Aaron Shafer, 49, research scientist at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital hits the half-pipe at Society Memphis indoor skatepark. Shafer, who grew up in California surfing uses skateboarding as a general workout and to keep his skills sharp for a surfing trip to Peru on his 50th birthday. Here he skates with his son, Doran, 14 and works out at the St. Jude gym for a total body workout.
The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge program provides a free home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers. More than just aroof over their heads, its a nurturing community that helps patients access the care they need. Each Hope Lodge community offers a supportive, homelike environment where guests can share a meal, join in the evenings activities, or unwind in their own private room. Patients staying at a Hope Lodge must be in active cancer treatment, and permanently reside more than 40 miles or one hour away from their cancertreatment center. Each patient must be accompanied by a caregiver.
Bomb-sniffing dog training for MSA Security. I learned that in training German Shepherds you rewarded them with a ball to play with while Labs require treats!
Sometimes a client asks you to create an image for a very specific purpose and while many conference room spaces are created for efficiency it can make all the difference to enhance the look with lighting without changing that purpose. A shot was requested to show the teleconference capability at the corporate HQ and I used 2 small gridded strip lights aimed at the subjects and a small speedlight on the floor with a blue gel and diffuser to add to high tech look. #corporatephotography
UTHSC intern LaDarius Millen at the Cancer Research Center Lab. Couple of lighting variations using a combo of cool/neutral & warm in different settings.
It was disconcerting to me to hear the recent news about allowing trophy hunters to import elephant parts into the country again. A few years ago I had the privilege of doing a photo shoot at The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, TN for American Airlines magazine and was profoundly moved by being close (but not too close) to these incredible animals. During that assignment I got to see the interaction of Tarra the elephant and her two favorite companions, Carol Buckley and dog Bella. Sadly Bella is gone now but to see the intelligence and interactions of these beings is moving and the recent news of a very threatened species being exploited further is a difficult decision to grasp.
A few spreads from the 2017 Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance Association brochures. Photos from various camps/shoots in Santa Barbara, Orlando, Cincinnati & Memphis. Great layouts by Varsity Brands Director of Creative Services Carolynn Clark.
Behind the scenes shot of the cover shoot…
A couple of recent portraits of scholarship recipients for a corporate client. The first shot shows the capabilities of the Dynalite Baja B4 strobe when used in HSS mode, 1/6400 @ f2.8!
Had a great time shooting the amazing instructors of Elements Yoga Lounge here in the Cooper Young district. Always great to work with clients who give me creative license to light a shoot in an unusual way. Using a sports reflector through one window and 7' umbrella in the other and the Dynalite Baja B4 & Mola beauty dish inside the studio my goal was to capture a sense of mystery that showcased this beautiful studio and their very talented staff. Thanks to studio owner Joel Carter.
Today's studio location. Trying out the #bajab4 in the Elinchrom Octa Bank.
Had the opportunity to shoot for Missouri S&T (University of Science & Technology) Magazine recently. Environmental portraits of one of their alum who is a member of the New Alumni Council at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity headquarters here in Memphis. The HQ of Pi Kappa Alpha is such a great building and provides one of those rare opportunities to get good variety and options for the client visually. The building is modeled after Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and my subject, Danny Ryan, was very gracious in giving me time to do setups and shots in various locations around the building, a really great architectural piece and subject!
Here's the final layout and select from the magazine: