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New York City: 9 Years Later

My, how time flies. 9 years ago today, I moved to New York City from Los Angeles. I was 24 years old at the time and remember writing a blog post titled, “The 25th Year”. It was a post where I reflected on where I was in my life and career at the time. Since we’re approaching my 35th year, I figured it would be a nice time to reflect on my time in New York. My thoughts on the city, where I’ve been, and where I’m headed. Perhaps this will help someone else make a decision if it’s the right city for them; especially for a photographer.

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100 Faces: The Challenges of a Long-Term Project

Shooting model tests, images for a client, or even just random images for my portfolio is often a relatively quick affair. I schedule the shoot, do the appropriate planning which usually takes a few days or so, do the shoot, then I’m done. If only all photographic endeavors could be that streamlined and fast. For years I was used to that approach, but after becoming more project-oriented, I quickly realized that some projects benefit from being spread out over time. This ensures the project not only maintains a certain level of quality, but allows you to create lots of options to choose from once you do your final edit. But working on a project for a long period of time can present some unique problems.

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100 Faces: Inspired by A Song

I always find it fascinating to learn what other artists are inspired by. Often inspiration strikes from the most random places and is frequently not even related to the field one works in. A musician may be inspired by a speech. A painter inspired by a film. A filmmaker inspired by something imaginative his daughter said. The list goes on and on. I, for one, have always been inspired by music. Especially music in films.

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100 Faces: I Love A Great Smile

Smiles are contagious. At least I’m susceptible to them. I can’t help but crack a smile when someone else does. The phenomenon is amplified when I’m taking pictures. In the brief moment I’m behind the camera, peering at the person in front of me, I get to study them in a matter of seconds. Their expressions and micro-expressions. Subtle movements of their hands or their body give me cues whether or not the final pose they strike will work or not. Smiles are very much the same way.

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