Last week I shot some ads with a couple bodybuilders, and man was it a blast. It was our third shoot together over the past year and a half or so, and every time we just…kinda get to play. You might not guess it, but you couldn’t ask for better collaborators. They’re always energetic, funny, and game for anything, and perhaps best of all, they just don’t take themselves too seriously. It makes for a fun day of shooting. So big thanks to Ron and Gabe for being reliably great in front of the camera, Sam for the fun concepts and choosing me to shoot them, Patty for her crazy good food skills, Jenny for her makeup magic, and Josh for being an ever-reliable facilitator. I can’t share the images from the shoot yet, but here’s some silliness we found time for:
A short time ago I was contacted again by Neomi Rapoport (art director of Jewish in Seattle), this time to ask me about shooting a fashion feature for a holiday issue of the magazine. “Do they really mean to be asking me?” was my first thought, as I’d never claim to be a fashion photographer and do not, in fact, even feel that I’m particularly fashionable myself. I was nevertheless totally happy to do it, of course, because it’s fun to branch out and do different things, and I’d never pass up the opportunity to work with Emily (editor) and Neomi. And wouldn’t you know it? When you have a great location, art director, model (Devon at SMG), stylist (Emma Ranniger), and HMUA (Kathy Evans), it turns out you wind up looking pretty good. Especially when you have lovely clothes as well, provided by some of Seattle’s finest designers. Here are just a few images from the day’s shoot, beginning with my personal favorite:
In October I was contacted by Emily Alhadeff, the editor of the new magazine Jewish In Seattle, about a feature shoot highlighting the best of Jewish Washington. She and Neomi Rapoport, the art director, envisioned a spread containing several images depicting Jewish objects and foods, all photographed in a clean, graphic, colorful and conceptual style. I had worked with Emily before on projects for Microsoft, and was delighted that she thought of me for this one. If you’re familiar with my website, you probably know I’m not a product photographer. But clean, graphic, colorful, and conceptual is exactly what I do, so it was great fun to apply those sensibilities to altogether different subject matter.
I spent a day in the studio with Emily, Neomi, and Jonathan Kruger (my right hand on many projects), creating as many unique images as we could think of. Here are a few of my favorites below, as well as scans of the final magazine layout (apologies for the quick and dirty scans—you know how it is).
I was really quite happy with this idea. I like the way the round mirror echoes the bagel’s shape, and it’s just…delightfully weird. I love quirky. For this one, I shot a couple images and stitched them together in order to keep sharp focus throughout. If I were a product photographer, I’d have a tilt/shift lens for that, but I’m not. So I don’t. No big deal.
This one was Emily’s and Neomi’s idea—little jewels standing in for capers. Very fun, very sparkly and happy. And I particularly like it because if you think about it, it’s a jewel caper. So, you know, it works as a visual pun as well. Here again, due to depth of field, I shot several arrangements of beads to hold sharp focus front to back.
This, I think, is my favorite. To be honest, I was having a hard time coming up with a conceptual idea for the sandwich until I started to think about that toothpick that holds a sandwich together, and what might take its place. Receipt spindle!
And now the magazine! Again, apologies for the rough scans—they don’t do the magazine justice.