Happy New Year from the very cold and Windy City! Despite the frigid temperatures outside, the studio has been hot to start 2014. We've made some new friends and worked with some familiar faces over the past few weeks. Here's a fresh look at a classic product we shot in the studio.
Here are some new shots from a recent photo shoot at the studio. We wanted to emulate the feel of an antique farmhouse to compliment these gourmet cheeses.
We recently came up with the idea of shooting two bottles at the moment of collision in mid air. Originally, the plan was to simply swing them into place via two strings hanging from the ceiling. After more thought, however, we decided that the shot would be more interesting if they were shooting head to head. Thus began the process of making two large "bottle cannons" and a containment octagon to shoot it in. When Broncolor heard what we were doing, they sent over a videographer to document the process. Here is the video of it all coming together...
Here's a shot of our new home/studio. It's not completely finished yet but it's come along far enough to show to the world. While the new space is only 1.5 miles from our last studio it is a huge difference that we are excited to announce. 4000sq/ft with a full commercial kitchen, 13' ceilings, and two 45' window bays that fill the space with natural daylight all day. If you're in the area, please feel free to stop by and check it out.
Each summer Chris spends a week volunteering at One Step at a Time camp for children with cancer. Beyond cooking out, playing sports and having a typical camp experience he also teaches photography and helps the kids compile a book that is printed by Apple. If you would like to become involved or donate to Children's Oncology Services, Inc. please click here.
We are in the process of remodeling the studio... The front shooting area has been opened up by removing the kitchen wall to add an island/styling station. We’ve also removed the walls in the back of the studio creating a new large client area with plenty of room for meetings and relaxing during shoots. The challenge will be finishing before our next shoot.
Here's a new ad I shot for an upcoming issue of Luerzer's Archive. The ad will be placed next to a fellow Friend and Johnson photographer's (Ted Sabarese) shot which is abstract, colorful and dynamic. The goal of the shot was to capture something very dynamic and colorful in my own style that would pair nicely. I had to think a bit outside the box of my normal repertoire as my splash shots are not usually as colorful as this but found the exercise to be one that was both challenging and fun. The shot was achieved by flipping glasses of various colorful alcohol through the air (i.e. Blue Curacao, Cherry Pucker) in "Buzz" 18 oz glasses. The colors were beautifully vibrant and saturated; so much so that they did not require manipulation in post. Another pleasant surprise of the process was that when flipped just so, the liquid appeared to be coming out at the viewer (esp. in the blue splash) despite the fact that it's actually just the side view of the bulk of the liquid spilling out.
I've been adding to my portfolio of work and here is a new shot that I did including a short vid of the set that I used to achieve it. The softness of the shadows and highlights coming through the bottle were achieved by airbrushing dulling spray onto the bottle.