My name is Ivan Boden and I am a photographer and designer.
I began my career as a typesetter for a small design studio founded by myself and my parents. I worked while attending undergraduate school at Ramapo College of NJ, then studied graphic design at Pratt. I left school to work full time in our growing business. For many years, I had the privilege to work and learn from some of the finest people in the graphic arts industry, in the New York Metropolitan vicinity.
After 12 years, we closed the doors and I moved on. I began a new position as Senior Art Director and Manager of Design Services for Insurance Services Office (ISO), a data analytics company serving the insurance industry. The company and the design department I was responsible for grew and by October, 2009 became an initial public offering (IPO). The corporation name changed to Verisk Analytics and experienced rapid growth. I became creative director, and the company evolved, both in name and leadership.
After 15 years of corporate life, I chose to follow my heart and begin a second career as a photographer.
As an award winning designer, I have worked with and art directed professional photographers over many years, from commercial advertisement and marketing campaigns, to brochures, display graphics, annual reports and more. I am fortunate to have a unique perspective, having worked as both designer and photographer.
I enjoy meeting new people, exploring techniques, and learning every time I’m behind the lens. I spent eight years photographing theater arts, from small community theater, to magnate performing arts school and university level. I was active in leading photowalks in and around New York City, and I photographed actors, head shots, weddings and events.
Some years ago, friends and I started an all-volunteer organization called Smiles Are Free. Our mission, to give back to the community through photography. We arranged free portrait session for families that might be struggling due to economy, illness or circumstance.
It has been a joy working with such extraordinary and talented people, and giving back to families and the community through photography.
Comments or questions are welcome.
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