Nice Wheels

I recently had the opportunity to make some unique portraits. I was contacted by a non-profit in Berkeley that provided information and resources for the disabled. The organization had originally tried to purchase stock photography for its website, but contacted me after experiencing an interesting (and frustrating) problem: stock photos of “disabled” people are almost […]

Modern Family

I have met some talented people while making my Improvisors portraits. While I was at an improv retreat earlier this year, I took a workshop with the wonderful Dana Powell. She is a great teacher and a terrific improvisor, and I had the opportunity to photograph her for my project during the retreat. I just […]

Ollie

There is no greater dog-lover than me. Dogs are the best. I grew up with a delightful female golden retriever who lived to be 16.5 years old, so I am particularly fond of sweet old doggies. Early last month, I had the pleasure of making some portraits of my friend’s 14-year-old dog, Ollie. (That’s 98 […]

Camp ImprovUtopia

I started my Improvisors project just over a year ago, setting out to make portraits of improv performers in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. During the past year, I have gathered folks at my studio, photographed visiting performers at the San Francisco Improv Festival, attended the Committee Reunion, and even traveled to New […]

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 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 […]