Environmental portraiture can help tell any story. I'm so happy to have the chance to help Health Monitor Magazine tell their stories. Health Monitor is a journal that you will often find in the doctor's waiting room while waiting for your appointment. They have several journals that specialize in different health conditions like diabetes and arthritis. The journals are full of great information and advice for patients. They also feature the real stories of other patients living with the same condition. These stories can serve as wonderful inspiration. They prove living with a chronic disease does not have to define your life.
When the Health Monitor has a patient based in the Boston area, I'm proud to be the photographer they call. I'm happy to have shot several environmental portraits of them, including some cover photos. The interviews feature portraits of the patients in their own environments. They look for happy, confident and accessible images. These shoots are a great time. I get the chance to meet a wonderful person who will serve as an inspiration to someone in a scary situation. I also get the chance to work with my favorite hair and makeup artist Michelle DeVoe.
The process starts with the Health Monitor getting me in touch with one of their patients. We have a quick conversation to discuss location, wardrobe and what to expect from the shoot. Most of my subjects have never been involved in an editorial shoot before. I'll arrive at the shoot location early to do a quick scout and review outfit choices. By the time I arrive, Michelle has made my subject look fabulous! And we're off to the races. We'll shoot several images with different backgrounds and outfits. Take a look at a few of the environmental portraits I've taken for the journal.