Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Winter Warmers

I shot this editorial series on "Winter Warmers" (mixed drinks for the cold weather).   You can find it in the Dec. issue of FDLuxe on stands now.  It was a blast meeting these amazing bartenders/mixologists, and even more of a blast trying their amazing drinks.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Big Boys and Girls in The Art World

I'm real proud of this feature I shot for Dallas Modern Luxury.  I just feel like it all came together so well and turned out to be a real cool looking shoot.

The photo editor contacted me to see if I was interested and said they are looking for a "moody, dramatic, 'film noir' sort of feel".  He said we would be shooting all 8 portraits at the Winspear Opera House and Wyly Theater in the One Arts Plaza. So I quickly said "Heck yes, I'd love to shoot it."

The art direction of "noir" and some examples sent over of back stage, film and theater looks gave me some great ideas.  But when I scouted the locations, there was a distinct style  that challenged the original direction just a bit.   The architecture was ridiculous!  It was much more modern and clean than the backstage idea I had originally planned.  So after a thumbs up from David Feld, we took it to a more "modern, clean and dramatic" look.  Which I believe everyone agreed would show the space and the characters so much better.

I was a little worried about working with some of the biggest Art people in Dallas.  I thought some of these CEO's and Chairmen could be a little stiff and have some strong opinions.  They might be hard to work with and direct.  But it wasn't that way at all.  Seriously, everyone of them were a pleasure to work with.  And all of them took creative suggestions extremely well.  John Eagle even started coming up with his own poses and looks that I never would have asked him to do.  He was fantastic!  The shot that was picked was actually his idea.  I never would have asked him to stand in a chair that way, being nervous of him getting hurt.

I had an absolute blast and could not be any more proud of the work that came out of this shoot.  

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Here are a few more that didn't make the cut, but I still liked them.