On Friday, November 22nd, I was one of three photographers hired by Citymeals-on-Wheels to photograph one of their largest fundraising events. According to the Citymeals website, “More than 400 women – leaders of industry, media, government, and the arts – gathered at The Plaza Hotel for the Citymeals-on-Wheels 27th Annual Power Lunch for Women. This by-invitation-only benefit, emceed by Katie Couric, raised $1.3 million – enough to provide more than 202,000 meals for New York’s homebound elderly.”
The three-hour luncheon began with celebrity entrances and cocktails before moving on to the lunch with award presentations and a performance by Cyndi Lauper. Last year, I photographed the event on my own, and I was happy to share the work with two other photographers this time
I recently made a portrait in my studio of a client who had opened a branch office of a successful Jersey Shore real estate agency. He was very happy with the results, and he asked me to come to Asbury Park to photograph members of a new real estate development team he was forming. We discussed the setting, and to make things easier for me not to have to bring a studio background in addition to all my other equipment, my client offered to find an appropriate location. I was thrilled when he ushered me into a commercial space undergoing a complete renovation. Despite the dust and debris all over the floor, there was enough room to shoot with the brick wall as a backdrop. We all agreed that it was the perfect setting to position the team as real estate developers.
I had some free time one evening, and I thought it would be interesting to try one of my favorite portrait lighting techniques on a still life. I got some flowers and lit them with gridded soft boxes behind them on either side at about a 30 degree angle. I added a little fill light from the front with a small bounce umbrella. Compare it to the portrait below which uses the same lighting.
Walk to Action is a 20-mile fundraising event in San Antonio, Texas, to benefit Prevent Child Abuse Texas. I enjoyed photographing the event last year, so I was happy to do it again. The spectacular weather and the high spirits of the walkers made it a very successful event.
I invited another friend for a photo shoot with my upgraded lighting. The technique I used for the image above is pretty popular at the moment, and I really like it for its gritty, masculine look. I light the model directly from the sides with just a little fill light from the front. Then I apply my favorite settings in post-processing for the gritty look.
In the current economy, many people are using LinkedIn for business networking, and they’re realizing that their snapshots and selfies do not suffice to represent themselves professionally. I’ve been doing a lot of work helping people make professional profile photos. Not the same as a complex actor’s headshot, we spend about a half-hour in the studio, shoot around 50 frames, and then choose the most appropriate one. Some of my clients are out of work and looking for jobs, so the quick session is affordable and very effective.
These photos are from a shoot I recently completed in Westchester County, New York. I was hired by the interior design team to make the photos for their portfolio. Their work on the home continues, and I will likely be invited back to photograph more rooms as they are finished.