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From Easter to Mad Men - The Good News from RepGirl Inc!

Posted by Workbook on 04/24/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
Photographers Lisa Adams (image featured here), Scott Lowden and Tamara Reynolds of RepGirl Inc. have all shot exciting new campaigns released this month. Check em' out below!

Lisa Adams

Publix Spring Banners
Out of the dreary winter this year was born some lovely Publix Spring banners full of fun Easter colors, cupcakes, eggs and oranges. Lisa Adams shot these images early this year in her Charlotte studio and they can now be seen hanging high above the aisles in your favorite Publix store.
CLIENT - Publix Super Market
AD - Karina Cortez 

Scott Lowden

Miller Zell's celebrates its 50th Anniversary Mad Men style

To celebrate their 50th anniversary Miller Zell, a retail and design strategy company, tapped Scott Lowden to accomplish shooting several ads Mad Men style of the their execs and creatives. The ads highlight the family company's longevity, family values and work ethic while having some fun with the 1960's era during which they were founded.

CLIENT: Miller Zell

SVP Design: Horace Hume

Tamara Reynolds
Resin and Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge

Tamara Reynolds shot a series of ads with Resin Global for their client Wesminster Cantebury of the Blue Ridge, a high-end retirement community in Virginia. Resin hired Reynolds for her ability to pull authenticity from her real people subjects on set. A series of 7 ads for the community were produced.


CD: Paschal Sabatella

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Jim Golden: Relics of Technology

Posted by Workbook on 04/24/2014 — Filed under:  Editor's PicksFeaturesHeadlineMotionPersonal WorkPhotography

Just in time for #TBT (aka Throw Back Thursday), Jim Golden offers up a great animation titled "Relics of Technology."  Here's what he had to say about the project:

"The seeds for the Relics of Technology project started when I found a brick cell phone at a thrift store in rural Oregon. Since finding it, similar bits and pieces of old technology and media kept grabbing my attention.

"The fascination was equal parts nostalgia for the forms, and curiosity as to what had become of them. One thing led to another and I was on the hunt for groups of media and key pieces of technology, most of which have now been downsized to fit in the palm of our hand. These photos are reminders that progress has a price and our efforts have an expiration date."

For more info on the project check out Jim's Website.

Thursday Roundup

Posted by Workbook on 04/24/2014 — Filed under:  Advertising CampaignsAward WinnersFeaturesHeadlineIllustrationPersonal WorkPhotographyProduction
With so much happening with Workbook contributors, we thought to round them all up to get a better sense of all that's being accomplished.  Here is our first Thursday Blog Roundup.

-Chris Sembrot's personal work series "Humans Kissing Dogs," recently made it on the Feature Shoot blog.  See more on the The Gren Group blog.

-Sandy Haight's favorite painting had been chosen for the NW Watercolor Society 2014 International Open Show.  Find out more on her blog.

-Jade Albert's recent work for The CDM Group was recently featured on the Doug Truppe Represents blog.

-Chris Crisman strikes twice with work for Wired UK featured on his personal blog, as well as some stunning imagery in celebration of Earth Day on Heather Elder's blog.

-Christopher Wilson captured some Freightliner trucks for Eric Mower & Associates, featured on the Candace Gelman & Associates blog.

-Last but not least, Iain Bagwell got some great images for Holiday Inn Express, as seen on the ETC Creative blog.

Alexandra Valenti: Hi Tech, Low Tech

Posted by Workbook on 04/23/2014 — Filed under:  Advertising CampaignsAnything TechnicalFeaturesHeadlinePhotography

Alexandra Valenti has developed a process that adds a new unique look to her fashion lifestyle images.  Depending on the clients needs, she shoots digitally  or with her medium format Pentax camera.

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April Phonetography: Part 2

Posted by Workbook on 04/23/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePersonal WorkPhonetographyPhotography

Workbook social app users bring April to a close in this month's final installment of Phonetography.

Russ QuackenbushKim Lowe
Terri GlangerEric Schmidt
Shaina FishmanClark Griffiths

Walter Smith: As the Fog Rolls in...

