As a bachelor for most of my life, without spending much time at home and eating out with friends often, I never really got into cooking until recently, with help and support from my best friend to teach and guide me. My favorite tool in my kitchen arsenal is the cast iron skillet. I’ve begun to create some delicious steak and decided to try salmon. The recipe looked easy enough, with just four ingredients: salmon, butter, lemon, and blackening spice. The method is pretty much like making a steak, two to four minutes per side, however I did not anticipate how heavy and spicy the smoke would come from the rub at high heat. My house will smell for days! Perhaps I will photograph more cooking adventures enough to create a new category.
Elyse gets comfortable in bed and eventually the bath tub for some suds at the Dupont Circle hotel in our nation’s capital, Washington DC.
Kyla Gray plays with a lot of shadows this time to tease the camera. We start from two lights down to one in front of a charcoal gray background.
Veronica has the most amazing chemistry with the camera even since the first time we shot together. You can see her eyes and body language how much fun she has teasing the camera. We had a quick session at the Monaco Hotel in Washington DC, playing with different light modifiers on my AlienBees like umbrellas, grids, and bare bulbs. It’s fun to experiment with the PocketWizard remote power controllers made specifically for the AB.
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Showing off only the final retouched-blemish-free-fat-free-glamorous images of women makes a photographer’s job seem like all fun and games, but viewers don’t realize the amount of planning, money, time, stress, aggravation, post processing and work that is required to make it all look seamless and natural. Through all of my amazing shoots, there are always a few that just make me want to throw in the towel. You wanna know what grinds my gears?
I met Jackie during my trip to Los Angeles, as my host for an AirBnB. I couldn’t resist asking if she’d be interested in modeling for me, which she kindly agreed to the next morning. Her property was beautiful and we had fun just throwing out ideas with her collection of outfits. It’s incredibly fun when both the model and photographer want sexy shots both would be proud to show off.
If you’re ever interested in trying pole classes or just want a private photo session with a pole, check out Body and Pole in Manhattan. I love having a private room with an experienced dancer ready to show me all her moves.
I met up with the super cute Joliesa in Los Cabos, Mexico for some fun shoots under the hot desert sun, and under a cool moon lit beach. Shooting on-location during a weekday low season is the best time to avoid any tourists, and renting a car allows you to have the beach all to yourself. All but one of the photos were 100% natural light, as I usually hate light modifiers. I want you to feel like you’re there, not on set of a studio.
Emily and I visit my secret location for another sexy secluded beach shoot. No light modifiers, just the camera and I, and some sand between Lily and the lens. We eventually do get kicked out by the park ranger, but at least we got all the photos we wanted!
This was one of the most expensive lingerie pieces I have ever purchased, imported from France. You can see in detail two lovers embraced and kissing each other. Who better to adorn this piece than Joli Robinson?
Escape to a retreat with Kyla Gray. Enjoy the sun in the backyard, then through the grand entrance and see a beautiful bombshell waiting for you.
Just over two weeks and 1,700 miles with my new ride, I couldn’t be happier with my new investment. Here is a personal review of what I love about waiting a decade to upgrade a daily driver.
Yayoi and I took a nice drive up to Stamford, CT to spend a day on a cute little sailboat. Unfortunately the owner wasn’t able to set sail that day so we made the best of what we had docked. The weather was perfect outside for swimsuit shoots, and hot enough inside to strip down to heels and a necklace. It was my fun little studio for the day. I can’t wait to shoot on a larger boat next time!
Christine Elle is getting ready for a special day tomorrow, the hardest decision is always knowing what to wear. I caught a glimpse of her behind the dressing room.
Reminiscing the sublime moments of flaunting what I have, exposing what I love, and capturing a new crossroad in our journey thousands of miles from home.
Emily and Jonathan love the outdoors, and they were not afraid to get their wedding outfits dirty for some great shots. It stands in contrast with their bright and modern church. They are so cute together that it really doesn’t matter where they are it would still make for sweet photos.
El Bob had a mission to eat West Coast again from Napa to Los Angeles. He had some great company which makes the food so much more delicious. In between his meals while digesting, he stays at some gorgeous AirBnB homes to enjoy the view.
El Bob enjoys the fresh breeze from a joy ride right after landing in San Francisco!
Diana and James are a cute couple from Virginia, and their playfulness makes it so easy to photograph them. The engagement session was at the Washington Mall and Georgetown locations, and eventually the capital in the evening as a backdrop. The wedding was at a beautiful art museum, the Corcoran. They are such a wonderful pair it doesn’t even feel like work when they are in front of the camera.
Everyone loves a good backyard wedding, it automatically evokes a laid back and charming atmosphere, and if done right, it could be much more photogenic than a cookie cutter wedding factory venue. Kellene and Ernie are a great looking couple with awesome personalities who I cliqued really well with. What truly makes a wedding great is the experience with the wedding party and the guests, and I really had a great experience here. Just look at the happy faces of the couple and the guests and it will make you want to be there.
I met Daniel on a car forum since we both drive the awesome BMW Z4. He’s obviously got great taste since he chose that car and my photography services… just kidding. It was very easy working with both of them, and Jessica is a sweetheart and a beautiful bride to boot. Our engagement session was at DUMBO, an easy stroll through many photo opportunities. Her vintage wedding dress looked stunning on her and they picked a great location, the Tappan Hill Mansion, to match the vintage look.