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    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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    January 22, 2019

    People assume I’m some sort of poet or artist but what I really love to do are team photos - portraits of people who work together. I’ll do your About Us page, your speaker bios, your LinkedIN photos, your C-Level execs.

    About Us is more than words. It better be. You’ve heard the axiom show, don’t tell. You can say whatever you want about your people but if it doesn’t show up in their photos it will ring hollow and people won’t care.

    About Us conveys the spirit and energy behind a brand. It’s supposed to make people feel like they know you. You want perspective employees to visualize themselves there. And potential clients to want to know you. About Us is your own zeitgeist. It has to feel good.

    I can help you feel good. I can help you exude joy. I can help you to capture that energy that lets people know you’re the real deal.

    For the NPM shoot (of which the above photo is a representative slice) I was working with a generic conference room. But it had good natural light, good northern exp...

    January 8, 2019

    In photographs we sometimes glimpse that little spark of life in us. There’s something beyond perception, beyond what we can see with our eyes, that manifests. Our more subtle senses pick this up. In some photographs. How does this happen?

    I think (and this is just a guess) that when two people agree to see each other something comes through from a realm of spirit. And that something transcends time, generations, form. We live in a time when if we can’t see it with our own eyes we don’t believe it’s true but what of all the truth that can’t be seen?

    Not everything can be labeled, cataloged or numbered. Data is fine for stock markets and purchasing trends but can data capture the human soul? They say this is the era of ‘big data’ and perhaps that’s why we seem to be losing that sense of humanity, the sanity of human interaction, that helped us to know each other as individuals.

    Maybe I’m probing too deeply for a photography blog. These essays are supposed to be about what sets my photograp...

    April 25, 2018


    When I did the website photos for NPM in Oakland I sourced a custom background (19th century beam skins from an Ohio barn) and set it up in a conference room that had northern exposure to create this unique, rich texture. I brought the barn to the office. Thanks Emily Brown for this great opportunity to perfect this method! I've not done this since but I'm itching to do it again. Who's in? Corporate headshots do not have to be staid, bland, or lifeliess. Corporate headshots can be original and reflect the personality of the brand.

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