• Collage of photos from 2005
    30
    Sep

    When you’re sitting next to a president

    Chapter 1: From film to the internet The year was 2005, and Flckr was an infant.  The internet was clunky, and America Online popular.  MySpace hadn’t taken the world by storm.  Facebook had just started, but nobody knew about it. Wire services ruled the news media, along with a handful of broadcast networks.   Fox News […]

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  • Black Lives Matter Baltimore Street Mural
    21
    Sep

    Life in Baltimore

    About 16 months ago, Matthew, my mom, and I were eating dinner.  My mom had some health issues after falling and breaking a few bones, and Matthew and I were living near Orlando, Florida.  We were visiting her home in Sterling, VA after driving to the area ahead of a major hurricane hitting our home […]

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  • A collage of headshots from our Philadelphia Headshot photo booth
    31
    Aug

    Finding Your Photography Soul

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  • Arnold Schwarznegger as Mr. Universe
    26
    Aug

    What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

    As the months tick by under the shadow of COVID-19, and schedules are still on hold, it’s easy to think our time as event professionals has ended.  It’s hard to remain hopeful when you look at the news.  Daily your bank account shrinks, and politicians either focus on their re-election, or worry about the postal […]

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  • green screen photo booth image to promote Westworld, Season 2.
    10
    Aug

    Pushing Creative Boundaries

    As COVID-19 continues to murder the event industry, we are all watching more television.  For me, I’m addicted to two shows:  RuPaul’s Drag Race and Project Runway.  Both contest-centered shows remind me of my dad’s most important rule of business: “If they want crap, give them crap.”  (I’ve actually changed the quote slightly to make […]

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  • Podcast with green screen photographer Mike Gatty
    03
    Aug

    Human to Human Contact During Covid-19

    Last week, I was interviewed for a Podcast by Ahron Glazer, Chief Marketing Officer at Executive Media Solutions.  It was a fun conversation!  It’s a little strange watching yourself be interviewed for an hour, but I got a lot out of our talk.  Take a listen and let me know your thoughts. One part of […]

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  • Phoenix Convention Photography for General Mills
    21
    Jul

    Photography and Story Telling

    On Monday morning, bright and early, I was interviewed by a Ahron Glazer for his Executive Talk Podcast series and Blog.  It was a great interview (if I do say so myself).  We discussed strategies for marketing your business during COVID-19, building trust with clients, and brand as the soul of your business. But my […]

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  • New Coronavirus infections in the US according to the New York Times.
    13
    Jul

    Marketing your photography business during COVID-19

    As COVID-19 infections rise throughout the United States, it may seem like a great time to put everything on hold.  After all, if you’re an event photography business, chances are you’re shut down.  Every day I wake up and check the New York Times COVID-19 tracking page, and every day I’m horrified.  I keep expecting […]

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  • Whoopi Goldberg and Overcoming Dyslexia Billboard
    06
    Jul

    Dyslexia, COVID-19, and The Business of Photography

    It took me one year to learn how to play the theme for Star Wars on my piano.  I was twelve.  I’d look at the music notes on the page, and it might have been written in hieroglyphics.  I couldn’t figure out how to pay attention to the left hand when the right hand was […]

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  • US Event Photos COVID19 mask giveaway in Baltimore
    27
    Jun

    The Business of Photography: Building Your Brand During COVID-19

    Last September, Matthew and I moved to inner-city Baltimore.  A “transitional” neighborhood, we’re blocks from John’s Hopkins University Medical Center on Baltimore’s East side.  Our neighborhood is economically deprived with lots of struggling people. The primary mode of transportation in our neighborhood?  City bus.  The second most dangerous way to travel in the age of […]

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