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    "I am a Boston-based commercial photographer and short film maker. This blog is a companion to my main website. Instead of simply offering up more photos, it is the place for behind-the-lens glimpses into campaigns, reflections on the photography/marketing industry, and a more expanded view of a shoot - not just the best image. Enjoy!"

David is helping to brand the Executive Education Program that Harvard offers to global executives.

I’m excited to be collaborating with Harvard Business School.  We’re creating imagery to illustrate the culture of their Executive Education Program.

This is a very cool program.  The students who participate come from all over the world (though I’m not sure that “students” is the right way to describe seasoned CEOs, CFOs, and top execs from some of the world’s most prodigious companies).  Some of the programs are 7 weeks long, with participants living on campus and forming tight-knit groups.  Some are immersed in leadership training and others are doing intensive focused learning in their specialties.

From a visual perspective, these are great people to photograph.  They’re focused, dignified, and wear their curiosity on their sleeves.

How wonderful to pause from the daily work grind and immerse yourself in this community.  I imagine the real-world experience changes your perspective on education.  I spent 7 years teaching evening classes at New England School of Photography, and most of my students had day jobs.  Truly, they were more motivated than the students I taught at Art Institute of Boston, who were taking my class as part of a 4-year curriculum.

Sometimes it helps to step away from the educational process for a little while and then come back to it.  If you’re an exec, you couldn’t pick a better place than HBS.

 

Executive portraits that brand companies.

Welcoming new client Penobscot Investment Management.

Creating Team Page portraits and candid working photographs for Penobscot’s collateral and new website, which should launch soon.  UPDATE: the site’s live!  Click here to check it out.

 

I’ve been working with Surface Oncology since its inception in 2016.  I’ve photographed pretty much everyone who works there, either individually or in a candid work setting.  I like to think of clients as friends, and the photographer/subject rapport has become an interesting part of their marketing.

Recruitment and self-worth.

We recently created a banner image for Surface’s recruitment site.  Shot in their Kendall Square building, the banner celebrates the Surface community of scientists.

Surface is a burgeoning company in a competitive marketplace.  To that end, they’re trying hard to recruit talented new people, and producing custom, individual portraits is a great way to show their employees that they’re valued.

Pulling it all together.

All good campaigns are cohesive.  The banner compliments the fresh and friendly feel of the offices.  The headshots are beautiful and understated, using the natural light in their lunch area.  The candid working imagery, too, is accessible and bright.  This look is the defining face of the company.

Lately, I’ve been working with Search Fund Accelerator to re-brand their website and collateral.  SFA is a boutique Boston firm that trains and funds young aspiring entrepreneurs in their quest to own a company.

Naturally, most of the “searchers” spend their days in front of a computer.  They’re finding leads, analyzing financial data, and devising potential business plans.

So to portray the searchers in their natural habitat, they’re staring at screens.  I mean, there’s only so many ways to create this picture in a compelling way, right?  Well, that’s the challenge.

I guess the trick is to firstly shoot in a way that feels real.  Secondly, create an image which is as dynamic in it’s nature as the brainpower that you’re not seeing.

Here are some images of the searchers and their founder from last month’s shoot branding SFA as a company with grey matter and purpose.