Painting with Light…

to help YOU find the magic behind each passing moment.

Painting with Light | Why I am a Photographer

I have a new blog header and tagline: “Painting with Light – to help YOU find the magic behind each passing moment”.

It embraces the reason why I became a photographer in the first place.

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Today is the 12th anniversary of September 11th. It’s hard to believe that so many years have passed since that horrifying day. With each new tragedy that struck us since that day, a lump develops in my throat. I am always shaken up and can’t even begin to make sense of the power of hate. And evil. At the same time, it also makes me remember (in the words of my dear friend Jessica) how important it is to savor (and preserve) each moment.

That is my job as a professional photographer.

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I shared an art history video that I made with my middle school students in class yesterday. The video featured famous artworks from the cave paintings in Lascaux, France to portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino in the High Renaissance. The main point of the view was to illustrate how humans have always been making their mark and leaving pictural evidence of life as they knew it. Visual documentation has been around since the beginning of time. That is how we remembered their presence.

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings last spring, I was faced with two questions:

1.) How do I want people to remember me?

2.) What kind of legacy do I want to leave behind?


Life is short and we don’t know if we have tomorrow. Unfortunate circumstances can take our lives and the lives of those we love at any given moment. Think about someone you love dearly: perhaps your best friend, parent, partner, child or coach. If you woke up to the news that _______________ passed away, would you want to remember them by an Instagram photo or a real, tangible photograph (perhaps even… printed!) that truly captures the spirit of who they are as a person?

The advancements in technology (and don’t get me wrong – I love it and use it myself), specifically with smartphone meets camera phone functions and apps that beautify your photos with a simple tap has taken over even the world of DSLR photography. Many may argue that custom photography is no longer a sustainable business.

It can’t, however, REPLACE the tangibility of a REAL photograph.

But if you truly VALUE life and those you love, enjoy taking an active role in the creation of memories and desire portrait art that is truly personalized, then please continue joining me on this journey to “paint with light” so that many more people can find the magic behind each passing moment. And while we “paint with light”, we can also find the good in the midst of tragedies… the perseverance of the human spirit… and the overflowing of LOVE that came out of an evil situation, that people still have an unmatched capability to be selfless in the art of helping others.


Today, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to be silent and remember the victims of September 11th. And join me and my fellow #photogs in the never ending quest to REMEMBER and CELEBRATE LIFE.


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