Here’s a quick little video of some of the goings on at this day-long shoot inspired by the concept of indulgence and excess with a certain Marie Antoinette vibe. A big thanks to everyone on the team who did another great job: Carmen, Paula, Anne, Katie, Justin, Nate, Marc and Marcie!
Be on the lookout for these little beauties in your mailbox. The wooden box holds a handful of greeting cards and envelopes — everything you’ll need to start sharing the love! Most are blank, and a few have a clever little line inside. If you don’t see one in your mailbox and would like one – just send me a note and I’ll get one out to you. Plus, you can store all your precious trinkets in the box after the cards are used up! A big thanks to Jeremy Oviatt who is responsible for the design of the piece as well as my entire identity design. oviattdesign.blogspot.com
(I want to be able to park my car back in the garage – so let’s move some product here.)
I’m excited to once again be recognized in PDN’s Photo Annual. This image was about creating a moment where someone’s past and someone’s future collide for just a brief moment. A little behind the scenes anecdote: the young boy in the cape is behaving himself take after take not for the money, but for a giant chocolate muffin and some Matchbox cars he’s been promised. Oh, to be young and focused on the important things of life!
Just wrapped post work on this image and put together a little video. The concept began as a surreal way to show men leaving a city, perhaps searching for greener pastures elsewhere. Or, perhaps an excuse to just look stylish while flying. With the multitude of ‘businessmen and umbrellas’ imagery that exists in stock, we wanted to be sure to create something unique with more style and energy. The top of an L.A. apartment building provided the backdrop. A big thanks to Carmen Nydegger who, once again, pulled off some great wardrobe work. And a special thanks to the brave men who sacrificed their lives jumping off the building to get that perfect shot. Here’s a look at their final moments:
Health supplement company, 4Life Research asked me to head down to Miami to photograph Edgar Renteria on his home turf — since he uses some of their products. A very nice guy, even kind of soft-spoken. Congrats on The World Series, and a great postseason Edgar! The Giants made me a fan this postseason for sure (OK - I’m a bandwagon fan, but I’ll take it).
Just found out some more of my images were recognized in this year’s IPA’s. So, in the never-ending world of self promotion – I’m writing about it. There. One is a personal shot, and the series is from The Road Home annual report for homeless families. Oh, I should give a thanks to Phil Hunter and Ann Ford at McCann who called on me to shoot The Road Home images.
What’s a mother to do. How ’bout throw a party for her beloved daughter – whether she wants it or not! Just wrapped up post work on this latest image that hopefully reveals that I’m not always heavy and dark in my imagery. Here’s a few funny outtakes and some production shots. Worked with Anne Black again on set dressing and wardrobe, she’s always amazing. I laid in the remaining wall fabric in post since putting up fabric over the homeowner’s existing wallpaper seemed a bit sketchy (‘would it come off?’). Hope you’ll at least find it fun.
So no, this is not hot off the press at all. In fact it’s at least two years old – but that’s how I roll. Joshua Bell, internationally acclaimed violinist in a DC subway station. I came upon it just recently and it’s more evidence of how the presentation, the packaging, really makes a difference. A huge difference. Joshua made $32.17 after 45 minutes.
Here’s a quote from the Washington Post article:
“It was the most astonishing thing I’ve ever seen in Washington,” Furukawa says. “Joshua Bell was standing there playing at rush hour, and people were not stopping, and not even looking, and some were flipping quarters at him! Quarters! I wouldn’t do that to anybody. I was thinking, Omigosh, what kind of a city do I live in that this could happen?” © The Washington Post
Todd Hido is by no means up and coming, but I’m so taken by his work I asked him for permission to show it off (and he graciously granted). I admire how he brings emotion and drama to an image by implying a human presence rather than showing it directly. Nice to be reminded that a great image doesn’t require packing gear everywhere, and compositing to death. Just a keen eye for composition and light. All images © Todd Hido