A Look Back at 2013

2013 marked a big change for me and how I view my work.  If all these images and words from the past year could be stripped down to a single idea, it's that I want to tell stories. When I started photography, I thought the best way to do that would be through documenting events. But working on By Way of Brooklyn and other editorial projects this year, I found this to not be true.  Because really, each person you meet is carrying a story with them. An event, a wedding, could be thought of as a collection of those stories, and also two stories becoming one.

But if you can spend a few hours with someone at their home or favorite cafe, look into their eyes, and have a conversation with them, there's a remarkable story that's told. One that's intimate, unique, and inspiring. 

We are all storytellers and these images are a survey of a year of how I heard them. 

Whatever You Say Album Release

Presence. That ineffable quality that a performer has once he is in front of an audience. Some have to fight hard to be noticed, others have a magnetic quality to them that demands full attention. It's something that can't be taught or acquired. 

One night in the Lower East Side for Rekliss' album release party, I saw performers who had so much presence that the venue couldn't contain it. They were six feet in front of us. I was surrounded by people trying to get closer to them. As they performed there were nods of agreement, and grimaces of awe from the audience.  Whatever they had to say, people listened and could have listened all night long.

A New Beginning & Sandee Shin for BWOB

For the past few months, I've been working on some big changes for my photography that I'm so excited to share with you today.  Since I first launched this website four years ago, it has been the stage to showcase all my work. Most of that work has been weddings, but for the past year I've started to do more portraiture and editorial projects. And at the same time, my wedding work has also been growing, and looking ahead I intend to grow both in tandem.

So I'm launching two sites today, one for my wedding work at Weddings by Minnow Park and a redesign of this site for the editorial projects I've done.   I'm so grateful to be able to do what I do, and I couldn't have done it if you didn't visit this site and spread the word.  So, thank you so much for being a part of this journey with me.

For this inaugural post I wanted to feature our last By Way of Brooklyn shoot with Sandee Shin of Armor Jewelry

When we met with Sandee, she was telling us about a difficult but good problem she was having: the growing pains of a growing business.  Because at first when you start to make money from your hobby or passion it's exhilarating. Then you make the leap from hobby to career, and it becomes more than just being able to do what you love 24 hours a day. You realize what you're actually doing is running a business. But as you become more successful it starts to become bigger than just you working out of your studio in your apartment. 

Again, it's a good problem to have, but one that's hard to solve. There's so many choices and investments to make, without any guarantees.  But as she told us her story, Sandee has so deftly navigate up until this point that there's no doubt that she will go find a way to have more people wear her beautiful jewelry.