The last thing I shot prior to this travel assignment was for the College of DuPage, which is the largest community college in the state. I’ve been working regularly with their marketing and communications team for the last 2 years or so and am always happy to get their call. The assignments normally revolve around a series of environmental portraits of students who have made the most of their time at COD and then we catch them doing what they do. We’ve worked in the computer labs, architecture classrooms, welding facilities, professional kitchens, hospitals and local fire departments. Incorporating the students’ work space into the shots helps to tell their success stories more than a standard headshot and a few lines of text.
It’s always a pleasure to meet with the students and talk to them about their plans, especially those who are returning to school in hopes of making a career change as I can relate. After years of working at a staffing agency, I decided it was time to try to do my own thing and I thought photography would be a challenge and continually keep my interest. I was enrolled at Columbia College in Chicago for a few studio lighting classes, learned as much as I could and started assisting around town. Getting myself back into school was the first step in making the big change and kudos to anyone who takes those same chances.
Here we are working in the nursing lab at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. Every day, every location, every subject looks a little different than the one that came before it which definitely keeps us on our toes. This project took us from the COD campus in Glen Ellyn to Elmhurst Hospital, over to Old Orchard Mall where we were treated to a fantastic lunch at Roka Akor and back to the campus library. Looking forward to more of these kind of assignments in 2017 for sure.