What I'm doing. Where I've been. What I saw. And why I shot it.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

stop action video FTW

I got bogged down editing a personal project: portraits I made at the New York Sheep & Wool Festival in 2010 and 2012.

What to do?
A stop action video using about 3000 of the images I shot. It's sort of a home  movie for a very large, very knit covered family.  I purposefully kept it a little wonky, and very speedy. When the book and e-book come up, everyone can stare athe images as long as they wish! 
Meanwhile, how fun to use this medium to give a sneak peek of what I am up to. And so many  people have watched it--over 11,000 in the last 10 days--you have to admire the power of online videos. 
More info here.  Enjoy!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

recently published: Green Mountain Weekend

In mid August, I photographed an ebook for a lovely client, Green Mountain Spinnery.  The theme? Autumn weekend in New England,  showcasing eight woolly designs, all knit up in the spinnery's natural fiber (read: warm) yarns. And now, the ebook's released!
Love the cover design, featuring the hat Margaret's Tam
Truth is, I like the challenge of faking a season. An excuse for using cider donuts as a prop? Yes, please.
The Aria Tunic.
Want to guess how long those donuts lasted once we had the shot?
Thanks to the good humor of my [real people] models wearing all the layers in summer, the talent of our makeup artist DD Nickel, and me bossing around the models to stand in front of old barns instead of our location's lush vegetable patches and flower gardens, we pulled off  the ruse.
Odiorne sweater. She was scared balancing on the barrel but hid it well, right?
Putney Mountain vest
There's more I want to say about this shoot, and show...but I guess that'll be another post--today it really is a splendid autumn day, I need to get out there and enjoy the season in real life, not just in my photos.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

it's still all about the light

More and more I love the backlight.
Carrots, Maine. September .
Although, when it's just right, the front light is pretty damn good, too. More about the location and shoot below, here.
Downeast Maine blueberry barren location. June.
oh Maine. Way to steal a location photographer's heart, every time.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

after a fashion

As my images of handmade knitwear, yarn company projects and handcraft-displaying artisans have accumulated into a bonafide fashion portfolio,  I've become a niche fashion photographer. It feels right, and real. 
So I jumped at the challenge I was given by the ArtsPaper in New Haven, to show what Elm City style looks like in the streets.
It was a blast, especially interviewing the subjects about their personal fashion philosophies.
To see the full set of a dozen photos, and the text, go the The Arts Paper  .
see more of my knitwear fashion photography in the She Shoots Sheep Shots portfolio, on my website

Thursday, March 28, 2013

it's always fine weather for location work

There was a drive-in movie where I grew up, every September this appeared on their marquee:
"Closed for the Season. Reason: Freezin'" . 
Not so for commercial location photographers. Like me. We keep shooting, even if the calendar says springtime and the thermometer disagrees.  Last week, it was all about photographing knitwear fashion, for my wonderful client, Green Mountain Spinnery. At least there was a little wool involved. Brrrr!
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See more behind-the-scenes from this project, over on my knitblog SheShoots Sheep Shots.
And more wool, often on the hoof, over on my website, in the She Shoots Sheep Shots portfolio.

Friday, January 11, 2013

my (recent) checkered past

A few peeks at this Pinterest board celebrating gingham, by fiber artist/stylist/designer Mary Jane Mucklestone, and I caught the textile virus. Next thing I know, I'm shooting this job in Washington DC.......
 I was supposed to be photographing the kindergarten field trip to the Capitol.
 All I saw was the gingham.

 You can see more of my educational work (but not  more gingham) in my corporate/ institutional portfolio, over on my website.