• A Boston Advertising Photographer’s Survival Story (or: How to Succeed in the Business of Photography by Trying Really Hard):
David is one of Boston’s most trusted commercial photographers and has been helping his clients with their corporate branding for over two decades. He is probably also Boston’s tallest professional photographer: “being six foot four, I naturally have a unique visual perspective.” David has created business portraits for hundreds of corporations and has been included in more Board of Director’s meetings than most CEOs. There’s a good reason for David’s longevity in an industry that regularly spits out established photographers: he combines a nimble creative evolution, a consistent quality product, and bespoke customer service. “I’m easy to work with. I come in on-time and on-budget.”
• Why Become a Photographer?
You could argue that David was born into the perceptual arts: “My Dad’s a psychoanalyst and my Mom’s an artist. So everything was interpreted.” Raised first in NYC and then in St. Louis, David attended Wesleyan University, where he majored in English. "But I didn't want to teach English, so what else could I do… I signed up for law school." At the last minute, he deferred from BU Law, took some photography courses at New England School of Photography, and discovered that he loved Boston and had a talent and a passion for visually representing ideas. "What could be better than getting paid to do the thing you love? So I bagged law school."
• The Evolution of a Boston Photographer:
David’s first studio was on Boston's Congress Street in the late 1980's: "I had a small dark loft space next door to 'Spaz' The Street Artist (who found trash on the street, nailed it to plywood, and then spray painted graffiti onto it.)" David quickly achieved a reputation for creativity and professionalism and soon moved to sunnier and more expansive digs. David taught Commercial Photography at NESOP (for 7 years) and “Lust for Light” at Art Institute of Boston (3 years). Now in downtown Ipswich on Boston's North Shore, David’s studio hosts small and large advertising shoots and is the launching point for his extensive location work. He has traveled the world on assignments for clients including:
• Fidelity Investments • Dell/EMC
• John Hancock • Bain Capital
• Liberty Mutual • BC/BS
• Capital Partners • HarbourVest
• Leerink Partners • Gillette
• Procter & Gamble • Comcast
• Real World Considerations:
David holds a 4th degree black belt in Kempo karate and just began training in Krav Maga. "So you're safe with me."