You know it’s going to be a good day on set when Smithsonian Magazine calls and asks us to shoot in a candy store. To further sweeten the deal (no pun intended), we were tasked to make portraits of the Berley brothers – dapper proprietors of Shane Confectionery, the oldest candy shop in the country. Famous for their zealous attention to authenticity and incredible confectionery creations, we spent the good part of a day with Eric and Ryan, taking pictures and making candy. Keep reading for the rest of our story…Read More
Some mornings you wake up and after a quick glance at the news, there’s a headline that just sticks with you. After a few rumors circulated last week, I woke up this AM to discover some pretty official reports that tech giant Yahoo is buying the blogging site Tumblr for a cool 1.1 billion dollars.
Immediately my mind jumped back to the crazy day in December of 2011 when we photographed Tumblr’s founder and CEO, David Karp for Wired UK. From the rooftops to the streets of Manhattan and everywhere in between – it was a shoot to remember. Keep reading for a look back at our shoot with the newly minted billionaire…Read More
We’re back on the east coast this week, but no break in the action. The past few days started out with a big set build, followed by a shoot in our studio in Philadelphia. After wrapping one shoot we hopped in the truck and hit the road to head up to New Hampshire for a second editorial project. It’s finally Friday and that means we’re ready to kick back and take a few days well deserved rest. Take a look at all of the action and keep reading to see what we’ve been up to this week…Read More
We’re going on day 11 of straight shooting, and even though it doesn’t exactly feel like Friday for us (we’ve totally lost track of time at this point), the calendar tells me it’s time for another recap of what we’ve been up to for these past few days. As the name of the blog post suggests, we’re still down in Texas working on the huge project for the city of San Antonio. We’ve had plenty of long days on location and in the studio, and as usual, we have tons of photos to prove it. Keep reading to take a look at some of the more interesting moments from this week…Read More
It’s Friday and although that doesn’t quite mean the end of the week for us, we have another San Antonio wrap-up to share. After a quick weekend in Philadelphia, we were back in Texas kicking off the second round of shoots for the massive campaign we’re working on. The past few days took us from studio shoots to wrangling rhinos to photographing roller-coasters – it has definitely been a wild ride and we have the photos to prove it. Keep reading for more behind the scenes action…Read More
We work like crazy. As a studio manager/producer/assistant/blogger life very rarely slows down to the point where I can step back and reflect on it. When it does though, I find myself mulling over aspects of this job that might seem so inconsequential, but for me hold deeper meanings. I’ve decided to write this monthly series on the blog to take a minute and stop, reflect, and write about some of the aspects of being a studio manager that really impact me. These are my studio manager meditations.
Taking out the Trash.
No matter who you are or how long you’ve been in this business, there are still moments when you need to roll up your sleeves and take out the trash. This is not a bad thing, and as someone who’s found himself arms deep in garbage every now and then, I’m in no way complaining. You might even say that I enjoy it.
It’s certainly true that no one is above it, and you call me a hypocrite if you like, but one of the first things that we’ll ask an intern to do is take out the trash. I don’t want to be a malevolent manager or rule the studio with an iron fist – I just feel that in the same way as coiling cables, you can tell a lot about someone from the way they handle a simple task like that. Are they methodical or sloppy, careful or haphazard? Do they really care about the task at hand? No job, however small or trivial is deserved to be half-assed.
This simple and sometimes thoughtless act that could signal the end of the week, wrapping up a good shoot, or just clearing out the junk. Although it’s a repeated task that never seems to go away, the act of taking out the trash and the contents of what you’re throwing away are always unique. In this industry that could be anything from torn and tattered seamless paper, to the remains of a catered lunch, piles and piles of paperwork, or even packaging from the latest and greatest piece of photo gear.
It’s not pleasant to wrestle with an overstuffed bag of trash; folding bending, stuffing, wrangling shut and tying closed. You might get dirty, you might break a sweat, but the act is necessary. You can’t just stop and let the junk pile up around you.
That being said, we’re always taking out the trash. We simply don’t have the time or the space to let it stack up, especially since we’re always growing, always creating and always striving to make the next photo better than the last. As an artist and a creative, you never want to stop improving and creating – the minute you get on your heels is the minute you’re done. So how do you make room for everything? How do you clear up the mental space to make your next photo be your greatest?
You have to take out the trash.Read More
What day is it? Seriously – it’s kinda hard to keep track at this point. I think it’s Friday and therefore we should probably write a wrap-up and bring you all up to speed on the craziness that has been the last few weeks. We’ve been down in San Antonio Texas, shooting pieces for the monster project that has us busy all month long. From Seaworld to the zoo, the golf-course to Texas Hill country, it feels like we’re slowly working our way through every single piece of the city – meeting new faces, having unique experiences, and of course making photos all along the way. We’ve got a ton more to share from the past week, keep reading to see what we’ve been up to…Read More