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Greg Whitaker for Tricycle Magazine

Posted by Workbook on 11/21/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
Photographer Greg Whitaker recently completed a fun assignment for the Winter 2014 of Tricycle Magazine, photo editor Stephanie Heimann.
The subject, Reverend Okummura Shohaku of the Sanshin Zen Community in Bloomington, Indiana. The focus of the 6 page feature story was on the lineage of Reverend Shohaku and his two Masters:
Kosho Uchiyama-roshi is one of the most highly respected modern Japanese Zen Masters, born in Tokyo in 1912.
Teacher Kodo Sawaki-roshi has been described as, "like an ancient Zen master: fearless and unconventional", by his disciple Uchiyama-roshi. By age 7, both his parents had died, an uncle who adopted him had also died and he was adopted by a professional gambler.
I spent the afternoon with Reverend Shohaku, getting to know his environment and the grounds of the Sanshin Zen Community, in a residential neighborhood in the college town of Bloomington, Indiana. My thought was to let the light I found indoors and out on that sunny day play naturally off of the simple elements of his robe, face and the portraits of his masters. With afternoon light through the leaves, the bamboo garden on the property served as a great textural backdrop for his portraits.
Though there was no language barrier, I found that throughout the afternoon the Reverend Shohaku and I spoke very little after our brief introduction. I worked alone, without and assistant on this project and the quiet connection the Reverend and I made helped us both enjoy the experience and get some strong, yet quiet portraits to accompany the article. I found myself slowing down and approaching the shooting in a more deliberate way. Zenlike? Probably not, but since this shoot I do seem to have hung on a bit to that quiet calmness. Exhale.....





Jeff Berting for Sempra Energy

Posted by Workbook on 11/20/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
By Jeff Berting

Over the summer, photographer Jeff Berting shot a library campaign for Sempra Energy. The direction was to document the employees of Sempra Energy in their work environment across a variety of locations from residential to construction sites. These images were shot over 5 days at various locations with various employees of Sempra Energy. They'll be used across all media, platforms and marketing materials for the company. Here's what Jeff had to say about the shoot: "It was great meeting everyone at The Gas Company and getting a little window view into their world and the work that goes into something that is part of everyone’s life."





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Evan Klanfer for VVV Magazine

Posted by Workbook on 11/20/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography


I had a great time working with my buddy Donald Simrock, makeup artist extraordinaire, on a cool beauty editorial that appeared in the inaugural edition of VVV Magazine last month.  Donald and I have been working together for years;  our friendship dates way back to when we both lived in New York.  This affords us a kind of shorthand when we work together, an innate understanding of what the other wants to achieve without a lot of discussion necessary.  On paper it might not seem like an obvious fit, as I tend towards a more raw and natural approach while Donald is known for more elaborate and perfect beauty makeup.  But I think this is what makes us so complementary and what often makes the end result so special.

My vision for the shoot was to show subtle emotion in the models and to pair natural yet sexy makeup with bold but not overdone hair. Anh Co Tran did an amazing job on the hairstyling, as you can see.  I cast beautiful yet edgy models who could convey a sense of freedom and understated emotion while showing off Donald and Anh's handiwork to optimum effect.

I'm really looking forward to shooting again for VVV; it was great to contribute to the magazine's first issue alongside other photographers such as Donna Trope, James White, Warwick Saint, and Andrew McPherson.



For more on Evan Klanfer, click here.

Workbook's Creative Carnival 2014: A Creative Success!

Posted by Workbook on 11/19/2014 — Filed under:  Creative CarnivalEventsFeaturesHeadlineIllustrationMusing OnPhotography


October 2014 wrapped with the event of the year, and it wasn't Halloween! Creatives and artists alike flocked to Jack Studios in New York City for Workbook's Creative Carnival, an evening of food, fun, drinks, and art. With each year's event growing in popularity and excitement, we knew this year's Carnival would be the best yet. We were gratified by a great turnout, but more importantly, a great sense of collaboration. If you missed the event, don't just take our word for it. Check out what some of the industry's finest had to say about Workbook's Creative Carnival 2014.



"This was my first Workbook Creative Carnival and it definitely won't be my last…so much fun hanging out with new acquaintances and old friends. A great event for relieving all those daily stresses and totally worth the hangover."

-Mark Winer, The Gren Group

"Possibly the best figure drawing session I've ever been to: sword swallowers, fire breathers, contortionists, freaks, and booze."

-Daniel Hertzberg

"Workbook's Creative Carnival was crazy! Fantastic party and one that I will remember for a long time. Well done."

-Eli Meir Kaplan, Photographer



"Thank you for giving me the opportunity and encouraging me to draw and sketch at this year's Creative Carnival. Although initially I was not looking forward to it, it was great and fun.
Seeing the other illustrators and their approaches to drawing was very inspiring. I think the creatives were inspired too."

-Mary Lynn Blasutta

"…one of the best professional networking events I have been to this year. The size and the quality of the guest list made for a good time, catching up with people I knew and meeting new people who could become clients. It’s fun to network among peers but more important to network within your clients' industry. This event had both in one fun evening."

-Jan Klier, Photographer


"Workbook's Creative Carnival never disappoints. The jaw-dropping performances set to an amazing mix of music, coupled with the live illustrations from the artists created an eclectic and euphoric atmosphere that fully immersed attendees in an evening of art, camaraderie, and friendship. Simply put, Workbook brings people together, and it's very evident at their events. Whether they were conversing on the floor or crammed in the photo booth making funny faces, you could see that people were truly enjoying each other's company. Lori and the Workbook team organized a fantastic and memorable evening. Looking forward to the next one!"

