United Way

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.

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In Print Now | AZ Bride + Ritz Carlton

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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Spotlight on Creators: Blurb Feature

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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.

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Summer of Travel

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.

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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.

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MITEL Products & Merger

I had the opportunity to work with MITEL to create a wide range of photographs of their products, business communication solutions. MITEL is in the telephone business and specializes with integrating networks and phones to help offices communicate quicker and more effectively. This project involved several location scouts, a large crew and two separate days of shooting on-location and in the studio.

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We created a business to business portfolio, product portfolio and some artistic shots for graphic applications. The scope of the project was large and reminded me of the type of projects I produced when I was carving out my name in Phoenix.

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Since the shoot, MITEL has merged with a competitor, Aastra, to hopefully corner the business communication market. I look forward to working with the newer version of this company in the near future.

Spanish Colonial Furniture Book

While photographing a private political event in Sedona last March, I met Jerry Hirsch, Chairman, The Lodestar Foundation. He was clad in a brown blazer with a long white ponytail and a turquoise bolo tie, which made his stand out amongst the international backdrop of the event. We had a great conversation and he mentioned he had a project that I would be interested in. Several months later we met to discuss his ideas about creating a book about his Spanish Colonial furniture collection. Jerry is my neighbor so we met at his home to look at the pieces he would like photographed. Jerry’s home is something like a very comfortable museum, containing artifacts from across the seas, beautiful tapestries and several outdoor garden areas with water and trellises.

Due to the preciousness and fragility of these handmade relics we decided to bring the studio to his home and photograph the furniture one by one. Our trusty intern, Laura Marks, was in charge of logging each piece’s caption including title, material, time period, location and provenance. She was also the designer that worked on the book layout and typesetting.

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Spanish Cupboard, 18th Century Mexican Door Panel & Hardware, Rituals GalleryThis book was a collaborative project that required several rounds of fact-checking with dealers, commissioning a historical essay, and writing a forward with Jerry to acquaint readers with the contents of his collection. Jerry’s ultimate goal for this hard cover, 80 page book is to use it as a portfolio of his collection to send to potential buyers and dealers.

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I worked on a project like this one years ago with the Phoenix Art Museum, which was a book titled “The Art of Turned-Wood Bowls”. In those days, books like these were produced by McMurray Publishing and I did the photography portion. Now, I use the same program to develop the digital files and create a book layout in studio.

READ THE BOOK ONLINE: CLICK HERE

National Guard Civilian//Soldier Campaign

I was recently employed by the Army National Guard in Washington D.C. to make images for a new direct mail recruitment campaign. I flew to Ohio to meet Jeff and Dave, of Laughlin, Marinaccio & Owens, for an intense 3 days of production because the most current recruits were in Cleveland. What I saw was such a diverse set of motivated young people with high aspirations and a willingness to help us with our project. We recruited about 10 soldiers to showcase their civilian interests and their role as a National Guard soldier.

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These youth all have their own passions aside from being a soldier and I witnessed first hand the diversity of interest in this group. It was a pleasure to see them in action in uniform and civilian attire. This trip reminded me that balancing individuality and empathy is such a crucial part of maintaining and protecting a successful life.

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