Each year in the fall I find myself in search of an amazing artist/ illustrator whose work I really admire, and ask them to create a piece about love. It can be completely open ended, not at all literal & would preferably include some element of the animal kingdom. In the previous years it was dancing dog & rabbit, love birds, a rearing horse, some other horses...
My friends always ask: why not use a photograph for the card? Photograph is kind of too expected if you ask me! I really enjoy illustration, whether digital or traditional and find it fun to research and hire a fine artist.
 One of my top fave artists is Vania Zouravljov (his work here), and in the past I commissioned other favorite artists, Jeremy Bastian, Mark Smylie & Zelda Devon- amongst others.
This year was a bit late for me, as few really remarkable people I have approached were too busy to take on another project. The final piece I printed into a card was by a German based artist Catrin Welz -Stein (her blog here)- I found that image on pinterest & loved it so much , that I asked Catrin to let me license it for this one time use. Many of the recipients of my annual Valentine's Day mailing commented on the card- how exquisite, poignant & simply beautiful it was. 2014 V-day card WAS a success!

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September 17, 2013

My new album sample just came in from Italy. Those amazing hand bound books are of superior quality, put together in Arba, Italy by Graphistudio.
This particular book featuring Jordan & Matt's Hamptons wedding has brushed aluminum cover, and metallic finish thick pages & leather spine. The layouts are panoramic.

You ask- why a photo session with your lover?

Because Spring offers gentle breezes, and showers of never-sweeter fragrant petals. Because you are quite mad about one another, and your story needs to be told in haunting, ecstatic, sensual pictorials. Because you are wondrous, and beautiful, and wild. Because the gardens are lush with blushing peonies, the daffodil-speckled fields are calling, some buildings are gleaming while others are crumbling, covered with seductive, distressed spots of brilliant color and texture, providing a fete for the eye and abackdrop for your photographs. Because your love is ethereal, but its tiny gestures - the subtle brush of your lips, the grip of your hungry hands, and your sexy hair cascading luxuriantly over the face of your love - caress the senses in such glorious ways,and are so down to earth, and full of gravity, and precious and immortal, and need to be be captured so badly.  Because seeing your photos with your love, your family, and your friends will be like looking into the heart of light, the truth, the silence, the symphony. And because you two amaze me, and I feel adventurous this spring.

- You must book your session (downpayment applies) by May 25th
- the session must take place within 150 miles of New York City, by June 31st
- this rare opportunity is based on availability, so get in touch asap!
-Any couple in love, doesn't matter whether you have been married for ages, or just dating, or recently engaged.

How much?
- $ 500.00 (versus the regular fee of $ 1,000.00). That includes a full session, online gallery of all your images, and a choice of 20 images, retouched, processed creatively and delivered in high resolution.

I can't wait to hear from you, beautiful people, and create some magical images soon : )

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What an adventure! I just got back from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where I had the pleasure of documenting the first Middle East Film & Comic Con. I traveled with the company Archaia, that publishes really gorgeous graphic novels and was exhibiting at the show. The convention turned out to be a smashing success, attended by thousands of locals, expats living in Dubai, and many foreigners. 
City of Dubai is quite fascinating, some images below show its older parts, and views of the ultra modern downtown seen from Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.