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Joshua Tree Nude Photo Workshop
April 23rd-27th
This workshop will be held on a large piece of private land near Joshua Tree, California. Click here for more information.

Lighting the World: Flash Photography with Speedlights
June 17th-21st

 This workshop is an immersion course in working with dedicated flash units.  Produced by The Anderson Ranch.  Click here for more information.

Iceland Nude Photo Workshop

July 8th-12th

The magnificent landscape of Iceland serves as background for this figure workshop. Click here for more information.

Figure in the Western Landscape Workshop
July 24th-27th
This workshop will be held on a large piece of private land in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Produced by The Santa Fe Workshops.  Click here for more information.

North Carolina Nude Photo Workshop

August 14th-18th
The verdant forests and beautiful waterfalls of North Carolina beckon for this figure workshop.  Click here for more information.

Figure in the Western Landscape Workshop

August 21st-24th
This workshop will be held on a large piece of private land in Park City Utah. Click here for more information.


Annual Report photography for Syngenta

I love rural America.  I know that it might sound old and worn, but I love the quieter vibration and the slower pace. Along with that, or maybe because of it, people seem to be a bit more willing to take time in everything they do.  And they seem to truly enjoy meeting new people and collaborating on a project.

So I was fortunate to have an opportunity to shoot an annual report assignment for the agricultural company Syngenta.  The photo shoot was to portray the increased yield that results from water monitoring systems, and I traveled to Nebraska to photograph corn farmers who were part of the program.

We shot a number of scenarios, some with just the farmer, some with his wife, and some with a field agent for Syngenta.  Blessed with wonderful weather and congenial subjects, we were able to create some evocative images.  Here's just one of the photographs I came away with. 


ASMP Best of 2013

I just found out I am one of the 20 finalists for the ASMP Best of 2013.  Not sure which images they will choose to show, but this image of Klara Houdet from Colorado Ballet, from the "Limelight" series is what got me in.

Thanks to all the dancers who participated in the series.  Luis Valdes, Adam Still, Cara Cooper, Casey Dalton, Chandra Kuykendall, Caitlin Valentine-Ellis, and Christopher Ellis.  And to Oleg Dedogryuk who styled this photograph. 




Lifestyle shoot for Wyoming Medical Center

The last two days I've been shooting a lifestyle campaign for Wyoming Medical Center.  It's been a great experience photographing former patients who have a new lease on life based on their treatment at the hospital.  Tomorrow we will photograph six key doctors at the facility and then head home.

I won't be able to show the images we created until the rollout of the campaign, but this was a fun detail I shot of a patient who now participants in Scottish Highland games.


Joshua Tree National Park


After teaching a workshop in the area, I made a quick visit to Joshua Tree National Park.  It's been a number of years since I had been there, but the place still entraces me.  I love the muted colors of the desert and the peacefulness of the park.  We owe such a debt to Teddy Roosevelt and his vision for preserving natural wonders through the creation of a national park system.

This is one of my favorite images, shot with the Canon 5D MkIII.


"Limelight" exhibit is featured in 303 Magazine

303 Magazine did a story about the "Limelight" series of dance photography I have on exhibit.  It includes an interview with me about the project and how I collaborate with dancers.

Thanks to writer Erica Prather for such a nice piece.  You can see the ful article at 303 Magazine.