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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Indiana University Olympic medalist swimmers

Back in August, I photographed a few of Indiana University’s Olympic swimmers after they returned home from the Rio games. I had the opportunity to shoot their portraits for IU social media after a media day availability. Our social media folks were looking for standard shots of each of them holding their medals. After I got that specific shot with each swimmer, I quickly shifted and shot these portraits. I don’t believe they’ve been used before, but it’s an example of shooting something for yourself after you’ve got “the shot” at a shoot. For better or worse, I use a very similar lighting setup on most of my portraits. This setup was an attempt to break out of that. I hung an octabox directly above the subjects and lit them primarily while standing in front of a mostly-collapsed umbrella to try to mimic a ring flash look.

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Blake Pieroni

Blake Pieroni, USA

Lilly King

Lilly King, USA

Kennedy Goss

Kennedy Goss, Canada

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Indiana University staff merit awards portraits

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to make portraits of a few Indiana University Bloomington employees who will be honored with staff merit awards next week. For the past several weeks, the only portraits I’ve shot have been lit and in the studio. It was refreshing to grab a 50 mm f/1.2 lens and challenge myself to find clean backgrounds in the environments where these staffers work on campus.

Indiana University Bloomington Staff Merit Awards

Gayle Higgins, Ostrom Workshop

Indiana University Bloomington Staff Merit Awards

Connie May, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Indiana University Bloomington Staff Merit Awards

Lee A. Walters, Facility Operations

Indiana University Bloomington Staff Merit Awards

Shing-Shong “Bruce” Shei, Computer Science

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Patient surveys and the opioid epidemic

I spent a few hours back in June shadowing Dr. S. Michael Keller, the emergency room director at Marion General Hospital in Marion, Ind. The photos were for a story in The New York Times about patient satisfaction surveys and their effect on the opioid epidemic. Under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals’ Medicare reimbursements were tied to patient satisfaction surveys. The idea of this was to encourage quality care, but many health care professionals argue the surveys incentivized doctors to prescribe powerful and potentially addictive painkillers such as opioids to patients in order to score well on the surveys. Marion General bucked the trend by cutting opioid prescriptions, leading to a drastic drop in the patient satisfaction surveys.

S. Michael Keller

Dr. S. Michael Keller, director of Marion General Hospital’s emergency department and ambulance services, examines William Joseph, a patient from Van Buren, Ind., in the Emergency Room on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Marion, Ind. Marion General Hospital urged its doctors to limit opioid prescriptions resulting in lowered patient satisfaction scores, particularly in pain management. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incentivizes quality care by rewarding hospitals that score well on patient satisfaction surveys. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

S. Michael Keller

Dr. S. Michael Keller, director of Marion General Hospital’s emergency department and ambulance services, speaks with Deseric Inman, a patient from Marion, Ind. experiencing eye discomfort, in the Emergency Room on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Marion, Ind. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Princeton, Indiana basketball standout Jackie Young

Jackie Young is arguably the best basketball player – boys or girls – in the state of Indiana. I had the opportunity to photograph her for an ALL USA TODAY basketball player of the year candidate feature last week. It became clear how good she is as soon as I walked into the high school and saw her game jerseys framed on the wall outside of the gym. She doesn’t graduate until the end of May. In January, she broke Indiana’s all-time high school scoring record previously held by Damon Bailey. Next season she will play at Notre Dame.

I had not shot a “sportrait” (sports portrait) in a while. This assignment reminded me of a weekly feature we would shoot in Wyoming featuring high school athletes called “Prep Athlete of the Week” where we would conceptualize and photograph a sportrait on the fly. A special thanks to Princeton athletics director Jason Engelbrecht and girls basketball coach Charles Mair who were awesome and went out of their way to help me get everything set up for the shoot.

Jackie Young

Princeton basketball standout Jackie Young poses for a portrait on Friday, April 1, 2016, in Princeton, Indiana. Young broke Damon Bailey’s Indiana high school career scoring record of 3,134. She will play for Notre Dame next season. (James Brosher/USA TODAY Sports)

Jackie Young

Princeton basketball standout Jackie Young poses for a portrait on Friday, April 1, 2016, in Princeton, Indiana. Young is an ALL USA TODAY basketball player of the year candidate. (James Brosher/USA TODAY Sports)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Recent work for Indiana University

Winter Snow Campus Scenics

Evening light illuminates the Student Building tower as seen through the Sample Gates after a winter snowfall on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in the Old Crescent on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Leadership Breakfast

Members of the audience link arms to sing the Unity Anthem during the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Leadership Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in the Indiana Memorial Union Alumni Hall. The breakfast celebrated the legacy of Dr. King on the 30th anniversary of The King Holiday. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dr. Pardeep Kumar

Last month I photographed Dr. Pardeep Kumar, an internist in Terre Haute, Ind., for a story in The New York Times about a new medical coding system that went into effect on Oct. 1. The new system, ICD-10, is causing health care providers anxiety because it will change the fundamental way they describe illnesses and injuries in their computer systems. As Dr. Michael R. Marks, a Connecticut orthopedic surgeon, describes it in the story: “On Oct. 1, we will be speaking a new language. It’s like switching to German, after speaking English for 30 years.”

Pardeep Kumar

Dr. Pardeep Kumar listens to a patient before a check up on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Terre Haute, Ind. Kumar and doctors nationwide are preparing to switch to a new medical coding system, ICD-10, for tracking diagnoses on Oct. 1. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

Pardeep Kumar

Dr. Pardeep Kumar listens to a patient’s breathing using a stethoscope on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Terre Haute, Ind. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer at Indiana University

This summer has been a new experience for me. As a student, I never experienced a full summer in Bloomington. Now, as a townie, I’ve gotten the chance to see Bloomington and the Indiana University campus in all its blooming, laid-back glory. In a few weeks, that’ll all change when students start arriving en masse, but I’ve enjoyed the summer thus far. My photoshoots at IU have decreased considerably the last couple months, but it’s a welcome change of pace after the graduation season in May. Here are a few favorites from my daily work on assignment for Indiana University Communications:

Summer at Indiana University

Incoming freshmen experience the Light Totem outside of the IU Art Museum during a night tour of the IU Bloomington campus as part of New Student Orientation on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Summer at Indiana University

Michelle Long, center, an Orientation leader, reacts as students from opposing teams face off in a game of rock-paper-scissors during New Student Orientation on Monday, July 6, 2015, near Woodburn Hall. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Dr. Richard Fogel

Earlier this month I photographed Dr. Richard Fogel, a heart doctor at St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis, for a Wall Street Journal story outlining a recent dramatic increase in the price of a pair of heart medications, Isuprel (Isoproterenol) and Nitropress (Nitroprusside Sodium). The price hikes were not a result of improvements but rather the ownership: the prices rose drastically after the rights to the drugs were acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals in earlier this year.

Richard Fogel

Dr. Richard Fogel poses for a portrait on Friday, April 3, 2015, at the St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis. Ascension Health, which operates 131 hospitals across the country including St. Vincent, estimates price hikes to a pair of life-saving heart drugs, Isuprel (Isoproterenol) and Nitropress (Nitroprusside Sodium), will triple its spending on the medications this year. The price hikes were not a result of improvements but rather the ownership: the prices rose drastically after the rights to the drugs were acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals in February. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

Richard Fogel

Dr. Richard Fogel, right, speaks with a patient Deanna Chrysler, of West York, Ill., during an appointment on Friday, April 3, 2015, at the St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

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