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Alan Shapiro
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Passionate, award-winning photographer. Advertising Chief Creative Officer, too.

I grew up on the creative side of the advertising world and had the pleasure of working with hundreds of clients around the world; telling their unique stories in very unique ways. Along the way, I've had the pleasure of working with an incredible number of talented photographers, directors, cinematographers and imagemakers. I became envious of their art and craft. At first, I saw it as a means of reducing my stress-filled life. As a Chief Creative Officer at the world's largest Advertising Agency Network, I needed a distraction. So I bought a camera. And then another. And another. My new hobby and daily "creative exercise regimen" quickly turned into a joy-filled and all consuming passion.

I love talking to all sorts of people and seem to have a knack for getting them to open up and share themselves despite the intrusion and intimidation that a serious-looking camera often represents.

I like seeking out and sharing things I find interesting. Beautiful things. Powerful things. Poignant things.

I am incredibly patient and am often rewarded with moments of magic.

I also enjoy taking something ordinary and making it something well beyond that. (To paraphrase Ansel Adams: "…making pictures, not just taking them.") Illustration and painting are other passions and I love creating unique photocompositions.

One thing led to another and now I'm published, in private collections and winning awards.


So now I have two jobs that I absolutely love. 

Alan Shapiro; Executive-Level Creative Guy and Very Passionate Photographer.

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Took up photography as a creative exercise regimen and stress reliever. Now published (Scholastic, Playboy, National Geographic for Kids, Disney, Apple, General Motors, Lockheed Martin, Apple Computer) and award-winning. Check out my work on or on Red Bubble: or on 500px: or on Instagram:
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  • Artist, Poet, Madman, Hopeful Romantic
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  • Alchemy
    Chief Creative, Inspiration and Elation Officer, present
  • Omnicom Group
    EVP Chief Creative Officer
  • Grey Advertising
    VP Creative Director
  • Hill Holiday
    Sr Art Director
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Here's to all the nurses.
The hand-in-hand journey from broken to fixed
and afraid to frayed
is a long, arduous, seemingly interminable one
compressed into mere days (that seem like eternities).
As spectacular as the surgeon is (and he is truly extraordinary; with both hands and heart), today I am feeling grateful for the nurses I've come to know this past week. I watched you bring meds and smiles, ice and laughter. And I couldn't have imagined a better team. You all are rockstars.
And we appreciate you huge.

#rose   #flowerpower   #hqspflower   #hqspmacro   #btpmacropro   #btpflowerpro  
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Yesterday I met a wise old bee resting on a few blades of grass.
I said “You look tired.”
She said “I have had a marvelous life. Every day, all day, I got to stop and smell the flowers. And in doing that, I helped things grow and multiply. I spent my days surrounded by all manner of creatures beautiful and vibrant. And at the end of each day, I went home to be surrounded by my friends and family where we hummed together and made sweetness to share. I have had a perfect life.”
I asked if she had any advice for me.
She said “Creat a buzz each day” and then with a wink added “and stick close to your honey.”

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This was awesome... may you find yourself in a perfect life.
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Pada tanggal 21 Sep 2016 10:53 AM, ****@** menulis:

****@** okay
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When I think about this world of photography that I love so much (or any artistic pursuit for that matter), I see two very broad groups of artists: Makers and Finders.
The Makers will see something in their mind's eye and then set about creating that vision with props and lights, models and support teams. The Finders will go out and explore the world, seeking with their cameras. What I suggest is, no matter which of these you find yourself associating with, that you try the other on.
If you are a Maker, go spend a little time being a Finder. And vice versa. It will work a different part of your brain and make you better at whatever you do. (If only because you tried something new.)
Said differently, today and/or tomorrow: do something/find something that makes you go "Ahhhhh!"

Stay inspired.

Ps: This morning, on my daily shooting excursion, I found the most beautiful rust ever.
#rustsupermodel   #finderskeepers   #stayinspired  
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Wise advice. I'm going to try.

