editorial

The Wall Street Journal, “The New Science of Psychedelics”

In early May we were asked to quickly turn around a cover image for the WSJ on a story about psychedelic drugs. BUT… No Tie Dye and No Lava Lamps. The solution? The beautiful hand of Jasmine Roussell holding a glowing swirling capsule.

Ultimately, the paper went with the safe version but we had to try just a little to make it more psychedelic with some colored gels. Oh well, we have that one for us.

 

Cats & Dogs for Oprah Magazine

When we got asked to create the Oprah “O” out of cats and dogs interacting with each other, we quickly got all of our Ghostbusters quotes out of our system and came up with as many scenarios as we could using model cats and dogs. Some of the cats were less than stellar looking, so our stylist assistant Nicki Longoria got to work with some paint and brushes to bring them to life.

PDN Objects of Desire Winner

Super excited to get the latest issue of PDN in the mail and see the below photo in the winners gallery for their Objects of Desire contest. Thanks PDN and huge thanks to Karen Williams and Clark Miller for letting us make a bouquet of sunglasses. Also thanks to our fantastic hand model Myan Aljets.

More Os for O Magazine

It’s been a while since we posted any of these, but collection of Os for O Magazine has grown. Here are a few new ones we made over the past year. It’s always fun to try and figure out different ways to interpreter the special shape. Thank you Scott Lacey for allowing us to tackle it so many times. The Bonsai O is in the current March 2018 issue out now!

Popular Science POWER Issue

Excited to take on Popular Science’s Jan/Feb 2018 cover. The theme for this issue was POWER. After brainstorming various forms of power, everyone landed on jumper cables clamped to the cover as a metaphor for jump starting the year.

For the feature opener, we were asked to to a play on “Horse Power” with a horse inside a hamster wheel. Thanks to Adam being the Photoshop magician that he is, it came together seamlessly. FYI, horses not so keen on strobe flashes.

As always, huge thanks to Thomas Payne, Pete Sucheski, and Joe Brown for trusting to pull off the seemingly impossible.

Popular Science Nov/Dec 2017 Cover

Getting through a back log of posts we should have made last month (eeek!) Happy to share the cover that rounded out a year of covers for Popular Science in 2017. The Nov/Dec issue was their annual Gear Guide issue. We were asked to fully construct an arcade style Popular Science crane/claw machine. Fun stuff!

National Geographic Science Cover

Excited to share our new cover for National Geographic SCIENCE magazine. Huge thank you to TJ Tucker for asking us to contribute.

While we are no strangers to a Photoshop composite, Nat Geo has a strict rule that the images must be captured in camera, no compositing. To achieve this cover we held the perfectly unblemished lollypop, which Nicki Longoria visited every candy store in town to find, a couple inches over a black bass drum head covered with blue sanding sugar. A sound trigger was used to perfectly time the milliseconds after impact to make the strobes fire while the shutter was held open and voila, flying sugar impact awesomeness!  After dialing in the timing, we took capture after capture till the sugar flew the way we wanted.

 

Water Cover for Newsweek

…..Or I guess we should say lack of water cover. For those who want to stick their head in the sand and say climate change is not real they are in luck, there may be a lot more dry sand to utilize in the near future. A world with little to no water is becoming a reality and the country Jordan may be the first to fully realize it.

For Newsweek’s December first cover we imagined a world with no water as the oceans replaced by dry lake beds. Huge thank you to Diane Rice and Michael Goesele for the collaboration!

We also shot sand pouring into a glass for the story opener.

Here’s some behind the scenes shots of the globe coming together. Nicki Longoria had the fantastic thought to use facial mud masks to make the dry cracked earth areas. worked like a charm.

 

Glide Kit for San Francisco Magazine

Bravo San Francisco Magazine. Their special report “One City, Under the Syringe” in the October issue is real, and hard to read, and honest, and human.

We were honored to be asked to contribute by photographing a “safer injection kit” distributed by Glide HIV and hep C outreach.