If you attended one of the many celebrations held in conjunction with St. Augustine's 450th anniversary last summer, chances are, you may have been one of the 450 faces included in Michael LeGrand's "Faces of the 450th" project.
The project, which highlighted the diversity and individuality of St. Augustine residents and public figures through a series of headshots, will be on display in the Rotunda Gallery at the St. Johns County Administration Building from February 7 through April 20, 2017. There will be an opening reception Tuesday, February 7, beginning at 8:15 a.m., prior to the Board of County Commission meeting. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.
"Faces of the 450th" drew inspiration from one of photography's most amazing portfolios, the "American West Series" by Richard Avedon, which captured subjects in various posed and non-posed moments against a white backdrop, which acted as a blank canvas, allowing the subject to stand out and be highlighted. Michael LeGrand's pseudo-improvisational headshots were shot at different community events such as Farmers Markets, Music in The Plaza, and other locations. Just as Avedon's American West photos captured a diverse subset of the American culture, LeGrand's photos captured a similarly diverse subset of our St. Augustine community. The final project was ultimately displayed on large mounted billboards in front of the Lightner Museum, the St. Augustine Visitors Center, and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
In recent years, I received many requests from my corporate and commercial clients to do small video projects. Unfortunately, I had to turn down these types of shoots because I didn't have the skill set or equipment needed to complete them on a level to which my clients were accustomed. So, in 2014 I set out to add a new service line to my business. In these two short years, I have developed the technical and creative skills necessary to complete video projects with the same high level of quality, creativity, and personality that my corporate, commercial and advertising clients have enjoyed from Michael LeGrand Photography for the last 10 years.
I am also an FAA part 107 Licensed and Insured Drone Pilot. The drone, when used properly, can be used to add a beautiful or dramatic shot to any film project. If you have the right pilot and camera operator, it is an easy way to add production value to your film.
2015 was an awesome year. I captured a lot of great moments, traveled to some cool places and worked with some amazing clients. 2016 is off to a great start with fun projects planned for clients new and old. This collection of images highlights the quality of my work over a diverse subject matter for multiple corporate and editorial clients.