I was on facebook yesterday and saw on my old friend Ariane’s page that her father, Seth Baker had passed. Seth was the publisher of Los Angeles Magazine, Beverly Hills  Magazine and a host of other publications. He gave me my first break as a photographer in the mid 80′s and opened more doors in my career than I can recall. Under his watchful eye, I became a photographer. He gave me my first celebrity editorial assignment, he gave me my first cover shoot. He was a quick tempered, decisive man who knew what he wanted and didn’t suffer fools gladly….which is no doubt the reason why he fired me so many times over the 20 years I shot assignments for him. Yet it was because of his profound level of patience, support and guidance through those initial years as one of his staff photographers that I was able to fine tune my technical skills and even more importantly, learned how to shoot the toughest photographic subjects on the planet…high profile personalities.
Through the years, I also had the pleasure to get know and eventually work for Seth’s children, Ariane and Scott. I can remember shooting a formal portrait of Seth and the kids when Ariane was just 7 or 8 years old…years later they both were working at his right hand managing the company. Seth’s generosity and thoughtfulness to me and my family, especially when Sophie arrived on the scene, I will never forget. There is much about the Baker family I am most thankful for. There will always be a warm spot in my heart for all of them.
Seth’s life left a wake that will long be remembered by many. I will always be grateful to have been a small part of it.