Capital Campaign Photography – Boston University

Capital Campaign Photography

This was a fun fast paced shoot for a capital campaign photography library — The Campaign for Boston University. It was a busy and full day covering nine different locations at two campuses, Charles River and the Medical School (a few miles apart from each other).

Starting very early at the Charles River campus I worked through some of the locations I had been asked to cover. I arrived at New Balance Field at noon. There wasn’t much activity and the light was harsh so I headed to the Boston University Medical School Campus. I planned to return to the field at the end of the day for twilight. With a number of locations to photograph at the med school campus I made a circuit of the most interesting locations. Then I visited each more than once as the activity changed on campus. Wrapping up at the med school campus I headed back to the New Balance Field to photograph women’s lacrosse and intramurals. That worked out really well as the light was nice and teams were practicing.

Capital Campaign photography at Boston University Medical School with students in a class outside on the campus, photographer Jonathan Kannair.

Two Boston University women's lacrosse team members on the sidelines at New Balance Field for capital campaign photography, photographer Jonathan Kannair.

Creative Direction

There were specific sites I had to cover and a wish list of images. These kinds of assignments I liken to a treasure hunt, a fun challenge. Going into the shoot I didn’t know exactly how the work would be used so I photographed as many scenes as possible from different angles and as different compositions.


As it turned out five of the images I made that day were selected for use in a 2014 capital campaign calendar!

Education Classroom Photography – Mimio

Students And Teachers Photographed In The Classroom

This work is from a series of education classroom photography projects for Mimio, photographing their interactive teaching technologies in the classroom. Mimio creates award-winning innovative teaching tools, which include interactive whiteboards, document cameras, projectors, tablets and software for a host of mobile devices. The products are beautiful and I photograph them as they are used in classrooms, showing how they work and how easy they are to work with.

These projects are just great, lots of wonderful energy and enthusiasm. The shoots just fly by! It’s been especially fun to see how some of the children who I’ve photographed have grown over just a few years. I feel like their growth has mirrored the fast changing technology Mimio creates, when in our recent shoot there was a big focus on the newest mobile devices.

Portrait of elementary school student in a classroom for education classroom photography, photographer Jonathan Kannair.

Education classroom photography portrait of an elementary school student at a computer work station, photographer Jonathan Kannair.

Education classroom photography of elementary school student using an interactive whiteboard, photographer Jonathan Kannair.
Education classroom photography of elementary school teacher and student working with interactive whiteboard, photographer Jonathan Kannair.
Education classroom photography of elementary school student working with an iPad, photographer Jonathan Kannair.
Producing Education Classroom Photography

Most of the talent for these shoots are real people, including the students and teachers. Between my resources and the client’s contacts we’ve found some great classroom locations too, with beautiful natural and even nice artificial light. For these and similar projects I’ll supplement the existing lighting with HMI lighting. I find working that way is very fast and efficient as the light is easy to see and work with to get a natural look. Since we’re creating a library of images with a lot of talent and a big shots list, working very quickly is really important.

The high production values for these projects start with location scouting, real people casting, talent selection, thoughtful planning and then I bring together a great team for the shoot including stylists and hair and make-up artists. The results have been an extensive photography library, which has been used for print advertising, collateral, websites and trades show graphics.