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A trip to the farmer's market followed by some classic Michael Jackson make for an interesting early morning phototherapy session.
C'mon...everybody sing along:

They told him don't you ever come around here
Don't want to see your face, you better disappear
The fire's in their eyes and their words are really clear
So beet it, just beet it.
You better run, you better do what you can
Don't want to see no blood, don't be a macho man
You want to be tough, better do what you can
So beet it, but you want to be bad
Just beet it, beet it, beet it, beet it
No one wants to be defeated
Showin' how funky and strong is your fight
It doesn't matter who's wrong or right
Just beet it, beet it
Just beet it, beet it
Just beet it, beet it
Just beet it, beet it

#beet #food #foodporn #stilllife #farmersmarket #chioggiabeet #harvest   #foodphotography   
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Looks like fall (autumn) fell when I wasn't really paying attention. Truth is I've been worrying about other things falling (and standing, not to mention dealing with pressures high and low while hoping for good/better/ideal pressure...which strikes me as oxymoronic and ironic. Come to think of it, this must be it's own post/lament/diatribe, but I digress.)
The good news in all this: is that while things are now falling, the things nearest and dearest to my heart are now standing and that is beyond perfect right at this very moment.
The lesson in this for me right now is that sometimes the most beautiful things in the world aren't the pretty things I find on my walks; they are painful, challenging and brave things found while relearning to walk. Can I tell you how much better (didn't think that was even possible) these walks are gonna be.

#ornamentalcabbage   #macrophotography   #cabbage   #alanshapirophotography  
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The evolution from being ridiculously dense to incredibly transparent is remarkably uplifting. Even the black and white things become more colorful.

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Hola +Alan Shapiro !, Siempre compartiendo estas profundas y maravillosas flores!!
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This is what I do when I need to clear my head.
Growing up, I used to paint (watercolor mainly) but there aren't enough hours in the day of late and besides, I love what my computer and Wacom tablet (and now my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil) allow me to do.
The original portrait I took of this noble American Stork is top left. Each of the 7 sketches that follow took between 5 and 10 minutes with between 3 and 10 layers of various textures I've shot over the years. The final piece in the bottom right took several hours and has dozens of layers of texture and layer masks using all sorts of varied blending modes at assorted opacities. What I like about this creative sketching process is it allows me to work quickly and explore different color palettes and see how the textures change the feeling of the work. The same holds true for my Lightroom Post-Processing workflow. Invariably, I will play with 3 to 5 variations of an image before deciding where I want to take the final. It's art therapy for sure but the results for me are invaluable (both for the creative exercise and also the meditative state it allows me to get to.

And for the record, I can teach this to anyone in about an hour. (Two if you're slow)

#postprocessin #textureblending #americanstork #stork #bird #finerfeatheredfriends #birdportraits #birdsgallery #birdsinfocus #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos #arttherapy   #creativeexerciseregimen  
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Thinking a lot about "kindsight" (might be my new second favorite word after "serendipity")
Hindsight is fine. But, c'mon...fine never is.
Kindsight is the art (and active discipline) of taking your thought process from "What was I thinking?" to a far better place of "What was I learning?"

#waterlily   #floralfriday   #flowers   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspflowers   #btpflowerpro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #flower  
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It is absolutely the Experience (as Jimmy Hendrix used to say) It's the love affair between me and the camera. I just lost a piece of my heart (my dog died while we were on vacation) and you can so see that in the few amount of frames I even tried to take and the lack of magic behind any of them. I lost my connection for a while. Finally beginning to care again and lift out of the funk. Love you +Alan Shapiro for so many reasons. There will be big hugs in Vegas.
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Normally when I meet someone really interesting, we will invariably chat for a few moments and then I will ask them to "show" me something:
Show me love.
Show me hate.
Show me your first date with your husband/wife.
Show me your favorite prayer.
Show me your orgasm face (note; i don't really want to see that but it sure is a great ice breaker and usually gets me a huge grin)
Show me your second grade face when you found out the boy/girl you had a crush on liked you back.
Here's the really fascinating thing for me: The best part of my "Show me" exercise isn't the resulting image. It's the resulting conversation, the gathering of stories and the incredible joy that comes from that.

Now here's a question: what do you want me to show you more of?

#portraitphotography #portrait #portraiture #streetphotography #fleamarketfaces #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos #anotherday #blackandwhitephotography #streetview  
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