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.  

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.

Gregory Heisler Workshop in Palm Springs

I had a great time at Gregory Heisler’s Environmental Portrait Workshop at the Palm Springs Photo Festival the week of April 28, 2014.  Greg is a true professional photographer.  I have never taken one of these workshops before, I went only because of my great respect for his work and his approach to his photography.  He has photographed the likes of Mohammed Ali, Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr. and Jr., and Billy Graham.  His photographs have been on the cover of Time Magazine dozens of times. I especially liked his approach to lighting, subtle … but powerful, and his focus on composition and every detail in the photograph.  

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.

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

Magazine Cover Photo Shoot in Washington, DC

Scholar Magazine, Strayer's Alumni Magazine was doing a feature story on Kathryn Medina, she is the executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C..  I was asked to photograph her in and around her office in Washington, DC. 

First of all, Kathryn and her staff were a pleasure to work with.  We arrived around 10AM and her staff greeted us and showed us around the facility so that we could get a feel for some of the areas that we could use for backgrounds and settings.  We needed a cover shot as well as a number of shots that were going to be used inside the magazine.  It was a nice day, so my assistant and I walked around the Office of Personnel Management building in Washington, DC looking for some nice backdrops.  The cover shot you see below was our first choice. The building in the background had that "Washington Government" look to it with the concrete columns.  We picked a nice area across the street that was heavily shaded by trees that we thought would be the best place for Kathryn to stand to get the angle that we wanted.  

For the inside shots we wanted a photograph of her interacting with her staff, and one of her walking through the lobby.   They suggested what we do a photograph in one of their conference rooms.  Before seeing it I was thinking, oh no, a room with four blank walls, how exciting?  When we were shown the executive conference room, we were blown away.  The image from that room became one of my favorites.  

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Washington DC Magazine Cover Photographer

PHOTOGRAPHER INFORMATION: Every image was shot with my Nikon D4.  I use the Nikon WT-5 Wireless Transmitter to transmit the images in real time to my Apple IPad that the Strayer Magazine Editor uses to review the photos while I am shooting.  This is a huge help to me because I get instant feedback from my client while I am shooting.  The cover photograph was shot with my Nikon 70-200MM F2.8 lens and she was lit with my Paul C. Buff Einstein strobes with a 64" PLM umbrella using the Vagabond Mini power supply.  The inside photographs were shot using my Nikon 24-70MM F2.8 and lit with my Nikon SB900 gelled to match the ambient light shot through an umbrella. 

Washington, DC / Georgetown Executive Environmental Portraits

I was contacted by a new company that works with developing countries' leaders to strengthen the cultures of their societies so that their political units adapt better to threats.  They needed a photographer to take environmental photographs in an urban setting.  Living in Washington, DC provides a lot of options.  The one executive takes a lot of walks around Washington, DC and was struck by one neighborhood that he felt was the perfect backdrop.  We met at around sunrise and walked the neighborhood.  Every block presented us with new and interesting backdrops and lighting.  We wanted the images to be very earthy with little or no retouching or fancy lighting.  We wanted the executive to be approachable, but still somewhat serious.  So getting just the right expression was key to a successful shoot.

The second executive was from Colorado and we scheduled his shoot one morning the Georgetown area of Washington, DC.  We stayed primarily around the C & O Canal area which provides the urban brick look we were looking for.  Here again, simple lighting, approachable expression, and somewhat raw.  

PHOTOGRAPHER INFORMATION: Both photo shoots were shot primarily with my Nikon D4 with my Nikon 24-70MM F2.8 lens.  Most images were shot with natural light and/or a little fill flash.  I used my Fuji X100S camera a few times just to see if it gave me a different look from my Nikon at about the 35mm focal length. 

I used my Olympus OMD E-5 with the my Olympus 75MM F1.8 lens for a few of my tighther head shots like the first shot below.  The Olympus 75MM lens is one of the sharpest lenses I have ever used.  The depth of field and bokeh on this lens makes your subject seem almost three dimensional.  

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Lincoln Memorial / National Mall Portrait Session

I received a call from Regis College asking if I could take a series of photographs of one of their alumna, Fran Murphy, around the National Mall, and preferably around the Lincoln Memorial.  Fran has won an Emmy award for her documentary called "The Dream Began Here."  The Dream was a special about the contributions African Americans made to our Nation’s Capital. The special, which was produced by Fran and was aired on the Tribune television affiliate in DC, highlights the impact Blacks had on Washington, DC. 

The editor was very specific in that they didn't just want a photographer to take a photograph of Fran standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial.  The wanted a photographer to give them something different and dynamic.  The pressure was on.  Because of schedule conflicts Fran and I were not able to meet until September 29th.  We initially scheduled the shoot for mid-September. It was a gorgeous Sunday morning.  We met right at sunrise to beat the crowds and to take advantage of the morning sun.  If we had waited two more days the Lincoln Memorial would have been fenced off as a result of the government shutdown on October 1st. 

The photo that I am most fond of is the one with Fran standing next to where Martin Luther King stood when he gave the I Have a Dream speech on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C..   We were done with the shoot and we were leaving when I saw the inscription.  I asked Fran to stand there I went down to the ground and took a few frames.  I have learned to never stop looking for another photograph because sometimes the best one can be the last one when you least expect it.

Fran and I must have done a decent job because what was suppose to be an inside story became the cover story for Fall 2013 Regis Today alumni magazine.  You can read the entire article by clicking HERE:

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National Mall Lincoln Memorial Washington DC Portrait Photographer

IDEA World Fitness Convention - Los Angeles - August 2013

Attendance at IDEA’s annual World Fitness Convention™ has grown from the original 600 to over 5,000.  This year it was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  From a photographer's perspective, it is the highlight of my year.  It is three and a half days of energy, motion, and inspiration and my job is to capture it through images. 

There are so many great sessions going on that the biggest challenge is to try to cover the right sessions and stay long enough to capture the high energy and inspirational moments.   The days fly by.  

One of the most fun sessions was in the Showcase Room with Shaun T (creator of the very popular INSANITY DVD workout), Tony Horton, and Chalene Johnson.  They each came out individually and did an amazing workout with over 1000 people in the room.  My daughter has Shaun T's DVD set and was extremely envious that I saw him LIVE. 

DC and VA Event Photographer

 

DC and VA Event Photographer

 

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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.  

  Washington DC Editorial Environmental Portrait Photographer

Washington DC Editorial Environmental Portrait Photographer

 

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