Monday, December 30, 2013

2013: What an Amazing Year!

Last week my four-year-old daughter, Salish, was watching a behind-the-scenes video of me on a photo shoot.

      "Is this work, Daddy?" she asked.
       "Yes." I replied.
       "Cool," she said.

That about sums it up. I am very fortunate to have a wonderful life. I have a happy and healthy family that I adore and a career that I absolutely love. I want to thank all of my friends and acquaintances for your continued support and enthusiasm, and I truly hope you have a very happy holiday!

Here are a few professional highlights from this exciting year:

New York Times Bestseller

I began the year with my book, Dancers Among Us, holding steady on the New York Times bestseller list. Just two years before, the project was DOA. Then Workman Publishing took a chance on a photography book with no movie stars or cute puppies, and their gamble paid off.

My Rockstar Adventures in Korea

It was a busy summer for exhibitions, including large-scale public installations at The Grace Building and One New York Plaza in Manhattan, and solo shows at Jacob’s Pillow, The National Museum of Dance, and the Savina Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea. This three-story exhibit inspired the blog, While You Were Sleeping: My Rockstar Adventures in Korea.

Going Fast with Paul Taylor Dance Company

My 2013 campaign for the Paul Taylor Dance Company helped generate record ticket sales for their run at Lincoln Center. This was my second collaboration with PTDC, and one of several major campaigns I shot in 2013.

Fall for Dance

I had the great honor to shoot some of the world’s best dancers for the 2013 “Fall for Dance” campaign at New York City Center, which was seen in subways and on busses and billboards all around the Big Apple. For a dance photographer, shooting "Fall for Dance" is one of the highest honors.

Take a look at this cool behind-the-scenes video of the shoot:

Athletes Among Us

This summer I announced the beginning of a new project, Athletes Among Us, which was received with great enthusiasm by both the public and the media, including features in the NY Post, the NY Daily News, the Huffington Post, MSN, and the Daily Mail UK.

The Today Show - Jersey Shore

The Today Show brought me to the Jersey Shore to shoot a series of portraits of local residents, which they used to produce a beautiful and touching segment about strength and resilience:

Traveled the World Shooting Dancers Among Us

I was extremely fortunate to travel a lot this summer, photographing dancers all over the world. Some of my favorite spots: Paris, Tuscany, Prince Edward Island, Seoul, San Francisco, Chicago, Phoenix, Miami, and Acadia National Park.

Circus Among Us

Just this month I began a new project, Circus Among Us, with a magical shoot in NYC featuring the fearless artists of Cirque Eloize. To see some jaw-dropping moments, take a look at this behind-the-scenes video:

Dancers Among Us Calendar

The 2014 Dancers Among Us wall calendar has been included on many “Best Gifts of 2013” lists, but much more importantly, my kids think it’s cool!