Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Studio. New Year. New Classes. (Updated)


There are now two different classes I will be teaching for January 2011. There will be a Photography Workshop on Saturday Mornings and an Acting Workshop on Thursday Evenings.

Let me explain. We originally had the Photography Workshop scheduled for Thursday Evenings but now that has been switched. Starting January 8th and continuing on the 15th and 22nd, there will be an Introduction to Photography workshop from 10:30AM to 12:30PM at the Studio in Harlem (125th St & 5th Ave). This Workshop includes Point & Shoot cameras as well as DSLRs. Total Investment with JDP2011 promo code = $45.

Thursday Evenings starting January 6th there will be a 12 Week Acting Workshop. Classes are from 7PM to 8:30PM at the Studio in Harlem. The Workshop continues until April 14th (no class on Jan 27th, Feb 3rd & 10th). Each class is $15 with a total investment = $180.

Maximum class size for both workshops is 12 people so reserve your seat now via email at Payment plan is available.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Urban Fine Art Fave - "Truly Allure"


As I reflect on my photographic work I see I truly enjoy working with Artists, both theatrical and musical. I am sure my artistic background plays a big part in that.

With this portrait of Allure, I wanted to highlight the fun and familial elements of Lalisha, Alia and Akissa. When I studied their previous photos I noticed these women really enjoy being around each other. That family element was clearly evident in the photos as well as during the photo shoot. These women truly are family.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Jazmine: Sultry Eyes


There goes Jazmine again with those sultry eyes.

You would not imagine at the beginning of the shoot Jazmine was very timid. In short time she let herself feel more comfortable and opened up. The music I selected definitely helped her find a nice rhythm for the shoot.

I really love the strong lioness feel of this portrait.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Urban Fine Art Fave - "The Ladies of Allure"


Last week's photo shoot with the music group Allure was such a lovely experience.

Today I reviewed the photos and selected the proofs for Allure's approval. The thing is these ladies look so great it made it hard for me not to pick all of them.

Instead of sharing the amazing group shots here on the blog I decided to show individual portraits so you can appreciate each of these ladies.




Monday, December 20, 2010



Last week I had my first shoot at the Studio in Harlem. Yeah, Harlem, NYC. I now do all my administrative work in Chelsea and handle Studio work in Harlem. 2011 should be an amazing year in light of all these new dynamics.

So last week I had the privilege to photograph Alia, LaLa, and Akissa, better known as the R&B group Allure. We had a fantastic day photographing them in spite of the cold

These ladies are definitely fun to work with. I was able to get my photo with them as well at the end of the shoot.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Urban Fine Art Fave - "Jazmine: Up Close & Personal"


I had been looking forward to photographing Jazmine for quite some time. She is very beautiful and her eyes are great storytellers.

This past weekend we were able to make it work and the photo shoot was so much fun.

There were numerous shots I got but I decided to share this one. I like the intimacy, the simplicity, and the silver tone. I call this "Up Close & Personal".

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Photography Class #4 of 4 - The Composition


I had an amazing time last night teaching the fourth and last photography class in this workshop at Hip Hope Academy in the Bronx. This class really was a culmination of the first three classes. We started with Vision, then went in to understanding the complexities of the Camera, and then we broke down Composition.

I could have taught Composition first which is what most people want to learn but the way I organized was much more fruitful. By the end of the class I saw eyes light up and brains thinking about images and how to photograph them. Their vision has been shifted. Their understanding of the camera has been enhanced. Now they can execute composition in a whole new way.

Where to from here? Perhaps I may teach this workshop in the spring at another location. One student already asked if I would teach an Intermediate class. I am still in awe I had the opportunity to teach an Introductory class. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined conducting a workshop on Photography. We shall see. This photographic journey has had so many enjoyable adventures so far. I am sure more are on the way.

Still I am amazed I taught a photography workshop

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Photography Class #3 of 4 - The Camera (Revisited)


In Class #3 we revisited what took place two weeks ago in Class #2.

At the beginning I shared some portraits I had shot over the weekend. One of my students informed me it helped when I shared some of my work and explained why I did what I did to acquire the shot. Critical analysis will help develop their vision.

Afterward we walked through ISO, Shutter Speed, and Exposure. It was great to hear some of the stories of students experimenting over the Thanksgiving break. What was even cooler is that we did some experimenting of our own in class with the Shutter Speed. We dragged the shutter (making it slower) and played with the blurring of light in a cool way.

I also brought my cameras to class so the students took photos with some more advanced (and heavier) equipment. This sea of experimentation helped them actualize physically what they have been learning intellectually.

The photos which were taken with my cameras were so cool I decided to start off today's class (our last one in the four part workshop) with their photos. Let's see how they respond.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Urban Fine Art Fave - "Phil Bonano: Urban Visionary"


Phil Bonano is the senior pastor of New Season Christian Center. At New Season, the focus is on connecting: 1)With God through Bible Study and Worship, 2)With members of the church family through Fellowship and Functions, and 3)With members of the community through Outreach and Events.

The day before this photo shoot Pastor Phil mentioned doing a crazy thing like taking photos on the roof. Once I heard that I knew we were going to have a really great time. I love taking photos with urban landscapes and a rooftop in the Hunts Point area provided a lovely and unique perspective.

The portrait below was taken in the Bronx this past weekend where the temperature was about 34 degrees Fahrenheit (not including the wind chill factor). So Pastor Phil and I really wanted to be on the roof to get this portrait.

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