On Assignment: Gotta Be The Shoes


I recently had the opportunity to listen to, and photography, a very interesting young woman.

From her bio:
Laura Deming was working in a research lab at the age of 12. Two years later, she was admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge and, at 16, she won one of the inaugural Thiel Fellowships, which encourage students to leave university and pursue business. As her fellowship winds down, Deming, now 19 and a partner at a venture-capital fund, remains devoted to pursuing anti-aging therapies.


So when Laura came to our company to speak about her life and career to some of the millennials (and others) in our organization, I was interested to hear her speak. Best of all, I was asked to photograph the event.

A number of things struck me about Laura as she spoke: Her composure, her range of motion with words, her intellect and capacity to understand things that I probably never will.

But what stuck me most was her shoes.


Whether youthful naitivity, a personal style marker, or a footwear nod to the Zuckerberg-hoodie uniform, I couldn’t help but be struck that this very bright young woman came into a leading $64 billion healthcare company not in a pair of understated flats or prim high heels, she was comfortable enough in her own skin to wear black & white Nike trainers.

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If she wears these when she tries to get funding from venture capitalists, it sure gives new meaning to the term “run for the money.”

I was hoping to get some time to do some personal portraits of Laura, but alas, time didn’t permit.

Click here to watch Laura’s talk at TedMed. And here to read an interview with Laura earlier this year in Nature magazine.

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2013

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