This Old House

During a photo shoot this past weekend in Long Island, I had the opportunity to get away from the set and take some photographs in and around the house where we were located (photos from the main shoot will come later this week) .  The house was built in the 1930’s (I believe) and had been recently vacated, with some of the furniture and private belongings left behind.   It was strange to see what had been left.  It was as though the owners wanted to keep a “presence” in the house.  I wouldn’t say I believe in ghosts, but I certainly didn’t want to be in the house when it was dark.  It was a very eerie place.  Here are some of the photos:

The Garage - I assume the previous owner used this chair, but who wrote on the wall is unknown.
The Living Room - View from the fireplace looking towards the foyer and mud room
The Master Bedroom
The Baby Room
The Hallway

Winner Take All

Here’s an interesting article in The Week Magazine about rising to the top and how some make it and others don’t (click on photo below).  It revolves around a set of theories on how and why Coco Rocha (a model) became famous so quickly.  A clue: it wasn’t her looks.   Kind of reminds me how other industries work – photography for example.
It’s an interesting read…

Sports Fans and Stock Images

For those of you who love sports, Sports Illustrated has just published a new book of all their magazine covers (read the story here).  It is a a 208-page collection of more than 2,500 color photographs covering the last 55 years.

Does this mean the “cover curse” lives on?


I have some new stock images in my archive.  I’m trying to shoot more B&W.  Not that I think there is a trend or more of a need, just that it’s more of a throw-back for me to the good ole days.  Kind of miss the smell of fixer and those long, dark days spent with the enlarger.
Both of these were shot on film then scanned.

A Video Challenge

Selina Maitreya has recently started a video challenge.  It is a free 6 month challenge designed to provide commercial photographers with six simple tasks that will cumulatively help them to improve their business.  What more could you ask for – free and it will help you market your business, which means more business.

The series of videos are produced by RETV (a partner of Resource Magazine) and challenge photographers each month with a task, and if completed will help you move forward in developing a business that will succeed on your terms.  Each 5 minute tutorial ends with an assignment that will significantly move your business forward.  All this is there to help you get ready to build a business that will THRIVE!

Here is July’s video with the first assignment:

Also from Selina is a nine hour, 12-chapter program titled “The View From Here” (  This is a fantastic self study course in a series of MP3 recordings that is an edited and refined result of Selina’s 30 years of experience helping photographers.  Best of all, you can listen to them on your ipod, in your car or at home.

Here are some quotes about the program:
“After listening to The View From Here I’m rethinking my entire portfolio and approach to the transition I want to make with my business.  You have been incredibly generous in giving such an in depth and heartfelt series of personal talks.  In short I LOVE your audio series!!!! — Barbara-NYC

“Your mp3 series has gone above and beyond any other source I’ve spent time reading. Just the first two sections have helped me focus on what I have to do to start my own business in an easy to understand way.The value is excellent considering all the knowledge you’ve put into the series!” — Jeremy Graves-Massachusetts