Harbor Style Harbor Style Oct 2017 : Page 87

MEET STEVE DONALDSON AND MAX KELLY, THE GUYS BEHIND THE LENSES FOR HARBOR STYLE Story by Scott Spear Opening photo by Joanne Donaldson t’s my privilege and pleasure to ride shotgun with the photographers that bring you the brilliant imagery we present to you each month. My job as Art Director is all about bringing the stories to life, and our photographers make that job easy. While we have some writers that supply their own photographs and a few other contributors here and there, the bulk of the photos you see on the covers and within the pages are the work of Steve Donaldson and Max Kelly. No matter what the subject of their assignments, these two guys give it their all to bring home the photos. And it’s not always the most glamorous of circumstances. For example, Kelly and I were constantly reminded to remain aware of the lions and tigers at Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary, lest they spray us. Then there was the shoot at the sewage treatment plant. That particular shoot gets the award for the most odoriferous...so far. These guys collectively win the Good Sports Award month after month, driving to all corners of the county at all hours of the day and night, always representing our brand with a smile and positive attitude. This being the Arts issue and all, I asked them to send me a couple of their favorite shots. Here’s what we got: HARBOR STYLE | 87

Hired Guns

Scott Spear

MEET STEVE DONALDSON AND MAX KELLY, THE GUYS BEHIND THE LENSES FOR HARBOR STYLE

It’s my privilege and pleasure to ride shotgun with the photographers that bring you the brilliant imagery we present to you each month.

My job as Art Director is all about bringing the stories to life, and our photographers make that job easy. While we have some writers that supply their own photographs and a few other contributors here and there, the bulk of the photos you see on the covers and within the pages are the work of Steve Donaldson and Max Kelly.

No matter what the subject of their assignments, these two guys give it their all to bring home the photos. And it’s not always the most glamorous of circumstances. For example, Kelly and I were constantly reminded to remain aware of the lions and tigers at Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary, lest they spray us. Then there was the shoot at the sewage treatment plant. That particular shoot gets the award for the most odoriferous...so far.

These guys collectively win the Good Sports Award month after month, driving to all corners of the county at all hours of the day and night, always representing our brand with a smile and positive attitude.

This being the Arts issue and all, I asked them to send me a couple of their favorite shots. Here’s what we got:

STEVE DONALDSON

When we need a shot of a yacht club from the air, or a juicy steak , or a shot of our HARBOR’S HOTTEST award for the cover, Steve Donaldson is our man.

In addition to shooting at least two feature stories every month, Donaldson also shoots our Dining Reviews as well as many of the photos used in our advertisements. He comes loaded for bear when he shoots for us, with a wagon-load full of lights, tripods and a custom modified professional drone for aerial shots.

Donaldson started shooting architecture and food at the age of 23 and still loves shooting food the most. “I never augment food with unnatural treatments. Right out of the kitchen, these creations contain all the energy and vibrancy needed! Well, maybe just a little salt in the beer when no one is looking.”

Donaldson is sometimes assisted by his wife, Joanne, who does her own photography as well. And when she is not assisting, yours truly gets to schlep the lights around.

MAX KELLY

Max Kelly is multi-talented. When he’s not out taking photos for HARBOR STYLE or his other clients, he can be found playing funky Latin percussion in several bands, participating in ballroom dancing, doing his own art projects and even carving tikis!

Kelly handled his first Nikon at age four. As a kid, he was exposed to photography at an early age by his corporate photographer dad, who kept a darkroom in the basement. Kelly studied fine art at the School of Visual Arts in New York and his career has spanned a mix of creative disciplines. But around eight years ago he scaled back some endeavors to concentrate on his photography.

Kelly likes assignments that allow him to travel; some of his most vivid work are from trips to Cuba and Guatemala. He minces no words about his least favorite assignments: “animals and babies – they won’t hold still!” I’m still trying to figure out if the big lion that wanted to eat him on an assignment earlier this year influenced that comment. Of the two, I think he’d prefer the lion over babies any day.

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