The Actor

I recently met a fellow improvisor, who is also an aspiring stage and film actor. (He also has a PhD in Applied Physics, so the guy’s talents are diversified!) I photographed him for my Improvisors project, and afterward he asked me to do some actor headshots for him sometime. I hadn’t done many actor portraits […]

The People Behind Ask.com

Last Fall, I was asked to photograph the executive team at Ask.com in Oakland. The company was doing a complete redesign of the corporate information page on its website, and high on the priority list were portraits of the leadership team. The folks at Ask were great to work with (I first wrote about the […]

The Committee

As I mentioned in a recent blog post, I recently had the opportunity to attend The Committee 50th Anniversary Reunion in San Francisco. I was able to make portraits of many founders and legends of improv theater. It took some time for me to process all the images, but I am excited to finally share […]

Summer Camp

I’m going to camp! I was lucky enough to be one of the attendees at the very first Camp ImprovUtopia summer camp and improv workshop intensive. This education and team-building retreat was started by Nick Armstrong a few years ago, and is held each Memorial Day weekend in Cambria, California. This Camp draws improvisors from […]

The Founders of Improv Theater

As readers of this blog know, I am a practitioner and fan of improv. Last year I started a portrait project that documents the many faces of the improv community. Last month I had the extraordinary opportunity to make portraits of many of the early pioneers of improvisational theater at an event in San Francisco. […]

Improvisors NYC – Behind the Scenes

When I make portraits for my Improvisors project, I find that the key to success is creating a safe space to play and embrace whatever happens…much like in an improv scene. When I was in New York making portraits at the Magnet Theater, we worked on the main stage, which heightened the sense that we […]

Improvisor Portraits – New York City

The past six months have been unexpectedly busy for me, and one to-do list item that got massively delayed was reviewing the huge batch of portraits I did in December 2012 for my Improvisors series. (If you haven’t seen this project, check out my website or my earlier blog posts about it.) By the end […]

Anniversary

Ten years ago today I became a photographer. On May 1, 2003, I left a career in the corporate world—everything that was familiar, everything I had been formally trained to do, and what all my peers were doing—to place a risky bet in pursuit of my long-term happiness. I had been an artist all my […]

Father & Son

It is a brand new year, and I am slowly emerging from the fog of holiday craziness. December was busy with work, travel and family gatherings, all of which were fruitful. I am very fortunate. Alas, this blog suffered from a month of non-posting. I promise to remedy that as 2013 gets started. I created […]

A Portrait for the Holidays

Most of my time is spent making portraits of professionals for business purposes. However, at this time of year, things shift for a few weeks toward family portraiture. Lots of folks look at the holidays as an excuse to get an updated personal portrait. It’s so easy to print up custom greeting cards with online […]