Professional Athlete, Casey Short

One of my favorite clients is Naperville Magazine, who I’ve been shooting for since 2007. The magazine has a circulation of over 40,000, and is bundled with the Sunday Chicago Tribune. My assignments have included shooting CEOs of multinational corporations, interiors of beautifully renovated homes, working with dozens of models for fashion spreads, shooting in restaurants, colleges and on the streets of downtown Naperville and other Chicagoland locations. It’s been a lot of fun and the variety has been great.

Recently, I photographed one of my favorites shoots for the magazine and this week, it came out as the cover story. In late November, we met up at Toyota Park to do the shooting with Casey Short, who plays defense for the Chicago Red Stars soccer team and has been invited to try out for the USA national team.

Casey couldn’t have been more easy to work with. We had the stadium to ourselves to work in and around, so we shot the cover image in the tunnel leading down to the field. We also used the field as well as the Chicago Fire (men’s soccer team) locker room. Most of the shots were taken using basic lighting– a medium soft box, with natural light allowed to fill in the background– and a Canon 1DX Mark II camera. I used a 70-200 f/2.8 lens for all the pictures except the action shots, which were taken on a 300mm f/2.8 lens.

Senior Communities

Franciscan Communities/ Marian Village, Homer Glen

Last year, I photographed all eight senior communities for Franciscan Communities, from the northern suburbs of Chicago, to Lafayette, Indiana and all the way out to Cleveland, Ohio. The shooting took place over about a month.

I’ve photographed retirement communities several times in my career, and have always enjoyed the work. The residents are generally very relaxed and willing to be in pictures (usually… but not always!). It’s a different pace of life. We shot lots of different scenarios, from meal times (showing off the dining areas) to the residents’ apartments, going on walks, the gym, cinema and even residents hanging out in their new pub. The purpose of the pictures was to show the residents having a good time while showing off the amenities.

Franciscan Communities/ Victory Lakes, Lindenhurst

Franciscan Communities/ University Place, Lafayette, Indiana

Franciscan Communities/ St Anthony Home, Crown Point, Indiana

Franciscan Communities/ Mount Alverna Village, Parma (Cleveland), Ohio

Franciscan Communities/ Marian Village, Homer Glen

Franciscan Communities/ Marian Village, Homer Glen

Franciscan Communities/ Franciscan Village, Lemont

Franciscan Communities/ Addolorata Villa, Wheeling

Photographing the Next Generation of Artists and Musicians

Wheaton College Community School of the Arts Marketing Shoot

I’ve been shooting for the Community School of the Arts for almost twenty years, though I only just starting working for them again in 2013 after about a ten year break. They’re affiliated with the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and teach music and art to children ages 2-18. It’s a fun client to have and every shoot is different from the last.

I’ve done the last few covers for their course brochure. The top picture was a recent cover, and one of my favorites. The large window framed the student and pupil so well- I only wish we had a large green tree outside the window, but at the beginning of March, bare trees are your only option! Fortunately, we scouted the location a few days before we did the shoot and I knew what lighting to bring along. Without extra lights, the teacher and student would have been silhouetted against the bright window panes.

The whole objective of the photos is to show children enjoying the arts- enthusiastically learning in a positive environment. While some of the photos were posed specifically for the pictures, others were caught off the cuff during actual lessons. The client was happy, I was happy and hopefully enrollment saw an uptick after the brochures came out.

Wheaton College Community School of the Arts Marketing Shoots

Cover image- this one took a lot of planning and setup, including moving a grand piano into the background down the narrow hallway. My son and the client’s son both got into the shot (I had to bribe mine with $15). In the end, it was relegated to the inside cover, but still one of my favorites.

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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.

 

When the President Comes to Town… and Needs a Photographer

The Family Photo

The Family Photo

A few months ago the Irish Consulate in Chicago called me, wanting to know if I’d be interested in photographing the president of Ireland, Michael Higgins, on his visit to the city. Without missing a beat, I said yes and got the details. A few weeks later, after being checked out by the Secret Service and Irish security, my son (in his first job as my assistant) and I found ourselves in the Drake Hotel, ready to photograph 300-500 guests, all eager to shake the president’s hand and have their picture taken with him.

Waiting for the President and Mrs Higgins to arrive for the family photo

Waiting for the President and Mrs Higgins to arrive for the family photo

First off, we had to photograph President Higgins with some local family members in a group picture. Then there were dignitaries to meet the president, finally followed by ninety minutes of ‘grip and grins’. As the official photographer, I could ask the Secret Service guy assigned to me to move other ‘photographers’ out of the way, though in practice, half the people were looking anywhere but at me, the president included. It was chaotic to say the least.

Secret Service not looking conspicuous at all. My son David is in the front, fitting in well.

Secret Service not looking conspicuous at all. My son David is in the front, fitting in well.

A few well known people stopped by, including Cardinal Francis George and one of Muhammad Ali’s daughters and her husband (who wouldn’t look at my camera no matter how many pictures I took).

Cardinal Francis George stops by for a few laughs with the President.

Cardinal Francis George stops by for a few laughs with the President.

I was told the woman on the left is one of Muhammad Ali's daughters.

I was told the woman on the left is one of Muhammad Ali’s daughters.

After it was over, I set up a website where everyone could download their pictures for free (it was included in my shooting fee), or pay for prints, which many did.

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David handed out cards to everyone who had their picture taken.

David handed out cards to everyone who had their picture taken.

I’ve photographed several presidents and world leaders, but this was the most enjoyable. President Higgins was a down to earth, affable chap who never seemed to tire of all the attention and adulation. If it was an American president or politician, it would’ve been stressful and frustrating beyond belief, but this was more like photographing your grandpa and his mates. Makes me want to go back to visit Ireland again now.

One of the Secret Service guys

One of the Secret Service guys

President Michael D Higgins of Ireland, Drake Hotel, Chicago, May 12, 2014

Lisa Madigan representing Chicago politics

Lisa Madigan (in blue), representing Chicago politics

In the end, David and I got to pose with the President too. Photo by Shane O'Neill/  Fennell Photography (Dublin)

In the end, David and I got to pose with the President too. Photo by Shane O’Neill/ Fennell Photography (Dublin)

 

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.