The Franklin Institute - Sportzone

Back in September I got a call from The Franklin Institute to help them with an outdoor advertisement to announce their newly redone Sportzone exhibit. It’s always a pleasure to work with the designers at the Franklin Institute so we immediately jumped on board and began to get the ball rolling. 

Our young model, Olivia, did a fantastic job and it was a pleasure to shoot her for her first paid gig.  I think we’re going to see her around a lot more. 

Big thanks for the help on set go to my crew: Rich Myers, Sam Green and Jon Kuntz.  Also a huge shot out to digital artist Taisya Kuzmenko of Picturebox Creative for helping to take our vision to the next level in post production. And also thank you to Paul IV high school for letting us use their track in the middle of a school day. 

A rendering of the banner design.

A cellphone photo of the banners in real life.

In addition to these gigantic banners you will also see this image around town on billboards and on the tops of taxis. Please let me know if you see it out in the wild anywhere. 

Allan Domb for Philly Mag

Early last month I had the opportunity to photograph Allan Domb a local real estate developer, turned politician for Philadelphia Magazine. Allan was incredibly gracious with his time, which is always appreciated - especially when subjects are very busy people. 

For the shoot we setup a studio in a small conference room at Allan’s offices in Rittenhouse Square because it would allow us more time to photograph him than if we had to have him come to our studio in East Passyunk.

We used the location studio setup as our home base and got to photograph Allan for most of the afternoon as he showed some new rental apartments right on the square, conducted a meeting, and gave us a tour of a new development in the Parc building that is underway. 

Big shout out to everyone at Philly Mag,  Stacey, Jamie and Alyse, for the assignment and for making it look great in print. And thanks to Allan’s campaign manager Anne Wakabayashi for helping to organize the day.  

Run215 - Jon Lyons

Early last week we had the opportunity to do a photoshoot with Jon Lyons, founder of Run215. It was a great opportunity for us to make some cool portraits, and a pleasure for me  because I have enjoyed the support and community that Jon’s website has built for the city of Philadelphia. It was no shock to see that Philadelphia Magazine declared them the best running website for 2015. 

The shoot started out before sunrise. Jon met us at the studio around 5am. We had some coffee and discussed our game plan before heading around the corner to get some running shots in front of Pat’s and Geno’s. 

The coffee was never too far out of frame that morning.

After shooting at Passyunk and Wharton for a little while  we made our way over to the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia for a more gritty location. 

After another coffee break we made our way out to the Wissahickon for some trail running photos. 

Jon and Theresa

Finally we made our way back to the studio for some more formal portraits.  Despite temperatures being in the high 90s on our shoot day, we still needed to add some more sweat in the photos.  

To make fake sweat use pure glycerin and mix it with water. A 2-1 ratio worked well for us.

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