Architectural Photography of Thom Filicia’s Beach Club Refresh

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to photograph interior design star Thom Filicia‘s design refresh of the Sea Oaks Beach Club in Vero Beach, Florida. My architectural photography from the shoot was featured as the cover story in the November issue of Vero Beach Magazine! Here are a few highlights from our shoot. You can see more of my interior photography on Thom Filicia’s online design portfolio.

Architectural Photography, Florida Interiors
Architectural Photography, Florida Interiors
Architectural Photography, Florida InteriorsArchitectural Photography, Florida Interiors

These are from my recent shoot for interior designer Thom Filicia and Sea Oaks Beach & Tennis Club highlighting the fantastic redesign of their oceanfront beach club. Check out more of my interior photography of this project in Vero Beach Magazine, available on newsstands and by subscription. To see more of my architectural photography please visit my architectural + interior photography portfolio.

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Sleeklens Photoshop Action Review

I was recently contacted by the marketing department of the Copenhagen-based company Sleeklens to review their Lightroom workflows and Photoshop actions. In the interest of transparency I was offered a set of Photoshop actions at no charge in exchange for an objective review of their product.

On their website they state “Our goal is to provide a product that works ‘with’ you, not ‘for’ you”. I thought it would be interesting to use this review to see how well they achieve their goal.

Sleeklens makes a nice range of Lightroom presets and Photoshop actions designed to suit a wide variety of subject matter and photographic styles. Their website is very well designed offering many “before and after” comparisons to help you visualize the potential impact of their products on your photography. I encourage you to check it out not only for their product info but also for the wealth of photography tutorials and inspiration. You can find it at

Architectural Photographer Reviews Sleeklens Photoshop Actions Review for Architectural Photography

A Small Sample of the Photoshop Actions Offered by Sleeklens


As a commercial photographer I focus primarily on architectural, product and food photography so I requested the Landscape Adventures bundle for Photoshop, my primary photo editing software and tried it out with some of my architectural photography.

I found the installation very easy. Simple instructions on their website will guide you through the process even if you’re relatively new to Lightroom or Photoshop. You’ll be up and running in no time!

Working with the Sleekness actions in Photoshop is equally simple. Within the Sleekness action set you’ll find 56 individual actions organized into useful categories. Most, though not all, have meaningful names that will give you a pretty good sense of how they’ll effect your images. This prevents the need to apply them just to see what they do.

For a full list of the actions contained within the Landscape Adventure Collection visit You’ll find lots of examples of how the actions can work “with” you here. In addition to sample images you’ll find tons of resources including a complete list of actions and great video tutorials on how to install and use them.

Once you’ve installed the actions into Photoshop you’ll notice them neatly bundled in your Actions window. To apply an action all you have to do is click once to select it and then click the Play button at the bottom of the action panel. Photoshop will quickly run the steps within the action. Sleeklens will offer tool tips along the way to help you achieve the look you want or discover new possibilities for your work. This is an awesome feature that will help you achieve the look you want or unlock new looks FAST!

What I love about this action set is the way it allows me to make quick adjusts to my images while retaining the ability to tweak them so they’re just right. No “canned” filter looks here!

I also found that most of the actions I tried use adjustment layers rather than pixel layers. This helps keep your files relatively small and nimble especially when compared to some of the other filter sets on the market.

Whether your use Lightroom or Photoshop, shoot people, landscape or architecture, consider yourself a novice or professional, I’m sure you’ll find that their easy to use products will help you achieve your look in a fraction of the time it currently takes. You may even discover a new looks in the process!

In my opinion, the folks at Sleekness not only live up to their goal of “providing a product that works ‘with’ you, not ‘for’ you” but do so at a very reasonable price!

For more information on the Photoshop Actions offered by Sleeklens please visit:

Sleeklens also offers professional photo editing and retouching services. To learn more visit

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Fine Art Photography Exhibited in Vero Beach, Florida

I’m very excited to part of a group exhibition being held at the Center for Spiritual Care for the month of December. I hope you’ll join us this Friday evening for the opening reception. It’s free and open to the public. Details below.

