I like to stretch my creative muscles from time to time, experimenting with new subjects and techniques. My favorite way to do this over the past few years has been through my backyard portrait series, where I photograph random characters who walk down the alley behind my house in Baltimore city (more on that project here on the Petapixel blog: https://bit.ly/2H6iM47.
Last year I photographed Marielena Hincapié for a regular client of mine, Northeastern Law School. Hincapié, is director of the National Immigration Law Center, which represents the interests of low-income immigrants in the US.
My portrait of her in front of the Supreme Court was used in Northeastern's law school magazine, and then published again recently in a "People en Español" issue with profiles of the 25 most powerful latina women.
During the shoot I learned that Marielena is originally from one of my favorite places on the planet, Medellín, Colombia. So as I snapped away, we talked about Juanes, ...
A few years ago, I found myself sitting on a park bench in Parque Bolivar, a large town square in Medellin, Colombia. As I sipped scorching hot coffee from a thin plastic cup, an endless parade of fascinating characters passed by me. Businessmen clutched their briefcases, priests and nuns headed towards the cathedral, musicians serenaded couples, street kids picked through the trash, prostitutes eyed potential clients and young families ate ice cream. It was the good, the bad and the ugly of Medellin concentrated into a square block with free seating and ample snacks.
The show was fascinating and inspired ...
A few years ago, I did the official holiday portrait for Vice President Joe Biden and family. I first met the uber-charming Dr. Jill Biden and her staff while photographing an event at the VP's residence for the Red Cross. Two years later, they thought of me when they were looking for a portrait photographer to do some family photos for their annual holiday card.
(Below you can see an awkward photo of me, Dr. Jill and Santa Claus from that day.)
Most folks who come into the studio mention new LinkedIn headshots as one of their goals. Here are a few of my thoughts on the topic.
You gotta have a photograph of some sort in your profile, even if it's from your trip to Cancun and there's an iguana on your shoulder. Your profile is 14 times more likely to be viewed when there’s a profile photo. That’s huge.
Seriously, what is your impression of someone who has a ‘not pictured’ avatar next to their name? At best, they appear too lazy to upload ...