Keeping the background recognizable but just slightly out of focus makes the subject pop.  Amy Cha of Bohlin Cywinski Powell

 

Though known primarily as a photographer who specializes in shooting structures and places, Greg is often asked by his clients to shoot people – mostly architects, of course. As he loves to take portraits, he considers these opportunities to be plum assignments – especially in this age of the selfie. Yet, even in “portrait mode,” Greg’s philosophy regarding his craft remains the same – how best to bring out the human qualities of his subjects. 

A photo that fails to capture and convey a subject’s humanity might as well be a mugshot.

 

A workplace portrait should say “this is where you’ll find me.” Brandon Collins of Bohlin Cywinski Powell

 

His clients recognize and appreciate the context, texture and import such a professional approach affords. Over the past year, Bohlin Cywinski Powell , Cicada Architects and landscape architects Ground Reconsidered  have all had Greg photograph their architects. He prefers to take such portraits in the subjects’ natural habitats – their workspace environments. In this vein, he has a lot in common with nature photographers.

 

Lighting at architecture firms is better than most, but may still need to be filled in. Ryan Simpson of Bohlin Cywinski Powell

Caption TK. Brittany Adams of Ground Reconsidered

His process borders on the ritualistic. He’ll spend time where his subject spends time. He’ll walk around to get the lay of the land, examining it from all angles. Without being too obtrusive, he’ll also watch his subject at work, taking note of backgrounds that can communicate the relationship he or she has to their space.

In general, Greg emphasizes natural lighting in his portraits, but he’s not above inserting a fill here or there to warm up the image a bit and project a sense of professional accomplishment.

  Caption TK. Daryn Edwards of Cicada Architects

Caption TK. Daryn Edwards of Cicada Architects

  Caption TK. Karen Skafte of Cicada Architects

Caption TK. Karen Skafte of Cicada Architects