| 2010 April
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April 2010

With the interiors shoot with Gensler completed, now we just have to wait a bit on landscaping to do the exteriors.  I can see it now, an overall shot from the south… looking across the street at dusk with a white GLK 350 in the foreground : )  I think the building shots are really going to round out the story, but aren’t we off to a nice start?


A sampling of the interiors we did recently for Goettsch Partners at a building that I am becoming all too familiar with.  A couple days of work for Patsy, Me and Jimmy P.

While the firm may be more known for creating iconic buildings like 111 South Wacker, the Interiors Department carries a strong sense of geometry, materials and light inside, taking AIA awards last year for their work at CBS Studios and Prairie Management Group.


If you can explain why this shot we made recently for IA totally floats my boat, then you may have cracked the CB vision.  Ironically enough, no lights, no view camera, no 60 megapixel digital back… just my Nikon D3, a Zeiss 85mm, the available light that the architect designed into the space and utter and complete solitude.  I sent my client and assistant home early so I could spend a few hours alone with the space…. communing as it were.


Our lives may not be as exciting as Jack Bauer’s, but CB Photo just pulled off a 24 hour feat that we’re fairly proud of.  It all started a couple weeks ago when I got a call from Gensler’s Charlotte office.  It seemed that they had just completed a project that Interior Design Magazine showed a lot of interest in publishing.  The sticky part was, they were going to need photographs very quickly.  Now, typically, I book my work 3-4 weeks in advance and then we deliver final images in about two weeks (allowing for luxurious, time intensive post production that is sometimes dramatic, sometimes very subtle and always involves lots of caffeine).

After further discussion with the magazine, the designers discovered that they had two weeks, not three, to make the deadline.  They were going to need images by the twelfth.  That happened to be the first day I had available.  We called back and the writer consented to give us one more day.  So… all we had to do was catch the first flight to Charlotte, shoot for 12 hours, go back to the hotel, process and retouch the files then ftp them in the morning.

Did I mention I love a challenge?

Travel went off without a hitch, the shoot went well, we made 6 images in about 13 hours and got back to the hotel 21 hours after waking up.  I worked on files for three hours before exhaustion overtook me and I napped for four.  Up with the sun, I completed the retouching and have to say, I (as well as the client) was quite pleased indeed.  If the article makes the cut, I think we’ll have represented ourselves quite well!  I gotta give a big hand to Patsy who battled through a nasty cold the whole time to help me pull this off.

Self Portrait by one exhausted Patsy!


Back in January we spent a week in studio with my friend Michael Barile shooting some new Pieces for Cumberland Furniture.  I always enjoy working in the controlled environment of the photo studio, especially after weeks of running around chasing the sun (or wishing there was some sun to chase).  The pieces, designed by Yohandel Ruiz of RTKL were really a pleasure to work with.  After all of the interiors we’d been shooting when the new year began, it was good to get into the studio to sort of catch our breaths.  The esthetic of the sets, the abstract walls that create a soft sense of environment was something that Michael started working with several years ago and I loved manipulating them, creating space and then lighting to create a bit of intrigue.  It’s the closest I get to playing Architect.

I thought this was a pretty nice portrait of Michael that I grabbed in between sets.  Mr. Barile is one of the brightest creatives I’ve had the good fortune to work with and aside from art directing shmucks like me, he continues a strong pursuit of fine art work.


It’s been eighteen months since I resigned from the studio of Hedrich Blessing, where I spent the first 17 years of my career.  The last year and a half have been exciting, frightening and liberating all at once.  There’s a satisfaction that comes from being a one man show that I just can’t put into words.  Though my past provided me with a strong foundation in Architectural Photography, I see it more as a springboard for the places I want to go with my vision and am anxious to continue the evolution of the way I see things, from initial client dialogues to the lengthy post production that every image passes through.

As I’ve forged ahead,  I’ve still held great fondness for the images I’ve made in the past and have displayed them here along with the new work.  Recently, though, I received a note from my former employer asking me to remove those images from the site that they hold the copyright to.  Of course I respect their wishes and have spent this evening reworking the Architectural Portfolio.  It was actually kind of thrilling to revisit the work of the last several months and put together a portfolio that was wholly my own, sort of a celebration of the new beginning.  I realize that I’m very fortunate to have such talented clients who entrust me with work so strong that I can wipe the slate clean, start anew and still be very proud of the images presented.  It is a testament to the relationships I have built over the years and I am most appreciative.  So, to all my clients, Thank You!


Sometimes, it’s all about the view.  We were just shooting interiors with Mark Hirons from OWP/P : Cannon when we came across this view looking out the windows of a small café area.  We decided we had to build a shot around this city scene just to take advantage of the spectacular sights one is afforded whenever the coffee begins to run low.  This was really a wonderful project that had more of a European feel to it.  The design mixed a traditionally midwestern business foundation with materials and textures that were rather ethereal, creating a space that was somehow nostalgic while at the same time feeling very light and airy.

Of course I’ll post all the images once they make it out of post-production.  I’ve currently got three great projects in retouching and am booked nearly to June.  It’s really time to start investigating cloning myself.