Jen Senese

121206.016.KBWFrom the moment I met her, I hoped for the opportunity to photograph lovely Jen and those spectacularly radiant eyes. Jen has been to the studio a couple of times now. She’s remarkably comfortable in front of the camera, and extraordinarily patient with me.

It turns out Jen is also a skilled, and reasonably priced Licensed Massage Therapist doing business independently as Jen’s Healing Room (Warner & 101 area).  You can reach her at for a recuperative, or just a blissfully relaxing hour.

Alicia Pierson

12.03--Alicia-170-2.KBWMy daughter, Alicia, was in Phoenix for a few days recently. While here, I invited friend and stylist, Beth Anne Johnson, over to work together on a session with Alicia. Beth Anne and Alicia discovered my mother’s mink stole in the prop closet, which served as the jumping off point for what you see above.

I don’t anticipate vintage portraiture to become a genre I’ll seriously pursue – though the shoot was, and the results are, a lot of fun. And I know my mother would be tickled.


120429.024.KBW.BIt’s appropriate that my first portrait blog post is an outtake of my favorite model – my wife, Amy.
If you’ve checked out my web site,, you’ll note a number of portraits of Amy – many taken spontaneously as I was working through something new. I’m fortunate that Amy is willing, at a moment’s notice, to sit for a new light set, or backdrop, or exposure test.
Amy is a wonderful wife and partner, and an incredible model.

My First Blog Post

Except for a few college portraiture courses, followed by a stint as a studio photographer’s assistant, my portrait work has been mostly informal – and typically natural light.
Until now.
I’ve finally completed my own studio in which I can control light and take my portraiture to new levels. How cool it has been to bring friends and family in for a couple of hours of visiting and making pictures. Better yet, I’m now rewarded with the opportunity to make new friends, as we meet and work together to create portraits that we both love.
In this blog I intend to post (with my clients’ permission) some of the playful, albeit accidental, images that would otherwise never see the light of day. Additionally, I may throw in a favorite portrait, a playful snapshot, or a poignant and applicable thought or quote.
Let’s just see what happens!