QCRG Roller Derby coach Tristan Lambright

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you may have seen that recently I was trying to help my friends Megan and Tristan raise money to help their brother Dustin buy a new prosthesis as he grew out of his previous one. I am happy to say that the campaign was a resounding success, and not only was enough money raised to buy Dustin’s prosthesis for this year, but next year’s as well.

What you may not know is that those friends I was helping support have made occasional appearances on this blog and in my work, much like this new PR portrait of Tristan that I took recently (and insisted that he sport the beard/flannel look he’s been pulling off lately for it). You have probably seen them here before.

Megan has made many appearances in the fun team photos I have created for my friends on the championship Western NY roller derby squad The Nickel City Knockouts (they are an amazing team and I love helping them out — Megan is also the captain and was also one of the first people to pose for me when I started coming back to photography professionally) and Tristan made a past appearances in my series of toothbrush face images (he was the crazy one). Tristan is also highly involved in the QCRG Roller Derby league both as a referee, coach, and highly visible promoter/supporter.

I get to meet a lot of interesting people through photography: artists, musicians, politicians and more — I get to make a lot of friends through what I do. But it still gives me a lot of joy when I get a chance to photograph my friends and people who have been in my life for a while, whether it is for an assignment or just a personal project of my own.

Required Reading


A great source of visual inspiration for photographer and video artists. CLIPTIPr is an amazingly well curated and regularly updated collection of music videos and video art with the occasional promotional video and commercial thrown in.Often on the cutting edge of production and style, the collection also includes the occasional classic video that still carries impact, style, and mood today. Great for a daily visual treat from a variety of styles.

The Launch Coach

With all the marketing consultants, productivity experts, planning coaches, and inspirational writers out there espousing their own unique philosophy, so many seem to overlap into the same touchy-feely crap that borders on sounding more like an excerpt from The Secret rather than practical and intelligently though out advice and planning. There are a few that have stood out to me over the years: Leslie Burns, Steven Pressfield, and Seth Godin. Added to that list is Dave Navarro, the Launch Coach. I’ve found a series of practical and free articles on his website featuring info on networking strategies that are outside the norm, ideas for building revenue streams, and influential pieces on dealing with self sabotage. You may have seen his writing on other blogs, such as Freelance Switch and Freelance Folder

The Mix – Photo Shelter

A great and must read article by consultant Selina Maitreya about putting together a successful mix of marketing channels to help get your work out there in front of the right people. Paraphrasing won’t do it justice, so just go read it.