Lake Champlain Chocolates on Lake Champlain

Everyone knows and loves Lake Champlain Chocolates, a Burlington-based company whose gourmet chocolate is enjoyed around the world.  I spent a beautiful night aboard the Spirit of the Ethan Allen photographing their annual company employee party.  I got some great photographs, and enjoyed seeing a company that really appreciates their community.  

Photography, Portraits

Car Talk with Akheil Singla

I recently had the opportunity to work with my good friend Akheil Singla.  Akheil studies public financial management, meaning that he is interested in giving policy makers at all levels of government the tools to better manage the finances of government. "I'm trying to develop ways to identify crises like Detroit, Stockton, and San Bernardino before they’re crises." 

Akheil is a Doctoral Candidate and Instructor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State.  In our conversations about public financial management I found myself wishing I could take his class. When I asked Akheil what his favorite part of teaching was, he gave an excellent response,

“The best part of teaching in public affairs is that, even if my research is ignored, I can make a difference by helping to educate the people who will be making decisions down the road. That's both an extraordinary opportunity and a sobering responsibility, because what I say in the classroom might matter more than anything I ever write.”

Definitely someone you want in the classroom educating future leaders. He made me reflect on my own work, and maybe it makes you think about your craft to: How is the work I do impactful? Can you control the effects of the work you make or create, and if so, to what degree?  

Big questions, but I’m pleased with his portrait and I hope it captures some of the intensity of his mind and warm personality.

Portraits & A Day in the Life

Entrepreneurs, artists and creative types: we are people who have a craft and love to use it. Communicating your craft, however, can be quite a challenge.  Most creative types spend their time on developing and focusing their skill, not selling it.  Want to see an artist crumble under pressure? Just ask them to show you their process.

My favorite photoshoots are those where I get to help an artist tell their story. The whole day is spent immersed in another person’s creative world, concentrating the many facets of their work into a storytelling, evocative image. It's about photographing the process of creation and expression holistically until we find that which represents the art and artist. Having photographs and video to show your unique quality, voice and craft is crucial for telling your story. 

 

Above I have my new Portrait & A Day in the Life guide for entrepreneurs and artists.  Your art deserves to have its story told - get in touch to schedule a time.

Below is a slideshow of A Day in the Life with Skylar Kergil.