For this month’s dose of blog/email blast, we thought we’d momentarily step back from the Q&A and take a minute to focus on some of the new work from our photographers. I’ve also asked each contributing photographer to tell us a little about each of the shoots. Check out our newest work below and see what they had to say!
The shoot was for Philadelphia Magazine’s annual “Best of the Shore” issue, which came out in June. This was actually shot last year, so that we could have people at the Jersey Shore. Starting at the northern end at Asbury Park, we had five days to slowly work our way down the coast, ending up in Cape May. Usually, my work is very predetermined and calculated so it was refreshing to shoot this documentary style and we were able to take risks. We had some scheduled stops along the way, but over all it was really nice to shoot in such an unstructured way. (see Trevor’s portfolio here)
These images were taken for Smart Money at my studio, Some Studio. For the shot with the money in the man’s mouth, we worked with Joe Duer, represented by Click, to illustrate a story called “”Real Insider Buying: The more a portfolio manager invests in a fund, the better – for you.” John Jordan from Ford Models was nice enough to have a dollar sign stamped on his forehead for a cover try we did for a story about the cost of a midlife crisis, which is the current issue.
Both concepts were thought up by Sue Ng, Art Director at Smart Money, who also provided the props. Katrina Borgstrom was our makeup artist on both as well. While I was of course hoping the dollar sign shot would make the cover, I can’t complain because I am really happy with how both of the images came out. (See Evan’s portfolio here)
This shoot was for a New York Magazine article about the staggering popularity of Uniqlo. The hardest thing about this shoot was figuring out how to organize the colors in an ascending, non-linear fashion. I really enjoy this type of project because it incorporates two of my favorite things: building and organizing. (See Levi’s portfolio here)
I’ve recently been revisiting and rescanning past work from my ongoing project, Men I’ve Met, in preparation for my group show I’m having at the Dorsky Gallery this July. I have been photographing men in various states of undress for the past five years. Each photograph is a fragment of a relationship that may or may not exist. The intimacy between me and the subject blurs whether these are friends, lovers or strangers. It started with a photograph of myself. I’m not sure if these two will make the cut for the show in July, but they’re in the running. (See Ryan’s portfolio here)
These were shot for Parenting, a client I shoot for regularly. The shot list for this type of shoot is usually pretty extensive, but their team and ours are very well organized, which helps to keep things stress-free. I usually plan to shoot models in the morning, usually babies and toddlers, and still life in the afternoon. For this spread, we were photographing model-making kits. Some kits had specific instructions, but the shot on the left was supposed to be more free form and creative for kids, with unlimited options. Since the client is based out of town, we had to take a risk and build something, hoping that it would mesh with their vision. Luckily, the shoot turned out great. You never know what skills will be called upon in this business, so each job is challenging and diverse. (See Spencer’s portfolio here)
These were for an assignment on This is a Photo Blog called “My other passion.” The idea was just to make her hair look big and crazy. I had just put up this vintage, textured wallpaper and shopped for the dresses based on what would compliment it. Since we couldn’t decide which dress to use, we shot three different looks instead and mixed in different props. The final photos definitely came out better than I expected. Close up portraits like these are not what I normally do, but this project has inspired me to explore that type of photo more. (See Ryan’s portfolio here)
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