Be content with what you have;

rejoice in the way things are.

When you realize there is nothing lacking,

the whole world belongs to you.

Lao-tzu

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December 18, 2018

It was my first portrait booking outside of San Francisco. Never before had I been flown in for photos but New York City is my hometown and I was lucky enough to know the brother of the firm. I didn’t know the people, had never been to their offices. But they sent me some photos of their space and I could see right away they had good light.

I was nervous. I always am before a shoot, but this time there was a lot at stake. I had not done this many portraits in such a short amount of time, and I had no idea what the set-up would be like. But Dave, the CEO, has a great aesthetic and as soon as I walked in I saw these chairs. Mid-Century modern. Not quite quite wing-backs but broad across the tops and in wonderful colors. That’s when I remembered David Hockney.

I’m a fan of David Hockney. Especially his painted portraits of people (mostly men) seated in these beautiful chairs. I had long been inspired by him to simply sit people in an interesting chair, in good light, and engage them with th...

May 6, 2018

You push a button, some light pours through the aperture and a moment in time is preserved. A moment as seen by the eyes of a visual being. You’re like a tourist and every other person an attraction of some kind. Something to be remembered. Each person is like a landmark that guides you toward a greater truth. These are not separate beings. You are not a separate being. And that’s the greatest secret.

It's not about taking a picture. Anyone can take a picture. The idea is to get that part of a person to open that's normally closed off. You don't do that with a camera. In fact, a camera is an impediment to that flow of energy necessary for a person to relax. So it's tricky. You do it with your heart. You do it with your presence. I don't want to sound all mystical and precious but you have to be a sort of shaman. And that means opening a channel between you - the photographer - and the person being photographed. You don't really do it consciously. It's not a switch you turn on, I don't b...

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