Posted by Workbook on 04/21/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesPersonal WorkPhotography
By Walter Smith

As a photographer, I’m always in transit. Always looking. Always waiting. We were setting up at the Legg Mason offices at the NY Times building for a portrait for Forbes. The fog rolled over NYC. I've been doing this long enough to know when a photograph wants to be taken. It was my gift for all the hoops we went through to shoot in the building.

Jim Golden for Simpson Strong-Tie Connectors Collection

Posted by Workbook on 04/21/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineMotionPhotography
By Jim Golden

Back in October, I received the call I think every photographer wants to get: a brand you have a history with and have used over and over wants you to make an image for them.
Simpson Strong-Tie might not be on the tip of everyone's tongue when you talk about dream clients, but this was a call to make an extraordinary image from a utilitarian, everyday product that most of us don't think twice about...right up my alley, and made in the U.S.A. to boot!
Jim Hanley and his team from Simpson Strong-Tie were great to work with and basically let me and my crew do our thing - dream client material for sure. Behind the scenes video below.

David Martinez's Style is Perfect for a Library Shoot: See for Yourself

Posted by Workbook on 04/18/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography

By Heather Elder

Library shoots have become the rule and no longer the exception. It is rare when we get a call for a project where a client just wants one image. They have come to appreciate (and expect) the added value that comes with shooting scenarios rather than one single image.

David Martinez, a lifestyle photographer in our group, embraced the library shoot concept from day one. In fact, the idea of shooting scenarios is so in tune with how he approaches all of his shoots that he immediately felt at home when the clients starting asking for more and more images.

Here is what David has to say about the library shoots he has been commissioned for recently.

“I love when the photo market lines up with the way I shoot naturally and instinctually! I’ve always loved to shoot a lot of images, quickly, trying different angles + perspectives and attempting to figure out multiple visual questions in a short period of time. This style of shooting, where speed and efficiency matter so much, has often resulted in some of the favorite images I’ve ever made. There’s something about letting your visual instincts reign that produces imagery that feels really authentic and lived in.“

Take a look at a few of the image libraries I’ve done recently. And to see more of David Martinez’s photography and video work, please link here.

What Did a Day in a Museum and Taxidermy Get Kevin Twomey Thinking About?

Posted by Workbook on 04/18/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
By Heather Elder

Recently, Kevin Twomey worked on a project for the Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles. Once the project was complete, he sent along this blog post about his experience. Once again, Kevin shares with us what inspires him and gets him thinking. In this case, taxidermy.

“I wonder if in 100 years the fabrication of the Museum Diorama will become a lost art, replaced by our desire to have some slick, Hollywood­-produced, fantastical, 3­D VR world of hyper­reality? I surely hope not. I love how the talents of a team of people from different disciplines are brought together to create these scenes. Yes, some feel a little contrived, but sit in a hall surrounded by these displays for a while and you will either start to get the willies or start to see the beauty in them.

I recently did a shoot at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History and after we wrapped, I spent a little quiet time in the African Hall after museum hours. I thought about Hirosi Sugimoto’s Diorama series and how his beautiful black-and-white images transformed the scene into something more believable than the dioramas themselves. What a simple idea, but brilliant!

I remember when I was a child standing in front of the dioramas for the first time at the Museum of Natural History in NYC feeling a bit mystified about what I was looking at. Were the animals alive and just standing really, really still? And if so, where did they go after the museum closed?

In our journey from photography to videos to VR, you might think we’ve progressed way beyond dioramas. But though the venues have changed, I believe the process has remained quite similar: a team of artisans apply their collective expertise in an attempt to create a believable scene from its less believable components.

We will always embrace new technologies to enable that child­like suspension of reality needed to take us on fantastical journeys. But sometimes, the work of a good taxidermist against a beautifully hand­painted backdrop is all my inner­ child needs.”

Zave Smith: 3 AM...

Posted by Workbook on 04/17/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
Photographer Zave Smith's latest personal project: 3AM at the Cigar Bar

See more from Zave Smith at his Workbook Portfolio and Personal Website.

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