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Jamtastic!

Very happy to spread the Jam with my friends Ross and Danine of Jamtastic, for their new Website http://www.jamtasticjam.com.

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain (or in this case—camera)

I have been photographing R. John Wright Dolls for a few years now, and I’m always amazed at the level of intricate detail that their dolls entail—each one painstakingly hand-made and painted in their factory right here in Bennington, Vermont. I sometimes shoot at their factory, but mostly here in the studio and John’s wife Susan has the un-enviable task of trying to get them to pose just right without falling over, yet looking animated. We hem and haw about each shot and with hi-res digital photography every flaw shows in glaring in detail in the lights so we fidget and fuss for hours over each shot. I’ve started photographing them on set and wanted to show a few shots from our most recent session which included the newest and final member, the Cowardly Lion. This past December’s issue of Dolls magazine featured the shot of Dorothy with the Scarecrow and Tin Man and of course Toto.

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Photography for the healthcare industry

Demand for quality healthcare is on the rise, and hospitals are expanding rapidly to meet those needs. With that demand comes the increased need for fresh marketing and other press-release communications in either print or electronic formats.

Over the last couple of years my hometown hospital, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, with their affiliated clinics, and rehabilitation centers have given me the opportunity to collaborate on some fun and creative projects. I have enormous respect for these professionals and what they do each day, and I have enjoyed meeting them and finding out more about them and their jobs.

Shooting in a busy hospital setting brings its own set of challenges, from tight exam rooms, to dodging gurneys and IV stands in the hallway as I try to light and compose the shots needed to highlight the subjects. And with any photo shoot, it can be broken down into two aspects—the technical (lighting, composition, etc.), and working with the “models” who are often in their work environment and not used to being photographed and feeling very self-conscious, often with co-workers looking on. I enjoy these challenges, and the process always pushes me to be more creative and elevate my game each time.

These are some recent shots that I will be adding to my portfolio, and look forward to more work in this demanding field.

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Anekah’s Motives

I was asked recently to do some head shots and makeup application candids for Anekah McCall’s business start up, Anekah’s Motives. She is very young but already has a maturity and artistic vision well beyond her age, where most high school kids aren’t thinking about starting a business—she is well on her way. I was glad I could help out, and we had a fun shoot at the salon she works at in Palmer, MA.

These are just a few shots from the all-day shoot. She wanted to show some before and after shots, so I set up a studio in the parlor and jumped back and forth between head shots, applications, and an outdoor shoot that got a lot of attention from the locals 😉 The little dog who came up to the girls was happy for the attention, and didn’t want to leave!

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Got Macy’s?

 

It’s always satisfying to see work in print, even more so to see it on store shelves. Gotta give props to Ad Partners, Inc. (Bruce and Karen Cumsky) for some really great packaging shoots for John Wm. Macy’s tasty products. For more info check out http://www.cheesesticks.com/Macy_New Packaging

Shooting for Print

I recently shot a couple wine ads in the studio for Artesa Vineyards in Napa as well as Codorníu Raventós Bodegas in Spain. Two very different types of shots—with one in natural light and another with studio strobes. The challenges that print advertising pose push me to be a better photographer, and remind me why I wanted to do this for a living. (AD design by Brand Robertson)

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Night at the Museum

I wanted to share a couple of shots from a recent shoot in Fort Worth, TX for the American Airlines Training Center and CR Smith Museum. I was set up after sunset to create a nice glow behind the building that shows the flagship DC-3 in the CR Smith Museum nicely. And after the shots I turned around and noticed the planes taking off from DFW a few miles away and juxtaposed with the high-speed freeway interchange outside the gate. It was a warm 82 degrees and a magical night to be out and shooting. I was using a Canon 5D MKIII and 16-35 mm/2.8L rented from Borrowlenses.com for the assignment, and I think I’ll be adding both to my bag in the near future.

American Airlines CR Smith Museum, Fort Worth, TX Watching DFW at Night