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Colby Lysne collaborates with The Lacek Group for DuPont Pioneer

Posted by Workbook on 03/02/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
Late last fall, Colby Lysne worked with Austin Gullixson, Art Director at The Lacek Group in Minneapolis, MN, on a sorghum shoot for DuPont Pioneer.
Shooting in North Central Kansas in the fall can mean dealing with some wicked weather. At one point, storm chasers came through the scene following a crazy sky that loomed above. But they navigated the weather well and captured exactly what the team envisioned.
Here are three of the final images from the shoot.

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David Aaron Troy for Villanova University

Posted by Workbook on 03/02/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
By The Gren Group

David Aaron Troy had the pleasure of going back to college for a few days – but this time as a working professional. Shooting on the campus of Villanova in Philadelphia, David covered multiple areas ranging from sports to academics to campus life to compile story-telling assets for their digital library.

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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.

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

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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.

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Rebecca Drobis: Grown Up West

Posted by Workbook on 02/20/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
For over a decade, Rebecca Drobis has passionately documented positive stories about children growing up on the Blackfeet Reservation, using stills and video. Initially, the impressive mountains of Glacier National Park drew Rebecca to the reservation, but the community living in the shadow of those peaks keep her coming back. To view this work, please visit the project website:

Project Summary

On the Blackfeet Reservation in northern Montana, winters are long and difficult; unemployment is high and infrastructure lacking. Children grow up without the latest video games and movies or a rigid schedule of activities. But despite the sometimes-harsh realities of the reservation, their imaginations flourish. Photographer Rebecca Drobis has been making trips to the reservation over the last decade. Impressed by their resilience, Drobis trained her camera on the reservation's youth, hoping to capture universal images of childhood.

"There exists the purity of imaginative play -- an intersection between raw nature and the developing mind of a child," Drobis writes. "These children have tremendous physical confidence, strength, and a spirit of fearlessness. They race down pothole-covered roads on bicycles, bound from a trampoline onto a neighbor's car, sled down a hill at top speed in subzero temperatures, and run barefoot through deep woods. And the natural world has a deep and meaningful presence in a child's life here."

Grown Up West is currently on show at the American University Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

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Jared Leeds for Blue Cross Blue Shield

Posted by Workbook on 02/20/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography

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Cade Martin Photographs the Stars for NBA All Star Weekend

Posted by Workbook on 02/19/2015 — Filed under:  EventsFeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
Last weekend, Cade Martin attended the Behind the Bench (the NBA Wives Association) black-tie Touching A Life Gala to benefit the American Cancer Society. He photographed several of the celebrities in attendance to create a portrait of the NBA All Star Weekend ambiance, which will be used in a Huffington Post piece this week. Take a look at a number of the portraits and what Cade had to say about the night.

"The above image is of Carlos Boozer. Carlos is a Duke Graduate, Olympic Gold Medalist, and two-time NBA All Star. He was also one of the nicest folks at the event that night.

It was an eclectic group of stars, including NBA players, athletes from other sports, and a dash of Hollywood, too. They all gathered for the greater good, focused on giving back to society, particularly children who are suffering. Dr. Jackqueline Mclean-Marks won an award for fighting childhood leukemia, and Amber and MLB Star C.C. Sabathia won an award for their efforts benefitting underprivileged children. Here are my portraits of the Sabathias."

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Caterina Bernardi Captures the Great Outdoors for Merck

Posted by Workbook on 02/19/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
Photographer Caterina Bernardi's outdoor images showcasing some impressive landscapes and several folks lucky enough to explore them are the centerpiece of pharmaceutical company Merck's recently released 2015 ad campaign. Take a look below, and to see more from Caterina, go to her portfolio page HERE.

Agency: Daggerwing
Creative Director: James Newell
Art Buyer: Catherine Johnson
Client: Merck