Annual Report Photography for Above & Beyond

Thanks to a referral from graphic designer Dan Paterno, to account executive John Healy, the Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center hired me to photograph their clients for their annual report.

The not for profit is a unique and loving outpatient treatment center that embraces those with substance use disorders and they will turn no willing client away. And I was grateful for the opportunity to help the Center and Executive Director Dan Hostetler raise money for the cause, since drug and alcohol abuse has touched everyone’s family, including my own.

The overall theme of the shoot was to photograph real people in their real clothes and then mix in props from around the center and some rustic ones from my own collection. Then we posed them in front of a blue green Gravity Backdrop.

For most of the shots I used Profoto D1 Air 500 Monolights, a Elinchrom 39″ Rotalux Deep OctaBox as my main light and then boomed a Photek Softlighter II 46-Inch Umbrella overhead and filled the whole shot with a Westcott 7-Feet White with Black Cover Parabolic Umbrella.

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The vision of Above and Beyond is to build an individualized treatment experience that is available to anyone in need regardless of their economic status. Their clients and clinicians create therapeutic alliances that design and execute personalized programs of recovery that co-exist side-by-side with personal development and growth goals. They believe that recovery is a process that requires meeting individuals where they are at, as well as addressing their environmental life circumstances such as: education, employment readiness, interpersonal relationships, and social reintegrative abilities and activities.

Portrait by Chicago Photographer John Gress at the Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center a Drug Treatment center

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