Communal living for Time Magazine

New clients are always very exciting, when a new client happens to be Time Magazine it's call for a party.

I was asked to photograph a slightly challenging story in Syracuse, New York for Time with little notice. The goal was to illustrate a communal living space for millennials and how it could be a great option for all involved.

The space was inside of a downtown nondescript building featuring communal workspace but also two floors of studio style apartments joined together with large community kitchens and living areas. An interesting concept that offers affordable options for those wanting the downtown lifestyle and also to share in community experiences.

However, small apartments and people at home are not always the most exciting subjects for photographs. I attempted to show the environment, the exterior and most notably the culture of sharing spaces.

I once again lit these photographs with my Profoto B1 lights and shot on the Canon 1DX2 bodies with an assortment of Canon L Prime lenses.

Read the article here

Virtual Reality for Education Week

Virtual reality is one of the neatest and 'wow' inducing experiences to anyone using it. However to someone outside the headset, it is just a person wearing a funny pair of goggles. This was my challenge when asked to photograph Virtual Reality technology being used by researchers in Buffalo, New York to better aid teachers in dealing with classroom issues.

Luckily the amazing editors at Education Week allowed me to take some creative license. I proposed that instead of approaching this with a typical reportage approach, how about we put these people in a neutral background and allow the person and VR goggles take over the frame. My thoughts being that the environment has nothing to do with what these people are experiencing so let's completely remove it.

I'm very happy with the results. I created them using the Profoto B1 lights and a simple green seamless paper taped to the back wall of an office space in the charter school where the program is happening.

View the final story here

Cornell Wedding

Cornell University is not only one of the most highly respected universities in the United States, but also one of its most beautiful. At the heart of campus is Sage Chapel, a beautiful small chapel that fits in well with the historic architecture across campus. Though it offers a steep challenge to photographers being one of the most dimly lit buildings one could imagine, it is a favorite among Cornell alumni.

I had the joy of photographing Cassie and Jacob during their beautiful wedding ceremony on Cornell's campus. They made the very wise decision to have their reception at the Ithaca Farmer's Market, another beautiful venue that overlooks Cayuga Lake and even offers a dock that guests can enjoy the sunset from. It too offers a similar challenge to Sage Chapel however and that it is extremely dark once the sun sets. I was able to setup my Profoto B1 lights around the dance floor and create a sweeping soft light that maintained vibrancy and contrast while making everyone on the dance floor look amazing.

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