In the Studio

In late December while visiting Detroit for the holidays, I had the pleasure of using my dear friend and fellow photographer Jack Kenny’s gorgeous studio in Ann Arbor to produce several sets of photographs for multiple upcoming personal projects that I hope to release by the end of this year. One of those projects included two inspiring and creative twin brothers, the Zakar Twins. Here are a couple of my favorite outtakes from my session with them. The project is still in progress, but will hopefully be released by December of this year.

A Coastal Lifestyle

I’ve been ridiculously busy photographing lifestyle images for some amazing companies over the last couple of months. Last month, I was hired to photograph the Summer 2017 lifestyle campaign for Rubio’s Coastal Grill, a popular Southern California fresh-Mex restaurant chain. Besides working with an amazing production crew of inspiring, fun, awesome people from Rubio’s and Socialtyze, I also got to photograph a talented cast of models in some fun SoCal locations. I also got to enjoy some delicious veggie burritos, and learned about the company’s dedication to environmental and ocean sustainability. You’ll be able to see photos from the full campaign on Rubio’s Instagram account throughout the rest of summer, but for now these are a few highlights.

Words Ignite

I was lucky to be hired again this year to photograph the Classic Slam, hosted by one of the most amazing nonprofits in Los Angeles. Dedicated to mentoring young poets and spoken word artists, their amazing team hosts the three-day event every year in downtown Los Angeles to honor the intense year-long efforts of the inspiring teenagers that are the heart and soul of the program. I’ve been lucky to have been given the opportunity to photograph the event twice now, and it’s been one of the greatest pleasures in the world to watch these talented kids perform each year.

Vogue Italia

I was excited to find out that my photograph of Madalyn Knebel – one of my longtime muses and favorite people – went up on Vogue Italia’s PhotoVogue yesterday. The shoot was magical, and although I’m still in the process of editing through a lot of images from the set, this was one of my favorite shots from that afternoon. You’ll be able to see the full set soon, but for now, you can click here to see this one.

Bag of Bones

Earlier this year, I was hired to photograph musician Alexander Vlachos of Greater Alexander in the gorgeous studio of renowned Detroit photographer and artist Lisa Spindler. I have been documenting Alexander’s career sporadically since around 2005, when we first met for a photo shoot at Detroit’s famed Heidelberg Project. He’s currently working on a new album following a period of recovery after a daunting car accident that almost took his life, and I could not be more excited to listen to it once it’s released. Here’s one of my favorite images of Alexander from our Detroit session.