michael shoots Walden

We were very fortunate on many levels April 13th.  First, we shot and spent the day photographing the very wonderful Jennifer Walden.  Jennifer is the “HOTTEST” plastic surgeon who recently moved from NYC back to her home Austin, Texas.  Jennifer has earned national status over the years due to her excellence and innovation in the field of plastic surgery and celebrity status including appearances with The Biggest Loser (season 11) as her surgeon and a variety of national network shows. She came back to NYC to have us shoot her. Second, the sun was out and the trees were blooming in the west village and it truly felt like Spring was finally here. Third, my 8 yr old son along with my great crew worked this shoot. And fourth, Phil of Sugarcamp productions showed up and made a cool little walk-away behind the scenes video. Who could ask for a better day.

[this video was previously posted but hacked, so youtube had to remove it.  I am reposting and hopefully without a future hack and appreciate your likes and sharing.]


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Editorial Piece For Johns Hopkins Magazine

I was asked by the Johns Hopkins Magazine team to shoot an editorial for the Spring Issue of the newly redesigned magazine.  The piece was interesting in it that features Susannah Leisher who with her husband and 3 sons spent a year off the grid in the Maine wilderness.  Now back in mainstream NJ and in the fringe shadows of Manhattan, she and her family are readjusting. An accomplished woman with a complicated but oddly calm story my team and I along with a very insightful graphic designer needed to craft a single image that fit. After spending the better part of the day in her home town scouting contrasting environments, alleys, train tracks, woods and the meditation area in the family living room we settled in on 3 spots.  What we thought was going to be a lead-in image instead perfectly lent itself to be a closer.  Read Susannah’s story “Out of the Woods” in JHU Magazine.   20130214_jhuni_ 5033


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Amy Wechsler

It’s been a few years since being commissioned by Simon Schuster to shoot the cover of The Mind Beauty Connection, Dr. Amy Wechsler’s book about reverse stress aging and revealing more beautiful skin. So it was especially nice to re-connect with Amy and make new promotional images of her in her uber cool NYC 69th street office. Amy contributes regularly to numerous magazines including: Marie Claire, Glamour, Woman’s Health, Shape, Redbook, Bazaar, Self and W to name a few. Amy is a good soul and lovely person who connects well with people and the camera and is just a pleasure with whom to share time . It was especially enjoyable to make these images more about Amy and her style. Plus nothing bad can come with a good team of assistants, make-up and wardrobe. Along with making new images of Amy, I did the same with Gervaise Gerstner a board certified dermatologist providing care in the same office.

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‘ delighted to announce an editorial placement in CENT a slick British based publication offering a unique lifestyle magazine covering art, music, fashion, design, architecture, literature  and  written by creatives rather than journalists.  This particular article is written by Regina Carter featuring Birdland Jazz Club. Long live print!

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SMOKE – Menu

11/22/10…. Just completed shooting the food of SMOKE, a NYC premier jazz club of Paul Stache and Frank Christopher with a restaurant overseen by executive chef Patricia Williams res.  Once we wrap all images I’ll be back to share more.

12/5/10… OK this project is done and I am a believer.  Below are 2 more images of many, but you’ll need to go to SMOKE to get the real thing

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Simon & Schuster shoot for The Mind Beauty Connection

I can now talk about a project I shot a few months back – The Mind Beauty Connection because it’s finally released! We were contracted by Simon and Schuster to shoot the cover of Dr. Amy Wechsler’s book. After meeting with Amy in her office on Park Ave., we confirmed the look, feel and style for the cover which was ultimately our focus. Our client wanted Amy to look natural, healthy, vibrant, confident and beautiful, basically like herself.

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window treatment for boulud’s new DBGB Kitchen & Bar

Just a bit ago, I got a call from prestigious restaurateur Daniel Boulud’s office inquiring about one of my jazz images [check out my gallery section and look for the jazz portfolio] for use canvassing the front of his new to open bistro “DBGB Kitchen & Bar” which has several pre-opening on-line comments (review 1, review 2, review 3 for starters – give it time).

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