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2021 Showcase Studio Photographs

Yep, they’re on line, T-Ball to Triple A

Galleries here: 2021 Showcase Studio Photographs

Cary Ballet Conservatory Studio Recital – 5 June 2021


Tough Customer

Bookings since late May (hallelujah!) have delayed the edit of these Studio Recital photographs until today.

Aiming to finish and post by late Saturday. This was the first of a long and unusual day. Which I loved.

I’m anxious to see them too and sure I better deliver – or else!

Pre-Ballet 4-6 Year Old

Cary Ballet Conservatory Studio Recital – 5 June 2021


Danseur

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Felipe Valentini

Professional Training Program at Cary Ballet Conservatory – 5 June 2021


Why I Know Everything Will Be Okay

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Pre-Ballet 4-6 Year Old

Cary Ballet Conservatory Studio Recital – 5 June 2021


Just One More

When a Dancer asks, my answer is always, yes!

 

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Dancer Isabelle Burke

Cary Ballet Conservatory – 5 June 2021


Radial

Cooper Everson at Cary Ballet Conservatory 2 April 2021


“Chasing The Bird”

Refreshing my Portfolio site, I let go and reached back in the memory bank for moments when you just know. My hunch is, it happens to dancers and musicians too. It’s practice and planning and work and sometimes it all becomes something more. Alchemy.

I’ve put maybe 700 or 800 K shutter actuation’s on 11 DSLR’s since 2007. My Lighting Class students make jokes about all the light gear I haul into class. The Sales Manager at Mole Richardson in Hollywood emails engineering drawings of obsolete accessories. There are replacement reflectors heading my way for the ones I used to modify theater ellipsoids. Also in transit is a 10″ Top Hat from eBay and some Gobos for the Mole Focal Spot. And there’s a triple riser wheeled Junior in the upstairs hall next to my old tripod with a new quick release assembly that came via Royal Mail (wore out the casting). “The Bird”, Charley Parker understood it: “You’ve got to learn your instrument.”

And I took some more of Bird’s advice: “Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.”

My work has changed in the 3 years since I made this but it was five years after my Epiphany. This is a fresh edit from the Digital Negative from the part of the session that was all improv, real jazz. Portraits are always a collaboration and when there is mutual trust, man, you can wail.

WIP 097 Vessillo

Studio Session with Ms Olivia Vessillo

Professional Training Program at Cary Ballet Conservatory – 26 Dec 2017


The Indulgence of a Muse – Redux

WIP 3 2021

In 1979, MoMA in NYC presented “Ansel Adams and the West” [MoMA Exh. #1273, September 5–October 28, 1979]

It was a retrospective that included versions of prints he made from the same negative, over 20 years.

Like Eric Clapton sang, trying to “get the music right”

This only took me 3 years

Her patience and trust allowed the slower pace and uncertain outcome of film

I’ve been very lucky – when I needed a Muse, the Muse was there

Studio Session with Mikayla McKean – Cary Ballet Conservatory, 20 May 2018


Only Yesterday

I’m pretty sure I’m going to get a phone call about this. And take a Mk 1 Mod 0 Butt Chewing

The morning he was born, I walked an empty Shopping Mall, waiting for “One Hour Film” to be be developed.

Wasn’t walking, I was floating. And scared silly I was responsible for this new life and had no clue.

Commissioning Ceremony at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – 24 May 2008


Selfie

Home alone – I couldn’t afford the time and travel to Studio Harcourt


2021 Business Cards Arrived Today


Where It All Went Wrong

 


Hollywood Lights IX

 Difficult to make portraits right now.

Easy to take a second look at the Digital Negatives of previous sessions

Dancer Keira Kapner – 6/14/2019 Cary Ballet Conservatory


Hearing Santa’s Heart

From 2011 to 2015, I made photographs of Santa when he visited Ole Time Winterfest in Cary

This from 2012 is still with me. In 2020, his heart is still true. And he knows. So be good.


Photography Session Suspension

This has been a hard year for everyone. My hope is to be active again soon.

I am able to edit and provide Prints and Downloads of previous work.


“I leave you my portrait…”

“…so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.”  Frida Kahlo

Portrait Session at Cary Ballet Conservatory


Classic Cinema Portraits – 1 August 2020

Three sittings available and much closer than Paris.  Details, Schedule & Sign Up Here

 


Muse Revisited

Addison Kate Spey

Cary Ballet Conservatory 27 Dec 2018


Aloha II

Local hālau performance in Waikiki at Kuhio Beach Hula Mound 19 October 2013

Hawai’i Revised Statute:  § 5-7.5 “Aloha Spirit”. ….In the contemplation and presence of the life force, “Aloha“……”Aloha” means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return. “Aloha” is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence.


The Windows in Studio A #25

Dancer Valentina Facal

 Cary Ballet Conservatory:  22 January 2020 YAGP Preview Galleries


The Windows in Studio A #24

Dancer Felipe Valentini

YAGP Preview   Cary Ballet Conservatory  22 January 2020


The Windows in Studio A #23

Dancer Ariela Gibson

YAGP Preview   Cary Ballet Conservatory  22 January 2020


The Windows in Studio A #22

Dancer Amanda Holt

YAGP Preview   Cary Ballet Conservatory  22 January 2020


The Windows in Studio A #21

Dancers Reynu Wood and Joshua O’Connor

YAGP Preview   Cary Ballet Conservatory  22 January 2020


Studio Light #6

Dancer Andrea Huynh

Studio Session, Cary Ballet Conservatory


Studio Light #5

Dancer Andrea Huynh

Studio Session, Cary Ballet Conservatory


Hollywood Lights VI: Gentleman / Warrior

 

 

Dancer/Teacher/Choreographer Willie Hinton

Portrait Session 19 July 2019 Cary Ballet Conservatory


Hollywood Lights V

Portrait Session at Cary Ballet Conservatory 14 June 2019


Hollywood Lights IV

Portrait Session at Cary Ballet Conservatory 15 June 2019


Hollywood Lights III

Portrait Session at Cary Ballet Conservatory 14 June 2019