NYC got a slight dusting from snowstorm Juno last weekend. It wasn't quite the "blizzard" that was forecast, but the travel ban and trains being down still made for a couple of fun and quiet walks into the city.
My final shoot for 2014 was a musical two days with the incredible artists of Jazz at Lincoln Center. I'm still working on editing images, but here are some great behind-the-scenes photos and videos shot by my wonderful producer, Madison Salavec. Enjoy, stay tuned for more photos from this and a few other projects I'm working on, and have a happy and safe new year! Here's to more adventures in 2015 :)
The Brooklyn Nets kicked off the 2014-2015 season at the beginning of November, and I've been busy almost every week (and some weekends) since, shooting home games and events for the marketing and entertainment departments. Here are some of my favorite images from the season so far...
Some recent work for the USO!
Service members, veterans, volunteers, Yankee staff, and even Joe Girardi himself attend the 2014 Veterans Day Service event held at Yankee Stadium. Participants lined up to make care packages that will be shipped by the USO to troops serving in remote units throughout Afghanistan.
Tonight is the regular season home opener for the Brooklyn Nets, which means I'll be spending a lot of time at The Barclays Center in the coming weeks. Season tickets court side? Close! I'm working with the Nets' entertainment and marketing departments to capture new images in and around Barclays. These are fun, hectic nights and I definitely get my cardio in dashing around the arena getting the shots I need. Looking forward to the start of another season! Go Nets!
Some images from the first two pre-season games...
One of my grizzly bear images from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo was included in Feature Shoot's latest post about zoo's from around the world. Pretty cool!
A few more from that day...
Last weekend I took a trip out to Mountainville, NY with some friends to visit the Storm King Art Center. I had seen so many incredible photos from friends over the summer, that I had to check it out myself.
The first in a small series of portraits I'm working on.
Frantic emails from clients are pretty common in my line of work. Last minute cancellations, quick turn around times, and even location changes are pretty par for the course when it comes to these last minute jobs.
Such was the case when the USO came calling, and I was happy to step in last minute and help a great organization and a very grateful family.
Army 1st Lieutenant Beau McNeff surprised his family when he showed up at NBC Studios in Rockefeller Center here in NYC. His wife, Cecilia, mother, Jude and his children were thrilled to finally have him home.
1st Lieutenant McNeff also met his infant daughter, Alexandra for the first time.
My image of the McNeff family with the new USO President, Dr. J.D. Crouch II appeared in On Patrol Magainze, the official magazine of the USO.
The USO is a great organization, and as the son of two retired Navy parents, I know how much they do for military families around the world. It was an honor being able to document such an important moment for Beau and his family.
Some new images from my most recent trip out to Colorado Springs
Way back in July I tagged along with Trunk Club photographer Lauren Atkins to help out with her interview with Sam and Liam Fayed of Bespoken. Sam and Liam's father owns the 130-year-old shirt making company Turnbull and Asser, responsible for dressing icons like Winston Churchill, The Beatles and even Picasso. Bespoken, located right above the Turnbull and Asser New York location, is adding an edgier and youthful spin to traditional custom clothing. It was a fun afternoon, and along with detail and interview images, I also got in a quick portrait before we left. See more images and read Lauren's interview HERE.
One of the reasons I love living in NYC is that it's put me in contact with fellow artists I've only been able to follow via tumblrs or personal blogs. It's a thrill running into (and sometimes living down the street from) photographers I really respect. Such is the case with Josh Wool.
Josh has been doing some amazing work lately, and his recent tintype portraits have been incredible. He recently earned a spot in VSCO's Artist Initiative Program, and has been traveling around the Hudson Valley making some beautiful images.
It takes a lot of work (and chemicals) to set up a single frame, so I was honored when he asked me to sit for a quick tintype a few days before he packed up his gear and hit the road for his VSCO project. It's a slow process with the sitter having to stay perfectly still for the sometimes 4-second exposure. Josh has his processing down, and as you can see, the results are really stunning. See more of Josh's work here, and keep up with his progress via his VSCO grid here. Thanks Josh!
A portrait of me by Matt Furman during a shoot we worked on in Times Square. Matt was the first photographer I reached out to when I moved to NYC, and I've been lucky enough to work with him on some pretty memorable shoots. Thanks, Matt!
The World Cup wraps up in just a few more days, and it's been a crazy ride. Watching Team USA this year has been particularly stressful, with close wins, last minute draws, and a final push from our Portuguese friends to get us out of the Group of Death and into the round of 16. This is my favorite time of the year (every four years), so I was excited to make the trip out to Governor's Island last week to watch the USA take on Belgium at the official FIFA viewing zone.
The energy was amazing, and it was awesome to see wave after wave of rowdy fans get off the ferry with flags, painted faces, USA jerseys, and a steady chorus of "I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN" chants.
With an incredible performance by keeper Tim Howard, the U.S. stuck around and finally broke through in extra time thanks to a GOLAZO by Julian Green and got back in the game 2-1. But even with some great (gut wrenching) chances at the end, we still came up short and were eliminated.
I've been playing soccer my whole life, and it's great to see the enthusiasm that's slowly building around the sport, especially during these last two World Cups. There's a lot of progress to make, and of course team adjustments to be made, but if fans stay this passionate and invested, I'd say soccer in the U.S. could be something really special in the next 5-10 years.
See you in 2018, Team USA!
Another year another 4th of July in the books. The last couple of years I've had to venture into Manhattan to watch fireworks on the Hudson, but this year I watched from the comfort of my roof as the fireworks made their triumphant return to the East River!
Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! Back to the grind on Monday :)
A visit to Colorado Springs isn't complete without a visit to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the only mountainside zoo in the U.S. At 6,800 feet above sea level, it's bit of a hike but definitely worth it. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is also home to the largest giraffe herd in the country (18)! Pay a couple bucks for a handful of lettuce and watch about 3-4 giraffes get suddenly very interested in what you have to say :)
The trip ended with a hike near Helen Hunt Falls with some more crazy, fast changing weather, and some great late-afternoon views of downtown Colorado Springs.
Normally when I'm in Colorado Springs I'm shooting for the Navy Wounded Warrior Project and spending a lot of my time at the US Olympic Training Center. It's rare that I get a chance to explore the city, let alone some of the beautiful places surrounding it. This visit to the Springs, though, was just that-a visit, and it was great to finally see some of the places I usually only get to hear about. The weather changes quickly in this part of Colorado, so these are some images from our rainy drive through the Garden of the Gods.
The blog has suffered some neglect over the last few months, and that simply won't do. I'll be updating a lot more often with photos from my travels, client work, and general snaps from around NYC. Let's kick things off some images from this past Memorial Day in Williamsburg:
I spent Saturday at the Bushwick Block party with friends. We weren't sure what to expect after waiting in line for about an hour, but we had a great day. Good food, good drinks, and good people? This Summer is shaping up to be pretty great. Click through to see photos from the day!