Some recent head shots from Capitol Hill. The portraits are mainly lit using window light with a small bit of fill from my battery powered Elinchrom lighting system.
A few of these interns really have the "Politician" pose down pat.
While It's not the most glamorous part of any event, I really enjoy hunting out the moments between people during networking sessions. Some groups are definitely more engaged than others, but there are always moments to be found.
Images of famous or distinguished speakers get plenty of use in company websites, blog posts, and newsletters, but images of happy and engaged attendees that will be filling the promotional materials for next years event.
A few weeks ago I spent some time photographing Mark Westphal while he fabricated neon sculptures at Ion Art in Austin, TX. Mark was increadibly gracious to let me photograph him working, and regaled me with stories of his history working in the craft.
Before I decided to photograph Mark, I did some research on how neon signs and sculptures are made, and while there was a lot of technical info, I couldn't find many photographs of the people who work in it. Mark made the whole process look easy, in the way only someone with decades of experience can.
The pieces Mark was working on are going to be part of a large show / party celebrating the 100th anniversary of neon. I wish I could see the finished product, the theme for the event is "The Surreal Jungle" and it should be pretty amazing.
Part of what I love about being a photographer is meeting people I wouldn't ordinarily meet and seeing things I wouldn't otherwise witness. In college and early in my career I would photograph hearings and press conferences up on the hill. This is the side of democracy that is most visible to the public, and what happens in these hearings have a great impact on our country.
The other (more personal) side of democracy happens when citizens meet with their elected officials and tell their own stories. I don't know if the statistics back it up, but I'm sure meeting with constituents and hearing the personal impact of legislation has to have at least some influence on a lawmaker.
Sometimes advocates are experienced with sharing their stories , but Just as often, this is the first time they've shared their stories with anyone involved in making policy. I'm constantly amazed by the passionate and articulate stories they tell.