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 […]

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 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 […]

Improv Teachers & Students

My last blog entries were from the early part of the San Francisco Improv Festival, where I was photographing performers. I went back for a couple more days of shooting portraits and got some great stuff, but then I got slammed with a series of major jobs, and had no time to sort through much […]

Behind the Scenes: Improvisors at SFIF

This week I’ve been posting portraits from the San Francisco Improv Festival. I can’t tell you how much fun it is to photograph improvisors! Such creativity, generosity and commitment. A photographer’s dream. The Festival producers have allowed me to bring my somewhat elaborate Improvisors portrait lighting set-up backstage in the early evening before show, to […]

WeirDass at the SF Improv Festival

My schedule had me back at the San Francisco Improv Festival (www.sfimprovfestival.com) shooting performer portraits on Saturday. The headliners for the night were the husband and wife duo of Stephanie Weir (MADtv, Modern Family, Weeds) and Robert Dassie (Community, HBO’s Funny or Die), collectively known as WeirDass. I had some back-and-forth communication with them about […]