My Secret Ingredient

A huge part of what I do involves my partner in life and art, Liz Dungate. We have worked together since 1998 and been together as a couple since about 2000. I say about because neither of us can really remember when we got started.

We take turns art directing each other. We take turns listening to each other’s ideas … and saying, “what?!?, that won’t work!”. But really, over the years we have learned to trust each other when it comes to the vision of a project in the planning. I had to talk her into “Make and Create” – the paper dresses, and in turn, she had to convince me that her idea for “Tent in the Sand” and “Whatnot” would fly.

Liz does spectacular hair and makeup, makes beautiful, whimsical, crazy outfits, creates creepy masks, paints murals, makes clothes, bakes the best chocolate chip cookies you will ever taste, laughs at the drop of a hat (tried and tested), makes wonderful photographs of her own and just generally makes everything I do look amazing.

What follows are some bts videos from the past few years that will give you a small taste for what Liz gets up to … that I benefit from. Below that, a little collection from my big collection of Liz photos.

(click the thumbnail to launch the video)

Into the Ring (click here for the photos)

Make and Create (click here for the photos)

Make and Create II (click here for the photos)

Painting with Grace (click here for the photos)

Blue Blood – just to prove she can do it all on her own (click here for the photos).

A Face

Notwithstanding all the messin’ around Liz and I do sometimes – making sets and costumes, I always find more than enough beauty in a simple portrait.

Light

Every once in awhile you photograph someone whose “presence” is palatable even through something as inanimate as a photograph. Click the photo for more.