Rapper Chat Hawk of Buffalo Hip Hop Collective Team Radio

Why aren’t you listening to Chae Hawk right now? This Buffalo NY based rap cinema artist and founder of hip hop collective TeamRadio has been producing some of the best progressive hip hop to ever come out of WNY. Be sure to check out Dance Party for The Heavy Hearted on his website (especially his track Chin Ups featuring another past subject of mine  – Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die.)

The Guitarist – Mick Hayes

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Mick Hayes .

Guitar slinging, soul, blues, and rock singing badass Mick Hayes is the subject of one of my most recent shoots!

It’s always a treat to get to photograph someone who has shared stages and billing with stars like Stevie Wonder, The Doobie Brothers, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Steve Vai, and Los Lonely Boys, and I’ve been lucky these past few years to work with Mick on a bunch of still and motion projects the include the release video and cover art of his most recent album.

More than that, I’ve had the pleasure of actually seeing the man play a few times, and it’s a revelatory experience to see live. Mick can play, sing, and put on one hello of a show. His astounding stage presence, steeped in the influence of his musical roots and coupled with his raw enthusiasm and skillful playing , is one of the reasons he’s endorsed by brands like Hammond  and Knaggs Guitars.

Garrett Thomas

Buffalo NY native Garrett Thomas -  Magician, speaker, and consultant to celebrity illusionists like David Blaine and Marco Tempest.

This is an editorial portrait of Garrett Thomas, who is a magician, artist, and lecturer on the nature of the creative process well known in the global magic community. For over twenty years Garrett has been a creator of truly original illusions and worked as a consultant/instructor to celebrity magicians like David Blaine and Marco Tempest. In one of those strange small-world moments I had actually first met Garrett years ago after seeing one of his performances in Buffalo only to find out shortly after that my downstairs neighbor at the time was a good mutual friend of both of ours.  Since then I have been fortunate enough to see Garrett perform his amazing close up magic on many occasions and even had the pleasure of having dinner with him in the days leading up to this assignment – where we discussed our approaches to creativity and the similarities and differences between the worlds of magic and photography.