Todd Jones, frontman / maniac behind Nails and contributor / writer for an endless roster of excellent hardcore and punk bands, sat for a portrait during the marathon “Uhaul Sessions” last month outside of Richmond, Virginia’s United Blood festival. Todd was a great sitter and delivered a dose of intensity to his time in the studio.
Jacky Flav, one of the masterminds behind Richmond’s High Point Barbershop, sat for a portrait during the marathon “Uhaul Sessions” outside of the United Blood punk and hardcore festival this past month. While the sitting was brief, I enjoyed catching up with a new buddy and appreciate him spreading the news about the studio.
While working out of my mobile studio in Richmond, Virginia my old pal told me that I had to meet his friend Shatice, a.k.a. Shatty, and ask her to sit for a portrait. Shatty was funny, confident and a great sitter – she was far more relaxed with the experience than most of the weekend’s sitters and her portrait shows it.
Anderson, a fantastic filmmaker, frontman and an old friend, visited my mobile studio in Richmond, Virginia and sat for a series of portraits. The mobile studio – set up outside of the United Blood punk and hardcore music festival – was just getting ready for sitters when Anderson walked by. I delighted in grabbing him and guilting him into sitting for me.
Tad, a buddy from DC, recently sat for a portrait in my mobile studio outside of the United Blood hardcore and punk rock festival in Richmond, Virginia. Tad is a great tattoo artist at Georgetown’s Jinx Proof and plays in D.C. Disorder, who performed at the fest and were excellent.
My pal Sam Cohen, a firebrand civil rights attorney practicing in New York City, recently visited and sat for a portrait in my Alexandria, Virginia studio. The sitting was a real treat – we covered Michael Chabon, suburban living versus the excitement of living in a city, and the tale of my bar mitzvah outside of Katz’s Delicatessen.
Bryan, a new buddy of mine, recently stopped by for a “straight-ish” headshot to post on LinkedIn and – of course – we knocked out an extra portrait or two for good measure.
Sara recently came by my Alexandria, Virginia studio to sit for a portrait and to discuss art, punk rock, and the “excitement” of large family events held around the holidays – some familiar territory and a dash of new subject matter to laugh over.
I recently had the pleasure of making portraits of Matt and Boo, two hilarious and laid-back models from the DC metropolitan area. The couple visited my Alexandria, Virginia, studio for a quick portrait session fueled by heavy metal, dirty jokes, and insider-chat on the state of alternative models, an infamous model-meets-photographer website, and creepy guys with cameras. Fun!
After a recent portrait sitting with Jo, she paid me the one of the highest possible compliments – she asked me if I would photograph her and her daughter Ava and, to make it even cooler, she told me to approach it exactly as I please. Another dream sitter!
I recently collaborated with Carl Severson, head honcho at Good Fight Entertainment and an old friend of mine, on a series of portraits while visiting New Jersey. Carl saw some of my recent portraiture and suggested a collaboration to use for business purposes and, as an artist can only wish for, simply told me to do what I do. Fantastic, right?
Rosa, a friend of a friend (and now a friend-friend of mine), recently sat for a portrait in my Alexandria, Virginia, studio. Rosa was admittedly anxious about the process and wasn’t sure that she would be comfortable during the session. The result? She knocked it out!
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.