On one of my first shoots in the new studio, I had the opportunity to create a head shot package for a talented young photographer, non-profit marketer, and student. Her marvelously shaped face, light freckles, and silky hair made a great canvas onto which to pour light.
The Stand In
The contracted model was sleeping off a hangover, so another photographer did the light check. He provided a more interesting subject.
A thoroughly professional model is a joy to shoot. The hair, the clothes, the make up and the pose make it easy to create great light for a shot.
Frances at Work
My friend, painter Frances Galante, allowed me to shoot her in her Old CIty studio. She was putting the finishing touches on a portrait done at this location when I noticed a shaft of light coming through the skylight and moved her under it.
The Brothers Network hired me to photograph their first Brother of the Month, Keith Russell, and ornithologist from Mount Airy. We shot in his home and in the churchyard across the street. He connected instinctively with the camera.
King of Barbeque
I photographed Ed Mitchell on his triumphant return to my hometown, WIlson NC, where he built a reputation as one of the finest whole hog barbeque chefs anywhere, famously besting Bobby Flay in a throwdown.
I went to Cape May Point to gather some beach pictures for my portfolio for an upcoming competition and spied this couple snuggling up for the the sunset. They consented to let me photograph their moment of bliss.
Hometown Guitar Player
Troy Newsome, Sr., better known around my hometown as "The Guitar Man," posed for me as he was busking at the head of the line for the Mitchell Barbecue celebration.
A few months after this picture was taken, he was hit in his wheelchair by an Amtrak train and seriously injured.
These kids were tricking with their cycles at a street fair at Moore College of Art. Sports are not my forte, but the ramps and jumps attracted my eye and camera. The fun ended, sadly, with a compound fracture.
We did a night shoot at Swann Fountain in Logan Square. They had drained the water out, but that only made the ground mounted lights more compelling for portraiture. Cristin's curls outdo any fountain's jets.
Black on White
Three layers of white - hair, skin, and wall - screamed out for black and luckily that hat was handy.
This shot was made sitting on the floor under a table at a live performance by the legendary Alfie Pollitt at Philly's now defunct Moonstone Arts Center. I remotely triggered a light bouncing off the ceiling to highlight the keys and scarf.
This young juggler kept his eyes on the flying fruit, as did I. The apple is only motionless at the apex of its flight. Timing was everything for both of us.