Lifestyle Shoot in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

We recently had the opportunity to exercise our manifest destiny (look at me, referencing fifth grade social studies-Ms. Anderson would be so proud) when we traveled westward to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a pair of lifestyle shoots. The first shoot took place in the shadow of the magnificent Grand Teton Range at an old homestead called Mormon Row. The second was shot above the Spring Creek Ranch on a mountain that has gorgeous views of the entire range. Both locations were spectacular and in the case of the shoot at the base of the mountains, we had to be prepared for a storm that swept in very quickly over the mountains. Fortunately, we were able to get the shots we had planned and protect our gear (and our talent) before the wind and the rain really started. The storm provided an awesome backdrop for the images and the shades of colors it painted the mountains and the fields really blended nicely with the wardrobe choices. In post we worked to accent those colors so the elements of each scene really blended together. Here are a few selects from the shoot. Enjoy!

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Florida Keys Lifestyle and Travel Shoot

This past April, we traveled down south for a week of shooting in the Florida Keys. We spent our time building our new travel and lifestyle portfolio. Despite having shot in most regions in the U.S. this was my first time visiting Southern Florida and The Keys and I was excited to experience the area. My goal was to capture beautiful scenes that showcase the relaxed lifestyle and I wanted to paint those scenes in a vintage Americana style. My vision for the shoot included a dock as a key part of the images. So we searched for the perfect location, and were able to secure an incredible house in The Big Pine Key with one of the longest docks in the Keys. To add to the vintage look, I was also able to make use of the old school glass coke bottles which have seen a revival lately. This was an idea I’ve been trying to incorporate into a lifestyle shoot for a while after visiting some antique stores in the Philadelphia area and seeing these bottles gathering dust in a corner. Apparently Coca-Cola has reintroduced a new version of these bottles into the market so we didn’t have to look too hard for them. I was happy we were able to bring together all the elements into this shoot, the space, the props, and the style and am really pleased with the final images. Below are just a few of my favorites from the shoot.
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Hand-Made: Philadelphia Stained Glass Artist Judith Schaechter

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to photograph another artist in my Hand-Made series, featuring men and women who make their living with their hands. I visited Judith Schaechter, an incredible stained glass artist at her studio in South Philadelphia. Judith took the time to walk me through her process from the concepting of the design, the additive process of combining different pieces of colored glass to achieve the desired blend, the cutting of the raw materials, and the tedious steps of shaping and creating designs within each piece to create a finished mosaic. Like many artists in my series I was particularly impressed with Judith’s ability to imagine a design and bring that design to fruition over a period of weeks and often times even months of work. That kind of determination seems to be a running theme for the artists in this series. One of the notable differences between Judith and some of the other artists I’ve photographed for this series is that the tools Judith uses in her work are remarkably simple and low-tech. There’s something especially impressive about seeing the intricate final pieces she creates and knowing that, with few exceptions, much of the work was done using tiny unassuming hand-tools.¬†Judith’s work has appeared all over the country and the world, but recently she commissioned a number of pieces for an installation at Philadelphia’s famous Eastern State Penitentiary. Much thanks to Judith for allowing me to photograph her and her work. Enjoy the pictures and when you’re finished shoot on over to my portfolio to view the rest of the artisans in the series.

Along the Way: Loveland, Colorado – Larimer County Fair

Aside from my Hand-Made project (which you can see by clicking here), I’ve been working on an ongoing series called “Along The Way” that features various local lifestyle scenes from around the U.S. and the world. A few months ago, I had a job that took me to beautiful Colorado. As my scheduled shoot wrapped in Loveland, CO, I took a side trip to the Larimer County Fair in Loveland Colorado. It was, both photographically and anecdotally an interesting experience. Though county fairs aren’t completely foreign to our neck of the woods in southeastern PA, there was something especially authentic about this county fair in the mid-west. There was an appreciation for animals and a level of seriousness, especially from the kids, that was neat to see. For my part, I couldn’t imagine the ten year-old version of myself having the faintest idea what to do with a sheep or how to tell an award-winning sheep from your regular ol’ run-of-the-mill sheep. Alas, I suppose everyone misses out on some important childhood experiences.

In addition to the county fair, I took a day trip westwards into Rocky Mountain National Park. After having¬†achieved my goal of visiting all 50 states, the next traveling goal I’ve set is to see all 58 U.S. National Parks. I got up at 4am to make sure I could catch the sun as it rose in the valley just east of the Rockies and managed to capture one of my favorite landscapes pictured first below.

This year we have trips planned to the Florida Keys, Jackson Wyoming, and Maine that will, I’m sure, provide inspirational fodder for future “Along the Way” shoots. Enjoy the images!

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Philadelphia Corporate Photographer: A Compilation of Some of Our Favorite Corporate Images

There are two common challenges that all photographers face when we work primarily with people as our subjects. The first challenge is making our subject(s) feel comfortable in the inherently uncomfortable position of having a camera trained on them. The second is becoming familiar with what is often a new or unfamiliar space and isolating the best area or background in that space that helps tell the photographic story we are trying to tell.

In corporate photography, we are often presented with a third challenge, especially when dealing with high-level executives, in which our subject has very little time to make a picture. This means that we have to have the location, lighting, and any other elements to the picture completely worked out before he or she even arrives. Having every element squared away allows me to focus 100% of my energies on coaxing the best interaction with the camera out of the subject. Corporate photography demands an ability to work quickly and adapt to last-minute changes all while instilling our subjects with the confidence that we will make them and their company look their best. Executives after all, despite their high-level positions at their company, are just like every other photography subject: They want to look their best and are placing their trust in us to make them look that way. It’s a unique relationship and we were really excited to have the opportunity to work with so many corporate clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware this year who continue to present us with new and exciting opportunities to help put their business in the best light.

From executive portraits of major corporations to staged interactions at tech start-ups whose images were featured in corporate reports, magazines, and marketing campaigns, we shot just about every type of corporate and business photography you can imagine this year and then some. Here is a small sample of a few of our favorite corporate photography images from 2012.

executive photography of Chris Young of Async against the Philadelphia skyline

corporate photography of employees interacting at jp morgan in New York CityEnvironmental Portrait of Dr. Christopher Haines outside Philadelphia's St. Christopher's Hospital for Childrencorporate photography of employees at a pharmaceutical company in New JerseyExecutive photography of Avery Amaya of WebLinc at the WebLinc office in PhiladelphiaExecutive portrait of Reed Cordish, owner of Xfinity Live in Philadelphiastaged Interaction between a patient and employee at SanofiExecutive portrait of Dean George Tsetsekos at Drexel University's Lebow College of BusinessCorporate photography ofCorporate Photography of Bennett Lebow at Drexel UniversityEnvironmental Portrait of Jenness Parker for New York law firm Skaddencorporate image from a town hall at New Jersey Pharmaceutical company Sanofi

corporate photography of employees at jp morgan in New York City