While lately more clients ask me if I can do both the TV and the print, it was not long ago when I was asked if I could do the photos as well as the TV. I guess my career has switched over to be better known for my directing and cinematography than for my photography.
Great Barrington, MA is one of those small towns that you can fall in love with. I did and for the past 20 years or so have been going there with my family. Main street was filled with beautiful Pear Trees that this past year were cut down due to a needed renovation. While the trees were a huge part of the personality of this town, it also covered some of its great buildings. Now that Great Barrington is disrobed of its beautiful flowers and leaves, we can enjoy looking at the great facades found there.
Hi everyone, shooting men’s fashion is fun and alluring, a bit easier than women’s in many ways. Through the next few weeks I will be uploading this campaign which will culminate in an elaborate outdoor shoot involving fancy cars, women, cigars and definitely lots of fun!
Food is not something I commonly shoot. But through the years have done it many times either for editorial or advertising. The key secret is to have a great food stylist, which yesterday while shooting this I did not have that luxury. So all the fun was in my hands!
Love finding great people and places! This winter I found Alpine Mountain (http://alpinemountain.com), a camera friendly place where we were able to capture beautiful parts of Winter Wonderland. The owners and managers were incredibly welcoming and helpful. The atmosphere was very family oriented, an amazing for new skiers!
Videos: 5 minutes of rough footage, lightly edited. And bellow 43 seconds of MOVI M5 with BMPCC pulled by snowmobile!
On 12-13-14 I witnessed over 20K people take the streets of NYC from Washington Square Park heading north to Herald Square, then back down Broadway to One Police Plaza. The protest named Millions March NYC #MillionsMarchNYC was an extraordinary show of support to those victims of police brutality in the United States. Eric Garner from New York and Michael Brown from Ferguson, Missouri were most predominant in support. But many others were also brought to light.
It was a busy summer…
I was invited to shoot the new EmblemHealth “Legacy of Care” campaign created by Havas WW’s Strat Farm. Three days of running around alongside the TV Commercial crew and mostly shooting with a 400mm lens to maintain distance. The production was so well executed by the agency that we had enough time between shots to be able to create its print end which you now can see on their site and subway ads throughout NYC.
So we got Tammy the 5th grade bunny for the weekend! Wow she is cute and cuddly, I think our dog Twigs got a little jealous. Very well mannered and left all pellets within her cage area. And wow that Tammy can eat hay by the pounds, ok a little exaggerated but you get the idea! We will miss you Tammy!
I have been living in NYC for over 25 years, I am still amazed about how little I know about it. Today I went to see a location where I am shooting part of a film in June, and once again I got that “wow what an amazing city this is”. The history, the sights, and even those little glimpses like the cross-bridge. I sometimes ask “is this the NYC I live in?”, I need to get out of my neighborhood more often 🙂
Thursday morning I sat down to have coffee and meet writer Doug Bell. For what I hear an amazing writer for the pharma industry and for what I experienced a very nice guy. His eyes look like precious stones, crystalline, clear, deep, inspiring! While most of my images will have dodging and burning in the eyes, these are untouched!
So after 8 months waiting for it, our MOVI5 has arrived. Here is a video I just created to start promoting us with it. This was the first time I used the unit. It took me about an hour to set it up using the Blackmagic Camera, and roughly 24 hours to buy the additional follow focus, LANC and other pieces needed. A friend and I played with it for about an hour the day before this shoot.
This shoot will show mistakes like cut heads, etc. When I shot this I was not aware of choreography nor really knew much on tuning the unit. This is how amazing the MOVI is.
Shot with the Olympus OMD-EM1 before the performance. You can also see a little rough cut of the video further down.
Coffee turned into a delightful lunch with Karen yesterday. It’s fun to catch up with old friends. Karen is a NYC personal trainer that Gabrielle and I have been friends with for many years. Her smile and sparkle in her eyes speaks about her personality and lifestyle.
