The 30 Project

For the last year I have been shooting a personal project called The 30 Project. This project examines a period of time that often feels like a milestone and can lead to change in ones life. It explores a tiny piece of what it means to age, how time feels to each individual, and the psychological reaction to turning 30 years old. It seeks to answer the question, “Was 30 significant, or just another year?”

I am currently in the final stages of photographing my 30 subjects, and learning about their experience turning 30 years old. Their responses to a number of questions will be paired with their final photograph, however, I am going to hold onto those thoughts until the project has been completed. For now, please enjoy their beautiful faces here.

I am very excited to be sharing these photographs with you. I have less than 10 portraits to go! More updates to come. 

 

New Web and Print Portfolio

After years of self-editing my web and print portfolios, I turned to Wonderful Machine for help. Wonderful Machine wears many hats, and one of them is marketing support for photographers. I recently worked with a Wonderful Machine photo editor on a web and print edit. I wanted to get fresh eyes on my work and have one clear voice giving me a direction to go in. I felt that I had too much input from outside sources, plus most of the time they were conflicting ideas and advice. I knew I had great images to put forth, but I also knew that they weren’t being presented well. I needed cohesive web galleries and a solid print portfolio. I gave my photo editor over 600 images and she delivered 3 web galleries and a print portfolio. The edit was great and the images flowed really well. At my initial review of the edit, I was surprised at the images she picked, and how she laid out the galleries and book. I realized that I was more attached to certain hero images than I was aware of. Just another reason I needed the edit. It clearly was a great help to me and to my growth in this industry. If you are thinking about an edit and are on the fence, I highly recommend having a photo editor look at your body of work and learn how they see your photography, where you are excelling and where you need to grow.

Compass Agent Branding Shoot

Compass real estate brokerage started in New York City in 2013 and now has 28 offices across 9 regions. I have been working with the DC marketing team for over a year now. Each project is a collaborative effort, which I enjoy. Earlier this month, I shot 31 portraits of Compass DC real estate agents over 2 days. We did a lot of pre-production legwork so that the shoot days ran smoothly and all the moving pieces came together. We discussed lighting, posing, wardrobe, set design and how all that will work into the ads they were designing. Having a clear picture of the end product walking into a shoot day takes away any ambiguity and allows me to deliver what the client is looking for. These images ran in the Wall Street Journal and Washingtonian Magazine. Below are a handful of images from the shoot, plus a behind the scenes video that Compass produced. Enjoy!