Search Blog


The Workbook Blog is a destination for creative professionals and their agents to share ideas, insights and news. Click here to learn more about Workbook and our services.

Blog » Workbook

Chris Hamilton for Uber

Posted by Workbook on 02/27/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesPhotography
Uber is one of the most prominent up and coming companies in the world. A large portion of its appeal as a potential job stems from the fact that drivers can make their own schedule, working whenever it's convenient either as a full time occupation or as a way to make a little extra money on the side. This mass appeal has lead to a great level of diversity among Uber's drivers and photographer Chris Hamilton highlighted this aspect in a recent feature for Uber's Atlanta branch.

Alexei Vella for How Magazine: Visual Faux Pas Explored

Posted by Workbook on 02/27/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Alexei Vella’s full-page feature illustration for HOW Magazine captures that awful moment in which a design mistake has been made and cannot be retracted.

Judy Reed Silver shares her favorite "Words of Wisdom"

Posted by Workbook on 02/26/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Artist Judy Reed Silver shares her favorite "Words of Wisdom". You can't argue with this one!

Lisa Adams' Interview with APA National: Beauty in the Seemingly Mundane

Posted by Workbook on 02/26/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineInterviewsPhotography
Photographer Lisa Adams was recently interviewed by Nicole Weingartner for APA National and the article makes for excellent reading. We've included a few excerpts from the article and several examples of Lisa's food and drink work. Click HERE for the full article and check out her Workbook Portfolio too.

A Boopie glass of plump, chocolate pudding waits to be eaten on a flowing brown ribbon. A candy cane is made out of a layered cherry parfait. A timeworn shaving kit becomes a story of little trinkets and treasures. Don’t see it yet? You will.

Still life photographer Lisa Adams has a knack for transforming ordinary objects into ethereal pieces with lighting, mood and composition. When we see mundane objects, she sees a lyrical image, where each item becomes part of a bigger story that incites our emotions—emotions of a lucid childhood memory, distaste or a craving for a food, or colors that stir a particular fascination.

How did you become a photographer? And how did you become interested in still life?

In college, I started taking classes in design and photography which was a total deviation from my English literature and Physics direction. I initially saw the design and photography as electives that might help boost my GPA. I didn’t really think much about it until one of my professors pulled me aside to compliment a recent project. I thanked her and commented that, “it was easy.” That was when the light bulb went off... the realization that I might actually be good at this was the catalyst for what has now become a 28-year-long fascinating career.
My first assisting job was with a studio that had a lifestyle and still shooter. I worked with the tyrannical still shooter (he liked to throw things and expletives) but occasionally I assisted the lifestyle shooter and quickly learned that I had incredible patience when dealing with inert objects but not so much when it came to people. I really love that I have such control with stills and food! They stay where I put them, don’t talk back and never say “no”. Of course food can die or melt, but I can forgive that!

Exactly what do you want to say or portray through your photographs, and how do you actually get your photographs to do that? What’s your technique?

I’m most happy with my work when I feel like I’ve created a “lyrical” image, one that expresses emotion and evokes emotion. It’s all about revealing the subject matter in a beautiful way, through lighting and composition and creating a mood that’s reflective of the subject itself.
Hopefully the image is telling a short story and inciting the imagination of the viewer. I’m usually shooting bright, airy and graphic with a distinctive color palette or dark and moody with pops of color. I like mixing soft light with hard directional light. The hard light intensifies color and pulls out texture plus it adds crisp bright highlights and deep shadows that create depth and dimension.
I shoot with SinarP2's outfitted with Multi-shot capable Hasselblad CF-39 backs. If necessary, I'll also shoot with a Hasselblad H3D-31. I've always shot large format... it’s definitely my preference. I love all of the control available with a 4x5. Am I starting to sound like a control freak?
Clients love the live video available with the Phocus software, they can see everything as it’s happening, and it’s a great collaborative tool! I still use Speedotron lighting. Those packs are like tanks!

The Shoot Must Go On

Posted by Workbook on 02/26/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
By Siri Berting

For their 2015 rebranding for Medicare, Kaiser Permanente reached out to me to shoot a library of lifestyle images that showcased boomers enjoying and discovering life now more than ever. The project was originally intended to be outdoors in Los Angeles with sunny spring weather and a light airy vibe. As fate would have it, the shoot day ended up being on one of the rainiest days this winter. We didn't let that slow us down. The concept of Thrive remained but shot lists were modified to accommodate mother nature. We worked in 7 different locations throughout the day and would pop in and out of exterior locations depending when there were breaks in the rain. My tight crew, who are used to a fast paced library shoot, and 2 different art directors pulled together, kept their spirits up with umbrellas in hand and many great shots were created… and of course, we ended the day dancing to The Gipsy Kings.

