As you can tell looking at my timeline, I fell out of blogging for a while. A New Year's resolution however was to have a new website up by the end of January and a new blog post finished within that same timeline. Well, the new site is up and this is my first new blog post...so check and check! Feels so good! In an attempt to make up (just a bit) for the years of neglect, I am looking back to last year and sharing a few of my favorite work projects.
In November I was contacted by a young artist by the name of Jenna Fredde. She had found me via Instagram and asked if I could create a portrait of her with a commission she'd just finished. I met her at Drake's Hollywood (in Dallas) a few days later and took a look at what she had done. Her caricature illustrations of famous Hollywood icons were wonderful and created a truly unique ambiance in the restaurant. We managed to get in just a few days before they opened and created this photo. It's a beautiful image of a talented young woman...and more importantly, it is a photograph that both defines and sells her brand! To see more of my Brand Based imagery, click here:Brand Based Portraiture
D Magazine produces a special "Real Estate" issue once every year and all of the big real estate companies advertise in it. Last year, Allie Beth Allman marketing director Ellen Sedeno came up with an ad concept that placed their top sellers on and around various staircases. There were four full page shots in all and each setting was completely different, illustrating the wide variety of homes the company represents. The above photo is my favorite from the series. I love the flow of the individuals within the space and remember very well what a challenge it was. Lighting everyone within that broad area and then making sure none of the lighting showed in the glass was super tough. Years of experience definitely paid off here!
Richard Graziano is a top selling Dallas realtor with Allie Beth Allman. He and his business partner Avril Terry contacted me early in the year and wanted to create a new group of images for their marketing. In our initial discussion we talked about how important it is to find a great location when creating imagery to showcase your brand. In light of this, Avril immediately thought of what she called her "second home"...the house of her best friend growing up. A quick call revealed that it was available to us for photography, so we met there a few days later. The place was as special as she remembered it being and as you can see above... really did add a level of sophistication to Richard's brand and image. I guess it really is as the real estate saying goes...location, location, location.
Duffee-Eitzen is a successful family law practice located in the Uptown area of Dallas. I have worked with Lisa and Melinda for many years and in 2019 we did a complete overhaul of all their imagery. Everyone got a new head shot and I also created this new team photo. It is deceptive because it looks like the entire crew was photographed together at one time. In reality though, each lawyer was photographed individually in the studio and then assembled onto the high key background. The advantage of approaching a group photo in this manor is huge for a large firm like this because as individuals come and go (as they surely will), they are easily added and removed without everyone having to return for a new session. Another reason why it is so much fun being a photographer in today's world!
Highland Park resident and Hockaday history teacher Tracy Walder has led an interesting life. She went to school at USC and was recruited immediately upon graduation by the CIA. From there she got into counterterrorism and ended up traveling the globe working on some pretty serious stuff (initially for the CIA and then the FBI). Eventually she decided she wanted to teach, went back to school and got the job of her dreams at an all girls high school. Along the way, she wrote a book titled Unexpected Spy and as it was being published, sold her story to ABC (to be developed into a series!) Suddenly she was in the news and realized that she needed professional imagery...NOW! A friend of hers recommended my services and a few days later I was in her home helping to create the high end head shots she had envisioned to promote her new brand.
Finally, the above photo is from my on-going personal series The Creatives..and it also just happens to be the first image I made after moving into the communal art space known as FLOCC in the Bishop Arts area of Oak Cliff. The subject is hair stylist extraordinaire Johhny Nguyen and one of his clients just happens to be my wife (who recommended him for the series). It's got to be tough to be super talented AND that amazingly good looking. We had a blast creating the photo and it felt so good to christen my new studio using the black & white medium I love.