20 Portraits

While visiting Thorsten Von Overgaard's blog last night, (which is something I do often), I came across the 20 portraits and 40 portraits booklets or ebooks he has. I was jealous and had an urge of posting 20 portraits that I liked having in my book and here you go.

 Olivier Chavy - CEO of Wilson Associates

Olivier Chavy - CEO of Wilson Associates

 Jeff Zilm - American visual artist

Jeff Zilm - American visual artist

 J.R. Martinez - American actor, motivational speaker, author and former U.S. Army soldier

J.R. Martinez - American actor, motivational speaker, author and former U.S. Army soldier

 Stephan Pyles - Chef, cookbook author, philanthropist

Stephan Pyles - Chef, cookbook author, philanthropist

 Mina Chang - CEO of Linking the World, singer, philanthropist

Mina Chang - CEO of Linking the World, singer, philanthropist

 Nada Abou Farhat - Lebanese actress

Nada Abou Farhat - Lebanese actress

 Robert Edsel - American writer, known best for The Monuments Men and Saving Italy

Robert Edsel - American writer, known best for The Monuments Men and Saving Italy

 Steven Wilson - Musician

Steven Wilson - Musician

 Simone Pastacaldi

Simone Pastacaldi

 My son

My son

 Amir Omar

Amir Omar

 Jing Wang - Hong Kong Philharmonic Concertmaster

Jing Wang - Hong Kong Philharmonic Concertmaster

 Hiba Tawaji - Lebanese actress, singer

Hiba Tawaji - Lebanese actress, singer

 Firas Alsalih - Managing Director for Wilson Associates in the Middle East and Africa

Firas Alsalih - Managing Director for Wilson Associates in the Middle East and Africa

 Matthew Mayfield - Musician

Matthew Mayfield - Musician

 Antoine Balaban - Lebanese actor, architect and friend

Antoine Balaban - Lebanese actor, architect and friend

 Katarina - Model @ Kim Dawson Dallas

Katarina - Model @ Kim Dawson Dallas

 dUg Pinnick - Hard Rock/Metal Musician 

dUg Pinnick - Hard Rock/Metal Musician 

 Alban Pessy - Hair Stylist @ Jose Eber

Alban Pessy - Hair Stylist @ Jose Eber

 Khrystyana - Model @ Muse Models NYC

Khrystyana - Model @ Muse Models NYC

 Self-Portrait - William Bichara | photographer (Bonus 21st portrait)

Self-Portrait - William Bichara | photographer (Bonus 21st portrait)

Wilson Associates

 

“Love love love the website!”

“You’re fully part of it!!!”… That was the deeply gratifying response from Olivier Chavy – the president and CEO of Wilson Associates – to my raving feedback to him about the company’s new website. This story, however, is not about a new website. It’s a story about reshaping a world class interior architectural design company’s already immaculate image to fit the future of the world of luxury – one that, in Olivier’s words, is becoming “increasingly connected and dynamic”. To me, the thrilling part of the story is that I had a very unique and extraordinary opportunity to be part it.

 

Fate and a great endorsement from a friend and a loyal client put me in the path of Olivier, an inspiring leader with a vision, resolute about re-positioning his firm for the future. To that effect, the company was starting a major re-branding initiative that focuses on the people behind the iconic designs. Wilson takes great pride in the diverse backgrounds and immense talents of the it’s associates, and the new vision sought to place them at the forefront of the Wilson brand.

 

This is where my role in this project came. I was lucky to be invited along for the journey to help create images of Wilson’s leadership and designer team members that were true and candid representations of who they are and of each of their creative personalities. Over the course of three months, I’ve met and photographed Wilson’s leaders in Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, Dubai and Singapore, and I can’t be more thrilled about the opportunity. On top of the immeasurable significance of this experience to me, I consider myself fortunate to have met such an inspiring and talented group of people, and to have established some friendships that I will always prize.

 

Having met this team and connected with them on a personal level during the photo shoots was a great experience and a privilege. But now, after seeing their photographs integrated with the re-branding efforts in the newly launched website, it all came together. I see the vision clearly translated –  they are the essence of the Wilson Associates, and their candid images complement their bios beautifully to establish that first point of connection in the eyes of their clients.

 

The rebranded website is now officially launched and I can’t wait to share the details of this photography project. A selection of the images is posted below … look for more to come.

http://www.wilsonassociates.com/people

 

Jeff Zilm

His are by far some of my favorite editorial pictures I’ve shot  for Patron Magazine and other similar projects. Jeff Zilm, the American visual artists and Dallas resident, was featured in Patron’s (latest) issue, and I had the pleasure of photographing him for this feature. Zilm’s art is very unique – he makes paintings that are so minimalist at the surface, but are created based on a very creative and complicated process using film stock, where he transfers cut-up film from reel to canvas. He does that through a chemical process he created that mixes paint with an emulsion base he strips from film to pain his art pieces. The end result is a captivating blend of grays and whites that has a very intriguing and, at times, ”ghostly presence”. Jeff is a highly sought after artist, at times selling pieces that haven’t yet been painted, and his works has been showcased in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions. I thank Patron’s Terri Provencal for the opportunity to capture Jeff and his art at his studio in Dallas.

Editor's Note

It was nice being mentioned in the editor’s note of Patron Magazine’s latest edition. Being acknowledged by the editor and creator of this elegant publication, Terri Provencal, is an endorsement I’m always happy to receive. In the 3 years since the inception of the magazine that covers the art & culture scenes in Dallas, I’ve had the pleasure to work alongside Terri to photograph many of the high profile artists and art supporters featured in Patron. For this issue, I photographed, among others, one of the city’s most pivotal figures in the Dallas art scene today – Dallas Museum of Art director, Maxwell Anderson, contemporary visual artist – Jeff Zilm, and creative chef, author, and educator – Stephan Pyles.