In Honor of Earth Day04.22.13 | permalink [Post a Comment]
I have been working on a personal project for the last few years shooting prescribed fires used to restore natural areas. These are few from 2 burns in the Spring of 2013. These personal projects renew my soul.
Passion and Honesty to yourself are the keys to finding your Vision03.28.13 | permalink [Post a Comment]
Melissa Hennessy recently asked me to describe how I found my personal vision for her Photography class at Columbia College. I felt it was important to be honest and direct with the students. Below is my response.
"I developed my style by shooting what I love in life. I started with nature and wildlife photography and learned to see light in its natural form. I also started with a passion for photo journalism and spent 3 years looking at the world as a journalist. When I started shooting commercially I thought clients wanted images that looked commercial, staged and with obvious lighting. After a few years of working commercially I realized I did not like that style and started shooting and lighting the way I liked it, which was more natural feeling, less staged, & with a real and authentic look. When I started working that way I was more passionate and it really showed in my work. My clients also noticed and my career started to grow. One of the things I realized later is that the honesty and authenticity of my images is a core value for me personally in life."
Many years ago when my career hit a bump I knew I needed to relight that fire within and I started working with a creative coach. My direction to him was I wanted to find that passion. We went through a process to identify my passions in life and what was important to me now. Notice I did not say what my photographic passions are but my life passions. In the process I realized my life passions had changed dramatically from when I started my career. When I started I was young and single and now I was married with a son. Those two things are now my biggest passions. I started new photography projects related to my life passions including portraits of my friends and family. That process was trans-formative and I plan to continually reevaluate what is important to me in life and let that be the guide to my evolving vision and style.
Everything about who you are as a person makes up your uniqueness and informs how you see the world. It is not the camera, lens or film. Sure those things are part of it but only tools to achieve your vision. Every aspect of who you are makes up your personal vision."
Good Production and Good Creative03.08.13 | permalink [1 Comment]
With still and motion productions the creative can not be separated for them production. The better the pre-production and shoot production the better the creative. The more we are able to work out the job before the shoot day the more we are able to focus on only the creative aspects of the job when we shoot. We recently shot a campaign in Colorado at the top of a 12,000 foot mountain and all the details of production really get magnified for those shoots. Keeping client, crew and talent warm when it is -20 is critical. It may seem obvious now but those kinds of details need to be accounted for when estimating a job when you do not have all the details so that you have budget to make it happen.
We recently shot a tourism campaign in South America and had to plan for a 2 week shoot with a small crew and very minimal equipment being flown into the amazon and taking dug put canoes (yes carved from trees) 5 hours upriver to locations with little or no power for batteries, laptops etc. All gear had to be in waterproof bags and very light weight so we could carry it on our backs on 10 hr hikes up mountains. Not only does that require great planning but also a producer and crew that can think on their feet and make it happen with no resources.
I could go on and on about the importance of production and amazing producers but I think you get my point. I am lucky to have an amazing in house producer, Talia, and also a great set of freelance producers to pull from around the country. I just want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to all the producers that allow me to do what I do! THANKS!
We are Hiring02.18.13 | permalink [1 Comment]
We are currently looking for 2 new people. A Digital Tech/Photo Assistant and an Administrative Assistant.
If you are looking for a fun job that requires hard work and gives you the opportunity to learn the commercial photography business send your resume to email@example.com.
DIGITAL TECH/PHOTO ASSISTANT (full time)
We are looking for someone that is very tech savvy and passionate about photography. You will be responsible for batch processing RAW images in Adobe Lightroom, working in Photoshop and working with large volumes of images. It will also involve assisting on photo shoots and traveling. We are also shooting lots of TV commercials so interest in video is a plus.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (part time)
We are looking for someone to help with general office administration with an interest in producing photo shoots and booking travel.
To find out more about us check out our Behind the Scenes Photos and Videos, read our blog, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. Don't forget to check out our Agents at Schumann and Company. You will have the chance to work with Patti and Renee, 2 of the best in the business.
See the Studio you will be working in below and read about our green remodel.
