Month: June 2014

Sometimes a photo speaks for itself.

Technical Geek Stuff:  Take and off-camera speedlight and place it to the left and slightly in front of your subject.  Watch the texture and the drama pop.  OK, go back to your photography now.  That is all.DSC_7869


Music is Magic at the New York Faerie Fest





















By Artis Defiance []

The New York Faerie Festival is a world of visual delights for any photographer. I love it for the diversity of subjects, quality of costumes, vendors and the and creativeness of the performance artists.

Here, the music is king.  There are plenty of bands that I haven’t and also the performers who I have had the pleasure to work with as photo subjects:

Gandalf Murphy and the the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, pictured above, is a powerhouse of eclectic music.  Here’s a band I’d love to do a formal shoot with, rather than just catching the on stage.

Jessica Star – Mythic and Spirit inspired rock. – Ive done CD covers, inside shots and poster work for Jessica, who is as beautiful as she is brilliant, Along with her bass player Joseph Blackfeather, they make for great sounds and striking visuals.  This woman is a rocker in the strongest sense of the word but her music is wonderfully spiritual. Their new album moves me every time I hear it.

Frenchy and the Punk – “An energetic hybrid of European Folk roots, Punk attitude, World Beat eclecticism and traveling player theatricality.” We’ve done a ton of shoots over the years. Frenchy and the Punk are always up for great visuals.

Sofeya and the Puffins, trippy hippy goodness. Sofeya is a hippy goddess with incredible looks and a great voice. Her new album is coming out right about now. I’ve done some great shoots with her that will be the subject for a lot of discussion on photo technique, but for now, check the post called ‘Dude, you’re creeping me out.  (Photos to come.)

Cu Dubh – The sounds of ancient thundering war drums and skirling dual bagpipes like you’ve never heard before. –

Woodland – Beautiful Celtic inspired music with stunning vocals –

The formal acts are not the whole story, however.  Impromptu jams break out all over the place at NYFF. Drum circles can happen at a moment’s notice.  The talent that heads out to this event is breathtaking.

Check the NYFF web page for the other acts. Gotta go!



Here there be Faeries.

Here there be Faeries.

The New York Faerie Festival of 2013 was a special event. I called it Woodstock with Wings. It was beautiful, warm and overcast all day – photographers dream – and it rained all night – a camper’s nightmare. But it really was an incredible event.
This, as with many of my photos was an impromptu moment where a performance artist – the tiny faerie – and a friend who is an outstanding seamstress, the tall Faerie, had a chance encounter and with a little direction we were able to produce something special.
Technical Geeky Stuff: D800, Tokina 28-70 F/2.8 lens, natural light, heavy leaf and some cloud cover.