A Bird In The Hand

A photo illustration called “A Bird in the Hand”. This proverb refers back to medieval falconry where a bird in the hand (the falcon) was a valuable asset and certainly worth more than two in the bush (the prey). Other languages and cultures have their own version of this proverb, notably the Czech ‘Lepsi vrabec v hrsti nez holub na strese’ (A sparrow in the fist is better than a pigeon on the roof.). This was a really fun assignment that forced me to drive around my hometown and photograph fields, trees, goats, sheep and flowers. The pheasant head and …

Sister Butterfly

“The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” ~ George Carlin This is Rachel’s portrait, a companion piece to Abigail’s butterfly portrait. Now if I could just get their brother to agree to model as a dragonfly… The stages of a butterfly portrait.

Butterfly Portrait with Rachel Connolly

Last week I did my first butterfly portrait with twelve-year-old Abigail Connolly. This week I had the opportunity to work with her older sister, Rachel, who was on spring break from Cornell. She’s been in my shots many times before (ie: Sign of the Times) and is always willing to model! We had two hours and I had lots of ideas for poses. This image was done with a beauty dish from above, a bare speed light behind Rachel, a speed light with soft box on the right, slightly behind her (which is lighting up her left shoulder). The hair …

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…).

A New Book: Behind-the-Scenes with “The Man in the Red Jacket” Photography Series

It really IS a wonderful time to be an artist. It’s easier than ever to create, publish, and share your work with the world. Here is 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, and Joey L., and Sue Bryce. I hope this book is an inspiration for …