In February 2014, I rented my first private studio -- a gorgeous daylight studio with cement floors and floor-to-ceiling windows across one wall in a massive industrial warehouse turned studio and exhibition space. I wanted to test out the new space as well as some different lighting techniques, and was excited to when talented model Megan Mockensturm agreed to be my guinea pig. The resulting image ended up being selected by Vogue Italia's editorial staff for PhotoVogue that April.
After a quick trip to Nashville last October, Nylon Magazine hired me to photograph one of the Red Bull House of Art's resident artists, Lala Abandon, for an upcoming article for their December 2016 print issue. I had worked with them about a year earlier on a portrait for a profile of a local guitar maker and was excited to work with their talented team again. The next day I was on my way to photograph Ms. Abaddon at the famed Detroit artist residence and gallery, where I spent a rainy fall afternoon with writer/editor Austen Tostone and the very talented Ms. Abaddon, touring her studio and documenting her creative process. Here's an outtake from our shoot, as well as a tear sheet from the spread.
One of my favorite images from my recent shoot for Mercedes-Benz DRIVE mechanic training program. For the campaign, I traveled to the luxury automobile company's Learning and Performance Center in Long Beach, California, where I documented two days of courses in their state-of-the-art training facility.
One of my favorite outtakes from my shoot with actress Priscilla Ford for Latina Magazine at her lovely home in Hollywood.
Creating editorial images for magazines been one of my favorite things since I began working as a professional photographer over six years ago. There's no experience in the world like visiting a local restaurant or business, meeting and talking with the creative people who keep our cities moving forward, and creating strong images of those people. This particular photograph of Detroit restauranteur Joe Spencer (and his pose) was a modern recreation of a beloved portrait of Joe's father, published in a newspaper decades earlier. Joe followed in his father's footsteps and now carries on the family business with pride and talent.
This image is still one of my favorite photographs I've ever made. Madalyn and I created this image last October while I was visiting Detroit. Shot in mid-afternoon daylight, the photograph was selected and published by Vogue Italia's staff for their PhotoVogue website in April 2017.