No Time, No Time

In case you didn’t already know I was a terrible person, consider this: I haven’t written a proper blog post in months. Count September and October in addition, and you’ve got a pretty rotten person. This is peak photography season, so I’m happy to be busy in some cool places around the country and world.


Okay, so Austria wasn’t too shabby, and maybe one day I’ll get to write about it, but at this point I kind of doubt it. One day I’ll have free time and be funny again. Just kidding.

On This Day (A Look Back)

I thought it would be interesting to go back in time, little by little, and see how the past few years have been when looking back. It’s always so fun slash bittersweet when Facebook pops up your “On This Day” memory and it’s something that makes you smile, get hungry, or have gas. Well, I thought, what if I look back on this exact date and see what I was doing all those months and years ago?

Mistake #1: If you decide to do this, don’t pick a date in between the 28th and the 31st. There are quite a few months without 31 in them, and this caused for worldwide chaos and confusion. Not to be stymied, I just chose a photo from the last day of that particular corresponding month. Leap years cannot be accounted for. And yes, I actually did a search schlep through several hard drives and chats to find these.

Mitake #2: Don’t be ridiculous. I’ve never made more than one mistake in my life.

So here goes a rough date map of what I was doing on this day throughout my recent life.



1 month ago (7/31/16): Doing set photography for a short comedy starring Jennifer Westfeldt and Noah Bean. I happen to know the writer and director very, very well.


2 months ago (6/30/16): Running over lava to see the new flow (61G) the night it “opened” in Kalapana, Big Island, Hawaii. So incredibly worth it.


3 months ago (5/31/16): I had some fuzzy photo someone took of a Vietnamese rice wrapper wrap I made. I think this day is what started my current addiction.

4 months ago (4/30/16): Editing photos, otherwise known as sitting and staring at a computer for days on end.

5 months ago (3/31/16): In the Caribbean taking a morning snorkel before work starts.


6 months ago (02/29/16): In Argentina spotting wild ostriches (actually rheas, similar to the ostrich and emu).


1 year ago (08/31/15): In Indonesia, exploring rice fields.


2 years ago (08/31/14): In bed feeling queasy after eating too much at my friend’s rooftop party in Harlem. Still sick.

3 years ago (08/31/13): Laying sick in bed. I think I even quit dreaming of food at this point, which tells you how sick I was.

4 years ago (08/31/12): Sick in bed with mono, soon to be actually diagnosed as Return of the Lyme.

5 years ago (08/31/11): Diagnosed with Lyme Disease. Oh, the joys that are about to come!

8 years ago (08/31/08): Recovering in Brooklyn from the previous night’s falafel eating contest. I did not place, though I finished my plate in not last place. Coincidentally, my display of passion for food is also how I landed my first food photography gig.

10 years ago (08/31/06): Wondering what the heck I should do with my life. Heck, I’m still wondering that. I think I was on a hike in the Northeast with my fam.

Decades ago (08/31/??): My parents are pregretting having me.

Centuries ago: We can surmise, but why? We all know that Christopher Columbus was a hero.

All right, I’m drained, not feeling great (yeah, I get sick again every once in a while but luckily only feel nausea today), and have more editing to do. The good news is that September starts tomorrow, and though I’ve been enjoying summer, this coming month is going to be very exciting and full of work and travel. So here goes!


Our Road Trip in Patagonia: The Film is Here!

After nearly a month road tripping through Chile and Argentina, our video is finished! Dreamed up by Didier Van Bellinghen of Belgium, the film documents our adventures through Patagonia via our Wicked van rentals, Couchsurfing, and the 10 of us who met up for our epic adventure.

I shot b-roll and photos for the film, which was excellently edited by Didier ( And though it makes us look more on the serious side, rest assured that we were laughing, crocheting, hiking, poking fun at each other, overeating, cooking, sleeping in crazy locations, meeting strangers, camping beside glaciers, and more together over the weeks. We all became great friends, and I’m so proud of this little film!

Filmed February-March 2016 from Santiago, Chile to El Calafate, Argentina, down to Punta Arenas in Chile and everywhere in between!


June = Hawaii

“Why, oh why, haven’t you posted any photos or stories, Coop?” asked a passerby. “I miss the good posts–the ones that made me laugh out loud before LOL was an abbreviation,” commented no one ever.

Well, the truth is that, shockingly, I’ve still been busy. And with a last-minute gig in Hawaii and a road trip to follow, that’s meant zero time for the things that matter most. Kidding–I am terrible at blogging, as you know. Luckily an awesome video documenting our Chile and Argentina road trip is a’comin’! Stay tuned.