September 2015 Arizona Attorney: JAG lawyers stand in front of F-35 at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. (Photo by Karen Shell)

September 2015 Arizona Attorney: JAG lawyers stand in front of F-35 at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. (Photo by Karen Shell)

Today I’m pleased to preview an article on lawyers who serve at Luke Air Force Base. It’ll be in the September issue of Arizona Attorney, and it’s quite a feature.

Written by attorney and JAG officer Rodney Glassman, it’s a complete picture of what goes into serving as an attorney in the Air Force. Adding to the story are the amazing photos, shot on location by photographer Karen Shell.

We’re always happy to feature photos of our Arizona lawyers. But equally exciting was the opportunity to include the new and path-breaking F-35 jet. It’s always nice to break news as well as sound barriers.

Our Luke AFB JAG opening spread (photo by Karen Shell)

Our Luke AFB JAG opening spread (photo by Karen Shell)

Thank you to Art Director Karen Holub for shepherding the photo shoot and for the story design. Here are some photos from the shoot. (Click to biggify.)

It was also fun, as always, to write headlines for our cover. As you can see, I ultimately opted for Gotta Jet. But my backup—and still a strong favorite—would have been Legal Zoom.

Get it? Yes, probably not as good and definitely more controversial.

The complete story is in the magazine mailed this week to readers. It will be available online September 1.

In the annual cycle of Arizona Attorney Magazine, an event in early March has become one of my favorites.

That is when we schedule the photo shoot for the winners of the lawyer arts competition.

We publish those winners and their art in the May issue, and so the shoot occurs in March.

Art Director Karen Holub, left, and photographer Karen Shell collaborate at our creative arts photo shoot.

Art Director Karen Holub, left, and photographer Karen Shell collaborate at our creative arts photo shoot.

To achieve that, Art Director Karen Holub must wrangle about a dozen busy people to all congregate at the same time and the same place. Once she’s done that, she and photographer Karen Shell can work their magic. (Me? I attend merely to meet the winners, if I don’t know them, and to nosh a bit on the finger foods we offer; that’s my complete contribution.)

Here are a few of my own poor cellphone shots from the shoot (click any of them to view as a slideshow), held at the beautiful and hospitable Tempe Center for the Arts. All of the truly stellar work will appear next month, in print and online.

Photographer Karen Shell captures our arts winners. March 5, 2012, Tempe Center for the Arts.

This week, the May issue of Arizona Attorney Magazine reaches readers. In it, we honor creativity in the arts.

The winners of our annual Creative Arts Competition deserve every bit of the praise they receive. In an upcoming post, I will share some of their unique work.

Today, I honor their patience. Patience, you ask?

Well, yes. Because on March 5, they participated in a photo shoot at the Tempe Center for the Arts. If you’ve never been at such an event, you may think it’s all beautiful settings and delicious canapés.

Hold it. We did have those things.

What I meant to say was, It’s not just a beautiful setting and delicious canapés. It’s also a lot of work—hours’ worth. Add to that the fact that no one really likes to get their photo taken, especially if you’re not a professional model, and the fact that we do not show the arts winners their photos for approval. Well, you get the idea. It can be nerve-wracking.

Congratulations and thanks to all our winners: Allison Quattrocchi, Joel Sannes, Jose Robles, Doug Christian, Keith Lyman, Julie Pace, Russell Kolsrud and Rex M. Anderson.

Thank you also to the professional photographer with whom we partnered again. Karen Shell is detail-oriented, artistic and cool under pressure. That is everything you could want on a photo shoot.

You can read more about Karen and her work here.

Thank you also to our terrific magazine Art Director, Karen Holub. Once again, she organized and directed the shoot masterfully. Her attention to detail and her vision always ensure we get just what we need.

Below are a few of my behind-the-scenes photos. The complete set is on the magazine’s Facebook page.

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