I have made portraits for the entire length of my career. I usually work with an art director to achieve a certain look by highly refining every detail. Those kinds of portraits are less spontaneous and don’t usually focus on everyday people.
Working with United Way was the opposite of this and was a very refreshing experience, especially since they’re a non-profit organization. These people love what they do and it shows. I was able to spend time with each and every employee over a two day period on location at their Phoenix office.
I would like to share some recent tear sheets from projects that have finally gone to print and are on the shelves now. Arizona Bride and The Ritz-Carlton are long-time clients of mine and I would consider the creative team friends of mine because of the history we share. I don’t always share the final products of my shoots that go to print but I thought these two semi-annual editions deserved highlighting for their unique layout and interesting subject matter.
Weddings by The Ritz-Carlton
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I was interviewed by Blurb a few months ago because they discovered a book project I created with their software and Lightroom 5. They were running a series of interviews that focused on examples of how to create a successful book project that showcased a collection of something.
Since this is my first book project using Blurb I was very pleased to be identified as a model designer by their marketing team. If you would like to read the interview please click on the photo below. Also, check out the previous post about the book and it’s creation.
This summer at the studio has brought me a multitude of experiences that have kept me moving in and out of town for jobs. I just finished shooting an extensive advertising campaign for Institute for Professional Development (IPD) that involved traveling to 4 university campuses and making portraits of a wide variety of students. Indiana Wesleyan University, Brenau University, Huston-Tillutson University and Judson University were the chosen campuses and required me to escape the Arizona heat by traveling to Indianapolis, Elgin, Austin and Atlanta for up to a week at a time.
During each trip Jamie Petersen, Creative Director, and I toured the campus and worked with the film production crew on scheduling the subjects for a photo portrait session. The focus of the campaign was to showcase extended education options and to attract new students from all age ranges. The photographs will be used in high traffic public spaces such as bus wraps, billboards and banners in shopping plazas.
My job was to narrate the story of what your experience could be like at each university through portraiture, which is a certain area that I have over 30 years of success in. Each location had a different vibe and it’s own charm that I focused on in my pictures. Below is a suite of images from my experience at Brenau University in Atlanta, where a father/daughter were the subjects showing both of them on campus at the same university in different ways. This project reminded me of my work with the National Guard Civilian/Soldier campaign last winter.
Posted in Clients, Institute of Professional Development
Tagged Advertising, Billboard, Brenau University, Dan Vermillion, Education, Huston-Tillutson University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Institute for Professional Development, Judson University, Phoenix, Public, Vermillion Photo
I have been a National Bank of Arizona member for 19 years as a small business owner and as an individual. They’re the reason I was able to purchase my downtown studio and continue to sculpt out a career in photography. Recently I was asked to interview with Arizona Business Today to talk about the relationship between my business and my bank as part of an ongoing series profiling Phoenix businesses. Thank You National Bank of Arizona for being a faithful financial associate and a supporter of the Arizona community.
Check out the article.
I recently had the opportunity to shoot portraits of Jay Parry, CEO of Arizona Super Bowl Group, just as she was appointed in December. As we all know, the Super Bowl XLIII was in Glendale and put Westgate on the national football map. Jay Parry now has the hefty task of managing Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, where Glendale will once again turn into a football oasis for people all over the USA to get a taste of Arizona in the spring.
We wish her the best of luck and look forward to seeing her in the news more often.
Arizona Super Bowl website
READ MORE: Phoenix Business Journal
Ritz Carlton is known for producing classy couture experiences for its guests, which is why the word ‘ritzy’ exists in its current definition. When I completed this job for them, not my first, it left me with a sudden urge to become a chef capable of making such exquisite meals for my family. Nonetheless, I am still a photographer and realize that I have a better chance of making great pictures of such meals.
Take a look at these and be inspired!
I’ve recently wrapped my second series of shoots for ASU Alumni Magazine including portrait of professors, students and scientists on all of ASU’s 5 campuses.
As an Alumni of ASU, I find it quite ironic and fulfilling to be working for them and experiencing the nuances of campus life again. It’s also a refreshing tour through the universities new programs, people and future goals.
Please take a moment to read the magazine online and see more examples of my work throughout the publication.
I was contacted last month by Hunter Douglas to work on a project involving their Spring 2013 NewStyle© line of window shutters. They wanted to recreate the look and feel of a comfortable home environment so I suggested using our Natural Light Room in the rear of the studio. Additionally, we built a custom set to accommodate the aesthetic of the Hunter Douglas standard. The shoot involved a set designer, stylist and set builder to complete the final look.
In this video, notice the high attention to detail we gave to the end product through the styling and set design.