March 2007 Archives

bathrooms

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Just to prove how glamorous the life of a photographer is, my latest job was photographing bathrooms. I spent the other day in six different bathrooms created by The Brush's End in Danbury, CT. These were some beautifully designed high-end bathrooms.

You would think photographing a big inanimate object would be relatively easy, but there's a lot of different challenges that bathrooms present. First of all, they're usually pretty small. Even the biggest bathroom I was in was long and narrow, which doesn't offer a lot of chance to get a really wide shot. Then there's the mirrors and other shiny chrome parts that reflect everything, like any lighting, and me!

But all in all, it's pretty cool. And bathrooms don't talk back. Can you find the faucet in this great glass-bottomed sink below?


bathroom sink

Ginger's Night Out 2

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In my March 13th post I mentioned a companion image to my photo Ginger's Night Out 1 that's in the running for CameraArts Photo of the Month for March. It might be not-safe-for-work, so I edited the previous entry to include both images if you're curious.

engagement session location

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It's that time of year where couples who are getting married later in 2007 have their engagement portraits taken. And for almost every couple I work with that know exactly where they want their picture taken—where they had their first date, where they got engaged, maybe even the place their getting married—there are number of couples who ask the popular question, "where should we have our picture taken?"

Of course I can offer a number of great options. The southern New England area offers plenty of beautiful locations and I'm willing to go just about anywhere if it means we'll get a great portrait. Lately I've been showing a couple of shots from a session I did last summer that show how unique we can make your engagement photo:


Erin & Danny engagement 1


Erin & Danny engagement 2

For those of you outside of the Boston area who don't remember that location from a junior high field trip, that's Old Ironsides, the U.S.S. Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship afloat in the world. The groom in the photo, Danny, is a Boston police officer and asked as a favor if we could have 10 minutes alone on the ship in-between tour groups. The crew's timing couldn't have been better as there was a raging downpour about 5 minutes after we finished taking the photos.

There's another photo on my engagements page that Danny and his very happy bride Erin decided to use with a signature mat (guest book) at their wedding.

CameraArts is a fine art photography print magazine that also has a blog. For the last few months they've been running a Photo of the Month competition where each week they choose five photos from weekly submissions and then allow readers to vote on the best of the twenty chosen photos at the end of the month. March's category is Figure and Fashion and this week one of my photos, entitled Ginger's Night Out 1 was chosen to be in the running for Photo of the Month:


Ginger’s Night Out 1

I've always really liked this photo. It was taken during a fashion shoot back in 2003 at this gorgeous home out on Montauk. The model, Ginger, and I had been talking all morning about doing something different and funny in this tiny little bathroom. The fashion designer wasn't so into us doing any funny photos on her time—which was completely understandable. But at one point there was a break in the action while another model's dress needed to be altered, so Ginger and I ducked into this space and took a couple of quick snaps. There is a companion image to this one that I'll post another day.

And here's the companion image I mentioned. This one's fun too, but I always liked that bored, vacant look in Ginger's eyes in the above photo. Which was truly great acting.


Ginger’s Night Out 2

artist statement

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I got a call the other day from a gallery owner in Boston asking about some of my Providence architectural photos for a buyer in the RI area.


City Hall and Biltmore

Of course I was happy to provide the gallery with some higher-resolution files for them to show their client, but the client asked for one other thing that I had never gotten around to doing for 17 years—an artist statement.

I've always had a brief bio or resume/credits list or an about page, but I never quite wanted to wrap my head around writing a few paragraphs about my art and me. And somehow writing it in the first person made it seem a bit more over the top. But I did it and hopefully people will read it and think, "hey, he's got a personal vision" instead of, "hey, he's got an ego." Check it out on the About link above and let me know if you have an opinion either way. Thanks.