Editorial Photographs for Strayer Magazine

Strayer University's Fall 2015 edition of the Scholar Alumni Magazine, http://www.strayer.edu/scholar/,  featured individuals who graduated from Strayer and had careers in the Criminal Justice arena. I was fortunate to photograph three of the individuals who lived in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD area.  

I always try to give my clients a lot of variety of shots when I am on an editorial photo shoot.  Even when I am given "guidelines" of what the editor is looking for, it is always good practice to give them more than they asked for.  One of the photo shoots I was told that the image would "definitely" run vertical, well it ran horizontal.  Quite a lot of things change when the magazine is being edited and it is always nice to have options.

Dr. Ben Carson - ALPAC Event

Dr. Ben Carson just announced he is running for the 2016 Presidential race.  I had the opportunity to meet and photograph him at an event that was held at the Gaylord National Hotel just outside of Washington, DC back in March of 2014.  

He seemed like a very well spoken and intelligent individual.  From what I could gather, he seemed to be a very conservative Republican.  The 2016 Republican Nomination race is gearing up to be very interesting.  

Cleveland Clinic Cover Photo Shoot

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.  

Fulbright Scholarship Changes Lives - Regis Today Magazine

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. 

Washington, DC editorial portrait - Nikki - Teach for America

Nikki Devonee Alston decided to pursue her passion - helping children.  She left the banking industry and joined Teach for America in 2011.  She currently manages private-sector recruiting for Teach for America helping others transition from the corporate world.

Nikki was featured in Strayer University's Fall 2014 issue of their Scholar Magazine. I had the pleasure of photographing Nikki at her office in downtown Washington, DC.

Scholar Magazine Cover Photo Shoot - Editorial Photo Session

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.

High Tech in the Midwest - Scholar Magazine Cover Story Photo Shoot

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.

Washington DC Magazine Cover Photographer
Washington DC Magazine Cover Photographer
Washington DC Magazine Cover Photographer
Washington DC Magazine Cover Photographer
Washington DC Magazine Cover Photographer
Washington DC Magazine Cover Photographer

Airport Design - Reagan National Airport Photo Shoot

Scholar Magazine, Strayer's Alumni Magazine was doing a feature story on Timothy Schneiter and asked if we could do an editorial photo shoot of him using Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC as our backdrop. If you have ever been to National Airport you know that it is one of the nicest airports in the country.  

Timothy graduated in 2009 from Strayer University and earned a Bachelor of Science in International Business (BSIB) degree from The D’Amore-McKim School of Business. Schneiter was working as a department manager of airport planning for an Orlando-based company that closed its doors in 2003. Schneiter turned a bad situation into a new career when he found an opportunity with one of the company’s clients, the Puerto Rico Ports Authority. Within less than a week, Schneiter traveled to Puerto Rico to meet with his first client as a new business owner and was on his way to establishing aviatDesign, providing state-of-the-art airport planning design solutions. 

From a photographers perspective, National Airport provided a great backdrop for this photo shoot. You can read the entire article by clicking here.  

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