On Assignment

Horseback Riding with Subaru

I just finished my second project with AdAsia and Subaru.  The creative teams were fantastic to collaborate with as usual.  We had some unexpected weather related hurdles to overcome when snowstorm "Electra" hit New York.  But we rose to the challenge and with the help of a great team we created a wonderful final image in which you can't even tell that it's winter.  Big thanks to Nancy at Frog Hollow Farm for furnishing the location and the excellently trained horses (one of whom was an Olympic hopeful).

Hatfield McCoy EP Shoot

The new EP by DC based Hatfield McCoy was just released on iTunes.  I had a great time working with all the guys in the band shooting images for the album jacket.  We took the band out to an old lock house on the canal running adjacent to the Potomac River.  We shot in and around the house and down by the river's edge.  Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot.

Mauna Kea Observatories On An Empty Tank

If you've never driven up to the observatories on the top of Hawaii's Mount Mauna Kea, I suggest you do so.  The 4,200 meter (13,800 feet) high summit of Mauna Kea houses the world's largest observatory for optical, infrared, and submillimeter astronomy. 

If you do decide to make the drive, I have two pieces of advice for you.  First, even if you are wearing shorts and t-shirts because the weather at the beach is so warm, once you reach the summit at nearly 14,000 feet, it is a hell of a lot colder.  I'm not saying you need to take a coat on your Hawaiian vacation... actually that is what I'm saying.  Second, make sure you have a full tank of gas before starting your drive.  I was making the trip with my assistant in our rental Jeep Wrangler.  I had nearly 3/4 of a tank of gas when we started the journey so I was not at all worried.  By the time we reached the summit, the tank was nearly empty.  I wasn't sure if AAA works on island mountain tops and I didn't want to find out.  Luckily, there was a mountain to come down, so gravity was on my side.  Once  I got the car going a few miles an hour, I killed the engine and put it in neutral.  Then I just coasted down the mountain with my foot on the brake.  When I finally rolled into a gas station, the jeep was on fumes.  Was it worth risk? Of course! But next time, I'll fill up first.

Capital One Bank Ad Campaign

I recently finished a great project with TAXI-NYC for Capital One Bank.  The project took me down to Atlanta GA to shoot in a variety of locations, including a brewery, a paint factory, and a firehouse just to name a few.  Getting those large marble letters in place was as hard as it looks. Check out the results and let me know what you think.

Carnival Skies

I've been to Hawaii for business several times.  On one of my last trips there I decided to take some time off and hang with the locals.  I went to the Maui State Fair.  Not only did I get to act like a kid, eating deep fried twinkies and going on rides, but I also shot this fun series of images.  I like these strange man-made contraptions set against the natural beauty of the sky.