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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 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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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:

Thomas Chadwick for the Making Home Affordable Program

Posted by Workbook on 11/13/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesPhotography
Congrats to ETC's Thomas Chadwick, who recently shot a campaign for the Making Home Affordable Program. MHA is a critical part of the Obama Administration's broad strategy to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, stabilize the country's housing market, and improve the nation's economy.

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Tara Moore for Ikea

Posted by Workbook on 11/13/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesPhotography
Here is photographer Tara Moore's latest shoot for Swedish furniture company Ikea. To see more from Tara, take a look at her Portfolio.

Tyler Stableford's "Into the Deep" Whale Shark Gallery and Opening Reception Tomorrow!

Posted by Workbook on 11/11/2014 — Filed under:  EventsFeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
Photographer Tyler Stableford is excited to announce the opening reception tomorrow evening, November 13th, for his new fine art photography project, “Into The Deep.” The large-format exhibit is a Canon assignment featuring elusive underwater moments of whale sharks and a swimmer model.
Tyler and Stableford Studios co-director Kate Rolston shot the images with model Ashley Mosher this August in the Caribbean waters off the coast of Mexico, where the whale sharks gather to feed on plankton. The photographs are not composited and feature the real interactions of Ashley and the sharks. You can learn more about the project from Tyler’s previous article documenting the experience at his personal blog and seen below.
If you can, stop by for a drink and some amazing images this Thursday from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Friends are welcome.
Phat Thai restaurant, 343 Main Street, Carbondale CO 81623.

Tyler's original "Into the Deep" article:

This month I undertook an exciting personal project, an attempt to create underwater fine art images of a beautiful swimmer arcing alongside enormous whale sharks. After a busy year of shooting, I’ve had a welling desire to create imagery that speaks to my deepest soul, and to forge a large-format print for my house.

As we launch the photos on our website here, I wanted to share more details about how I captured the images.

First, the project is a co-creation with the swimmer model Ashley Mosher. I chose Ashley for the project as she is a former competitive swimmer and has a beautiful grace that is only enhanced when she enters the water. However, my vision for the compositions made for a challenging setup for Ashley and me — essentially, I wanted Ashley to be rising up from the deep blue, below the shark, and arcing gracefully below it. The images could not look like Ashley was simply swimming down from the surface to try to get close to the shark — that would look too pedestrian, in my opinion. For the images to succeed emotionally, she needed to be a part of the fathomless deep, meeting the shark from below. We chose a white skirt and top for her so she would reflect the natural light at those depths.

On our first day on the boat, my family came along to share in the snorkeling with the sharks (my wife Megan and I have kids who are six and eight years old) — this was a lifetime memory in itself! Also, Ashley and I began a series of test setups. All of us were taken aback by our first encounters with the whale sharks. They are lithe, huge creatures, quiet and solemn.

Ashley and I were also suddenly intimidated by our photo ambitions. The sharks moved more quickly and erratically than we had anticipated. (For some serenely optimistic reason I thought it would be “easy” for Ashley and me to position ourselves perfectly with the sharks.)

For us to have any chance of success, Ashley had to first swim over to, and in front of, the moving shark, and then, despite being winded from the swim, she had to draw a big breath and plunge deep underwater, swimming hard to position herself perfectly below the shark — all without mask, snorkel or fins. And then, only then, could she begin the graceful dance; she arced and twirled alongside the shark until her searing lungs forced her, gasping, to the surface.

Meanwhile, I had only snorkel gear, as scuba gear is not allowed with the whale sharks in Mexico; so I too was quite limited in my time underwater. I kicked hard to align myself alongside the shark’s tail fin — it was here that the shark often looked most dramatic through the Canon 14mm lens. I fought to swim through the backwash created by the shark’s powerful tail fin. Other times I dove deep below Ashley and the shark to try to capture them silhouetted against the sun's rays.

After our test day, I felt like we had less than a fifty percent chance of success for the shoot day — the notion of aligning Ashley, the shark, and myself in just the right position, and in a pose of grace, seemed almost beyond our capabilities.

Yet this project was too personal to compromise on our creative process. That is, I didn’t want to composite the images or reposition Ashley within the frame. I wanted our photographs to reflect the true dance between Ashley and the shark. It would have been easy for me to shoot images of the sharks, and then to shoot Ashley separately in various poses underwater, and then composite the two frames in Photoshop. All the images here are one frame, the real moment.

On our shoot day, we departed before dawn, and I asked our boat captain for permission to stay out as long as we needed to accomplish the shoot. After an hour’s journey and another thirty minutes of searching, we found a group of around forty whale sharks (!) feeding together in the cerulean Caribbean water. Ashley donned her white skirt; I snapped the clamps on the Aquatech underwater housing around my Canon 5D Mark III camera, and we jumped into the sea.

Ashley gave everything she had to the shoot — and she is a swimmer who competed in the U.S. Olympic trials. We spent over four hours in the water, with numerous false starts and missed moments, all while drifting amongst the most stunning creatures I have ever encountered. And, Yes! We were blessed with six or eight magical setups.

Which photo will I print for my wall? I’m still deciding. Each one has a certain spirit to it, and I am enjoying the process of listening to each image’s voice. I’ll start by printing a few of my favorites on 3-by-5-foot canvas — I am always amazed how the energy of a photograph transforms in the journey from a computer screen to a large-format print. As a print it becomes alive, a moment in time you can enter and explore.

I want to thank my coworker Kate Rolston for shooting behind the scenes and for bringing boundless inspiration to the imagery. A few of the photographs in the online gallery are also hers! Canon and Aquatech kindly helped make this project possible as well. I shot with the Canon 5D Mark III and 14mm lens inside the Aquatech Sport Housing. Ashley Mosher, of course, carried this project with her swimming prowess and graceful dance. Thank you, all!