Titled “A Glimpse of Infinity” these brand new pieces are part of my continued exploration of art, science and spirituality. A special printing technique allows me to infuse the high resolution images directly into specially coated glossy aluminum panels. The results are quite spectacular and must be seen in person to truly appreciate their multi-dimesnional qualities!

A Glimpse of Infinity, No. 694, Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminum, Aric Attas, 2016

A Glimpse of Infinity, No. 694, Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminum, 18″ h x 12″ w, Aric Attas, 2016.

From the Center for Spiritual Care website:

“Twelve of the area’s most respected artists offer a homage to Vero Beach for the month of December. ‘This town has been very good to its artists and craftspeople,’ said Aric Attas, whose work will be seen in the show. ‘We thought it would be the right thing to let people know we appreciate that. And we want to show our gratitude in the way we know best, with new work that comes from the heart dedicated to our community.’”

Taking part in the show are Aric Attas, Rita Bernstein, Ellen Fischer, Deborah Gooch, Barbara Krupp, Betsy McKean, Dawn Miller, Sharon Morgan, Ginny Piech Street, Tim Sanchez, Sean Sexton and Allan Teger.

Opening Reception
Friday December 2, 2017 5-7pm

Center for Spiritual Care
1550 24th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960
772 567 1233

Hope to see you there!

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Architectural Photography Featured in Vero Beach Magazine

I’m very pleased to have my architectural photography featured as the cover story in the November issue of Vero Beach Magazine! This is from a recent shoot for interior designer Thom Filicia and Sea Oaks Beach & Tennis Club highlighting the fantastic redesign of their oceanfront beach club. Check out all of my interior photography in Vero Beach Magazine, available on newsstands and by subscription.

Architectural Photography Vero Beach, Florida

Architectural photography featured in Vero Beach Magazine article on the Sea Oaks Beach & Tennis Club redesign by interior designer Thom Filicia


A special thanks to the marketing committee at Sea Oaks Beach & Tennis Club, Thom Filicia and everyone at his office and Vero Beach Magazine for helping make this happen.

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Photography and Photoshop Classes in Vero Beach, Florida

Interested in learning how to use your dSLR and finally figure out what all those little dials and buttons do? How about learning how to use Photoshop to get the most out of your images? Now is the time!

I will teaching Photography 101 on Monday evenings and Photoshop for Photographers on Wednesday evenings at the Vero Beach Museum of Art beginning September 26, 2016. Both are 10-week classes and run from 6:30-8:30pm.

Please check out my Photography Classes page for all the details.

I am super excited about these new classes and recommend registering ASAP as they tend to fill quickly! Registration for these photography classes is handled by the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

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50 Years, 50 Images: Reflections on Inspiration and the Creative Process

Looking forward to my presentation 50 Years, 50 Images: Reflections on Inspiration and the Creative Process. I’ll be speaking at the Vero Beach Community Center hosted by the Indian River Photography Club. Their meeting starts at 6:30 with a photo contest on the theme “passion”. My presentation begins around 7:30. It’s free and open to the public. Should be a lot of fun!


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Recent Abstract Photos, Video Installation and Ambient Soundscapes Featured in Exhibition at the Center for Spiritual Care

I’m getting very excited for my exhibition opening this Friday evening from 5:30-7:30pm at the Center for Spiritual Care in Vero Beach. The show will include recent abstract photographs and a video installation from my ongoing project titled Seeking the Light. I will also be premiering some brand new ambient soundscapes.

Aric Attas, Seeking the Light No. 82, Arcival Digital Print on Hahnemuhle FineArt Baryta 325 gsm paper, 30 x 20", 2013

Aric Attas, Seeking the Light No. 82, Arcival Digital Print on Hahnemuhle FineArt Baryta 325 gsm paper, 30 x 20″, 2013


Special thanks to Carol Ludwig and Warren Obluck for the invitation to exhibit my work at the Center for Spiritual Care and to Ellen Fischer​ for the wonderful article in Vero Beach 32963

For information:
Linda Monaldi, 772-567-1233

Renowned Artist Aric Attas to Show At Vero’s Center for Spiritual Care

Highly regarded fine art and commercial photographer Aric Attas will open a summer exhibition of recent work at the Center for Spiritual Care with an artist’s reception, at 5 p.m., Friday, August 7. The show, which will run through September 25, is called “Seeking the Light.” The Center is located at 1550 24th Street in Vero Beach.

