Proud to make it official that my St. Louis images will soon be hanging in the four Midwest branches of the U.S. Federal Reserve. They selected these four photos to each be printed 3-ft wide on dibond metal. Our city is beautiful -- love to be able to help show it off!
I'm typically used to being more seen than heard, but you can hear me babble a bit about photographing beautiful Powell Hall in this month's issue of the Ladue News.
And please be sure to get downtown to the exhibit at St. Louis Public Library to *see* more images celebrating Powell's historic beauty.
Read the full article here.
2017 was a year marked with a variety of exciting new projects and challenges. I enjoyed photographing some fun events like Grub n' Groove and the Great Forest Park Balloon Glow as well as continuing to build my base of Real Estate photography clients. I also had the great pleasure of working on some awesome larger ongoing projects for a handful of new clients. The following highlights those particular efforts in 2017.
CityArchRiver Arch Grounds Lighting Design
My first project of 2017 was capturing the striking and innovative new Gateway Arch grounds lighting design for Randy Burkett Lighting Design. The firm completed several diverse new lighting installations stretching from the I-70 overpass south of the Arch to the North Gateway (formerly the Arch parking garage) and beneath the Washington Avenue overpass alongside Laclede's Landing.
I was really honored when the Riverfront Times wanted to run a feature on my images and backstory about my involvment with the project which you can read here.
"Butterflies" Installation, Mock-up and Lighting
Butterflies is a 31-foot wide, 15-foot high sculpture by Spanish artist Manolo Valdes which was brought overseas by ship by the Gateway Foundation and installed at the St. Louis Public Library. I was commissioned by Randy Burkett Lighting Design to capture it's arrival in downtown St. Louis, it's installation and the lighting mock-up process.
Cortex Innovation Community
The Cortex Innovation Community is a vibrant 200-acre innovation hub and technology district in St. Louis’ historic Central West End. Randy Burkett Lighting Design came-up with a variety of innovative concepts including illuminated metal grid walkways, a suspended roadway lighting system, and projectors fitted with "research-inspired patterns" for display on various walkways.
Gateway Arch Park Foundation Website
I was commissioned by 5BYFIVE Creative to shoot the new imagery for the relaunch of Gateway Arch Park's new website. Now nearing it's completion, the project's purpose is to tie-together the Gateway Arch to downtown, Laclede's Landing, the Old Courthouse, and Keiner Plaza. We anchored the shoot around three iconic statues around downtown: Dred Scott at the Old Courthouse, "The Runner" at Keiner Plaza, and Lewis and Clark on the riverfront.
Saint Louis Symphony
Saint Louis Symphony is in the process of celebrating it's 50th year at the gorgeous historic Powell Hall. They wanted to get together a collection of images of the venue from the lobby to the stage, to behind-the-scenes. We spent a day getting some amazing access; even including exploring the catwalks high-above the gorgeous dome atop the ceiling!
Veterans Honor Park
I photographed Veteran's Honor Park for five joint entities who collectively designed, illuminated, engineered and constructed this gorgeous park in Chesterfield, MO. Each client naturally wished to highlight their specific work on the project so various angles and aspects, macro and micro were captured. Wind and flags do not always cooperate (especially in the evening), so this one took a bit of patience and multiple visits to the Chesterfiled site in order to complete.
Kiener Plaza, downtown St. Louis
In 2017 Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis took-on an entirely new design, look and feel. The plaza was opened-up to be more functional, inviting and safe, and the lighting design implemented by the talented folks at Randy Burkett Lighting Design was a huge part of that. Gorgeous new LED fixtures line its perimeter and a line of powerful focused LED lights placed atop St. Louis's tallest building illuminate the center grass from nearly 600 feet above. Additionally focused LED lighting fixtures also provide a safely-lit environment for the children's playground inside the Plaza, just to name a few aspects.
Excited that my peice "Escalation" (above, right) was chosen to run in Art Saint Louis's upcoming "Rabbithole" exhibit. The exhibit kicks-off on August 5th, 2017 and runs through September 7th. Hope you'll come see it printed largely in all of it's weird glory!
After recently completing a bit of a "dream job" project for the talented people at Randy Burkett Lighting Design, I was thrilled that the Riverfront Times wanted to run a feature on my images for the project. It would have been their Top Story of the week if a bunch of pesky cows hadn't escaped a slaughterhouse in North City, running rampant through the streets. Who can compete with that?
See the full Riverfront Times feature here
I was really excited to receive the news last night that three of my photos have been accepted to the annual SEEN Photography Exhibition. Last year was my first time both submitting and attending, and this exhibit undoubtedly has some of the most talented photographers in St. Louis as entrants. To be entirely honest I found the field greatly intimidating last year. My images will be competing in the "Water," "Black-and-White," and "Fantasy" categories...Can you guess which is in which? ;-) Please wish me luck! The exhibit can be seen at Studio Altius in Brentwood from March 10th-24th, so anyone who loves photography should definitely stop by and see some of the best our area has to offer.
Can't entirely explain why, but for some reason it's always a little extra exciting seeing my photos in printed publication. So even though it was a bit of a minor contribution, it was really cool to find a copy of the latest issue of St. Louis Magazine while out shopping with my family over the holiday break.
St. Louis has a lot of unique and quirky landmarks, and I happen to have one of them right here in my neighborhood of Dogtown. This particular image was one I captured during a gorgeous sunset. I grabbed my camera and purposely headed over for a view of the sign as the colors of the sunset were virtually the same as the sign itself.
On Wednesday, November 16th I had my first solo photo exhibition, "Perspectives of St. Louis" at the Pat Connolly Tavern in Dogtown, St. Louis. The aim of this exhibit was to show different elements of our city in a unique manner; hopefully new perspectives often overlooked.
Once again, I was humbled by the number of folks who came out (on a Wednesday!) to have a few drinks and view some St. Louis-based photography. Furthermore, it was so incredibly neat to meet many folks I had only previously known from Instagram and social media.
I want to thank Joe Jovanovich of Pat Connolly Tavern for being so open, interested, and for offering to host me. My photos will continue to be displayed in their event space.
Very excited to learn that my photography will be a part of the Official St. Louis Visitor Guide for the second straight year. I take a lot of pride in showing the best side of my hometown, and I'm so glad that others will get to see it's beauty as well.
Recently I was honored to be named as one of Fox 2's list of "10 amazing St. Louis photographers to follow on Instagram". I have to admit that I resisted Instagram for a long time; falsely believing it was only a platform only for cell phone photos spit-through cloudy one-tap filters. Plenty of the content on Instagram does fall under that category, but there are plenty of professionals and very talented semi-pro's sharing some great stuff on the app.
Since joining just over a year ago, I've found that I spend more time on Instagram than any other social media. I love admiring gorgeous photography from around the world -- and most importantly -- finding a good deal of inspiration from others. It can also be a rather powerful marketing tool, and good means of getting exposure locally and nationally. You get out what you put in, and you have to be engaging. At this time, I'd say any photographer who doesn't use the platform is selling themselves short.
Naturally I gained a great deal of new followers from the feature, and the feedback has been humbling. If you're one of my new followers, thank you so much for the support! #isellprints