I often say that I am on the wrong side of the desk in this business. I see the layouts and estimate the jobs that bring our photographers all over the world. I email them while they are in the Bahamas, Skype with them while they are in South Africa, hear about the latest hip hotel they tried out in NY and see photos of wrap dinners all around the world. If I were on the other side of the desk, I could be out there with them on all those cool shoots. Instead, I live vicariously through them.
Well, Chris Crisman had a shoot of a lifetime recently, and I would have LOVED to have attend. Not only did he get to unrestricted access to Virgin Galactic, but he met Sir Richard himself.
I think I need to start speaking up and offer my services as a roadie!
The shoot was a once in a lifetime experience for sure, it is no wonder he wrote a three part blog post about it. Link to the posts below to see behind the scenes of his day.
PART I: The Spaceport
Part II: The Features
Part III: The Cover
As anyone in this business knows, it is never an easy task to design a new website. The design alone is a huge undertaking and then the uploading and sequencing always adds weeks to an already long schedule! Congratulations to you and your studio for a job well done! The images are large, the navigation easy, there are portfolios and libraries to review and the grid view is pretty cool. Check it out yourself here.
And, if you like what you see and what to view his portfolio, that is easy enough. We have a video of it here for you.
By now you should have received the latest At Edge Macroview 13. As always, it is full of talented photographers and inspiring imagery. At Edge always does an incredible job curating the work that is being produced by the photographers advertising in their invite only publication. It always an honor to be seen with the other photographers that are showcased in the book.
This month, it is particularly exciting in that At Edge has featured Chris Crisman on the cover. The image is a popular one whenever we show the portfolio. It is of Tumblr CEO, David Karp.
Link here to see the blog post Chris shared about the shoot.
Last year, we decided that it was a good time to create an AGENCY PORTFOLIO. We had a fantastic group of photographers and many opportunities to show it off. We didn’t want it to be a typical group book that had a section for each photographer. While we like those and they are always very strong, we wanted ours to be a little different so that it would stand out more at events such as Le Book’s Connections.
What we came up with was a portfolio divided by SPECIALTY instead of by PHOTOGRAPHER. We liked this idea because it allowed us to showcase the type of work our group can offer while allowing the viewer to file our group away by different specialities. Of course it is always our main goal for a creative to learn who our photographers are and what they shoot individually. This will never change. But, by offering an alternate way for them to view the work in our group, we are opening up another opportunity for them to remember the work.
More often than not the Agency Portfolio is shown in conjunction with the individual portfolios so if a viewer is interested in seeing more, they can choose to do so right then and there. This is particularly helpful in a setting like Le Book Connections because there are so many books to view and it can get overwhelming for some. We have found that our agency book provides a breath of fresh air in a crowded market.
Take a look for yourself and see. It is no mistake that we chose the song, Breathe by Sia as the background music. Enjoy!
Click here to see the video of our Agency Portfolio
I am a big fan of long term client relationships and am proud to say that every one of our photographers has them. It says so much about a photographer and a studio if they have clients that choose to partner with them on a long term basis rather than just for one project. The benefits are endless for clients and photographers that choose to be partners (ooh, sounds like the makings of great post I will have to revisit!)
Leigh Beisch recently went to Chicago for a conference. While she was there, she took the time to reach out to one of her partners. What a treat it was for her to see the inner workings of a client that she has been connected to for many years. Here is what she shared with us when she returned.
“Last week I found myself in one of my favorite cities: Chicago. It was purely coincidental but I happened to be there visiting one of my longtime clients, McDonald’s and their agencies at the very time their new menu board that I photographed launched. It was a real treat to see the familiar faces, and meet the folks that I had heard about again and again. I even got to check out McDonald’s headquarters, which you can imagine is impressive since we are talking about a GLOBAL company. There are meeting rooms with country names on them and such. I felt a bit like I was in a 007 movie!
It has been thrilling to work on such a global brand and I have been fortunate to work with creatives who have since the day they walked into my studio eight years ago, wanted to try to innovate in any way they could. So much of retail work is about communicating a lot of information, so I have found it extremely interesting to see how the creative/art directors bring a fresh approach to each project while satisfying the needs and demands of the retail environment. I have great admiration for them. Not only does it need to look amazing, but it needs to sell- like A LOT!
I appreciate having a long term relationship with a client like this because it sends the message that they trust my vision. When you have that trust, the work is always better.
To see more of Leigh’s work please link here. She has partnered with so many wonderful client’s to create visions that are unique to them and their brand.
When Leigh Beisch let us know that he latest cookbook hit the bookstores, I asked her to share some about her experience on the project. Here is what she had to say:
“There is nothing more fun than BBQ, except maybe photographing it! At the beginning of summer, my latest cookbook venture: Slow Fire hit the bookstores. And not to my surprise (since it is written by a Ray Lampe-Dr BBQ himself) I have been getting emails and texts from friends and colleagues excited to buy the book and start mastering the art of Slow Fire!
They also think it is cool that they know the person who photographed it too!
There are many reasons I love to shoot cookbooks. One of the top reasons is that I get to learn about a subject as I photograph it. I have learned the intricacies of Southern baking (Southern Pies), the incredible flavor combinations in Vietnamese cooking (Into the Vietnamese Kitchen), about the traditions of eating the whole animal and the uses of FAT (Odd Bits) and (FAT), the symbolism and culture behind each dish in Japanese cooking (Woshoku and Kansha).
And with this current book, I learned about the true art of BBQ’ing. Grilling doesn’t get to play a hand in this discussion- BBQ is something altogether different. It is an art form. During the shooting of this book, my crew got to meet a few true BBQ aficionados, all friends of the author.
Tim and his wife came to lend us his BBQ’s for the shoot. With him came not only a vast array of smokers, but also an incredible knowledge of how to wrangle it. Smoke expert, I would say. This very kind gentleman had his hand in the BBQ moving burning coals around to create just the right smoke. He offered us different colored smoke even. All with a specific purpose, and flavor in mind. Next we met two other BBQ buffs. One of them worked at the book publisher by day but on the weekend, he and his friends were full scale BBQers. These guys had apps to remotely control the fans on their BBQ’s to maintain proper heat while they were out. The result, I have to say is unbelievably deeeelicious- they brought us Brisket which they had spent the whole night cooking. Nothing like the stuff you find in a diner, just melt in your mouth yummy.
Food is getting more and more fun!”
To see more of Leigh’s work, be sure to link to her website.