I was on my way to an assignment for Vero Beach Portfolio Magazine. Wanted to get there early to watch the magic happen as the light starts to shine on the waterfront. Beautiful light! I could tell it was going to be an awesome day! Another opportunity to be creative, meet new people and help tell their stories. My Mantra – Present moment beautiful moment.
Hope everyone is riding these crazy waves going on in our country with optimism, hope and determination to make things better. ✌🏼out.
I met Teodora Katelieva in 2007. Someone referred me to ‘the best trainer’ in the world. It’s been a long time and she’s still my ‘trainer’. She has a great sense of humor, but takes her job seriously. Her no bullshit theology keeps me grounded and connected to my own power and strength. Covid came, and without skipping a beat, she’s finding ways to take care of business and continue serving her clients. No self pity, no complaining. Onward. Here she is showing me one of her new tools. I could write a book about the lessons she’s helped me learn, but I want to share only the most relevant ones. “No one is going to rescue you.” “Is it one day, or is it day one?” “Accept it and keep moving.”
Recently, I was on assignment for TriRail. One of our objectives was to shoot the platforms at peak times to illustrate the volume and different types of riders using the train. The week after I finished this work, things changed. It still seems so surreal to me….the things that are becoming normal now. Public transportation is one of the best places to witness and feel these new norms. Caution. Fear. Optimism. Most important, the innate desire people have to carrying on, despite. I wanted to explore this new phenomenon using some images from this project in a different way.
Currently, it seems that it is in everyones best interest to nurture creative impulses, regardless of one’s job or personal situation. Great time to discover unimagined opportunities for creativity and service in every aspect of life.
At last I have time for ongoing project, #PresentMomentBeautifulMoment, a photographic #botanicalstudy exploring #presence. Each image is produced by interacting with the natural environment. Through presence botanical items emerge. I interact with them by using a black cloth to separate them from their environment. After isolating and photographing the plant or tree or flower on location, I continue the process in post production. It’s fun! I lose track of time. My favorite part is how the image usually represents some type of metaphor for life or something that is relevant to me. Like the photo above, ‘quietly observe the sharp edges of life growing in all directions’. Haha! These are the type of thoughts I have while interacting with botanical items. I think it’s mother nature speaking to me. The reward is usually a startling, often simple image that informs me and that I do not tire of looking at. I love looking at these images as a group. I’m aiming for a wall with about one hundred of these images.
It’s such a blessing to have clients that really appreciate and support the arts. Not only do artists bring creativity, inspiration, joy and the ability to unite us in a common experience. They are also a link between art and commerce. We are all richer because of creative people. Miami is richer because of people who support the arts.
My thoughts on the new year are all about being creative. On every level. Creating. Building something new. Learning something new. Being someone new. Flying high. Living from the present moment untethered to past experiences. Going for it! Nailing it. Enjoying it. Celebrating the ups and the downs. Failing. Enjoying that too. Everyday is a new opportunity to create. Happy New Year!
This was Bella’s first modeling job…She was terrible! Way too self-conscious. She kept staring at the camera. Wouldn’t go along with the script at all. I was so happy to have her come to work with me anyway….#lovebug #commercialphotographer #onlocation #interiorphotography #lifestylephotography #advertisingphotography #interiors #wonderful_places #architects #spacesandplaces #miamihospitalityphotography #interiordesignphotography #ccdevco#avemaria #architecturalphotographysouthflorida #letscollaborate #hospitalityphotographer #architecturalinteriors