• 31
    Aug

    Wine, a former president, and Pittsburgh

    In a very early post, I mentioned one of my favorite jobs ever:  when I was hired by FAKT Newspaper, a daily out of Warsaw, Poland, to tag along with former Polish President Lech Walesa as he visited important US dignataries.  First, there was Hillary Clinton.  Then a few other members of Congress, a couple […]

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  • 29
    Aug

    Mike's Portrait Theory #1 or I would have made a good psychologist.Suck it up, Buttercup. See?

    Last week, I relived history.  Or, at least an early part of my history.  Here’s what happened. I was called by a client to go to an office near the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and do an environmental portrait.  I always get a little weird when I go anywhere near Baltimore — it’s […]

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  • 29
    Aug

    Egypt or Arbitrary Story #6 or Why is Ra Laughing?!

    I’d always wanted to go to Egypt.  When I was little, my mom took me to the King Tut exhibit at the Smithsonian.  We stood in line for 6 hours, and it was worth every second. Worse, I decided at that moment I would be a pharaoh.  Why shouldn’t I wear golden masks?  Sit on […]

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  • 28
    Aug

    WWCD? Or, What Would Cher Do? Portrait Photography meets politics

    Perhaps it’s not proper to write this blog about photographing the former Vice President.  But I can’t help it.  Maybe it’s disrespectful.  But I can’t help it. It all started with Linda Springer.  Linda Springer was the former Director of the Office of Personnel Management, which is a big deal.   She was in charge […]

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  • 26
    Aug

    Travel Demons, Me, and Projectile Vomit.

    I was sitting today at Sacramento International Airport, and a gentleman sat down next to me.  Directly next to me.   Now, there were 80 empty seats in the very posh gate area, but he decided that seat next to me was way better than the empty one across the way.  I was listening to […]

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  • 25
    Aug

    Arbitrary Story #5: Chicken Liver Spaghetti

    Time to journey back to my work at Target (TAAAAR-JAAAY).  To this day, I wake up at 3 am every morning, no matter what.  WHY?  Simple, because that’s what time I had to rise and shine to get to work at Target.  I worked there 3 years. It all started when I left the linen […]

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  • 24
    Aug

    Roadkill doesn't sell so well. Just sayin'.

    Way back when, I decided the best way to give myself credibility as a photographer was to exhibit in the local art galleries.  Stop laughing, it was a good idea.  I put together several exhibits, one centered on my Ground Zero pictures, called, The Day Our Heart Stopped, and one called Serenity.  There were others. […]

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  • 23
    Aug

    The Cheapest of Knock-Offs.

    By now, if you read my little stories, you know my shtick.  You know I am — let’s use the nice word — creative.  Artistic.  Unique. Or weird, you pick. And when I started out as a photographer, I didn’t expect to be the one strolling into a Rolls Royce store and ordering up the […]

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  • 22
    Aug

    30 Events in 30 Days, or I Heart The Midwest

    This past spring, we were hired by a major banking chain to do 30 events, nationwide, in 30 days.  Some of these events happened simultaneously, others only hours apart.  The result was the entire team scrambling around the country, equipment zipping here and there, and me in my hotel room constantly eyeing travel plans and […]

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  • 21
    Aug

    Part 3 (and conclusion): When Things Go Wrong or I am the CEO

    I was on my way to the airport. “Steve, Mike Gatty,” I said into my iPhone, “I’m on my way to the airport in Baltimore.  Are we confirmed?” Steve hemmed and hawed a few minutes.  “Well, you have to understand, Honda isn’t exactly sure what they want to do, but, yes, we are confirmed.” “OK, […]

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