Client: Kaiser Permanente
Producer: Difficult Egg Production
Wardrobe Stylist: Cindy Whitehead
Prop Stylist: Elwira Miezal
Hair and Make up: Evy Power

(Read more)

Lilla Rogers Artists' Gallery

Posted by Workbook on 02/24/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
Lilla Rogers represents a wide variety of talented illustrators, presented in the gallery below. To see more, go to Lilla Rogers' portfolio for links to more work from all of the featured artists, or take a look at her website HERE.

Suzy Ultman (below)

Trina Dalziel

Adolie Day

Bonnie Dain

Tara Lilly

Zoe Ingram

Sarah Walsh

Rebecca Bradley

Mike Lowery

Mati Rose McDonough

Daniel Roode

Hsinping Pan

Macrina Busato

Helen Dardik

Flora Waycott

Lisa Congdon

Rachael Taylor

Marco Marella

Jon Cannell

Silvia Dekker

Carolyn Gavin

Talitha Shipman

Jennifer Judd-McGee

Allison Cole

Rebecca Jones

Latest Additions: February 22nd-28th

Posted by Workbook on 02/24/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineLatest Additions
Josee Bisaillon
Josée Bisaillon grew up in Saint Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada. Rather than follow in her father's footsteps as a veterinary surgeon, she chose to cut animals from paper; they were colorful, low maintenance, and always in fine health. Today her illustrations, a mixture of collage, drawings, and digital montage, take us into a world so richly detailed and multidimensional that you'd hardly think it all came out of only one person's imagination. Bisaillon's have won the Applied Arts Illustration Award and LUX Illustration Awards in Québec, and she was a finalist for the 2008 Governor General's Literary Awards in Canada.

Fernando Ceja
To the amateur, photography is recreation; to the professional, it is hard work, and to Fernando Ceja, it is both. At the forefront of Dallas product and fashion photography, Fernando is inspired by his cross-cultural perspective. With the rise in popularity and demand for video fashion films, Fernando keeps up with the advancement of technology and trends by shooting fashion in moving images. Fernando’s command of superior lenses and handheld camera work result in a natural shift from photographer to director of photography. Fernando travels frequently between Mexico City and Dallas, Texas, where he resides with his wife and son. In between assignments, he can be found cruising Texas highways on his motorcycle.

Raul Colon
New York City has been Raul's loyal patron, from illustrated New Yorker covers to an MTA mural at the 191st St. subway station to work in the New York Times. Along with all this "grown up" work, Raul Colón is a most prolific and popular children's book illustrator, happy that his time is always committed to publishers for years hence. In recent years he is pleased that his work has been recognized with The David Usher Greenwich Workshop Award from The Society of Illustrators, as well as SI Gold and Silver Medals, honors from Communication Arts and 3x3, two Pura Belpre Awards, was twice included in the New York Public Library's 100 titles for Reading and Sharing, and twice the recipient of The Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Award. Raul lives north of New York City with his beautiful wife, Edith, who can often be spotted as the model for his characters.

Peter Barrett: Tintype All-Stars

Posted by Workbook on 02/23/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
Photographer Pete Barrett has been working on a new series of work in a tintype style. These include portraits, some outtakes from shoots with pro athletes (including Lebron James), and some images that are more classic lifestyle. Take a look, and to see more from Pete, check out his Workbook Portfolio and website.

(Read more)

Rob Wilson for Variety: The Sorry State of Manhattan Movie Houses

Posted by Workbook on 02/23/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Illustrator Rob Wilson produced this bold image for Variety magazine's article by Scott Foundas on the lack of new Manhattan multiplexes, especially in comparison to Los Angeles. To read the full article, go HERE and to see more work from Rob, check out his Workbook Portfolio.


Posted by Workbook on 02/23/2015 — Filed under:  Uncategorized

In the late 1970s and early 1980s Goa still retained a beautiful blend of east and west, as it was a Portugese colony until 1961. Karan Kapoor traveled all over Goa on an old Royal Enfield motorcycle photographing its people, traditions, and landscape. His choice to photograph in black and white adds a beautiful starkness but also enhances all the texture and detail of this beautiful place. He tells us that today, Goa is very commercialized. The image of the boat being pulled to the shore captures a time that no longer exists. He says, by the way, it was the best time of his life.

To see more go to: