Vision In Focus » Brand Photography and Business Portraits from Cynthia August Images

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  • Cynthia August is a Portrait Photographer in Boston.

Creating a New England Magazine

It was last Summer when my friend and photography client Sandra from Sweetgum Textiles and I met over a quick lunch to chat about photography, design, life, family, business, everything, as we often do. Sandra is an architect and a designer, and I honestly don’t think she’s ever created something I didn’t like. Natural toned with a lovely sophistication and beautiful, organic lines, her work is distinctively hers and just so exceptional. Plus, she’s pretty cool. Also smart.

Ok. Anyway. Sandra had this fun idea of creating a reader’s journal/magazine/catalogue with fantastic photography exploring the connection between our home here in New England and the things New England artists and artisans make, with fantastic and cool things for sale just in time for the holidays.

As an editorial portrait photographer, and as a business photographer who also specializes in creating visual profiles of creative businesses, you can imagine how excited this made me. Read: VERY. It’s pretty hard not to be inspired by the New England coast, and Sandra’s own company is a perfect example of this, since her textiles patterns are directly inspired by the plants and animals that surround us every day here in Massachusetts. What a cool idea. And so, PLACE…in the Making was born!


Sandra’s own business connections drove the finding of the first issue’s contributors – a found source woodshop in an old Rockport church (with a sawmill in the backyard). Enamel and woodcut artists with pieces that look as if they just came from the ocean’s heart. Yarn makers, soap makers, chocolatiers, potters, printers. Writings from architects and artists. Still life photography and images from the field.


The team behind the journal was vast, and the artisans we created portraits of are fascinating – I’m excited to share some of these creators and their businesses in a series of posts starting next week. For now, here are four lifestyle, detail and branding images from the publication – enjoy!



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