-Melissa Hennessy, The Gren Group

November Editor's Picks

Posted by Workbook on 11/19/2014 — Filed under:  Editor's PicksFeaturesGalleries





Rene Milot Tara Moore
Mark Fredrickson Andrew Reilly
Eric Schmidt James Bennett

Hawk Krall's Award-Winning Poutine Illustration

Posted by Workbook on 11/18/2014 — Filed under:  Award WinnersFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Illustrator Hawk Krall recently won an award from the International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) for this piece on North Country poutine for Adirondack Life Magazine. The article was chronicling where to find the best Poutine in the Adirondack Area (northern NY state close to Canadian border). Nice work Hawk!

November Instagram

Posted by Workbook on 11/18/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineInstagramPhotography

Here are some of the latest greats from the Workbook Family on Instagram. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @theworkbook, and you could be featured here!

Shaina FishmanLaura Barisonzi
Paul MasonWalter Smith
William GeddesJim Golden

Rebecca Handler for Der Schnappschuss Magazine

Posted by Workbook on 11/18/2014 — Filed under:  Musing OnPhotography
Rebecca Handler recently did a shoot and interview for German Magazine Der Schnappschuss.



Here is an translated excerpt:

“I was hired by HTC to demo to the press a new underwater camera that hasn’t been released to the public yet. It was a great experience; they hired me as an underwater expert to present the camera and hooked me up with a room and a pool on Central Park West. For the entire day I demoed the camera in one-hour interactive increments to the press representatives, and I was able to take images using their cameras so they would have something for their pieces.”


You can read the full article on the magazine website here.  Congrats, Rebecca!



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Workbook Latest Additions: November 16th-22nd

Posted by Workbook on 11/17/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineLatest Additions
Kenny Park
Kenny Park is an illustrator and storyboard artist living in Toronto, Canada. His work has appeared in Boston Globe Magazine, Vancouver Magazine, Nuvo magazine, and the Canadian Press. Park has also worked on several film and television productions, including projects by DreamWorks, Blue Sky Studios, and Point Grey Pictures.

Leah Fasten
Leah works with brilliant commercial and editorial creatives to produce compelling, joyful, and human pictures. With deep roots in documentary photography, Leah thrives on projects inspired by real things. She likes to find images as a shoot unfolds and adores all the little surprises that happen when she invites love and compassion on set. Leah is currently based in San Francisco, and sometimes works as locals in Boston and Los Angeles. When not making images with clients, you'll find Leah chasing after sunbeams with a q-flash or running around parks looking for lovers.

Eda Kaban
Eda Kaban was born and raised in Turkey with a great passion for drawing, reading, and monkey bars. She graduated from the Academy of Art University with a BFA in Illustration, where she was a three time Society of Illustrators winner, and presently teaches Color and Design at the Academy to the next generation of artists. Her work can be seen in galleries from San Francisco to Los Angeles and in several magazines and books. She continues to search for stories through love, laughter, and observations of the people around her. When she is not drawing, you can find her climbing some rocks or biking the hills of the Bay Area.

John Slemp
It’s been a fast twenty years, but that's how long John has been a commercial photographer, after almost eleven years in the United States Army. Photography became a passion for John while stationed in Germany and has since dominated his waking hours. He loves making pictures, especially so for clients who appreciate the effort, and the art, that goes into crafting an image. While comfortable creating images in the studio, John really enjoys working on location, as the allure of the outdoor world is hard to beat, and the endless variety offers an ever-changing tableau from which to choose.

Richard Schultz Documents North America's Most Dangerous Job

Posted by Workbook on 11/13/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
Photographer Richard Schultz headed to British Columbia for three days of shooting lumberjacks and came back with incredible images capturing the amazing landscape and considerable perils of work in the logging industry. Here's what he had to say about the experience:

"My background is definitely as a documentary photographer, and most of my commercial work still has that feel of natural, in-the-moment feeling. It's always great when a client calls and asks you to shoot something that you'd always wanted to anyway and gives you total creative freedom. It's what every photographer dreams of.
Most of our work comes through agencies, but because of some contacts, the head of a tree-falling company (basically lumberjacks) in British Columbia got in touch with the directive of just capturing what I thought looked best. We were allowed three days to fly in and document what we saw, capturing the beauty of the place and the character of his crew. Despite the constant rain and crazy float plane pilot it was a gift to be able to get in to some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen. Literally hundreds of millions of acres of wild forest.
My initial thoughts were about horrible clear-cutting and what that's done to forests, but British Columbia has extremely strict foresting guidelines, and any land that's ever harvested has a team that comes in straight afterwards to replant the entire area back to its original state. Logging in BC is the #2 industry (behind tourism), and the province and the country would collapse without it. I learned so much from the crews there and about how they sort of consider themselves farmers in a way, with the trees as their crops and with the harvesting and replanting. It's an extremely dangerous job, the most dangerous in North America (yes, even more so than Deadliest Catch/Offshore Fishing), but they wouldn't even consider another way of life."









We're still in the editing process but to see some additional images just click here: http://www.rschultz.com/c-l-a-p-p/project-bc-logging-camp/1/
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