Posted By craig on September 17, 2013
Happy September! We’ve put our white summer dress away for this post-labor day season and gotten down to business… So much news. First off I’m updating the ol’ bloggity blog from our new office, Synch Or Swim Workspace! Yesterday was the first official day of working here after the last month of planning it out and the last week of painting, moving, cleaning, wiring, moving, organizing, coffee drinking, and moving. There are still a few things left to bring over from the old workspace (come and help me move a big ass printer anyone???)
So…. that happened
Also there were a few nice jobs in August (which I usually depend on being slow and sleepy as most people are trying to get a good last lick of summer). I will be updating you all with those goodies over the next few posts.
In the meantime, check out this one that went live today! We shot this one of Upper West Side butcher Schatzie right in his shop on Amsterdam. It was a tight space but sometimes those make for the best shots as you are forced to use your MacGuyver/Madscientist skills to get what you want. I went to the shop at the pre-determined time with a carload of gear and my assistant. There was the meat carver behind the counter commenting on the news running on the TV mounted over the coolers (something about “give me five minutes with a knife and that guy and I’ll give him justice”). I gulped and introduced myself. I asked him if Schatzie was his first name or his last name. He said that’s it, like Madonna.
Well here he is doing his best vogue…
Posted By craig on July 9, 2013
Here are the newest portraits I did for On The Real New York. This time they assigned me to shoot former New York City Firefighter Tim Brown. This guy has a really interesting story and has seen some shit in his time. He actually was right under the WTC when they came down on 9/11. You can listen to his account of a career being a real-life risk taker here.
Posted By craig on June 25, 2013
Just a brief moment in a very hectic week to share with you another recent portrait I did for On The Real
Posted By craig on June 12, 2013
I shot this portrait of former Hell’s Kitchen auto-shop owner Alan Brownfeld. It’s the latest in assignments done for the gentlemen over at On The Real
Posted By craig on May 28, 2013
I’ve been so busy shooting and editing that I’ve not the chance to update you all with news. Where did we leave off? It doesn’t really matter. The last two weeks have been a flurry of excitement in the office here. We spent days editing and prepping a new portfolio only to find out that our trusty printer had taken a nap and decided it wasn’t going to wake up without a major overhaul. It was time to roll in (literally, this beast took two cars to take home) a new and younger brother to replace it. After we spent a few days getting this monster up and calibrated we printed and assembled the first new physical portfolio in almost 2 years. I’ve been keeping the site up to date and sending out promos, but once I stepped back and compared all the new stuff to the old (which I still love), I knew we had to shake it up a bit. I can’t wait to show this thing off!
During this whole hustle, we still had to find time to get a few new shooting projects done. This here was one of them. This is a portrait of actor Holter Graham shot for another one of the amazing podcasts put on by the guys over at OTR. Holter is currently battling leukemia, but that didn’t stop him from really collaborating and giving us one of our most memorable and powerful sittings to date. He wanted to show off his scars from all the treatment over the last 3 years. I wanted to shoot them. This is the outcome:
Posted By craig on April 30, 2013
This is the latest portrait I shot for Radio On The Real. It’s Michelin starred chef Edi Fraundeder of Seasonal, Edi and the Wolf, and The Third Man. For a tall man wielding a menacing blade, he was super friendly. He even invited us to stay and have dinner and drink. We had to rain check as we were on a tight schedule, but hopefully can take him up on the offer soon!
Posted By craig on April 24, 2013
Last week I shot Fiona Byrne for the latest podcast for Radio On The Real. We showed up to shoot her in her place, which was a super cute little apartment in the Lower East Side, but realized we were totally over packed with gear. I hadn’t realized that it was going to be so small (I’ve gotten spoiled in my Brooklyn loft). Fiona was a hospitable team player and let us sort of take over the space so we could shoot these. Check out the interview here.
Posted By craig on April 17, 2013
I have no idea who Ralph, Nathan, and Pilar are, but when my crew and I showed up to shoot at yesterday’s location, it turns out that hard hats were necessary while we were scouting for the best spots. Those three guys weren’t in for the day, so we were their proxy.
BTW, we got some great portraits that I hope to share soon…
Shami as Ralph
Nikolai as Nathan
Craig as Pilar
Posted By craig on April 2, 2013
I just finished another project for the team over at OTRNY for their Radio On The Real podcast series. This week I shot the owner of a small recording studio and record label in SOHO. Travis Harrison is the guy behind Serious Music. Check out the full podcast here.
Posted By craig on March 12, 2013
I got a chance to meet and shoot writer/director/musician Rayya Elias last week for the latest episode of the Radio On The Real podcast over at onthrealny.com. We shot her in her Chelsea crash pad and during the hour or so I became a fan. She is one of those survivors from the crazy 80′s with the knack to tell her story well. Have a listen to her tell some of it over here. She has a memoir coming out next month and I’ll be sure to check it out.