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Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Over the weekend, I was honored to attend the wedding of two of my best friends, Mr. Wesley Phillips and his beautiful bride, Sarah Phillips (neé Howard).

Disclaimer: This post is not about their wedding photos (those will come later), but rather a little side project I set up in an auxiliary room. I basically built a large scale “photo booth,” using a blue backdrop that Sarah picked out to complement the color of her bridesmaids’ dresses, and a new Alien Bees ABR800 Ring Flash. This is hardly an original idea — in fact, I’m basically stealing it from a friend of mine, John DePrisco (http://www.photoboothstation.com).

With an open bar lowering inhibitions and the best group of friends anyone could ever ask for, the results of this photo booth were a resounding success.

For a more extensive look, check out the complete (PG) gallery on my website.

Bessemer All Hands Portraits

Last week I got a call from Bessemer Venture Partners, a small, global venture capital firm that was having its annual “all hands” meeting over in Harvard Square. It wasn’t too complicated of a job, which was to basically create some fun executive headshots and portraits for their 50 employees.

The client really enjoyed my ongoing family series and wanted me to replicate that look for Bessemer. A lot of times, it’s tough to get some authentic, candid moments out of people who aren’t used to being photographed, but this particular group was awesome. You could definitely tell they enjoyed the setup, and that always makes for great photos.

Here’s a sample from the literally thousands of frames I fired off that day.

6.7.2010 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Bessemer Venture Partners "All Hands" meeting portraits.

6.7.2010 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Bessemer Venture Partners "All Hands" meeting portraits.

6.7.2010 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Bessemer Venture Partners "All Hands" meeting portraits.

6.7.2010 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Bessemer Venture Partners "All Hands" meeting portraits.

For those who are interested in the setup, my assistant Emily Zilm and I built a small studio in one of the conference rooms at the Charles Hotel next to the meeting room. We used a 9-foot white seamless, lit with two umbrella monolights with a 5-foot softbox as a main light and a single gridded light as a rim light.

And of course, we couldn’t let the day go by without documenting our setup (we are journalists, after all)!

6.7.2010 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Light test 1

6.7.2010 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Light test 2

Much thanks to Bessemer Venture Partners and the Charles Hotel!

Work. Progress.

Here’s a quick portrait from a Boston Herald assignment yesterday. I was sent to Dorchester to get a photo of Lewis Finfer, whose father helped build a wall down by the Neponset River near the Milton-Dorchester border as part of the Works Progress Administration of the Great Depression.

Well, with this recession and job loss continuing, you get the idea… Lew is headed to Washington next week to talk jobs with President Obama.

12.12.2009 — BOSTON — Massachusetts Communities Action Network director Lew Finfer's father worked on the wall along Medway and Ventura Streets in Dorchester as part of a Work Progress Administration project from 1939 to 1940. Finfer will be meeting with President Barack Obama next week to discuss the potential for another WPA-like program, among other solutions, to spur job creation.

12.12.2009 — BOSTON — Massachusetts Communities Action Network director Lew Finfer's father worked on the wall along Medway and Ventura Streets in Dorchester as part of a Work Progress Administration project from 1939 to 1940. Finfer will be meeting with President Barack Obama next week to discuss the potential for another WPA-like program, among other solutions, to spur job creation.

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