Sunday, December 6, 2015

Wolves VS Lions with fake diaper snow

Here is another shoot for Wolves VS Lions clothing company. This shoot involved fashion stills, background video and still photography. Much of the profit from this company goes to charity so I always feel good working with them.
By the way, the snow from the first shot was made by my client bringing in a diaper (clean). We tore open the lining and dumped the sodium polyacrylate into a bowl. After that we just added water (a little at a time) and broke it up with a fork. There you go! Fake snow! I will say that my art director did pull out some cotton diaper stuff from the pile. You can probably purchase sodium polyacrylate on it's own somewhere. I think it looks great! Cool!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Photo Assistants

Jeanie was a sweet Texan who drove a Texas Truck and just happened to be an excellent photo assistant. She helped me set up and light the set for this Trump Father and Son shot for Brooklyn Union Gas. One funny note is that the agency (Moss Advertising) spent more money on retouching than on my fee. Not because I did anything wrong but rather because first Fred said "I can't be shorter that Donald! Then Donald said I can't be shorter than my dad! Some things never change...

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


I was doing a model shoot for my soon to be nephew (maybe) but good friend, Joseph. We covered portraits and studio full figure as well as shots outside. Since we were there I had him throw on a new Wolves vs Lions shirt. It's good to keep all your clients happy.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Kait Heykoop and Wolves vs Lions

If it's not fun, why bother? We had a great time last night shooting for Wolves vs Lions. The top image will be used for a show banner for the clothing company. The bottom was just for fun. Kait is a great model. She made this photographer's job easy and once again we finished with a happy client.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wolves vs Lions Clothing

Something to keep me busy. This is part of a project for Wolves vs Lions clothing. I love the company because they donate their profits to charity. What could be better than that? A little off figure fashion and jewelry. Too much fun. If not, why bother? 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Year 11

It's been 11 years now, since I was diagnosed with advanced ADD. While medication hasn't made me perfect it has kept me from getting lost and having to "fake it" when meeting someone I should know. I know it's not for everyone but it's been great for me. Better living through chemistry....

Thursday, February 5, 2015

4 decades

With all of the snow in the NorthEast, I've been a little bored so I took some time to put his video together in Lightroom. I will be teaching a Lightroom class this summer so it was kind of practice. Anyway, it's one thing to be hot for 10 years or so but it's a whole other thing to make a living with a camera for 40 years. It requires careful planning. The video begins with my very first paid for shot for Caterpillar in upstate NY. Upon moving to NYC I began to pursue a fashion career. I knew Eileen Ford through Jimmy Moore and she would send me models to test. As soon as I met my wife (to be) I knew I should not stay in fashion so I quickly shot a still life book. Next came 10 years shooting advertising of products, food and people. This was followed by 14 years shooting for Nabisco and Kraft Foods. And finally the last 11 years back on my own shooting mostly food. So you see film, digital and video. You need to keep up with what's new. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't make a living as a photographer. I wouldn't want any other life. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

All by chance

One of my advisors is named Mauro Altamuro. He is trying to teach this commercial photographer to give chance a chance. What I mean by that to allow serendipity to play a part in some of my images rather than careful planning. To that end is this image which is one of my favorites. My wife and I were sitting in an alcove off to one side in our hotel. I don't know why I even had my camera up to my eye but there was a shot! This wedding couple were just cruising past and I caught it. A moment in time. One shot, two different worlds. There you go: no planning, no thought, just see it click it and you end up with one of your own favorite images!