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.

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

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

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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.

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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! 🙂

The Year in Pictures

2012 no doubt was a great year…I’m even willing to say it was The Best Year Ever! To start 2013, what better way than to reflect on the great moments I encountered during the months of 2012. Please enjoy these 10 highlights and check back, I’ll be breaking down the great moments of the year for your education!

Hightlight 1: I have never made so many Big Pictures!  I guess it’s the new camera I am working with!  This is a fun image made in Montreal Canada during our Spring Tour, How to Photograph Everyone.

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Highlight 2: It’s not business as usual these days.  Our latest work that concluded 2012:  Business portraits and FILM for Foulger Pratt.

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Hightlight 3: Mitzvahs Mitzvahs Mitzvahs…2012 was filled with fantastic events for our very special 13 year olds. Our December favorite has to be Avi Abrams. Oldest brother of 6 this boy is full of talent and grace.

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Hightlight 4: It’s Back to School for some Serious Education.  I found myself as an authority on Wedding and Children’s Photography at New York Institute of Photography with the launch of two new publications.  The first- Top Ten Secrets for Perfect Baby & Child Portraits. Education along with 90 illustrations to show that the proof is in the pudding.

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Hightlight 5: Weddings are HOT!  Our new written publication is produced by the New York Institute of Photography, celebrating over 100 years of education. This publication is supported with my latest wedding work, along with my surge into the boutique short films, tying together a new direction in weddings with complete coverage, offering the album/s and the films.

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Highlight 6: How To Photograph Everyone Tour:

Started Fast!  Before I knew it I packed up and left the studio for life on the road from March 24 – June 8 and again for two weeks in September for Italy. With plans to visit every major trade show we added in a tour with 60 appearances across the country and abroad.  (Not to mention I came home for weddings and mitzvahs on many weekends!) Whew I can’t believe it but what an expereince! I met so many great experienced and novice photographers yearning to learn. Yes, keep an eye out for images especially from the Tuscany Italy experience, with 50 friends in a Castle!

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Highlight 7: During the HIV Awareness Week in Washington DC we were chosen to help create portraits of people from all over the world that struggle daily with the disease. My portraits were made to show how family and friend support is vital to keep victims of the virus positive about each day. 

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Highlight 8: Vegas baby…Vegas. I so much enjoyed spending time with Ernie Moody while in Vegas and of course capturing this great shot of his Batmobile!

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Out of everything, I have to say my favorite thing to photograph is a family portrait. My studio offers capabilities for families to have beautiful portraits taken inside and out. I found fantastic locations throughout the seasons right outside my door. 

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Highlight 10: When you talk about a great year, you have to include a milestone like a 50th birthday and the people in your life that make it all happen..

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Looking forward to not 10 but 20 highlights for 2013! To start…off to Vegas for the PMA @ CES .