Thursday, December 4, 2008

Dr. Willerson (dissecting the shoot)

A successful shoot usually evolves.  This is especially true for editorial assignments.  Whenever possible, I research my subject and review a draft of the story.  Dr. James T. Willerson is a world renowned Cardiologist.  He is the Director of Cardiology research at the Texas Heart Institute.  This assignment was for an Idea Makers story in this month's issue of Continental Airlines Magazine.  Before the scheduled shoot, I made a visit to scout the facility.  I was immediately drawn to the operating room for one shot and found a couple of other locations that would work for the second shot.  I was also shown a model of a human heart that would make a really interesting prop.  We made all the necessary arrangements and on the day of the shoot I arrived about 2 hours early with my assistant, Len.  We pre-lit both sets and only kept the doctor about 20 minutes in each set.  Here is the final shot of Dr. Willerson followed by Len in scrubs during the setup process.  Len is a great assistant and it's nice having him to collaborate with on interesting assignments.  Makeup Artist: Cinthia Moore.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Selecciones on newsstands

This was my first assignment for Selecciones magazine (spanish version of Readers' Digest). This shot landed on the back cover of the December issue.   The story is about an amazing woman, Venus Gines, that organizes health fairs around the country to provide education and free medical screenings to Latinas.  Makeup Artist: Victoria Callaway.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

New Studio

The studio is finally finished!  It's been a year and a half since I started the building process and has been very time consuming,  but rewarding to design and contract this modern metal studio.  Thanks to Sam at Creole Design for helping with the plans, and Jim Herd at Collaborative Projects for coming through on the kitchen trade out.  I shot several residential kitchens for the Collaborative Projects' website a couple of years ago in exchange for design and full construction of the studio kitchen.  The Brazil work will be on exhibit for an opening party planned for February.  You can see more studio interiors on the contact section of my website.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Brazil Trip

In August of 07 I was in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for two weeks on a self-assigned shoot. This  work was created to promote my commercial and fine art photography. I had some really nice advertising assignments early in 07 that made this opportunity hard to pass up. Braulio Perdigao, my assignment producer in Houston had been coordinating my large production shoots for the past two years. He has a talent for finding talent and locating just about anything needed for a shoot. He suggested I meet him in Brazil during his 2 month family visit for a serious personal shoot.  It didn't take long for us to decide on our home base of Rio De Janeiro. From this vibrant city,  we could capture the flavor and diversity of the Brazilian culture.  Braulio did an outstanding job of producing this assignment, from travel arrangements to getting access to a voodoo-style ceremony, and finding talent for a fashion shoot in Lapa. The gear I took included a Wista 4x5 field camera with a 150mm and 210 lens, Mamiya 7 with a 50mm and 80mm lens, Canon DSLR 1 ds mark 1 with 16 to 35mm, 24 to 105mm, and diana plastic cameras. The film I shot was fuji provia, fuji 160s, fuji acros and Ilford B&W. Provia was run strait and cross processed in C-41 for a gritty look.   

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Website Updated!

Finally got around to updating my site. Added some new work to the lifestyle and portrait sections.  Also created an entire new section of work from my Brazil trip. Thanks to Drew at Gesture Studio ( for the update. You can check out the award-winning site at