Nick Vedros

For more than three decades, Nick Vedros has been producing award winning work for his many clients.  Although he is extremely proud of his past accomplishments, (such as helping BBDO win a Grand Effie for their Apple Powerbook campaign, being named studio of the year by American Photography magazine and being selected twice as one of the Archive International Top 200 Advertising Photographers), he prefers to look forward.

With the deceptively simple phrase “I put four sides around an idea,” Nick sums up the approach that keeps clients coming back.  Whether

shooting at his state-of-the-art digital studio in Kansas City or on location anywhere in the world he is needed, he will tell you that technology alone can’t bring an idea to life.  It is imagination that transforms a concept into a memorable visual experience.

Ask Nick how he sees client relationships, and his answer is immediate.  “My role is to understand our clients’ objectives; manifest their ideas, and achieve their vision.”  Nick comes to the creative table to listen, to collaborate, to interpret, and to create; in that order.  If, along the way, his clients are pampered, charmed, inspired and entertained, chalk it up to the ineffable charisma and hospitable ambience that are part and parcel of the Vedros Shoot Experience.

It’s no mystery that Nick has an astounding client retention rate. On a Vedros shoot, every detail is obsessively controlled.  There is no shortage of creative inspiration or top shelf resources. Challenges are anticipated and addressed proactively.  His hand-picked staff shares his passionate commitment to excellence.  Nick creates an atmosphere of confidence that frees clients to concentrate on creative direction.  The music is great, the panoramic views spectacular, the hospitality genuine, and the humor constant.  With Nick, you’re not just going to a photo shoot. You’re having an entire creative experience.  The Vedros Experience.  Is it any wonder that one shoot with Nick Vedros is never enough?

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.

Gary Kaplan

Gary began his career working as a photojournalist in New York over 25 years ago. He is a second generation wedding photographer and artist. At an early age he experimented with fashion, commercial photography and fine art. He has won many International Awards. His images have appeared in thousands of publications worldwide. His type of Artistic Wedding imagery is limited to a select few photographers. His technical background, expertise in Photoshop and the creative use of lighting has made him one of the most sort after Wedding photographers in the world.

“When I shoot Weddings I meter the room for consistent exposures that will convey the ambiance of the event. This set-up gives me the freedom to shoot

and not have to drag the shutter or worry about the camera settings. I am in tune with my clients feelings rather than the technical issues we face with dim lighting and speed. By using the JackRabbit II I am able to extend my flash time. It also gives me the benefit of rapid fire when I need it.”

” Sometimes when I shoot everything disappears and all that is left is the heart of the moment. I feel blessed to be able to capture these moments that otherwise would have been lost forever.”

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.

Brian Marcus

Brian Marcus is the third generation to represent the photography legacy of Fred Marcus Photography Studio in New York City—the leading name in wedding photography, for more than half a century.

Brian has been a Nikon professional photographer for 10 years and has shot events both in the United States and internationally.  Photographing approximately 100 events per year, his work affords a unique combination of beautiful traditional portraiture with touching candid photography.

Brian is a recognized expert in event and wedding photography, and has been featured in numerous publications including New York Magazine, The Knot, Studio Photography and Design, GQ, Interview Magazine, Gotham Magazine and many others.  In addition to his relentless professional shooting calendar, he schedules time to teach seminars around the world, sharing his passion with other photographers.

Among the hundreds of events that Brian photographs each year, he has shot many celebrity weddings, notably among them: Donald Trump to Marla Maples, Billy Baldwin to Chynna Phillips and Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block.

Brian Dynalite …

Dynalite equipment to me has been a necessary tool for any event I have ever done. The quality of the light, ease of use/portability of the equipment make working indoors a pleasure.

Most New York wedding photographers choose one place to set up for their portraits but with theDynalite system I choose multiple locations because of how easy it easy to set up. There is nothing better for me than equipment that is always reliable and that produces only the finest quality images.

Vincent Versace

“I shoot 36 frames in 34 seconds… I use the Dynalite M500XL strobe system because it can keep up and it is the only strobe to use when shooting with digital. Actually, It’s the only strobe to use for film and digital. Period.”

“My work is all about two things: Digital capture and natural light. And sometimes the sun ain’t where you want it. These strobes can add a light anywhere. The box fits in your hand and weighs less than my notebook computer. Because of the recycling time on M500XL, I’m able to shoot as fast as my camera can capture… I can make light happen in ways that I really can’t with other systems.

I can’t imagine shooting on location with any other setup.”

Vincent Versace has been making digital images for almost a decade. Companies such as Kodak, Apple, Epson and Adobe all have him on their roster as a beta tester. His reason for going digital may surprise you…Vince explained, “Bottom line, I have to look at this economically, I charge for what I do. As a business venture, what should I do?…stay married to a technology that rips the environment apart, is costly, and does not have the permanence that I can get with digital, or…embrace a technology that puts money in my pocket, is quicker, and gives me more of my life back?”

Along with maintaining his studio in Hollywood, where he’s received a Smithsonian Award for his celebrity portraits, Vince has also been known to slip off to Bora Bora to photograph extreme sports competitions. Born in San Francisco, Vince credits two of his uncles, Frank and C.J. Elfont, both professional photographers, with giving him a head start in his chosen field. He picked up his first camera at age 7 and by high school he was already working as a wedding photographer. Vince later graduated grom the USC School of Cinema-Television (film school).On his early inspiration…”If it wasn’t for C.J., I wouldn’t be a photographer. He was the first person in my life who helped me think outside the box. He…taught me what an artist is, and that you can’t call yourself one…You don’t make art. Art happens.”