Chocolate Strawberry Yumminess

Chocolate-covered strawberries are delicious as is, but presentation makes them even more appealing. How they are photographed makes or breaks their appeal, as well. The quality and direction of the light makes a difference – in this case, soft window light from the side, not the front, to create dimension. There are plenty of places to […]

This From The LEAST Risky Skin Cancer …

Wear your sunblock, kids … This is not the first time I have been cut into, and I’m sure it will not be that last, given that I am of Irish descent, but have lived my entire life in Arizona, where the duration of sunshine (in the Sonoran Desert in which Tucson sits) is second only […]

New Parking Payment Options Via Go Tucson

Yesterday I spent mid-day on University Blvd. and Congress St. in 104 degrees photographing the new parking meters being put in by Park Tucson (formerly named Park Wise). The photographs are for a promotional campaign to get the word out that there are now numerous choices in paying the meter. In addition to the traditional […]

Groovy Dutch Messenger Bicycle

At a recent studio session, one of the ladies in a group I was photographing, arrived on the Dutch messenger bicycle shown here. My immediate reaction was to ask if I could photograph her bike, since I have a friend who would dig seeing it, since she also owns a Dutch messenger bike. I love the […]

Only a “Face” a Mother Could Love

    I was watering my plants and found this on a kumquat leaf a few weeks ago. At first glance I thought it was a bird dropping. I am not certain, but I think it was a Common Mormon (Papilio polytes) Swallowtail butterfly in the making. If so, his ugly appearance as a caterpillar changed dramatically […]

Happy in the Heat

Dianthus barbatus, or “Sweet William” is part of a genus of 300 species, which includes carnations. Sweet Williams are short-lived perennials which were first noted in the English botanist John Gerald’s garden catalog in 1596, but Dianthus are native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. I like growing Dianthus because they are pretty hardy through […]

Leading Lines to Strengthen An Otherwise Boring Subject

  As a commercial photographer, my assignments vary from day-to-day. Sometimes my subject matter is stunningly beautiful and other times it is mundane or rather uninteresting. What I have to think about on the days when my job is to photograph the mundane is how I can create the most interesting imagery, given the subject matter? […]