Parenting

Shoot For Blanks

It all starts here… on a blank white page. A blank white page demands your creativity. A blank white page says, “so, what do you want to do, boss?”. Many people dread facing the blank white page. I love it. I had a photography student at CalArts approach me in a panic for advice. She […]

I Took This Photo In Nice, A Few Weeks Ago

Nice saved me from insanity. I got an apartment in nearby Villefranche Sur Mer right after I retired from photographing weddings. I was pretty beat up. I had just spent countless hours with everybody at Pictage struggling to survive. I did that for nineteen months, and things were bad. We were nearly out of money and […]

Meeting My Agent For The First Time!

Today I had a lunch meeting with my script agent Matt from Original Artists Agency.  I am so lucky to have such a warm and incredibly passionate agent.  We have talked on the phone a lot and are large presences in each other’s career paths lately, but this was our first meeting.  In a world where you […]

Haunted Video

Watch this movie and read the lyrics to the song.  This film was done before the house fire.  I’m speechless. “To Build A Home” There is a house built out of stone Wooden floors, walls and window sills Tables and chairs worn by all of the dust This is a place where I don’t feel […]

They’re Rehearsing

Today I was at Starbucks at around 4pm PST and as I pulled out my app to pay, the barrista told me that the payment system was down, and therefore the drinks were free.  This outage existed at least from 7pm EST to an early close of the stores in Manhattan at 9pm vs 10pm. […]

The Inside Of Suicide

So hard to hear this news. One of our top photographers and educators has died. I have not heard directly to confirm that he took his own life, but this is what is being said. You will also read that he was distraught by how his professional photography business added to his unbearable pain and […]

Revisiting The Site Of The Fire (by Melissa)

From Gary:  I had very strong thoughts about not visiting the burn site.  I wanted to remember our home the way it was when we last saw it, as we closed the door behind us for the last time.  Looking back on my life, no “last time” ever stands out as significant.  Everything is fine and normal, […]

A Beautiful Post From Melissa

My wife Melissa wrote this beautiful article about an item that is terribly important to my son.  She is a stunningly beautiful woman on the inside as well as the outside.  I don’t know who is luckier, my kids (who have such a wonderful mom) or us, having such beautiful kids.   I have quite […]

The Beverly Hillbillies

Denis Reggie taught me my standards for ‘class’.  We always tease each other, he’ll say, “Gary you are ALL class, and all of it is low.” But he was right.  When I first started hanging out with him at his duplex at the Atlanta Four Seasons Hotel,  I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to put your […]

My Logo and the US Department Of Transportation

(UPDATED AFTER COMMENTS 3/28) I don’t think many of you know this, but my company started spontaneously and with literally no notice.  Super short version of my story, I had retired from photography, invented a lighting device, and it wound up selling quickly.    I didn’t have a business plan, or investors, or anything.  I […]

Absolute wide-eyed wonder

We took the kids to Disneyland, and on the California Adventure side there is a theater called, “Frozen Singalong”.  During the event, they had snow falling from the ceiling and the kids all loved it.  I am so glad I had my Sony Xperia z3 with me to catch this moment.   Kids are so […]

Family Cinematography

Throughout my entire photography career, I was inspired by filmmaking.  In fact, I was always pretty frustrated by the static nature of still images. To be a great still photographer, you have to be able to grasp the peak of emotion.  That requires that you unite technical skill with anticipation and timing of the big moment.  That […]