Captain Iván Castro

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Captain Ivan Castro, photographed above against a retired Army helicopter from the Vietnam War, was severely wounded during deployment in Iraq in 2006. On a mission he volunteered for to help relieve fellow soldiers, he was struck by a mortar round, sending shrapnel through his entire body – breaking an arm, damaging his shoulder, fracturing bones, collapsing both lungs, and completely damaging the sight in both his eyes. Despite being rushed to the National Naval Medical Center, doctors questioned whether he would survive.

In the fall of last year, we had the opportunity to photograph Ivan for Runner’s World Magazine. During the shoot we learned his story and had the unique opportunity to spend the day with a real American hero. Please Read More to find out the rest of Ivan’s story and what brought us to Fort Bragg North Carolina.

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Memorial Day BBQ

Chris Crisman BBQ

We’re a week late but I just wanted to share some photos from the Crisman Memorial Day BBQ.

First things first, a big thank you to Chris and his wife Julie for hosting a great party. Also, many thanks to the talented Jillian Guyette for taking a few shots of everyone enjoying themselves (on film nonetheless – hence the vintage vibe… and why this post is a week late. Film still has to get processed and scanned, remember?).

I hope everyone else had an awesome Memorial Day weekend – check out a few more shots from the party below.

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Hawaii Recap: Last Shoot Day & The Trip Home


Seventeen Days. Seventeen unforgettable days in Hawaii, filled with unparalleled natural beauty, awe-inspiring views, hard work, a good team, and some awesome photography. We’re back in Philadelphia now, catching up and gearing up for the next shoot, getting ready to head back to the left coast for a new project.

My apologies for not updating about our last day sooner, a pile of work on my desk in the studio and considerable jet-lag got the best of me. Just like the rest, our last day in Maui was memorable and filled with beauty.

If you’re looking for the rest of the trip, you can find each day below, but don’t forget to click “read more” and find out the details about our final day in Hana.

Hawaii Shoot Day One: Up in the Air
Hawaii Shoot Day Two: Jetlag & the Road to Hana
Hawaii Shoot Day Three: Scouting & Beyond Hana
Hawaii Shoot Day Four: 10,000 feet in one Day
Hawaii Shoot Day Five: Location Scout Part One
Hawaii Shoot Day Six: Location Scout Part Two
Hawaii Shoot Day Seven: The Shoot Begins
Hawaii Shoot Day Eight: Bicycling & Equine Adventures
Hawaii Shoot Day Nine: Spa & Pool Day
Hawaii Shoot Day Ten: Sunrise, Pilates, and Skylifts
Hawaii Shoot Day Eleven: Underwater Photography, Triage & Trail Running
Hawaii Shoot Day Twelve: Coconuts, Culture, and The Luau
Hawaii Shoot Day Thirteen: Banana Bread, Pickup Football, and Famous Toilets
Hawaii Shoot Day Fourteen: Two Weeks In
Hawaii Shoot Day Fifteen & Sixteen: Thank you, Hana
Hawaii Recap: Last Shoot Day & The Trip Home

Hopefully you’ve all enjoyed reading about our shoot in Hawaii – it’s been a great experience to document and share some behind the scenes from this project. Many thanks to everyone involved, from our photo crew, to the team from Doner, everyone invloved from Travaasa, Matu Productions, Hana Productions, and our local guides & assistants. Thanks again, Cheers!

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Hawaii Shoot Day Fifteen & Sixteen: Thank you, Hana

More than two weeks into our journey and still going strong, days fifteen and sixteen somehow blended together on this blog. I’ve got to admit, when you are working in a place like this, long hours and day after day of shooting, everything blends together in a way and it becomes easy to lose track of the time, the days of the week, or even what month it is. It’s a strange feeling but it’s also liberating – you wake up in the morning and can focus on one thing: making awesome photos.

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Hawaii Shoot Day Fourteen: Two Weeks In

It’s been two weeks. Almost five thousand miles and five time zones away from home base back in Philadelphia. When you hit the two week mark in a place like this, despite the technology, despite our iPhones and laptops, you can’t help but feel a certain sense of disconnect. Feeling that sense of separation from the everyday maybe makes it easier to appreciate the beautiful scenery and make a great photos.  Either way, every morning the sunrise still manages to impress and inspire.

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Hawaii Shoot Day Thirteen: Banana Bread, Pickup Football, and Famous Toilets

Today marked our thirteenth day in Hawaii, and another awesome day of making photos for our project with Travaasa Hana. Since there was no talent involved with our photographs, the pace of the day was definitely less hectic, giving everyone a chance to catch their breath a bit and recover from the last five days. There was even a chance for a quick game of pickup football before the last shot of the day.

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Hawaii Shoot Day Twelve: Coconuts, Culture, and The Luau

Today marked the last day of shooting talent for our project with Travaasa Hana, a day of photographing various cultural activities the resort offers, capped off with shooting a traditional Hawaiian Luau – a very fitting way to end the talent portion of this shoot.

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