Headshot and executive portrait mistakes you don’t want to make

Everybody needs headshots, and most people hate to have them taken, myself included. (Really!) You need a headshot—or a few—for your company website, for social media, and for promotional distribution. To do it right is easier than you might think, but I see frequent problems that need to be avoided. I’ll break them out, from […]

Travel photography while sailing in Maine

Not that I get tired of New York City, editorial photography, advertising photography, or corporate photography, but it’s good to get away once in a while. I recently spent 5 days with some friends sailing around Mt. Dessert Island, Blue Hill and Penobscot Bays in Maine. It was quite blissful, until the chartered boat’s fresh […]

2013 in review

I don’t often look back in review—too busy looking ahead, I think—but I’ve got a few minutes, and this seems like a good opportunity to do it. Last year’s shoots were for a wide a range of clients and markets, and included corporate, advertising, catalog, editorial, performance, and non-profit. The NY Times joined my client […]

Portraits of young cancer patients for Flashes of Hope

Once again I was privileged to photograph some portraits of young cancer patients and their families for Flashes of Hope, a non-profit that provides free portraits for cancer patients and their families. I like portraits, I like kids, so it was a great match. There were four of us photographers, all ASMP members, working at […]

A portrait demo in 10 minutes: Is it the camera that makes the photograph?

First, I put the camera on full automatic and took a photo. (First time I’ve ever used full auto, and I can’t think why I’d ever use it except for another similar demo.) I got a photo, and it pretty much dispelled the notion that it’s the camera that makes the picture.To take it a […]

In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind

“Dans les champs de l’observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés.”—Louis Pasteur Matthew Richards, a photojournalist based in Thailand, left a kind comment on an image on my wire service news feed, and it got me thinking about Louis Pasteur, science, music, and photography. Not necessarily in that order. I like music, always […]

Photography for a newspaper restaurant review: a follow-up

I was finding some shortcomings in the photos I had been taking for the restaurant reviews in the NY Times (don’t tell my editor, OK?) so I revised my methods and gear a bit for a recent assignment, to shoot Kajitsu, a Japanese Buddhist vegetarian restaurant in Murray Hill. (Fair warning: this post may be […]

A restaurant shoot for a newspaper review: Part 2, The Gear

Given the low light I so often find myself in, I sometimes think what I do is more “skotography” than “photography.” (“Photography” comes from the Greek “phos”, or light, and “graphi”, or drawing, so “drawing with light.” “Skotography” comes from the Greek “skotos,” or darkness. And, yes, I just made up “skotography.”) In my previous […]

A restaurant shoot for a newspaper review: Part 1, Planning

I was asked to shoot a new restaurant for the local paper, and thought the experience would offer some insight both for photographers new to the restaurant photography scene and photo editors as well. (OK, the first sentence was a bit disingenuous, because my local paper is the NY Times, and the restaurant was the […]

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