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First Shot School – Now Live

I'm so excited to announce that our school is finally live. Mia, Kevin, and I have spent quite a bit of time building our studio from the ground up with the purpose wanting to really help in the photograph the community. You can find out more at Why I Think We Can Help I've been working in online training for photography for over 10 years. I've been a teacher for over 20. One of the things that i've always wanted to do is teach with a specific purpose. Make…

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2016 is Gone. Long Live 2016.

I really thought I would write this blog post talking about how hard 2016 was, and how happy I would be to see it go. But the more I thought about it, the more I couldn’t be brought to think of it like that.  While, yes, there were certainly things that changed for me this year– truth of the matter is – this change was something I really needed. (Now, If you’re any kind of reader of this blog, you’ll know that I go for long periods of silence –…

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Post Christmas – Print Sale

So, I spent my Christmas day playing around with some of the pictures that I took over the trip and making prints.  4 of them really stood out to me,  and I havent really posted them online (yet.. going to over the next few days).   I got a couple of asks about the Burj Al Arab picture for prints, so I figured i'd put some out here. Each of these pictures are on 8.5x11 paper, Hahnemuhle stock (I like the William Turner 310, but can do Gloss options too).…

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Burj Al Arab – Dubai – D500 Exploration

I've been stuck in the studio working on a bunch of stuff for the launch of the site - that I figured it be nice to get out and make some pictures for a change.  Dubai is always tops on my list to visit so off I went! I had been asked to take a look at the Nikon D500 and give my impressions on it over social - but I didn't own the camera.  So, off to Borrowlenses I went to rent it for about 10 days.  This was…

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The Coffee Master Totem

In February of last year, I was out in Dubai attending Gulf Photo Plus during a particularly turbulent time in my life.  I was on a plane to an incredibly cool place in the middle east -somewhere I have always wanted to go and have become fond of over the last couple of years - and yet I was feeling like I was hurling through the air falling off this imaginary cliff. Dubai could not have come at a better time. I wanted to take advantage of the day off before…

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Building a Kung Fu Wooden Dummy With a Master

Meeting the Master Back in January, I got together with my friend Kim Patti to talk over some photography stuff.  As we chatted, I learned that Kim was a retired Army/Navy guy that has spent al of this life doing woodworking - from a kid, to teaching it in school and to adults. Here I was, Face to face with a true master! I relayed to Kim that I had been practicing Wing Chung Kung Fu for a while, and one of the things that I was dreaming about doing was…

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Sabine for Hillary 2016

When Sabine was three, we talked to her about hiding her tooth so the tooth fairy would bring her money.  Sabine responded that instead of money, she wanted the tooth fairy to bring her an American flag.  Since then, Sabine has had a fascination over government and the presidency.  She has created videos using Obama and pretending that he was talking.  To her, this stuff was important - and seeing Hillary running for president was something that she really got behind.  As the election season drew closer, we had to…

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Trying for Gratitude Today

It was October 3, 1998 and I had just driven back to New a Windsor, NY back from a wedding up in Albany. It was around 11 at night when I got a call from my brother Tito. We chatted for a minute- thinking he didn't want to wake me up with a midnight call for my birthday. I asked him "Where's Dad?" Tito told me he was out for a walk and that he most likely would call tomorrow for my birthday. My dad and I had a ...…

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Getting the C100 MKII and My Story of Fear..

Im looking at this as part birthday present, part a weird kind of sword of Damocles.  But I finally decided to jump and do something with the thoughts in my head in making video by getting the C100 Mark II. I absolutely love being a photographer and educator.  But for the last 12 years or so, I've found myself driving around in my car listening to music and making scenes up in my head.  Then I extrapolate pictures from those scenes and make pictures.  Ive grown to love that process, and…