Category Archives: Photo

The Story of the Portrait; “Out of the hole”

Well, I have decided to do a feature blog post on “The Story of the Portrait”. My intent is to tell the story behind some of my favorite portraits that I have shot over the years.
I will start with this portrait titled “Out of the hole”
Out of the hole
While participating in a workshop/walking tour of Spanish Harlem, I came across this gentleman. An imposing figure no doubt. Here’s the story. I generally like to shoot very candid when shooting street photography because I believe that yields the most natural look. By that I mean “sneaky” photos where the person is not even aware they are being photographed, but in this example I actually stopped and had a conversation with him.Even though it looks like this guy is about to come out and kick the fuck out of me, turns out he was super nice and very gracious about having his picture taken even though he was busy doing chores about his house. That’s where I shot this. The “hole” as it were is actually where the doorway to his basement apartment is and he was coming out and that’s when I snapped this shot. I love the intensity on his face and the feel of action in the shot.
The shirt BTW, says “Fuck Osama”
Also posted in Portrait work, Story of the portrait, Street Photography Tagged , , , , , |

Let that be a lesson to you all……….

Photo that was used by my friend Sandra LaMorgese for her blog post on her “Yes Mistress” blog. The story is a great read about Impact Play.If you don’t know what that is, you can read about it here at Impact Play

Shades of Grey sMy personal experience is that when I first met her to photograph her, I joked around about her using her cane on me (the very one in this photograph), the “joke” turned serious and before I knew it, I was on the business end of that cane. It hurt,yeah, but also there was this rush of endorphins and electricity. It’s not something I would want for a long and sustained period of time but what a rush at the moment

Also posted in Portrait work Tagged , , , , , |

Time Never Reverses












Portrait work with Keira Grant

Also posted in Portrait work Tagged , , , |

Shooting vs Editing

So I was asked recently, “What do you like better, shooting or editing”? I found this an interesting question as I hadn’t been aware that editing seemed to be such an important part of the work I present,. So I pondered!
Here’s the answer. I really, for the most part, enjoy shooting. What I love about shooting is the connection with people I enjoy. Shooting with me is a very casual thing and as was remarked to me recently,nice because I get so much done in not a lot of time. I adore most of the people I work with. Sometimes I have a tough person or a bad experience with someone and that can leave a bad taste in my mouth and makes me not want to shoot at all anymore . At the very least I wouldn’t shoot with that person anymore. Arranging shoots can be such a chore and honestly, I really wish I could just get someone to do it for me and all I would need to do is show up with my camera shoot what I want/need and go home. The shooting creative process I must confess is and has for some time been a challenge for me. I know it when I see it!

Editing. Well I LOVE to edit. I am a very solitary person and I love spending hours alone in my “digital darkroom”. I shoot to get the image that I want and shoot with a final image or thought in mind most times. Other times I just look at an image and think “what can I do to this?”  Do I know if it’s going to be a B&W image or a color image when I am shooting it? Very often yes but sometimes I just look at an image when I get home and think, “WOW, that’s gonna look great in B&W or in color” It’s in my “digital darkroom” where my creativity comes out. Perhaps I am more of an artist than a photographer and photography is just vehicle.

Loch BlogThe Lady in the Loch

So this shot here (which by the way is just absolutely one of my favorite shots I have ever taken) was taken with Nadine Stevens in a lake in NJ. I shot about dozen shots in this series. I KNEW instantly that this was magical and that to me is the beauty of shooting. When you are in that moment and you KNOW you have the shot! But when I started editing and began to develop those tones and really,in my opinion, brought this photo to life, well that was the magic.
This was a great shoot I had with Nadine and I had a wonderful time hanging out and shooting with her. She was great to work with and made the shooting process a joy. I get that more often than not and I am thankful for that. I have worked with some truly amazingly wonderful artist to help create some what I think are some beautiful photos
So, which do I like better? Well I gotta give it to the editing but by a slim margin. Shooting is wonderful and I love to be with the people that I am shooting, but in editing, I think that’s where my most creative juices come out
Tagged , , , , |


Morning Stretch blog post


So I just posted  my one thousandth photo on flickr and I chose to make it an image of Kelsey Dylan. Kelsey has been there for so many firsts in my photographic journey that I chose her for #1000. Kelsey Dylan is the first woman I ever shot nude. It was part of a workshop that she and I attended. From there I went on to shoot in many more workshops and one day I get a message from Kelsey saying she’s going to be in town and would I like to work with her. That’s like asking me if I want to take my next breath, the answer was of course yes. I never had to set up my own shoot before and deal with the logistics as I shot in workshops and basically just showed up with my camera and shot the model. So Kelsey became the first model I ever hired privately and worked with one on one. An auspicious start to say the least and I got my feet wet and stopped working in workshops and began to hone the craft of the art nude.I hear of a workshop being taught by one of my photographic idols,Chip Willis (who it turned out is very good friends with Kelsey) and I think, I must jump at the chance to learn with him. The workshop is in Columbus Ohio and I know I GOTTA go. As luck would have it his very good friend Kelsey Dylan is going to be the model for this workshop. So now Kelsey is the first model I have photographed outside of New York.

So I’ve learned a lot, shot a lot and now I feel it may be time to move on to a “big-boy” camera and waffle back and forth between the Nikon D-600 and the D-800. I decided on the D-600 (for reasons I won’t go into here) Right around this time I get a call from Kelsey saying she’s going to be in NY and would I like to shoot with her. You already know the answer and at that point I know, I must get this camera before the shoot and break it in with her and so i did and Kelsey became the first person I photographed with my new camera. I learned a lot from Chip Willis in his workshop and one lesson was about lenses  and so for one solid year, I shot with one focal length. I got so comfortable with that lens that when I put the camera to my eye, well, I knew what it was going to look like before I looked through the viewfinder. One year. After that year, I felt I deserved a treat for my next lens in the lesson and being a portrait photographer my choice was the beautiful  Nikon 85mm f/1.4 G AF-S. (for the record, a magnificent piece of glass) and just before I went to go purchase this lens, I discover my friend Kelsey was headed to New York again. Well, at this point I know Kelsey is going to be the first person I shoot with this lens.

So here I am at 1000 photos for Craigmac1000 and I think it only fitting that my 1000th photo should be of Kelsey Dylan. Thank you for all your great work and your friendship Kelsey

Tagged , , , |