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…


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…


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…


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 ...…


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…


Join me in NYC October 14-16

Hey guys.  Wanted to post a quick message to everyone about some classes and workshops that I am doing coming up in New York.  I am one of the instructors at the Out of New York Photography conference and this looks like it's going to be a great conference this October 14 and 15th, with an all day workshop on the 16th. If you click on this link (or on the pic above) it will bring you to the classes and workshops that I am working on.  I'll be sharing my experiences…

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40 Minute Shoot with the Canon 5D Mark IV

40 Minutes - 1 Portrait I was sitting in the studio working on a couple of classes for the Fotopromos launch, when I got a call from a friend.  As it turned out - he had with him a newly released Canon 5D Mark IV with him and wanted to find out if I wanted to put it through its paces. The catch? I only had about 40 minutes to try to setup a shot and get it online. While there are plenty of times that I will get a…


May We Never Forget 9/11

On this day, we should never forget the two thousand nine hundred and seventy seven lives that were lost on this day back in 2001.  In just a couple of short hours from a little after 8am to a little after 11am a great sadness covered us all.  I lost friends. Mothers and fathers lost sons and daughters. Wives lost husbands.  Husbands lost wives.  Children lost parents. Parents lost children.  This is something that should live with us in rememberance all of our days.  May you all rest in peace. #911   #sept11