The new year holds promises of a clean slate, revitalization, a new outlook. In line with that, we decided to do a little renovation at the studio to freshen it up. Our space lends itself to an urban-industrial feel, so we said, "Hey, why fight it?"
As you enter the studio, you are welcomed by our new chalkboard wall and collection of nicknacks. The chalk art here, and throughout the studio, was commissioned by the talented Lauren Hunt. You could stand here for an hour taking in all of the pieces David has collected over the years. There are antique cameras, eyeglasses he made out of camera lenses and family heirlooms, like the bench under the chalkboard. It was built in 1905 and was an original fixture in his grandfather's barber shop.
We did a little redecorating in the kitchen, too. Some new wallpaper and decor give it a fresh look and feel. All of the light fixtures received a facelift as well with new Edison bulbs.
We're really happy with how things turned out. So, stop by and take a peek! We'd love to give you the tour in person and celebrate the year ahead.
Cheers to a great start to 2015!
Our new chalkboard welcomes clients and gives Art Directors here for photo shoots a place to doodle.
We finally found a place to highlight the bench that was in David's grandfather's barber shop. The bench was built in 1905.
Sandblasted and casters added, these flat file cabinets are a great place for our photo collection!
A few more pieces from our collection.
Edison bulbs brighten the new light fixtures above the chalkboard.
Come on by! The chalk and eraser await your next visit.
The coffee table is an old train luggage cart accented with an antique book press.
Client area reading material.
Hand-painted antique safe.
Do you have the time?
Edison bulbs and a coat of paint revitalized the existing light fixtures over the bar.
More chalkboard art commissioned by Lauren Hunt.
The new look in action!
We had some fun recently shooting for the Turkey division of a long time client. As always, behind the scenes and out of sight of the camera, everything tends to look a little different.
An interesting challenge with this project was we needed to find a way to photograph four farmers once and have the ability at a later date to change out the food they were holding. We decided the best solution was to choose one plate and one platter that we would use over and over again. We made a support device that would hold the empty plate and platter in a fixed position that allowed the models to hold them differently expressions and body positions.
Whenever there's a chance we will shoot additional images that require the same look and feel (lighting, spacial relations, perspective, etc.), we craft drawings and take measurements of everything on set. This allows us to recreate the exact set-up and shoot more food that can be photoshopped onto the plate and platter we originally shot with the farmers. And an added bonus – by keeping the plate/platter supporting device thin, we have minimal retouching!
Model and food set all in one.
Our hero turkey shot that will be placed on an empty platter our farmer is holding.
Stylist Sarah Thompson Lift getting our GQ farmer ready for his close-up.
Always fun to photobomb the food stylist.
It never looks the same from the back of the set.
I always have to have my hands involved in something, to the chagrin of the stylist.
How about a little left? No right. No left! It looks perfect just where you had it. (:-)
Putting the final paint stripper touches on the bird.
Any time there is a chance we will be shooting additional shots that need to have the same look and feel,
our assistant takes tons of measurements and photos so we can recreate the same look again. Thanks Ben!