February 4, 2016

The People You Meet


One of the nice things about being a photographer is working with interesting people. I've done several projects with Brynna Raine and we always walk away with a nice creative satisfaction. A side benefit is I can tap her knowledge and skill with Adobe Premier Pro. She's my tutor and helps bring video things to life.

Some uses of my MerImages

Some uses of my MerImages are vehicle/boat wraps, public service pieces, calendars, book covers, print ads, print and digital magazine covers and inside illustrations and Websites. Uses are only limited by the imaginations of creative directors/graphic designers and end users. I really enjoy working with mermaids capturing the images, then the creatives who take the images public.












February 2, 2016

Never know when you'll need your camera


Q: why do you carry a camera around? A: never know when you'll see something worth capturing.
This was a corridor to the restrooms in a local mall. Within three frames, mall security showed up. Security: "Can I help you?" Me: No, I just liked this view and took a picture. Security: "This is private property; no photography allowed unless taking photo of friends or family."
I liked that security showed up so fast and hope they would be that quick if there was something really bad going on.

January 22, 2016

Another Light Painting Frame


Some of you will remember Aaron Jones inventing the optical light painting system Hosemaster. I spent a week with him at his studio near Santa Fe, New Mexico learning to shoot this with a 4x5 film camera. It is a little different shooting it with digital systems, but it still works.

Experimenting with a New Model


Model: AprilAnn Dais
Location: Lakeside Studio, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Trying some new things in studio with an old horse trough.

January 20, 2016

Light Painting with Hosemaster


Had a little extra time this afternoon so dragged the Hosemaster out of the closet and painted the Honda generator (with light).

January 17, 2016

"Kodachrome" Resurfaces


The "Kodachrome" image surfaces again. It's pretty funny to watch someone's face when I explain how this was done (with old film stock and scotch tape).

December 30, 2015

I Dream of you Amid the Flowers


Working with a new model today, trying some new stuff with flower petals and a horse watering trough.

Model: AprilAnn Dais
Location: Lakeside Studio, Virginia Beach, Virginia

December 17, 2015

A Redhead Portrait


Today seems to be my day for finding pearls; this an incredible redhead from the Baltimore/Washington area.
Model: Chelsea Taylore
MUA: Lauren Brune
Location: Lakeside Studio

Gelato Break - Isla Mujeres, Mexico


Revisiting this photo of old friend, Douglas Seifert, World Editor at UK's Diver Magazine, on a gelato break in one of his outrageous shirts (think Jailbird or Venetian Gondolier). Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

December 6, 2015

Re-Visiting Vintage Hats


Chuck Guthrie and I have been working on a series of images of vintage hats for several years as we find models who look the part and volunteer to work with us. Some have been shot in the Valentine Museum in Richmond, Virginia on archival head forms, as this one was.

November 30, 2015

Mermaid and her Pirate/Sailor


Assistant and Retoucher, Jackie Burwood, and I have been working on this image and it reached smooth and final stage today. Printing this afternoon for everyone involved.
Model Sailor/Pirate: Ashley Soltis
Model Mermaid: Nicole Carter
Dinghy(Dink): Chuck Guthrie Loan
Location: Partly Underwater; Partly in Air
Technique: Under/Over (difficult to do right)
Shipwreck: Unknown Paddlewheel Steamship

Working With Real Dummies


During the Black Friday-to-Cyber Monday period, I worked with some real dummies.

November 25, 2015

King Neptune & Mermaid


Just after sunrise on the U.S. East Coast, wind out of NE at 15 and air temp in the 40s, this was the scene last Saturday:
Mermaid: Hales Parcells
King Neptune: Carlo Sciortino
Location: Rudee Inlet Jetty Rocks, Virginia Beach, VA
Top: Siren Allure (etsy) by Mermaid Hyli

November 24, 2015

Time Flies


FB is reminding us of our old postings. This was a reminder that "Time Flies!" It's cold in Virginia today and this was a welcome little revisit to a shoot with Iara Mandyn 4 years ago.