REFUSE – Personal Work


I’m always looking for something new to shoot and this project literally dropped out of the sky.

It started when my next door neighbor stopped by and “warned” me she was going to trim her 100 ft palm tree.  I smiled and thanked her for the notice, but during the exchange I was thinking – “Why is this crazy lady on my porch bothering me with this nonsense.” Read More…

How To Become A Better Photographer

How to be a great photographer

Do you want to be a great photographer?  Do you think you have what it takes to be the next Annie Leibovitz?

Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to be around a lot of photographers.  I’ve worked as an assistant, an academic lab tech, a retoucher, and professional photographer.  In these roles, I’ve encountered a lot of shooters moving up and down the ladder of success.

Although the great ones typically have widely variant personalities, most execute the same habits and traits that promote greatness. The following list is simple but effective.  If you really want to be great, this is how you do it: Read More…

5 Common Food Photography Mistakes


Food Photography Mistakes

Do you want to make ugly food photography?  Are you trying to create photos so bad that even your mother doesn’t like them?

Of course you don’t, but the world is full of photographers unintentionally answering “yes” to these questions.  If you’re a beginning photographer looking for a little help, here are some simple food photography mistakes to avoid. Read More…

Bounce Flash for Beginners

Bounce Flash for Beginners

Bounce flash is photography’s red headed stepchild.  It gets no respect and is sadly considered the light source of last resort.

This is complete nonsense.

If you walk onto any Hollywood sound stage or old school fashion set, you’ll see light being bounced all over the place.  Simply put, it’s the cheapest and easiest way to make a big beautiful light. Read More…