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Welcome to Stage Left Photography. With over 20 years of experience we have the skills and the equipment to tackle difficult lighting and locations.

Stage Left Photography is your source for theatrical photography. We specialize in low light, non flash photography. Stage Left Photography can also provide fine art prints for sale and travel photography images for license. Please browse the images on the site. The galleries will be updated on a regular basis so check back soon!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

They canít all be winners/Sometimes things stick with you
  Recently I had the chance to do something I’ve wanted to do for over 30 years. I got a chance to go out on a boat and take pictures of Puffins. My fascination with Puffins dates back to high school. A teacher of mine showed me some pictures of these small birds, and I instantly fell in love. It took a little while and a move of 400 miles to get the timing right, but I finally made it happen. In the intervening years those images never left me, they made that much of an impression. 
      Now for the explanation of the duel title. Are my pictures of the same caliber? No, not even close. I knew going in they wouldn’t be. I knew the limitations of my equipment and the environment  and how that would affect the images. I knew all that and went anyway, and still loved it. I fulfilled a life long dream, and that is more important than the image quality. Will I do it again? Yes! Will I approach it differently? Also yes! As I have said in a previous blog post, sometimes the feeling is more important than perfection.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Well that took longer than expected.

After a year in Maine, I’m happy to say Stage Left Photography is getting settled into the new permanent location. The gallery and studio still need a little tweaking, but we’re here and we aren’t going anywhere. The move to Maine may have taken a little longer than planned, but it was definitely the right move. NYC is now Disneyland, a shadow of its former self, the urban sprawl and constant development made working and living there increasingly difficult. Maine, the way life should be. 

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Big changes coming!

After more than 20 years serving the NYC area Stage Left Photography is moving to Maine! Its been a great run in NYC, but the city we loved is no longer there. The time was right and the opportunity presented itself, so off we go. Look for some big announcements from Mid-Coast Maine in the near future! 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Imperfection is beautiful

     Imperfection is beautiful, a lot of things in my life have been pointing me to that conclusion lately. I recently had discussion about live music with a friend. She said she prefers studio albums because everything is crisp, clear and precise. I said I prefer live albums (and going to concerts) specifically because they are NOT all those things. A recent concert experience perfectly illustrated my point. It was a solo show by one of my favorite artists, it was just her standing on stage alone, warts and all. It was far from perfect and precise, but there was an energy and feeling that could never come out of a studio or been processed with pro tools. Music and all of the arts are about feeling not precision. Dance is the same, someone can be precise and do all the steps perfectly but still not be “dancing” Dance is a feeling, an emotion, not a series of steps. 

     Photography is the same. Photoshop has become our pro tools, everything precise and crisp and overly processed. HDR is overused, everything looks “too” perfect. Step away from the computer and just look at the image, its all going to be ok.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

You have to be there (or put the camera DOWN!)

 

 

I recently  went to the Formula One race in Montreal Canada. It’s a fantastic event in a fantastic city and I’ve attended it more times than I care to admit. Anyone who reads this blog or has seen this website knows I am a professional photographer. Yes I do take pictures around Montreal and at the race track during practice, but not during the race. I recently read a blog on how sad it is that so many people seem to go through life now staring at their smart phones and not lifting their heads up and looking around. There is something magical about being at an event, weather its a Formula One race or a concert. That magic is lost when viewing the event on a 4” smart phone screen or through a camera lens. Yes I shoot concerts for a living, many artists put limit on the amount of time you can shoot, the number of songs you can be in front of the stage, and I’m ok with that. I love music, I love concerts, I love F1. The atmosphere the vibe and the total experience is lost completely if you do not let yourself be immersed in the event. I came home and sat down on the couch with a cold tasty beverage to watch the broadcast of the race. I realized just how many things happened during the race that I completely missed. I had fantastic seats and a big screen in front of me, but I still missed several significant events during the race. I’m ok with that. What I got from being there was so much more than the few details I missed. When you are on vacation, at a concert, or at an event, please, put the camera or smartphone down and just soak it all in. 

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