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Wednesday, September 26, 2012


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In the past month, I found my photographs appear in two of the most unlikely places. I have thousands of images in the archive of the University of South Florida so I  shouldn't have been surprised when I walked into the USF Clinic and noticed two of my football images above the exam table. My doctor is one of the team doctors so sports imagery on the walls must've been an obvious decorating decision. The med students were still a bit surprised when I said, "I took those."

The second image appeared on a cake from a celebration of life service for my sailing buddy Warwick Cahill. He passed away recently after a bout with cancer and I was honored that the family used my portraits of him at the service and on the cake (decorators can now actually print imagery on the cake icing).

Here's the back story. After a few emails that I'm sure he found annoying, I was able to convince Warwick that he needed to sit for an environmental portrait aboard his sailing yacht Providence. When I told him that I would bring a bottle of wine and we could have a libation to ease him into it, he heartily agreed. He was less enthusiastic when I showed up with a navy captain hat that I insisted he wear.

Once on camera, Warwick was a true professional and he gave me several great looks as we raced against the fading daylight that warmed the background. We finished the evening with a nice glass of wine on the deck and my assistant Aimee and I were rapt listeners as he told sailing stories and tales of his work as a pilot captain in Tampa Bay.

Warwick's image will remain as a tribute on my web site here. Sail on Captain Cahill. You will be missed.

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