Vermont Life Magazine – Spring 2012

Cov1_VermontLife_Sp12When I moved to Vermont in January of 1996, one of my aspirations was to be published in the magazine that drew me to the state in the first place. Well, here it is 16 years later and I’m a regular contributor to Vermont Life.  My work is featured in the current spring issue in the Vermont Gallerysection as well as on the cover. It’s always nice to get the cover – the excitement never gets old. Maybe as creatives, we need the continued validation or maybe it’s just nice to know that an editor appreciates your vision and the way in which you see things. Or maybe it’s just fun to show your family and friends, that becoming a photographer for a living wasn’t such a crazy idea after all. Maybe all of the above. Regardless, I’m just happy to share some of the beauty of Vermont with……. all of you.

The malts are always sweeter on the other side of the lake: An assistants perspective

Here are some images to warm you up on this cold winter’s day…

First things first. It has become somewhat of a tradition whenever we shoot “on the other side of the lake” (Lake Champlain, that is), to procure a malted milk shake at the closest Stewarts ice cream shop. Not to worry, we don’t expense this. Personally I prefer vanilla, extra thick, extra malt. Jim? Always the same; coffee ice cream, chocolate syrup, extra malt, extra thick and his signature ingredient, chocolate sprinkles.

Our destination this particular evening was the newly renovated High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, NY. We were there for an extensive two day shoot that would include photography of guest rooms, pub life, dining, fitness amenities, paddle boating, swimming and kayaking. On larger shoots like this we prefer to work as a team of three to maximize our efficiency for the tight shooting schedule. Joining us for the shoot was our favorite second assistant, Lenny Christopher and though he’s not a “malt convert” he humored us with a strawberry shake.

The resort’s property extends from it’s main campus to the shores of beautiful Mirror Lake. It was the Mirror Lake extension where we would begin our shoot, June 29th at 5:15AM. The date is important, as it is only a little over a week since the summer solstice. Sunrise was 5:11am (we’re up at 4:00 a.m.) and sunset 8:42pm. If you’ve scheduled a resort shoot for this time of year, your client is very happy – more daylight; more shots to squeeze into the very long day. As the photographer, your equally as happy, as you are tired (right around hour 13 we all start getting a little punchy).

 5:15 a.m. Waterfront


The directive for the shoot was to capture the “lifestyle” of the resort while showing it’s ambiance and character. This meant including people in as many of the images as possible. While some properties will hire professional models,  HPR prefered to go with the “real people” look in an effort to share a slice of “real life” at the resort with potential guests.  Lori Fitzgerald, marketing director,  sent out a casting call through Facebook to all of their fans, and people responded…
Outdoor dining at Dancing Bears Restaurant
Deluxe Waterfront Accommodations
Named for local dignitary, Mr. Peter Roland, whose family began the history of hospitality in this location nearly 100 years ago, PR’s is the resort’s elegant lobby bar. Rich architectural woodwork harken back to the property’s century-old history as a bed and breakfast.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Dancing Bears Restaurant features cozy street-side, family-friendly dining (our little model loved the spotlight).
The outdoor dining area and bar at Dancing Bears offers spectacular views of the mountains and Mirror Lake. And yes, our “models” really were having fun…