Photographing the Building of the Second Avenue Subway

For seven years now I have been shooting for the construction company Skanska. It started when I worked on a series of portraits of their senior executives. That job has led to working with a number of different departments within the organization. It has taken me to the tops of bridges and below the streets of Manhattan. Here is a blogpost http://blog.usa.skanska.com/a-subway-line-100-years-in-the-making/ featuring my work.

 

NY Governor Cuomo at the opening of the 2nd Avenue Subway.

NY Governor Cuomo at the opening of the 2nd Avenue Subway.

Kimberly Orcutt Appointed as Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art at the Brooklyn Museum - Executive Photos NYC - Headshots

 
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Orcutt has held curatorial positions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the New York Historical Society, Harvard Art Museums & the Bruce Museum in Connecticut. 

She has contributed to the "Armory Show at 100" show & catalogue, exhibiting over works from the inaugural Armory show in 1913, then called the International Exhibition of Modern Art.  

Her Book "Power and Posterity: American Art at Philadelphia's 1876 Centennial Exhibition" will be published in 2017 by the Pennsylvania State University Press

Orcutt received her B.A. in art history from Hope College in Michigan and her Ph.D. in art history from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. 

Her position began May 16th at the Brooklyn Museum as the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art. 

Read more about her here
 

Executive Photos NYC: Skanska Safety Week Industrial Photography at the World Trade Center

 
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Skanska, one of the world's leading project development & construction groups, hired Executive Photos NYC for on-site industrial photography to commemorate Safety Week, which took place this year on April 25th - May 1st, 2016.

Bill Flemming, president & CEO of Skanska Building, visited job sites with peers from Hunter Roberts & Lend Lease, and discussed safety protocol, with the goal of providing more consistent and safer protocol across several construction companies. 

Flemming mentioned, as quoted from the Skanska blog post, "To me, we are not successful if we put our workers at risk to deliver projects. We work safely, or not at all." 

This is the 12th Safety Week celebrated by Skanska & the 3rd annual Construction Industry Safety Week, where 50 other construction firms have pledged to thank construction workers for their safety protocol and inspire additional vigilance and care. 

In order to be an on-site industrial photographer in NYC, one must be constantly on the look-out while navigating potentially dangerous situations. One must be comfortable climbing ladders & narrow stairs with equipment, and having an assistant is advisable. The industrial photographer documents construction as it's happening in a documentary fashion, and then additionally takes portraits when the job requires. 

You can read more about Skanska's commitment to safety and see Executive Photos NYC Photographs here

To see more industrial photos, click here. 

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Margaret Sullivan, Public Editor of the New York Times, accepts position as Media Editor for The Washington Post

 
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Margaret Sullivan, Public Editor for the New York Times, has officially stepped down to take a new position at The Washington Post. She began her tenure in 2012, and held the position longer than the five other public editors who have held the position, and was the first woman hired for the position. 

New corporate headshots are vital when changing positions, especially for public figures. Executive Photos NYC made sure her photoshoot was easy, enjoyable, and provided quick results - and is happy to have had her as a client. 

Images: Phase 1 of the Moynihan Station project nears completion in the historic James A. Farley Post Office

 
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Moynihan Station is to occupy the current Farley Post Office on 34th Street to help alleviate pedestrian congestion for the Amtrak, New Jersey Transit & Long Island Railroad in Penn Station, across the street.  While the plan was conceived 25 years ago, ground was broken on the project in 2010 and Phase 1 is expected to be completed this year, in 2016.

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Skanska, one of the worlds leading civil construction groups, hired Michael Benabib, industrial photographer, to make images of both employees and of the construction project . After donning hard hats and reflective vests, we entered the construction site – to document the progress on phase 1, which involves installing an emergency ventilation system and new entrances to the building, as well as photograph the empty spaces where phase 2 will begin.

Michael Benabib, Industrial Photographer, photographing Phase 1 of the Moynihan Station project for Skanska. Image by Moth Dust // www.mothdust.net

Michael Benabib, Industrial Photographer, photographing Phase 1 of the Moynihan Station project for Skanska. Image by Moth Dust // www.mothdust.net

The James A. Farley Post Office Building was designated a New York City Landmark in 1966, so extra care on this project is made to keep the external façade of the building intact. 

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Ask Executive Photos NYC: What should I wear to my corporate headshot session?

To which, we ask right back at you: What are you trying to say? If you are a lawyer, or CEO, a suit and tie is often worn for your corporate portrait. However, if you’re at a forward thinking marketing startup, maybe you can wear something more tailored, and casual. However the case, we recommend looking up coworkers and competitors in your field to take a look at what their personal branding is if you are unsure.

That being said – there are a few guidelines.  (Keep on reading to learn more)

MENS CORPORATE HEADSHOTS

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  1. Wear your favorite suit that doesn’t bunch up when you sit down in it. Avoid distracting patterns and colors. When in doubt, think more conservatively.
     
  2. Ties look best when they are a shade in between the suit color and the shirt color.  (ex. A black suit, a white shirt, and a blue-grey tie).  Avoid repeating patterned or tightly stripped ties.
     
  3. If you’re looking for a more casual look, avoid polo shirts and T-shirts. A colored, button up shirt is a good in-between for a professional, but casual look. Darker colors for fairer skin tones and lighter colors for darker skin tones are a good choice, if you are unsure about what color shirt to wear.

WOMENS CORPORATE HEADSHOTS

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  1. While you have more options for variety in your nature of dress, make sure your outfit remains classic – on trend styling, however corporate, can look out of date very quickly.
     
