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I was in Italy this past September. I’ve never been out of the country before other than a trip to Vancouver Canada or Nogales Mexico, which is not saying much! My work takes place in a dark 2000 square foot studio shooting things that don’t talk back…still life, food and product. I saw this European trip as an opportunity to shed the constrains I place on myself in my daily photographic routine. I decided to take one camera and one lens. My choice was the 50mm lens which best resembles our own visual view of the wold as seen through our eyes. I wanted to shoot the people, places and tables-scapes that I immediately responded to without any preconceived notions.

My approach to shooting people was to shoot mostly from the hip (literally) I didn’t want anyone knowing they were being photographed. This was very exciting because I never really knew what I was going to get, and that didn’t matter.  I let my intuition and understanding of the field of view of my lens guide me. After each day of shooting I would go back to the hotel and look at my files and enjoy the surprises.

I let everything I shot be quick, spontaneous and completely composed in the full frame of the viewfinder. I kept a promise to myself that I wouldn’t crop my way into a better picture…it must all be there in frame or forget it.

So here are some of the results…Enjoy!

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SIGHTS AND SOUNDS 3
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I recently had the opportunity to work with the good folks at Sprouts Farmers Market shooting people on location and yummy baked goods in the studio. We had a ton of  bread, muffins and cookies at the studio… we could have fed a platoon of carb loving people…in the end all the goodies were donated to local food banks…of course less the stuff the crew inhaled!

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There’s nothing like a turkey burger. Then add turkey bacon and guacamole and you have magic…make them sliders and you have three times the fun.

We’ve done work for La Victoria Salsa along with Riester Advertising of Phoenix for a few years. We all enjoy the projects as well as the creative team work on the shoots. This latest project featured Jennie-O Turkey Bacon. The shot is being used in FSI pubs in major newspapers.

A big thank you goes out to the crew that made this balancing act a reality.

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TriVita is a company designed for the greater wellness of its customers. TriVita makes products and dispenses information to better the awareness of the physical, emotional and spiritual health of the folks that buy their products.

I had the opportunity this past September to create a series of product images with and without water effects and splashes. A big thank you to TriVita and the creative director as well as my two great assistants who were responsible for the water rigging.


                                                                               The site home product page.

Behind the scenes:





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I’m lucky to have been asked, for the fourth year in a row, to participate in Southwest Human Development’s annual fund-raiser, Portraits of Opportunity. It will be Thursday October 25th…here’s a link for more information…http://www.swhd.org/events/portraits-of-opportunity.

My images of the Wahl family and those of some of phoenix’s finest photographers will also be on display. Hope to see all of you there!




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Objects And Things

I love visual relationships…two images put together as a diptych can be stronger than either image viewed by itself. I get a kick out of what happens when images are paired up side by side. It has been a while since I’ve shot black and white so I decided to process the files as gray-scale images.


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We were asked by Riester Advertising to produce two images for their clients Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort. The casinos are very active in supporting the community by reaching out to a number of local services. The ads were designed to communicate their ongoing efforts of  supporting the needs of others.

These ads discussed the work being done for The Boys & Girls Clubs as well as The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For more information check out this link:

http://www.talkingstickresort.com/community-impact.aspx

The ads ran in the Arizona Republic and the Phoenix Business Journal.

Special thanks go out to art director Paul Svancara and print producer Bill Robbins!


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