Glassblowing Studio in Williamsburg

Recently I got the opportunity to do a portfolio shoot for Amber Cowan, a glass artist here in Williamsburg– while at her studio where she works at 160 Glass (they teach glassblowing classes and workshops by the way, for anyone who may be interested!), and I met Michiko Sakano, and just out of curiousity about glassblowing I asked if I could shoot them at work in the studio. First of all, it is SO HOT in there, i could barely stand to be near those furnaces… and I was amazed at how physical, delicate, and time-consuming the glassblowing process was. Now I understand why those fancy hand-blown glass vases you buy as a wedding gift cost so much! And I’m shocked by how cheap things are at Pier 1!! Take a look… glassblowing has to be done with a partner, so Amber and Michiko helped eachother out for my shoot. Michiko (below) even gave me the finished vase (decantur, she called it!) and it is lovely, i must say.

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Above, Michiko in her personal studio room– she makes the most amazing custom lamps/lighting. Below, Amber Cowan shows me her process…

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Forest Fire Party

Forest Fire, a favorite local band of ours, hosted a performance-based party (much like those ‘apartment’ parties at Michael and Leah’s) at their loft last weekend.  I took some photos of their set, as well as a great set by Wild Yaks.  Favorite shots below…

Pepper’s Pinups

Pepper wanted to shoot some fun pinup-style images for her portfolio (*and for her boyfriend, let’s not forget him!) so we got creative in my studio, using mostly a black velvet background and her costume selections, but also I threw in a few sheer 1950’s floral curtains for fun.  I had a blast processing these as I just made the switch to Lightroom and am now enthralled with the possibilities enabled by develop module preset creation. (photographers know what i mean, sorry for the gobbledygook everyone else).  Here are a few favorites from my shoot with Pepper.  She’s recently engaged so perhaps you’ll see her here in a wedding dress in another year!  Ladies, contact me if you’d like a session to create a private gift-book for your hubby or boyfriend, ready in time for valentines day…

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Pepper's Pinups

Pepper wanted to shoot some fun pinup-style images for her portfolio (*and for her boyfriend, let’s not forget him!) so we got creative in my studio, using mostly a black velvet background and her costume selections, but also I threw in a few sheer 1950’s floral curtains for fun.  I had a blast processing these as I just made the switch to Lightroom and am now enthralled with the possibilities enabled by develop module preset creation. (photographers know what i mean, sorry for the gobbledygook everyone else).  Here are a few favorites from my shoot with Pepper.  She’s recently engaged so perhaps you’ll see her here in a wedding dress in another year!  Ladies, contact me if you’d like a session to create a private gift-book for your hubby or boyfriend, ready in time for valentines day…

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End of an Era

I’ve been fortunate enough to have been a guest at a number of “The Apartment” parties at friends Michael Leviton and Leah Hayes’ place over the last few years.  They’d invite musicians over for an evening every month or so and people would take turns getting up and playing a song or two right there in this tiny railroad apartment’s living room.  Everyone would crowd into the room, sitting on the floor, standing in the hall, it was very intimate, and almost every party, a few of the performances would be simply amazing.  Keith and I discovered a few of our favorite musicians there.  Alas, Michael and Leah are finally moving to a new place, and don’t expect to be able to throw parties like this anymore, so here’s looking back…  the Times has just done a piece on this story you can read here.

See a few of my favorite performances here:

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