Portraits & A Day in the Life

Entrepreneurs, artists and creative types: we are people who have a craft and love to use it. Communicating your craft, however, can be quite a challenge.  Most creative types spend their time on developing and focusing their skill, not selling it.  Want to see an artist crumble under pressure? Just ask them to show you their process.

My favorite photoshoots are those where I get to help an artist tell their story. The whole day is spent immersed in another person’s creative world, concentrating the many facets of their work into a storytelling, evocative image. It's about photographing the process of creation and expression holistically until we find that which represents the art and artist. Having photographs and video to show your unique quality, voice and craft is crucial for telling your story. 

 

Above I have my new Portrait & A Day in the Life guide for entrepreneurs and artists.  Your art deserves to have its story told - get in touch to schedule a time.

Below is a slideshow of A Day in the Life with Skylar Kergil.

Films & Movies

Fiction Section

When friends come to visit, it means I have the opportunity to work with a model and create art. My good friend Audrey Benedetto of Everyone's Straight Until They're Not was thankfully up for the task during her recent visit to Boston. Audrey provided me with the chance to develop some of my videography skills while we ran around the city. Video features the song "Enthusiast" by Tours. 

Special thank you to Audrey Benedetto, Nick Pierce, Abby Bowling and Aron Meinhardt for all your help. 

Art, Photography, Travel

Ethiopia's Omo River Valley & Kenya's Lake Turkana

In August 2014 I had the opportunity to travel with Jane Baldwin to Ethiopia's Omo River Valley and Kenya's Lake Turkana to work as Jane's photography assistant.  My role was to assist and support Jane with her ten year project Kara Women Speak.  This gave me the opportunity to travel by boat to visit the indigenous communities that live along the Omo River and depend on the Omo River and Lake Turkana watershed. 

The indigenous people of this region face a threat to their way of life as the Gibe III dam becomes operational, which will dramatically reduce their access to water. 

The images presented here are photographs I took working as Jane's assistant. They provide a view into the lives of the extraordinary people who live on the Omo River. 

I'll be sharing stories and impressions from the trip, so stay tuned!  For more information check out this page

Photography, Portraits, Travel

Back Bay to Beacon Hill Portrait Session

Spring has begun to settle in the city, and to us creative types that means the outside world has once again become a bearable workspace! I photographed the charming Caitlin Hoey up and down stairwells, elevators, bridges and buildings with a mask, a scorpion lollipop and sparklers. From the Boston Public Library through Back Bay up to Beacon Hill, we worked until the sunset across the Charles River and dusk fell across the city.  

Inspiring Art Books

There are times when being an artist is really exciting, and all your hard work is celebrated, but most of the time you are working hard without guaranteed reward. In those moments, I turn to books for inspiration. These are my six most inspiring art books I’ve read in the past year:

The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders

Emmanuel Guibert/Didier Lefevre/Frederic Lemercier

Part graphic novel and part documentary photography, this book tells the story of photographer Didier Lefevre’s trip to Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders in 1986. This is the only book I’ve read that gives an accurate depiction of what it’s like to work as a photographer in unfamiliar territory.  It also provides  a fascinating view into rural Afghanistan during this time.

 

Work: The World in Photographs

National Geographic

A compilation of National Geographic’s best photographs focusing on the subject of “work”. The book spans over a century of photography and shows us myriad jobs across different cultures, in stunning display.

 

The Architect’s Brother

Robert & Shana Parke-Harrison

I loved this series in college, but I had viewed the work largely online. This year I got my hands of the actual book and it completely changed the feel of the images. The story of a man trying to piece together a decaying world, viewing the series chronologically told a much more harrowing tale. Along with the quality of the photography, this series inspired me to play with props and create surreal, visual illusions.

 

Just Kids

Patti Smith

Poetic, heart wrenching, inspiring and brutally honest, Patti Smith reflects on her life and provides unique insight into the life of an artist.

 

Eleven Years

Jen Davis

A gorgeous interplay of color and light, Jen Davis’ photography series “Eleven Years” is a collection of self portraits focusing on body image. Full of quiet drama, the series provides a much needed view into the life of an overweight twenty-something. This series inspired me to create work that breaks down personal boundaries.

 

The Icarus Deception

Seth Godin

100% inspirational lecture, Seth Godin dives into the importance of making art and embracing failure. This is my go-to book when I’m in doubt or need a little motivation.

 

NOW GO MAKE ART! OR READ THESE BOOKS!