April 18, 2014

Milky Way; Palau, Micronesia


We had a team doing a scuba ad shoot in Palau with some tough weather days, numerous product delivery delays and a long shot list. Not much time for play, but one day we did a lunch stop on one of the Rock Islands near the Milky Way, so stopped for a few minutes to paint ourselves with white mud. Nice to look back on it.

Model: Julie Anderson
Location: Milky Way, Rock Islands, Palau, Micronesia

March 6, 2014

Great Hammerhead Shark off South Bimini


Just returned from a shoot specifically to photograph Great Hammerhead Sharks. We anchored in 35-40' of water just offshore from South Bimini in the Bahamas Islands and worked with these animals for a week. The great hammerhead is typically larger than the more common scalloped hammerhead and has a dorsal fin approaching that of a killer whale/orca.

March 2, 2014

Ocean Artists Society Film/Web/Print Materials


Ocean Artists Society recently created a film and other materials aimed at people who could ease the strain being placed on our oceans. The image Kristi Sherk and I produced during a Mermaid Portfolio Workshop was used in this form.

February 28, 2014

Bimini Shipwreck - The Galant Lady, Belize


One of my favorite places to shoot, the wreck of The Galant Lady - Belize firmly locked to the Bimini shoreline in the Bahamas Islands.

February 26, 2014

Life on the Streets; Havana, Cuba


Life on the streets last week, Calle Obispo, Havana, Cuba

February 25, 2014

Art Deco Nude, Hotel Florida, Havana, Cuba


Art deco nude sculpture in entrance foyer of several night's lodging; Hotel Florida, Calle Obispo, Havana, Cuba. Wonderful art pieces everywhere (personal opinion - everyone is different). Couldn't get enough.

February 13, 2014

New Deck for Contest Winner, Chesapeake, VA


A military homemaker entered an "Ugly Deck" contest and won a new deck from a decking materials vendor. This is her prize, a new deck.

February 12, 2014

Details Interior Design/Found Objects


New building for Details Interior Design and Found Objects in Virginia Beach, VA. Meticulous design inside and out.

February 8, 2014


Still editing the great hammerhead expedition shoot from offshore South Bimini last week. Here's another frame. These are some beautiful animals.

First part of week was dedicated to still images, then added motion (100+ video clips) using the Nauticam with Canon 5D MkIII and Nauticam external SmallHD 4-inch monitor housing from Reef Photo & Video, Fort Lauderdale. Flawless operation.

December 27, 2013

Reality TV Location - Survivor Beach, Ulong Island, Palau


I could say this is a mermaid who has just molted, but really this is my photo assistant/creative partner at the time, Christina Macfarlane, during a diving surface interval on the Survivor TV Beach on Ulong Island, Palau. The straight version is nice, but this one has been composited with a photo of old newspapers Christina made. Sometimes we "make" pictures after we "take" them.


Wouldn't want anyone to think Mermaid Portfolio Workshops are violent, but we have moments of cos-play, theatrics and contention. Here, the pirate (Iara Mandyn) and mermaid (Sydney Raye Smith) discuss who will get Eric Jonathan Ducharme's Koi tail next.

December 12, 2013

Red Velvet Loveseat


The beginning of the red velvet loveseat series. Don't know exactly where it's going; will just have to see.

December 7, 2013

Lisa Cafero in Lakeside Alley


I was looking over some files today and spotted this frame from a shoot with female comic and spokesperson Lisa Cafero. We shot it in the alley behind the Lakeside studio and it's one of those images where the photo gives you a direct line to her personality.

November 24, 2013

Contruction Project: Build 3D Robotics Y6 Copter/Drone


Building a 3D Robotics Y6 copter (six motor) for aerial photography while I'm flying two quads (a DJI Phantom I and another). Transmitter for the Y6 will be the Spektrum DX8 (top left), gimbal for camera stability is a Keri Wilk RotorPixel unit (center). Motors are 880 Kv heavy lift; a top and bottom motor on each arm. The blue arms fold alongside the black arm and the legs fold up toward the motor-end of the arms so the craft can be packed in a small hard-side case for airline travel. Also pictured are the GPS and Compass unit (left of black arm) and 915 MHz Radio Telemetry set (lower left side). It gets a new 3DR Pixhawk Auto Pilot, but that's not expected here until the end of December. The Pixhawk, a powerful new product, allows planned waypoint flying, return-to-home and other piloting features. Not pictured is the FPV (First Person View) system allowing the pilot on the ground to see what the aircraft sees.

September 27, 2013

Mermaid Bride (MerBride)


Creating some Mermaid Bride (MerBride) images to see where that can go. Nice to have a creative and talented creative partner in this, Amanda Mcfarlin Kaiser. We used two dresses; one hers and one from the studio that came from the movie "My Best Friend's Wedding."

Model: Amanda Mcfarlin Kaiser
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia USA

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