I’m pretty darned humbled that my image of a hand-tied fly has been included in the 2016 Communication Arts Photography Annual. For me, shooting still life is meditative; I get no greater joy than being in the moment and focusing in on one thing. In this case, it was capturing the minute details of the flies and the artistry of fly tyers. Below is my winning image, Pale Morning Dun. To give you a little bit of backstory: my father was an avid fisherman when I was growing up. He had a fly tying rig that always intrigued me. I remember being amazed that he could take a hook, some thread, and some feathers and come up with something that resembled a living fly. Fishing is one of his great passions like photography is for me. Fast forward 30 years and a client requested I source some hand-tied flies for a shoot. Naturally, my first phone call was to my dad. He sent me several of his along with others he helped source for the project. The shoot was a success. After it wrapped, I put the flies away in my prop room which contains years and years of other props, […]
I’m not always sure of my inspiration for projects, but for this shoot, I knew I wanted to be a part of something big and culturally relevant; I wanted to be a part of something greater than myself. I wanted to create images of the beloved characters in the Star Wars movie series but in a way that was unique, giving the viewer a different perspective. While in retouching, Jamie (my digital genius and Star Wars fanatic), likened these images to Hans Solo being frozen in Carbonite. While not frozen in Carbonite, these collectables are encapsulated and sealed beneath a sheet of latex. As I’ve shared these images over the past few weeks with colleagues and friends the reactions have all been the same; people are blown away and they’re excited. Most importantly, these images make them happy. In the end, what I did was bring a smile to people’s faces. I guess that’s really why I shoot things – to tell stories that don’t make you think too much, they just make you feel.
Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to shoot some classic microphones. This time, the creative team at MiresBall came to me with two great concepts for Shure’s packaging, which I was more than happy to work on. I ended up taking two different approaches in regard to shooting techniques and I really think this helped give the campaign a well-rounded and professional, yet relatable, appeal. Here’s what I did: For the bright and colorful images, I used a technique called ‘focus stacking’ to show perfect focus throughout the microphones and background. My goal was to create a sharp, vibrant and illustrative visual showing the microphones at 100% of their size. The small black and white images were shot more traditionally with a natural depth of field as to create that ‘real’ feeling while suggesting possible uses for the product. Shooting in both of these ways reminds me that I still equally love traditional photography. It’s really just about choosing the proper technique and style for the particular project.
awesome clients & solid creative = happy crew = huge results! my team gave it their all for my latest shoot for sony. these images appeared in sony’s LA store to announce their new tablet. the wall files were huge (96″ x 96″) and reproduced beautifully. thanks to the sony team for the photos of the store.