New Advertising Work

I finally got some of the new advertising work I've been doing up on the site. Mary Kay, BeautiControl and Galleria - Dallas are there. Please check it out when you have a few in the Advertising section. 



New Editorial Work

I recently did a shoot with my long-time friend, Tammy Theis, stylist, creative director of Wallflower Management and all around good person for the Wallflower Zine 16 Our model was Jane Harris with make up and hair by Shane Monden. There's a new spread for Mindfood Style Magazine from New Zealand and a few other items, as well. Check it all out in my Editorial section.



My Portrait of Norman "Parks" Parkinson

I assisted Norman Parkinson, "Parks", as he was known to his friends, in or around 1986 while I was living in Paris. He was a long-standing photographer for the magazines, Town and Country, Harper's Bazaar and Vogue and was in Paris to photograph Jacques Chirac, the mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995, on the steps of the Marais. (I got to meet Mr. Chirac and shook his hand.) 

An excerpt from 

"Norman Parkinson (1913-1990) was one of the twentieth century's best-known fashion photographers. He was active for over 50 years and was instrumental in taking portrait and fashion photography beyond the stiff formality of his predecessors and injecting an easy and casual elegance into his images. 

Norman Parkinson's impulsive and unstructured style changed forever the static, posed approach to fashion photography, while his enchanting, idiosyncratic persona charmed his sitters and projected an alluring and glamorous public image.

By the end of his life he had become a household name, the recipient of a CBE, a photographer to the royal family, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and the subject of a large scale retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Norman Parkinson died whilst on location in Singapore shooting for Town and Country in 1990."

After the shoot with Chirac, I asked Parks if he would allow me to make a portrait of him in his hotel room. He said that would be fine and when would I like to do it? Later that evening, I said. 

During my stay in Paris, I had the good fortune of meeting a few fairly famous people. Karl Lagerfeld, Paloma Picasso, Phillipe Starck, Andy Warhol and Roman Polanski among others, if you don't mind me dropping a few names. I had this idea that I wanted to photograph some of the celebrities I was meeting and have them pose with a pair of those 'Groucho Marx' glasses on. Unfortunately, by the time I came up with this idea, my meetings with fairly famous people were dwindling in number. I asked Allen Ginsberg but, he refused. 

Anyway, uncomfortable with asking Parks, outright, to wear them, I placed the glasses on a side table near the chair I wanted him to sit on for the portrait, where he was bound to see them. He came in, sat down, looked over at the glasses, picked them up and put them on without me saying a word.



Francis Bacon

There will be many journal entries here concerning Guy Bourdin and this is one of them. 

Not often but, Guy, occasionally, shot celebrities and personalities for Paris Vogue.

We were, originally, scheduled to travel together to London to take a few pictures of Francis Bacon but, for reasons I can't remember right now, I was detained. So, Guy, his girlfriend and his son, Samuel went on ahead without me. When I finally got on a plane late that afternoon bound for London, I realized I had left Paris with absolutely no information about where I was to meet them or where they were staying that evening. After landing in London late that evening, I frantically, tried calling the Vogue office multiple times but... too late. Everybody had gone home for the night, So, I rented a hotel room with my own money, had a bite to eat at some little diner in the neighborhood with my own money and headed back to the hotel for the evening. Keep in mind, when we went on trips, all my expenses were paid. As long as I was with the entourage, that is. So, I was a pissed off that, due to my own carelessness, I was paying out of my own pocket now. 

Back at the hotel, I remember laying in my bed with the window open, listening to some old British rock and roll on a radio that was built into the furniture by the bed. All in all, things weren't so bad and I thought I was pretty cool fending for myself in a strange city. Next morning, I was back on the phone calling Paris for some info. Tate Gallery, they said. I jumped in one of those London black taxis and was on my way. Loved the taxi but, I arrived late, of course, and Guy was agitated thinking, all night, I hadn't made it to London, at all. I prepared his camera, a Nikon FM and he calmed down a little. Francis Bacon arrived shortly and the portrait session was underway. First with a roll of Polachrome and then, a roll of Ektachrome. When that was done, Bacon said he was done and the session was over.

I remember Guy's girlfriend, Martine asking Bacon what his favorite color was. At the time, I thought it was a stupid question. He said, "orange". Before he left, he did consent to signing his catalog for each of us.

Vogue printed one of the images from the roll of Polachrome

It was all pretty worth it. 



Luxe Bridal

This project, entitled, The Queen of Heart, was featured in FDLuxe Magazine, Feb. 2014, The Love Issue, as well as, the debut issue of FDLuxe, The Wedding Edition, Spring 2014. Every now and then, with a little luck and elbow grease, I feel like I'm channeling some creativity from my days in Paris. This was one of those occasions.

Special thanks to:

  • Julie Whitmire: Set Stylist
  • Luis and Andre of Binzario Couture: Bridal Gowns
  • Shane Monden: Hair and Makeup
  • Gabby Rosenberg: Hair and Makeup Assistant
  • Wardrobe Stylists: Brittany Winter & Stephanie Quadri

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The Letter

In my pursuit of creating motion pictures, the opportunity presented itself to work with Binzario Couture. The set was built in my studio during the sumer heat. But I'm manly enough to wield the power tools either way.

Having invested some time shooting motion on the Luxe Bridal shoot, I decided to carry this one forward by reconstructing the set in collaboration with Binzario Couture. The goal was to create an evocative piece and experiment along the way.

Special thanks to those who contributed to this work:

  • Julie Whitmire and her son, Anton Broden: Set Stylists
  • Luis and Andre of Binzario Couture: Bridal Gowns
  • Shane Monden: Hair and Makeup
  • Gabby Rosenberg: Hair and Makeup Assistant

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Lumen Water

The bottled water market is a noisy space to contend with. We wanted to build a premium water brand and make sure that every aspect of the "Lumen Look" carried a sense of beauty and wanting. So, we sharpened our construction tools and built a set to match the idea. Happy to say we've been able to bring a new bottled water brand to the world stage.

The Challenge:

To introduce a new and unknown premium bottled water brand to the world market

The Solution:

Design a visual experience for the brand - Make it Amazing

The Result:

Designed. Bottled. Provided to Market. Now available at:

  • Central Market
  • Albertsons
  • Various Restaurants
  • More to come...

Try it for yourself at Central Market...and coming soon to a store near you!

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A Chance Meeting with Andy Warhol

I had flown from Paris to London to assist Guy Bourdin in shooting a portrait of Francis Bacon for French Vogue. Guy mostly shot women's fashion but, occasionally, a portrait, if it was someone he admired. He had aspired to be a painter and had a few shows of his work but, that's a different story.

Having a few hours off, I found myself walking down King's Road with my Hasselblad as I was prone to take with everywhere I went at the time. There weren't many people out for some reason then but, I noticed someone walking along side me. When I glanced over, I saw it was Andy Warhol and with him, Christopher Makos, a photographer and sidekick.

I said, "I know you" and he said, "oh yea?".

"Yea, you're Andy Warhol! Hey, would you mind if I take your picture?"

He spoke but, not understanding him and thinking he said "no", I kept walking.

After 10 or 12 steps, I turned back, curious to see what he was doing. He was standing there looking at me and said, "We'll, are you going to take it or not?"

"Oh, yea, sure."

"Where do you want me to stand."

"I guess in the doorway of this shop."

I took 2 pictures, said "thanks" and went on my merry way. 

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