Confident Portraits, and the Confident Photographer

I photographed Noam Chomsky and Alex Haley back in 1986 as a photojournalism student. My liberal arts education, along with each assignment building on another, now numbering in the tens of thousands; allow me to work confidently. These experiences instil3UPBLOG confidence and trust with all manner of people and personalities, and it comes through in the image.
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Posted in Editorial Work, Portraits

Bishop Timothy Doherty

I was honored to receive a call from the incoming bishop of the Lafayette Diocese a couple years ago.
I made a series of portraits, and this friendly view is what the bishop chose as his favorite. Another more sober view made on black and white film was printed in the darkroom by me and now hangs in the chancery.
I have seen this portrait hanging in many churches and halls around Indiana.Bishop Doherty

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Lafayette Symphony Director – Nick Palmer

These portraits were created a while back for the LSO. I really enjoy classical music, especially from the Russian composers, Sergei Rachmaninoff is my favorite. Specifically: Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3/2.



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Formidable Portraits -Coach Gene Keady

This is an older portrait created for editorial use in Gene Keady’s last year at Purdue. Working with formidable people, and pleasing an art director at the same time is always a challenge. This isn’t the photograph I would have made if I were untethered, but a fitting portrait of a successful and loved coach. I uncovered it from the huge archive I have while looking for another decade old image.

Gene Keady

Gene Keady

Posted in Portraits, Purdue

Product Photography

I’ve been doing product photography since 1986.
This photograph of a hub was created for Oerlikon Fairfield about a decade ago.9and10

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We are dynamic, we have to look that way.

I was retained to photograph a group of cutting edge consultants for a new initiative.  I was given the freedom to do something unexpected and engaging, the client was pleased.  I decided to post this today, because I saw many of these portraits posted elsewhere on the internet, and forgot how much I liked this group of photos.  Click image for larger view>>Purdue Foundry

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Big city work for Big Louie and Frank!

My studio may be in the middle of Chicago, Indianapolis, and nowhere; I am equipped to do big city work. Four hundred pound, 12 foot Foba studio stand to get shots like this, and plenty of lighting. I’ve worked with Kate, Big Louie, and Frank for a number of years. This still life is for the 2014 From Frank®0118ff catalog. Kate got a new friend for Frank and Louie named Walter? Kate, anything to do with me?

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Spring is here -tomatoes.

I was asked to photograph inside some greenhouses on the Purdue campus on a cold snowy day recently. This researcher is working on technology to grow better tasting tomatoes commercially, using less energy. She invited me back for taste testing. I just started my own tomato seeds, and actually took away some ideas from this shoot that I may apply to my own garden this summer.

Posted in Biotech, Editorial Work

Magician or Time Machine?

During a sub-zero week in January, Purdue University asked me to photograph some of the new buildings going up.  Key was, they didn’t want it to look like winter. At least you get blue skies even thought it can be -15F at 2pm.Purdue New Buildings 2014

Posted in Architecture, Commercial photography, Editorial Work

Busy New Year

2014 is off to fast pace; about 30 assignment at Purdue and around the state so far. Today my customer, and friend Ralph Privoznik, asked me to update his web page. Ralph produces custom jewelry. Impressed with these pendants, I share them with you here. Ralph’s web site can be viewed here. Ralph’s Site


Posted in Commercial photography