Joey Lawrence shoots the 'Twilight' movie poster at 18

There are sometimes people that you look at and wonder, "How in the world." What element was added in their mix of life that propelled them to such a level so fast. Is it that natural God given talent? Is it being spanked/not spanked as a kid? Are his parents very wealthy? Or can we all thank Google for this? What is it? I look at Joey Lawrence and ask that very question. I remember when I picked up a camera at 13. I remember the years it took me for light bulbs to go off. To this day, I still wonder what I am doing now that I will be wishing I 'didn't do' or 'did more of' when I am 40. It's that whole saying, "If I knew then, what I know now." Well, If we can think about it in the opposite sense maybe we would do more now so we can be better off tomorrow.
I look at an incredible talent like Joey Lawrence and am simply amazed as to the abilities a young person can have at such a young age. Joey picked up a camera when he was 7 years old. Corbin has been taking pictures with Daddy's camera since he was 5. Does this mean Corbin will have the potential? Maybe. I don't know. All I know is no matter what my son is interested in. I have to support it and provide all the opportunities in the world for him.

Check out Joey Lawrence's website at

Also read the article about him and the movie poster deal at
Best of Luck, Joey, on your next 18 years!!!

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Welcome to Delta. NOW GIVE ME YOUR WALLET!!!

More and more it is becoming a pain in the ass to travel. If it isn't
the TSA destroying your gear or the idiot at the lost baggage claim
asking if your plane landed yet, there seems to always be something to
make a trip less enjoyable. I really can't wait for the day where you
slide into a tube, close a window and the shoot a spray of gas that
knocks you out for the hours it takes to take off and land. Until then
I have to deal with figuring new ways of minimizing my gear and
traveling more "High Speed / Low Drag"

You have to admire the marketing guys at the headquarters for their
inspirational ways of bleeding people. I am sure in the industry there
is a plaque somewhere for that guy who figured out how to save Delta
half a million bucks by cutting out 5 pieces of corn from the inflight
service. Changes like that aren't so subtle anymore. Now they simply
take away all the food and charge you to give it back to you. Then
there is the fee you can pay them for for hurting the environment.
Although I am all in support for charging an obese person for an extra
AND NOW if that wasn't enough they come out with this deal where you
have to pay for the two bags you check in. HAsn't anybody figured out
that proper incentive to help people bring less bags is to offer a
rebate by bringing less bags instead of all of a sudden charging
people for something that used to be for free???

Anyway. Here is a link to Expedia's site for travelers to see how much
each airline is charging now.

How do you catch a bald eagle?

Two days after Tropical Storm Fay came through I found myself scouting
for a good spot for my next photo shoot for Tag Heuer sunglasses. Came
across this bald eagle out on Key Biscayne.
Boy that would be cool to catch him and add to my backyard project.
Although I am sure I would have all kinds of police and homeland
security all over my ass. Thinking I was some terrorist.


Hunting Doves

Recently, there have been three doves hanging around the porch. So I
fugure this will be one of the best ways to shoot one. I am using
NIKON sb-800s and pocket wizards to trip the cameras. I also have a
cable connected to a tv so I can see how I am shooting.
I unfortunately am not using the NIKON CLS system because the preflash
scares the animal before the shot is taken. Instead I am using the
good old fashioned su-4 flash trigger.

Bee casting call

Look what Corbin found a few minutes ago. These bees are right outside
my window.

Now I have to figure out how to get them into the studio.


The Backyard Project defined

I recently sent an email out to my friends and mentors for suggestions into what I should call my project on shooting living creatures in backyards around the world.

Thank you to my friends for your input on the backyard project. Words sometimes are just as important as the image when justifying an idea and purpose. The following are suggestions from everyone I emailed.

-"The Backyard Project : A Study of Living Things"
-"The Backyard Collection: A close-up visual study in the art of living"
-"The Backyard Collection: A Close Up Visual Introduction to life both Big and Small."
-"Big and bug ... Small things made big."
-"Where the Wild Things Are"
-"Backyard Beasts and Bugs"
-"Backyards and Life Within"
-"Beetles, Spiders and Toads...oh my"
-"The Backyard Project: It's Not Such A Small World After All"
-"The Backyard Project: The World At Your Feet"

My favorite is

"Where the wild things are"

But I don't even want to risk anybody associating my project with the famous children's story. ESPECIALLY since I just found out that Spike Jonze (dir. Being John Malkovich) will be releasing a movie about the book next year.

For now, I think I am going with "The Backyard Project: A close-up visual study into the art of living."

I feel "A close-up visual study into the art of living" says it all because the purpose of this project is to show the details, colors, design of all the creatures that inhabit our backyards. From major cities to backwoods, these guys survive in a way that can only be associated with an art of living.

I don't want to use contrasts between big and small or beasts and bugs because until I shoot an elephant in a backyard in Africa I can't say I am shooting big. And to me, beasts are in all sizes and include bugs. Shoot a 1/4 inch spider with a micro lens see his teeth and he jumps at you. You will give the same response as any other beast. I guarantee it.

Thank you so much for all your help.
God bless,