Excited to share another cover for Popular Science’s Big Machine Issue. Thanks Popular Science art department for the fun assignment and everyone at HOLT Cat for having us.
For this issue we headed out to HOLT Cat’s equipment yard in San Antonio to photograph their largest excavators. After capturing multiple options of the excavator buckets, we headed back to the studio to create the epic scene that would fill the hero bucket. Several models of aircraft carriers, battleships, buildings and various big machines were methodically styled and covered in 50 pounds of dirt. After some placement tweaking and dirt tossing our earth moving scene was complete.
Some behind the scenes shots of the cover in the making.
Last December Rebecca Simpson Steele at Reader’s Digest asked us to create images to go along with their “I Survived” feature/cover story. The true stories of survival ranged from a grizzly bear attack to narrowly escaping from a pickup swept away in flood water. Scary stuff! The scenarios provided us with lots of new and unique problems to solve for this shoot.
First we needed to figure out a few important details: how to get a grizzly bear, tornado, a house fire and a sinking truck in the studio. We canvassed local taxidermy shops for the most grizzly of bears and spent a couple days constructing a large doll house to later set fire to. We even experienced an overheating ’72 Ford truck in stop-and-go traffic while hauling a large grizzly bear in the truck bed. The sinking truck involved a fish tank, lots of epoxy and plenty of hands on set to help create fog and flowing canal water. And after some extensive you tube research and trial runs Nick came up with a solution for our indoor tornado– a wind vortex housed inside a large acrylic box.
Thank you to Rebecca for this exciting assignment!
Excited to have several of our images included in Graphis’ 2017 Photography Annual. Our honey bee study series and two images we created for Men’s Health, gear brain and fish still life, received gold while our Dark Web series for Popular Science earned silver. Thank you to Graphis and judging panel.
Last summer we had the privilege to shoot with a few of the amazing creatives at Leo Burnett in Chicago to help launch Jello Simply Good. Brian Marcus’s creative direction was quick, simple, and clever, just the way we like it. Thank you all who helped make these images so fantastic to share.
Along with the stills we also were able to contribute the end frames for the TV commercials. After much testing we finally learned how to roll the perfect banana slice.