Artist and stylist James Hickey

James Hickey was the second subject that I was asked to photograph by Spree Magazine for their special feature on Buffalo NY’s most beautiful and fascinating people. James is a master hairstylist by day, painter by night, and a full-time father who works in two creative fields. The image above is my favorite from that day’s series of portraits.

This was one of those rare projects where I had the pleasure of knowing my subject before being given an assignment to photograph them. James and I have known each other for a few years through mutual friends in the Western New York creative community. Most of the time on assignments like these I am working with people who I have met just moments before, so it is quite a different experience when I am photographing someone I know –  it is a little easier to slip into that really great rapport with a subject that leads to creating some really interesting images.

Tear sheet of James Hickey from Spree Magazine

Required Reading

James Randi goes on an 18 minute rant about the nature of assumption, psychic fraud, and professional manipulation, all after taking a fatal dose of homeopathic sleeping pills. Via ted.com

• Gaultier’s Madame fragrance ad.

• 2nd hand art – Derick Melander geometric sculptures made with donated and thrift store clothing.

• Always read the TOS of any social networking site you use, and make your work available appropriately and carefully. Via Burns Auto Parts

• Questions for art buyers – Speed edition – Via APhotoEditor.com