What a great experience photographing Robin Smith, General Counsel of Lego for Corporate Counsel Magazine…yes, I did have an entire Lego town in my closet as a kid and traveled around Europe by myself at 20 making sure one of my stops was the original Legoland in Billund, Denmark!¬† Knowing the U.S. headquarters was in my state when I moved to Connecticut was pretty exciting…and that our town of West Hartford’s mayor worked there was even bigger!¬† So when we got the request to photograph Lego’s head lawyer, General Counsel Robin Smith in a fun, playful way at the headquarters, I was thrilled.¬† Robin was a complete pleasure to work with…up for throwing Legos, building Legos and giving us a complete tour of headquarters…even the R&D lab where we saw some top secret future Lego sets.¬† What struck me most was that every cubicle had Lego models on display and that every conference room had a bowl of Legos that meeting attendees were encouraged to build with…during meetings…what a great corporate culture!
Wonderful meeting the lovely and remarkable Gloria Steinem for a photo shoot for Maclean’s magazine post her recent speaking engagement at Holyoke College.¬† Definitely the youngest 82 year old we’ve ever met!¬† I really wanted to show her warmth¬†(thanks Mike for telling stories about your dad!) ¬†I’ve since picked up her latest book, “My Life on the Road”…a great read and highly recommended!¬† There’s also an interesting documentary on HBO right now…an amazing woman who changed a lot of attitudes.¬† Both are great for learning more about this amazing woman!
We recently headed out to Hudson Valley to photograph the delightful Karen Hammerness, Director of Educational Research and Evaluation for the Natural History Museum for Money.com.¬† We did a variety of set-ups depicting Karen in her home, including one with a reminder of the money lessons she’s taught her girls which they chose for their final image.
With football ending soon, I thought is was a great time to show how our client used our images for their 2015/2016 Holy Cross football team advertising campaign that we shot for them last May.¬† This was a really fun shoot with a bunch of great guys who were up for running, yelling, and flying through the air….great graphic design by Janelle McLaughlin…and great emotion from the players!
We recently did a whirlwind shoot of ESPN’s Hannah Storm for Cosmopolitan.com.¬† Hannah is the Anchor for ESPN’s Sports Center.¬† Needing five to seven poses within an hour, we practically ran through ESPN’s Bristol headquarters (after a pre-tour with Dan…thank you!) with light lighting in tow.¬† The shoot was for Cosmopolitan.com’s “Get That Life” series …it’s definitely worth a read about this inspiring woman.¬† We were struck by the amount of rejection Hannah received before she got what she wanted…she’s truly a pioneer and it’s an inspiration to everyone trying to follow their dreams, reach their goals, and not give up.¬† In person, Hannah is extremely warm, down-to-earth, engaging and easy to work with…thank you Hannah to you and your PR team, Chloe, Eliana, and Dan for being up for all of our ideas!
Seven years running we’ve photographed the New York Mets at Spring Training in Port St. Lucie for SportsNet NY, the official television home of the New York Mets.¬† We are the last stop on “Photo Day”…the players go through the other press photographers up on the field first then come down to our make-shift locker room studio, music and all.¬† This year art direction was for a more moody, atmospheric look which we needed to create in camera (vs. post) given the large number of final images.¬† Thanks to SNY’s Julie for a wonderful team effort!¬† These photos are used by SNY and the Mets for creative montages and commercials, the Jumbotron, and more.
Matt Harvey is back this season and looking great.¬† We really enjoy this bunch of guys having photographed many of them for years now, from Matt Harvey to Captain David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, Travis D’Arnaud, Dillon Gee, Bobby Parnell, Bartolo Col√≥n, and Jon Niese…lots of optimism in the air…let’s go Mets in 2015!!¬† Click here for more NY Mets photos.
My Reinvention personal project is about women who reinvent themselves midlife.¬† Becoming a photographer in my 30s completely changed my life…and I think sometimes you don’t know what you should be doing until 30/40/50.¬† Some of my subjects have made similar decisions, actively pursuing their dreams…some have had to change by necessity or new circumstance.¬† We did a photo shoot for Marie Claire magazine with Heather Abbott last year at her Newport home and I immediately felt she was a great inspiration and a great fit for the project which I hope inspires women to believe in themselves and take action.
It’s almost been two years since the bombing at the Boston Marathon.¬† Heather Abbott was watching the marathon with friends, and the second blast hit her lower left leg.¬† Injuries were so bad she had to have the lower leg amputated.
Heather’s such a nice, upbeat person–and she’s been a huge inspiration to others in a role that’s redefined her life.¬† She’s grown The Heather Abbott foundation to support fellow amputees pay for their medical costs and live life to the fullest.¬† Many people don’t realize the high costs that amputees face.¬† Please visit her website and consider donating:¬† www.heatherabbottfoundation.org.
As part of the Reinvention project, we asked Heather some questions about her experience and life.¬† Wonderful, thoughtful answers–thanks so much Heather!!
What have you learned about yourself since the bombing?
A lot.¬† I’ve learned that I’m more resilient than I ever imagined that I could be.¬† I’ve learned which people¬†I can count on and really value in my life.¬† I’ve been amazed at how many people I’ve met who have chosen careers that provide physical or emotional help to others, rather than focusing on contributing to Corporate America and making money.¬† And I’ve learned to become a much more compassionate and understanding person, especially as it relates to dealing with people with disabilities.¬† I’ve also learned that shoes and clothes and hair and make up are still important to me, amputee or not
How did all this change your feelings about your life’s purpose?
How is your rehab going?
Any formal rehab is pretty much finished at this point.¬† I haven’t visited the PT regularly in quite a while, however I do still take advantage of certain workshops to improve my gait and/or running skills.¬† At this point, I’m still learning to navigate through everyday life and unexpected circumstances as an amputee.¬† Snow and ice are always a challenge and trying to integrate some of the physical activities that I enjoyed with two legs has been¬†…interesting… to learn to do with one (yoga, for example).¬† It was really only after completing most of my physical rehab that I’ve begun to deal with the emotional part.¬† Understanding that my life will really never be the same, that an actual person did this to me on purpose and that I’m part of the American population that’s considered “handicapped” really didn’t hit me until about a year after the bombing.¬† So, that type of rehab is ongoing and I’m learning to deal and live with those aspects as time goes on.
For the third season we headed to Storrs to photograph the defending National Champion UConn Basketball teams–the Husky Men’s and Women’s Basketball for our client SNY which broadcasts UConn basketball games.
This year we shot in the new Werth Family Practice Facility next to Gampel Pavilion.¬† Great working with our client Julie from SNY again and the terrific players from Breanna Stewart and Kiah Stokes to Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun.¬† Go Huskies in 2015!!¬† Here are a few pics from the shoot…
Back in September I photographed for Coastal Living Magazine, for their February 2015 issue.¬† The subject, Kate Jackson, interior designer out of Pawtucket RI was a pleasure to work with.¬† Nice home too…overlooking Galilee RI, next to the Block Island Ferry.¬† Think Spring!¬† Here’s the tearsheet…
From the urban (great restaurant scene) to the rural (bears wandering down the mountain), our town of¬† West Hartford CT has it all.
During 2014 we got the opportunity to work with our local West Hartford Magazine.¬† Joy Taylor, Chief Operating Officer and Tom Hickey, Editor and Publisher, are terrific and they’ve just launched WeHa.com news site filling a void in local news online.
Here are two cover stories we photographed in 2014: Jim Chapdelaine, Emmy award winning musician…..and Kevin Keenan, Operations Manager for the West Farms Mall.
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Thrilled to have just photographed Gloria Steinem for Maclean's Magazine!