Tummy Time

Inspiration from a friend:


I recently had the pleasure of spending a beautiful day in Connecticut  photographing my dear friend Laurie Klein’s son’s wedding. If I am known as the “King of Infrared” photography, I would certainly give the title “Queen of Infrared,” to Laurie.  Her work is amazing and several of her images are some of my all-time favorites.  Her new book Photographing The Female Form With Digital Infrared just came out last week, you can find it for sale here.


As we arrived at the hotel early that morning, Laurie handed me a wrapped present.  Upon opening, I was thrilled to see an image that won first place in the Departures Photography Contest that I judged!  I did not know it was her image until the award was given.

Art Imitates Art:

While making maternity images the day after I opened the gift, I decided to do a little R & D…not research and development, rip off and duplicate!   After a few studio portraits we ended up in the garage, where many of my best portraits are made.


We laid the framed portrait next to the sofa that the subject was resting on to create the image titled, “Tummy Time.”


One of my new favorite toys is the Westcott EyeLighter, it’s like 4 reflectors in one, wrapping the light completely around the subject.

The portrait works so well as it has an uncluttered simplicity that I strive for in much of my work.

The next image was equally special with the subject looking toward the daylight in a soft, confident manor.  Everything that we do in classical portraiture is encompassed in this striking image.   She is positioned in the feminine pose.  Notice her right shoulder is lower than her left and she is turning and tipping her head to the higher shoulder.  The camera position is just between profile and 2/3 view of the face on purpose, as the profile on many Asian faces is not as flattering as the 2/3view in my opinion.  The image is vignetted to draw the viewer the tummy, as well as the beauty of the women anticipating the birth of her first child.


A Passionate Journey

I can’t remember a more passionate journey, with Master Classes, destination shoots, studio work, and big conventions! First I was in Phoenix doing my master class (Thanks Michael Jordan!) which got a lot of wonderful support. Several people reviewed it online leaving me some great feedback and I just wanted to share a really nice review with you all!

“We had numerous of models to use with reflectors, lights and backdrops with Clay giving individual attention to each student. The class was small for that reason. Clay would comment on your images if you wanted and show the detail in your images and told you how he would do it different or praised your work for the quality in it.”

You can read more about it here!  I really had a great time and got some GREAT images.

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Bradford Jones took some AWESOME video. Keep a look out for some great footage.


You can see the making of this image below, I shot her sitting in a roll of white seamless!



The designer made this dress the NIGHT BEFORE! Worked great for us.


Next came Cabo, Mexico for the Cameracraftsmen meeting. I’m fortunate to be a part of this prestigious group of 40 of the world’s leading photographers.  It was a lot of fun with a beautiful backdrop which we took full advantage of! The strip of images I entered into their contest, check out all the entries on Pinterest here.


I came back home for a few shoots and then I was off to Vegas for WPPI! I was at Canon, Tiffen, and Quantum Instruments. Very busy and VERY fun!

Skip Cohen has a full head of steam with his new baby SCU.  We were thrilled to be at the inaugural launch, and I was the first speaker! His approach is really something amazing. Skip Cohen’s Summer Session is just around the corner and is the ideal place for education. I will definitely be there! It’s a great place to get your fill of webinars, podcasts, and hands on learning education. He’s really done his best to create a place where you can find every resource as a professional photographer. Keep an eye on Skip and Scott Bourne, they’re two individuals who mean business and I mean BUSINESS. 05-TA1_8654 06-TA1_8640 08-AD6K4811

I’m one of the first guys to try out the brand new Tiffen GL-1 Light and I highly recommend checking it out! As you can see, it gave some pretty cool results that remind me of that ‘Old Hollywood’ look that’s coming back! This light is great for stills and video and I’m going to get a holster to carry two! 🙂Untitled-2a

Now it’s time for the Wild, Wild, West with a desert shoot for the New York Institute of Photography.  We went out to a ranch and shot some amazing new footage using all available light complimented with flash, scrims, and reflectors. Stay tuned, this will be some stellar new education! Enjoy a few of my faves below!

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If you visited WPPI, it was hard to miss me as I was running from booth to booth creating portraits and sharing new ideas. I am fortunate to be one of Canon’s few Explorers of Light. This year we made five appearances using all of Canon’s latest new products; some of my favorites are the 1-DX Camera and the 600 ETR flash unit. Enjoy some of the images we made below!

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Thank you, thank you very much! 🙂