Migis Lodge Wedding Photography .:. Sebago Lake, Maine

Mark Higgins asked me to shoot a wedding with him in Maine.  He said I would like this couple.  They were cool and artistic and he had photographed their adorable engagement session at the Somerville Theater.  He said the wedding would be great. And that we would have fun.
And he was right.  As perfect as a day in June can be.  Lake side, with sweet, earnestly in love clients and a loving and joyous family. Under the sun, under the stars.

Mark also invited another photographer friend of ours, Meg.  So it was three of us who drove up in Mark's jurassic mini van and covered the wedding day celebrations. When the  reception ended, the wedding party had drifted around a bonfire.  Our gear packed, and lost iphones found, it was Meg and Mark and me jumping in Sebago Lake in our underwear to cool off before the long and dark ride back to Boston.

Since the wedding was in capable hands, I limited myself to one lens.  A 50mm.  It's a lens I use quite a bit anyway.  For certain things. I like the optics of it, I like the framing, just slightly wider than my own vision.  It was a challenge to keep one lens on all day.  I wasn't able to approach things as I typically do. And shot some unexpected surprises.

Here are the results!

Company One .:. Gala

Over dumplings and wine, in the quiet with disappointment moments post superbowl - Devin asked me to shoot the Company One Gala.  He told me it would be a cool party.  I was too stunned over the last five minutes of the game to register much.  I put it on my calendar and suddenly it was April 19.
In addition is hosting the superbowl and subsequent Soul Train dance-off, Devin also runs One Love Entertainment.  He brought the following local performers to the party: DJ Saucy Lady, Samantha Farrell, Sean Fielder, Fedner Dorrelus and NIA Dance Troupe, Noriko Terada and Yuki Kanesaka, The Floorlords (crushing it as usual), Khalid Hill and Lekisha Benjamin and my pal Percy Wright.

A few from the night.  If only I hadn't had to go home early.



The Future of Work .:. One Big Open

On Friday, I spoke with Ben and Jon at Boston's Creative Mornings over at Space With A Soul. We spoke on coworking; connecting across industries as independent creatives, forming community and building a sustainable economy.  Our partnerships have evolved into our current endeavor One Big Open.  I refer to it as a playground for the creative entrepreneur.  A community to work hard and play hard. Ben defines it as the meta level that exists in the connecting tissue across physical coworking spaces. It's being open. It's about committing to being outward facing.  It's about saying yes.
A few key points that were live tweeted:

  • Making the creative process visible makes it more valuable.
  • Hearing other people introduce you is a great way to find out if your branding is effective.
  • Coworking is all about possibilities.
  • It's easier to talk with a drink in your hand.


Thank you to the Design Museum Boston, Captains of Industry and Barismo for sponsoring us!

Follow us on @onebigopen to engage with the future of work.


Brand Hack .:. Before & After

"It was like you midwifed us!"
One of the best compliments I've ever received.

The inaugural Brand Hack launched on Sunday April 1, 2012. The idea for The Brand Hack began in the early days of Ad Hoc when Ars Magna and Thinkside shared space with the folks at Quilted and Rough Mountain Film & Media.

Like an extreme make over, a team of designers and developers came together to volunteer a full day to fully rebrand an emerging organization. We were connected with One Degree by Boston World Partnerships.  One Degree operates as a community resource broker and leverages cultural and technological advancements—like user reviews, social networking, and big data—to make social services more effective.

Jay Sun, of EnCandle and a connector at Boston World Partnerships, and Ben Spear of Thinkside began the day with a positioning and branding conversation with founders of One Degree; Rey Faustino and Karla Monterroso and their most recent addition Phan Huynh. I took the role of project manager, and of course photographer.  I also ended up sharing copywriting duties.

Ben lead a team of designers to build a brand promise that considered the following: One Degree is a start up and needs to secure financial investment. One Degree needs to build a user base, comprised of both social service end-users and the community leaders.  The data that One Degree will generate will guide philanthropic giving. You can read about the specifics of meeting the design challenge on Thinkside's blog.

Once the identity was created and received client approval, the design team then got straight to work on the collateral: a brochure in PDF and print form, business cards, a one page web presence, HTML email template and a branded Power Point template. The development team took over and worked on making it all live, aiming for a 6pm deadline.

Collaborative work happens all the time in coworking spaces. Pieces of the One Degree Brand Hack team have worked together in various other capacities. However, The Brand Hack allowed us to work even more transparently than usual. To collaborate across an entire project, to see it from start to finish.  The clients stayed with us throughout the process and we were able to make decisions rapidly and responsively.

Karla, Rey and Phan were thrilled with the results.

Our next Brand Hack in scheduled for June 1, 2012.  We are looking to work with an emerging organization that is ready for a complete rebrand.  If you’d like to suggest a worthy organization, send us an email. To stay on top of our projects and activities,  follow us at@TheBrandHack.

Coworking and One Big Open .:. Creative Mornings Boston

As dedicated readers undoubtedly know, Ben and I have been coworking alongside one another and collaborating on project work for years. Last summer Jon joined in the mix. Our partnership is about sharing ideas, pushing each other, being outward facing and embracing visibility. This is all happening in our current endeavor, a playground for the passionate creative, called One Big Open.
This is a new approach to business for a changed economy.  This is the future of work!

Ben, Jon and I will be speaking tomorrow morning at Creative Mornings Boston.  Sign up here.