2022 Year in Review
Years are flying by these days. Trying to figure out how to slow them down but unsuccessful thus far. Lots of work doesn’t help things move any slower. Can’t believe we’re already a month and a half into 2023. Luckily, I was able to take some time off to reflect and reset after an insane end of 2022. With that time, I also put together a collection of my favorite work and some thoughts to share with you all.
2022 was a busy one. Another major growth year for me. My education portfolio continued to expand this year with multiple universities, day schools and high schools keeping me busy including CMU, Pitt, Duquesne, Belmont College, Shadyside Academy and more. I enjoy working with students of all ages and find a lot of great energy in the education space.
For me, editorial portraiture is the purest form of photography. I love the creative freedom and the opportunity to build a story through visuals. Combining social, technical and creative elements allows for a satisfying manifestation of experience turned final product.
Of the four cover stories that I photographed this year, I was particularly excited about the work I shot for AHP Indie Stylist magazine. Pittsburgh’s very own Dave Peters won AHP Indie Stylist of the year and I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon photographing him amongst the grit of industrial Pittsburgh. I also got to photograph a handful of inspiring folks for the Voice of Shadyside Hospital Magazine. The images came out colorful, bright and full of life. This year marked year four of photographing the “Pittsburgh Founders” portraits for Pittsburgh Technology Council’s TEQ Magazine. I photographed eight founders including a cover shot of Rich Lunak who retired from his position as CEO at Innovation Works. Lastly, I had the opportunity to photograph a group of portraits for one of my longest-standing clients, H Magazine for the Heinz Endowments.
Huntington Bank kept me busy with their new branch openings and executive portraits. This year Best Buddies Tastebuds made its return, and I once again photographed the buddy pairs in preparation for the delicious end-of-year event. I also got the chance to work with Jewish Residential Services for the first time. They hired me to capture a series of powerful portraits for a campaign focused on inclusion. You may have seen some of the photos at bus stops around the city.
As far as personal work, I didn’t have a lot of time for new projects however I did have the chance to travel to Portugal where I enjoyed photographing the rich culture, beautiful landscapes and friendly people.
During the summer I signed a lease for a studio space in Ice House Studios in Lawrenceville. The studio has allowed me the room to experiment with light, host clients and make beautiful images in a controlled environment. My goal in 2023 is to dive further into experimental lighting and grow the studio side of the business.
That’s all I got for 2022. Here’s to another great year of shooting, traveling and learning
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AHP Indie Barber of the Year Cover Story
Pittsburgh Technology Council
Year four of the "Pittsburgh Founders" portrait project for TEQ Magazine. This year's founders were Courtney Willamson, Alison Alvarez, Jennifer Honig, Michele McGough, Ellie Gordon, Eryn Correa and Gene Leyzarovich. I also photographed Rich Lunak for the cover of the magazine. Rich retired this year from the role of President and CEO of Innovation works.
Voice Magazine for the Shadyside Hospital Foundation
University of Pittsburgh
Best Buddies Tastebuds
Tastebuds finally returned after a three-year hiatus. This is my fourth year photographing the chef/buddy portraits. Such a wonderful organization and an absolutely delicious event.
Carnegie Mellon University
Hoda Heidari for Link Magazine
School of Computer Science Graduation
H Mag for the Heinz Endowments
Jewish Residential Services
Pam Eisner Designs
St. Monica Catholic Academy
Behind The Scenes
ASMP Assistant Workshop that I lead earlier in the year
Huge thanks to this guy, Farzeen Ghavam, for his indispensable help and friendship this year!