It was a pleasure to photograph Chris & Vanessa’s wedding on Saturday, August 23rd at the West Monitor Barn in Richmond, Vermont. You can see the full gallery on Chris & Vanessa’s Webpage, but for now enjoy this selection of photographs!
Two of my favorite photographers, Nan Goldin and Kelli Connell, focus on intimacy in their work. The more I study their images, the more I feel their work touches on the elusive quality that surrounds friendship and love. This summer I wanted to create a photograph for Anisocoria that touched on my own experience with intimacy.
I decided to create an image that was more fantastical rather than documentary, so when I found this driftwood on the shore I knew it would be a fitting location.
It was such a pleasure to photograph Carolyn & Max on Whiteface Mountain and in Lake Placid, NY. Carolyn & Max are both fellow Skidmore Alumni and I studied photography with Carolyn, so we had a lot of fun on this shoot. Check out some of Carolyn’s photography here.
Best wishes to the happy couple! To see the full gallery click here.
Huge thank you to Sara Kassel for being my photographer for the night! She did a fantastic job.
Myself, Marcela Pino, Rick Peyser and Bill Mares spoke at the opening to discuss the important work of Food 4 Farmers. It was an honor for me to have three such inspiring people at the event.
Rick Peyser and Bill Mares signed their book, Brewing Change, which is the story of how Rick found his way in the coffee industry and has dedicated his time to increasing the standard of living for coffee farmers. A must-read that speaks to the heart.
30% of all the print sales went directly to Food 4 Farmers.
The opening received a mention in CoffeeTalk, Seven Days and the Shelburne News.
Huge thank to everyone who came to the opening, and a special thank you to Corey Goldsmith of Maglianero and Janice Nadworny of Food 4 Farmers who helped make the evening possible!
It was such a treat to photograph Asher & Rosa’s Wedding on Friday, June 27th at the Basin Harbor Club. I’ve known Asher & Rosa since high school, making it extra special for me to photograph their wedding. Here are some of my favorite images from the day. To view the full gallery from the day go here!
I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be showing my Food 4 Farmers photographs June 28th – July 31st at the Karma Birdhouse Gallery at Maglianero Cafe! I’ll be displaying 26 images from the series, and if you are in the Burlington, VT area, you are invited to the gallery opening from 5-7pm on Friday, July 18th.
I feel very honored that Rick Peyser & Bill Mares will be signing their book, Brewing Change: Behind the Bean at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, at the event. This is especially significant to me, as this book inspired me to get involved with Food 4 Farmers.
I hope to see you there!
Sara is my oldest friend, and she’s been a wonderful person to photograph over the years. We’d been talking about doing a photoshoot focusing on her tattoos for a while, and last weekend we had a perfect location. My family’s summer home sits on Lake Champlain in South Hero, Vermont and, when the water dropped for the summer, huge trees and driftwood were washed up on the rocks. The combination of drift wood, South Hero and dusk, made for a perfect scenario.
Sara’s tattoos are beautiful and very personal. The tattoos above are in memory of her brother Zeke, who passed away two years ago.
Sara and I have matching tattoos of the silhouette of birds in flights. Sara’s on her side, mine on my shoulder blade.
This past spring I purchased a 105mm lens, which I used exclusively for this photoshoot. It has an incredibly sharp focus, and I’m very happy with it. The 105mm is a macro “prime” lens. Prime lenses are challenging to use, because in order to make the image you want, you have to physically move yourself for the desired subject to be in the frame. This can be stressful if you don’t have a lot of time to make an image, but I find using prime lenses keeps me on my toes for my composition, focus and attention to detail. A challenge and benefit of using the 105mm is that I am, generally, going to be quite far away from the subject. Sometimes I like being close to the person I’m photographing, but this lens forces me to be a certain distance apart. The benefit of forced distance is the person does not feel crowded. It changes the interaction between photographer and subject.
It’s been important to me to photograph Sara because she is my oldest friend and kindred spirit. Through our photoshoots, I’ve been able to document the elusive quality of our friendship strengthening and changing over the years, as well as our own transformations as we grow older. Now that we’ve done so many photoshoots together, the whole process is very natural when I’m making images. I’m very lucky to have such an amazing friend.
Spring has arrived and I have been itching to make some more images for Anisocoria. This winter I’ve done a couple photoshoots for the series, but most of my ideas have needed an environment warm enough to stand in for more than 10 minutes at a time. But now that the weather is pleasant, I’m really excited and I’ve filled up my schedule with folks to interview! Stay tuned to see portraits of everyone I know.
“Anisocoria” is based on the idea that each image is a re-staging or reimagining of a crux moment in a person’s life, and I’ve been reflecting to try and identify some more moments in my life that have been important to me. One moment for me that I decided was important to create an image about, is a decision I made when I was 14, the decision to stop the way I was thinking about my body.
