Technically, you could call what I do ‘work’, but ‘exploration’, would be a more accurate term. Each shoot feels like an adventure because everyone, whether renowned or unknown to the greater public, has a story to tell. Listening closely, taking the time to learn what motivates, inspires and galvanizes the people with whom I work, is the first crucial step in helping to amplify their stories. For me, visual storytelling starts with a collaborative mindset. It’s imperative to put the focus on the subject and create images that get to the authentic heart of what makes that person, and their story, unique.
15+ years spent on the road as a television Director and Producer, creating programming for a diverse roster of clients including Martha Stewart, PBS, ESPN, Food Network, ABC / NBC / CBS, Animal Planet and MTV, undoubtedly made me a better still photographer. I’ve traveled to five continents and every state in the USA to tell the stories of some of the world’s greatest athletes, artists and change makers, as well as lesser known small town heroes, and the self-imposed rules I followed in television still apply in my photography work:
Be nimble…so that glitches don’t become crises.
Preparation and research are as important as the shoot itself…which allow one to be nimble.
It’s not about you…which is a reminder to create a safe, sound, environment in which those in front of the lens may unfold and reveal themselves.
My personal passion project, Visionaries : Process and Ritual, is a series of photo essays featuring the creative processes of world renowned, groundbreaking artists from a wide variety of artistic disciplines. The intention is to create a visual document + interviews that has the power to galvanize aspiring artists who find themselves daunted by the realities of creating and sustaining careers in the arts. I shoot in the documentary style: No flash, no assistants, no lights, so that each essay captures the artist most naturally, in their respective habitats. The essays will ultimately be collected in a book and exhibited at a gallery show.
I also serve as a photo advisor of 500Pens.org, a volunteer collective of journalists and media professionals, in collaboration with The Southern Poverty Law Center, who are devoted to creating and sharing stories that combat hate. Stories of inclusion, diversity and activism are all featured.
In between projects, I’ve jumped out of a plane over Nevada, run through a sweltering palm tree-dotted desert in Morocco, photographed a pack of seeing-eye dog pups in Prague as they met their first set of trainers, eaten my way through Barcelona, and listened to long tailed macaques vocalize above my head in Malaysia. But, back at home, two adopted mutts — one, a retired service/therapy dog (and the honorable mascot of Eardog Productions)— and the other, a hound with a nose for detective work, help keep me grounded.
If you’d like to learn more about my professional journey, you can check out this interview with the Craftsman Agency, an experienced-based marketing agency known for its bold storytelling approach for a wide range of clients / projects including the 20th Century Fox films, The Greatest Showman, Murder on the Orient Express, as well as Cisco and Dolby Voice.
Photographer + Director + Producer
Christie’s • Telva • Le Monde • Martha Stewart Living • Four and Sons • Crain’s Business • New England Home • The Bark • Askonas Holt • Little Big Brands • Travel Network • Food Network • New York Public Library • ESPN • Sports Illustrated • Animal Planet • Harpo Productions • ABC • VH1 • NBC • CBS • PBS • MTV • FX • HGTV • Lifetime • NFL Network • USA Network