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I did a bundle of brand images with Art Director and friend, Hannah Bailey. She beautified and CLIF-ified. Here's a few that are currently up on the website.
I've set aside some room at the Photo Bungalow where people can have a look through a loupe, and see the way it 'used to be done'. I still shoot film occasionally (mostly medium format, though), as I will always love the richness of it, but it's fun to see people lean over the table and see for the FIRST TIME the beautiful back-lit stunning colors that sit on a lightbox through the quality optics of the magnifier.
More farm landscapes for the folks at Cargill and Blacktop, such a wonderful project photographing these family farms and the smart, hard working, people that run them.
After years of working out of my home studio, I'm going for a little more elbow room and moving to a humble spot close to the beach in Half Moon Bay, California. The need for more space was long overdue. I bucked the cookie cutter loft space that most photographers go for, and chose a small bungalow on the famous Highway 1 as my new address. I'll fill you in as the space fills up.
I thought it would be a good field trip for my daughter and I go to the holiday service at Golden Gate National Cemetery on Veterans Day. She had the day off of school and plans in the afternoon, so we spent the morning there. Free coffee, hot chocolate, and donuts, and a good sized crown all happy to see the enthusiasm for the service. Felt good. These are some images I took with a Leica M Typ 240. My assistant (daughter) did an outstanding job helping out.
It was two days of photographing a dairy farm in Wisconsin.
This image just showed up - us photographing in Santa Cruz a ways back. Nasty wreck, but a can assure you no human beings were harmed in the making of this.
I don’t have any images that I feel would work for your brand specifically, because I have never shot images for your brand. And, I don’t know enough about it - yet.
While I may have a style, I put a great deal of brand personalizing into each shoot. Clients see that in the end, (and love that) and that’s why they keep coming back. Sure, you can get lucky with stock every once in a while, but there’s very little genuineness.
That’s sort of my thing. I realize it’s a stock images world due to budgetary constraints with a great majority of brands, even the large ones, but it’s not optimal, not even close, and to me, if you truly want something as important as the very face of the brand (the pictures) you need to be optimal. Authentic. I say I lose many people when I say this, because some companies can’t, or won’t, buy into the idea.
Others value it like gold.
What I am getting at is, my recommendation would be for you to give me some more background/insights on the brand, give me some marketing thoughts/strategy, and give me some client thoughts, so we can knock the socks off everybody who has a hand in this by creating something specifically for (insert brand name)__________________.
Just went out. It highlights an ongoing personal series, in which I highlight the sweet particulars of this country. It's selfish, it's the stuff I like, the way I like to see it. I wanted to keep it entirely b&w (because to me they make extraordinary fine art prints for personal enjoyment), but could not resist some of the colors. But there is a catch, there are no names, locations, dates, details given.
Good looking installment for the Spartan SoCal race using an image I shot.
The latest to go out.
Now THAT is a Christmas card.
Currier and Ives have been replaced with Curt and Eileen, and the whole tradition of card-giving has turned into one big photo competition.
For those who've grown up in the age of mediocre digital printing and convenient online photo services, a Christmas card used to be art on heavy card stock. There were winter scenes (see fig. 1), Santa Claus illustrations, glittery script typography hailing "Peace on Earth", and nativity scenes (can I say "nativity scene" on the internet?) They were all artful, or beautiful, funny, or Snoopy cute, and we hung them on our door or wherever, and it added to the festive color and decoration of the room. They were tiny gifts, and reminders that "we're thinking of you." Sometimes we tucked a photo inside.
Now, I'm not saying your family isn't artful, beautiful, funny or cute, I'm just asking, is that really a gift for me? Are you really thinking of me when you pick that photo of your family skiing in Aspen?
This is the norm, and I realize I am clearly the minority here, because our door at home is a crowd of family portraits on these 'Christmas cards'. It doesn't look very Christmassy though--that's for sure, it looks more like a casting board for a Kraft commercial. I know I'll catch flak from family and friends for saying this, already have from my wife, but I just see it differently. Please understand, I love seeing pictures of you and your kids -- and your dog, but we have Facebook now, so can we get back to sending Christmas cards?
*Pictured Christmas card (above), designer and artist credits unknown.
May I suggest committing an afternoon to the Partaga's factory in Havana.
I sailed there in the Havana Cup Regatta, with my good mate, Michael Brown (pictured with me, right). While at the factory, some King Abula Malula from some African country came in right after we arrived. His entourage wanted the place cleared out, so they could have the place for themselves. We told the interpreter we'd oblige, AFTER we finished our cigars and beers.
From right to left: John Marin (creative visionary for the great and genuine brand CLIF Bar), Bob Seebahar (sports dietitian and USA Triathlon Certified Elite Coach) Gary Erickson (founder of CLIF Bar, and one of the really good guys in the business and sport world), and me. We're taking a quick timeout during the Ragnar Relay Race, "Wasatch Back", a 200 mile over-night endurance running race. I'm shooting it not running it, by the way.