Kelly Link, author of “Get in Trouble”, in the news

Kelly Link's new book of short stories, "Get in Trouble", came out out February 9th, 2015, and in honor of her well-recieved work, I thought I'd focus on her photo shoot from last fall. Kirkus Reviews wrote of her book, "“In stories as haunting as anything the Grimm brothers could have come up with, Link (Magic for Beginners, 2005, etc.) gooses the mundane with meaning and enchantment borrowed from myth, urban legend and genre fiction." Kelly, a warm, gentle, and thoughtful person, was just a joy to work with. She, and her friend and fellow writer Holly...

Under the eye of MIT CSAIL professor, Daniel Jackson

The professor shoots the photographer (in the Stata Center) Back before the snow befell Boston, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) professor, Daniel Jackson, and I spent an enjoyable afternoon on the deck of the Frank Gehry-designed Stata Center on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA. Originally, I was to be the only one manhandling (woman-handling?) a camera, but Daniel, an award-winning photographer as well as a computer science professor, decided to turn the tables on me. I had actually photographed Daniel several years ago when I worked at MIT, but we got to...

Shoot-behind-the shoot: Still images from the SJP video shoot

CE Courtney recently filmed me photographing two of my clients - author Steve Almond and dancer/psychotherapist Audrey LaVallee Belanger. Sharona Jacobs Photography: editorial portraiture from Sharona Jacobs on Vimeo. Here you can see some of the imagery captured from my still camera while CE shot the video. At the Robbins Library with Steve Almond: Lighting test subject for me: CE Courtney Lighting test subject for CE Courtney: me At the Regent Theater with Audrey LaVallee Belanger:

Short film by CE Courtney about Sharona Jacobs Photography

Wondering what it is like to work with portrait photographer Sharona Jacobs? The video, below, gives you a behind-the-scenes peek into how the Boston-based photographer works with the authors, actors, professors, and creative professionals she photographs day-to-day, and includes interviews with several of her clients, including critically acclaimed authors Steve Almond, Jon Papernick, and Rita Zoey Chin. You'll also see examples of her work with NYTimes best-selling novelist Jennifer Haigh, editor of TechCrunch John Biggs, and film and stage actress Tracie Thoms. Click on the Vimeo icon in order to see it full-size. If you...

Behind the photo shoot: Tracie Thoms, film and stage actress

In late April, I photographed actress and singer Tracie Thoms, who's probably best known for her work in Rent, Cold Case, and The Devil Wears Prada. Tracie was preparing for a gala for her alma mater, the Baltimore School for the Arts (the performing arts high school which inspired the movie Step Up), and the school kindly allowed us our photo shoot in their auditorium prior to her rehearsal. Part of the high school was converted from a grand old hotel from the turn of the century, and the auditorium was located in a beautiful old ballroom with gorgeous architectural...

The faceless portrait: author, illustrator, and sculptor Adam J. B. Lane

When I interview artists and authors before I photograph their portraits, the first question I ask is whether the person I'm photographing has any special requests, ideas, or preferences, far before I take out my camera. Children's book author/illustrator/sculptor (narrowing this fellow into a category is a challenging task) Adam J. B. Lane's request was a creative stretch for this portrait photographer: he asked if I could take his photograph without the viewer really knowing what he looked like, so that he could be passed by unrecognized by someone seeing his portrait the moment before....

Tango Noir shoot

In June, I partnered with Arlington's Orange Hanger Boutique and The Regent Theatre to create a fashion-based editorial shoot based on the Argentine Tango, specifically the Tango Nuevo movement (new Tango) and film noir. It was inspired by music by the amazing Gotan Project. The goal: to work with other Arlington businesses to create dramatic, sexy, and beautiful editorial work, and to pull from my own dance background to create photography that represents the movement of dance and the drama of film noir. This Milonga de amor video with a Gotan Project soundtrack was distributed to everyone participating in the...

Ladies Rock Camp

I had the great pleasure of photographing the bands of Boston's Ladies Rock Camp in Jamaica Plain on May 20th. The camp provides an opportunity for women who are 19 and older to let loose and learn to play rock together with similarly strong and awesome women. Ladies learn and/or practice bass, guitar, drums, vocals, or keyboard, form a band, and at the end of the experience, play live at TT the Bears in Central Square, Cambridge. The participants also take a variety of workshops relating to being a lady rocker - I happened to...

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Senator Scott Brown, Lansdowne Street, and hot dogs

Catching up on my blogging! On May 19, I photographed an event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Phantom Gourmet that took over Boston's Landsdowne Street called the Hot Dog Safari. The indoor/outdoor event benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Joey Fund and features parties inside all the restaurants/bars plus food and fun all over Lansdowne Street. Senator Scott Brown and his wife were the VIPs of the event, and my job was to document the event, vendors, attendees, and the VIP area. Lots of candid portraits.

Boston’s artists and authors, featuring Bradford Johnson

I'm embarking on a new project to create portraits of some of Boston's most talented artists and authors. Each artist is interviewed and then documented in the space that they work in, or a space inspired by their work. The goal of the project is to reveal through the photographs a real sense of the artist, to tell their stories visually and through narrative, and to gain an understanding of where their work comes from. The first artist I'm featuring is Somerville, MA-based artist Bradford Johnson. Brad's wonderful warm intelligence, wry wit, and good humor...

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