Magazine cover photo shoot at a NJ winery

It's always a good day when you can spend the afternoon photographing at a New Jersey winery. This cover story was about a group of Rutgers graduates who run their own wine companies. The've had a lot of success, especially considering their young age.                                                We photographed them throughout the facility and the barrel photo was chosen for the cover

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Portrait of Newark author

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. 

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Portrait of Star Wars actor Andy Serkis

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.


Monmouth County business headshots

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. 

Groundwater & Environmental Services
Groundwater & Environmental Services

Fordham alumni magazine portrait session

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.


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New Brunswick headshot photography session

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. 

Honors College Portraits

Headshot and environmental portrait of a New Jersey doctor

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. 


Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

New Jersey headshot photography

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. 

Feel free to contact John for more information about New Jersey corporate headshots.

Editorial portrait for Rutgers Alumni Magazine

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. 



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Corporate photography for IBM

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. 

Magazine cover for Rutgers University

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.

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