App Development Fun02.14.13 | permalink [Post a Comment]
I am proud to say I had a small part in the development of the LetterMpress app. Mostly as a small time part owner of the company and giving my thoughts about the app in various stages of development. Apple has been showing us some love lately and used our app in their valentines promos. Apple is showing our app LetterMpress more love this week, highlighting it in the cover-flow apps of the Entertainment section.
It is fun to be involved with a creative entrepreneurial company that is related to the design field in some way. My degree is in graphic design and I have always been a letterpress geek.
You can buy the app on itunes. Enjoy!
A Fun TV and Print Campaign in Florida02.12.13 | permalink [Post a Comment]
Over the last 2 weeks we shot 3 TV commercials, 4 print ads and 4 testimonial videos. We had great creative to start off with and we put together an amazing team from both coast to create our vision. It was such a pleasure to put together the team I wanted for this campaign. I am looking forward to our next big TV production so we can get the band back together.
Thanks to the Agency, Client and all the Crew.
Amazing start to the New Year02.12.13 | permalink [Post a Comment]
We have already had several really amazing shoots this year from California to Florida and places between. We head back to California next week before heading to Colorado and then back to Chicago for a couple shoots. Truly enjoy my job am so thankful for the opportunities. Thanks to all the creatives that hire me and I get the pleasure of collaborating with. I included a few instagrams from our locations below.
INSPIRATIONS: SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN01.29.13 | permalink [Post a Comment]
All I can say about this film is that is extremely inspiring. I have come across a lot of people in the commercial realms of art that seem to have lost their true passion. This film is about a man that never let money get in the way of his passion. It is a great reminder to all that work in a creative field. Watch this film! You will not be disappointed! I feel very lucky that I get to live my passion in my work.
Recent Exhibit and Personal Work12.07.12 | permalink [Post a Comment]
I recently decided to try shooting a personal project about a river that is very special to me and use the images to protect the river. I started with Landscape images of the river that show the beauty of the river. I then shot more impressionistic images along the river and thirdly started shooting portraits of people with a special connection to the river. I have just started the portraits and have not shown them yet. I hope to push beyond traditional landscape images and find a more personal vision. The end goal of this project will be to protect the river but I also hope to discover a more refined vision of landscape photography. I also hope to push into more artistic, contemporary and personal visions in my work. When shooting personal work it is about the process of pushing yourself into new ways of seeing and expressing yourself. I always find I come out on the other side of personal projects with a new perspective. I can not wait to see the road ahead on this journey and with several others I am currently working on.
Finished another great TV and Print Campaign11.19.12 | permalink [Post a Comment]
We had a great time and an amazing crew on this recent TV and Print Campaign. The Agency was great to work with and gave so much positive feedback on set it was truly a pleasure to work with them. I could not have done it without the help of everyone. A big thanks goes out to Dave, Bob, Deborah , Mary Ann, Talia, George, Donte, Ramsey, Allen, Phil, Ben, Patti, Karen, Mike, Joel, Andrea, Lesley, Helen, Deb, Johny, Ian and all the actors.
Enhancing a Brands Image with photography10.17.12 | permalink [1 Comment]
Check out this blog post by 88 Brand Partners about a recent shoot we did with them. We always enjoy working with them.
Workbook fall 2012 ads10.09.12 | permalink [Post a Comment]
Group ad for Schumann & Company
New Pro Bono Campaign10.02.12 | permalink [Post a Comment]
I photographed this pro bono campaign with Bader Rutter for Dryhootch. It is a great organization. Like the Ad on Facebook to help them win a $500 donation. We have 2 more ads coming out soon. I will share them when the run. I love doing pro bono projects so feel free to reach out to me if you have one I fit with.
The Trishas new Album out today08.07.12 | permalink [Post a Comment]
In honor of their new album we thought we would post the music video we shot for them. You can buy the album at www.thetrishas.com
Manifest Passion07.11.12 | permalink [Post a Comment]
As a great friend of mine says, "Manifest Passion".
Some more FLAG photos to celebrate July 4th07.03.12 | permalink [Post a Comment]
As many of you know I have been shooting this FLAG project for years. I plan to keep shooting it until it feels finished. Not sure when that will be but for now the journey is a fun one.