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Thom LaRussa

Thom’s favorite lighting has always been natural but the next best thing and his right arm at this point in his career is Dynalites. In his opinion they are the most diverse and compact lights on the market.

Whether lighting a large scene or creating his delicate intimate culinary images Thom always uses Dyna-Lights. ” I have used Dyna-Lites since the beginning of my career and I can’t see myself changing now. One of the wonderful things about Dyna-Lites is that they keep evolving with the times but everything is still interchangeable and compatible with the the classic line”.

Thom LaRussa decided to pursue his passion for the art of photography at the the number one school in the nation, Southeast Institute for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach where he completed his degree and graduated with honors. While still in school he was selected to be in an intern at Walt Disney World and specifically for Disney Photographic Services. After graduation, the Disney Corporation sought him out to come and work with them as a photographer where he soon was promoted to Senior Photographer. 4 1/2 years later
Thom left Disney to pursue his entrepreneurial spirit and hone his skills in photography to the specialization of culinary photographer where he is working today.

Over the past seventeen years, he has had the privilege of photographing the President of the United States of America George Herbert Walker Bush, many professional athletes and Famous Actors , Dan Marino, Brandy Chastain, Arnold Schwartsanegger, Sylvester Stalone, Sean Astin,  Miss America, and many assignments for large corporations such as SEARS, Marriot and Chrysler. Thom’s work has been added to the permanent collection of The Southeast Institute of Photographic Studies, featured on the cover of magazines, used in many menus and advertisements across the nation, and hung on giant murals in Manhattan on Broadway in Planet Hollywood.
He has worked with some of the largest names in the culinary industry such as Planet Hollywood International, Margaritaville, Sbarros Pizza and many others he has created simply irresistible food images for some of the world’s finest food establishments.

Thom’s favorite lighting has always been natural but the next best thing and his right arm at this point in his career is Dynalites. In his opinion they are the most diverse and compact lights on the market. Whether lighting a large scene or creating his delicate intimate culinary images thom always uses Dyna-Lights. ” I have used Dyna-Lites since the beginning of my career and I can’t see myself changing now. One of the wonderful things about Dyna-Lites is that they keep evolving with the times but everything is still interchangeable and compatible with the the classic line”.

Two things that he can’t live with out are his Canon cameras and his Dynalites. “The tools of this trade are as important as the artist using them and I believe this is a wonderful combination.” ensuring a successful outcome with every assignment begins with a successful plan and that plan includes selecting the right equipment.

Peter Read Miller

Peter Read Miller’s career as a photographer spans the past four decades beginning when he was a student at the University of Southern California (USC). For the past quarter century he has been one of the top staff photographers for Sports Illustrated, where he’s worked since the mid 1970’s, with over 100 covers to his credit.

Peter’s other editorial credits include: Time, Newsweek, Life, People, Money, Playboy, Runner’s World, USA Weekend and The New York Times. Advertising clients include: Nike, adidas, Footlocker, Eastman Kodak, ABC Television, Panasonic, Coca-Cola, Visa, The National Football League Properties and Canon Cameras.

In addition to photographing seven Olympic games and 30 Super Bowls, Peter has shot 14 NBA Finals.  He has covered the Stanley Cup Finals, the World Series, the Kentucky Derby, the NCAA Basketball Final Four, Men’s and Women’s World Cup Soccer Finals and the World Championship of Freestyle Wrestling in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.

His portrait work of many world famous athletes and sports figures include Muhammad Ali, Joe Montana, Magic Johnson, Ivan Ivankov, Renaldo, John Wooden, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Barry Bonds, John Elway, Gabriella Reece, Shaquille O’Neal and Kathy Ireland.
For the past decade Peter has taught an annual sports photography workshop every spring in Denver, Colorado.  He has also taught at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and Rich Clarkson’s Sports Photography Workshop.

Other speaking engagements have included the Los Angeles Chapter of the Advertising Photographers of America, The Wisconsin News Photographers Association and The Sportsshooter Luau.  He has also lectured at San Jose State, UCLA, the University of Tennessee and the University of Colorado.

Photography started as a hobby for Peter in high school. His interest continued and his talent flourished while a student USC where he shot for the yearbook and school paper, The Daily Trojan. After university and a slight detour into road managing a rock and roll band, Peter returned to USC where he shot for the Athletic Department.  USC’s football success led to his work being published nationally, working for NFL Publications and eventually Sports Illustrated.

Patrick Harbron

“Dynalite is the best lighting choice I could have made. It is reliable, powerful , lightweight and versatile. For me that’s the vital in lighting gear. I travel with 4 packs, 10 heads and tons of accessories and for twenty years I have counted on Dynalite gear to make my life easier. Whether it’s hooked up to a bank, grid or optical spot in the studio, bouncing off the walls or out in the middle of nowhere I never worry about my lighting.”

Patrick Harbron is a New York based photographer well known for his quirky off beat portraits of celebrities, business heads, scientists, comedians and everyday people. Working internationally and equally comfortable on location or in the studio, Patrick finds a twist that shows us a different and often humorous point of view of his subjects. Bringing out each subject’s personality while finding a unique look is a vital part of each shoot. Despite the size of the assignment, big or small, Patrick’s own guidelines are to keep it simple, fun and visually engaging.

Starting his career in rock and roll, Patrick photographed hundreds of groups of rock’s royalty from AC/DC to Z.Z. Top for tour books, album covers and magazines. As his style evolved he eventually found markets and subjects beyond music.

Patrick’s clients have long been top editorial, advertising and film clients including Life, People, Time, Business Week, Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, USA Weekend, Zoom, Apple, IBM, AT&T, Nabisco, Home Box Office, NBC, Warner Brothers, Showtime Network and annual reports for Pepsi, Wellpoint Healthcare, J. Wiley Publishing among a few. His work also includes three books of black and white photography for Dell Publishing.

