Preview: “Capturing the Face – A Guide To Creative Portrait Photography” Kindle e-book

Capturing the Face cover

October 16 sees the release of my first Kindle e-book, “Capturing The Face – A Guide To Creative Portrait Photography”, via Amazon.  It’s structured around the 10 components that I believe are key to making artistic images of people:

  1. Your subject

  2. Location

  3. Styling

  4. Compelling concept

  5. Lighting

  6. Image capturing method

  7. Post production

  8. Formal visual art considerations

  9. Paperwork

  10. The X factor

These elements are all vital pieces to making something magical and I’ve found each worthy of deep exploration in Capturing the Face.  I know what it’s like to do a shoot and end up with one or more of these elements overlooked, and as years have gone on, I’ve learned how to make sure each one is addressed so I get personally satisfying results.  In the coming weeks I’ll put up some snippets of these chapters.  Capturing the Face: A Guide To Creative Photographic Portraiture is 44 pages, $2.99, and available for pre-order right now.

“Lady of the Lake” with Glass Olive

“Lady of the Lake” is video art created with model/ actress Glass Olive, who also displays some amazing singing ability as the sole sound of this piece.  It was filmed in 2 halves, in Brooklyn in May of 2015 (with the aid of ace hairstylist Andy Tseng) and in July 2015 at the Great Salt Lake, a combination of Fuji X-T1 footage and GoPro Hero Black 4.


Capturing The Face – A Guide To Creative Portrait Photography e-book release!

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my first e-book, “Capturing The Face – A Guide To Creative Portrait Photography”, October 16 via Amazon.

Capturing the Face cover

It’s 44 pages, $2.99, and available for pre-order right now.  Capturing The Face breaks down all the moving parts of a shoot- not just finding models, not just about “how to” or buying gear- it discusses the philosophy of how we can be expressive in mood, styling, lighting, concept, location, formal art elements, and more.  My photography was inspired by the greats of creative portraiture like Sebastio Salgado and Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and I do whatever I can to pass on the thrill of creating with willing subjects to others.

Parroquía San Bernardino de Siena, Mexico City D.F.

Mexico City (276 of 718)

One of the mistakes we made in Mexico City was renting a car and driving in what is routinely described as a city with the worst traffic/ most incomprehensible layout of streets/ no parking available at all.  When we went to Xochimilco, we decided to walk all around after 3 hours of terror in the car.  That led us to Parroquia San Bernardino de Siena, a mission-style church built from 1535-1580 on the grounds of a Pre-Hispanic temple.Mexico City (270 of 718)

I snuck around the rooms which were pretty sparsely furnished, but it ended up giving me some of my favorite photography of the trip.  I like that they keep the human element without having humans in them, or rather, representations of humans in the form of portraits, statues of a creepy Jesus, and foosball tables.

Mexico City (268 of 718)Mexico City (258 of 718)

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The Clown of Bosque de Chapultepec

Lots of clowns around Mexico City. Some are small children with no parents in sight begging for money. This guy picked me out of a crowd and posed as I was the only person in a crowd of probably a thousand+ with a camera. Asked if I spoke spanish, joked around and called me Leonardo DiCaprio and my wife got called Monica Lewinsky.Mexico City (1134 of 524)

The location, Bosque de Chapultepec, is a massive area full of museums and family fun- the equivalent of Central Park in New York or Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.  It’s definitely a great place for anyone with an itch for street photography.

“Slippery Slope”

I got a Wacom tablet in August after reading a book by animator Bill Plympton, who is known for his wonderful sketchy hand drawn animations.  “Slippery Slope” is the result of my first gestures in the direction of hand drawn animation, even though it was with a tablet, it’s a lot truer to my actual drawing than the animations I’ve done using Paper by 53.

With “Slippery Slope,” I decided to take the kind of absurd notions put out by right-wing media and take them to illogical conclusions.