I photographed my first destination wedding at Paradisus La Perla Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. It was a small, casual wedding with about 40 guests, an outdoor ceremony near the beach, formal portraits afterwards on the beach, then a fun dinner party at one of the resort’s restaurants. My biggest challenge was packing light yet still feeling confident I had all the equipment I’d need to do the best job possible. Everything worked out pretty well.
My client needed publicity photos to promote her company which helps interior designers run their businesses. She specializes in moving their business operations to the cloud so they can focus on their creative work and manage their offices remotely. We staged the photos to look like she was working from home on her mobile devices, though our set was the Christopher Guy showroom, containing furniture and an atmosphere that would appeal to her target market.
In addition to the photos in my previous post capturing the action of the NYC Zombie Crawl, I also focused on intimate portraits of individual zombies. It was pretty easy, since these people really wanted to be photographed. Many of them took their makeup and costumes seriously, to great effect. The man in the photo above affixed live worms to his face; that was pretty gross.
The last two Octobers I enjoyed photographing the zombie walks in Asbury Park, NJ. A friend found out about the NYC Zombie Crawl on Memorial Day weekend, and we joined with our cameras. The crawl from Trash Bar Brooklyn on Grand Street to McCarren Park was far smaller than the Guinness-record-breaking New Jersey Zombie Walk last October, but it was no less spirited. What I liked best is that this walk went along city streets, with zombies playfully attacking cars, taxis, and even a city bus. Many surprised drivers laughed along, but some seemed rather annoyed.
Stay tuned for my next post with intimate portraits of zombies.
A client has the framed series of four photos below of her grandmother at three years of age dropping a bunch of roses from her dress. She wanted to make a counterpart with her three-year-old daughter. A fabricator of Broadway costumes, she was able to recreate a modern version of the dress, and she came to me to make the photos. In addition to the series above, I shot one closeup that my client loved.
In 2012 I photographed the dedication of the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences. I was invited back to photograph a tour for parents of NYU medical students. The tour was as entertaining as it was informative. One parent asked to see a mannequin in action, and the tour guide threw it into cardiac arrest. Without hesitation, the parent rushed in to administer CPR!
In 2011 I made the author photo above for a writer of children’s math books. Rather than using the same photo with his biography on the back cover of every book he writes, he likes to shoot a new one each time that is relevant to the subject of the book. The topic of his forthcoming book is patterns, and the simple idea was to photograph him in a shirt of one pattern against a background of another. It was a fun shoot. We started by selecting one shirt from a few he brought to my studio. Next we went to a nearby fabric store that overwhelmed us with choices for a background.
In a bright corner of the store, we were able to unroll a yard of a few selected fabrics, and with a quick smart phone photo determine on the spot if we liked a pattern. We returned to the studio with two yards of our favorite fabric and proceeded to shoot the portrait.