâ€™s faces. I guess thatâ€™s really why I shoot things â€“ to tell stories that don’t make you think too much, they just make you feel.
Just about a week ago, I pulled an all-nighter prepping and printing twoÂ images for the Salton Sea Walk Finish Line Event. Long story short, Randy Brown just finished an epic 100+ mileÂ walk around the sea and on Sunday the community gathered toÂ celebrate his accomplishment and raise awareness for a good cause. TheÂ receptionÂ wasÂ hosted by EcoMedia Compass, a non-profit organization thatÂ has been focusing on the Salton Sea and the fact that the water level is loweringÂ andÂ the water is becoming increasingly saltier. As this continues,Â the fish couldÂ stop producing thus eliminating a food source for the birds that use the Salton Sea as a stop during their migration. The loss of California wetlands due to urban sprawl has left the birds no choice but to use the Salton Sea – and once it dies theÂ bird species will be dramatically affected. I have a home at the Salton SeaÂ andÂ I dearly love the sea and the surrounding deserts so, needless to say, I felt compelled to do my part to help. At this event I provided twoÂ pieces of framed art to hang and display for sale, and I will be donating a portion of those proceeds to Ecomedia Compass. Itâs my goal to produce about 20 […]
Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to shoot some classic microphones. This time, the creative team at MiresBall came to me with two great concepts for Shure’s packaging, which I was more than happy to work on. I ended up taking two different approachesÂ inÂ regard to shootingÂ techniquesÂ andÂ I really think this helped give the campaign a well-rounded and professional, yet relatable, appeal. Here’s what I did: For the brightÂ and colorful images, I used a technique calledÂ ‘focus stacking’ to showÂ perfect focus throughout the microphones and background. MyÂ goal was to create a sharp, vibrantÂ andÂ illustrative visual showing the microphonesÂ at 100% of their size. The small black and white images were shot more traditionally with a natural depth of field as to create that ‘real’ feelingÂ whileÂ suggesting possible uses for the product. Shooting in both of these ways reminds me that I still equally love traditional photography. It’s really just about choosing the proper technique and style for theÂ particular project.
Contrary to what the internet would tell you, Caturday isÂ notÂ the only day of the week reserved for our feline friends. This past Sunday I was finishing up some client work when I got the bright idea to bring the boys in for a family portrait. Check out theÂ imagesÂ below:
Every September I followÂ Fashion Week to see what colors are trending. Â This year brings us a softer palette with hues intended to quietÂ the spirit. Â Check outÂ Pantone’s Fashion Color Report Spring 2015Â for a detailed explanation.