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Jackson Smith Captures a Group of Heroes.

Posted by Workbook on 02/11/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
World War II Veteran
The Greatest Generation, as it is called, is rapidly disappearing. In an effort to document their personal histories photographers like Jackson Smith are capturing them on film and learning their stories, and in this case it was for  C'Ville, a local publication in Charlottesville, VA. It is clear their shared experience is what binds them together to this day, but  ironically, they all expressed surprise that people were interested in their stories. at all.

World War II Veteran

World War II Veteran

February Instagrams

Posted by Workbook on 02/11/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineInstagramPhotography

Brian KuhlmanCar on fire
Brian KuhlmannMark Katzman
Girl in red hat Dessert
Clay HaynerChris Cassidy
cactiJesus Saves
Terri GlangerClayton Hauck
surferMammoth in the snow with dogs
Christian KozowykTrevor Pearson
Girls Field Hockey TeamChildren in the snow
Stewart CohenRichard Schultz
Couple embraceElectric guitar feet carpet
Harold JulianChristian Kozowyk

Visual Connections Chicago: Kicking It Up A Notch in 2016!

Posted by Workbook on 02/08/2016 — Filed under:  EventsFeaturesFilm/Video ProductionHeadlineIllustrationMarketing IntelligencePhotography
Visual Connections
Visual Connections returns to Chicago on Thursday, May 5th to stage another networking and education event for image/footage/art buyers and researchers. The venue will again be the beautiful and conveniently located Ivy Room at Tree Studios.

Following our involvement in the New York expo in October, Workbook is pleased to repeat as Principal Sponsor for the Chicago Expo. As the leading resource for finding commercial photographers and illustrators, Workbook will bring artist reps, production companies, and their clients to the table, alongside suppliers and buyers of stock visual media. Creative directors, designers, editors, publishers, and producers will all be seeking creative inspiration and new sources of visual media. The popular sessions program provides opportunity to question industry experts, including a copyright attorney. Check back here at the Workbook Blog, where we will be posting updates about these important discussion groups.

Attending our last event (in 2014) were many of the major advertising and publishing companies based in Chicago, including: BBDO, DDB, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Feldman & Associates, Hallmark Cards, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Leo Burnett, Lipman Hearne, McGraw-Hill, National Geographic Learning, Ogilvy & Mather, Pearson, and many more.

And, to add a little spice to the day, we'll have a Mexican Cinco de Mayo theme to the catering throughout the day and evening.

Giving Back

Posted by Workbook on 02/04/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePersonal WorkPhotographyPro Bono
Childhood cancer victim
It is absolutely true that the best way to get out of a funk is to do something good for someone else. Photographer Peter Poby was reminded of this recently and writes about his experience while, as he says, "giving a little back." Read what he has to say:


"This 2016 is all about smiles, laughs, and dance. With this mantra, I started my year pitching for two jobs right away in the first two weeks of January. Both are excellent, high-end, super-cool projects, that are true dream jobs. I wrote excellent treatments for each, researched every detail, had a perfect lobby for both at the agencies, and the estimates were absolutely on point. Both agencies were excited and looking forward to working with me and create outstanding imagery. And between 24 hours, I was told twice that I didn't get the job: political issues that came up at the last second. I didn't even have the chance to react. So, in between 24 hours my smiles , laughs, and dances got a huge hiccup. As every freelancer knows, no matter how good you are, no matter how experienced you are or how long you do this, it always gets you. It hurts.

I wasn't prepared for what happened next. I had a charity assignment the very next day; something I do to just give a little bit back. I did photograph 16 kids with their families in the Children's Cancer Hospital, in a little improvised studio setup. I absolutely enjoyed every second of it. After returning home, I got an email from the foundation, asking if I could edit and retouch the images of three children right away, because they might not be with us too much longer. I dropped everything and went to work for a long night shift. With tears in my eyes, I worked on 24 images, feeling the pain of these wonderful kids. And when I was done, I felt not only grateful for my own kids' health, but grateful that I was able to make the other kids happy for a few minutes, share laughs and smiles, and felt thankful to give their loved ones something beautiful to remember them.

It brought me back to reality, where nothing else counts but the moment. It kept me sane, because it gave me a true inner peace. I don't care how many more estimates and treatments I have to submit. I will happily do it. And I will get excellent jobs. Smiles. Laughs. Dance. Always."

Peter Schafrick Latest Reel

Posted by Workbook on 02/01/2016 — Filed under:  Advertising CampaignsFeaturesFilm/Video ProductionHeadlineMotionPhotography
Schafrick splash

If it splashes, drips, pours, or splatters, Peter Schafrick captures it all in motion and stills. His latest reel includes work for brands like Redbull, Imax, Dove and Neutrogena.

