This gallery contains 35 photos.
Frank Zappa occupies a place that is singular and unique both in music and American culture in general. Whenever someone speaks so unabashedly from a place of freedom (as Frank did) it gives others the power to stand up and speak their truth as well. I am but one, in the crowded landscape of disenfranchised youth that discovered this incredible man, and found a bit of hope from the way he went about being unapologetically himself. Thank you for that gift Frank
I had the pleasure and honor of photographing the incredible Zappa Plays Zappa band at the historic Hampton Beach Casino Dweezil has done us all a huge favor by continuing to perform his father’s music live. A project he started about 10 years ago. I’ve seen every tour he has done so far and he continues to delight, inspire and surprise me. Special thanks to the incredible Kurt Morgan for bringing these photos to fruition. Kurt plays bass and sings with the ZPZ band. He was very generous with his time helping me to get connected with the group for this gig. The current tour is focused (for the 1st third of the show) on playing the entire One Size Fits All album. While wandering around the vast emptiness of the venue before the show with Kurt, we stumbled upon this Fat Maroonish Sofa, supported by boards of oak. We thought to ourselves, “Quite an attractive sofa, this sofa could be commercial” with a few margaritas and the right company…
Here are a quick set of portraits I created of Kurt before the show using the Fat Maroonish Sofa
Here are the photos of Sound Check before the show
The show that Zappa Plays Zappa puts on is second to none. I am continually blown away by the dedication to precision and accuracy all done with power and soul and tons of humor. Thanks Dweezil, Kurt, Ben, Chris, Sheila, and Ryan for a great show! Here are the photos
TJ and Sarah approached me about making an “outside of the box” type portrait session and I was all for it! While I love creating more “standard” romantic images for my clients, THIS idea of using Alfred Hitchock movies as our inspiration was SUPER exciting to me! What a blast it was to make these images! Hopefully you like the as much as we do!!! I was impressed by the level of commitment they both showed toward making the photos happen! Feel free to share this post around if you like the photos as much as we do! I’m including a few original images from the movies as a reference for our inspiration for the shoot. Thanks to everyone that helped us make these photos happen.
The Leftover Cuties are a breath of fresh air in the music scene. If you don’t know their music, it’s both old style and modern, very danceable but they aren’t a dance band, the music has depth and gravitas but is sometimes quirky and playful. I had the honor and pleasure of creating these portraits during their stay over in Rhode Island. The timing was good as it was Austin’s (the bass player) birthday! Yay!
You may be familiar with The Showtime television show called “The Big C” that the Cuties wrote and performed the theme song for.
Here are two other songs that moved me (both in different ways)
Dig the photos! I am very proud of them!
I created these portraits of Alyssa Sullivan owner of Synergy Power Yoga in Barrington RI for her social media and for new marketing material to help promote her business. With all business portraiture that I do, I had a couple of objectives. These are different for every business that I work with, but for this one I wanted the photos to not only get across the love and joy that Alyssa brings to the Yoga she teaches, but her showcase her incredible talent and beauty as well.
Below I will be sharing exactly how I created these portraits that I am super proud of! Tell me what you think in the comments!
I wanted these photos to have a very clean and pristine look about them, so I put her on a solid white background and lit the whole scene with 4 separate speed lights. My ISO was set at 320 with a shutter speed varied from 1/125 to 1/200 with an aperture of either 6.3 or 7.1
The speed lights were shot though 3 octaboxes from behind up and behind right and left. With one big one from the front right. You can see below my light placement. The three smaller lights from behind her were set to 1/16th power and the big light off to the right was set to 1/4 power.
I have another installment of my very exciting portrait project. I love my community and there are some amazing people making Rhode Island a wonderful place to live. I have decided to photograph the people who are really making “IT” happen here in my community in a (hopefully) creative and fun way that tells a story about who those people are and what they are doing for their little section of the world.
Rabbi Wayne Franklin is a wonderful man. He is the kind of man that you immediately feel comfortable talking with. I have spent many hours conversing with him, and soaking up his warm intelligence. What strikes me about Rabbi Franklin is his openness to explore. He is always ready to dig deeper and look closely at humanity. As a non Jewish person, I have burdened him with many questions that he has tirelessly answered, and I am grateful for his generosity of spirit. I am also impressed with not only the strength of his conviction, but the wealth of knowledge that he offers his congregation at Temple Emanuel in Providence. He is a scholar in the truest sense of the word, so when I photographed him I wanted his library to be included in our portrait. I think we created a beautiful portrait, and I am proud to share it with you now.
Here is a link to some of the other portraits I have created for this project
Sometimes I create a portrait that transcends the moment that we are in, and touches onto something bigger than myself or the person I am photographing. I feel like these photos do that. Boyhood in a bottle is what we have here. I feel something very special when I look at these photos, I feel my own childhood, and countless others both before and after me. What are your thoughts?
Stephanie and Nick got married at the Hyatt in Newport RI earlier this year this is a small showcase from their beautiful wedding!
