Synovus Bank | Advertising Portraits

A few months back I was invited to collaborate with Fitzco, an Atlanta-based ad agency, to photograph a regional advertising campaign for Synovus bank.  For this project, my team and I got to hop is a big blue cargo van and take a little road trip around South and Central Florida, during which, we photographed seven Synovus bankers, in six cities, over six days.


Synovus Banker, Chris Roelle, photographed overlooking the Tampa Riverwalk

Since Synovus’s slogan is “The Bank of Here” the goal was to make environmental portraits of these real bankers in their real home cities, showing them outside of work, being a part of their local community.  In order to give a sense of each place, we photographed the subjects in recognizable locations around Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando, and Naples.


Synovus Banker, Anita Aedo, photographed on Calle Ocho, in Miami, FL

Making portraits of these real bankers within the real cities they live, for this advertising campaign, was a refreshing and authentic approach that I appreciated as a photographer, since so often actors and/or models are used in place of the real people.


Synovus Banker, Mike Savard, photographed at Lake Eola, in Orlando, FL


Synovus Banker, Isoldy Guzman, photographed in Centennial Square, in West Palm Beach, FL


Synovus Banker, Jonathan Simoens, photographed on Las Olas Blvd., in Fort Lauderdale, FL


Synovus Banker, Paul Jessen, photographed at Lake Eola, in Orlando, FL


Synovus Banker, Patty Byers, photographed near Tin City, in Naples, FL

behind the scenes photography of a photo shoot with photographer, Sonya Revell

A behind-the-scenes look at our production days in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Tampa, FL.


Part of the team in front of Lake Eola, in Orlando, FL

Many thanks to the team that made this possible!


FitzCo: Mitch Bennett, Andrey Ter-Grigorian, David Berngartt, Carter Johnson, and Hope Barker

Synovus: Alfred Hernandez

Executive Producer: Craig Oppenheimer of Wonderful Machine

Lighting Assistant:  Dragi Stankovic

Digi Tech: Max Habermann

Hair/Makeup/Grooming: Susana Betancourt

Production/Lighting Assistants: Jester Valdivia, Marissa Allen, Haley Smith, and Susan Gard

Locations/Permits: Margaret Jones-Alonso of Miami Sites, Kim Lea, and Michael Lehman


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