It was an honor and always inspiring to shoot for the United Way. We had a great production team from #rukus. I shot stills of 3  VERY inspirational people and their families. To see more of their stories & photos, each are linked below.

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Tommy: An Epic Battle

 

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Darius: Elevated Dreams

 

Well this is looong overdue, high time to give a little love’n to my new director’s reel. Huge thanks to rukus post, Jon Michael Ryan, Jeff Brierly, agents Kathy McGuire -Mullins & K2. #letsmakemotion

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It’s all about the croissant:

Creating fresh work and sharing it with prospective clients is vital. Curating said work is not the easiest, I would much rather be shooting. However, I work with awesome people and having others to bat around ideas with, from the perspective of great editors, makes a world of difference. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best, The field cannot be seen from within the field.

When it comes to my directorial approach, whether I’m working off a creative brief, a board or run & gun, I’m always on the lookout for serendipitous moments. As I’m often hired to shoot both motion & stills, I direct in a manner that compliments one another. The train of thought and overall conceptual vision are about the same. However, the implementation is a whole other ballgame. Screw it up and you risk you loosing the brand message and the project becomes discombobulated. Finding the right DP is paramount & pivotal. Same with producers, location managers etceteras even the catering because at the end of the day no matter how great the final piece is, the client may only remember a stale croissant. Great productions are key.

In this reel you’ll see projects from Hershey Chocolate, The Aalsmeer Flower Auction in Holland which is the busiest floral market in the world, Mississippi Tourism, a disaster mitigation firm, CSpire, a telecommunications firm, a company called USG that probably made the ceiling tile that you’re sitting under, Traders Point Creamery, FM Global, a huge solar farm on the Mexico border and more. I hope that you enjoy!

People, places & things…nola rich vibe~ola! Some bts from New Orleans. I’ve been wanting to share these pics since way-back-when in April. I thought that some of the peripheral content derived from the project was pretty interesting. There’s a quality of natural day light in The Big Easy that is so beautiful….earthy, rich & warm and makes shooting there so special. We encountered multi-faceted greatness, thanks to all involved!

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In case you’re curious, here are the top 5  places in the U.S where you’re most likely to be murdered, mostly by firearms…but that’s another topic.

Within the last year I have visited for one reason or another 4 out of the top 5 counties, parishes or geographic regions on the murder list. They are wonderful places, seriously, but like most big, medium & small cities, rural areas and well just about everywhere else on earth, they have their dark side. I’m not sure what my point is other than that people smile & love everywhere and these places are great, especially compared to the headlines that lead us to believe otherwise. Here are a few images from those scary places and I can’t wait to get back to each & everyone of them.

#1 Saint Louis, MO, yay my hometown!

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#2 Orleans Parish, LA

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#3 Baltimore, MD15-08 FM Global McCormick 16-02 4/19 Murder Capital Pics

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15-11 FM Global Parsippany, NJ 16-02 4/19 Murder Capital Pics

 

#5 Hinds County, MS (#4 Halifax County, NC I haven’t been there lately)

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This is Art

‪#‎Art‬ is in the eye of its beholder.