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Glamour Magazine hired me to make a portrait for their real stories section in this month’s issue.This was truly a feel good story.  Destiny, the blond, is a homeless teenager who through the help of her mentor, Ila (who once was also homeless) is now a published poet and college artist. In the short few moments I got to spend with them,  I noticed that they had a powerful bond.  It’s just cool to get to meet people who have fought hard to pursue dreams and a better life.

The  highlight of the shoot was having the opportunity to give Destiny and Ila gifts sent by the good folks at Glamour. From designer purses, to nice cosmetics, beautiful jewelry, and even a great pair of boots (which Destiny loved!) – the look on their faces was amazing!  Thank you Brian and Suzanne for allowing me to capture this portrait of two amazing women!

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A couple of polaroid out takes of Destiny that I like.

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sitting options

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light test

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steaming away

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me loading some 4×5

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more steaming

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the talented Jennifer Verador’s work station

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shoe selection

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final touches

Thank you to my fabulous team!  Alvin Stillwell and Jennifer Verador, along with all their assistants, were great as always!

piggy bank

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If you have money laying around,  then these are the men and women who can tell you where to stuff it.

Last month I traveled to Miami, Chicago, Boston, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles to make these portraits for a Money Magazine feature which is on newstands now.  As a portrait photographer,  I love jobs like this.  The challenge is not only to make subjects who normally loathe getting their photos taken feel comfortable and look good,  but also in trying to match the setup in each different location.

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One portrait was done in a home, some in offices, and others in hotel rooms.  Each location presents it’s unique challenges, and it’s race to get everything done when you only have a small window of time to set up and make your portrait. In the end, I definitely had to adapt my vision and lighting a bit.  8 ft ceilings are rarely a photographer’s friend.

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That’s what I love about photography.  It’s just as much about problem solving as it is artistic vision as it is a humanitarian feat.  An example –  I was all set in an office space for one of the subjects. Seamless was up, lights were firing, and I felt it was a solid match to the other portraits I had already completed.  A minute before the subject shows up,  the ventilation system in the room turns on and my background starts oscillating causing a formidable kink in my seamless.  I asked if it could be turned off,  and got a quick ‘no’ b/c it would shut down ventilation in the entire building (a Manhattan highrise). So I had to think fast, and I clamped fabric which I packed in my kit to the ceiling to block the ventilation.  Luckily,  that did the trick.

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I want to thank Ryan and Betsy for the great opportunity to collaborate on this project.  It was a pleasure.

twenty ten

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lovebirds photographed from my bed  today

happy ‘010 everyone

i’ve been reading a lot of new years resolutions on the various blogs i follow,  and it’s left me wondering if i should draw up some descriptive plans for the new year and decade.  while i know i’ve got tons on my mind about things i want to get done and things i want to be,  simply put,  i just want to make more pictures that make me happy (like the birds).

i wish you all a great start to this new year.

cheers!