New images for the newest issue of Wake Forest Magazine! Spent the day with alum Matt James of ABC Food Tours, as he took students from P.S. 188 on a culinary adventure through the Lower East Side.Read More
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Some images from the Spring 2016 issue of Wake Forest Magazine. I photographed Jen Anderson ('00) and Jeff Dobbs ('77) for the "Object Curiosity" story in this year's issue. The magazine curated a collection of objects truly unique to the Wake Forest community, including the first student issued IBM Thinkpads, and vintage WFU fashion straight out of the 1970s.
I love connecting with fellow alumni on these assignments, and I feel so privileged to stay connected to Wake with opportunities like this. Go Deacs!
I'm in the midst of planning my second shoot for Jazz at Lincoln Center, and thought it was a good opportunity to finally share last season's images as well as some BTS photos and videos.
Late last year my friend and fellow Portfolio Center alum, Casey Walter asked me if I'd like to do some work for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Casey is a design director at Jazz, and we'd been talking about collaborating on a project for some time, but it had mostly been in the vein of shooting some live concerts and small portrait work (all things I would have been more than excited to shoot). But when he approached me with the opportunity to shoot the 2015-2016 featured artist campaign, printed collateral to be used throughout the year, AND Wynton Marsalis and the JLC Orchestra?? Whoa. YES.
That conversation set off a busy month of planning, assembling a team, multiple meetings about concept, lighting, budget, and scheduling. It was by far the biggest project I had ever been a part of, and an experience I will value long into my career.
The shoot was split into two days at Milk Studios. Day one featured some fun portraits with the different artists who would be performing during the upcoming season, including Kate Davis, Jared Grimes, Monty Alexander, and Adriane Lenox.
Day 2 was a bit more involved and included individual portraits of each member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, including the man himself, Wynton Marsalis. A major challenge of day 2 was a group shot featuring all 16 members of the orchestra. This had to be done in the middle of the head shots, as not all members could be there for the full day, and a large number of production meetings centered on how best to accommodate the artists who had to leave early. To do this, we had to make sure our headshot set and lighting were marked, so we could quickly move them and make room for our full orchestra group shot, and then come back to our original set for the remaining head shots . To add to our already complicated day, we had to shoot the band in two different shots as not everyone could fit on the cyc wall at one time.
We finished day 2 with solo portraits of Wynton Marsalis. He was incredibly gracious with his time and even allowed me to make a few natural light portraits of him after we had wrapped up on set. The evening light flooding into the studio at the end of the day was too good to pass up. It was the perfect end to a busy month of planning and an exciting couple of days. The studio was constantly filled with music, and several impromptu jam sessions broke out throughout the day. Not a bad way to close out the year!
Shoots like these don't come together on their own, and I owe huge thanks to the folks at Wonderful Machine, Casey and everyone at Jazz at Lincoln Center, my rockstar friend and assistant Claudia Paul, digital tech Alex Rudinski, and of course my incredible producer, Madison Salavec.
If you've been around Lincoln Center the past few months you may have seen some of the final images, but I'll be posting the final print materials here soon. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more :)
I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph Pharrell during his career retrospective talk with Jason King at Town Hall. Pharrell is the new Artist-in-Residence for NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the interview covered everything from his childhood in Virginia, early musical influences, success with the Neptunes, N.E.R.D., and working with some of the biggest names in music today. As a fan myself, it was amazing to hear him talk about the evolution of his career and how so much of his success has come from experimenting and having a "Mr. Magoo" philosophy of stumbling onto ideas and following your instincts. Check out NPR to watch the interview, and thanks to Marat Berenstein and Nikki Mirasola for a great night!
I was hired by Ebony Magazine to shoot some behind-the-scenes images of the May cover shoot with Wendy Williams. It was a fun and crowded day, with multiple hair stylists, wardrobe stylists, video & photography crews, and Wendy Williams' own entourage on set. It was amazing to watch celebrity photographer, George Holz and his crew work through several lighting and location challenges, and come away with a great cover. Enjoy a few more from the day:
NYC got a slight dusting from snowstorm Juno last weekend. It wasn't quite the "blizzard" that was forecast, but the travel ban and trains being down still made for a couple of fun and quiet walks into the city.
My final shoot for 2014 was a musical two days with the incredible artists of Jazz at Lincoln Center. I'm still working on editing images, but here are some great behind-the-scenes photos and videos shot by my wonderful producer, Madison Salavec. Enjoy, stay tuned for more photos from this and a few other projects I'm working on, and have a happy and safe new year! Here's to more adventures in 2015 :)
The first in a small series of portraits I'm working on.
Frantic emails from clients are pretty common in my line of work. Last minute cancellations, quick turn around times, and even location changes are pretty par for the course when it comes to these last minute jobs.
Such was the case when the USO came calling, and I was happy to step in last minute and help a great organization and a very grateful family.
Army 1st Lieutenant Beau McNeff surprised his family when he showed up at NBC Studios in Rockefeller Center here in NYC. His wife, Cecilia, mother, Jude and his children were thrilled to finally have him home.
1st Lieutenant McNeff also met his infant daughter, Alexandra for the first time.
My image of the McNeff family with the new USO President, Dr. J.D. Crouch II appeared in On Patrol Magainze, the official magazine of the USO.
The USO is a great organization, and as the son of two retired Navy parents, I know how much they do for military families around the world. It was an honor being able to document such an important moment for Beau and his family.
Way back in July I tagged along with Trunk Club photographer Lauren Atkins to help out with her interview with Sam and Liam Fayed of Bespoken. Sam and Liam's father owns the 130-year-old shirt making company Turnbull and Asser, responsible for dressing icons like Winston Churchill, The Beatles and even Picasso. Bespoken, located right above the Turnbull and Asser New York location, is adding an edgier and youthful spin to traditional custom clothing. It was a fun afternoon, and along with detail and interview images, I also got in a quick portrait before we left. See more images and read Lauren's interview HERE.