A Cut Above The Rest

The highlight of March 2016 was getting back into the studio. I had the chance to work with Hoffman Blacksmithing, a company run by Liam Hoffman, a very talented 19 year old out of North Carolina who is changing the standard when it comes to blacksmithing. Liam's hand-forged kitchen knives have full steel blades that run the length of the handle. The steel is sandwiched between exotic, hand-carved, wood handles. The rivets that hold the handle in place are extraordinary alone; solid and flush to the wood, there is no chance this blade will ever dislodge from the handle.

Returning to the studio after being away for ten months I found it challenging to get back into my usual perfectionist attitude. After arranging my first set, that feeling slowly faded and I had tunnel vision once again; it was great to be back in the zone. I had two days to photograph three of Liam's knives (plenty of time). I used the first day in the studio as a bit of a warm up. By day two, I had the shots I wanted. All that was left to do was edit...

"You Should Blog..."

I am often told I should blog, so this is me trying it out for the first time. Since graduating photography school in June 2015, I've been working as the photographer/sales associate at a mid century modern furniture store. For those of you that don't know what the heck that is, it's more or less 60's-70's style furniture with class and great lines. Being an interior photographer at heart, I am more than excited to share space with classic designs that shaped an era; and continue to have influence on designs of today. Pick up any of the big magazines; Dwell, Luxe, and even Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, and I can guarantee you will see MCM design elements and influences. I am just dipping my toes in the world of design, studying what is hot and what is not. That being said I've had the pleasure of photographing furniture with names like Knoll, Robsjohn Gibbings, John Widdicomb, Milo Baughman, and Hans Wegner. Having the chance to photograph these iconic designs has made me realize how essential it is to capture the room in a way that also flatters the furniture. Before photographing furniture daily, I was much less aware of how to make a piece look good as part of an interior photo. I am eager to see where this position will take me, as I start to make connections with people in the interior design and architecture field.