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Solving the Rubik Cube


Domino Sugar Plant

The Havemeyer family acquired the site and built the original refinery in 1856. By the time the 1870’s rolled around the plant manufactured more than 50% of the nations sugar. A fire in 1882 destroyed the original plant, but it was quickly rebuilt.  After operating for some 148 years the plant closed in 2004. For more information on the domino sugar plant check out

Streaking Lights at Night

Standing outside in the frigid cold of NYC along the East River really made me wish I had packed an extra sweater and some gloves. The icy cold wind found every opening in my jacket and chilled me to the bone. Despite the cold causing brain freeze I managed to snap a few keepers.



Random Building in Evening Sun

In photography you often need to be at the right place at the right time with the right amount of skill and the right equipment. I just happened to be walking along one day and the way the light was hitting this building captured my photographic eye. The darkened front of the building contrasted beautifully with the golden hue of the sun warmed bricks and the brilliance of the blue sky.

The Mime Photo Shoot

The word mime is derived from an ancient Greek word which means “imitator or actor”. Mime developed into a theatrical form in ancient Greece. When Rome conquered Greece it adopted this form of theater as means of entertainment. From there it took root in the Middle Ages as performers donned comical masks and exaggerated acting styles in order to draw attention to themselves.

The creation of the modern form of mime is credited to Etienne Decroux and his pupil Jean-Louis Barrault.

I based my photo shoot on mimes. When I think of mimes; comedy and white gloves are the first 2 things that pop into my mind. So I decided to use over sized cartoon gloves to serve as the props. Then I went with the more traditional white gloves and let the model express himself as he saw fit while letting the gloves frame his actions.

D.C. at Night

Sorry for the long time in between posts. I have been super busy but I hope to get to regularly updating my blog again.

Night photography is completely different then daytime photography. It requires time and a lot of patience. In fact i would say that more then skill it requires a patient photographer. You could spend 30 or 40mins in one location just trying to get one usable print. This is exacerbated by the long exposure times.

But night photography has its advantages. Things that often appear ordinary and boring at night can take on a whole new aura. An aura of surreality, romance, and mysteriousness. Here are a couple of new pictures that I had taken when in D.C.


The Many Faces of Tash

Had a great time this past weekend shooting Tash. As the time grew closer to our shoot date she became increasingly nervous.  She felt that she would just stand there with a goofy smile on her face staring into the camera. After some early jitters she settled into a groove with some subtle coaching and suggestions. She was truly a pleasure to work with. We ended up having a great time and she was excited at the end of the shoot.

Juju the Messy One

I had a photo shoot this weekend with a 2 year old. Let me tell you there is a big difference from working with actors, models, and other adults to working with children. They can sure wear you out and their attention span is much smaller than ours. Its definitely important to keep the shoot fun, use props, and take frequent breaks so the child is rested and remains engaged. But no matter what children will do what they want to do once set loose and this will lead to some great and rewarding images. After chasing her around for a couple hours I was WIPED OUT but satisfied. Here are some of my favorites from the day.

Juju Matching with Mom

Here's Looking at You Kid

Its My Chocolate Bunny

Hmmmm this Chocolate Is Good



Look Into My Eyes

Eyes are commonly considered the gateway to the soul. Eye contact is one of the most powerful tools in human interaction. In order to become a better portrait photographer it is essential that we read our subjects eyes. What are the eyes of the subject conveying? Is it happiness, fear, sadness, love, anger, or another emotion. As the photographer it is your responsibility read these emotions and capture them.

What do you see when you look into her eyes?