I had the opportunity to photograph James C. Hormel, the first openly gay U.S. ambassador who was appointed by President Clinton. The University of Chicago commissioned me to photograph him for their alumni magazine. His recently published book, Fit to Serve, chronicles the challenges of being confirmed. He told a story of having John Ashcroft as a student at the University of Chicago, Ashcroft was one only two opposing his confirmation. The other was none other than Jesse Helms. Mr Hormel was a pleasure to work with and photograph. These are the kinds of jobs I love most.
One of my architecture images was chosen to be displayed at the ASMP booth at the AIA convention in Washington DC. Images is of a green designed house by one of my favorite architecture clients, Arkin Tilt Architecture, http://www.arkintilt.com/
About half my work is shooting architecture for local architects, mostly residential. Photographed a remodel in Albany yesterday for Arkin Tilt Architects one of my favorite clients. They always do interesting work and what they do with roofs often makes for interesting photos. I cropped this shot into an intriguing silhouette.
Just photographed Rey Flemings, founder and CEO of Stipple yet another new start up in SOMA. Stipple is partially funded by Kleiner Perkins the venerable Silicon Valley VC firm so they have some impressive investors backing them.
Sometimes you just get lucky and your subject is naturally expressive then it’s time to just to let them go with it, have fun, and fire away. Brian Knutson, a professor at Stanford University was just that kind of guy. Photographed for Credit Suisse Bank.
Last fall I did a job shooting elevators for Schindler. Learned all about the new high tech lift systems that use software to make more efficient use of the elevators thus reducing energy consumption. The Embarcadero Center buildings had their elevators upgraded with this new system to meet LEED standards.
I recently photographed Charles “Chuck” Schwab for Charles Schwab Inc. Like many photo sessions with CEO’s the actual taking of the photos is the easy part. Getting to that point often involves lots of hoops that need to be jumped through. In this case one was simply getting into the boardroom where we were to photograph “Chuck”. In the end it was a security guard that got us there. Every photographer should know that the building security guard could often be one of your best assets. Be nice to them!
Andrew Sorensen and Mark Morris of Turk + Taylor are two SF fashion designers that use reclaimed, vintage, surplus or any fabric they can source that not only pics their interest but also is more environmentally sustainable than always using new fabrics. They use everything from old parachutes to vintage upholstery fabrics. Check out their web site at www.turkandtaylor.com/