Environmental portrait in Black & WhitePosted on May 2, 2019
In an environmental portrait, the location illuminates the subject's personality and illustrates a place where he spends much of his time. I recently photographed James Hickey, artist, sculptor, and hairstylist through the window of his Hertel Avenue salon. Hickey's own painting on the back wall, the open blade of his casually cocked razor, and the bokeh from the evening street lights all inform this image of a highly creative, edgy and intense human.
Galvanized steel with Araucana & brown eggsPosted on April 14, 2019
I've always loved galvinized steel and have been a collector for years. But it was not my first choice for a background when I decided to photograph a still life of araucana and browm eggs. I originally posted the image on IG (kc kratt) in color, but I decided to post it here as a black and white. There is an incredible tactile quality in this treatment which emphasizes the texture and sparkle of the galvinized as well as the luminous sheen of the eggs.
Sweet Catch...Posted on February 28, 2019
Players gotta play and photographers gotta shoot—anything and everything they see. It makes for a diverse body of work and occasionally that leads to unusual and fun assignments. We recently completed a project for The Martin Group and Under Armour, #sweetcatch. The client wanted to photograph a new line of specialty baseball gloves with fabulous, colorful desserts. Working with the agency and local pastry chef, Lucy Levere, we created an eye catching — and mouthwatering — campaign.
Fun with Phoroptors...Posted on October 17, 2018
Reichert Technologies recently hired me to photograph a number of images to introduce their most advanced Phoroptor® for a trade show and advertising campaign. While shooting this assignment, the marketing folks brought over some of Reichert’s collection of classic phoroptors. “Just have some fun,” they said. And, of course, I did.
This blog post, the current billboards and some of the tear sheets in the Marketplaces section of the website are representative of this project.
Black and white food photography...Posted on August 20, 2018
Fruits and vegetables from my garden, summer roadside stands, and local farmers" markets make for healthy and delicious al fresco meals. And, they inspire "found" art as well.
Kitchen Table Talks…Posted on April 17, 2018
Trimania is a building-wide creative fundraiser for Buffalo Arts Studio. On one night, every three years, the entire city block long TriMain Center is overflowing with musicians, digital strategists, performance artists, creative agencies, dance troupes, fine artists, photographers and over 3,000 revelers celebrating the Queen City's diverse artistic community.
I was setting up for my open portraits session, "Kitchen Table Talks," when Marty Boratin stopped by my studio. Marty had booked the majority of the musical acts for Trimania so he was busy coordinating all the final arrangements for the evening. A spring ice storm, multiple county travel advisories and numerous "Hey, is Trimania still on?" queries were blowing up his phone. Nonethless, he agreed to be a test subject--as long as he could stay on his phone. This image of the ever affable, unflappable Marty, managing chaos from the kitchen table, was not the story I expected to capture, but certainly one that most of us recognize.
Architectural Photography in WNY WorkplacePosted on January 29, 2018
Reshoot…a word photographers dread. But a recent “reshoot’ turned out to be a wonderful assignment. It is not unusual for clients to request that architectual interiors be photographed prior to being occupied so the photographer can highlight the structure, rhythm and flow of the space. The Martin Group, a full service, fully integrated communications agency, recently hired us to do just that. The pristine, contemporary, and light-filled interiors of its new headquarters at 620 Main are amazing and a joy to photograph. The architectural firm on the renovation, CanonDesign, requested the reshoot. Their architects wanted the same shots from the same perspectives but this time with people interacting in each space. This image is one of my favorites from that reshoot.
Real people... Real Stories. Environmental PortraitsPosted on October 2, 2017
I enjoy people and I want to know what makes them who they are. I approach the individuals I photograph the same way. For me, a portrait session is a conversation. I usually don’t even decide how or where I am going to shoot until I meet my subject and we begin to chat. As we converse, there is a gesture, a turn of the head, a fleeting expression that somehow, to me, in that moment, captures the essence of the individual. If the timing is right, the lighting is set and the camera is focused, I click the shutter and that moment is preserved.
Product photography...Azek deck and railingsPosted on June 28, 2017
Location, location, location...I've been photographing decks and railings on the Northeast Coast of late. The weather was stormy as several nor'easters tore up the coast but we were lucky. The day of this shot, the skies cleared for one hour, and the wind and rain ceased at exactly the right moment to capture this view.
Industrial Photography...Columbus McKinnonPosted on April 6, 2017
Hoist and lift manufacturer, Columbus McKinnon, wanted to feature their products as "wall art" for a new showroom and training facility. I decided to shoot against a black background and light to emphasize the almost organic beauty of the forged metal. The resulting images had the drama, compostion and "art" the client had requested while still featuring the rugged strength and utility of their products.