Similar to many girls, I was totally insecure about myself as an adolescent. I’ve kept a journal since late middle school, and reading some of those early entries can be pretty scary – I felt so bad about myself and was just miserable about it all. And this was something that I remember hearing from ALL of my girl friends, even though we were all different shapes and sizes, and at some point I just got tired of it all. I realized that I spent a significant amount of time every day thinking unhelpful thoughts about myself, or listening to my friends say the same about themselves. So I decided I would stop thinking the way I did. Every time the thought “I feel fat” would pop into my head I would stop, actually THINK about it, and tell myself to let go of that idea. And it worked. It just took some time.
What I ended up realizing was that the idea of “fat” had very little to do with fitness or literal fat on my body. The thought “I am fat” was really a thought of worthlessness. By thinking about at my body differently, I was actually changing the way I felt about my inner self. This is not a lesson someone else can give you by showing you their desire for your body, it has to be something that comes from you. Self acceptance is a life long journey, but the decision I made to start thinking about my body differently at age 14 was definitely a life changing moment for me.
I wanted to stage the scene inside, surrounded by plants, looking in a mirror and experiment with reflecting light. Shining sunlight back on myself seemed like a perfect visual metaphor to show self love, but I will admit it was pretty uncomfortable. I have really sensitive eyes, so I was basically blinding myself during this photoshoot.
I think the last two are the strongest, but I am having trouble choosing which one to use for the series. Which do you think is the most compelling? Let me know!
Last April I went to NYC to visit friends and go to the AIPAD photography show, and I’m pretty sure this might become a lifelong tradition. AIPAD is such a thrill – the world’s best photography galleries display their best photographs. Most people at the show attend to purchase these photographs, anything from $1,000 – $60,000, and then there all of the photography geeks who wander around drooling.
It’s one of the best ways to discover new photographers, meet artists, and see what is happening in the world of photography. I saw so many incredible pieces of work. This year I feel in love with the self portraits of Jen Davis. Her ability to show emotion, her attention to color and light, and sheer bravery blew me away. I was able to look through her book and I am absolutely going to get one as soon as possible.
Yep, I’m definitely going again next year. Of course, what would a trip to NYC be without a photoshoot? I interview my friend Jen a couple months ago, and we finally had an opportunity to shoot while I was in the city.
When I interviewed Jen for Anisocoria we talked about how she has rediscovered her creativity and confidence in herself through moving to NYC. Jen joined a choir after being in the city for a couple months and this has been a hugely positive change in her creativity output. Through singing in the choir she has felt a big change in herself. In planning for this photoshoot, I wanted to shoot the scene at a karaoke bar, where Jen and her friends would be singing on the stage and I’d be a spectator. I was picturing a 90s grunge scene.
This photoshoot definitely went differently that I was planning. The karaoke bar we went to ended up looking entirely different than I had planned for. Cool bar, but it was very dark with no stage. After experimenting with several different scenarios to plan the shot, I realized I wouldn’t be able to get a good exposure without lowering my shutter speed to 1/10 of a second – which meant anyone who moved in the frame would blur in the image. So I basically ditched my original idea and just tried to make an interesting image. It’s different than what I was originally going for, but I’m still glad I did the shoot and made an image! Sometimes having all your plans change can be really helpful, because it forces you to improvise and make it work.
I decided to focus on a moment when you are waiting to perform – a little nervous and a little drunk. I really liked the blue-purple light that was shining in the hallway, so I decided to stage the scene from the seats. Big thank you to Jen for modeling and sharing her story with me!
Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending the day with The Gang of Thieves and photographing their album release show at ArtsRiot in Burlington, VT. In the past year, the band fundraised $10,000 through a Kickstarter campaign to work with a grammy award winning producer, Michael Rosen, to make an incredible album, Thunderfunk. This day was the culmination of an insane amount of work on the part of all the band members, and I felt so lucky to be included on such an important day for the gang. See the full gallery from the day here and you can buy the album here.
One thing that makes this band unique is the fact that they silkscreen all of their own t-shirts. They were in full production mode, and I was really impressed with everyone who was making these shirts. Silkscreening is a very detail oriented art form, and the whole team came together to put on various inks, bake and fold the shirts.
Throughout the day I took portraits of the band members.
Michael Reit – Lead Vocals/Electric Violin
Tobin Salas – Bass/Vocals
Nate Reit – Trombone/Vocals
Nick Wood – Guitar/Vocals
Lenny Sokol – Guitar/Zen Guru
Devin Massarone – Drums/Vocals
Aron Meinhardt – Videographer
And, of course, I took some photos of the band.
Sound check ended up having the most amazing light streaming through the windows.
The Lynguistic Civilians performed while the rest of the band sold merchandise and got ready for the show.
I was very impressed by these performers and enjoyed photographing their energy.
Now go buy Thunderfunk. It’s $12 and will be funk for your soul.