the K - Jonex shoot :: pure instinct, innovation and improvisation

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Many a post, I've mentioned the fact that my photographs aren't typically born out of a miracle. I don't put lotion on my right index finger and gently massage it, so that it melds perfectly to my camera's shutter.

Today, I'd like to elaborate that although some of my photos may be pretty or cool, the road to their successes aren't quite as glamorous.

one-light environmental portraiture :: with transportation guru - david ellis

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You don't need a Swiss bank account and a truckload of Profoto packs to create awesome environmental portraits. 

Wait a minute. Something just doesn't feel right about this photograph. Sure, it follows all the rules of composition and exposure and queue the voice of Charlie Brown's teacher, Mrs. Donovan.

food photography (quickie) :: potato leek and bacon soup

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Today was supposed to be the self-portrait session but decided that this bowl of delicious potato, leek and bacon soup would be much more appetizing than my melon on your monitor.

Join me for today's quickie.

more headshot progressions :: with jason rinker L.Ac.

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Recently, I had the great opportunity to work with one awesome acupuncturist Jason Rinker L.Ac. True, he may be the first acupuncturist that I've met but that's what's so magnificent about being a photographer; befriending new and interesting people that otherwise, you may have never crossed paths with.

Today, the progressions with Jason. From enemy of the lens to a artisan of the headshot pose.

fuck your ideas!

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You died and your best friend is at the pulpit reading your eulogy. What would he say?

FDR skatepark :: south philly :: round three

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Like the deliciousness residing in the refrigerator calling for me in the late hours of the night, so does the mysteriousness, the furtiveness of the skatepark.

This would be my second year shooting at FDR Skatepark in South Philly. As in the past, I departed, wanting just one more taste.

unfiltered

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As titled, Unfiltered, today you may experience my lack of cohesion. Somewhat Focused but with my usual rants.

More, I want to discuss the use of filters and/or lack thereof. I bring you today's photo of Stefanie.

gear matters :: ASKEW review of the Impact 10' x 24' dawn/deep sea blue reversible muslin

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When entered the world of photography, I quickly found photographers I marveled at and still extol such as Avedon, Leibovitz, Seliger, Jarvis and McNally, just to name a few (my list goes on and on).

Having said that, I also espied a myriad of photographs that gave photographers bad names across the globe.

I'm certain you know the photographs I speak of. Imagine: the 70s or 80s when most photographers wore pocket protectors, carried black combs for all the clients to keep, bad lighting, bad posing and worse, those abhorrent backdrops.

A forest?

Tie dyed from a bad acid trip?

Clouds maybe?

Ugh.

The muslin.


I vowed to never ever stoop to such a creative low. . .


. . . Until now.

sandy koppelman :: POV

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Last week, we had the awesome opportunity to get down and dirty with the awesome Sandy Koppelman. The progression of a professional headshot session; from arrival to departure, hola to adios. 

Today, I would like to share with you my friends, a POV (point of view). Sandy's story. 

headshots for women :: the progression

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I'm somewhat in a state of sheer disbelief when I find, in this day and age of communication, where your professional headshot, be it theatrical, corporate or personal, looks like it was taken by your 12 year old sister - in your mom's bathroom.


Today, is a recent shoot with the awesome Sandy Koppelman. The progression. This is how it's done my friends.

happy birthday!

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Today I won't drag your mojo down with a bevy of memoirs that would put a tweaker to sleep.

However, I'd like to go over a few yesterdays, todays and tomorrows. The stuff it took, takes and will take to grow in a super competitive world of creativity that is professional photography.

WHY?

It's the blog's 4th Birthday!

Hence today's photograph that will be discussed later in the fourth anniversary post.

If you have become attached at the hip with your camera and people besides your mommy are starting to notice your works and are contemplating making a buck with that chunk of glass, then this post is for you.

If you need a Bruce Lee roundhouse kick in the ass for some inspiration and motivation, then this post is for you.

If you want to learn how I made this photograph, then this post is for you.

If you think the following words will be all you need to get you out of your prosaic, pathetic 9 to 5, then I think your better off going back to Facebook to waste more of your precious time stalking your ex-girlfriend.

born on the 4th of july

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Actually, it was the 3rd that I first saw the world. Growing up, my parents always told me that the big fireworks were ignited in celebration of my birthday. To this day, there's still a morsel of imagination that the beautiful elegant explosions in the evening sky are indeed a beneficence in my honor.

corporate headshot session :: working the westcott 40" 5-in-1 reflector kit

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As usual, I'll probably be a bit scatterbrained throughout this post. Bear with me (or is it bare with me?).

It was a corporate shoot; big pharma and I have to admit, the butterflies in my belly seemed to have hit a dose or two of some high quality Shaboo.

[Due to the licensing and agreements, company and employee names will not be disclosed]