It’s not everyday you get a call from a prestigious high school from the midwest, asking if you’d be interested in photographing a physician at Mass General Hospital. “Of course!” I said. Pediatrics, even better!
It wasn’t just 16 months ago I left MGH, after nearly 9 years of service, to pursue my career as a freelance photographer/small business owner. I was excited to walk among the many faces I had gotten to know over the better half of a decade and say hi to old friends.
Marquette University High School from Milwaukee, Wisconsin was writing a story about an alumnus, Dr. Carlos Torres, for their upcoming issue of the MUHS Magazine. This magazine is circulated to alumni, families, staff, students, and donors alike within the MUHS network. With a shot list in hand from the designer of the magazine, Jena Sher, I set off to nail down exactly what they needed. But, I secretly hoped for a patient interaction with Dr. Torres. Which, being a pediatric physician, could get tricky with privacy concerns.
With release forms in hand, my own and from both the magazine and the hospital, and the guidance of a new Public Affairs Officer I hadn’t met yet, Noah Brown of MGH, I crossed my fingers that we might get Dr. Torres to be photographed with a pediatric patient.
As luck would have it, Dr. Torres had a perfect patient in mind – a 5-day old newborn, Sophia, who was doing great and was particularly photogenic. The baby was a sweetheart and held it together for the 15 minutes we had with her. Her mom is one lucky lady! Not a peep, or cry, but even opened her eyes and look straight into Dr. Torres’. A natural in front of the camera!
I must say, my most favorite days working at MGH always involve pediatrics in some capacity. Whether it was escorting and photographing visits from Boston sports teams and players, taking the kids around trick-or-treating at Halloween around the hospital, the annual egg hunt, or capturing patient stories for the Development Office, pediatrics is where it’s at!
This past Friday afternoon, photographing within the walls of the amazing MGH pediatric inpatient unit, was no exception. – JF
So, I just received my copy of the publication and I am very pleased to see I made the cover. It’s always rewarding to see your work published, being shared with an interested audience. So cool! – JF