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10 Days in Venice on 2 Pairs of Undies.

A traveling photographer will give up every bit of real estate inside of luggage to pack an extra light or an extra modifier.  Over the last couple of years, I've been in awe of my buddy Martin as he's able to travel around the globe for weeks on end with just the smallest of suitcases. I made a resolution back in January that this would be the year that I would get onto technical clothing - and I used this Venice trip to do it. I spent 10 days in…

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Up in the Air

We are in New York for the holidays- something we have not done for 9 years. While we are up here I decided to get out to NJ and take a helicopter ride in the city with the FlyNYON folks. I originally booked a 30 minute flight during sunset but as I made the 2 hour ride into NJ I found out that the flight was cut to 15 minutes. With NY being a sharp 28 degrees - it really wasn't advisable to be running in a helicopter with no…

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A Quick Tip of the Hat to Mark Shaw

Before heading out for Christmas in NY, I got a chance to do a #senior #portrait shoot for my friends kid. She wanted to pay tribute to an Audrey Hepburn picture made by Mark Shaw - so it was all available low light. In times like this I really like switching the Picture style to Monochrome and shooting Raw+JPG. More often than not I just use the JPG but I have the Raw just in case. Quick in and out...

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The Great Tamale Adventure

My mom and dad met on the streets of the South Bronx in the seventies, and raised us as best they could in the middle of the crack epidemic. My dad worked as a building janitor and my mom stayed home raising us kids. Neither of them ever went to school - but did the best they could to give us a chance at making something better for ourselves. Something they never really had a chance for themselves. To get away from it all my mom and dad decided to…

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On Sharing Many Sides

Over the last couple of days I have gotten some messages talking to me about what I share on social media and offering strategies to increase my social game by showing more of my photographic work on X platform.  It made me want to sit down and just write some thoughts on it. Think of it as a level-setting post on what i'm usually doing. I think of myself as an ever evolving ball of confusion, wrapped in a mess, tied together by a ball of ADD, in a packaged…

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Reconnecting In the Smokies

Getting back to the studio after spending a week out in the Smokies speaking at a workshop.  I have to say, getting out there could not have come at a better time for me. I went to school way upstate in New York at a very early age. Being out in the Adirondacks for this pivotal part of my life really gave me a taste of where my soul could really be happy.  My head constantly feels like hundreds of televisions playing channels with poor reception - and I've spent…

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Totems

I grew up in the South Bronx, but left at a very young age to go to school in upstate NY. While a lot of my sensibilities are city based, a lot of my teen life was spent out in the Adirondacks. I remember driving down from Champlain, NY along Lake Champlain near hyperventilating about leaving the area to head down to Poughkeepsie to work at IBM. I took the job at IBM because I thought it would get me closer to my dream. My dream was to own a…

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Laurens First Print

These are my favorite moments. I am working on classes here at the Smokies Photography Summit teaching people how to get their work to print using Hahnemühle USA paper. Im thinking of making some classes on this soon for my upcoming workshops in my Studio.   Lauren has been at photography for just 3 days, and wanted to go through the print process. In a couple of minutes we did some quick edits on her shot and everyone in the room was fawning and congratulating her on how well her…