Max Cohen Captures The Essence of Need, Hope for Raleigh Downtowner’s December Cover

© Cohen StudiosDecember 1, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – When the Raleigh Downtowner asked Max Cohen of Cohen Studios to create a cover image for the monthly magazine’s December edition, the photographer knew he had a special opportunity. The image would illustrate a lead article on small, less visible charities that play a large role in helping those in need in the Capital City entitled “Nine for the Needy.”

Among those charities is the Raleigh Rescue Mission. And it was there that Cohen found, with the help of the mission’s director of programs Brooks Ann McKinney, the perfect subjects for his cover shot: a mother and daughter who are about to embark on a much better life as they move into their own apartment.

Shanna, the mother, was feeling completely hopeless when she first came to the mission, McKinney said. Her one-year-old was born shortly thereafter.

Over the past year, Shanna has experienced “tremendous growth,” McKinney noted. “She’s totally different now from when she first came to us. That’s why I felt she and her daughter would be great subjects for this story.”

When McKinney brought Shanna and her little girl to Cohen Studios in downtown Raleigh, Max Cohen was immediately struck by “how calm, sweet and pleasant they were,” he said. “They were perfectly comfortable to just do their thing while I did mine.”

An hour and a half later, Cohen had captured a bevy of images that the Raleigh Downtowner’s editor and publisher Crash Gregg would pour over before selecting the one that appears on this month’s cover.

“We chose a poignant photo that evoked the emotional feeling that we were looking for in hopes that it would help raise awareness for local charities,” he said.

Another Cohen image of Shanna appears on the Downtowner’s inside-cover page with her quote: “The Raleigh Rescue Mission means a lot to me because it helped me get on the right track and gave me a second chance at life.”

Max Cohen spends most of his time creating studio and environmental portraiture as well as wedding photography, yet he also enjoys photojournalism, which is why he began working with the Downtowner in October.

“There’s an immediacy to editorial photography and a level of creative freedom that is really exciting,” he said. “It’s also a lot of fun to think about how the images I capture will enhance and illustrate a story or news item.”

According to the Raleigh Downtowner’s Gregg, Cohen’s image of Shanna and her daughter perfectly illustrates “Nine for the Needy.”

About Cohen Studios:

A graduate of the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, Max Cohen of Cohen Studios has been a professional photographer for five years, working in both digital photography and film. At H.I.P., he was exposed to a wide range of technical skills and studied under world-renowned photographers as instructors and guest speakers. Describing himself as a “generalist,” he enjoys all types of subjects, from children and high school senior portraits to commercial and editorial assignments. Cohen Studios is located at 311 West Martin Street in downtown Raleigh.  For more information, visit www.cohenstudios.com. Cohen Studios is also available on Facebook and Citysearch.

About The Raleigh Downtowner:

The Raleigh Downtowner is a local monthly print magazine dedicated to coverage of downtown Raleigh. The Downtowner’s online publication, www.Raleigh2.com, encompasses downtown and the surrounding area. Both are owned and operated by Crash Gregg with offices at 14 East Hargett Street, Raleigh. For more information visit www.raleighdowntowner.com or call 919-821-9000.

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Cohen Studios Signs With Blueplate PR

Max Cohen, Cohen Studios, Raleigh, NC
Max Cohen, Cohen Studios, Raleigh, NC

September 8, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) — Cohen Studios, a photography studio recently opened in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, has contracted with Blueplate PR for all of its public relations needs.

Owned and operated by Max Cohen of Raleigh, Cohen Studios is a full-service photography studio offering a range of services, including color and black-and-white photographic portraits; engagement and wedding photography, commercial, corporate and advertising photography; website photography, headshots for aspiring actors and models, editorial photography, and fine art photography.

The photography studio is located in trendy “311 W. Martin,” a collection of artists’ studios and exhibition space that was the site of the former Glance Gallery.

Blueplate PR is also located in downtown Raleigh. Owned and operated by award-winning journalist Kim Weiss, blueplate pr specializes in message development, media relations, social media, online presence, and website text development.

“I’m delighted to be working with Max,” Weiss said. “He’s very dedicated and serious about his work, yet he’s determined to make photography a fun, relaxed experience for his clients. I admire his natural talent and the enthusiasm he brings to his work. And I’m honored that he’s trusting blueplate pr to make sure more people know about his hip new photography studio.”

For more information on Cohen Studios, visit www.cohenstudios.com.

For more information on Blueplate PR, visit www.blueplatepr.com.

About Cohen Studios

A graduate of Enloe High School in Raleigh and the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, Max Cohen of Cohen Studios has been a professional photographer for five years, working in both digital photography and film. At H.I.P., he was exposed to a wide range of technical skills and studied under world-renown photographers as instructors and guest speakers. Describing himself as a “generalist,” he enjoys all types of subjects, from children and high school senior portraits to commercial and editorial assignments. For more information, visit www.cohenstudios.com.

About Blueplate PR

Blueplate PR is a small and cost-effective boutique public relations agency located in downtown Raleigh, NC, with a free structure optimized for modest PR budgets. This makes blueplate pr the ideal solution for small firms, companies, businesses and individuals with limited marketing budgets. Intentionally small, blueplate pr provides personal attention to each client. For more information visit www.blueplatepr.com.

Raleigh’s f8 Photo Studios Shoots WakeMed Gala with Tom Brokaw

December 12 (RALEIGH, NC) – For the second time, f8 Photo Studios in Raleigh served as photographer of record for WakeMed Foundation’s annual “Society of 1961” gala reception and dinner, which was held at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh. The featured speaker this year was former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw.

The Society of 1961 was established to honor the history and tradition of WakeMed, which opened in 1961. Each year, the Foundation’s board of directors and the WakeMed administration select a specific expansion project or an enhancement to a specific area of care for financial support from the Foundation’s annual fund proceeds. The annual gala recognizes donors who contributed $1250 or above on an annual basis.

While Kaz and Galati worked the event, they also listened to Brokaw talk about his newest book entitled “Boom! Voice of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the 60s and Today” (Random House, 2007).

“It was interesting enough to hear Tom talk about his experiences in his life with profound meaning and depth,” Kaz said afterwards. “Although I was still a twinkle in my mothers wine glass, I do understand all the changes that the late ‘60s brought with it,” he added, “from the death of JFK and Dr. Martin Luther King to the Watergate scandal.”
Kaz was so taken with the book that he posted the link to the Los Angeles Times’ review of “Boom!” On f8 Photo Studios’ website’s blog (www.f8photostudios.blogspot.com). Galati almost managed to get a photo of Kaz and Brokaw together and posted it on the website.
f8 Photo Studios has been working with WakeMed since April of 2006. Besides hospital and Foundation events, Galati and Kaz have provided photography services for WakeMed’s brochures and its in-house magazine.

f8 Photo Studios is located in The Royal Bakery Building on Hillsborough Street. For more information on f8 Photo Studios, visit http://www.f8photostudios.com.

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