I’ve had the good fortune to be asked by clients to photograph many famous people. Really, any active photographer can come up with such a list, and a news photographer at any local paper will have done so much more.

So why post it at all?

Well, first it’s fun for me to remem­ber all of these shoots and over time I’ll add some pho­tos as well. Also, many clients and friends get a kick out of hear­ing who I’ve pho­tographed.

But it does sug­gest that clients trust me again and again when it’s one of their ‘big’ high-stress shoots.

One anec­dote… A client of mine had a very famous actor com­ing into town and they told me that pho­tog­ra­phers were pop­ping up out of the wood­work to vol­un­teer to do the shoot. They still chose to hire me because when the pres­sure was on they knew the qual­i­ty of the work they’d get from me. I’m real­ly proud of that…Being con­sis­tent and reduc­ing clients stress.

 One more point I for­got. This real­ly isn’t ‘name drop­ping’ either. I don’t know these folks, I don’t pre­tend they are friends and I nev­er try to sneak into pho­tos with them. It is fun, how­ev­er to see them ‘behind the scenes’ and hear what they have to say and get a sense for them as peo­ple.

 

Business Figures

Busi­ness Fig­ures:

Steve Woz­ni­ak Apple co-founder and all around good guy. For RIT

Dean Kamen Tech genius and inven­tor of the Seg­way

Tom Golisano Founder of Pay­chex and won­der­ful phil­an­thropist with the Golisano Foun­da­tion. For RIT, UR, etc

Dan­ny & Sten­cy Weg­mans CEO of one of the best food mar­ket chains in the US and phil­an­thropists for the Uni­ver­si­ty of Rochester

Bruce James The offi­cial print­er for the Unit­ed States (for RIT)

Richard Ten­hagen that turned Harley David­son around for Key­Bank

Richard Hamer  The guy that coined the phrase ‘Par­a­digm Shift’

Ann Mulc­ahy CEO of Bausch and Lomb

Kodak CEO’s Kay Whit­more many times as well as Daniel Carp & all the CEOs that fol­lowed

Sports Figures

Sports Fig­ures:

Bob Costas  Pre­mier sports reporter, for the Uni­ver­si­ty of Rochester

Abby Wambach  Women’s Soc­cer and Olympic star & Ath­lete of the Year. Abby Info HERE  For MVP Health Care and also for RIT

Jim McMa­hon QB for the Chica­go Bears for URMC.  HERE

Blaine McCal­lis­ter PGA Golfer for the UofR

Jeff Sluman  PGA Golfer and Rochester Native. For UofR

Kathy Turn­er Olympic Gold Speed Skater (Sev­er­al occa­sions… Geva The­atre and Churchville-Chili Schools)

Jim Kel­ly Hall of Fame QB for the Buf­fa­lo Bills (for St. John Fish­er and RIT many times)

Drew Bled­soe and also once his Dad Mac who give a great moti­va­tion­al speech for St. John Fish­er Col­lege

Ralph Wil­son and most every oth­er Bills play­er and staff for St. John Fish­er as they host train­ing camp.

Mel Allan ‘the voice of base­ball’ for SUNY Gene­seo

Scott Hamil­ton Paul Wylie and Susie Wynn Fig­ure Skaters for WXXI Broad­cast­ing

Political Figures

Polit­i­cal Fig­ures:

Prime Min­is­ter of Israel Ehud Barak for the Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tion of Rochester

Con­gress­woman Gab­by Gif­fords & NASA Astro­naut Hus­band Mark Kel­ly  for RIT

Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney for RIT (before he was the VP)

Sec­re­tary of State Col­in Pow­ell for RIT & again for Uni­ver­si­ty of Rochester

Senator/Secretary of State Hillary Clin­ton (Many times for High Tech Rochester, the UofR, RIT) Pho­tos HERE

Sen­a­tor Louise Slaugh­ter (for every­one at some point in Rochester I think 😉

Sen­a­tor and for Pres­i­den­tial Can­di­date Paul Simon for the Asso­ci­at­ed Press

