Sara in the summertime



Had a great time working with Sara again a little while back.  She’s a wonderful model who is always cheerful and willing to try out just about anything.  We met up at McDade Park just before sunset and shot through to twilight, a whole mix of different looks: natural light and flash, in the sun and in the shade.  And as always, it rocked!

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Scranton’s Arts on Fire Festival



Iron pouring demonstration at the Arts on Fire Festival, held at the Scranton Iron Furnaces on the afternoon of 02 June 2012.

Saturday was Scranton’s 4th annual Arts on Fire Festival, held at the Scranton Iron Furnaces in downtown.  It was my first visit to the festival – and actually to the furnaces themselves as well.  And it was awesome!  But of course the highlight was the iron pouring demonstration, which was something I’d never seen before.  It’s really kind of uncanny to see iron scraps go into a furnace and come out as a glowing liquid.  It’s just a simple phase shift, but at the same time it’s so far beyond the realm of anything most of us have done that it’s hard to comprehend.

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Anne Boyle – a tribute



To say that we lost one of the good ones sounds cliche, and may well be, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s true. Last Tuesday morning we lost Anne Boyle, who was one of the kindest, finest, and most compassionate people I ever had the pleasure of knowing.

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Kelly’s Headshots



Had the chance to work with Kelly over the past month, getting him some headshots for his acting career. Kelly is in middle school, and yeah, he has an acting career. Right now, he’s playing Mark in Rent. I am not the theater type and even I know that’s a big deal. Really cool stuff.

We shot a couple of different looks, trying some studio sets first and deciding they weren’t right for him, so we ventured outside and did a re-shoot at a local church. Surprising choice of locations? Not really – the church had all sorts of great, shaded areas, filled with different colors and textures, and we were able to make several different setups all within a few steps of each other.

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The Magic of Photos



Spring Fever caught me early this year. It probably has something to do with the weather – 45 degrees and sunny, with hardly any snow all winter. My mind obviously thinks that spring is here (foolish thinking, and I’m sure I’ll end up shoveling several feet of snow as pennance). At any rate, I’ve been on a cleaning frenzy, going through boxes and files and throwing away anything I don’t absolutely have to keep. I’ve come across a surprising number of old photos in the process.

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Pecha Kucha Night Scranton



Some shameless self-promotion – I’ll be presenting at Pecha Kucha Scranton on Saturday, January 28th. If you haven’t heard of Pecha Kucha before (and I certainly hadn’t), it’s a series of presentations, each exactly six minutes & forty seconds in length and composed of 20 slides. Think TED, but rapid-fire. The Scranton event will include a number of local artists and professionals including yours truly.

My presentation is entitled “In Pursuit of Light,” and will focus on the essential, and generally overlooked, importance of light in photography. At least it will, once I finish it. (For those of you who aren’t able to attend the event, I’ll be posting it here afterwards.)

Pecha Kucha Scranton will run from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at The Vintage Theater in Scranton. You can check out the event’s Facebook page at: Pecha Kucha Scranton.

Just don’t ask me how to pronounce it…I still haven’t figured that out.

Lauren – Senior Session



Going back to a little before Christmas, here for the final shoot in Lauren’s senior package. We swapped things up and moved into the studio for this set – it was getting too cold for outdoor shooting anyway, and we wanted that classic white background for the final few looks we had in mind.

Lauren rocked each outfit she brought and I couldn’t imagine things getting any better, but then she finished the set in her black gown, which was nothing short of stunning. I always like ending on a strong note, and it doesn’t get any better than this!

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Christmas Couple



Ah, the obligatory couple’s Christmas photo.  It’s a tradition. The girlfriend gets all excited while the photographer boyfriend becomes all sorts of awkward at having to sit in front of the lens. Not the place he feels comfortable. But in the end, it was worth it. And we had fun. After all, sometimes you only have to take one serious photo, and then you can be goofy. “Christmas Gothic,” for instance.

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New Website Design



The site has a new look!  If you’ve been here before, I’m sure you noticed right away – it’s a big change.

Although the previous version was only about a year old, I’d had some style issues with it since the start.  It wasn’t really me.  A little too vanilla compared to my photos.  Yeah, I know, it’s not like I’m super edgy or anything, but maybe just a little.  But more importantly, the old site wasn’t able to show off my photos the way I wanted.  They were too small and constrained.  I’m a photographer, after all, and this site is all about photos, so they ought to be the primary focus.

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Gianna – Christmas Photos



Christmas photos of Gianna taken at Fell Charter School on the evening of 02 December 2011.

This is Gianna, one of the cutest gals I’ve had the pleasure of working with, and certainly a far cry younger than the high school seniors I’ve been working with!  Her mom wanted photos for the annual Christmas card, so we got together at the local playground and did the a series outdoors.  It took little Gianna a few minutes to warm up to the camera, but after that, she was magic.

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