I got a call from Bernard’s wife and business manager, Katie. She said they were looking for a photographer to photograph her husband’s glasswork. The photographer they had been using had taken a full time position and was no longer available. She asked if I had ever photographed glass. I answered honestly, “No, I hadn’t,” and added that the majority of my work involved photographing people. To my surprise, she asked if I’d like to try. I said, “Sure.” We set up a meeting to look at past marketing materials, the new pieces to be photographed and to meet Bernard in person.

Glass sculpture by Bernard Katz Glass,Trans Bolinas and Vilano in cinnamon.After seeing the actual pieces, previous photographs, and then discussing in detail what Bernard was looking for, we both felt confident enough to begin shooting the next day. The shoot went well and I’ve been back several times to photograph new pieces. Bernard introduced me to several other glass artists and now I shoot for them as well.

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Photographing Bernard’s pieces involved a considerable amount of equipment and set up. We started with a 4×8 sheet of plexiglass on sawhorses and a Photek black fabric backdrop.

I used Chimera strip lights on each side of the plexi and a boomed strip light overhead. I placed a gridspot on the background and a boomed snoot, over the plexi, projected a pool of light behind each piece. Another head was fitted with a gridspot and placed on a stand so it could be moved around to accent certain parts of each piece. I used 4 Dyna-Lite 1000 packs with 2040 and 4040 fan cooled heads.

The camera was mounted on a tripod and tethered to my Mac laptop. White foamcore was used to fill shadows and black foamcore blocked stray light from striking my lens.