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.
I recently photographed families staying at The Road Home for its annual report – working with McCann Worldgoup. The Road Home is a Salt Lake City-based shelter that provides support for families and individuals, helping them move back into the community. McCann approached me wanting to create some images that highlighted the strength and aspirations of families staying at the shelter. So we decided that Antelope Island State Park would offer a dramatic backdrop for the portraits, and get away from the often seen imagery of homelessness. A few families from the shelter, and the rest of us, spent the afternoon photographing around the island — and even came across a few, very disinterested bison.
A few of my images were recognized with honorable mentions for this years IPA’s. Always nice to get a little love. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place category winners have their photos up on the IPA’s site. Go now and see
I wanted to give a little background to the development of this image. A few have asked. I had the idea of a backlot soccer match that made reference to David and Goliath and it seemed to offer a lot of character and potential. I opted to shoot in studio for production control and lack of a perfect location; dirt, sweat and scrapes all crafted by stylists. After a little study of paintings of the famous Biblical seen, I roughly sketched out a placement composition.br /br /One of the biggest challenges was to get these reserved teens (some who didn’t speak English very well) to open up and get in the mood. In truth, they were taking turns growling and running from a yellow shirt tied onto a c-stand. I spent several days after shooting environmental elements and then began compositing. After some trial and error, I fine-tuned the masking, shadows and blending of the elements. Lastly, I added some color enhancement, contrast and texture to give it the final touch. A lot of work, but a fun image to bring to life.
Here’s some production and progress photos:
I’m excited to have one of my images in PDN’s photo annual this year. Like I learned in advertising 101 – ‘Sex sells, baby!’ Even senior sex. Well – only if it’s funny I guess. The talent are actually husband and wife and were great sports. The woman, bless her heart, had trouble standing up after such a long stint of me having her bend over, over and over (gotta get that rump just right).
A huge thanks and props to Anne Black who styled and dressed the set. Here’s a few production photos.
This image was selected to be in Photographer’s Forum 2008 photo annual for emerging photographers. Always nice to get recognized, even though truthfully it’s not like I’m just some freshy out of college. Hey! I was an art director for a while – back off! We all take different journeys on life’s beautiful winding road!
By way of production notes: not being able secure permits to shut down the square and bring in big fans to blow everything around, we just did a mix of real world and talent in studio with some compositing later.