New Concord Academy website

I’m so pleased to share the new Concord Academy website, the result of months of collaboration and two years of planning. I’m pleased that our goals — to share the full vitality of Concord Academy’s community through rich visual storytelling, and to do so in a way that is scalable, cost-efficient, and follows contemporary best-practices in SEO, video, photo, and more — have been realized.

There’s too many people to thank, but I can’t thank my team enough. They were amazing. Hope you enjoy!

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South Africa Safari Photos

I recently got back from a trip to South Africa. It was stunningly beautiful. See below for a small selection of photos. Some of these will be appearing in publication soon.

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Concord Academy Chameleon

When I arrived at Concord Academy, one of the projects I began was to refresh the school’s visual identity. One aspect of that was to reintroduce the school’s mascot, the chameleon. First introduced in the late 1920’s as one of the academy’s early art and literary magazines, the chameleon has been with Concord Academy for more than eighty years. It’s understood as a sign of adaptabiltiy in a changing world.

To reintroduce it, I had a costume custom made, which we introduced at a morning announcements. The reaction by students was incredible: they applauded and cheered thunderously. Since then, we have staged photoshoots, and let kids use it at athletic events and elsewhere. It’s been embraced, which is wonderful.

Here are some photos of the chameleon in action. Photos courtesy of Cole + Kiera.

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Video on Popular Mechanics

It was great surprise to see the video I made for my good friend at A Concord Carpenter on the Popular Mechanics blog. Check it out below.

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Concord Carpenter: Video Bumper

I’ve been helping my my neighbor and good friend Rob Robillard make a new bumper for his carpentry videos. I’m pleased to share the final product. We worked with Oxbow on this, with me shooting the video and Oxbow editing and providing the animation. They did a truly fantastic job — as always!



About Concord Academy Video

For the past few months we’ve been working on a new “About Concord Academy” video. We decided to highlight student voices and experiences over a traditional talking heads video. I’m etxremely pleased with how it turned out. Thanks again to Windy Films for this. As my old boss said, the first draft was a close to perfect as anything I’ve ever seen. We’ll be rolling this video out over the coming months.



Senior Chapel Talks Video

In telling Concord Academy’s story, one of the challenges has been how to talk about our senior chapel talks — a singular rite of passage with no religious connotations — without making it seem like at the heart of the CA education there is a religious tradition. With this video, Hans Mundhal and I hope to have captured the story and the spirit of this important tradition at CA.

New Haines House Seal: Video & Logo

In preparing for CA’s centennial in 2022, I have been working with my team and with input from faculty, board members, and our students, on ensuring that CA’s brand is as clear and as strong as it can possibly be.

We are pleased to share the news that the window logo will be replaced by a refreshed version of the Haines House seal — a building that was the first building that comprised CA,. The seal itself is an updated version of the seal this school used on its earliest diplomas and admissions pamphlets, a seal that has been a part of our community for over 90 years.

This work was done in partnership with Might & Main of Portland, Maine. To unveil it to the community, we made the below video with Oxbow from Burlington, Vermont.

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Photography Site

For a little more than a year I’ve been experimenting with photography: how to to take good shots, how to edit them, and how to share them. I’ve learned a lot and gotten comfortable with a camera — comfortable enough, at least, to share with you some of my work.

To do that, I created a photography website, which you can find here on Smugmug. There, you can buy prints of photos or contact me to license photos. See below for two recent photos — there’s plenty more on the site!

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Featured on Wistia's Learning Center

Courtesy of Wistia
Courtesy of Wistia

As you can probably tell, I’m a big fan of Wistia — a Cambridge-based video hosting company that’s doing awesome work. And so I was flattered when they asked me if they could interview me, and feature the work we’re doing at Concord Academy. Check out this link for the full interview!