Here’s the latest project from Philadelphia Illustrator Hawk Krall; customizing Chuck Taylor sneakers along with other artists at a live drawing pop-up event at UBIQ in Philadelphia as part of Converse’s “Made By You” campaign.
Photographer George Kamper was given the assignment of capturing one of the world's top tennis stars in numerous different outfits and locations with very limited resources and time (2 hours!). He explains below how he pulled it off and produced a variety of spectacular images:
"I was excited to have the opportunity to photograph Caroline Wozniacki! I love the game of tennis and appreciate the discipline it takes to play any professional level sport. Caroline was an amazing person to photograph. As you’ll read below, we had very little time to achieve our seven shots at two locations. Caroline stepped up and gave us what we needed almost immediately! She knows what it takes to be a pro and I’m sure she’ll be #1 in the world again soon! Oh, and did I tell you she’s drop dead gorgeous!?
I was also very happy to have had the opportunity to work with one of the distinguished editors from the London Times Magazine. I’ve been following their work and it’s always rewarding to see my work published internationally.
In our conversations, mostly via email, I was given a few of the parameters of the shoot. The magazine gave us roughly seven images they would like to have shot, three on a tennis court, the rest in and around a pool. The shoot would take place within a two hour time span, on Easter Sunday in Miami, with an internationally ranked tennis star avoiding paparazzi and a writer who was being dispatched from London to interview Caroline immediately following our shoot. Additionally and quite common when working on editorials, there was a very tight budget.
Along the way, we were sent a few sketches and a few photos to give us an idea of articles that had been published prior, as well as overall direction regarding wardrobe."
"The first challenge we had to overcome were the locations. We needed an isolated tennis court so we could set up and control the lighting as well as have Caroline in a space she felt comfortable in, and that was away from onlookers.
We also needed a pool area where we could control and secure privacy and that was very close to the first location. We didn’t have a lot of time for changing locations or money for paying location fees, motor-homes, etc… We also didn’t have time for moving in and out of hotels on Easter Sunday.
We were very fortunate to have use of our Make Up artist’s residence and pool in South Beach. It worked out that it was only a few blocks away from a friend of her hubby’s, who had a tennis court! We were only allowed 2 hours for this shoot in total, as Caroline needed to be interviewed and catch a flight the same afternoon!"
"A couple of additional challenges we had to overcome included our original wardrobe stylist finding out that after she had accepted this project and spoken to the editor, received last minute notification that she had two weeks to move out of her home. The same week of our shoot! Sometimes what feels like a bad situation can turn into an opportunity. I had been talking about and researching a new wardrobe stylist that was doing great work so fortunately and with the help of her Agent she was able to jump in and not skip a beat. I greatly appreciate both of you- Katherine Lande, an amazing wardrobe stylist as well as her agent and friend, Carole Ann Belle of Belle & Co.
I also have to give a great big Thank you to Leslie Munsell, our go to make up stylist. She not only hooked us up with the locations, but when the hair artist showed up late, Leslie stepped in and took care of things! Thank you Leslie, you somehow manage to make my life better on every shoot!"
"I rely on a top team of professionals for both my Advertising as well as my editorial work. I know and appreciate that every time we do an editorial, they are all kicking in part of their well-deserved fees to help me out on a shoot that has a challenging budget and usually difficult timing!
You can catch the Behind the Scenes video and credits below.
Many thanks to Christine Craig, my retoucher and editor, for always doing amazing work!"
Lifestyle/Sports photographer Brian Bailey recently directed this brand film and shot an ad campaign for advertising agency BCF in Virginia Beach for Rapid City Tourism and Convention Bureau. The video is his director's cut.
