Zenfolio | Arzente Fine Art | About

Self Portrait, Seattle. WA  2018 

Originally from Pennsylvania, I attended Franklin Pierce University in Southern New Hampshire graduating with a History and Political Science Degree. After graduating I attended Franklin Pierce Law Center located in Concord, New Hampshire, lasted one year, it wasn’t for me.  It was at that time that I started my first job at MacDowell Colony in Peterborough New Hampshire as a grant writer and historical preservationist researcher. It was through MacDowell that I moved to France for the next 10 years attending art school in Aix en Provence and Living and working both in Paris and Nice finally settling in the south of France in Eze-sur-Mer.

  Before going into photography I was a painter for over twenty years, living in Brookline, MA. In 2012 after a long illness I was fortunate to receive a kidney transplant. It was that event that fundamentally changed my perspective from not wanting to work in a studio solo to working outdoors in collaboration with other artists.

 This brings me to the question why do I take photographs; my first reason is that I love the challenge of learning a new medium and the excitement that it brings. Secondly, I enjoy working with people who I meet on the street with the ability to create something on the spot. The third and most important is finding out who are the people are on the other end of the lens, that challenge is what I love most about image making.

 My sensibility with photography comes from several points, the love of painting as well as its history, my time in France at a pivotal point in my life, my love of Cezanne and Matisse, working in Paris in the fashion industry and meeting extraordinary people during my lifetime.  My primary focus is portraiture usually shot in various locations both urban and the countryside not inside a studio. It’s the environment that supports the backgrounds that provide the framework for my portrait work as well as with my street photography.

Schedule a Portrait Session

The basic package costs $650 and includes: a two-hour photo shoot, one week turn-around of all unedited low resolution images online, and 5 edited high-resolution photos. You get to pick your 5 favorites from the collection of all photos taken. Additional high resolution edited photos can be ordered for $20 per photo. Other packages can be negotiated in advance.
A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of scheduling.
Cancellations must be made five days in advance of your appointment in order to apply your deposit to another session. Emergencies, illness, and weather are taken into consideration. The deposit will be forfeited if a session is cancelled and rescheduled more than once and another deposit will be required to secure a new session.
If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email. I’m happy to discuss pricing, procedures, policies, and any other questions. Starting up a conversation can also be useful to get a feel for what type and style of photographs you like, so that I can be better prepared for our photo session.

Photo Retouching and Artistic Photo Manipulation

If you have photographs that are in need of repair or you would like to have altered in any way please contact me via the contact page with a brief description of the issue.

Retouches to a digital image require a high resolution file, preferably a RAW file but a Jpeg will work but is not preferred.