  2. Just as with mens corporate headshots, avoid loud patterns. Bright colors are acceptable, although it is inadvisable to wear red. (Red is the color your eye is most attracted to in any photograph.)
     
  3. Keep jewelry minimal, so that it doesn’t distract from your face.
     
  4. A little bit of texture in the fabric of what you choose to wear can add a nice accent to your headshot.

MAKEUP ARTISTRY

Interested in hiring a makeup artist for your shoot? Feel free to inquire about rates when you schedule your corporate headshot session. 

Yoga Photography & Headshots in the Studio - Portraits of Yogis

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Being a yoga instructor is more than just teaching class – you also are running a small business, and have to promote it as such. Yoga photography can be vital to the practicing yoga teacher for social media, a headshot for their website, or to promote a yoga retreat. Michael Benabib, yoga photographer, captures you in your favorite poses, as well as a more traditionally styled headshot to help you promote your business. 

One tip to the aspiring yogi photographer - get down low! Photograph on your belly if you need to! You can shoot yoga photography in the studio or (if weather permits) amongst nature, for a unique and beautiful full body portrait. 

The above portraits were taken in Michael Benabib's studio in midtown manhattan.

On Location Portrait Photographer - Headshots for Data Driven Storytellers

 
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Kelton Global is a research consultancy firm with offices in Silicon Alley, New York City. While having both qualitative and quantitative data analysts on their team, their ultimate goal is to provide data analysis that is readable and easy to interpret by the client. Clients of theirs have included Bloomingdales, Viacom & Target. 

This form of data journalism is growing more and more popular in the digital era. Kelton Global's branding is approachable and demonstrates out of the box thinking. As a result, they required corporate headshots that had visual variety and were a little more creative than the average studio shoot. On location portrait photography was the decided route of action; studio portraiture just wouldn't do. Executive Photos NYC Photographer Michael Benabib went on a walk in downtown chelsea with each new employee and photographed them in a variety of unique locations, conveying a unique part of their personalities. 

Luckily, Executive Photos was lucky to have a client that understood and appreciated the value of quality images. As written on the Kelton Global blog, Sarah Stone writes, “If imaginative empathy is fueled by great photography, then we can build the empathy habit by looking at powerful images every day. By pausing briefly to consider the feelings, lives and experiences of people we view only from a distance, we practice imaginative empathy, broaden our range of understanding, and become better 21st century marketers.”

All images from our day with Kelton Global will be used on their website. Click here to read more about personal branding and photography for websites as an important marketing tool. 

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New York Times Lens Blog & Smithsonian : Published

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Some of you may know Michael Benabib for his corporate headshot work. What you might not know, is that he also has a history of photographing some of the biggest hip hop stars in history. This week, he has been featured for his hip hop photography in the New York Times Lens Blog. He captures an important part of history and has been recognized by the Smithsonian Museum for his efforts in this publication. 

You can read more about his work below, in the New York Times

Click here to read more. 

Book Cover Photography - What Your Headshot Says About You as An Author

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So you've wrote your first book - now think twice about your book cover headshot. 

Robynne Chutkan, a leading gastroenterologist, bestselling author, and founder of the Digestive Center for Women, needed a doctors headshot that that was both welcoming, and authoritative. Her "power stance" and smile helps communicate both of these things, simultaneously - her studies are now easier to trust, as there is a face behind the facts. A power stance is a common choice for authors, doctors, and lawyer portraits alike who want something less traditional but professional.

Hiring a trusted portrait photographer is vital because you're also hiring a personal branding expert. After all, first impressions are not just when you meet someone - in this case, the first impression is a book cover. 


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Photo Copyright 2016 Michael Benabib

Loretta E. Lynch, Attorney general of the united states

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"Loretta Elizabeth Lynch (born May 21, 1959) is the 83rd and current Attorney General of the United States, having previously served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Her tenure as U.S. Attorney began in 2010, and she also held that position from 1999 to 2001. As U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Lynch oversaw federal prosecutions in BrooklynQueensStaten Island and Long Island." - Wikipedia

Corporate Photography Copyright 2016 Michael Benabib of Executive Photos NYC

David F. Swensen Editorial Portrait, for Bloomberg Magazine

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David F. Swensen has been the Chief Investment Officer at Yale University since 1985. He is responsible for managing and investing the University’s endowment assets and investment funds, which total $19.4 billion.[1] Realizing an average annual return of 11.8 percent on his investments over the ten years to 2009,[2]Swensen’s consistent track record has attracted the notice of Wall Street portfolio managers. Currently, he lives in New Haven, Connecticut with his children Tory, Alex, and Tim.

He is chiefly notable for having invented what has become known as “The Yale Model” which is an application of Modern Portfolio Theory.

Copyright 2016 Michael benabib

Corporate Headshot Photographer - Rockefeller & Co.

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From the Rockefeller & Co. Website

From its roots over a century ago as a private investment office to the diversified financial services firm that it is today, Rockefeller & Co. has always taken pride in the integrity, depth, and vision of its professionals. 

Today, the firm serves a wide range of individuals and institutions. Successful families and individuals rely on our planning and wealth management skills in seeking to preserve, diversify, and grow their wealth – often from one generation to the next. Institutional investors select us for our asset management expertise. Charitable and other organizations recognize the sophistication of our financial and investment services, as well as our longstanding credentials, in the nonprofit world. And we remain, as we have been since our inception, the financial stewards of one of America’s great family legacies.