Saturday, May 21, 2016

Dance Practice

I first met Andy and Anita at the gymnastics gym. They were there to get some help with the acrobatics in one of their ballroom dance routines. A few months later I was fortunate enough to attend one of their practice sessions and photograph it. It was quite the impressive session, they absolutely blew me away with what they did on that dance floor!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Back to Film Just for Fun!

I am old fortunate enough to have started on the path to a life of loving photography at a time when digital cameras were still science experiments at university labs. I grew up watching my dad take family pictures on a Canon FTb and develop / print the images himself in my uncle's darkroom. When my dad upgraded to a Canon AE1 I inherited the FTb and started making my own images.

In the early 90's I also upgraded to an AE1 and although there were, by that time, more advanced film cameras available I always enjoyed the manual process of the older cameras like the AE1. It makes me feel more involved, like I'm a bigger part of the final product. I still drive a stick shift for the same reasons.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Tennis Anyone?

Meet Eddie Elliot. He is a professional tennis player and all around sportsman. In addition to his intense tennis training, he also surfs, skates, snowboards, and if all of that wasn't enough he has recently started gymnastics training. It was through this gymnastics connection that our paths crossed and soon we had scheduled a time to shoot together.

By chance, Eddie and I live close to each other here in south Florida so we got together one afternoon just before Christmas at the tennis courts near my house and got to work on some cool portraits.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Year of Emily

As the year comes to a close, I realize that one of my big 2015 photo "projects" had a profoundly awesome, albeit unintended, result. I call it a project only in the sense that it required a significant investment of my own time, but really it was a year long photography workshop. Well, 3 workshops really. World renowned photography instructor Don Giannatti put together these portrait classes intended to make you look at the work of masters in the field and draw inspiration from their work. It's a truly enlightening exercise which I highly recommend to anyone who photographs people.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

More Portraits in the Style of...

I was very excited when Don Giannatti decided to do another round of the Lighting Essentials 8 week portrait workshop. The first one was so exciting and fun, now we had another 8 masters of portraiture to draw inspiration from.

The format was the same as the previous workshop. Don picks 8 portrait photographers with different styles for us to review. We draw inspiration from the work and make our own images. Whether you like their work or not, you can't help but to be inspired.

So here they are:

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Miss Florida Nationwide Shoot

Last December I published a post about a remarkable young woman named Lauren Joy Baranowski. We shot together for a new modeling agency in Palm Beach, Florida. The agency never really took hold, but Lauren took off like a rocket!

She got into the pageant scene and quickly became Miss Palm Beach Nationwide. Shortly after, this driven young lady went on to win the title of Miss Florida Nationwide, and that was when she contacted me again. Lauren needed new pictures to continue her quest for the Miss Nationwide title.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Portraits in the Style of...

Photographers must stay on top of their game. To do that you must challenge yourself. You must step out of your comfort zone. Shoot something different or in a different way. Workshops are a good way to do that, and one of the best workshop instructors out there is Don Giannatti. When I heard that Don was putting together a new online workshop concept for portraits, I jumped at the opportunity and signed up.