A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Jessica Yellin, the former CNN Chief White House Correspondent for The Wall Street Journal’s Weekend Confidential. Luckily for her, she left that position before the current sideshow took office…
A few weeks ago I got a call from The Wall Street Journal asking if I’d like to photograph Jill Anderson, the former CEO of Cianna Medical who had just sold her company to JP Morgan Chase for the tune of $2oo+ Million.
When we showed up, a big part of her family were there and everyone was wonderful and very hospitable. As we scouted the grounds, I noticed a lot of “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” posters in the guest house. I asked her stepson who was walking us around if they were big fans of the show, he then told me his brother was an actor/writer on the series…Turns out she is Rob McElhenney’s stepmother. Rob as you may know plays Mac on the show and his brother was the one giving us the tour. That right there made my day, but lets continue.
We found several beautiful locations that worked well for the shoot. Since we had multiple locations and limited time, the lighting had to be easy to move, so we went with a 60” Phototek Softlighter.
And the result.
For a long time, I’ve wanted to work on a project in some sort of form about the Japanese-American Internment during WWII. Over the past 3 years I’ve been working on the idea of how I could do this. Since I moved to LA a few months ago, I’ve been thinking about how I could make this project be impactful, intriguing, and give the people who were affected by this atrocity a voice, and to put a face with their story.
The most challenging part of this project is to find people that are still alive that were in these concentration camps and willing to share their stories and be photographed. There are many who would rather not relive the pain and haven’t even shared their experiences with their kids. I was fortunate enough to meet a couple, Yukio and Kiko Matsumoto, who in conversation had brought up the fact that they had both been in the camps while they were very young and met shortly in Chicago after being released. I immediately told them about this project and asked if they would be interested in being a part of it. Thankfully, they were on board.
I can’t wait to share some of the images soon. You can see the final image from these behind the scenes photos on Instagram @matthewscottgranger
Feel free to reach out or leave a comment below if you’d like to hear more or have any questions about this project.
A few weeks ago we ended up in Van Nuys at a small industrial complex which happened to house Howie Mandel’s office in it. I gotta say, this office was pretty fantastic. Not only did it have a few small offices in it, but it also had a mini cyc built in and a recording booth with a mixing room!
As cool as everything was, the main area that we brought the EQ thru seemed to really speak to us. The mini carousel and general anarchy of the space was just an amazing setting for this particular shoot.
Let’s start with Sean and Howie doing our color card…
The mini cyc was great for a studio option..
The serious thinking happens on the ponies. I was really drawn to this piece in Howie’s office, come to find out that he has this around because his granddaughter loves carousels and it really reminded me of the Depeche Mode video for Personal Jesus.
I was happy to see that some of my favorites have kept their younger, silly side! What a great day with a down to earth dude.
A few weeks ago I got to photograph Founder/CEO Michael Hackman of Hackman Capital Partners at his Culver City offices.
This was a special one for me as I had no assistant for the day, the person that was to let me in was a no show and no one could reach her, then when I got in, I only had less than 15 mins to set up…no sweat.
We had a few laughs, I got a tour and we got some great shots.