I was in Cannes shooting for Intersection Magazine during the glitzy Cannes Film Festival. Photographer and Bruce Weber’s documentary film “Let’s get Lost” was featured in the festival and so the legendary photographer was there promoting the film. Now you have to understand, one of my earliest photographic influences was photographer and director Bruce Weber. I instantly fell in love with Bruce’s optimistic and romantic vision of American lifestyle and the athletic body. Needless to say, I was excited! Weber finished his interview with the magazine’s editor, then casually walked over to me and said, “So you’re the photographer?” I’m not sure if …

Ever since the Picasso family began collecting my fine art photography Olivier Picasso and I have become dear friends. One of Pablo Picasso’s 2 grandsons, Olivier is a lawyer, television personality, and producer. He also manages all of the licensing of the Picasso name and, along with his sister Diana, oversees every important exhibition of his grandfather’s work worldwide. Olivier is not only a wonderful human being, he’s also an incredible host with a wicked sense of humor. So I was truly excited when he asked me to photograph his author’s portrait for his new book (his 2nd) about his grandfather …

Like mother like son…Matteo and Marta Marzotto. The Marzotto family is one of the most influential families in art, fashion and luxury. I met Matteo and his lovely mother Marta on several occasions through my association with the House of Valentino. At that time Matteo was the president of Valentino S.p.A.. Marta started as a seamstress and went on to become a couture model for the Aguzzi sisters of Milano. Some years later she met Count Umberto Marzotto and they married. The rest is a wonderfully complicated and intriguing history, but the Marzotto family continues to be a force in …

I thought I’d post some images from a dressage in Southern California. I started riding when I was 7 years old. Since then horses have always had a special place in my imagination. Powerful, graceful, instinctual, and trusting…they are in a class all to themselves. When I was 10 years old I went to summer camp in North Carolina where I had a chance to ride daily. That’s one of the perks of being a stable boy. Some of the most etherial memories of those summers were taking the horses out to pasture before sunrise, something I did 5 days a …

This portrait of 5 time world champion surfer Andy Irons in Teahupoo Tahiti, a few years before his tragic death, has a very special place in my heart. I photographed Andy for an advertorial spread for Max Magazine France and Billabong Surfwear, capturing some of the best surfers in the world at the Triple Crown Of Surfing on the North Shore of Hawaii and then in Teahupoo Tahiti for the Billabong Pro. I was ecstatic when I heard we would be working with Andy Irons. At the time he was the face of Billabong and arguably the world’s most exciting surfer. My …

I was in Paris when I got a call from Flaunt Magazine to photograph Golden Globe nominated British actress Rebecca Hall, at the ultra-chic St. James Hotel in London. A few days later I was in London, on the rooftop of the St. James’s, having coffee and a cigarette with the beautiful and talented Ms. Hall. Dream come true! The shows were going on in Paris so it was very difficult to get good clothes from the showrooms and press offices so we decided to focus more on beauty portraits. I was privileged to have Gareth Van Cuylenberg, one of the best hair …

I had such a great time shooting actor Kellan Lutz  for Seventeen Magazine in downtown Los Angeles. A former model, Kellan Lutz definitely understands how to work and play for the camera and is more than happy to run, jump, or scream to get a dynamic image. What I like the most about these images is that you can really feel Kellan’s energy and physicality through the images. His adventurous attitude and athleticism make Kellan one to watch in Hollywood.

 The story behind this portrait takes us to Rio De Janeiro, where I met Carlos De Souza. I was shooting a travel/fashion story for Wallpaper Magazine and we were “street casting” for interesting looking locals. The idea was to put designer clothes on these people, and to photograph them in some of the most interesting places in the city. Carlos was laying on the beach at Ipanema when we spotted him. After a few minutes of conversation he told us that Valentino had discovered him on that same beach decades earlier, and that he and his ex wife Charlene Shorto had been working closely …

This portrait was taken backstage during fashion week in Madrid Spain. Based in Paris at that time, I was commissioned by Marie Claire Magazine to make a portraiture series, featuring some of the creative talent behind Madrid’s Fashion Week. One of my favorite Spanish designers is Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. She uses color in a way that no one else can, or should I say, in a way that few would dare. I love her originality and so when my editor told me she would be one of the subjects, I was elated. We were surprised when Agatha Ruiz De …