Jo recently stopped by my Alexandria, Virginia studio for a portrait sitting and a lengthy discussion on the merits of and universality of The Smiths. The Smiths were an easy task to conquer – it only took moments to come to an agreement on their collective genius. Our portrait session moved right along and, before we knew it, we were wrapped and saying “goodbye” to one another.
Aaron has been a pal since we were kids – he may not remember this, but I used to watch him skateboard in summer rec and it motivated me to get my own setup – and I jumped at the opportunity to have him sit for a portrait at my photography studio in Alexander, Virginia. A late show by Guns ‘n’ Roses the night before may have made the morning a tad slower and sleepier than otherwise normal, but we still had a great (abbreviated) portrait sitting before he hit the road.
Dominic, an excellent graphic designer from the DC / Baltimore area, recently dropped in on the Alexandria, Virginia studio to sit for a portrait. Dominic was familiar with my portraiture and, after discussing collaboration over the course of a few months, sat for a series of portraits in my studio.
Dan, one of my oldest friends and professional colleagues, recently visited Alexandria, Virginia, and we had an opportunity to make a portrait that reflects his dedication to his Masonic brotherhood as well as his fantastic sense of humor. I am not sure what Dan was expecting when I begged him to bring down some “grotto clothing” for his visit, but we had a great time knocking out a series of portraits that we both love.
John McKaig, an accomplished artist and old friend, recently visited my studio to collaborate over a portrait sitting. John recently wrapped a gallery show and had a moment of downtime before jumping back into the studio.
Photographer J. Wayne Higgs, a fixture of the Washington, D.C., photojournalism and fine arts photography scene for the past forty years, recently came to my studio to sit for a portrait. Over the course of an hour, Mr. Higgs shared incredible stories touching on everything from the Pentagon riots in 1967 and the 1971 DC riots (both assignments that he covered from the front) to his adventures as an artist and figure model working consistently for longer than I have been alive.
Many photographers collect cameras, lenses, and other bits and bobs and seem to never have the right kit necessary to be content. Not me. My Hasselblad 500 C/M, purchased piece by piece while working as photographic assistant jobs fifteen years ago, is as close to perfect as possible.