May 19, 2014
There is nothing I love more than being able to shoot and share my personal work. I recently started a project of Carnival Workers. When I was growing up we called them carnies so I have included 2 of my portraits from the “Carnies” series.
The low light and Nikon 85mm 1.4 lens are perfect for this environment. I am unobtrusive with just my small set up and people are willing to talk with you and allow you to make their portrait. Look forward to sharing more of this work.
February 25, 2013
By the time the NBA All Star Game rolls around, I have shot many of the top players in one fashion or another and have a sense of their game. But Damian Lillard was a surprise to me. Only a rookie, Damian won the Skills Challenge at All Star Saturday night and also competed in the Rookie/ Sophomore game. Aside from his on court events, he was a pleasure to shoot! While I was only able to photograph him for a few minutes, he was great and for a photographer, there is nothing better than a subject who takes direction well. I think you should expect to be hearing more from this talented young man.
December 13, 2012
I joined the Nike team out in Los Angeles last week for the launch of the Kobe 8 system. To represent the new shoe and Kobe’s speed, the space for the event had been designed with hundreds of paper airplanes suspended and each creation had the branding of the new Kobe sneaker. It was spectacular! It is always such an honor and pleasure to work with the people at Nike because they dont bother to do anything unless it is PERFECT. It makes me show up with my A+ Game and while I work my ass off, I know everyone else is right there with me – Kobe included. Kobe was a pleasure to photograph as he always is even though he was a bit under the weather. He even made a point to stick around to look at the final shots with this one being one of his favorites from the day.
October 5, 2012
Im a bit tardy in doing so but I would be amiss if I didnt give a shout-out to an awesome photography program down in Bethesda, Maryland at Walt Whitman High School. I was honored to speak to my nieces photo class and hear the amazing things being done by Mike Seymour who still runs a classic black and white photography program for high school kids. I was blown away by the work being done by both Mr. Seymour and his students and hoping that some of his kids will head north for college so that I can snag them up as interns. It was a truly inspiring afternoon to see the passion by both students and instructor – keep up the great work!
This past week was back home for a photo shoot with the New York Knicks at their practice facility up in Greenburgh, New York. Coming back after a few months away from hoops, the shoots that take place around training camp are sort of like the first day of school – catching up with old friends and finding out about the summer. It was great to see J Kidd who I hadnt seen in ages and newly exhibited photographer Tyson Chandler was checking out my Nikons. I got this great shot with Iman Shumpert who was sporting the old school “do.” It really worked with the lighting scheme and his expression.
June 21, 2012
I was scheduled this week for a shoot with the performer K’Naan and as soon as I found out, I started researching him. I originally thought he was a rapper but after reading up on this Somalian musician, he didn’t quite fit that mold. He seemed to be a combination of Bob Marley, Drake and Nelson Mandela all rolled in to one – a performer, a poet and seemingly all around great guy. I wanted to do something a bit different and decided to rebirth a project I started a few years ago where I shoot 4×5 polaroid and then have the subjects graffiti on it. Seemed like a good idea (and it was) but I didn’t know that Polaroid had REALLY been discontinued! It has – save your phone calls. I unearthed the 4×5 camera from my garage and miraculously discovered that everything I needed was still in the case (even a sync cord!). My box of 5 year old polaroid still seemed to be functional so I gave it a go.
Using the 4×5 was like riding a bike but in this age of instantaneous gratification, it was like going for the greatest bike ride ever when you haven’t been in 5 years! It was so wonderful to shoot with it and I am definitely going to be hunting for Polaroid on ebay. What made the shoot so great was K’Naan’s willingness to partake. As I didn’t have many sheets of polaroid, I was only able to do a few frames but love what we came away with. When I asked K’Naan to “graffiti” his polaroid, he sat down and just started writing without hesitation. “I am trying to prove to my self the kind of a man that I am, while the world is trying to prove to me, the kind of a man that Im not.” WOW! I assumed that the words were lyrics to a song but whenI asked him, he said – “No, its just sort of what Im thinking today.” We decided that maybe that will become lyrics soon!
June 15, 2012
Its been a music sort of month and I have been having a great time shooting with Shelby and Emily both of whom work their asses off. I was asked to shoot one of the all time greats in the music world and I was looking forward to the opportunity. I would be working with Joe Walsh of the Eagles on the eve of his new album release. We worked together to make some portraits and we had a great shoot. I couldn’t help but notice that he was wearing a MIchael Jordan Jumpman wristband. I assumed that he was a hardcore MJ fan or maybe a Bulls fan from way back but it was a strange accessory for his otherwise all black outfit. When I asked him about hit, he looked at it inquisitively and said, “MJ – no, Im not a fan. I just needed a wrist band and this one was on sale at the Nike store next to my hotel.” I loved it! From the portrait session, we went to the album launch and while I am not a Joe Walsh fan, I did know just about every song he performed. Some beautiful portraits and an outstanding concert – it’s easy to recognize greatness when you’re that close to it.
December 14, 2011
I couldnt resist the cheesy title but really – Great Scott! A few months back I met with the awesome team at Clear Channel and was optimistic that we might work together down the road. I had the good fortune to do just that for the Scott Weiland performance. It was 30 minutes shooting feature portraits and then an hour shooting an intimate concert. Yes – thats way oversimplified – didnt mention the 3 hours of prep, the hour delay and the lugging Jeyhoun and I did but really – a damn good day! All the girls at Clear Channel were super helpful and inspiring and creative and yes – they are all women. I probably was a Stone Temple Pilots fan back in the day but that was really insignificant. Watching someone as talented Scott perform up close is always the highlight of my job. Whether its watching LeBron dunk or Bobby Flay cook or Scott sing – to be around people who are that good at what they do is very inspiring.