My father was a photographer. He was a Highway Patrolman , but he was really the family photographer. I grew up carrying around his old 35 mm. I took it with me to school, family vacations - it was my constant companion. I felt naked without it - I still do. I never leave home without a camera around my neck or my iPhone in the 'on' position.
I spent my career working with actors, first as a manager, trying to get them work and then teaching - trying to get actors to be free, unconscious, honest and raw - like in great street photography. I learned through my years of working with even the best actors on the planet - that those singular, true, authentic moments don't last very long. I can help bring it out of you but you really need a great photographer to catch it if you want to preserve it.
To be truly private and free in public. If I had a thesis line to my work it would have to be : The true essence of a person can only be seen when the subject is unaware.
That's the spirit I bring to my headshots - my portrait work - my street photography - my working life. A spontaneous, free, positive, and alive envirnoment to capture something unexpected and authentic. I find Street Photography - when done right - exhilerating. There's an excitement when you let go and let in something unplanned and capture it forever. It's thrilling to freeze a true moment in time, it illuminates our common humanity.
I do fun, free, spontaneous, in the moment, alive, bright happy colored photos that hold the gaze with inspiration and bring something unique and special that only the true essence of who you are can bring to that picture. That's what I do - So let's go!
Industry standard headshots that captures the essence...of you.
If you're looking for a headshot to represent yourself - I'll just tell you this: Look closely at the photographers body of work. I've found, in my almost thirty years in the entertainment business, working closely with casting directors, other managers, agents and actors. That photographers become complacent with their work - they settle of one thing and that's all they do. All the same; same, same, same. Same style, same backdrop, same lenses, same make-up and hair, same general overall look to their headshots. Plastic, cliched poses and false smiles and not representative at all of who you are - they end up looking more like how the photographer see's you or how they see themselves.
It's extremely frustrating - cause a good headshot is vital in the beginning of your career and getting your foot in the door. A good headshot has to represent you and your talent - and that's a unique thing.
I want to capture you - the best of you. The essence of who you, the uniqueness, the interior of who you are and what you're going to bring to the role or project. Also get that spark of something new and fresh that happens on that day of shooting.
There are standard industry headshot guidelines that photographers need to obey. I do that, plus a little more, a lot more. Call to set up a shoot today - 90 minutes - 600 pics total - guaranteed 100 usable top quality 'industry standard' headshots. Jumpstart your acting career with an awesome picture of YOU!
I do a mix of indoor (Studio) and Outside (Natural Light - "Magic Hour" times) . I put a lot into every session and I think it shows.
Capturing the essence...
"Truly all Art is the result of having been in danger - of taking a situation all the way to the end - to where you can go no further". - Rilke
Venice saved me. It continues to re-energize me and save me in times when I paint myself into a corner. Venice is home to me. The Boardwalk is my favorite place in the world. It's magical and it's also incredibly scary - tragic - the desperation, criminality... con artists at every turn. You have to be on your guard every second. This constant dangerous element and homelessness are familiar and home to me for some reason. The duality of great beauty with the tragic is a real rush for me. In person - there's this palpable danger but in pictures everything is shiny, colorful and gorgeous with none of the despair. In the push of a button - I can lift out all the anguish - it's a incredible powerful feeling. Yes, the men walk around in no shirts and that's fantastic for a gay man. And Yes, I feel as though I'm shooting fish in a barrel. But that's only a part of the reason I go there. It's healing for me to take out the awful and leave the just the beauty.
True Beauty ... The Essence of a Person can only be seen when the subject is unaware.
I'm a writer, I've modeled, I've acted, I've directed theatre, I've managed actors, I taught acting for years. I've surrounded myself, stayed connected and been influence by all kinds of art throughout my life: film, music, dance, architecture, poetry, classic sculptures, visual art's and of course photography. I've stayed engaged and inspired by extraordinary talent.
Photography is the the thing that represents me fully. It is the one thing I do that I don't need a lot of approval with - if I like it - that's enough. I see things clearly, directly, and honestly; never cliched - never chasing someone else's work. My photos are spontaneous, alive, authentic and hopefully something fresh and new.
I hope we can work together - I know you'll be satisfied with the outcome.
Yeah, I like men - I love men - I'm attracted to men.
Shooting them is always fun and interesting. Sometimes challenging even - especially the divas - the really beautiful ones. Men have become very specific about how they see themselves and what they are selling. Usually an ultra masculine, media driven, image driven representation that bares no resemblence to MEN IN REAL LIFE.
I prefer to show men as they are and find the innocence, softness, the playful, the humor and fun / sexy rather than the dark and bruiting - the ultra tough, that I think is an unhealthy and unrealistic image to kept propetuating.
I love working with models, stylists and designers. They inspire me. I love working with talented group of artists putting their all and expertise into a project for a common goal.
My Signature Pieces...what I think people associate me with is my Candid Portraits. A combination of both Portrait of an Unaware Subject with known subject. That freedom and alive, spontaneous place I hope to help a model get too.
I'm trying the merge those two worlds: the unknown (my Street Photography) with the aware (Actors, models, subjects) . To be truly private in a public setting. To capture that inspired moment.