The Big (Creepy and Most Likely Haunted) House

A few months ago, my good friend and fellow photographer Gregory Ng made a suggestion to me. "You and I should take one weekend a year where we go away to a neutral city with the sole purpose of shooting photos. No wives, no kids. No agenda or plan other than just a couple guys wandering around a not-so-familiar city discovering and shooting cool things." A few years ago, he had kindly dragged me along as sort of an assistant for a photo/video gig he had in Tuscany. It was the trip of a lifetime and the new plan is to try and capture a little of that magic at least once a year. I feel personal work is integral for creative growth, and it's nice to shoot something other than interiors purely just for the fun of it. Our maiden trip this year is to Philadelphia. Keep in mind this trip was planned BEFORE our Patriots had their butts handed to them by the Eagles in the Super Bowl. That sting has finally worn off and despite the bomb cyclone, weather freak show, Philly is proving to be a phenomenal first stop on the photo journey. Today we were at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Philadelphia, PA. Creepy, eerie and wonderful! Here's a sample of some of the images. 

Photographer of the Month

It's been just over 6 months since my last blog post, so it seems just about the right time to post again. 

I was honored last month to be named the "Photographer of the Month" by the Photography for Real Estate community ( This is an online forum of over 12,000 photographers from around the globe who all are interested in shooting interiors, architectural and real estate photography. Each month the contest has a theme, and for July it was "Master Bath". My shot of a magical en suite in Sherborn, MA was selected as the winner. This is especially rewarding for me because just about a year ago I told my photography coach that I wanted to win one of these monthly contests. Up until that time I had never even entered one because the stuff being submitted I felt blew my work away. But once I declared that goal out loud to my coach, I had no choice but to pursue it feverishly. Over the last 12 months I've placed as high as second in the monthly contest, but the top spot had eluded me. Until last month. 

It feels pretty awesome to check that one off the list and move on to the next goal. Stay tuned for that! 

Here's a link to the announcement post over on their site

And here's the winning photo:

And Now For Something Completely Different...

Sometimes when I do my job right, people don't want to LIVE in the spaces I shoot, but rather WORK in them! One of my last projects of 2016 was a commercial shoot for a company out in Palmer, MA called DeTech. The people were awesome and really easy to work with. I spent the better part of a whole day shooting their facilities over two large complexes, and I still honestly couldn't tell you exactly what they do. It's technical and very science-y. They make stuff. With a lot of precision tools. They sometimes wear lab coats. Safety goggles were involved. Who knows? Maybe it's some top secret, underground government conspiracy project and now I'm on somebody's watch list for photographing the entirety of it. Either way we got some pretty cool shots and it's always good to get outside of your comfort zone and shoot something different for a change. 

When you're so tired...

...that you fall asleep, face down with a pacifier in your mouth, on the changing table in the middle of a diaper change. That's really tired. Photo taken by Melissa. Love this little guy!!!