Yo, it's Better in Jersey!

Let's just get this out of the way, everyone in New Jersey feels the same way about you as you do about them ;)  No, seriously,  I moved with my family out to New Jersey about 10 years ago when I realized how many square feet we could have there compared to where we were in Brooklyn. 2860 vs 680! Ha! In reality, when we decided to leave the city for the burbs, we looked west for the simple fact that it was closer to family in Philly.  But I must say, we love it!

I have two small kids making their way through the school system in our lovely town of Maplewood, so when this latest assignment from NJ Monthly came along I jumped at the chance to get involved. The new creative force behind NJM is Laura Baer, she and I have worked together for years at various publications.  She is one of my favorite collaborators, enjoy! 

New Jersey Monthly Cover September 2014
Laura Baer - Creative Director
Stephanie Hanes - Stylist
Nathan Kipe for Every Pixel Counts - Retouching

Studio Studio Studio

Anyone who has followed my social media meanderings over the past year may have heard me talk about getting a studio once, twice, perhaps three times.  Well it finally happened!  As of July 2014 I have a shooting space in NYC on 27th St and 6th Ave.  I am honored to be sharing with the incomparable Beth Galton, who I have known many years.  Party to follow soon!

The back story:  A little over Eight years ago when my wife was pregnant with our second daughter I decided to take a break from commuting to be home a bit more.  I completed a shooting space/office in my three car garage and started to use that as my home base, renting in the city when needed.  Like anything, it worked great for a while.  And I was certainly happy to have a low overhead in 2009.  Oh lordy, 2009. Let's all have a moment of silence for 2009.  But I began to miss being in the city and you know what they say, change is good.  Having a studio in NYC is a much different prospect today than it was 20 years ago when I opened my first place.  Many photographers, like Beth and myself, have banded together to share space and resources.  There will always be a need for content, the struggle is to remain relevant in an ever changing landscape.  It is truly a great time to be an image maker.

I am continually grateful to be able to make my living doing something I love.  I hope to see you soon!

View from the north windows.

A full Kitchen!

Working for Pepsi.

Working on an At Edge ad in my office, the image is from a shoot with Scientific American.

Feature Shoot

A very nice and unexpected surprise came to me recently via email with a note that I was being highlighted on Feature Shoot's web site. They used work taken from my small, but growing collection at OFF SET images. OFF SET is a premium collection from Shutterstock and although I don't have that many images up on their site as of yet, I do like their aesthetic and design.

Is it here where we talk about the death of photography and the falling rates, in part because of royalty free stock sites, the internet and the over saturation of imagery?  No! Today we just enjoy a little press, this is one of those moments where it feels really good to be a photographer.

I also have been with Getty Images since they bought Photonica in the 90s and although I don't make as much as I used to, it still provides me with a guilty sense that I need to submit more images.

I absolutely have to add a shout out to one of my favorite prop stylists, Amy Chin, who is always booked on some job in an exotic far away location, making beautiful things happen.  She did much of the styling on the cosmetic shots but not all, I did some myself.  I am a pretty good on set stylist but only pretty good.

The Feature Shoot article talks about how I am based in Iowa, and as much as I Love Iowa, I left in 1990 to attempt a Master's at Cal Arts outside of Los Angles.  I have now been in the NYC area for 22 years. Time really does fly as they say.

Feature Shoot July 18, 2014

James Worrell OFF SET

James Worrell OFF SET

Getty Images


Keep Me Covered

A couple of fun cover shoots so far this year, both of them on bargains. (I have another one coming up soon, a cover for the Washington Post Magazine).  I love my clients.  Seriously, working with talented, nice people is such a plus.  Don't forget to be good to your clients and your vendors.  The difficult "artist" type is a myth.

May cover of Shop Smart on the stands now!
Muchas Gracias to:
Melissa Paterno Plonchak - Creative Director
Tammy Fernandez - Art Director
Karen Shinbaum - Photo Editor
Prop Stylist - Angela Campos
OK, another one of my favorite peeps in this silly business is Laura Baer,
who is now Art Director/Creative Director at NJ Monthly.  We have worked together
off and on for years at Prevention and Good Housekeeping.  Keep it coming Laura!

The cover that made the cut is the grid on white below.  Although it's not my first
choice, it's not my choice and I am happy for a cover.  It's my job to give the client what they need
and I will use one of the others in my portfolio along with the opening spread below, which I love.

Also thanks to:
Susan Brierly - Style Editor and Stylist
Karen Hoffsten - Susan's Assistant
Deborah Carter - Managing Editor

Susan made a blog post too, see it Here.

The winning cover.

You may or may not know that on a cover shoot we tend to spend
the entire day shooting the cover and variations on the theme.  The NJ Monthly
job was multiple days, the Shop Smart Job was one full day working through
different constructions on the one set... we actually started on Yellow and ended up on light pink.

Here are the two winning shots, the one below made the cover.

A wee 6 seconds behind the scenes.  I used something like 9 lights
on this one which is unusual for me, but Fun!

The NJ Monthly shot was done in my home studio in New Jersey of course... actually it's my converted 3 car
garage studio.  I split my time between here and shooting in NYC.
From L to R:
Susan Brierly - Style Editor
Laura Baer - Art Director
C'est Moi
Karin Hoffsten - Stlyist Assistant

and yes, those are the same vintage Polaroid sunglasses that are on the covers.


Found out last night that images from my FLAT SHIT series have been included in American Photo 30!  I am really excited about this of course, but the perfectionist within me wants to know why not the other stuff I submitted?  Typical free-lance response.  Thanks to everyone who has supported Flat Shit over the past year, it has been a pleasant surprise to me that people like it so much.  

There are about 20 copies left of the 250 limited edition booklet I published in January:  Buy it HERE or send me an email 

The spread of images picked for AP 30
The other shit I submitted to the contest earlier this year: