Politics and potatoes at the Iowa State Fair for Time


For Time magazine, I spent 5 days at the Iowa State Fair in August, covering the candidates at the Political Soapbox and the chaos of the fair, from champion potatoes to the accordion contest. It was an absolute dream assignment (well...except for the heat and humidity!) just wandering around finding interesting people to talk to and photograph. You can see Time's edit on the magazine's website: Potatoes and Politics: See Photos From the 2019 Iowa State Fair. This will be a vital part of my ongoing coverage of the 2020 election.

Huge thanks go to editors Paul Moakley, Katherine Pomerantz, and Kim Bubello, for the support and for the thoughtful edit.

Pete Buttigieg’s rise for New York Magazine


On assignment with New York Magazine, I spent a couple days following South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg on his first major visit to New Hampshire just as his campaign reached national prominence following a CNN Town Hall with the candidate. With no access and only two scheduled events, the work was fast-paced and unpredictable. The end result was the cover story for the April 14-28, 2019, issue of the magazine, and accompanied Olivia Nuzzi's wonderful profile of Mayor Pete.

Thanks to Marvin Orellana and Jody Quon at New York for the wonderful assignment!

More images of Pete Buttigieg are available at my online archive.

Foundation Medicine rebranding – Employee and patient portraits, Lifestyle images


Lifestyle images - Patients at home

Employee portraits on location at Foundation Medicine HQ

Patient portraits in studio

I was commissioned by pharmaceutical company Foundation Medicine to produce a variety of imagery for their rebranding. The client needed studio portraits of patients, on-location portraits of employees, and lifestyle images of patients at home, all for a variety of uses by the brand. Weeks of planning resulted in a handful of shoots that wouldn't have happened without a phenomenal team helping behind the scenes.

Ace assistant: Peter Gumaskas
Hair and Makeup: Maryelle Artistry
Studio and rentals: High Output - Brighton
Location production: M Doucette Production
Talent: NEMG

Big thanks also to Catherine, Katie, Ira, and Ben, at Foundation Medicine for bringing me on for the job.

Medical cannabis cultivation and packaging for the Wall Street Journal


For a Wall Street Journey story on how legal medical and recreational cannabis has affected the hiring process, I photographed the cultivation and packaging facilities of Garden Remedies' operation in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. A big thanks to Emil for the assignment and to Garden Remedies for being so open to having their facility photographed.

More in my online archive: Medical Cannabis cultivation and production - Legal Marijuana - Garden Remedies - Fitchburg, MA

Toyota’s autonomous vehicle and assisted driving operations for Bloomberg Businessweek


Toyota Connected - Plano, TX

Toyota Research Institute and VP of Automated Driving Research John Leonard - Cambridge, MA

Toyota Connected CEO Zach Hicks - Plano, TX

For Bloomberg Businessweek, I spent a few days in Plano, Texas, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, photographing a profile of Toyota's autonomous vehicle and assisted driving initiatives at Toyota Connected (not far from the Toyota North America headquarters) and the Toyota Research Institute (not far from MIT). A big thanks to Jane Yeomans at the magazine for calling me and trusting me with such a big and challenging shoot, to Katy Rogers and Stewart House for assisting on different parts of the shoot (and BBQ recommendations in the Dallas area!), and to the folks at Toyota for giving us such great access for the story.

Elsewhere on this site, you can see how the story ran in print and online.

Transgender and nonbinary admissions at Mount Holyoke College for the Chronicle of Higher Education


For the Chronicle of Higher Education, I spent a couple of days last fall on the campus of Mount Holyoke College, a historically women's college in South Hadley, Massachusetts, for a story about the school grappling with the issue of admitting transgender and nonbinary identifying students. Thanks to Rose at the Chronicle for the assignment and to students Leo, Kai, and Sarah, and President Sonya Stephens and Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Kijua Sanders-McMurtry, for being willing to be photographed for such a sensitive story.

The story, by Nora Caplan-Bricker, is available online to Chronicle subscribers: Who Is a Women’s College For?

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