In addition to being internationally published Patrick is the recipient of numerous awards from Communication Arts, American Photography, Art Directors Club of Canada, How Design, Print and Society of Publication Design.

As a member of the faculty at the International Center of Photography, Patrick teaches a number of courses related to lighting, business practice and the editorial assignment.

Mark Robert Halper

Mark is passionate about everything he does.  A commercial photographer for two decades, Mark has built a successful career in a very competitive field by bringing a consistent vision to a diverse client base.  Mark thrives on the variety of projects he tackles. “Every day is something different doing exactly what I love”, Mark says, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Mark has been featured on national television in Starting Over, 10 Years Younger, and Fitness Fantasy.  His recent and upcoming speaking engagements include the Northwest Arkansas Art Director’s Club, the Professional Photographers of Orange County, and the Professional Photographers of Canada.

Mark was also featured in the lead article in the September 2006 Rangefinder Magazine.  He has been profiled by Hasselblad, was named Artist of the Month on The Digital Bits, and is a regular guest on the Lightsource Photograph Podcasts.  Mark is also a workshop instructor, and has filled workshops at the Santa Fe Workshops, the Julia Dean Workshops, and through his own studio.  His Low Overhead personal project resulted in a Mini-Book and was shown in 2005 at the premier cinema entertainment  complex in Hollywood, Arclight Cinemas.  The Low Overhead Widget is easily found on the Apple website.

Mark’s new collection of personal work, The Bed Project, has been extremely well received and is currently being prepared for publication.

Mark talks about his approach to photography. “I take out everything that isn’t absolutely necessary, until the only elements that remain are those which are entirely essential; the best photographs are usually the simplest.” “It’s about getting something honest out of who I’m shooting.”  Even the most challenging personalities come across as relaxed in his images.  Not surprisingly, Mark has found himself shooting celebrities as well as CEOs.

“From the beginning, I have always been motivated by the fun and challenge of assignment photography.  There are a lot of photographers who shoot commercially to support their art, but I seem to do my favorite work on assignment.  There is nothing else I would rather do.”

Mark lives and works in Los Angeles in a tall yellow house on the side of a hill. His neighbors often question the bright flashes that periodically emanate from his studio, as well as the comings and goings of beautiful and mysterious women into the wee hours of the night.  Mark does little to dispel even the most outlandish of rumors.

When not creating imagery for advertising agencies, design firms, national magazines, and Fortune 500 companies, Mark moonlights as an international jewel thief and a spy.

You can see Mark’s work, including The Bed Project, check his workshop schedule, and read more about him at studiomark.com.

André Costantini

“I picked up my firstDynalite pack after having assisted numerous photographers, who swore by the gear. Whether its on location or in the studio, the lightweight packs give me enough power to do everything I need and the flash duration is fast enough for me to use them to freeze motion, without hesitation. The new pencil head is great. I recently used the light mounted to an old tripod with no reflector. The bare bulb creates a hard point light source like a miniature sun. Its another example of unique tools designed for creative image making

André Costantini is always experimenting with techniques and processes, which over the years has spanned from traditional van dyke brown printing to digital pinhole photography. “My background is photography and painting. Digital photography and the computer have given me a new medium that allows me to quickly draw on my sensibilities for some pretty unique images. I am now close to the point where people stop asking if an image was shot digital or with film and if it was manipulated and how it was done. Because about 50% of the images are digitally altered and 50% aren’t, it starts to become difficult for most people to really distinguish which is what, which is precisely the idea.”

In the late 90’s he began shooting dance. “Shooting dance is such an interactive process from designing the shot through capturing a moment. We toss ideas around and then they toss each other around. We really never know if the shot will completely work out, we just know that it always does.”

His other images meld illustration and portraiture. In addition to freelance endeavors for the past 4 years he has worked in and around the photo industry for Tamron USA.

His first camera was a gift from his grandfather when he was seven. Though his first photographs depicted people, he soon started experimenting with still life (using mainly his Star Wars action figures.) For better or for worse, his parents advised him against this sort of thing. “I guess they saw this as a waste of film and so I was only allowed to take pictures which had people in them.” This brought him back to his roots and redirected his focus back to portraits. Maybe it was because his first Kodamatic camera took square pictures that when he discovered medium format photography, the square was his natural choice. Today he captures the majority of his images on Bronica SQ-Ai’s favoring the 80mm 50mm and 35mm Fisheye lenses.


Cherie Steinberg Cote

Cherie on DynaLite:, “ I have had my Dynalite Kit for 14 Years. I have never had a day of problems with them. All I have ever done is change a modeling lamp. They are work horses, they always come through. I shoot every Image in my studio with them.”

Cherie Steinberg Cote (visit Cherie’s website) is a photographer whose passion has been traveling the world and photographing people. Cherie began her photography career as a photojournalist at The Toronto Sun newspaper it Toronto, Canada.  She had the distinction of being their first female photographer, Cherie was honored with the Canadian Council for the Arts Award, Canada’s equivalent of the National Endowment for the Arts Award.

Among the numerous awards Cherie has won, she is a Getty Image Stock Photographer whose work is sold worldwide.  In her international travels to over 40 countries, she has captured extraordinary images which have appeared in countless publications and most recently in Grace Ormonde, the L.A.Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Bride & Bloom Magazine, WPPI Monthly, Distinctive Magazine, 90210 Magazine, 5280 Magazine, Professional Photographers, Palm Springs Life, Rangefinder Magazine and Nikon World.  Her Photography has also been featured on Entertainment Tonight several times.