The multimedia exhibition will include still photos, video and soundscapes. “Aric’s work is full of mystery and profound beauty,” says Carol Ludwig, the Center’s director. “This installation by one of the area’s finest artists promises to be a high point for gallery-goers this year.”

Attas has earned an international reputation for his fine art work. He consistently explores the boundaries of representational and abstract photography and he has won critical praise for his highly original photograms, which challenge existing notions of the photograph.

Attas is well known locally for his teaching at the Vero Beach Museum of Art and his work as director of photography at Vero Home, Life & Design magazine.

Noted for his boundary-expanding experiments, Attas has also created performance pieces. His best-known work in this genre was called “Ions in the Ether.” In it, photographically etched zinc plates were dissolved in acid, copper plating their negatives with a reaction reminiscent of medieval alchemy in its desire to turn simple elements into gold.

Attas received his MFA in photography from the Hartford Art School in 1996. He is a highly sought-after commercial photographer, specializing in architectural, food and product photography. In Vero Beach he operates Aric Attas Creative, a multi-faceted creative studio. He has also been active recently in helping create the contemporary art collective and gallery Project Space 1785.

Here’s a link to the full article by Ellen Fischer Seeking the Light at Center for Spiritual Care Vero Beach 32963.

Please visit my Fine Art Gallery to see previews of some of the photographs I will be showing at the gallery.

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Photography Class In Wynwood Featured On American Canvas

Photography Class In Miami's Wynwood Art District With Aric Attas & Dave Holmes

Photography Class In Miami’s Wynwood Art District With Aric Attas & Dave Holmes


If you’re interested in attending my upcoming Creative Photography Excursion in Wynwood please visit:

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Photography Class Airs On Ovation TV Tonight

After great anticipation I will be appearing on Ovation TV’s new art & culture travel show American Canvas tonight! During the show I explore the street in Miami’s Wynwood Art Distict with host Dave Holmes. We discuss camera techniques and discovering your creative vision. The show also features an amazing flamenco dance group, traditional Cuban food, an Art Deco walking tour in South Beach, the Vizcaya and much more!

Check local listing for channels. Here in Florida Ovation TV is broadcast on channel 255 for Comcast,  274 for Direct TV and  AT&T on 385 SD or 1385 HD.

Here’s a sneak peak and learn more about photography & creativity tonight!

For more about American Canvas on Ovation TV visit:

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Photography Classes To Be Featured On Ovation TV!

I’m very excited to be part of an amazing new “art travel” show called American Canvas. The show explores the art and culture of cities such as San Francisco, Austin and Miami and airs Wednesday evenings at 10pm EST.

As part of the Miami episode I teach the show’s host Dave Holmes how to use a camera to discover his creative vision while exploring the amazing street art and history of Miami’s Wynwood Art District.

From Ovation TV’s press release, “Premiering Wednesday, March 25 at 10 pm ET Dave’s cultural tour of the US continues with a stop in Miami to check out the biggest modern art show in the country: Art Basel. He also takes a food tour of Little Havana, learns how to dance the flamenco, wanders the expansive grounds and gardens of the Vizcaya Mansion, explores Miami’s stunning art deco architecture, checks out KRELwear’s famous knitwear at a custom fitting, and gets a street art photography lesson courtesy of Aric Attas at Wynwood Walls.”

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Here’s the extended trailer for American Canvas

Here’s a clip from the Miami episode of American Canvas featuring Aric Attas with host Dave Holmes, author of Party of One

For those of you interested in discovering your own creativity in Wynwood I’ll be leading a photography excursion to explore Miami’s vibrant street art and culture on Saturday, April 11th. There will also be an Art Walk that night including a food truck circle with approximately 40 or so food trucks! It promises to be an inspiring adventure on many levels!

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