Red Bull

gear with oil splattering

SCHAFRICK REEL from peter schafrick on Vimeo.

Jennifer Davick's Moveable Feasts

Posted by Workbook on 01/28/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesFilm/Video ProductionHeadlinePhotography
Jennifer Davick recipe demo

Jennifer Davick understands the importance of sharing and preparing food as a social activity. She's built her business around it and at this point, can and does tell a client's story with motion, sound, print, and  stills. While working as a still photographer for ten years, she added motion capabilities about five years ago. She says that most clients approach her with a specific project in mind involving either stills or motion, but then want to add the other, so she is doing a lot of both for clients these days. When she does work in both mediums she produces them as separate productions and finds it yields the best results by far. Currently, her business is comprised of half stills and half motion projects for a wide range of advertising and and editorial clients. The motion file you see above is one of a series of cooking demonstrations for Publix Super Markets. Below, is a recent project for Norwegian Cruise Lines and two short files: one titled United States Map of Cheese and another called A Colorful Way to Eat Brownies.

Publix Aprons Cooking School: Chili Ginger Steaks with Marinated Watermelon Salad from Jennifer Davick on Vimeo.

Norwegian Escape Dining Story from Jennifer Davick on Vimeo.

United States Map of Cheese from Jennifer Davick on Vimeo.

colorful way to eat brownies

Zave Smith at the Logan

Posted by Workbook on 01/26/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
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Zave Smith recently shot portraits for the Logan hotel in Philadelphia. Here's what he had to say about the project:

'There can be beauty in the simplicity of a black-and-white portrait on white seamless. When an image is stripped down to it’s formal elements of just tone, form, and line, the expressive qualities of one’s subject can break through, creating a portrait that is visually compelling. The Logan is a new hotel brand in Philadelphia. They chose to build awareness by featuring portraits of local personalities across multiple platforms. Based on our previous work, The Logan’s agency, Korn Design of Boston, reached out to us to create a series of B&W portraits. Trying to arrange sittings with successful, and therefore very busy, people is always a challenge. We did manage to get all our subjects into the studio over just two shooting days. With a simple visual concept, it was our challenge to create a space where our subjects felt comfortable, expressive, and free, allowing us to create the strong authentic portraits that our client desired. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as we enjoyed creating this new look for The Logan."

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Posted by Workbook on 01/26/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
spy plane sr-71

Blair Bunting had poured over images of the SR-71 BlackBird and watched footage of it in flight on the History Channel numerous times, but he still felt unprepared for what he could only describe as a sense of awe the first time he saw it in person, while on assignment to photograph it along with two other aircraft at Beal Air Force Base. To many, the SR-71 is considered one of the great aeronautical achievements of all time. It flew higher and faster (top speed; 2,200 mph) as a strategic reconnaissance  aircraft from 1966-1998, ten of those years in complete secrecy. But beyond all its amazing technical capabilities, it is also a work of art, conceived in the imagination of its creator, Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, long before "Star Wars."  As Blair told us, "To create the SR-71, one must first release everything that he knew about aircraft and embrace what ideas came when he dreamt as a child about space ships. The image that we captured of the rear of the aircraft shows us that the design fits better in a Star Wars movie, rather than an airplane hangar."

Once Blair absorbed the size and scale of the Blackbird, he realized he had to rethink his photographic approach, somewhat. It also rained intermittently, which delayed shooting for a time. But these resulting images capture the essence of this powerful, mysterious force.

SR-71 Blackbird  Blair Bunting
SR-71 Blackbird Blair Bunting

Two Versions of Walter Smith

Posted by Workbook on 01/25/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineMotionPersonal WorkPhotography

Workbook recently featured Walter Smith's Lifestyle reel on our monthly newsletter. It features a great mix of colorful locations, youthful casting, and lots of action. But most recently, he sent us this quiet, much more personal black-and-white motion file he captured while running. Nice contrast, Walter!

Today...running... from Walter Smith on Vimeo.

Birthday party

Walter Smith Lifestyle reel from Walter Smith on Vimeo.

girls running

The Latest from Brite Productions

Posted by Workbook on 01/21/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
Mercy Street character portrait

Brite Production has had a busy couple of months working for top international brands. Vincent Dixon just wrapped up work on Toyota’s most recent campaign for the Rav4 Hybrid with Saatchi & Saatchi LA. Cade Martin helped bring the PBS Series, Mercy Street, to life with his portraits of some of the lead characters. In his most recent shoot for Morgan Stanley, Ty Cole shot some of the most beautiful, elegant, corporate-style portraits we've seen, with great casting, wardrobe, and lighting.

character Mercy Street  PBS

Toyota ad with James Marsden

Toyota Ad with James Marsden

Asian Woman corporate portrait Morgan Stanley

portrait for Morgan Stanley ad

ad for Morgan Stanley