While I went to see a Venezuelan artist by the name of Oswaldo Vigas at the Dillon Gallery in Chelsea, I encountered wonderful friends and met some really beautiful people. Owned by Valerie Dillon and Alvaro Perez Miranda they set the main floor with great paintings from Oswaldo (click here to see), and in the workshop downstairs I loved finding a mixture of aromas, visual inspiration and soothing sounds (click here to see). If you are in NYC right now, I highly recommend you to experience this.
A portrait of a friend, a family member or a stranger have one thing in common, expression! Each individual relates a story in a specific moment and place. And here is where I want to start “Portraits & Coffee”, ok tea and wine count too, tequila may make me too artsy…
Its so hard to decide what image to use sometimes. Photo Editors welcomed! Even when you decide, then comes the treatment, do we darken this or that, contrast vs. clarity… Instagram had it right, click, use someone else’s created filter and upload! Naahh! this is part of the fun of being a photographer!
If you walk into her store, most likely you or a loved one was looking for a comforting place where a woman can get the best attention while fitting you for a new bra after breast cancer surgery. Carol Art Keane went through it herself and does understand what these women are going through.
But this blog is not about wigs, implants, bras (well maybe this one) or surgeries. It’s about images and this is the portrait I took of her a few weeks back for their website. She is as beautiful in person as in her image and her personality and soul are reflected through her smile!
As I told her and women in the past and will continue to do so “the beauty of a woman is not in her breasts but in her smile”.
This weekend all around the world there are protests to support the people of Venezuela to request for it’s president Nicolas Maduro to step down. Students in Venezuela have taken to the streets and while being peaceful encountered Maduro’s unjust regime. Several students have been killed by gun men that support this regime, while the students only had words as their weapons. These are images from today at Union Square, NYC.
In January I spent a few days in Miami with friends and family. As always while walking around I was shooting and here a couple of hours prior to my plane back to NYC I went to meet some friends by South Beach. I took off on my own for about an hour and tested the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera using a Canon EF 100-400mm lens on a monopod. OK this was no easy task, the weight and size of this lens requires a more stabilized rig than a monopod, but I was up for the challenge. Keep in mind that I am not using a camera that allows for the IS function of the lens, IS is not available when shooting from the BMPCC. From the cutest little kid, to surfers, to sea gulls, or for that matter anything in front of me, this camera stood its ground. The tonality range was incredible between deep shadows and bright sun. Now I just need a good colorist to do their magic when using this camera.
It is just all in good fun, but those who criticize it, well you can imagine. At 3PM people gathered and entered the subway at different stations in the city, at the end they all gathered in Union Square for laughs and plenty of pictures. Some nice looks, some well…
Sometimes it doesn’t look very exciting to shoot pharmaceutical campaigns, but they can be a challenge and therefore fun. These kind of campaigns require a huge amount of production, in this case headed by two amazing producers, Jaye Murdock owner of Take Stock Productions and Elle Sullivan-Wilson owner of ESW Productions. And without an amazing 1st Assistant like Rigo Diaz next to me, this would not happen as flawlessly.
I love shooting editorial work but don’t really dedicate as much time to it as I should. Now a friend makeup artist is kind of twisting my hand into doing more of it! Thanks Natalie, I do have fun at it! In the next few days I will upload other shots that we have been taking together!
On the 14th CNN announced that I had won the 3rd Annual iReport Awards in the “in-depth-storytelling” category. This for the coverage of victim survivors from Hurricane Sandy. CNN thank you for the award! But while it feels great to be recognized for your work, it is a little bitter as the report is about people that have done some heavy suffering and had some intense losses. Yesterday I met with Janice Kennedy and even after 6 months, not everything is as it should be. I will edit and upload my report in the next few days!
Jacques d’Amboise on the stage thanking his honored guests at the night of the Gala. On the table are Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters. I had the pleasure to be invited to photograph the kids and the people. My daughter was one of the dancers that night! Yes I am a proud father 🙂