George Pata­ki NY Gov­er­nor for RIT

NY Gov­er­nor Mario Cuo­mo  for the AP, RIT and oth­ers

…and his son NY Gov­er­nor Andrew Cuo­mo for RIT

John Kennedy Jr polit­i­cal activist for RIT or the AP, I’m not sure…

Ted Kennedy Jr. for Uni­ver­si­ty of Rochester Med­ical Cen­ter

Abba Eban the Leg­endary leader of Israel

Heads of State

Heads of State:

Pres­i­dent George W. Bush for Greece Schools (I still have my White House press pass up on my office wall) Pho­tos HERE

Pres­i­dent Jim­my Carter for RIT

For­mer Prime Min­is­ter of Pak­istan Benazir Bhuto for St. John Fish­er Col­lege

Pres­i­dent of Ire­land Mary McAlise for RIT

Lech Wale­sa of Poland for Fish­er

Mary Robin­son of Ire­land for Fish­er

Other Interesting People

Oth­er Inter­est­ing Peo­ple:

Ira Glass host of This Amer­i­can Life for Durham Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter

Joel Meyerowitz leg­endary pho­tog­ra­ph­er for the George East­man House

Ellie Wiesel Holo­caust sur­vivor, Author and Nobel Prize Win­ner for the Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tion

Ander­son Coop­er for the Uni­ver­si­ty of Rochester

Bill Nye the Sci­ence Guy for RIT

Dr. Ruth Wes­t­heimer for the Asso­ci­at­ed Press

Col­in Pow­ell 4 star gen­er­al & Sec­re­tary of State for RIT & also for the Uni­ver­si­ty of Rochester

Pete Turn­er Pho­tog­ra­ph­er for George East­man House Some Pho­tos HERE

Ger­al­do Rivera reporter for Life­time Assis­tance

Bob Bal­lard explor­er who found the Titan­ic (for the Rochester School for the Deaf’s cool ‘Adven­tures in Edu­ca­tion’ lec­ture series

Nick Ut and ‘the girl in the pic­ture’ Kim Phuc (Nick took that amaz­ing Viet­nam pho­to of the cry­ing girl run­ning down the road and Kim is that girl who’s life is pleas­ant now liv­ing here in the west and her faith sus­tains her) Pho­tos HERE

Jaime Escalante, the “Stand and Deliv­er” Teacher for the Greece School Dis­trict. Man is he pas­sion­ate about everyone’s abil­i­ty to learn!

Actors/Entertainers

Actors/Entertainment:

Jamie Hyne­man for RIT. Pho­tos HERE

Opera Star Renée Flem­ing for the UofR and East­man School of Music

Isabel­la Rosselli­ni for the George East­man House. Pho­tos HERE

Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock on Star Treck, Clas­sic BW Pho­tog­ra­ph­er, etc) for the Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tion. Pho­tos HERE

Christo­pher Reeves

Meryl Streep for the George East­man House Pho­tos HERE

Can­dice Bergen for GEH

Mr. McFee­ley from Mr. Rogers… what a cool guy (so much younger than the make up makes him look. And a fel­low Pitts­burgher!) for WXXI

Direc­tor John Lan­dis (Ani­mal House and oth­ers) and Ray Har­ry­hausen (Spe­cial effects pio­neer) for GEH

Ani­ma­tion leg­end Chuck Jones who did Bugs Bun­ny! for GEH

Hen­ry Win­kler (the Fonz from Hap­py Days and a real­ly great guy) for the Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tion

Alan King for the Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tion

Lar­ry King for the Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tion

Bar­bara Wal­ters for the Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tion & a sec­ond time for the Uni­ver­si­ty of Rochester

80’s alter­na­tive pop band Squeeze and Jools Hol­land por­trait for the LA Times

Jeff Tyzik of the Rochester Phil­har­mon­ic Orches­tra for Rush-Hen­ri­et­ta Schools

Christo­pher Sea­man also of the RPO for Seniors First

Garth Fagan & Garth Fagan Dance (chore­o­g­ra­ph­er for the Lion King on Broad­way) for their 35th anniver­sary sea­son

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