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The Gameface

 (Kelvin Ma)

Most serious athletes have some type of ritual that they go through on game day. Sometimes it’s clothing, like a lucky sock. Wade Boggs was famous for eating a whole chicken before his games. Even for me, during my high school soccer days, I would eat two McDonald’s cheeseburgers before games.

This past Memorial Day weekend, I was on the road once again with the Tufts men’s lacrosse team as they sought to defend their national championship title from last year. I decided to try something different for pregame this time around, having shot a bunch of the guys applying eye black in the locker room last time. While the guys were going through their pregame routines, I snapped a quick headshot portrait of each of the guys who wear eye black as they were getting themselves in the zone. Lacrosse helmets being what they are, pregame is really the only opportunity to see any faces before the whistle blows.

Each one of their faces was slightly different with their designs. Some listened to music, others paced the room, and some just sat in quiet meditation at their lockers — Whatever it takes to get mentally prepared for the biggest game of their college careers.

I guess it worked, because this time, the Jumbos won big time, 19-11, in a national championship game that was only close for one half of the first quarter. More on that in a later blog post. In the meantime, check out these portraits.


Jumbo 8 Tearsheets

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is one our biggest clients at Tufts Photo, and with good reason. They cater to a target demographic of 18-year-olds, who have a keen sense of visual literacy thanks to the technology they use every day. At the same time, most of the prospective applicants say they prefer printed college marketing materials — score one for print media!

It’s an environment that practically cries out for a photo- and visual-first approach, and it’s one that the art directors are certainly aware of. Admissions recently hired on a new art direction firm, Hecht and Horton Partners, based locally in the Boston area, and having them on hand to meet regularly in person to collaborate on the Spring 2014 issue was a first for me. In the past, we would have to exchange e-mails with folks in far flung areas around the country, and the spirit of the work doesn’t even compare when you get to sit in a room with another person to hash it out. In this case, I was able to sit down and plan every shoot with the art director and craft a visual campaign for Jumbo, the Tufts admissions magazine, from start to finish, getting to play the producer role that photographers don’t often get to do.

As all of the centerpiece shoots started to come together, it was pretty clear that this issue would be a winner, and the interplay between the layout and the photos really shined. You see the complete issue over at Tufts Admissions.

Tufts Admissions Jumbo Magazine Spring 2014 (Kelvin Ma)

Tufts Admissions Jumbo Magazine Spring 2014 (Kelvin Ma)

Tufts Admissions Jumbo Magazine Spring 2014 (Kelvin Ma)

Tufts Admissions Jumbo Magazine Spring 2014 (Kelvin Ma)

Tufts Admissions Jumbo Magazine Spring 2014 (Kelvin Ma)

Tufts Admissions Jumbo Magazine Spring 2014 (Kelvin Ma)

Actors Acting

For the spring issue of Tufts University’s admissions magazine, I was assigned to photograph the cast of the drama department’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.” The goal was to make a set of portraits of actors in character, one of which would be selected for the cover.

I must say, I was a bit spoiled getting to work with actors. These folks hardly required any coaching at all. Acting!

Here are some of my favorites.

02/11/2013 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Ed Rosini, A16, playing the role of Pompey, poses for a portrait for the drama department's production of Measure for Measure on Feb. 11, 2013. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

02/11/2013 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – Ed Rosini, A16, playing the role of Pompey, poses for a portrait for the drama department's production of Measure for Measure on Feb. 11, 2013. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

02/11/2013 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Evey Reidy, A16, playing the role of a madame, poses for a portrait for the drama department's production of Measure for Measure on Feb. 11, 2013. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

02/11/2013 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – Evey Reidy, A16, playing the role of a madame, poses for a portrait for the drama department's production of Measure for Measure on Feb. 11, 2013. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

02/11/2013 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Jem WIlner, A16, playing the role of Angelo, poses for a portrait for the drama department's production of Measure for Measure on Feb. 11, 2013. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

02/11/2013 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – Jem WIlner, A16, playing the role of Angelo, poses for a portrait for the drama department's production of Measure for Measure on Feb. 11, 2013. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

02/11/2013 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Allison Benko, A15, playing the role of Isabella, poses for a portrait for the drama department's production of Measure for Measure on Feb. 11, 2013. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

02/11/2013 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – Allison Benko, A15, playing the role of Isabella, poses for a portrait for the drama department's production of Measure for Measure on Feb. 11, 2013. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

02/11/2013 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Spencer Rubin, A13, playing the role of Froth, poses for a portrait for the drama department's production of Measure for Measure on Feb. 11, 2013. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

02/11/2013 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – Spencer Rubin, A13, playing the role of Froth, poses for a portrait for the drama department's production of Measure for Measure on Feb. 11, 2013. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

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