A day in the calligraphy studio. Spontaneous gesture meets typographic finesse and becomes design. Multiple brushes, two papers, Pelikan Fount India, Jet Black gouache. Soundtrack:"Ancient Rain" Jumoku, by Koss
By Michael Weschler for Sharpen NY/ASMP Sometimes, as a creative person, you absolutely need to unplug from the everyday. Artists need their solitude and in a big city, it often feels impossible to find it. Whether that means going to a museum for a couple of hours, or walking in the park, we all need to break out of our comfort zone, and really, this applies to everyone. However, particularly if you’re an image maker, you’ve always got to be stepping back to reflect on a different point of view. We are highly sensitive people, and the noise that surrounds us distracts and distorts our visual learning. How can you change your frame of reference when you don’t know what you don’t know? On trips I’ve done to the Amazon, Big Sur, or the Everglades, I’ve very purposefully cut myself off from humans to a large extent, to find the quiet inside me. While I’ve made some inspiring images on these trips, they’re really just for me, and I don’t intend on being a nature photographer. Besides, the best pictures are probably still inside your head, so if you’re going to tap into this creative energy, you’ve got to find your pathway to connect to it. For me, it might mean seeing the Milky Way Galaxy or the Northern Lights, both off limits from my view in Manhattan. With what’s called “light pollution,” we New Yorkers almost never see any stars, yet they’re always there. What else is beyond my reach? While we’re explorers of light, the paradox is that we’re almost always overwhelmed by it, especially now, staring into our screens of every dimension. The time I used to spend in the darkroom allowed me to have a trip inward. It was spiritual and reflective and tactile. While I’m not romanticizing and longing for the nostalgia in the toxic soup of chemicals I used to expose myself to, I do miss the alchemy and the connection to something intangible and mysterious, as I searched through the darkness. It’s been over a decade of digital for me and Photoshop is no stranger, but I don’t get caught up thinking about techniques. Having been a beta-tester for Adobe since 1990, it would be too easy to let it be about technology or contriving something. Ultimately, when my pictures come from my heart they’re about the authenticity of the moment. Discovering a new means to get there is a continual quest. So, since we’re super-social creatures, it absolutely makes sense that photography would become social and more collaborative than ever. We’re pack animals moving with our herd, so we’re not meant to be lone wolves for long. Yet, this is where we face our fears and expose our vulnerabilities to come in contact with our deepest power. Creatives regularly tap into it, yet largely take it for granted, and although it is always there for us, it is very often largely untapped. Once you decide that you’ve arrived somewhere, or think you’ve discovered something, you’ve got to remember that you’ve only scratched the surface of this present moment. There’s always more there, and you’ve got to look closer and farther. Discovery is made in these in-between moments and I’m always searching for them. Your best pictures are the ones ahead of you and not the ones you’ve done. Our potential energy is limitless, if we remember to pause, reflect, and keep moving forward.
Photographer Mike Henry shot this new series for Xbox up in the Seattle area. Xbox approached Mike, wanting something a little different for their lifestyle library, something that felt real, un-staged, and captured youth culture. Mike and his team put together a party scenario in a loft space, with no shot list and just went crazy for ten hours. It was an amazing day; everyone among the cast and crew had a blast, and it certainly shows in the photos. To see more work from Mike, take a look at his Website and Workbook Portfolio.
Photographer Pete Barrett has a new lifestyle portfolio project that’s all about color. Back about a year ago, Pete was shooting at the Color Vibe 5K run and got some good images but thought that it would be even better to come back, and this time bring a handful of young models along with him to recreate the scene, but with a bit more control. This way he could provide them with direction and guide the energy the way he truly wanted it. It also gave Pete an opportunity to throw in some products and skew it a little more toward the commercial side so that it’s appropriate for his potential clients. This one ended up targeted toward Coke, as Pete and his crew have had many calls and estimates this year for several large Coke projects, both for national and international campaigns. They’re actually up for two more as we speak. The idea for this latest project was inspired by the traditional spring Holi festival. Here's what Pete had to say about it:
"The Holi festival is where the idea started. It started as a celebration of the victory of the good over the bad and the beginning of the spring in India. It also happens to be super fun and has evolved into events ranging from private parties to festivals. People have just taken the idea and run with it, which has turned into a fun thing to do.
In this case, we used a Color Vibe 5K Run as our backdrop so that we could get the depth and volume of people to add to our background. Having shot the event last year, I knew there were going to be thousands of people there covered in color and partying in the after-party of the run. I just brought in seven of my own millennial, 'twenty-something' models, our own giant box of multicolored powder and put them in the middle of the masses and directed them to have a great time. They kept throwing color and dancing to the music of the DJ that the venue had on the main stage. The models were awesome and really had a fun time with it.
I am planning something to take this project one step further, shooting a motion version, all in variable speeds ramping from normal speed to extreme slow mo. The inspiration for this (more for the effect of the powder not the actual subject) is a great video on Vimeo that the folks at Variable did https://vimeo.com/40123818 I'll be sure to share the results once we shoot it!"
Photographer Kristyna Archer photographed nightlife connoisseur and entrepreneur Julian Cox for this month's issue of Los Angeles Magazine. Take a look at her photos and what she had to say about the shoot: "Restauranteur Julian Cox is the cocktail nightlife guru of the most eclectic restaurants and bars of LA. He is extremely tapped in and consults for the hottest spots. I had the chance to hang out, talk shop, and photograph him for Los Angeles Magazine’s May issue. Not only does he leave his point of view and magic touch thru cocktail programs at places like Rivera, Sotto, Picca, Playa, Short Order, Petty Cash, and Bestia (to name a few…;)) he’s recently indulged in opening up his own bar, Brilliantshine. When I think portrait of a mixologist/cocktail-master, I personally undoubtedly need some liquid nitrogen for it to feel complete! Best of all, he’s so down-to-earth and thoroughly passionate about his craft. Check out the work and my latest here, www.kristynaarcher.com"