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Details – Panic Nation

Sometimes a client will ask us to do different variations for a story, but rarely are the variations each so cleaver that we can’t decide which is our favorite. Details Magazine did that to us twice in one issue!

For their story “Panic Nation,” ideas were thrown around ranging from oxygen masks to cracked eggs, to arrows pointing at a head. In the end the mask won, but the other options were so much fun we just had to post the FPOs. Look for the Pescetarian story outtakes in an upcoming blog post.

Jarritos Videos

Really excited to share this project!

Some how we were fortunate enough to have the coolest dioramas ever show up at the studio and got to spend a few days taking video and photographing them. The dioramas were created by artist Tamra Kohl and tell the story of Jarritos soda. In all Tamra created 9 different scenes to cover everything from the creation of Jarritos in 1950 and the fresh produce used in making the soda, to current day Jarritos being enjoyed throughout North and Central America.

Big thanks to the creative minds at GSD&M who brought this project to life. We’re not posting all the dioramas here on the blog, but more can be found on the Jarritos website and their YouTube channel.

Artist: Tamra Kohl
Video Editors: Ariel Quintans at Beast
and Landon Peterson at GSD&M

Wired: January Test section

This is the job that started the new obsession: GoPros. No thanks to our assistant Nick who text’s pictures of GoPro accessory displays to Adam whenever he walks by one.

Mo Money (Magazine that is)

It’s always a pleasure to work with Ryan M. and the rest of the photo department over at Money magazine. We make a lot of props/stuff/models throughout the year, but the thumb war is deffinatly in the running for favorite prop of 2012. Here’s a selection of some of the images for the December and January department openers.

Field & Stream’s Great Stories

We were excited to contribute to Field & Stream’s “Great Stories” feature along with so many other photographers we hold in high regards.

A couple of lessones learned from this shoot:
1.) We must watch too much Tarantino. The first round of the bloody horseshoe had to be toned back.
2.) If you want to bulk up (or at least appear to) wear real tree camo.

AARP’s Great American Diet

AARP asked us to create the shape of the United States out of food. Yeah, easy, we can do that. No problem! Then the curve ball…they wanted each state defined. By color. Even Rhode Island… and Alaska… and Hawaii.

If you’ve never been grocery shopping by color, try it. It’s worth it to watch the cashiers face when you go through with one monochromatic cart after another. Also, a big thanks to our UPS delivery guy who is from Alaska and showed up about the time we were styling that state. We had formed the inside passage wrong and he corrected our green beans.

Texas Secession?

We LOVE this image. So simple, yet so clever.

I wish we could say it was our idea but it was not. Thanks TJ, Leslie, and the rest of the art crew at Texas Monthly for such a great visual and for letting us execute it.

T is for Texas

As in Texas Monthly, who recently launched a redesign. Part of their new look includes this front of the book touts page which sums up parts of the mag like an extra TOC section. We were tasked with creating this ongoing series each month. The idea is to highlight the typography while using images from the magazine. The challenge is to do creative things without distorting the type, and to do it in the last day or so before the issue ships (since we can’t start until all of the art is in).

We started the project very straightforward to establish the idea with readers, and I’m hopeful that we will be able to go more abstract as the project progresses. The possibilities here are really exciting. So far, the jigsaw puzzle is my favorite.


We Got Milk!

The Dairy Council of California approached our good friend and wonderful art director & designer Emily Kimbro to create a brochure for them. And lucky for me, Emily asked if we’d help come up with some photos for her project.
We shot a whole bunch of stuff, but some of my favorites (as usual) will never see the print press. So I get to share them here. I’m a fan of moody splashes of milk flying across the studio, but maybe moody doesn’t sell milk?
However the images at the bottom are ingredients for making chai, swirling around in simmering milk. Those did make the cut, and are some of my favorites (best smelling) from the day.
Now that that’s done, and I have ten more gallons of milk… if I only had a good recipe for milk steak….


Details – Still Life Shoot; How to Sleep & Intravenous Vitamins

Stacey DeLorenzo rang us up and asked if we’d like to make some more photos for Details. The assignment focused on sleep and pretty much ran the gamut of our favorite things to photograph; human brains (although not real this time), an exploded view of an alarm clock, and chaos (a pillow with feathers flying around the studio, although the cleanup wasn’t quite as much fun).
The brain was the tricky one. We only had 24 hours from the assignment conformation to the shoot. Robin wanted to cast the brain from acrylic resin, but unsure if it would set in time she made two additional brains out of sugar. Yes, that is a giant hard candy brain you see below.
Additional we made an image for an article on people using IVs to get their vitamins. That’s right, no need to chew those pesky Flintstones multivitamins anymore. Now you can get your daily vitamins and minerals with the ease of a needle and an intravenous drip.