Tossing, Turning And Talking In My Sleep

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The sun sets, the moon rises, the world keeps spinning around. People keep having the same problems and making the same mistakes. It helps to have clear vision and to look at things from the correct perspective. When we are young we gladly take risks and try new things without much thought but after living for a good while and miraculously dodging many things that would do us great harm, we get a little more cautious and actually worry about things beyond our control. The funny thing is that whatever finally does us in will be something completely unexpected. We spend all our time worrying about the wrong things and ignoring those that will actually harm us. I’ve got no solution, just do the best you can and don’t be foolish. Look around, pay attention, take sound advice but be wary of people trying to sell you something. Dream big and sleep well. Continue reading “Tossing, Turning And Talking In My Sleep”

Whirlwind Days

October was a blur of many photo shoots. Car shoots, Costume shoots, Baby shoots, Fall Foliage shoots, Vacation shoots and chilly outdoor location shoots. Then Super Storm Sandy hit the East Coast and made everything else trivial. Big storms always make me think back to my own disaster days and all the places I have traveled to in the aftermath of earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes. Television coverage is a pale representation of the actual event and nothing can prepare you for the emotion of seeing large scale destruction first hand. There is nothing you can say to people in the first hours or days following such complete loss. I’m fortunate because along with all that I have also witnessed the resolve and determination that follows. People are simply amazing when faced with adversity. A lot of things will be rebuilt and reinvented in the months to follow. In many ways I wish I could be there to see it and to participate in the experience somehow.

October is over now, it’s time to begin new things and to give thanks for everything and everyone we love.

 

Hippy Chic Photo Shoot

My big photo shoot for July with Steve Yancey, James Dixson, Ashley White, Charlene Fiehler, Kelsey Lawson, Michelle Tranter, Sheilar Hager, Valery Lillo, Victoria Katherine Verbytskyy.

These three are of Sheila Hager. All the models created their own outfits for the shoot and did an outstanding job of creating the look we were after.

This is Victoria with her interpretation of the hippy vibe.

We started outside in bright, hot, wilting conditions and soon decided we had enough.

Scorching hot even in the shade. It took me a couple of days to recover. Victoria looks like she could be out there all day.

This is Charlene Fiehler. Working in direct midday sun, a virtual photography no-no. She looks great even in these blast furnace conditions.

Even looking at those shots makes me hot. Back inside for some rebels jumping on the furniture shots. I like the relaxed shape of this pose and the cool styling.

Here is a shot outside in the heat again. Charlene and Victoria, taking their Hippy Chic message to the street.

This is just a very small sampling of the shots we took. There are lots more of the models working together and of our other talented models.

The Middle of Nowhere Shoot

My friend and fellow photographer Darren Rutmanis organized a little photo shoot for a few of us in the middle of nowhere last Sunday. It was hot outside but well worth the effort, bug bites and all.

Model: Victoria Katherine Verbytskyy.

Model: Nicole Parmentier-Jones.

 

Travels With Boo

On Saturday I had a little photo shoot with Beth Graveman and Steve Yancey. The general theme was travel so we put together a few sets in the apartment building. We started out with some shots meant to look like an old bus station where Boo finds ways to pass time before starting her cross country trip.

Boo finds ways to pass the time including a little friendly flirting. Be careful Boo!

Boo takes on a couple of very odd jobs along the way to pay travel expenses and soon discovers the performer within.

You never know what skills might come in handy on a long trip.

Boo makes a few extra bucks selling vacation photos to other passengers when they make an unexpected stop at a small town gas station. A strange man snaps pictures from inside his car and then drives away…

Sweet success as Boo arrives in a small beach town and finds a charming motel with a pool. Tonight she will dream of being discovered by a well known movie director on vacation and starting her new life as a famous actress…