Billy & Billie

 

Screenshot-1The premiere of Billy & Billie is tonight! It’s a new original series created by Neil Labute for DIRECTV about a couple that falls in love – but so did their parents and they become step brother and sister. It could get awkward. A big thank you to the creative team at DIRECTV for bringing me on board to shoot the key art – Nicole Gunther, Lauren Abrams and John Vetter.

 

BKB – Post Fight Portraits

Screenshot-7Now that the next BKB fights have been announced – April 4th in Las Vegas, I thought it might be a good time to show some of the post fight portraits I did just outside the locker room at the last BKB fights. I have to thank all the fighters who posed for this series since it can’t be easy to have your pictures taken just seconds after stepping out of the pit. It does seem to be a lot more fun if you just won the fight, but many of them were gracious enough in defeat to still let me take a few shots. It was a night of high drama, for me as well since I was running back and forth between the pit, to shoot the fights, like the image above and then sprinting backstage between fights to do the portraits. You really can be in two places at once if you need to be. Of course a big thank you to the stellar creative team at DIRECTV that makes it all happen and invites me to their party and an ace local crew in Las Vegas that makes me look good.

 

Amish Mafia

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A few weeks ago I traveled out to Amish country near Lancaster, PA to photograph “Lebanon” Levi Stoltzfus of the Discovery Channel’s hit show Amish Mafia for his new book cover. Having seen a few episodes, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But Levi was as nice as could be and super accommodating of everything we needed for the shoot. Here is the final cover above, but we also shot a a few of him in his natural habitat which you can see below.

Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor

Tim Gunn Natty ProfI’m happy to share the cover of Tim Gunn’s new book which we shot back in Oct. It was my 4th time photographing Tim and it’s always a pleasure. He truly is the nicest man in showbiz. Thank you to Lisa Litwack at Simon & Schuster, the Mansfield hotel for being a fantastic location and my great crew for making it work!

PANDORA’s Hearts of Today

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A few months ago I was asked to shoot the jury of PANDORA’s Hearts of Today program which was created to support and celebrate everyday women who do extraordinary things to make a lasting difference in the lives of women and children, and their communities. The five woman above are all extraordinary in their own right, but were brought together to pick a handful of women who have done some truly inspiring work for charity. Below are the winners (picked from over a thousand nominees) who we photographed in LA  a couple weeks ago during a whirlwind weekend for them. You can read more about the program and each of the winners on the PANDORA site. It was truly inspiring to hear them tell their stories and see what they have accomplished. I have to thank, Bianca Nesgaard, Keshia Holland and everyone at PANDORA. Carrie Dudley, Lindsay Petrick and everyone at GKV. Producers extraordinaire Elaine Brown, Nicole Hektner, and Karin Fittante. Great NY and LA crews and ace retouching by Dave Miao and team at House Tribeca.

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An interview I shot with one of the judges, Shaun Johnson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXMZwJJTBz8

…And There Was Neon Wins Big!

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I’m very happy and proud to announce that my short film …And There Was Neon just won the AI-AP International Motion Art Award! Thank you AI-AP. Much appreciated. Thank you also to Jeff Friedman and everyone at Let There Be Neon, for letting me do the project.

Here is the film below.

A Fantasy Football Fantasy

 

The Manning brothers and DIRECTV are at it again. This time they are promoting DIRECTV’s new Fantasy Zone Channel for all things fantasy football and with non other than a rap video, of course. I was lucky enough to be there on set while they shot it in New Orleans last month and can report that it was as hilarious in person as the final video. Joe Namath himself “helping Mom make stew” is not something you see every day. Congrats to DIRECTV, Grey and Director X for putting it all together.

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BKB Rosado Vera – That’s a wrap

The first Las Vegas installment of BKB is in the books. The main event was a great fight with both guys getting knocked down at one point before Gabriel Rosado beat Brian Vera in the 7th Round by TKO. It was the end of a crazy week of shooting for me. I shot all the fighters on the card for their tale of the tape shots for the broadcast as well as tons of key art for the next fight. We photographed the ring card girls, the weigh in, the fights themselves and also post fight portraits after the guys cleared their medical exam. Meanwhile everywhere you turned in Las Vegas last week you would be hit with a BKB ad. It was an impressive media buy and it filled the stadium. Here are a few of the many places the campaign popped up. A big thank you as always to the A-team at DIRECTV, John Vetter, Lauren Abrams and Max Jerome as well as a fantastic crew Mike Taft, Ken Proto, Mikey McNulty and of course Olga Postolachi.

