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Sunday, August 22, 2010

One of the tenets preached by photography consultants is to shoot the subject matter that you want to be hired to shoot commercially. As a self-professed "foodie," I've started shooting restauranteurs, sommeliers and executive chefs to bolster my existing environmental portrait portfolio. I'm hoping to flow these images into my new book that will go to the printer in December.

My friend Tom Kisthart and I got together early Saturday morning and thanks to Kevin Pelley at Sidebern's, we had an opportunity to use the restaurant and wine shop to set the scene for Tom's environmental portrait. Lots of terrific tungsten spot lighting behind the bar and along the wine shelves created a warm atmosphere to craft a sense of Tom and his work as a wine master.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Shooting environmental portraits on location is arguably my favorite assignment as a photographer and a recent session with author Mark Jerome Walters was a nice reminder of the joy of this type of collaboration. A communications professor at the University of South Florida, Walters is a rare amalgam of journalist, veterinarian and communications professor. I worked with him two years ago on a shoot promoting his research into modern plagues for a magazine article and when he completed his recent book on communications for medical professions, he asked me to capture an author portrait for the back cover.

Medical imagery is often clean, hygienic and sterile and a nursing building proved to be an ideal scene-setter for the portrait collaboration. The soft, clean background with patient benches worked well to define Mark and the thrust of his new book. I was honored to be involved and look forward to future creative partnerships.

For more information on his books including his most recent "Seeking the Sacred Raven: Politics and Extinction on a Hawaiian Island" can be found on his Amazon page.
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