Photographing portraits with a personal connection

photographing portraits with a personal connection

Photographing portraits with a personal connection

One of the portraits I've taken over the years that I am most proud of, is this of my friend Petra Herrmann. This photograph, for me, shows her strength as well as vulnerability. I'd mention her sense of humor, and her warmth and kindness .. but she'd just tell me to fuck off. So there's that. But it's true. She's  Read more inside...

hot-air balloon ride

hot-air balloon ride

During my visit to South Africa, two of my friends, Jerry & Linde, arranged a surprise for me - an early-morning ride in a hot-air balloon in the Magaliesberg area. This was a first time for me - and I have to wonder now why I had never done this before - it is exhilarating! (This must be old news for those who have done this before.) With  Read more inside...

make your personal photography more than just snapshots

your personal photography - aiming for more than just snapshots

This just might be my most favorite photo of my daughter, Janine. It's from 2003 when she was 9 years old. I was trying out my new Nikon D100, reveling in being able to instantly see any photos I took. We were outside in the garden area of the apartment complex we lived in at the time. With a long focal  Read more inside...

on top of the world

Oct 31st was A Big Day for me. Today, after nearly 12 years here in America, I finally became a citizen of the USA. To encapsulate how I felt at that moment, I asked my wife, Sara, to take a celebratory photograph of me near the top of the red steps in Times Square this evening. I really do feel on top of the world.  Read more inside...

inspiration from movies – a visual feast for photographers

inspiration from movies - a visual feast for photographers

It would be a rare photographer - in a fact a rare person - who isn't fascinated by other forms of art, whether music, dance, various visual arts, architecture and everything we surround ourselves with. I just can't imagine a photographer not finding inspiration specifically in other visual art forms, whether  Read more inside...

photographing on location: photo permits in Hoboken, NJ

photographing on location: photo permits in Hoboken, NJ

Photographing a model in Hoboken can be complicated. A few weeks ago in October, a friend and I arranged to photograph Kerri, the model shown here. My friend had just bought a Nikon D3s and some serious glass, so I thought that instead of me just telling her about the camera's functions and settings, it would be  Read more inside...

personal photos from the archives – South Africa

personal photos from the archives - South Africa

Digging deep into the archives, here are some of my favorite images from way back.  These were all shot on transparency film - Fuji Provia RDP being my choice of film at the time.  And as usual with personal photography, there are memories and stories attached to these images. To get this photograph above of the DC3  Read more inside...