- Jan 30, 2018
The Chamber is pleased to announce the three winners of the twelfth annual Business Awards, which recognize excellence in the Northbrook business community. The award winners, each meeting its own criteria, will be recognized at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Dinner on February 26th.
Brad Baskin Recognized as Volunteer of the Year
The Volunteer of the Year is selected for consistently helping the Chamber achieve its goals
Over the years, hundreds of beautiful photographs taken by professional photographer Brad Baskin at Chamber events have helped communicate to the world not only images of the people in attendance, but the heart of the organization. Whether snapping a photo of a foursome at the Golf Outing, or capturing a candid moment at a Business After Hours event, Brad always brings a special gift of artistry and enthusiasm to his work.
Brad takes time away from his busy schedule as a full-time professional photographer to volunteer his time and talents taking pictures, which he offers exclusively for the Northbrook Chamber. Brad and his camera are a familiar sight at the Chamber’s large events, including the Annual Meeting and Dinner, Auction and Taste, and legislative lunches, but he also willingly answers the call to take an occasional headshot or shoot pictures at smaller events, always stepping up whenever his schedule allows.
Brad’s photos can be found front and center in all of the Chamber’s publications, including the newsletter, the Community Guide, Shopping and Dining Guide, the Chamber’s website and across the Chamber’s social media channels, including its Facebook page. Numerous photos are also submitted to local media outlets, who commonly request Brad’s photos for their coverage of Chamber events.
For his part, Brad appreciates the benefits of being on the other side of the camera at Chamber events. “The fun part about being a photographer is meeting people. And generally people at Chamber events are happy and enjoyable to photograph.” Over the years he has come to know Chamber members and understand the importance of the events. “I always feel at home,” he adds.
Brad first got interested in photography when he had his own darkroom at the age of 13. His earliest assignments involved shooting fashion ads for his family’s clothing business. He soon learned to use his knack for putting people at ease and encourage improvisation. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, he has 30 years experience as a professional photographer. He was introduced to the Chamber by Dan Gelfond in 2006 when both were shooting photos and videos at a Bar Mitzvah.
After coming to networking events and becoming more involved in the Chamber, he generously started volunteering his time. Recognizing that people gravitate towards photos in any publication, Brad notes “I always hope that my pictures will encourage people to read and learn more.” Some of his favorite events to photograph are the Meal Packing event and Golf Outing, where people are clearly enjoying the experience.
Brad’s photos have been widely published in ads for musical and theatrical productions in Chicago, Minneapolis and Las Vegas magazines. His images also appear in annual reports, including corporate photos for Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs, actors, healthcare professionals and law firms.
“I enjoy helping out the Chamber,” he says, “It’s fun taking pictures for what I consider to be the absolute best Chamber on the North Shore!”