Hippo Best Of 2017

Hippo Best Of 2017

I figured that before 2017 comes to an end, I should show some examples from the work I created for this years Hippo’s Best Of 2017.

Sam Fletcher of Gale Motor Co. •  Hippo Best Of 2017
Sam Fletcher of Gale Motor Company, Manchester NH

Lots more pictures of food and product and a few people portraits after the cut:



While digging through some scanned negative files, I came across this one, which I had forgotten about.

This image was made in the old, empty studio that used to be WarmStone Studio in the Picker Building, which was the studio directly next door to my old photography studio.  I spent a few hours one afternoon seeing if the chairs would stack.

Shot on medium format film with my Hasselblad 500CM

Vagabond Mini Lithium

File this in the “I’m-totally-late-to-the-Vagabond-Mini” party:  After lugging around the original, 22lb monster that was the original Vagabond, I recently came across a good deal on a lightly used Vagabond Mini Lithium, and, man, where has it been all my life?  I’ve done lots and lots of location shoots using small portable speedlights (heck, I teach a whole workshop around using minimal, small gear) but this little sucker weighs next-to-nothing, and it allows me to get a studio light out on location for a little more power if/when I need it.

The only negative is that the enclosed mounting bracket that Paul Buff includes is pretty wonky and doesn’t feel very secure, so I went ahead and picked up a Vagabond Bracket (thanks to Bud Thorpe of the SOPHA for telling me about it) and this sucker is robust and excellently made.  It works along with a Super Clamp and I can attach the Vagabond right to the bottom of my c-stand when working with it.

and a kinda-small shot of it being used on location:

I’ll still use small lights when I can, and I always have at least 1 speedlight in my bags at all times, but with bigger jobs where I need more power, this little thing is fantastic.

Thanks, Vagabond Mini Lithium, for making stuff easier to do! 🙂


(not a paid endorsement – this is stuff I buy with my own cabbage and run it through it’s paces. If it’s cool I like to share it with others)


Melissa • Headshot

Melissa is married to one of my oldest friends since middle school.  A few times a year my wife and I go up to a camp they have near the Canadian border and we spend three or four days just hanging out, laughing, eating and keeping the friendships strong. Years ago I photographed Melissa and Mike during one of our trips up North.

Melissa is the HR manager for Coca-Cola of Northern New England, and while she was here, we made a few images that shared her enjoyment of the product she represents:

Melissa • Headshot



Mark • Headshot

Mark came to me by way of his wife, Julie, whom I did an extensive session with for her latest album “Rising – a Modern Cantata for the World to Come” (which I’ll be blogging about soon).  Mark needed some new head shots that would be used for his companies website.

Mark • Headshot

Julie came along for the session, and before they left, I made sure we photographed the two of them together.

Mark & Julie