One of the most exciting aspects of shooting environmental portraits is using the elements you find at the location. I arrived early for this portrait in Newark's Military Park and saw the sun reflecting off Prudential's headquarters building. Add a blue sky and a chair and we are all set.
It's always important to feature a school's marquis facilities. This photo features a Fordham University student in the school's high tech trading room.
It was important to make the computer screens look dynamic. Our subjects pink sweater was a perfect compliment to the blue screens.
For this executive portrait it was important to use the dynamic exterior of the New Jersey building.
While nice soft light from a Profoto strobe lit the executive a gorgeous sunset provided a very pretty background.
I had the opportunity recently to photograph actor Andy Serkis for USA Today. Andy plays Snoke in The Force Awakens.
As with most celebrity photo shoots I arrived early to the New York City hotel suite where the shoot was scheduled. This gave me time to figure out how I was going to photograph Andy and begin setting up my lights.
Andy arrived right on time and was a pleasure to work with. Check out his computer assisted characters in Star Wars, Planet of the Apes and The Hobbit, really amazing stuff.
For this business headshot project in Monmouth County, New Jersey we wanted to photograph about two dozen executive headshots against a plain background and also an environmental portrait of each person inside the company's facility.
Normally I would bring a background for this type of portrait shoot but the company had a number of walls that were painted in colors that they wanted to use. Then with a little careful planning we were able to find different backgrounds for about two dozen environmental portraits.
Sometimes a career in photography leads you to some pretty cool places. RWJ Barnabas, a wonderful regular client, asked me to photograph Hockey Fights Cancer event during the Devils game at the Prudential Center in Newark.
During pre-game ceremonies I went out on the ice to photograph some RWJ Barnabas patients with the Devils players. A fun night for everyone.
Portrait of a Rutgers graduate for a full page magazine ad. While there were multiple locations and wardrobe changes the photo in the casual red short on Voorhees Mall was the final choice.
An editorial portrait of bounty hunter Al McCallen on Newark Avenue in Jersey City, across from the Hudson County Courthouse. Part of a story for NBC News on reforms to the bail system.
I had the opportunity to take an editorial corporate portrait of cyber security expert Rita Gurevich at a fantastic location overlooking the the Hudson River and New York City. It's wonderful to see the portrait used full page in the Stevens Institute alumni magazine.
One of my regular higher education clients just published their annual report. It was great to see my photography throughout the pages. While I know the school uses the candid photos throughout the year, both in print and online, it's fun to see dozens of the photos published in one spot.
When photographing a large group you never know when the unexpected might happen. #AwesomeSplit
I just received my copy of the new Fordham University alumni magazine featuring my portrait of former Johnson and Johnson executive Anthony Carter.
The photo shoot was so interesting, in addition to his position as a former vice president at Johnson and Johnson Mr. Carter also served as assistant press secretary to NYC mayor David Dinkins, he's and author and a lecturer.
For this shoot I kept things simple - one large, soft light and very fast prime lenses that produce a beautiful out of focus background.
A new website is a great time for new corporate headshots. That was the case here as I was tasked with photographing about two dozens staff members in New Brunswick. We photographed each person at a few different locations around the building. Most of the shots were environmental portraits but there was one conference room with a plain gray wall and a large window - a perfect location for a simple headshot.
You can read more info about New Jersey corporate headshot photography here.
Our goal for this photo shoot was to produce both a corporate headshot and environmental portrait for a doctor at a major New Jersey healthcare provider.
Advance planning with the communications department staff allowed us to set up a background in a large conference room and scout the building for a perfect spot for the environmental portrait. When the doctor arrived we were set and ready to get her back to work quickly.
The purpose of this corporate headshot project was to build a library of the school's whole staff so they could be used on a new website, when staffers received awards, spoke at seminars. etc... We used various colored backgrounds for a dynamic look.
The plan has worked out perfectly. Here the client posted a photo on Facebook announcing that a staff member is being honored.
Each issue of the Rutgers alumni magazine features a full page portrait of a school graduate. While the photo is shot on location it must feature a simple background since the photo runs full bleed across the page type is placed somewhere within the photo.
We needed to include a hint of the dorm building where the subject lived in the photo. I was able to find a location where the leading lines of the sidewalk intersected and there was a nice backlight that helped separate him from the background. Add a Profoto B1 with a stripbank and we were all set.
Fun corporate photo shoot for IBM with Grover announcing a new app in partnership with Sesame Street. Grover is one cool dude. No ego at all for such a huge star.
The corporate marketing photos photos were distributed by IBM on the company's social media channels. Business magazines and websites, such as Fortune, published the publicity photos with a link back to IBM's announcement.
One of the best aspects of photo assignments for Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences is the variety of fields of study.
The school's weather lab now hosts WNBC's StormTracker 4 Doppler radar. Students have full access the cutting edge technology.
An approaching heavy rainstorm made for a very cool image on the screen. That was the good news. The bad news is the storm arrived on campus just as we finished the shoot. Although we were completely drenched heading back to the cars at least we captured a cool image.
If you have a spare $1.2 million burning a hole in your pocket I found a nice place in Jersey City. I photographed this house while on an editorial photography assignment for the New York Times. The property must be a hot one because I saw cars driving by to take a look while photographing the interior.
You can see the New York Times photo slideshow here.