I was happy to see a photograph that I took at the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute last February was used as the cover photograph for the IDEA Fitness Journal in October, 2017. Over a dozen other photographs that I took at the Las Vegas IDEA World Convention were also on display in the magazine!
I had the opportunity to photograph another cover photo shoot for Scholar Magazine, Strayer University's alumni magazine. This assignment took us to Cleveland, OH in the dead of winter. Cleveland was hit by a big snow storm the day we were traveling. Most flights into Cleveland's airport were being diverted away, but for some reason our plane was allowed to land! The cab ride to the hotel was very interesting, the cab driver kept apologizing for not going faster on the snow covered roads because the other drivers were going too slow. I kept assuring her I was in no hurry.
The next morning it was about 5 degrees outside, so we were not likely to take any photographs outside. Fortunately, the Cleveland Clinic's campus is quite large and provided a lot of interesting walkways, stairways, and lobbies to do some great editorial photographs.
I had the pleasure to photograph Liz O’Hare and her daughter for Regis Today Magazine. Regis College was featuring graduates who took advantage of a Fulbright scholarship to live and learn abroad.
The Fulbright influenced O'Hare’s career; and the same goes for her personal life. As a direct result of the Fulbright, she always wanted to adopt a child from Latin America because she was able to see that there’s such a need. Nearly eight years ago, she and her husband adopted a daughter from Guatemala. When she gets a little older, their goal is to travel the world with her.
All the photographs were taken in their home and backyard in Arlington, VA.
I had the pleasure of photographing Rosie Allen-Herring a few months ago for the cover of Strayer University's Scholar Magazine. After spending 21 years at Fannie Mae here in Washington, DC, Rosie became the CEO at of the United Way of the National Capital Area.
We arrived at her office a couple hours before the shoot and scouted areas at the UWNCA offices in downtown Washington, DC. One of my favorite photographs is the one with Rosie looking out a window in one of the conference rooms across the street from the Strayer University Washington Campus. And as it seems to work out that sometimes the simplest shots (this was shot with entirely natural light) are the best.
We traveled to Grand Rapids, MI to do the cover story / photo shoot for Strayer University's Winter 2014 edition of their Scholar Magazine. We arrived the night before the shoot and to my surprise Grand Rapids was a very attractive city. The cover story was about Keith Brophy, CEO of Ideomed, a mobile application development company that allows patients to input daily health data that is shared with a case manager to help better manage chronic health conditions.
Keith's company is headquartered in a restored building that was built in 1904 by the Wolverine Brass Company. The building provided a great backdrop for the photography. We arrived at the building around 8:00AM to give ourselves a couple of hours to scout the building for the best settings for the photographs. All of the photographs required some level of artificial / strobe lighting. We try to blend our lighting with the environment to make it look as natural as possible.
To minimize the amount of time the executive has to spend with us, we get the lights ready and have the shot all framed out and tested. My assistant stands in to make sure the lighting is just right. My Nikon D4 is tethered wireless into an Apple Ipad that is used by the Strayer Managing Editor to review and approve the shot. We then ask the executive, in this case it was Keith, to pop into position and we do about 10 minutes of shooting and the we send him back to his office to resume his day and then setup for the next shot. We did a total of six different photographs / settings. It took us about four hours from start to finish and Keith only had to spend about sixty minutes of his day for the entire shoot.
We were packed up and ready to go for a late lunch by 2:00PM. We went to a very nice wine bar down the street to relax and celebrate with the client. The wine was excellent and the hamburger was out of this world. Great way to end the day. We flew back to Washington, DC that night.
You can read the entire article by clicking here: Scholar Magazine Winter 2014.