Category Archives: PERSONAL PROJECTS

SIP Magazine’s Best of Beer, Wine & Spirits

Last month we were asked to make images to support SIP Northwest Magazine’s “Best Of” competition.

About SIP Magazine:

Sip Northwest is an exciting new magazine in the Pacific Northwest. Our focus on the many delightful wines, hand-crafted brews, spirits, roasted coffees, ciders and other products created in the region, along with in-depth profiles of the fascinating people who make them, is creating a buzz in the industry. Don’t miss our travel stories in each issue that detail where readers can go to enjoy a wine getaway or “brew-cation”.

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New Music Video | “Light Goes Out” by Yellow Minute

I have recently been producing creative video works as part of a studio expansion and the addition of Vermillion Video. The change is a sign of the times and I am looking to upgrade my skill set to include a full production video studio, which will accompany the photography I have offered for decades.

Yellow Minute is a group of local creative musicians that collaborated on this project to keep their hands busy. The band consists of Paul Joseph Waxman (PJ), Sean Brennan, David Maroney and Greg Muller. This video only includes PJ and Sean for the synth remix to their brand new song, “Light Goes Out”. We were happy to work with them before their big move to LA this summer.

My associate, Sean Deckert, and I decided to shoot the video to look like a live set performance but with a higher production value and a rhythmic editing technique. PJ and Sean brought the props and mixed the sound to make this a truly collaborative production.

Stay Tuned for more video updates from Vermillion Studios.


Introducing Vermillion Photo’s Two New Additions

Vermillion Photo has expanded! Welcome my newest associate Sean Deckert, a local artist who has worked with me on a collaboration with Mile 112 to produce  my  first commercial video.

To create this video we used our new adjustable radial dolly system allowing the camera to move around, towards and away from the subject in a slow and steady fashion producing a unique effect. This video focuses on a chair created by Benjamin Hall, owner of Mile 112. Magic Carpet© is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson.

More video projects coming soon.

SMOCA “Hector Zamora Installation”

A few weekends ago, SMOCA (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art) asked me to photograph an installation they organized at Cutter Aviation in an airplane hanger. From my previous work with SMOCA I knew their exhibitions weren’t something I’d want to miss out on. I gladly accepted.

On October 27,2012, I arrived at the job and witnessed this especially peculiar exhibit. The installation consisted of numerous military parachutes hung from the ceiling. Each parachute were affixed to a large industrial fan that sat on the floor directly beneath them. When the fans were powered on, the parachutes expanded as if they were attached to soldiers dropping from planes thousands of feet in the sky. Adults, children, and artists flooded into the hanger to observe and listen to the artist Hector Zamora discuss his conception of the display he created. It was overall mind blowing. Not only was it visually exceptional but, the buzzing from the fans and attendants made the exhibit especially unique.

Hector Zamora

This event had many faces from my past. It was full of artists I’ve known who’ve achieved an abundance in the fine arts. Being in that environment made me wonder what it would’ve been like if I didn’t take the commercial route after getting my BFA in photography. Although I do not regret the path I chose and where it took me, I have a strong curiosity of what my life would have been like.

Folk/ Americana Singer Songwriter Adam Smith

Adam Smith is a Phoenix based folk/americana singer and songwriter who hopes to soon release his second album and expand his music career. The local singer/songwriter Adam Smith ( is seeking to build a band for accompaniment at regional performances with the future goal of national and international touring.

During the summer of 2011 Dan and Adam worked together to capture images that could be used to market Adam’s musical career. A year later, these two were reunited to create a befitting cover for his upcoming album.

McCain Leadership Conference, Sedona, AZ

In April 2012, the McCain Institute Cornerstone Meeting was held in Sedona, AZ at the Enchanment resort. It was here that numerous political and well respected figures gathered to discuss the development of the soon to be McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. Dan had the opportunity to photograph the three day event, where he captured these outstanding individuals coming together to launch their important endeavor.

John McCain, Senator

Arizona Senator John McCain and his wife Cindy McCain are the initial founders of the soon to be institute. They donated a generous 9 million dollars  and have brought together the expert individuals needed in the development of such an immense establishment.

Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University

Michael Crow is Arizona States University’s 16th president and has done an exceptional job in advancing  ASU into one of the leading public metropolitan research universities. Michael is one of the main advocates of the McCain Institute creation.

Kurt Volker, Ambassador

Ambassador Kurt Volker is the Washington based Executive Director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership.

David H. Petraeus, U.S. Army General (Ret.) and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

David Merkel, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State

Jack Keane, U.S. Army General (Ret.)

Vincent La Padula, Managing Director of JP Morgan New York Private Bank

Russ Genson, Chief Executive Officer of Gerson Global Advisors

Ritz Carlton

Yurt Guide

If you are visiting the Yurt, open the the Yurt Guides for step by step instructions on how to manage/maintain.

PDF with Pictures- Yurt Guide

Word Document- The Vermillion Yurt Guide

Time Lapse Video of Fred Tieken/Joe Pagac Mural

On March 12, Fred Tieken, Joe Pagac, and Vermillion Studio collaborated to create a beautiful, unique 1,950 square feet mural on the back wall of Vermillion studios. Fried Tieken, designed the artwork specifically for the wall and Joe Pagac painted the mural in five days. To read more about it, click the Phoenix New Times link below.

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Shutters on the Beach