ASMP Best of 2011

ASMP best of 2011 splash image

ASMP best of 2011 splash image

I cannot even begin to say how surprised and honored I was to find out recently that my project from earlier this year – Pigment – had been selected to be one of twenty projects featured in the American Society Of Media Photographers Best of 2011 Collection. ASMP conducted a pretty in-depth interview with me about the project, my work, and what it’s like to be part of a growing community of talented photographers and creatives working in the border city of Buffalo, NY. I am so proud to be featured among many other incredible projects like Jenna Close & John Held’s revolutionary remote control aerial photography, B. Proud’s fantastic series on long-term same-sex couples, and Barbara Kinney’s coverage of women affected by Alzheimer’s.

Thank you to everyone who was a part of the pigment series, and everyone else I have been lucky enough to collaborate with over the years.

Read the full interview with me here.

Personal Record 8.25.2011

Personal Record is a new regular Thursday feature here on my blog, an ongoing stream of the images I make outside of my professional career. The personal images, mobile images, outtakes, and  random candid images that I take on my iPhone, my X100, my 5D MKII or whatever other camera I happen to have handy at the time; a documentation of my day-to-day life and the things I come across that interest me visually.

 Bryan "Vomit" Gunsell - Artist, musician, designer

Bryan came by the studio session late last week for a portrait session where I made this iPhone image.

Fuji Finepix x100

My new Fuji x100, which has become my constant companion, arrived last Friday after much anticipation.

Luke Copping and Erin McPartlan in Newmarket Ontario

I spent a good chunk of the weekend  in Canada at my cousin’s wedding. This is mine and Erin’s ubiquitous post-getting-ready mirror shot.

My Mother - Dianne Copping

My mother Dianne at the wedding.

The Candy bar spread at my cousins wedding

The bride and groom had arranged for a rather extensive and colorful candy bar.

Luke Copping wearing a cyberoptix tie

At dinner, wearing one of my favorite ties from Cyberoptix.

My Uncle (and my mother's twin brother) David Gale

My uncle Dave (my mother’s twin brother).

A lot of new print promos going out this week. You can get a more in depth look at them on Nubby Twiglet’s site, where Nubby featured them earlier this week.

saying I saw written on the wall at my gym

Written on the chalkboard at my gym this week,

asparagus, goat cheese, and hot chile quiche

A seriously yum piece of the asparagus, goat cheese, and hot chile quiche I came across this week.

Emily Tronetti at a shoot at Victory Studios

I helped my intern Emily out on a project this week as her “assistant”.  She put together a great production and It was so nice to lend a hand and see her creative process in action. Emily is highly creative and motivated. Hopefully I will be able to share some of the images she created during this shoot with you soon.

Guy Williams Gane at a shoot at Victory Studios

Guy William Gane III, at my studio waiting for hair and makeup prior to Emily’s shoot.

Some quick images I did of the crew from Emily's shoot

The whole team from Emily’s production. Clockwise from top left: Maureen Olson Urbaniak, Guy William Gane III, Paige Carson, and Emily Tronetti.

A mobile image of emily tronetti via instagram.

Emily on location.

Guy William game on locations

A little black and white action with Guy during some downtime on location.

Paige Carson on location

Another black and white image during a break in shooting, this time featuring Paige.

instagram image of Paige carson with flowers

Paige and flowers – via Instagram.

My girlfriend's niece, Trinity.

My girlfriend’s family stopped by the studio to have some family portraits taken while her niece Trinity was visiting from the west coast. Trinity and Mr. Bunny decided to steal the show.

Ted's HotDogs

One last batch of Ted’s hot dogs on a rainy night as the summer winds down.

Loganberry at teds otdogs

Loganberry, a serious Buffalo beverage that I have become sadly addicted to since relocating from Canada. A must have with Ted’s dogs.

 Spending time with our dogs, Kasha and Kemper

Relaxing in the backyard with Kasha and Kemper as the weather gets cooler and a little more pleasant.

Required Reading

500 Photographers – featuring 5 shooters a week for one hundred weeks. Already, favorites of mine such as Alex Prager and Denis Darzacq have been featured consecutively. Nominations are open to suggest future photographers, so if anyone would like to throw a nomination my way, it would be greatly appreciated.

• Brilliant views on tokyo street fashion from the always on point The Sartorialist blog. Scroll down to see all the entries.

• Via the Launch Coach – Fears, Worries, and Oh!, I Just Quit my Day Job

• The value of volunteering – Via the ASMP Strictly Business Blog

• The typographic story of some of your favorite albums – Via