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Professional shopper for the WSJ

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January was a busy month to my surprise. I shot a story in San Antonio for the Wall Street Journal about professional shoppers. I didn’t know what that meant, but it’s a really niche profession that takes a lot of people skills. Claudia Coleman is a professional shopper with Nieman Marcus and has many clients that she shops for. She presents the items she pulled from the story to her client in a private dressing room and they talk about style, color, taste, the season, anything. Claudia has been very good about building relationships with her clients through many years of service and friendship. Check out the story in the WSJ online. This story photographed in multiple cities and I was pleasantly surprised my friend Eli Meir Kaplan photographed the ‘super salesperson’ in Washington DC, check him out!



Bloomberg Markets Magazine

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I went to Dallas a few weeks ago to photograph Mark McGruder, a trader at First Southwest, for Bloomberg Markets. The magazine wanted a fun portrait of Mark away from his desk that would show his fun side. Mark has a lot of personality in his attire and the magazine wanted to be sure that we highlight that. I’m also a fan of bowties so this assignment was a perfect fit for me. We shot some standard office stuff to get started and then moved outside to find a more appealing background and loosen up. Mark’s gregarious personality comes through in these images, not typical of somebody who works in the markets and we were thankful he tried many different settings for our shoot.