Newport, Rhode Island, RI, professional dog and pet photographer from New York City
I help people create legacy. Whether your vision is short- or long-term, a beautifully crafted photograph of something or someone you love stops time.
When was the last time you looked back at photos of your middle-aged dog when he was a puppy?
You're lucky if you had something to flip through at all. You're an outlier if you can scroll back more than six months on an iPhone. Good luck retrieving your 10-year-old's baby pictures on Facebook after your computer crashes.
People take a bazillion pictures on mobile devices. This is great for a week. Or a month. Forget flipping back over time (and I mean more than six months).
Prints have gone buh-bye. The idea has simply evaporated from most people's consciousness. Should that matter?
I think so, but I'm definitely in the minority.
I work for people who are passionate about creating images of both silliness and sensibility. These patrons of the arts value the richness photos bring not only to the here and now, but to the future. In a word, they care about legacy.
Once a New Yorker, what do you call yourself when you move to a new place?
After twenty-four years in Manhattan, I had to do a whirlwind 13 months in Minnesota for family reasons.
As of December 2014, I am happy to say that I am back East.
I've lived in a lot of places other than New York City. I lived in Minnesota [twice], California [twice], Nantucket, France, Italy, Vermont, Philadelphia and Boston.
Where we live, how often we move and why we move adds to - and sometimes subtracts from - the substrate of what we have to offer.
As do the careers we choose.
Someone told me I'd have seven careers. I didn't believe it, but I'm thirteen years into career #4 as a professional photographer.
Career #1 found me in the family business on Nantucket. I was a very fancy basketweaver for twelve summers.
Career #2 found me teaching skiing in Val d'Isere, France and then Vermont. I loved those years. They were the funnest, most adventurous years of my life.
Career #3 found me on Wall Street for twelve, mostly fabulous years. I ended up as a derivatives specialist. Don't hold that against me. I still love numbers. And volatility.
Along the way, I won a Minnesota state piano contest when I was 15. I ran a few New York City marathons and I got a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
I'm still a curious, incredibly resourceful problem-solver. Sometimes I wonder about careers #5, 6 & 7.
If you're a brand or an agency, you'd hire me to create images that convey a sense of well-being and comfort. These images are always simple. They are always elegant in the classical definition.
If you're not a "brand," you'd hire me to create images of things that give you great joy. Things you're proud of. Things you love. They are family (children, parents & spouses) or beloved dogs. Or horses. Or even cats.
I'm an expert at photographing real people. I'm an expert at photographing animals. I sometimes struggle when they're put together, but I really like that challenge.
I like smart people. I like kind people. Most of all, I love to work for people who cherish pictures.
While you still have something or someone worth remembering, don't let more time go by. Call me now.