Commercial Photography

Photographing a Drag Queen

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I recently accepted the opportunity to put my talents to good use for a non-for-profit organization that raises money every year for the NYC LGBT community.  It is  ”Broadway Sings for Pride”, the result of Neal Bennington’s need to address the high rates of suicide within the LGBT community.  Since 2011 he has been putting […]


Not Much To Say

My blog writing is probably like many people who attempt it:  sporadic and uninspired.  Part of it is my Midwest upbringing – I don’t like to toot my own horn and deep down in my soul it feels a bit too self-indulgent.  But I do like to use it to share images that I have […]


What Is It To Be a Photographer?

Personally, I don’t think owning and taking pictures makes one a photographer.  I will preface my remarks by saying I am old enough now and have been in the commercial photography business long enough now to sound like an “old-timer.”  I can remember when you could actually get an appointment with creatives to show them […]


New ImageBrief PREMIUM Service

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I was recently invited to upgrade my account with ImageBrief to the yet-to-be-rolled-out PREMIUM service.  Upon doing so I was pleased to get an invitation from Ken Pao to meet with him and the rest of the ImageBrief gang here at their offices in SoHo so that we could discuss what the new service will […]


A Graveyard and a Cornfield

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I was visiting family in August in Central Illinois – Corn Country.  I moved from Chicago – 180 miles north of where I grew up – to New York City almost 16 years ago, and there was a time when I rarely went back to the Midwest.  Now I try to get there at least […]


Costin With Balloons

Costin With Balloons

This triptych is from a photo shoot I did with the actor Costin Becheanu.  We did quite a few different scenarios, all of them with the balloons.  But it was from this scenario on Pier 26 in Manhattan that we got the most traction.  The three images together compliment one another and give a sense of […]


2 Images of Elizabeth Street Garden

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Two images taken at the Elizabeth Street Garden, a community space maintained by volunteers that provide a place to unwind and relax from the stress and strain of urban living.  The garden is filled with architectural and garden artifacts, antiques, or junk – depending on your mindset.   I especially like this two vignettes.  


Chrysler Building

I spent some time on Sunday photographing a few of the Art Deco buildings in Midtown.  It was a bit past midday  so I was fighting the sun.  But the densely packed buildings provided me with an opportunity: to play the buildings off of one another, using the light to emphasize the different planes of […]


Balthazar Bakery

Two perspectives inside Balthazar Bakery in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.


Photograph of Keino Benjamin

This was a very spontaneous shot.  I was working on the light and needed somebody to stand in for a test.  Keino stepped in and it ended up being a moment when he seems unguarded and open, confident and peaceful.  I also love the way the light falls off and the value of the background. […]


One Image of Kian Brown From Photo Shoot

I have not been able to do much with the images that were created from last week’s photo shoot with Kian Brown.  The images will be used for the dust jacket of his upcoming book and for various marketing purposes.  This is one of my favorite images to come out of the shoot.  I like […]


New Images In Velero Beach Gallery

I got back from another trip to Cabarete last week, staying at my friend’s place in Velero Beach Resort.  While there I worked on a few photography assignments.  One of them was photographing a young brother and sister at the pool and then on the beach.  I think I got some wonderful images from that. […]


A Lifeguard Station

I was disappointed that I did not post any blogs while I was down in Cabarete, the Dominican Republic for a couple of weeks.  I was on a crappy laptop with spotty wi-fi (that will be my excuse and I’m sticking with it).  But I’m back now and wanting to share some images with you. […]


Marketing Manifesto

As some of you know, I am now working with Agency Access to help me with my marketing.  Lynn Kyle, who has been working with me on my images, emails, client lists, etc., wrote down a list of what I need to continue working on as we go forward.  It is very smart.  I have […]


Walking Among the Kite Surfers

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I enjoy the whole vibe of Cabaret in the Dominican Republic.  One of the more fascinating places for me to go to on my last visit was an area called Kite Beach, where you can learn to kite surf and then go out among the throngs of other surfers enjoying the seemingly constant wind.  On […]


Airborne Kite Surfer

This image was taken on Kite Beach in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.  I went to the beach hoping to get some decent shots about an hour before sunset.  I got there around 5:30pm, but the sun, which is of course already low in the horizon this time of year, was beginning to be blocked by the […]


A Groom Being Groomed

I took a small gig photographing the wedding of a young couple.   They decided to forgo the crazy and expensive route of a full-blown wedding and instead get married at the Marriage Bureau, City Clerk’s Office.  This is an image of the groom being groomed.


New Image in Location Portraits Portfolio

I added a new image to my online portfolio, “Location Portraits”.  It is of my friend Sean, a very talented performer.  We did a shoot a while ago and he wanted to go out on the fire escape to shoot a few.  It was in the middle of winter and very very cold out, but […]


A Chef and His Ingredients

I shot this at Bread’s Bakery near Union Square in Manhattan.  I was mostly photographing what goes on behind the scenes in the kitchen.  There is a lot of activity at this place and they put out great product.  Obviously the themes of this diptych are light and steam.  


Subway Atrium 1

I appreciate the way the city has designed individual subway stations and integrated public art into the spaces.  Not all of them are home runs, but many are just wonderful.  The 74th Street/Broadway subway station in Queens, which connects several lines to one another, is a good example.   The station atrium is a very […]