Business Pros

In retrospect, 2020 was a damn fine year
I photographed
Families
Couples
Teens
Kids
Business pros
And a variety of scenes
Here are some of the business professionals I captured
Including a writer, a CEO, a coach, a yoga teacher, a lawyer, a singer-songwriter
And even Utah’s most celebrated outdoorsman

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Teens

Despite challenges, 2020 was a good year
I photographed
Families
Couples
Teens
Kids
Business pros
And a variety of scenes
Here are some of the teens I captured

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Spring Break

Cooped up.
Must create something.
Anything, here’s a concept piece—
A photo essay on spring break in the time of COVID-19.

Isolation

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Suspicion

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Disorientation

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Resignation

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Asphyxiation

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2020 Vision

The title is misleading. It’s more a retrospective.

Every image except one was shot in 2019. Good lord, it was a damn fine year. I’m lucky to observe people. Bearing witness is powerful stuff. I’m constantly amazed by it.

Lately, I’ve been building portraits around eyes. I really dial the eyes in first. They’re my secret subject. Always.

I pay close attention to irises and pupils. I finesse catch light. Only then do I compose a shot. Eyes first, then everything else follows: Hair, nose, mouth, and hoodie. Toque, tie, vest, or jewelry.

Whatever it may be. I don’t care. It doesn’t matter. It’s secondary.

“Eyes so transparent that through them the soul is seen.” —Theophile Gautier

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“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
—Mark Twain

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“Now I wash the gum from your eyes, / You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light and of every moment of your life.”
—Walt Whitman

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“You have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning.”
—Carl Sandburg

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“Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche

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“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.”
—Benjamin Franklin

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“The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.”
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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“There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
—Jawaharlai Nehru

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“Keep your eyes open to your mercies.”
—Robert Louis Stevenson

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“A gentleman has eyes on all those present….”
—Lawrence G. Lovasik

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“The eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears.”
—Heraclitus

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“Our eyes of flesh only see night.”
—Victor Hugo

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“A man’s feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.”
—George Santayana

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“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“The eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.”
—St. Jerome

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“Of my face, I like the eyebrows and eyes.”
—Frida Kahlo

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“For I dipped into the future, far as the human eye could see, / Saw the vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be.”
—Alfred Lord Tennyson

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“The eye is the jewel of the body.”
—Henry David Thoreau

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Him to Her

WINTER, SUMMER—I traveled up and down the San Francisco peninsula photographing corporate business professionals. I’d like to share a few of them.

Adobe

The only thing better than a corporate shoot at Adobe is a corporate shoot at Adobe on a balcony overlooking the City. With a cityscape like that, your eyes would pop, too.

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CyCognito

Members of the CyCognito leadership team needed new headshots to match an existing look and feel. Although it departs from my customary style and aesthetic, I thoroughly enjoyed working with a white background and two off-camera strobes.

Procurant

When you provide solutions for the global food supply chain, it’s smart branding to photograph your leaders outdoors where trees and hedgerows provide a splash of color.

Fenwick & West marketing pro

This aspiring marketing leader at a legendary law firm wanted to blend the venerability of law with the approachability of marketing. Done and done. 

Oh, did I say Adobe?

If so, no harm in repetition 🙂

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