I never forget a face.

I never forget a face.  I mean really, I don't.  I can't.  I am not sure if it's why I became a photographer but I often find myself haunted when I pass someone who I know I have seen before but can't quite place where or when it happened.  On a recent trip to California I made my whole family wait at 5:30AM in JFK for me to accost a man who I was certain I had met at a wedding a year ago.  I am regularly stopping people on the street to ask if I know them and, most often, I do, if only in passing.  So recently, when I started watching Transparent, a really beautiful show about identity (both of self and within a family), love, dysfunction, etc., I felt twitchy because the character of Ali, played by Gaby Hoffmann, seemed familiar to me.  Since my celebrity photography is limited to a few vaguely recognizable white men and Sarah Koenig, I assumed that my mind was playing tricks on me.  But then it came to me:  GABY HOFFMANN!  Of course. One day, around 15 years ago, I spent the day with her and some friends in upstate NY.  She was fretting about whether or not to continue to pursue acting.  I am so glad she did!  

And I happen to have the photo to prove it.  Voila a younger Gaby Hoffmann (on the left) circa 1999.


dan mazzarini - kiplinger's magazine

Here's a couple of my favorite pics from a recent shoot with Dan Mazzarini and his parents for Kiplinger's Magazine.


nfp - spring!

Super inspiring shoot with Gail Travis of NFP studio.We shot in the light-filled studios at Atlas Industries in Newburgh with hair by Carlos Jacome, make up by Jenny Atwood Smith and the stunning and wonderful to work with Valeryia Kvasouka.


nfp fall 2015 shoot

Another great shoot with Gail Travis of NFP studio.We shot at my studio at Atlas Industries in Newburgh with hair by Carlos Jacome, make up by Jenny Atwood Smith and the hilarious and beautiful Kelsey Vogelzang.



what is wonder?

I am honored that Reader's Digest chose this photo of August to illustrate what wonder looks like.  Eight other photographers are featured as well, many of whom I have admired for years.

When one of the editors called me to ask me why this photo looked like wonder to me,   I stuttered out a few things and they made it make sense in print.  Looking at the photo again, I still don't think I can eloquently say why it says wonder to me.  It was just one of those hot summer days and the kids and I walked to the drugstore to kill some time.  August saw this totally crappy and mediocre bow and arrow set and begged and begged for  it.  I finally after he agreed to pay for half.  He skipped the entire way home and his unadulterated joy made me reach for the camera.  That he broke the thing after about 10 minutes did not lessen his enjoyment of it one bit.  I think I finally threw it out what was left of it this fall.

 I just looked up wonder and the definition is:  something strange and surprising.  If asked, that's not exactly what I would have said. To me, there is an element of delight in those odd and unexpected things.  I hope that's what is illustrated here.