BKB 3 – Fight week in Las Vegas

DIRECTV’s new twist on Boxing, BKB (Big Knockout Boxing) is going big time on Saturday with a fight in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay with Brian Vera and Gabe Rosado facing off in the main event. What’s so new about BKB? Well, they redesigned the ring into a round pit with no ropes. So there is nowhere to hide, no rope-a-dope and no obstructed view for the audience. The rounds are 2 minutes instead of 3 and the gloves are lighter than traditional boxing. It all adds up to more intensity, more action and more knockouts. I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of BKB since the first fight, photographing the campaigns and fights as it’s grown, which has been really cool to see. I shot Gabe and Brian about a month ago for the campaign below and they are both super nice guys and I can honestly say I’ll be pulling for both of them on Saturday night. Tune in on PPV on any cable or Satellite provider to check it out or head out to a bar that will be showing the fights. A big thank you to the team at DIRECTV for bringing me onboard and making me look good with great creative and post – John Vetter, Lauren Abrams and Max Jerome.
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Pandora – Hearts of Today

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PANDORA Jewelry, one of the world’s leading jewelry brands, just launched a new initiative to celebrate the selfless work women do within their communities and around the world to improve the livelihood of women and children. PANDORA Americas began accepting nominations for the 2014 PANDORA Hearts of Today on July 28. To help identify the women with the strongest and most inspiring stories, PANDORA has assembled a board of five inspirational women leaders whose individual resumes also boast an impressive list of philanthropic work: human rights advocate, Penny Abeywardena; Emmy Award-winning journalist, Shaun Robinson; philanthropist, June Sarpong; sociologist and author, Dr. Pepper Schwartz; and Andrea Alvey, member of PANDORA A/S Board of Directors. I was lucky enough to shoot these incredible women of the jury and it’s a pleasure to be a part of this project. Click the image above to go to the PANDORA Hearts of Today site and nominate someone!

Monster Trucks with Danu

My 11 year old nephew, Danu is visiting from Moldova for the summer. It’s his first time in the United States. First time on a plane, in a big city, or really anywhere outside of his town in Moldova (He’s been to neighboring Ukraine a few times). He’s also a big car fanatic and loves anything with a motor. So when I saw there was a Monster Truck event at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night, well it was too good to pass up. What better way to introduce him to America? He’s never been to a stadium or any kind of motor sports event either. I only had a little point and shoot camera with me but I managed to get some shots of the adventure. The last part of the night didn’t go so smoothly when the dark side of eating 2 hotdogs, a pretzel, cotton candy, fries, cookies and a gallon of soda hit home. America should be eased into it a little more slowly next time, at least at the concession stand.

AiCure Commercial Spot

AiCureA few months ago I was asked by AiCure to direct a spot that showed their technology in action and could serve as a quick way to communicate the power and scope of their solution for medication adherence. It’s pretty amazing technology and it was an interesting and inspiring challenge to come up with a narrative that would showcase both the user and monitoring sides of their technology. It was also a pleasure to be a part of something that has the potential to help many people in a variety of ways. A big thank you to Adam and Laura Hanina, Gordon Kessler, and Jeremy Peterson at AiCure. My Crew: DP Andrew Trost. Gaffer, Keagan Fuller. Grip, Alex Baker. H&MU, Martina K. Editor, Brian George. Actors, Angie Bullaro, Emily de Villa, David Pendleton, and Chris Rex Stone. Voice Over, Haneen Arafat MurphyCharlie Beyer for Movi expertise and Rick Kaplan at Sherpa Productions for camera support and advice.

Manhattan-Henged

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Manhattanhenge – when the sunset aligns exactly with the grid of Manhattan streets – happened today. It was supposed to be last night too but there were too many clouds. Glad it all lined up. It was worth the wait. But it only lasted about 3 minutes. Next time it will happen is July 12th.

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