Popular Science Big Machines

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.


Popular Science Water Issue

Really excited about our latest Popular Science Water Issue cover and feature art. Thanks Thomas, Sean, Michael and all of the Popular Science art department for the awesome assignment.

Also huge thanks to aPhotoEditor for the interview about the making of this cover and feature art. Read the interview here.


A few behind the scene photos of what it takes to find the most perfectly aged vintage water spigot and knobs. Apparently sending your assistant to dig through a recycle yard produces amazing results.



Survival Stories for Reader’s Digest

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!

And a few behind the scene pictures.



Red Tape for Fortune Magazine

Always a pleasure working with Mia Diehl and the art department at Fortune. Earlier this fall they asked us to create some cover options for a story about red tape. Rolls and rolls and rolls of red tape later we had an entire corner covered and a pretty darn cool picture.

Thank you Mia for the amazing direction we are stoked with the results. Also than you for trusting us with the first cover with a new masthead. Pretty snazzy if we do say so.


We executed a couple cover options and while this picture did not run , we totally loved the new masthead wrapped in red tape.