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James Kuslan

James Kuslan

James Kuslan – New York City Artistic director and voice scout in the U.S. for German classical recording giant Deutsche Grammophon is the smartest looking person I met in 2014. Oh, and he’s amazingly talented and a lot of fun to work with too.

Of desire and patience. Images from the Hollywood portrait project.

Taking the time to know yourself and follow your instincts leaves you open to many positive experiences. One of which is the path to creativity, a path that allows you to create for yourself and to shut out the second guessing voice that may otherwise  limit your abilities. I’ve always taken great interest in the classic black and white films of the 30’s, 40’s and on. To me, the lighting plays the biggest role, helping to tell the story, creating the mood and shaping the experience that the director of photography and director want to convey to the viewers. The beautiful portraits of actors and actresses from Hollywood’s golden era captivates me equally as much, and perhaps in some ways even more since I love the experience of being able to sit with stills and take my time seeing all the details that help create the experience of that scene. I sometimes feel like a forensics investigator looking over the images for clues as to how things were done. I couldn’t be happier with the first few images from my current project which pays homage to the great Hollywood photographer George Hurrell, and many others. Studying their creations and paying attention to their lighting technique is like taking a trip back in time where I’d like to believe things where a lot less rushed.  Many many thanks  to the beautiful hair and makeup created by Amanda Russell and our wonderful model volunteers. More to come!

Hollywood Project image #1

Hollywood Project image #1

Hollywood Project Image #2

Hollywood Project Image #2

Hartford Denim Company

Stepping into Hartford Denim Company‘s workshop felt like taking a step back in time. Vintage Singer sewing machines everywhere I looked, lots of thread and of course stacks of denim.   The owners: Dave Marcoux, Marshall Deming & Luke Davis are driven by old-world craftsmanship, taking great pride in their products and the process. And btw…lifetime repairs are guaranteed!


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The Look

I’ve always been drawn to classic portraits of actresses of the 1930’s and 40’s made by the great Hollywood photographers like George Hurrell. Fatima was looking to do some head-shots and this is definitely one of my favorites from her session. Amazing hair & makeup done beautifully by Amanda Russell. We did a few funky ones as well which I’ll share later on…


Fire and Fall Back

Working through the process of creating the main image for singer/songwriter Richie Kaye’s new website proved to be a truly collaborative effort.  Richie knew what he wanted the image to express but was also very open-minded, which in my opinion opened our possibilities and put us on a very creative path. Styling by Priscilla Russo.

His new album “Fire & Fall Back” is out now and getting some great reviews. Album cover concept and styling by Priscilla Russo. All images created on location at Lyric Hall in New Haven.

You Enhanced


A favorite from my session with Leslie Polgar, the owner of You Enhanced image consulting in West Hartford. Leslie is a natural at what she does and was a pleasure to photograph!

“Offshoot” of the shoot


I met Will while shooting a job for Triple Frog design over at Hall’s Market and asked if he was up for being part of my photo project “Fear Isolation & General Discomfort”.  The project theme was comical and featured him with an empty ornate bird-cage, but this was one of my favorites from the shoot not related to the project. He’s  wearing a vintage leather jacket that my dad used to wear in the 70’s or as I like to call it, “The Donnie Brasco” jacket.