One light, many jobs

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It’s been one of those months that give lie to the phrase “off-season.” We are back from Dubai and finally over our jet lag, preparing for weddings and so much exciting stuff coming in April I can’t even stare at my calendar directly.

Here’s a shot from one of my workshops at Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai. The amazing staff there worked so hard for me … maybe too hard! I primarily teach how to get good results in any kind of environment, and they wrangled up a bunch of five-star hotels like The Sofitel Jumeirah Beach, but we found a way to make it difficult. Here, one light is doing triple duty — backlight on the couple, freezing the water drops in the shower, and providing the nicely formed silhouette. Best of all, no one got wet! Ok, I got a little wet.

Nikon D750, 28mm f/1.8 @f/3.5, 1/200th, ISO 100.

Purpose.

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I’ve made a lot of changes you cannot see, but it radiates through everything that I do. People ask me “What are your goals for the new year?” But in 2015 and beyond I am trying to tear down my goals and focus on the purpose behind them. I’ve always known the purpose I have for the work I do for my clients — it is so obvious every time I share and document tears of joy, years of relationships balled up into a single shining, gemlike moment.

But why do I share? Why do I teach? Why do we photographers spend so much time talking to other photographers? To get likes? To go viral? To be a virus? If virality mattered we’d have spent the entire last year talking about our new corporate masters, Dollar Shave Club.

I share and show so that I can see as many of these wonderful moments as I can, but also so I can take part in the conversation, so I can say “Give me a spare corner of a golf course, a couple in love, and the ability to find my angle, and this is what I will do.” And it is not what you may have seen, and so I leave something behind … a moment, a way of seeing, a piece of the conversation that I love being a part of.

That is my purpose. It is not the fire that burns but the foundation we build every day we care about what we do.

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 II

Iberostar Playa Mita Mexico wedding teaser

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Last week Tatiana and I went down to Mexico to shoot with the all-around fantastic Tyler Wirken. It was a hilarious, wonderful heart-warming affair … and also body-warming. Did we mention Mexico is wonderful this time of year? If we tried this shot in New York right now we’d get a bunch of interesting documentation from the hospital later. More to come…

This was shot hand-held. It was … not easy.

Nikon D810, 12-24mm @ 12mm, f/14, 1/2 second, ISO 320