Printed Book: The Man in the Red Jacket

A behind-the-scenes look at “The Man in the Red Jacket”. All of the images in this book were created while participating in Don Giannatti’s Project 52 PRO workshop, using techniques and Photoshop tricks I’ve learned from him, and others online over the past two years, like: • Joel Grimes • David Hobby • Brooke Shaden • Miss Aniela • Erik Almas • Bill Gekas • Regina Pagles • Sue Bryce I hope this book is an inspiration for those like me, who love to see behind the scenes. To BUY the book, click on the little shopping cart in the …

Photo Illustration: Abigail with Butterflies

This is Abigail. A talented young woman who is spreading her wings and learning to fly. She’s a singer and musician who plays the piano, upright bass, electric bass, ukulele, drums and sax. She’s also a phenomenal ballet dancer and all-around nice kid. She just celebrated her twelfth birthday on the day this portrait was taken. I created this image for Project 52: Assignment 52 (yes, the last one of my second year!). I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out. In fact, I almost nixed it at the last minute because I didn’t think I’d make the …

Photo Illustration: Playing with Fire… and Peppers

Peppers don’t stick to red jackets very easily. This photo illustration was created for a book cover design titled, “Cooking with Chili” with a general layout provided by the art director. My idea was simple enough, but a bit challenging, technically. Step One: Get lots of red peppers. Step Two: Stick them to the Man in the Red Jacket. Step Three: Light the scene and take the picture. Step Four: Add fire. I was able to get plenty of peppers at the local grocery store. I figured out that heavy duty double-sided ATG tape (the kind used for picture framing) …

Burger Float

My latest image of the Man in the Red Jacket had strange beginnings. It went from being a menu cover design with flames, a flying Miata,  and red hot type to a simple, square, whimsical image. Same burger, two very different uses. Here are both images: I shot the burger through a piece of clear plexiglass from below (just imagine the plate is a burger…).

I Coulda Been a Contenda…

A very dramatic shoot with an unlikely subject. Rudy Gosteli is a happy-go-lucky guy, yet he was able to appear moody and dejected instantly … as soon as I said: “act like you coulda been a contenda.” I was going for a Joel Grimes look – using 2 giant softboxes on either side and a small fill on camera axis.

A New Photography Series: “Becoming Red”

I started a new series, with a new model (Abby), and a new theme. “Becoming Red” is about a girl becoming a woman. I know it’s been done before, especially Little Red Riding Hood, but I have to get it out of my head. My goal is to make 10 or 12 new images by the end of the year. Abby is my best friend’s daughter who has agreed to go on this journey with me. Abby is a talented dancer, musician, singer and theater performer who loves dressing up and being photographed – perfect! These photos were taken during …