Re-Defining the Corporate Portrait

Thomas Interior Staff PicturesAbout four years ago I started shooting for a new client, Thomas Interiors, in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Right from the first shoot, I could tell they were a different kind of company. Everyone seemed happy to be working there; it had  a good vibe.

Thomas Interiors helps companies set up their office spaces with furniture and layout design. Their number one piece of furniture is the office chair, so we shot all the staff- from the CEO to the installation guys- either sitting in a chair, or posed next to it. I’ve been back multiple times as they’ve added new staff, and everyone gets the same kind of picture, but they get to choose how they want to pose. It’s made for a fun series and I think it’s really set them apart from many of the corporate portraits I’ve seen, or been asked to do.

To see more of their staff, and some of the other shots we’ve done, visit Thomas Interiors on the web.

Thomas Interior Staff Pictures

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The Adventures of Mike’s Camera is the blog of freelance photographer, Mike Hudson. He is available for commercial photography assignments– marketing, corporate, editorial, annual reports, lifestyle, web page photography, and events. His clients have included many regional and national magazines and newspapers, several healthcare providers, colleges, hotels, architectural firms, small businesses and more. Visit MichaelHudsonPhotography.com to check out his portfolio or contact him via email.

 

Personal Work- Acadia National Park

Sunrise, Hunters Head, 2014

Sunrise, Hunters Head, 2014

I love my job; it’s what I’ve done for the last 25 years. But every once in a while, I need to get away from it all and find some peace and fulfillment doing something other than commercial jobs. For the last nine years, I’ve spent one week every Autumn in Acadia National Park, off the coast of Maine. From the moment I wake up at 5am (4am my time), until after midnight, all I do is photography, searching for the most beautiful light, color and locations. After dark, back in my hotel room, I review the day’s work and make plans for the next day. It’s strenuous, tiring, emotional… and I love it.

In 2014, I self published an e-book, The Photographer’s Guide to Acadia, which sold moderately well. In 2015, I’m hoping to publish my first hard cover coffee table book of images from Acadia. A couple of my pictures have been sold as posters in the national park’s gift shop for several years. I never went to Acadia with the idea that I would try to profit from my trips, but it’s been nice to have a small demand for prints, which helps cover the cost of my travel to Maine each October.

In 2014, I created almost all my images with a new camera, the Pentax 645Z, a 51-megapixel camera with superb sharpness, wide dynamic range and great handling. This is possibly the best camera I’ve ever used. I’m looking forward to making some very large prints with the images from this camera.

I have over five hundred prints available for purchase; visit my website, Images of Acadia, to find out more.

Incoming Waves, Otter Point, 2014

Incoming Waves, Otter Point, 2014

Swirling Pine Needles, Whitecap Stream, 2013

Swirling Pine Needles, Whitecap Stream, 2013

Dusk, Jordan Pond

Dusk, Jordan Pond, 2013

Rocky Coastline, Hunters Head

Rocky Coast Panorama, Hunters Head, 2014

Birch Trees

Birch Trees, 2014

Ocean Runoff at 1/1600 Second, 2014

Ocean Runoff at 1/1600 Second, 2014

Acadia Coastline, Otter Cliff, 2013

Acadia Coastline, Otter Cliff, 2013

Small Pond, Canon Brook Trail, 2013

Small Pond, Canon Brook Trail, 2013

Early Morning on the Coast, 2014

Early Morning on the Coast, 2014

Rippled Reflections, 2013

Rippled Reflections, 2013

 

The Adventures of Mike’s Camera is the blog of freelance photographer, Mike Hudson. He is available for commercial photography assignments– marketing, corporate, editorial, annual reports, lifestyle, web page photography, and events. His clients have included many regional and national magazines and newspapers, several healthcare providers, colleges, hotels, architectural firms, small businesses and more. Visit MichaelHudsonPhotography.com to check out his portfolio or contact him via email.

 

The Chicago Project

Skyscrapers, downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA

Skyline in Squares

I’ve lived about twenty-five miles west of Chicago for over two decades; until three or four years ago, I rarely went into the city unless I had to for work. Given the choice, I’d rather be somewhere deep in the woods, hiking on a mountainside, or down by the coast. I didn’t like the noise, the traffic and the endless construction. About that time, I randomly picked up a book about Richard Nickel, a Chicago photographer who worked tirelessly to salvage some of the city’s historic architecture that was scheduled for demolition during urban renewal in the 1960s and early 1970s (he eventually died in an accident attempting to salvage some of the Stock Exchange Building from the wrecking ball in 1972). His story and prints inspired me and it started me realizing what world-class architecture we have here. The Chicago Project was born.

