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New Portfolio Arrives From Italy

June 27, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Yesterday was an exciting day because my new portfolio of fine art images arrived from Italy. I commissioned Graphistudio to custom build a leather album with a cut crystal cover and custom wood box to hold it! This work represents my most important body of work of my career so far and I am pleased that the craftsmanship of the final portfolio mat...
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Backyard Party

June 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
This past weekend I was hired to photograph a party at a private home. I find this sort of casual atmosphere a very challenging photo assignment because it is hard to elevate the work beyond a snapshot unless you really understand photojournalism and storytelling. Even if you do understand those things it is still hard because it takes timing to ge...
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Tao inspired art

June 22, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Peace and Friendship 12"x20" Giclee Composite Photograph by Ira Gardner I made this composite photograph yesterday after having spent the past few weeks revisiting the ideas of Taoism and Chinese painting. Taoism has been an important part of my art practice for more than 10 years now. I was in Los Angeles last week for my parents 50th anniversa...
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New Logo

June 15, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I recently went through a new branding exercise to try to simplify and unify my photography logo. After a year of experimentation with different logos I have decided to simplify and modernize the look. The roundness of the G along with the simple black and white icon of a camera represents the themes of the sage/creator archetype that is at the hea...
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Conservative America

June 01, 2018  •  2 Comments
I made this digital composite this morning from a photo shoot I did with Collin Mastheller who is a dear friend and colleague who works in video production. Collin is a a hard worker who keeps his opinions to himself at work but dresses in a very provocative manner on an almost daily basis. I actually don't know his political viewpoints because he...
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Be Iconic Video Introduction

May 31, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Here is a video that introduces my recently completed portfolio of editorial portraits that I am calling "Be Iconic". Click here to see the entire portfolio!
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SoCal Lifestyle

May 24, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Commercial Photographer Cory Henderson brings the essence of southern California into his work. He is a phenomenal talent with lighting and digital editing skills. I had the opportunity to work with him recently to develop his branding and portfolio and it became obvious that he is a creative archetype who brings an element of fierce independence t...
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Hip Hop Photographer

May 24, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I've had the privilege of watching this young talented photographer become an outstanding hip hop concert and lifestyle photographer. I made this image of Cristobal Arellano while teaching a portrait workshop a year ago. I just came across the image yesterday and decided to add a graffiti background that captures the strength of his work. He is qui...
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Color Harmony

May 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
With digital editing I can build color harmony into any photograph. Here is an image I made of a Abilesh who is a computer science student studying in America. As you can see the room lights behind him didn't make for a good background. I brought him out to a hallway that had a skylight and used the natural daylight to illuminate his face. When I b...
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New York Mindset

May 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I have been playing with the creative potential of overlaying textured images on to my portraits to add some editorial content to the images. I photographed Sasha last year and although she was still in high school at the time, I could see big cities in her future as this was a young lady filled with strength and confidence! I found a stock image...
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Yume "Dreams"

May 20, 2018  •  1 Comment
This weekend I have been experimenting with building digital composite images that have depth and texture. This image combines a photo I made from a Japan week event at Spokane Falls Community College along with a bridge I photographed in Hilo Hawaii during March of 2018. This was another Bon Odori dancer who was standing quietly. I added a back...
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Classic Elegance

May 18, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I made this quick portrait while giving a workshop on shooting portraits on gray backgrounds for composites and Anna happened by in a beautiful red dress. She was kind enough to let me make some photographs of her as examples for the workshop. I applied some beauty retouching and layered in some texture into the background. It was so much fun to ph...
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Meet Clara Mannino

May 16, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Lately I've been experimenting with reworking some of my portraits to build stronger color harmony in the work using digital composite editing techniques. Here is a portrait I made of a wonderful musician and teacher named Clara Mannino. I met her while working on a project for the Holy Names Music Academy which provides music lessons for our commu...
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Words Matter: Power 2 The Poetry

April 30, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
The Richmond Art Collective was hosting an artist studio open house event on a cold winter night in Spokane. This young woman and two of her friends walked into my studio and asked me if there was only visual artist allowed in our studios and I said "absolutely not! All art mediums are supported here. We just don't happen to have any poets in resid...
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Making of a large production shoot

April 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I made this tableaux image with a great group of models and colleagues. I wanted to portray stereotypical roles like the cowboy, biker, judge, and beautiful women. However, in my twist I wanted to have the women be strong, bold, and disinterested in what any of the men in the room thought of them. I like the idea of using stereotypes and then destr...
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