Richmond’s new Bicycle Pedestrian and Trails Coordinator Jake Helmboldt

08/17/2011 9:32 AM by

Church Hill Studio has a neat piece on getting a portrait photo of Jake Helmboldt and putting together the RVA Green video:

We were asked to make a portrait of Jake in the middle of January. Of course, I wanted our portrait to tell a story: about Jake’s commitment to cycling and finding ways for citizens choose a bike versus a car when they want to go from point A to B.

Snow was still on the ground with high temps in the mid 30’s. I cautiously asked if Jake could bring his bike to the shoot and pose outdoors. He came with all his cold weather gear, and was a little disappointed when we didn’t want to capture him actually riding his bike.

Hassan Pitts and I made this picture at the Church Hill overlook at the dead end of East Grace Street. Now, we need to re-create this portrait (maybe in warmer weather,) with Jake wearing a City of Richmond logo on his shirt.



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