John Chambers - Harvard Business Review


Cisco System's CEO John Chambers for Harvard Business Review

Before I was a photographer I was an engineer at Cisco Systems.  Since I'm often being asked to photograph CEO's of the valley's tech companies I assumed it was only a matter of time before being asked to photograph John Chambers, Cisco's CEO.  I've been back to the Cisco campus on a few occasions to shoot engineers, but it was Harvard Business Review who finally sent me to photograph Mr. Chambers.

It was a strange experience going back to Cisco to photograph the CEO.  The Cisco campus is large, but we did the shoot right next to the building I spent most of my time in while at Cisco.  When I was at Cisco in the late 90's they were the largest company in the world, so John Chambers was a bit of a legend to Cisco employees (he's still considered the third best performing CEO in the world according to HBR).  I remember going to the company wide meetings where he would speak and everyone left the meetings motivated and proud to work for Cisco.  I guess that's what a good CEO does.

Of course, when I told my mom I would be photographing John Chambers, the first thing she said was to "make sure to ask him if I can get my old job back."

John Chambers for Harvard Business Review

Yves Behar - Bilan Magazine


Yves Behar

I was asked to photograph Yves Behar at his San Francisco design studio Fuse Project for Bilan magazine.

Before we started, Yves noticed my camera and was fascinated by it.  He said he'd never seen a camera like it.  He was being genuine but I did find it hard to believe that one of the greatest product designers of our time had never seen a Contax 645.  Although, I will say it probably looked a bit more unique with the larger battery grip and bellows style lens shade.  I love that camera for many practical and functional reasons; but one of the more superficial reasons I love it is that not many people have them or even know what they are.  If I'm shooting with a Canon, the subject or someone on the set will invariably say "oh, I have one of those".  I know it's ridiculous for me to think about, but when you're supposed to be the professional at the shoot, it's nice to have equipment that most non-professionals wouldn't have or even know about.

And after grabbing another camera most people don't see much anymore, a Mamiya 7II, I shot some film in the Fuse Project gallery.

Yves in the Fuse Project gallery

Yves in the Fuse Project gallery

Yves Behar Bilan Magazine Tearsheet

Yves Behar Bilan Magazine Tearsheet

Shuddle


Shuddle Driver & Kid

I was asked to shoot the images for the launch of the new car service Shuddle.  Since people love to describe new things in terms of things that already exist, it's being called the Uber for kids.  All I know as the parent of a busy child, I can definitely see the benefit of having an option for getting your kids to whatever event they need to get to when you're busy with something else (like getting your other kid to another event on the opposite side of town at the same time).

I had a great time on the shoot working with the Shuddle creative team and the cast of kids, families, and drivers.

Safety:  Kid buckling up

Safety:  Kid buckling up

Family Time: Family in the park

Family Time: Family in the park

Kids in back seat

Kids in back seat

Errands & Soccer Practice

Errands & Soccer Practice

Here's how the images ran on their website.

Maggie Shipstead - The Telegraph


Maggie Shipstead, Dolores Park San Francisco

I had a good time walking around The Mission with author Maggie Shipstead on a shoot for The Telegraph UK.  I was driving around Dolores Park before the shoot looking for places to meet up when the unthinkable happened; A parking spot, right at the top of Dolores Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon.  If you know Dolores Park on sunny weekends, you know how hard it is to get parking anywhere close to the park.  What makes it even better was the fact the spot was the exact location I wanted to photograph Maggie.  The photo above was taken maybe 10 feet from my car.

After that shot we spend some time walking around the surrounding neighborhood.

Maggie Shipstead, The Mission, San Francisco

Maggie Shipstead, The Mission, San Francisco