Among the many other projects JC is involved with, he also stands in with these other very talented musicians as part of the WCU Ensemble. Here are just a couple...
This session was with JC Dobrzelewski... a professor, a father, and a very talented musician. This very laid back gentleman is multilingual, a founding member of the Trumbamundi band, and the driving force behind the amazing annual music festival at West Chester University. It's always such a pleasure to spend time with this intelligent and dynamic guy! We had a great time on the shoot creating some new images for posters, cd's, and web use.
This is one of those amazing stories that you just want to share with everyone. On this particular weekend I travelled to Egg Harbor Twp to do a shoot for Lexi. This was such an inspiring story that I took my daughter along with me. It's not every day that you meet a 21 year old who will shave her head to raise money in the fight against childhood cancer. Her fundraising goals started modestly and it wasn't long before she had to raise the bar... over and over again. It was a real testimony to how cherished this young lady is by her friends and family. On the day we went to do this shoot, it was easy to see why. So that first image of her throwing her head about was the perfect way to start... once more flinging her locks about before it all came off!!! We wrapped up the morning session to drive over to the event site. A full parking lot, tons of people everywhere hugging and sharing stories, green St Baldrick's posters plastered everywhere. Lexi sat with a row of other brave souls who were there to go bald and go green! Little by little, those lovely locks went away! She was amazingly brave and not a tear was shed! On the way out we snapped a couple of quick images and then went back to their home for round two of her session with the new look! She wore it incredibly well! This was an amazing shoot with an amazing girl. My daughter who has near waist length hair couldn't believe Lexi didn't cry and commented on how brave she was and how beautiful, even without hair!
A little time with a home grown artist...
Recently I had the pleasure of doing a shoot for local artist, Steven Sean Cohen. This will likely be the first of a series of shoots we will do. To get things rolling we visited different parts of the city and created some images to help promote his current projects and upcoming CD releases.
Steve wanted to keep the shoot local and moderately familiar without being too obvious - aka no Rocky Statue! Being a Philly native, I think the gritty, rustic, cultural aspects of our historic city are nice fit for Steve's style. He's a down to earth, straight forward guy. What I most like is his ability to give you a 'what you see is what you get' manner, and conversely, surprise you with his artistic abilities.
I have not had a chance to delve too deeply into his newer tunes yet, but his previous releases were very much a Springsteen / Elton John sort of feel. I use to think he had a bit of a Steely Dan lean to his work at times. However you want to define his sound then or now, he's a talented and dedicated artist.
We had a great time on our first shoot and I'm looking forward to both our next session and getting more familiar with his latest music. A couple of the tracks I heard during our jaunt around the city were definitely tunes I'll be adding to my iPod playlist.
Since there will be a couple of sessions and likely coverage of an upcoming performance or two for Steve, I will be adding him to the 'Projects' section of the site. Stop back for updates!
If you feel like a night out for some live music, Dobbs will be featuring Steve and his band, the Elton Costello Band, on Friday, October 4th from 8-11pm. You can also hear some of his music now on Reverb Nation.
(Flyer design for the Dobbs performance by Khaos Studios)