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.
I recently had the opportunity to photograph a series of portraits for a Fordham University fundraising campaign. We photographed a number of students and alumni. This photo session took place on campus and in the nearby Columbus Circle and Central Park.
While the school highlighted a variety of people in the marketing campaign we tried to make each portrait look similar by using shallow depth of field and using a narrow stripbox for lighting.
The lobby of accounting firm Withum, Smith and Brown's New Brunswick office made a great backdrop for this executive portrait.
Setting up lights ahead of time made the photo shoot with Withum CEO Bill Hagaman and Withum partner Jim Hannan very smooth and allowed the executives to get back to work very quickly.
The folks at St. Peter's University wanted to show the new fan zone and all the action at basketball games for their alumni magazine. The scene was very high energy with life-long fans and alumni mixing with current students. Also, it didn't hurt that the Peacocks had a great season.
Looking for a fresh perspective for group photos is always a challenge. This group photograph for St. Peter's Healthcare magazine was taken from the second floor of the hospital's restaurant. The nice tile floor provided a great background for the portrait. A pair of Profoto B1 strobes provided just the right amount of light.
Over the past year I've had the pleasure of helping Rutgers Honors College update their website. One of the main goals was a large group photo of the whole staff. Luckily the new Honors College building is gorgeous and we found a great spot for the photo.
This healthcare photo shoot featured long term patients who had made great progress at Children's Specialized Hospital. Part 1 was on colorful seamless, this photo was from part 2 which was a shallow depth of field environmental portrait. It was a lot of fun as you probably can tell from the photo.
Excellent use of negative space by the folks at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Steve Libutti, the new director of the Institute, was a pleasure to work with. We were able to photograph at a half dozen locations around the building and allow Mr. Libutti to get back to work very quickly.
Commencements are always fun to photograph, lots of emotion as people walk away with a college degree. This photo was after a winter commencement ceremony for Union County College. Using a fast lens allowed me to shoot available light, capturing the color of a nighttime street scene. You can see more New Jersey higher education marketing photography on my website.
Normally when I photograph lawyers I bring along a cart full of lighting gear but this shoot called for a more candid approach.Peter Stewart, a very engaging personality, sat in his Roseland office as I captured a series of candid, natural light portraits. You can see more New Jersey corporate portrait photography here.