I had the great pleasure of photographing the wedding of a beautiful couple this week. Keri and Jess got married, and what a day it was! I have long been a proponent of equality (see this post) when it comes to gay marriage, and gay rights. These two beautiful woman brought me as a part of their day and I am so grateful. Thank you for trusting me with your memories!
I woke up this morning in San Francisco, and snuck out of bed in the dark. Luckily we had amazing light today. Here are a couple photos I created of The Golden Gate Bridge
This is Chris Simpson, creative director at The Contemporary Theater Company This small theater has brought vitality, energy, and enthusiasm to the hundreds of shows they have created over the years. Just last year they found a home in Downtown Wakefield which immediately created a place for the community to not only be entertained, but call their own. I am proud to add Chris to the list of portraits in this series, and hope you like it as much as I do!
As some of you know, I work for Grace Magazine creating portrait style covers for them as well as editorial features inside. Grace is getting a new look as well as an expanded mission. Asking the readers to “Read Deeper” check out the most recent cover I made, I love it, and hope you do to!
Here is a link to Grace’s homepage go check out some of the compelling stories Grace tells here!
Special thanks to Jeanne, Steve, and Mark at The Garde Arts Center for their help and kindness in creating this portrait!
Here I am lying down on the job again on the stage of the beautiful and historic Garde Arts Center
People often comment on the strange positions I put my body in while taking photos. For me it’s kind of and unconscious maneuvering. I just move my body until the composition looks correct through lens. After I’m done, if someone has snapped a photo of the moment, I am usually as surprised as everyone else at the way I look…
We were creating the next cover photo for Grace Magazine This one is going to be really FUN, can’t wait for it to go to print!
*Edit #2* So in less than 24 hours this story has been seen, commented on and shared by about 10,000 people. I received what seemed to be a genuine apology from the person that wrote me originally, and a personal apology from the owner of the magazine. I accepted both and felt like they meant it. I’m definitely not getting hired by them in the future… But even so, this seems to have made a small difference. Thank you all so much for the incredible support, kind words and for standing up for not only me but all artists. I believe this is an important issue that we need to stay vigilant about.
*Edit* I have gotten a ton of very supportive kind and thoughtful responses to this post. THANK YOU! As it turns out this is a universal experience for artists of all kinds… I have also had quite a few people asking me to publish the name, email address and publication that I am referring to. But I’m not going to do that, I don’t want to hurt the publication, or get anyone fired, I DO want to take this experience and use it to make a positive instead. Please share this blog post around on social media. I have already had many thousands of people see it. Wouldn’t it be something if this message could reach 150,000 people? This is the number that they were using to try to make me give up my work for free, in order to be exposed to… Let’s use the power of the internet to spread this message around. Maybe just maybe we can do it!
As a photographer I get TONS of requests for free work. It is an unfortunate part of doing what I do. Today after the 3rd email of its type this week (and its thursday),
I snapped… It is SO HARD to be a small business owner. Some days it feels like I am floating in the sea by myself on a small life-raft constructed from only my ability to create nice photos.
I got approached by a large local magazine for free work, and according to their website, the publication goes out to 150,000 people a year. Now the back story here is that I already do work for a number of publications and they pay me well for my work. Here is a link to some of the covers I have made
And for those of you that don’t already know, a magazine works like this: They create interesting things for folks to look at and read, this is called “content” and then hopefully people will want to look at the magazine and read it. The tourism publication in question was asking for “content” from me. That means the actual magazine part, because without “content” all they have to print is Ads and who wants to read a magazine of only Ads? Depending on how many people it gets distributed to the magazine then sells ad space with varying prices. So in short they are willing to accept payment for the ad space but not pay the content creators of the substance for what the magazine actually is.
If you are a photographer and are reading this now, PLEASE, PLEASE don’t give away your photos for free. No one can eat “exposure” you can’t pay your rent with “exposure” it undermines not only you, but the other professional photographers out there. They stated in an email to me that they have some “extraordinarily talented photographers who are willing to let us use their work for free” and when I said that I wouldn’t give them my photos for free, they responded like this.
“I will happily oblige your request to bow out.And I will be sure to pass along this response to the other three art directors on our staff, not including myself, to let them know—paid or unpaid—your attitude does not warrant consideration for any future work here. They will be copied on this email.Further more, if someone ever asks me for a reference of a local photographer—which surprise, surprise, happens in a small state with a burgeoning art community—who shoots anything related to people, landscapes, still-lifes, editorial, or any other form of photography, I’ll make sure to let them know the same. There’s your long e-mail explanation on how we do things here at this large organization.“
Now to be clear, I understand when an organization like The Matty Fund or The Domestic Violence Resource Center, or The Jimmy Fund, or Camp Carefree, or Butler Hospital come to me and ask for donations. I have, over the years donated tens of thousands of dollars worth of photography to these very organizations, and will continue to do so. But this organization in question is a for profit (and doing quite well I might add) business.
I will end by saying this. While I do get discouraged by interactions like this, I have had the opportunity to photograph thousands of grateful, kind and generous people who have kept me in business since 1999. THANK YOU to these folks. Tomorrow is another day.