With the early arrival of spring, I've been very busy shooting for Mahoney Publishing's Harvard University and Newport, Rhode Island 2014 calendars. (Not a typo, the 2013 calendars are already being printed) Bold, seasonal imagery is key for this client. This year, the early spring has really worked in my favor for photographing the exteriors of the Newport mansions which the company likes to use for the cover shot and several interior shots. The grass is already green and lush and this early in the spring, few people are visiting the mansions first thing in the morning. This affords me the opportunity to photograph the facades framed by the broad lawns and crystal clear spring skies without throngs of visitors. Elsewhere in Newport, the flowering trees and spring perennials are in full bloom and even though this year I'm shooting in April, those photographs proclaim "It's May!!"
Below are some images from my Newport shoot and a few from my Harvard University shoot.
The magnificent Breakers built as the summer home for Cornelius Vanderbilt II.
With the very sculptural looking bare tree in front of The Elms, this could be a good choice for April.
I like the juxtaposition of architectural styles used on the grounds of Marble House built for the William K Vanderbilts.
Trinity Church is at the head of a small park opposite the waterfront in Newport, RI.
Daffodils in bloom along Cliff Walk in front of The Chanler hotel in Newport.
When most people think of Harvard University, they think of Harvard Yard in Cambridge. This photograph and the one below were both taken on the campus of Harvard's business school located on the Boston side of the Charles River.