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I’ve been neglecting the blog because I’m in the middle of an assignment which has me stopping in six cities.  Miami, Chicago, and Washington D.C. are a wrap.  Now it’s on to Boston, NYC, and Los Angeles.

Hope everyone had a great thanksgiving!

currently listening

I’ve always been a fan of finding good local music.  In Seattle,  there is no shortage of talent.  I’ve really been enjoying Ivan and Alyosha lately (you can download their debut album on itunes).

Check out Ivan and Alyosha here.

Here’s what Rolling Stone says:

The Buzz: Smooth, soaring guitar pop from Seattle duo that is plaintive and pristine.
Listen If: You’d be curious to hear what happened if the Shins slowed it down a bit.
Key Track: “Easy to Love,” the perfect late Valentine for the mutually smitten.

I think “plaintive and prisitine” sums them up pretty good.

Whoever out there is following this blog,  let me know what’s currently new in your itunes library.

stick the fork in me

tampa

I’m on a great assignment and just thought I’d share a couple of landscapes from today.

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Seattle to Lincoln, NE.  Drove to Overton, NE through miles of cornfields while listening to local radio updates on the soy market. Soy is down right now by a few points.  I woke up at 4am today and caught a flight from Lincoln to O’hare to Tampa and then drove to Clearwater to meet my next subject.  Tomorrow it’s a 6am flight out to Pittsburgh. Life is good.

miss LA, but the NW suits me

It’s been 9 months since we left Downtown LA for the NW.  In the photo world,  LA and NYC are it in the States.  There’s a healthy photo community and tons of resources for pulling together jobs.  Up here, not so much.  I knew that when we moved, but I guess I was in denial about how much I’d miss it.  That said,  this is where we belong.  The pace of life, the clean air, short commutes,  tasty coffee, perfect beer, and the environment suit us.  This is home – it didn’t hit me until flying back from a recent job.  The pilot circled Mt. Rainier and then headed North of Seatac to enter the landing pattern.  Until then,  I still felt that this was just a temporary season; maybe a vacation from LA or just some random time in life where we thought we’d try something different.   

Now that summer has arrived,  I’ll be posting some random shots from adventures – some job related, others not.  Have a good summer everyone!

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480 seconds with Paul Giamatti

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It was 11am, and I was in the middle of another editorial job when Benjamin Purvis of Seattle Metropolitan called me up and asked if I could be at the W Hotel @ 2pm to photograph actor Paul Giamatti.  The shoot I was on was going good, and I was sure I’d be done in time to make it downtown in time – so I quickly said yes.  

I got to the hotel and set up a couple lit options.  Paul walked on set, and I spent the first 180 seconds chatting with him about LA, Art Center, and his new movie – Cold Souls.  In his new movie, Paul plays a character named ‘Paul Giamatti’ who goes to a doctor who can remove souls.  The twist is that his character’s soul gets stolen “soul trafficking” and ends up in Russia. Needles to say,  the movie sounds ridiculously hysterical and I have no doubt that Paul is the right man for the role. He’s not only one of our better actors right now, but he’s also just plain nice and laid back. 

In an interview with Cinematical Paul spoke about his role and said, “I kind of forgot that I was playing myself in this … I kind of felt that (director Sophie Bart) captured, in a funny way, an archetypal type of neurotic New York self-involved actor … I kinda forgot I was playing myself; and I don’t mean that to sound disingenuous about it, but I really did. …” 

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new digs

I’m in the middle of moving into a studio.  Super excited about having a new office and a great space to work.  Studio is complete with 14’x30′ cyc wall, kitchen, garage door, dressing room, 19′ cielings, two bathrooms, internet, and a conference room.  It’s in a great location too – just minutes from downtown and just across the street from the Puget Sound.

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why blog

To save the galaxy and shamelessly promote my photography. 

I don’t have a specific mission or goal (aside from saving the galaxy) for this blog. I just plan on sharing work and maybe some ideas on the photo industry.

Who am I?  Check the ‘about’ section top right.