Stacey Regan, GE Risk Manager
Environments tell so much of the story in a person’s portrait. On top of her game, this risk manager is responsible for the liability of a major international corporation...not a small thing. The tilted camera brings some dynamic energy to the photograph, sliding forward one’s attention to the subject.
Allan and Tamara Houston
Photographing couples has always been a delight for me. Love, love, love to see the intimacy that forges the human chain.
Jim Michener of Assured Guaranty
Sitting forward, willing and approachable, this executive portrays my benchmark of making portraits of people who others would enjoy doing business with.
Joanna Miller-de Zwart, Executive Recruiter
Women executives are such a pleasure to photograph. They are so ready to present themselves as smart competent capable leaders...and rightfully so. It doesn’t hurt to be a member of the Yale Club.
Peter Grauer, Chairman, Bloomberg L.P.
Classic business leader in a very modern world. It always impresses me when people who are on the top shelf are so comfortable with themselves and everyone around them. Gracious and poised and very well dressed. Why shouldn’t they be?
Andrew and Scott Mitchell, Fashion Executives
We built the set borrowing a look from the great Irving Penn’s studio portraits in a confined space --- perfect for black & white drama. Studio photography always poses a problem of what the background will be in order to have a sense of depth without building an entire room set. As always, good composition is about how things fit into their environment.
Diane Sembrot, Magazine Editor
Having opted out of Beauty Photography for the more reliable world of Corporate Photography early on in my career, it is good to still have some opportunities to bring raving beauty to light.
Steven Kandarian, Chairman, MetLife Inc.
We set up five different sets around the executive suite on the top of the MetLife building. Mr. Kandarian was the best sport about taking the time. We had an hour of his time, which as chairmen go is unheard of. The last set was in the door of the boardroom looking out into the sitting room. My time was up but I simply could not leave without asking him if we could do one last spontaneous situation with him at the head of the board table. He agreed, I swung the light around, asked him to stand comfortably with his hand on the chair, shot six frames and got the best shot of the day...and was only three minutes off schedule.
Leadership Team, New York Medical College
When the gentlemen arrived for their five minutes in the sun I asked “just for fun can we do a photo with the hat on?” To my surprise the gentleman agreed. Of course we shot many frames with it off as well but I was happy they had the chutzpah to go with the character.
Sir Ratan Tata, Alcoa, Board of Director
One of the big perks of my job is the opportunity to learn from the insights offered by corporate world leaders. While photographing the Board of Directors at Alcoa I had the privilege of photographing the head of the World Wildlife Fund, a former President of Mexico, the Chairmen of several Fortune 100 companies and...Sir Tata, chairman of the Tata Group who greeted me with the humility of a man truly at peace with himself...and then he taught me about his ancient religion.
Julianne, High School Student
Nothing like a fresh young face that doesn’t need any makeup to shine. Julianne taught me about enthusiasm.
Lara Spencer, Anchor, ABC News and Good Morning America
I love my job!...and so does Lara. Looks like the dog loves his job too.
Board of Directors, Xerox Corporation
Just imagine the combined intelligence and accomplishments of the people in this room...sometimes I bring this up during a group portrait but it rarely gets a response. Go figure.
Arty Selkowitz, Chairman, DMB&B Advertising
If Arty were a diamond he might have a million facets. He was not aware that we were doing full-length portraits when he showed up at my studio wearing flip-flops, nor did it matter. Way to go!
Blythe Mazzini, Communications Professional
I asked Blythe to stand in for the Chairman’s portrait and was completely taken by her vivacious presence.
Michael Valletta, Director of Microsoft Technology Center, NYC
Oftentimes people will say, “oh, you can’t shoot in this room because of the reflections in the glass wall”. And I say, “oh yeah?” Black velvet is a really useful tool to have in the tool box. Not only was there a glass wall behind the subject but behind the camera as well.
Mackenzie, High School Athlete
It is tricky to get a good expression that carries the impact of a portrait if the person is not looking at the viewer. Strong facial features help. But really it is about the subject actually connecting with a thought or emotion inside that ends up showing outside.
Michael Adamo, Winthrop-University Hospital Data Center Manager
I was bored with the “here we are again with the data man in the data center” type of photo. I like to see depth and texture in the image and something unexpected. Our subject is truly at one within his work.
Board of Directors, New York Medical College
Can you believe we did this in late October? The venue really had no suitable inside location to make a rich portrait of distinguished personalities. So I opted to shoot outside in the lush green environs, despite an after-dark arrival of the guests. We lit the entire scene. I just had to have the color and texture.
Jennifer Stockman, Guggenheim Foundation President
Every now and then we are presented with a location that is so rich that it is difficult to select the best spot to do the portrait. I liked the contrast between the serene and the precious with the ominous figure in the art and the darkness beyond the open door. Careful, little puppy!