Boston Portrait Photographer

Improper Bostonian: Bartenders Feature

I have, over the past year, spent a lot of time in bars around Boston.  That is, I have spent a lot of time photographing in bars around Boston for an upcoming self published book.  In that time I've thought a lot about what makes a great bar, and as simple as it sounds, its a great bartender.  Give me a dive bar with a great bartender over an expensive trendy bar any day. Great bartenders know that spirits can be as complex as wine and cocktails as nuanced as a delicious meal.  They know how to borrow from the past and innovate to create something new.  For this years Bartender's feature I got to photograph a few new faces and revisit a couple old friends.  Check out some of the outtakes from the shoot and keep your eye out for our book coming soon. Tyler Wang at Kirkland Tap and Trotter

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Bartender Nicole LeClair

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Bartender Kevin Mabry

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Bartender Ezra Star

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Bartender Will Isaza

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Bartender Melinda Maddox

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Bartender Fred Yarm at the Russell House Tavern

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Improper Bostonian: Spring Arts Feature

I've always been fascinated by performers.  Actors, musicians, dancers, anyone who can get in front of a crowd and create magic before your very eyes.  However, I think it's easy to forget that behind the scenes there's a whole team of folks that help to make it happen.  I recently had the opportunity to get back stage at several of Boston's theatre companies and document the unsung heroes that keep the shows going.  Shot for the Improper Bostonian's Spring Arts feature, below are some outtakes from the shoots. Director Spiro Veloudos of the Lyric Stage Co.

Wig and Makeup Designer Jason Allen

Actress Christine Power

Wardrobe Supervisor Amanda Ostrow

Edible Cocktails

Out now is Edible Boston's first ever special edition Drink Issue with an article by Luke O'Neil about the connection between the kitchen and the bar.  For the story I was able to travel around to a wide variety of restaurants in the Boston area and photograph the drinks with their culinary counterpoints. And, of course, I may have sampled a few of the beverages. "Not too long ago bars and kitchens had an often adversarial relationship, particularly when it came to bars pilfering ingredients and not replacing them, or kitchens being stingy with the supply.  There was also a more substantial standoff at work in the bad old days of drinking, as Charles Draghi, chef and owner of Erbaluce explains. "For a chef, I was never a fan of cocktails, like a lot of chefs.  It used to mean a war between bar and customer's palate and what a chef was trying to do." Too many cocktails, before the current resurgence, were cloyingly sweet, or else overpoweringly alcoholic. You wouldn't want a diner to be drinking mudslides, say, or straight vodka martinis before a nice meal. But that all changed when bartenders and chefs realized they could work together to enhance the entire experience from first sip, on through the meal, and to the after dinner drink."

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R. Murphy Knives: Edible Boston Winter 2014

R. Murphy Knives are made in Massachusetts - and have been for 163 years. With carbon steel sourced from Ohio, blades stamped out on a press from 1890, and often-reclaimed wood carved for their handles, their small team of craftsmen creates pure, local magic.  Read more at Edible.

Jenny Dell: Improper Bostonian

NESN Red Sox reporter Jenny Dell on the cover of this week's Improper. On whether she gets sick of all that baseball: "I think anything you end up putting your all into, you love. So you eat, breathe, sleep and dream it. On my days off, I sit at home and watch the game. Once you’re a part of it, you’re all in."

Melody Ehsani

Melody Ehsani grew up in a traditional Persian home, destined for law school and a status-assigning marriage. The LA native chose a different route, however, and today her vibrant designs are snapped up by celebrities like Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Jennifer Lopez. "I decided to break with my culture and follow my heart into a field I was internally drawn to….design," said Ehsani. "The more I designed shoes and products, the more it felt like the right thing for me to be doing."

Ehsani's style has become highly sought after, and Adam joined her on a recent day at Reebok's headquarters while she worked on a new shoe design.

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MIT Technology Review: Hacking HIV Cover Story

Adam's photographs of researchers Bruce Walker and Terry Ragon are the cover story for the May/June 2013 issue of the MIT Technology Review. They are leading Ragon Insitute to develop a preventative vaccine for HIV. Photographed below, Arup Chakraborty, Institute for Medical Engineering and Sciences Director, joined the mission in 2008. HackingHIV_AdamDeTour HackingHIV_AdamDeTour2