Vermont Life

It is always exciting to see another issue of Vermont Life arrive in the mail. And not just because it is a beautifully designed magazine with interesting feature stories. Sure, there’s that. But it’s also exciting to find out if they picked up any of the images I submitted for their front of book section. […]

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Consistency Matters (A Quick Case Study)

We are visual creatures. Even when we tell stories orally, we like to “paint a picture,” set the scene, and help the listener visualize our story. The reason is simple: images help us remember things better. So we should always pay close attention to the images we use to represent ourselves – they reflect the […]

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RESILIENCE is here!

Today is the day! After 2 years of work, over 30,000 kilometers and a month of traveling and interviewing centenarians in Russia, Poland, Belarus and Finland, we are dropping the documentary film (i.e. putting it on sale for streaming)! Now just a billion photos to sort through and several chapters yet to write for the book. […]

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The Rich Variety of Fall

It has been a busy fall on the photographic front. And a wonderfully diverse one. Like most people, I get bored with monotony, so it has been great to be shooting all sorts of assignments and projects this season, from picnics and forest walks, to senior pictures, real estate, and studio headshots. I even got […]

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Studio One

Come this fall, I have been doing photography professionally for about six years (and non-professionally or as a journalistic sideline for 20+). To this point, most of that work has been “in the wild”: events, environmental portraiture, editorial, and on location. But over the last few years I have repeatedly thought how nice it would […]

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Barnet

More Joy, Less Judgment

I was procrastinating this morning, thinking of ways to avoid going out into the -2.9 degree weather (citing the temperature in tenths of a degree gives it dramatic effect) to shoot or run errands, when I stumbled across a really fine New Yorker article by George Saunders about Grace Paley. I love reading how great […]

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Liz at The DrawingBoard

Montpelier Merchants

I have started working on a Meet the Merchant project with Montpelier Alive, and along with environmental portraits of the owners, and interior shots of their stores and merchandise, we decided to create Cinemagraphs of each downtown proprietor. What is a Cinemagraph? Well, it is sort of a mash-up of a still and video image. […]

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Mountaintop Wedding

A week ago, I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful marriage of Amanda and Brian (whom I met last fall under rather serendipitous circumstances). Originally, they had asked me to shoot what was to be their conventional wedding, but then they decided to elope and asked if I had any ideas for a good outdoor […]

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Montpelier March

Today’s Women’s March on Montpelier brought the largest demonstration in memory to the capital (the Burlington Free Press estimated 15,000, SevenDays 10,000), clogging traffic in both directions on I-89. The weather was warm for January (just 35 degrees), and the gathering was a colorful, energetic display of free speech, full of music, Muslim rappers, a surprise […]

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Amanda and Mike

Saving a Farm

Thanksgiving is a good time to think about where our food comes from, about what it takes to nourish and encourage farms, to preserve Vermont’s living, agricultural landscape. Well, first it takes money – lots of money, from a variety of sources. Second, it takes farmers – the people who want to work the land, and who know what […]

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Owl's Head at Dawn

On Top of Vermont

One of my favorite places in Vermont is Owl’s Head. It is in Groton State Park, and has a parking lot that is a quick 10-minute hike from a summit that offers unobstructed 270º views of endless forests, several peaks, and multiple ponds. The problem is, since it’s only 10 minutes from one’s car to the lookout, […]

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Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Brubecks in Vermont

This fall the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, a client, was scheduled to perform in Manchester, Vermont, so I headed south for an overnight road trip to scout out the southwest corner of the state (and shoot the harvest moon over Mt. Equinox) and to enjoy the concert at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. I have been to BBQ concerts in Moscow, […]

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Montpelier Panoramas

With the generous assistance of Ashley Witzenberger at Montpelier Alive, I been able to make a few forays up steep ladders, past spiderwebs and ancient clockworks, to the top of the Montpelier City Hall tower. The goal was to capture a series of panoramas of Montpelier – one for each season. Technically, each panorama is actually a vertorama, because it is shot in […]

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Vermontotypes

Last weekend I was exploring the backroads of southwestern Vermont. I scouted many excellent sites for future visits through the coming seasons, met some really interesting people (best meal: Eggs Norway Style at Bob’s Diner), and had a great time shooting the Brubeck Brothers Quartet concert at Manchester’s Southern Arts Center. As I was looking back […]

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Moon Shot

I WAS HALFWAY down the steep, rocky trail when I first heard their quiet voices floating up the path. It was 7:30 in the morning and I had been utterly alone on this peak for the last two hours, having risen early to catch the setting of the harvest moon over Mount Equinox. It had been […]

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