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 Teams with Habitat/Wake

Raleigh photographer volunteers to document

2009 Homes Tour, Party

 

logo_horizontalNovember 5, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Photographer Max Cohen of Cohen Studios in downtown Raleigh, NC, has volunteered his professional services for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County’s ninth Home Tour and Party on Sunday, November 22.

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The annual event is a fundraiser for Habitat/Wake that takes participants on a tour of homes built by Habitat/Wake volunteers. After the homes tour, the party at Habitat’s ReStore on Raleigh Boulevard kicks off the holiday season.

Max Cohen will photograph each of the homes on the tour and capture the festivities at the ReStore, which sells recycled and usable building materials at discount to raise money for building Habitat homes.

“I’m a huge fan of Habitat’s mission of building affordable homes for people in need,” said Cohen, who opened his photography studio this year. “And Habitat is all about volunteerism, so I figured I should do my part. I’m a lot better with a camera than I am a hammer.”

The after-tour party will include seafood from 42nd Street Oyster Bar in Raleigh and live music. Tickets are $50 and are available at http://www.habitatwake.org/index.html.

For more information on Habitat/Wake, visit www.habitatwake.org.

For more information on Cohen Studios, visit www.cohenstudios.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. The studio is located at 311 West Martin Street, Raleigh. For more information, visit www.cohenstudios.com. Cohen Studios is also available on Facebook and Citysearch.

What Nana/Bubbie Really Wants for Christmas/Hannukah

Raleigh photographer channels his Jewish grandmother

 

October 26, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) — Bragging rights. Nothing makes a grandparent’s eye twinkle more than the opportunity to show off their beautiful (even if just in their eyes!) children and grandchildren.

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Baby Annelise Clare Walker © Cohen Studios

 

That’s what Max Cohen of Cohen Studios believes anyway.

 

“My Bubbie (Yiddish for Grandma) shows off pictures of her kids and grandkids as if she’s showing off a Nobel Prize or Olympic medal,” Cohen laughed. “Then her friends pull out their pictures and a battle ensues over who has the most beautiful progeny.”

 

With his “Bubbie” and her buddies in mind, Cohen decided to serve up some holiday specials from his new studio in downtown Raleigh that just might solve the annual angst around what to give the grandparents this year.

 

From November 1 to January 1, 2010, Cohen Studios is offering:

—     Family portrait sessions that include 100 custom holiday greeting cards for free

—     Individual portraits with an extra $50 print credit

—     And 10 percent off any baby session (one year old and younger).

 

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Annelise Clare Walker © Cohen Studios

“I mean, how many World’s Best Grandma/Grandpa mugs do you need, right?” he said. “I hate to use the cliché, but a picture really is a gift that keeps on giving. And a professional portrait — well, that really raises the bar on bragging rights!”

 

He’s quick to point out that Cohen Studios is an equal opportunity grandparent-pleaser.

 

Cohen Studios, which just celebrated its Grand Opening this month, is located at 311 West Martin Street in Raleigh’s trendy Warehouse District. For more information visit www.cohenstudios.com or call 919-413-5180.

 

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-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. Cohen Studios is also available on Facebook and Citysearch.

 

 

Cohen Studios Expands Services To Editorial Coverage

While covering SparkCon for The Raleigh Downtowner, Max Cohen captured this image of an artist at work on Fayetteville Street.
While covering SparkCon for The Raleigh Downtowner, Max Cohen captured this image of an artist at work on Fayetteville Street.

October 12, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Cohen Studios, a full-service photography studio located in downtown Raleigh, NC, has been added to “Our State” magazine’s list of preferred photographers and has become a contributing photographer for “The Raleigh Downtowner.”

Max Cohen of Cohen Studios is best known for his commercial and wedding photography and environmental portraiture. Yet he’s been interested in photo-journalism since he attended the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Massachusetts.

“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. It’s also nice to get a credit line!”

Published by Mann Media since 1996, “Our State” is a 75-year-old, statewide, monthly magazine that concentrates on the people and history of North Carolina and suggests places to visit.

“The photographic strength of Our State has made it very competitive among professional photographers to be published here,” says Deanne O’Connor, the magazine’s art director.

“The Raleigh Downtowner” is a monthly publication on newsstands and online, edited and published by Crash Gregg of Raleigh. The “Downtowner” focuses primarily on the center city district, featuring stories on local entertainment, arts and culture, dining, business, events, music, wine, fashion, and Raleigh history.

Recently, Cohen covered the SparkCon celebration of creativity that took place on Fayetteville Street for the “Downtowner.”

“I’m looking forward to many more assignments from the “Downtowner” and to seeing my work in the pages of Our State,” he said. “It’s really nice to get out of the studio from time to time.”

Cohen Studios celebrated its grand opening this month in the 311 W. Martin Street building, which houses a collection of studios and gallery space. For more information on Cohen Studios, visit www.cohenstudios.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. Cohen Studios is also available on Facebook and Citysearch.