Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Shooting For Merck At Pier 59, NYC

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

I spent a wonderful week in NYC at Pier 59 Studios with my agent, Elizabeth Poje, and her producer, Anne Ertz, shooting with Beth, Anna and Jesse from Harrison and Star, for their client, Merck. Special thanks to Elle at ESW Productions for assembling one of the best crews NYC has to offer. I can’t wait to come back!

New Project For DeVry University

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

We just shot a project for DeVry University that outlines the scholarships available to qualifying students. It was a fun shoot, we got to meet a bunch of wonderful and deserving scholarship recipients, however, I’m still feeling the effects of the after party over at Clutch. Thanks to my new friends Bob and Ron, and my long time friend Dawn… it was great to see you again.

Mariana, I’ll see you in Rome!

Ashley and Audra, you’re the best, and Mark, #quit #liking #everything.


Navistar “Spy” Shoot

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

I love big, happy, crew shots!

Thanks to Patrick, Mark, and Matt from Navistar for creating such a fun project, and thanks to Wade at Stewart Talent for providing such skilled talent. As always, thanks to Mark Dodatto, Patte Lau, Melanie Trombley, Leslie Pace, Marcus Geeter, and Hanna Lee for all the wonderful support.

Shooting with Cephalon, Inc.

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

As is always the case when shooting for pharmaceutical companies, the photography is the easiest part, learning about the drugs to better enable the shoot is the involved part. I just finished a location shoot with an awesome creative team at Abelson Taylor, for Treanda, a drug that is indicated for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I had to learn some of the basic concepts of organic chemistry in order to understand how to build a model of the molecular structure of the drug. The process was intense, yet rewarding, and the shots came off without a hitch, thanks in great part to the generous help provided by Dr. Charles Bauer, who advised us on the intricacies of the molecular structure of the drug. Special thanks to Valerie Bulinski for finding the perfect location and to Rich Schiller for building the perfect model. Many thanks also to Molly R, Anne, Eric, Noah, Molly K, and Katy, the creative team behind the project at Abelson Taylor.

And as always, thanks also to my terrific crew…  Ashley Vest, Mark Doddato, Sandy Rosencrans, Audra Zaba, Jen Robinson, Melinda Myers, and Margo Crouse!


Shooting with Scott and Monica for Husky

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

We had a blast today shooting Ed Cross performing acrobatic feats on ladders during an ad shoot for Husky. Ed is listed with Stewart Talent as an actor and a model, he and I have worked together many times, usually on jobs that require a lot of athletic moves and abilities. Ed used to work in the circus on the high wire, and he’s currently working in the cast of I Love Lucy at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago. It was great to see him using his skill set on a pair of ladders for my project with Scott Pettit, CD at Rhea & Kaiser Marketing Communications. Thanks to Scott, Monica from the account side, Jen Robinson for wardrobe and Audra Zaba for assisting me.



D Rose Billboards Are Finally Up!

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Yipppeee, they’re all over the place and they look beautiful.

Thanks Megan, Ron, Leroy, Denny, and Katie… it’s a blast to see them at 70MPH!


Welcome Salute!

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012


It’s a fairly well kept secret that I spent a good portion of my career shooting table top product. When I discovered product would never engage me in a conversation, or laugh at my dumb jokes, I decided to find a different way to express myself, and it’s been a wonderful change of life for me. However, every now and again someone that knew me when will ask me if I would like to test my old chops on a project they are working on, which is exactly what happened when Libby Miller- Christopoulos called to see if I would help her with a new product launch. Libby and I worked forever on the Head Tennis account when she was with Grant Jacoby, so it was a slam dunk to say yes to working with her again.

The neat thing about this particular product is the charitable nature of it’s corporate mission; a sizable portion from the sales proceeds goes to help fund benefits for military veterans. The bottle is modeled after a soldiers canteen, which makes it very recognizable as well as easy to hold and pour. And what better way to get lit up like a Christmas tree this holiday season, while helping to serve the people that served us so well… Just don’t let your Christmas tree drink and drive, that wouldn’t be cool!


A Long Goodbye

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

This isn’t easy to write, and it may not be easy to read, but today I gave up and resolved to accept that my friend Mark is killing himself, and there’s nothing I can do about it. So I decided to take a picture with him that will let him know I love him and I will miss him sorely, but I accept him. Mark smokes cigarettes and he can’t, or won’t, quit. I can’t begin to tell you how ruthless I’ve been in trying to get him to quit, but nothing works. I went so low as to tell him not to worry, that I would make sure his son wasn’t lonely at his funeral, and that I would tell him despite the fact that he didn’t think enough of him to quit, his daddy still loved him…. Didn’t work. I watched my mother die of lung cancer, and I described for him in detail the agony she suffered… Didn’t work. I counted up all the wasted money he spends on his addiction… Didn’t work. Told him he smells like crap most of the time… Didn’t work. Told him I’ve worked with him on nearly every rewarding job I’ve had in my career and the thought of not sharing that with him would crush me… Didn’t work. So today I took a picture with him that I will display on his casket, and I told him I love him and that I will miss him sorely…  Maybe this will work!


By the way, Mark is the ornery looking fellow with the big gauge holes in his ears, I’m the really good looking guy.

Mailing It In!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

We were headed to a rural address somewhere near Newelton, Louisiana. Our client contact told us to head south off of I-20 for a few miles and turn left at the big mail box. Coming from a large urban area, you grow skeptical of vague directions without a street address attached to it, but what the heck, the client should know what he’s talking about, so off we went. We were expecting a mail box about the size of a small suitcase, when straining our eyes in the pre-dawn gloom we came upon this monstrosity. We always seem to find some fun on our location jobs!

Special thanks to Aaron Phillips, our new friend and assistant extraordinaire from Jackson, Mississippi. Also, Nate Smith, Audra Zaba, Ashley Vest, Jen Robinson… our Chicago crew.


Derrick Rose for Giordano’s Pizza!

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

We just finished shooting Derrick Rose for Giordano’s Pizza, what a terrific shoot! Derrick was so cooperative and easy to work with he made my job a breeze. Thanks to Sandy Rosencrans, Audra Zaba, Leslie Pace, Marcus Geeter and Jen Robinson for a great team effort, and special thanks to Megan, Ron, Katie and Denny from Shafer Condon Carter for bringing me in on this killer project. The pictures of Derrick will appear on billboards all over town, along with beautiful photographs of pizza shot by Laurie Proffit.

I can’t wait to see them!