A photo of Dr. Mona (she goes by her first name) outside Hurley Children’s Center in Flint.
My camera brings me across some incredible personalities. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s name is synonymous with “Flint Water Crisis”—her research blew the lid off the lead poisoning of thousands of people in Flint. She has been interviewed on CNN
about her work, written for the New York Times
, and most recently named one of the Time’s 2016 100 most influential people
. A few weeks after her research findings were announced, I was asked to go to Flint to photograph her for an Inspirational Woman of the Year Award.
Before arriving, I knew I would have just a few minutes with Dr. Mona. However, as soon as I shook her hand, I felt a sense of calm. I’m grateful for her time spent taking portraits amidst a day of her clinical obligations. Sometimes, I have a very small window to tell someone’s story. In the little bit of time we had together, these photos were my impression of Dr. Mona.
The axe was made from guitar strings. The creative direction required these photos to be “edgy.” Luckily, we found a bathroom wall that was perfect for the look.
Terry, Traction, and Eat Pomegranate
Terry made this blade with film and the hand lettering showcases all the films that were playing at the film festival.
The lettering for the chair poster paid homage to the venues that make this festival awesome..
We finished up this shoot a day before I was leaving for Malawi and here are a few pictures of us exhausted from a long night of shooting. I love that Traction devotes this much time to making projects come out perfectly.
Truth Coffee's Bean Dispenser
The plaque right next to the gas mask said “Professor Jones’s Fabulous Coffee Bean Contraption” and it perfectly fit the mood. I also love how the chaos of this machine ends with a minimal white bag.
I love coffee. When ever I am in a new city I look for the best coffee shops. Some of you may have seen photos from an earlier post about Double Shot
in Johannesburg. From traveling around, I have made some of my best memories by sitting at a coffee shop and taking in the sights of a new city. I always meet cool people and get the best sense of what a city is all about at places like this. I had come across a design blog about Truth Coffee about a year ago and had fallen in love with the decor. It was serendipitous that my hotel room was so close to this place and I am so happy I made it out. The attention to detail in the coffee they make and the decor was awe inspiring. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed having coffee there.
This is Truth.
We passionately believe in quality above all else. We know that we have to live up to our name. We believe in continuos learning. We believe that people are our assets. We believe in challenging the fundamental principles applying to everything that we do because we know that there is a better way. We believe in being involved. We believe in the potential and the power of the individual. We know that our collective ability will achieve the extra-ordinary. We believe that if it is worth doing anything, it is worth being world class; challenging the constant tide of mediocrity. We don’t believe in hiding behind the hype, hoopla and certification of sustainability, organic or fair trade. We believe that you are either part of the solution or part of the problem. We need to make a real world difference. Honesty in our beliefs and relationships is part of what makes us who we are. Now we happen to make coffee; these principles apply to every facet of our coffee.
This is TRUTH COFFEE.
South Asian Fashion
This is from a shoot for a South Asian Fashion line
. The color and intricate design makes for really vibrant photographs and settings like this are hard to find in the US. I couldn’t be happier with how things came out.
It has been an amazing year of great opportunities. I am so thankful for people who let me take photos of them. I was recently talking to a friend about an NPR story
about how portraiture results in a “subject and photographer connecting intensely for a brief period of time.” I am absolutely humbled to think of the people who stood in front of my camera this past year and if I could thank them all over again, I would.
I have put together this collection of 13 photos that reflect on 2013. I hope you enjoy looking through these photos as much as I liked putting together this set. Roll over the images to read the respective image’s back stories.
Will and I have done a few shoots
together but this day was especially cold. We walked out to the river trail to take these photos.
Learning from 2013
Looking through the images from this past year allowed me to relive beautiful weddings that took me around the US, creative directors who allowed me to flex my creative muscle, and other travel adventures with my camera; I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Every year I learn more about photography and this self-review was eyeopening. It is really interesting to see my progression as a photographer and I am drafting up goals for 2014.
I have great things to look forward to and I am giddy with anticipation.
I am not a hunter nor do I own any guns but I am absolutely obsessed with this photo. I like the feeling this image creates and without blatantly showing a gun, it tells the viewer a story. I love it.
This is a portrait of Jessy at her wedding on a farm in Mason, MI. This field was a photographer’s dream come true and soon after the ceremony we headed out to this field for a portrait.
This is a photo from Jessica and Brad’s
Mackinac Island wedding. This picture was taken a few shorts moments after Jessica put on her dress for the first time.
This is a portrait on the bluff in St. Joseph Michigan for Kristen and Joe’s
Project: Corporate Headshots and Environmental Photography for Michigan Institute for Neurological Disorders (MIND)
I spent a few days on this shoot because a big part of showcasing MIND’s main office was understanding the services they provide to their patients. During my first scouting trip we walked through their offices and got a nice overview of MIND’s facilities. For the following two days we split up our days between shooting portraits and environmental photography. These physicians had incredibly busy schedules and I only had a few minutes to get to know them and photograph them. It was a whirlwind of a shoot but an absolutely wonderful time. I am really proud of the result and as always love how the designers and developers at Traction used these images in the final product
This is a shot of the exterior of the MIND offices. I wanted to show the architecture without letting the parked cars date the image. This is what the client ended up using.
I am in love with how the designers displayed these images. Upon rolling over the images, the descriptions are displayed and the respective portraits are highlighted in color.