Chicago Architecture, seen from parking garages near North Wells Street and the Chicago River

Glass & Steel, North Wells Street

The Chicago Project is my ongoing project to photograph the architecture and feel of Chicago. I don’t know how long I’ll keep working on it– maybe three or four years, maybe decades. My goal is to mount some gallery exhibits, as well as make prints available for purchase. To date, I’ve already sold several prints that now hang on office walls as well as in personal collections. If you’re interested in prices and sizes, email me here.

Rather than just photographing a record of Chicago architecture, I’ve tried to create unique, artistic views of the city. In particular, I’ve mainly concentrated on the interplay between the buildings– the way they reflect their surroundings in their windows, often creating abstract shapes and colors, and the unique features of many different buildings. I work both in color and black and white, depending on what’s appropriate for the subject matter.

Diptych

Diptych

Chicago is world famous for its skyscrapers; the ten-story Home Insurance Building (1885) is widely considered the world’s first. Since those early days, hundreds more have risen along the skyline, including the iconic Willis Tower (Sears Tower), the John Hancock Building and the Aqua building.

Aqua

Aqua

Chicago cityscapes, downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA

Carbide and Carbon Building, Michigan Avenue

Chicago cityscapes, from McCormick Place, Illinois, USA

Windows within Windows, McCormick Place

Skyscrapers, downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA

Luxury Condos Reflecting Luxury Condos

Skyscraper (333 West Wacker Drive), downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA

Merchandise Mart Reflected in Nuveen Building

The John Hancock Center, downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA

Convergence (John Hancock Center)

Skyscrapers, downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA

LaSalle Street

Wacker Drive– 40x60-inch print hanging in corporate office (2014)

Wacker Drive– 40×60-inch print hanging in corporate office (2014)

 

The Adventures of Mike’s Camera is the blog of freelance photographer, Mike Hudson. He is available for commercial photography assignments– marketing, corporate, editorial, annual reports, lifestyle, web page photography, and events. His clients have included many regional and national magazines and newspapers, several healthcare providers, colleges, hotels, architectural firms, small businesses and more. Visit MichaelHudsonPhotography.com to check out his portfolio or contact him via email.

 

Do You Do Video?

[Jennifer’s Story, for healthcare client, 2014]

I first got the video question about five years ago; I’d just gotten my first D-SLR camera that could shoot video, the Canon 5D Mark 2. This particular camera caused a revolution in the photo/ video world. Suddenly feature films and commercials were being shot using small, relatively inexpensive cameras and high quality video was finally made affordable to the masses.

But making high quality video isn’t as simple as just buying a good camera. The two places where most new videographers fall down is in lighting and sound. Good lighting is essential– something experienced photographers have to deal with all the time. But where a lot of ‘new videographers’ fall short is in recording quality sound. If the audio is muffled or hard to hear, even the best videos can still be hard to watch.

I’ve invested thousands of dollars over the last three years in quality video gear. I now work with three external microphones, two audio recorders, pro editing software, video lighting (completely different from lighting gear used in photography) and a specialized video tripod (again, totally different from a photography tripod).

[Brian’s Story, for healthcare client, 2014]

Today, video is a regular part of what I do. I’m currently working on a training video for Bank of America, as well as a short web video for one of my hospital clients. There are more in the works too. Last year I made several events videos for clients too- some for distribution to news outlets and others for web use or training purposes.

Do I do video? Definitely… I really love putting together stories.

Email me to talk over any ideas you have.

 

The Adventures of Mike’s Camera is the blog of freelance photographer, Mike Hudson. He is available for commercial photography assignments– marketing, corporate, editorial, annual reports, lifestyle, web page photography, and events. His clients have included many regional and national magazines and newspapers, several healthcare providers, colleges, hotels, architectural firms, small businesses and more. Visit MichaelHudsonPhotography.com to check out his portfolio or contact him via email.

 

 

Annual Reports- Healthcare

Provena St Joseph Medical Center Nurses' Annual ReportSince 2001, I’ve worked for about a half dozen healthcare providers, which includes more than a dozen hospitals as well as dozens of clinics, senior homes and other facilities. For someone who had only been to a hospital for the birth of my kids, it was an education at first, but I’ve grown used to working with brain surgeons, oncologists, nurses, patients and administrators on a regular basis. One of my favorite projects to work on is the annual report, which showcases the previous year’s successes. These are all from one of my clients in Joliet, south of Chicago, for their nursing annual reports.

Presence St Joseph Medical Center/ Nurses Annual Report

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The Adventures of Mike’s Camera is the blog of freelance photographer, Mike Hudson. He is available for commercial photography assignments– marketing, corporate, editorial, annual reports, lifestyle, web page photography, and events. His clients have included many regional and national magazines and newspapers, several healthcare providers, colleges, hotels, architectural firms, small businesses and more. Visit MichaelHudsonPhotography.com to check out his portfolio or contact him via email.