omer arbel for dwell

When I committed myself to the life of freelance photographer,  I made a list of my top 10 magazines that I wanted to work for someday.  DWELL was in the top 3 on that list.  Over the past couple of years,  I’ve kept them on my radar and sporadically would mail the team promo materials.  I honestly felt my style of work would be a good fit for some of their stories,  so I just had to assume it was a matter of timing. So a few months back I received my first call to photograph Omer Arbel in his Vancouver B.C. home for the current September issue.  I was super excited for the opportunity, and I immediately began researching Omer’s work.

I have been afforded such an amazing window into the lives of extremely interesting people in my career.  It’s a luxury and privilege that I respect and honor.  Whether if it’s a celebrity, a politician, an athlete, a business person, a maker, or an artist,  I’m always left marveling at how the camera allows me these great moments.  For this,  I am eternally grateful to all the subjects who hate getting their portraits made, and for all the amazing photo editors and art buyers in this industry who entrust me to deliver compelling imagery. Thank you.

I mention these thoughts because meeting Omer and Aileen (and their pets) further cemented my passion for the work I get to do.

It’s a personal experience making portraits.  The work becomes even more personal when you are telling someone’s story through the objects in their home.  Every nook in the home held my interest.  Whether if it was the glassware collection on the beautiful wooden shelves, or the Knabstrup ceramics, or the first run Bocci pieces,  I felt everything in the house belonged and added texture.

Bowie,  their Weimaraner,  was extremely patient posing for a few frames as well.  Love that dog!

I made this photograph at a foundry that Omer works with to create his latest 19 series for Bocci.  While working on the whole story was an amazing experience,  seeing copper being poured was the highlight.

Here’s an outtake of the workers lifting the cauldron full of copper.  I could feel the heat and I was standing a good fifteen feet away.

I had one go at this shot,  so I set up my ladder directly overhead of where the pour would take place.  The man who was about to make the pour told me that if I like my feet,  I should move the ladder back a good 10 ft.  I like my feet,  so I took his advice and the above image was the result.

This is what one of the finished 19 series pieces looks like.  Omer is making them in a small, medium, and large.

And a couple more outtakes of Omer, Aileen, and Bowie.

Thanks to Julia Sabot for making the trip up to oversee the shoot.  Thanks to Anna and Alejandro for their support on the work I did.  Thanks to my assistant Shea for the solid work.  Thanks to Omer and Aileen for their hospitality!


hills of big sur with juniper ridge

Sometimes the stars align, and I receive an inquiry about an assignment that seems too good to be true.  Essentially,  the conversation goes like this: “Would you like to go to Big Sur and spend two days backpacking with some guys that distill men’s cologne out of the back of their van?”  My immediate thoughts – camping, Big Sur (my favorite spot in all of California), and guys who make stuff out their van –  sign me up!

I had an amazing time with Obi, Hall, and the rest of the Juniper team.  Not only were they laid back,  but they fed me and my assistant amazing meals.  Thanks to Catriona and Amy at MJ for the great opportunity and to everyone at Juniper for being so easy to work with.


I’ve gone ahead and created a gallery on my site – click here to check it out.