Thursday, June 24, 2010


One of my favorite tools in photoshop is the ability to transform photos into watercolor. I find that photos with high color saturation and minimal detail lend themselves best to creating a watercolor image. I have been experimenting with several different photos with varying results. These are a few that made the cut so to speak.

This is my favorite. The effect is subtle but I feel truly represents how watercolor can transform an already beautiful image into a work of art.

This was taken at Salisbury Beach MA near the State Park. One of my favorite spots at the ocean to take the family.

Purple Iris. This one was a bit more tricky to get the effect to look good. As with any of the photos I transform into watercolor the effect is best appreciated when enlarged to 11x14 or larger on matte paper or canvas.

This was taken at the Quabbin Reservoir in New Salem MA. The reservoir was created in 1939 by the Army Corp of Engineers by flooding a valley containing 6 towns in central/western MA. It provides drinking water to the city of Boston and 40 other communites in eastern MA. The land surrounding it is protected and provides miles of hiking trails and some of the best fishing in the state.

I created this using a different technique called pallete knife. It took a lot longer to get the desired look mainly due to the contrast between the mushrooms and the bark on the tree. Overall I'm happy with the results.

Monarch butterfly...this was one of several that we raised from caterpillars two summers ago.

I have a few more that I'm still working on and will post when completed. I will be offering each of these framed up to 16x20 in size on matte paper, fine art paper and canvas. Visit my website for ordering info and size availability.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

High School Seniors

This year I have decided to put my portrait experience to work and shoot high school seniors for the class of 2011. Over the years I have shot indoors in my studio but find that shooting on location outside lends to better lighting and more creative options with poses. There are a number of really good locations to shoot near where I live.

This was shot at Coggshall Park in Fitchburg MA a couple of years ago. This is also a great location for outdoor portraits. I offer several packages catering to high school seniors on my website

Monday, June 14, 2010

More sports photography

These are a few team and individual sports photos I've taken. Sports photography has quickly become a passion of mine and I hope to do more. Sports photography will eventually become a part of my portfolio.

Shooting photos of kids is always challenging, patience is key. I believe my experience as a Cub Scout leader and baseball manager has helped me. Shooting photos is almost as much fun as watching the kids play. I look forward to every game.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sports photography

Over the last couple of months I have been fortunate to take action photos for 202 Street Hockey in Orange MA. My son plays in the Chipmunk division and I had been approached to cover games this season. I quickly found a love for sports photography and hope to continue shooting and cover other local sports in the years to come. These are just a few of the photos I have captured.

I've shot hundreds of photos covering about a dozen games. Although I have not posted any game photos on my website,, I have dozens posted on Facebook. Shooting indoors was a challenge with my current lens, a Nikon 70-210mm 4.5-5.6, but the results were worth the effort.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Photo of the day

Summer Daisy. Simple. Elegant. Innocent. Sure there are many flowers considered more beautiful, but to me nothing says summer as much as a field of Daisies. The simplicity of this flower makes it especially beautiful. I have photographed Daisies dozens of times and never get tired pointing my camera at a single flower or a patch of them.

I really enjoy photographing flowers. Their beauty is timeless. My favorite lens is a Sigma 17-70 Macro 2.8-4.5. It allows me to get up close and bring out the details.

These are Dandelions I shot near the deck in our back yard. I know they are a pain in the you-know-what for anyone with a lawn but what surprised me was the complexity of the flower itself. Don't get me wrong, I'm not about to pick a handful and place them in a vase in our kitchen but this has become one of my favorite shots that I've taken.

I have many more that I will eventually share and I am still looking for new subject matter. A few of my favorites can be found on my website on the photo art page.

Monday, June 7, 2010


Well it's about time. I finally got around to writing a blog. I'm not much of a writing person, I prefer to express myself with my camera. Mostly weddings and portraits and now find myself looking for new photographic challenges. 2010 is not shaping up the way I had planned with photography, it seems that although couples are still getting married they are more price conscious than ever. But I am prepared to weather the storm so to speak. I've been a photographer for 20 years and will continue to cater to couples for years to come.

This season started late, my first wedding was on the 29th of May at a beautiful venue in Ridge NH, The Cathedral of the Pines. Anyone who has had the opportunity to visit or attend a wedding there knows what I'm referring to. The grounds for ceremonies and pictures is breathtaking. Over the years I have been a part of probably a dozen or so weddings there and I never get tired of going back. I have several photos posted on Facebook as well as on my website

I enjoyed working with Jennifer and James, creating lasting memories for them to share with their friends and family. Their reception was held nearby at the Woodbound Inn in Jaffrey, NH. The staff at the Woodbound Inn were very gracious and easy to work with. The grounds have many locations for pictures, unfortunately it began to rain shortly after our arrival and we were limited on outside photographs.

As with every wedding I photograph, I feel I am as excited as the bride & groom to see the final images. I try to be creative and expressive with the images I capture, preferring to shoot on the fly rather than pose. However, every couple is different and I always cater to their wishes. Black & White is quickly becoming my favorite. So much so that I have decided to invest in a film camera to shoot just black & white alongside digital (for primarily color).

The most difficult challenge has been marketing to couples planning weddings in my area. Living in a small community has it's advantages and disadvantages. Only a handful of weddings take place each season and even with not a lot of competition the economy has taken it's bite on the market. My hope is to get my name recognized as a photographer with several projects that will in the end payoff with more leads for weddings.