sleep is the cousin to death

sarah, portrait #5. taken at 7:02am

as many of you may recall, i recently covered an intriguing project of the human portrait which was entitled “death portraits“. this project was a study of the connection of the soul and the body of an individual. what is communicated if we try to remove that vital element we call life, that “spark of life” pulled away from the eyes, what remains? this simply started as a question and developed into truly one of the most personal experiences i have encountered through my own art.

and now i am excited to share with you my next project and companion to the death portraits…sleep is the cousin to death.

this series of portraits are taken IMMEDIATELY after the subjects have crawled out of their bed.
why? i am fascinated by what we choose to expose to the world and what it is that we choose to hide behind. i am fascinated with portraits that remove the masks we hold, open our vulnerability, and thus find common ground amongst one another. i am also intrigued to study the details of the portrait and see what subtleties take shape and transform the contours of the face, the texture of the hair, the involuntary personalities and characteristics that have been molded and come to life from a nights sleep.
where death portraits was a study of the removal of life, this is now a study of the coming back to life.

this blog post has two purposes, so listen up…
a) to announce the opening to the “sleep is the cousin to death” exhibit. opening date of the exhibit will be march 18th, 2011 and will hang the entire month of march.
come join us and see the sleep is the cousin to death portrait series as well as the death portraits (dual show).
b) those that attend my “own now” workshop will have first access to invaluable learning experiences as they are welcome to join me as i photograph the current “sleep…” portrait series. this workshop is a one day workshop where i will be lecturing on how to find your voice and vision by following the creative process. what better way than to walk the walk? are you questioning if a one day workshop is not enough time? – then take advantage of the opportunity and join me on some one-on-one shoots. the time is yours and it is now.
want to learn more about the workshop? visit the own now website.

looking forward to seeing you in march!

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this site will feature the latest announcements and news about the happenings of the workshop. will feature information about the attendees. will feature information about the location(s). about the shoots. about the sponsors. about the swag. all the inspirations. all the good stuff.



these images were taken for a number of reasons… i feel a lot of my work of my kids for some reason or another tends to be contrived, so i have been wanting to get them in front of my camera and let them just be who they are. and i love the results. these images scream their personalities. i am so incredibly grateful i have the luxury to whip up a studio in the basement of my home, pull the kids away from whatever they are doing and record these moments of history.
another reason i wanted to photograph the monkeys is because it was the holidays. i gave myself some well deserved down time. but with this down time can come itchy fingers to create. thus on dec 24th we said happy holidays hasselblad style.
and lastly, a big reason i did this shoot was to do a test lighting for a recent portrait project i have announced “sleep is the cousin to death”…and many more details and announcements to come in regards to that. 🙂

inspiration is in (own now)

open mindheart

it’s a rather silly sketch, but my fingers were itchy to express what i am feeling. inspiration is flowing, the gates are open and the waves are crashing in…and i am a sponge soaking it all.
the exciting part of all this is knowing it is going to be shared and benefit you.
my mind is open, my heart is open.

i can’t even begin to tell you how excited i am for this upcoming workshop.
it is something everyone can benefit from, case in point, i was talking to my wife and excitedly sharing with her part of my “creative process formula” and she (having no artistic bone in her body) with enthusiasm said “maybe i should join the workshop too.” HA!!

needing a motivating and inspiring step forward before the summer hits?
this workshop will be about you.
what makes you who you are.
what makes you different.
and how and what you do with that.
*and of course a given for the workshop, i am open to share 100% of who i am, why i do what i do, and the way that i do it.
= my open mind of inspiration feeds my open heart.

own now project:
own who you are now
one day only

the one day workshop is $600 per attendee. (limited to 15 attendees.)
to reserve your spot we require a $300 retainer with the remaining balance due one month prior to the start date of the workshop.
the cost for the one day work shop includes breakfast, lectures, lunch, models, you and me shoots at a killer location, and a personal portfolio critique of each attendee. plus, this week we should be launching a private forum for own now attendees and we’ll should soon be sharing exciting news of sponsors = handfuls of goodies for you!

if you are interested in attending, email me at

thanks so much and looking forward to seeing you in march!