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George Kamper Shoots Tennis Star Caroline Wozniacki for The Sunday Times London

Posted by Workbook on 05/28/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
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!"

To see more from George Kamper, take a look at his Workbook Portfolio and Personal Website.

Behind the Scenes!

Brian Bailey for Rapid City

Posted by Workbook on 05/27/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineMotionPhotography

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.

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Michael Weschler: Still Taking Off

Posted by Workbook on 05/22/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
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.

Pete Barrett: Color Vibe Coke

Posted by Workbook on 05/21/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePersonal WorkPhotography
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 I'll be sure to share the results once we shoot it!"

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Kristyna Archer for Los Angeles Magazine

Posted by Workbook on 05/21/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
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,"

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Bill Cahill Shows Us How It's Done

Posted by Workbook on 05/18/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotographybehind the scenes

Bill Cahill is a photographer who consistently shows he is open to new ideas and testing new concepts. In his first  promotional video, he gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how it all works, as he tests and creates images for the launch of HeadOn Energy Drinks. The pacing and editing of the video kept us fully engaged and yet is full of technical information. Surprisingly, most of his images are created in camera and not CGI. Overall, you get the sense of what it will be like to work on a project with Bill from start to finish, all in under five minutes. At the same time you gain an understanding of what is really takes to get the shot and the value of great photography.

Bill Cahill HeadOn bts1 from Bill Cahill on Vimeo.

Well done!

You can check out other posts on Bill here.


Posted by Workbook on 05/18/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineInstagramPersonal WorkPhotography

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Jason Lindsey: One Lost Camera and a Lifetime of Memories

Posted by Workbook on 05/15/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
"I am so happy to be a part of this new campaign for Maine Tourism. We had a blast shooting this with the help of an amazing week in a canoe traveling through the wilderness of Maine, one lost camera, and a lifetime of memories." - Jason Lindsey

Photography: Jason Lindsey
Creative Director/Copywriter: Nick Pipitone
Creative Director/Art Direction: Mitch Markussen
Agency Producer: Darlene Stimac

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Colby Lysne Transforms Winter into Summer for GreenEarth Cleaning

Posted by Workbook on 05/14/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
Turning a freezing January day into a sunny summer afternoon? Colby Lysne made it happen and he explains how he did it:

"This winter, we did a shoot for GreenEarth Cleaning, a sustainable dry cleaning company based in Kansas City, Missouri. GreenEarth needed a library of images shot both in studio and on location for their and their affiliates' use. In studio, we shot a number of items that GreenEarth cleans, restores, and repairs, as well as some lifestyle imagery. A few of our location shots were a little tricky since we needed to capture summertime images, and the high that week was only 14 degrees. Brrrr... That's where rock star talent and running cars ready for you to jump into and warm up came into play! All in all, the shoot was great fun, and the client got exactly what they'd hoped for. Isn't that what it all comes down to?"

Check out some of the final images below.

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The New Unknown

Posted by Workbook on 05/13/2015 — Filed under:  EventsFeaturesHeadlinePhotography
By Will Daniels

Last month, ASMP Minneapolis hosted possibly its largest and most successful event in recent memory, The New Unknown. With over 230 attendees, an open bar, and an environment geared towards fostering friendly debate, the event provided an all-too-rare opportunity for professionals from all sides of the creative industry to discuss the most important issues of today.

The New Unknown really started at ASMP's board retreat last August, where members discussed the past year's events and began planning events for the coming year. Emily Fishman of ASMP first had the idea for an event on a broader scale, discussing creativity, new opportunities, and contemporary industry issues in general, rather than the more typical how-to-build-your-portfolio type of event. The event would also look to be more open in targeting creatives of all types, including painters, sculptors, graphic designers, architects, entrepreneurs, and more, in addition to photography professionals. They wanted to tackle the feeling of vulnerability and fear of failure that generally  comes when one is willing to take risks and step into the unknown. Bringing individuals together from all sides of the industry to inspire different ways of looking at the world, tackling the fears, hopefully providing enough support to help creatives overcome these fears and vulnerabilities, and to take risks they may have previously been averse to trying, would be hugely beneficial.

Ideas for this potential event continued to evolve over the next few months, but when Julian Richards abruptly retired and released his prominent PDN article, things really began to take shape. The event would be an open-ended and frank discussion about the current state and future of the industry, in addition to the topics previously mentioned, with Julian heading up a panel of experienced professionals. In addition to Julian, three other top pros agreed to lend their voices to the panel: Laura Beckwith of The Garden Party, an NYC talent agency with a unique and progressive approach, Timothy Archibald, an experienced photographer from San Francisco, and Darrell Eager from Minneapolis. Both photographers are known for their distinctive and committed creative styles. Some other creatives who inspired the event include Seth Godin, The Great Discontent, Brene Brown, and Krista Tippett.

Thanks to an all-encompassing promotional campaign that included social media, radio spots, posters, print mail, and the ensuing word of mouth, more than 230 people attended the event. This number would already be impressive in New York or Los Angeles, but in a relatively mid-sized city like Minneapolis, it's pretty extraordinary.

To get things started, there was a packed social hour featuring a DJ and craft drinks by "The Godfather" of Twin Cities' cocktail culture, Johnny Michaels. Everyone seemed to be having such a good time making new connections and partying that it proved somewhat difficult to actually get down to business. However, you could argue this was one of best aspects of the event. Getting hundreds of diverse professionals all mingling and sharing ideas in one setting is a rare and extremely productive exercise that could lead to countless new connections and potential projects. Plus, giving everyone a little liquid courage before they before they had the chance to share innovative and potentially controversial ideas before hundreds of their peers probably didn't hurt either.

Once things got started, the conversation touched on a wide range of topics that included the creative process, how each stays loyal to that process, how to deal with a host of different client challenges, and questions from the audience like, “What do you do when staying true to your creative passion doesn’t pay there bills?” As most creatives find out sooner or later, there is not one definitive answer. While there weren't concrete answers for every question or topic, this ambiguity was part of what made the event successful, as the range of opinions on display provided greater depth and allowed each attendee to further develop the one opinion that matters most, his or her own.

Here are some of the more memorable quotes from the presenters:

"Have an authentic social media voice or don't bother at all!" - Laura Beckwith

"Don't worry about how it's supposed to be. Tap into what you've got." -Timothy Archibald

“Be a photographer, not just an Instagram filter…” – Darrell Eager

“Awards don't make your work better." – Darrell Eager

“Burn brightly. The world is attracted to that!” – Julian Richards

A special thanks goes out to Karl Herber and Emily Fishman for their significant contributions to this article.

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