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Dailies is a monthly collection of the images I take in my day to day life: casual snaps and test shots of friends and family, unguarded behind the scenes images of my subjects, Polaroids, Instagrams, and documentation of my myriad and sordid adventures.
A look back at my recent trip to Seattle, mobile images from an assignment with Hero Design, and a rundown on who has been visiting the studio over the last month.
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1. Musician Thomas Tubiolo after we wrapped a shoot developing some new PR and Press images for him.
2. Devin Caskie dropped by the studio with some much appreciated color to help me and my intern out with a small project.
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4. A more lo-fi look for Mark – sans glasses.
5. Beth Manos Brickey – the other super talented half of Hero and author of one of my favorite food blogs; Tasty Yummies
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6. Outside of my room at the Ace Hotel in Seattle. I was out west a bit this month for a workshop and to meet up with some friends. This friendly guy greeted me every morning.
7. A colorful take on the lobby at the Ace – I just loved this exceptionally stylish and affordable hotel.
8. Kain Vuong, one of the new friends I made on this trip – We initially met up at T5 at JFK and ended up hanging out for most of the weekend since we ended up being on the same flight from NY and staying in the same hotel once we arrived in Seattle.
9. My deer themed room at the Ace – which became quite the office / refuge while I was there.
10. I am usually loathe to post food Instagrams, but these red velvet pancakes were too good for me not to share – and as we all know, the rules don’t apply when it comes to red velvet.
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11. One of the reasons I was in Seattle was to check out the UnWorkshop event that John Keatley was hosting. I ended up making a ton of talented new friends there and learning a ton of new info – both from the other attendees and those that were part of the event,
12. John Keatley – photography badass. Check out his work here.
13. One of the highlights of UnWorkshop was an amazing Mariachi band who showed up un-announced and played some amazing music for us. John certainly knows how to throw a party.
14. Another one of the mariachis rocking out.
15. A small spelling error that became a running joke that became an idea for a brand change. Shauna from Nubbytwiglet.com put it best “Luke Chopping: Photographer – Blogger – Logger”
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16. A shot I grabbed of Devin while she was working on some test shots with my intern Lisa.
17. Anna Dominick was visiting Victory studios with her sister Lydia this day, but I will be working on a project with her soon.
18. I don’t think my new intern Lisa was prepared for how friendly Lydia Dominick is. You can see some images I shot of Lydia in a recent issue of The Hockey News’ Fully Loaded Magazine.
19. Yours truly and Lydia
20. I was really excited to have Leo Chan in the studio for a series of portraits I am working on. Keep an eye out for some of the pictures we shot that day to début on this blog soon.
Required Reading is a regular round up of the news, images, words, and videos that inspire me during the week.
• Another facet of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy is exposed as the art world starts to realize the extent of the potentially irreparable damage to several galleries in Chelsea
• A look back at the highlights of Scott Hansen’s Instagram Photo Favorites posts, there are some great streams featured here that you can follow.
• A provocative collection of portraits of Playboy Bunnies of the past.
• Seven different types of storytelling that brands put to use.
• Surreal, beautiful, and mildly disturbing images floating bodies wrapped in plastic.
• Enlist is a cool new app from Campaign Monitor for growing your marketing list with a great visual presentation.
• Bob Gruen and Kevin Bacon talk about photography with Mark Seliger in the newest episode of Capture, which hands become, without a doubt, my favorite photography interview series.
During a trip to Toronto this weekend for a family wedding I spontaneously decided to make a film geek pilgrimage to Markham to snap this picture of The Cathedral of the Transfiguration – an abandoned byzantine cathedral and notable landmark if you are heading north out of Toronto on the 404. If you are a fan of Horror Movies and John Carpenter specifically you may remember it as the Black Church from In the Mouth of Madness – one of the more memorable locations in the film. Thankfully the weather cooperated and provided an appropriately ominous sky.
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Photographing the Lawless Industries Rocket Bike – Currently the fastest electric motorcycle out there.
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Required Reading is a weekly listing of all the bits of visual inspiration, cool videos, news, hip links, and miscellaneous information that rattles my head during the week. The stuff that’s worth bookmarking and gets my brain-juices flowing.
Above: Fashion writer, stylist, educator, and event producer Erin Habes and former Prada VP Joseph Incao at Victory Studios in March styling one of my productions.
I picked up a new book this week called Design is a Job by Mike Monteiro from Mule Design. You might remember Mike’s popular Creative Morning’s video F*ck you. Pay Me. Though the book mainly targets designers, so many of the points it makes are universal and applicable to photographers, film makers, and creatives of all stripes. This book is a must read for creatives who have ever found themselves dealing with feelings of guilt or insecurity about what they charge their clients. You might need to abstract some of the specific ideas to make them apply to your particular field – but this short, entertaining, and informative read has kept me hooked all day.
What ever happened to the days of making something you cared about and that other people found interesting? | How To Get More Likes On Facebook
Ze Frank is back with a call to action for all those who are just beginning or beginning again, sometimes a big dose of positive thought and the acceptance the reality isn’t as bad as we sometimes think it can be is all you need to find a reinvigorating manifesto and start kicking some ass. I have watched this every morning this week.
Although I feel a little bad for laughing at some of the posts where people just don’t have a handle on Facebook, the sheer insanity that can pop up on this site keeps me coming back when I need to kill a few minutes with some laughter. | Old People Writing on A Restaurants Facebook Page
Insights and laughs from one of my favorite comic minds; John Cleese, on being creative and living a creative life. | Five Factors to Make Your Life More Creative
100 years of the fascinating aesthetics, dreams, interpretations, and hopes of the Russian Space Craze – Both real and imagined.
The Chuck close video is great, but the line later in the post about not cord sourcing your decisions is much-needed advice for those seeking constant and instant social media acceptance of their creative endeavors. | Lessons From Chuck Close
I love Art-o-mats – the idea of retrofitting a vintage cigarette machine to sell unique pieces of small art to the masses is one of sheer brilliance. I get throughly excited every time I see one.