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.
For the September issue of Texas Monthly, TJ Tucker wanted a Tony Romo jersey that looked like it had been through hell. Dried blood, grass stains, plus rips and tears that correlated to injuries the Cowboy’s quarterback has sustained. The jersey they sent us to work with was in pristine condition. Thankfully we have a stylist assistant who was all too happy to help give the jersey a rough and tumble look that was completely organic.
This is Lucy, the best styling assistant on 4 paws.
It’s always a pleasure working with Ryan Cadiz and the team from Money Magazine. For their annual Millionaire Issue, they wanted the cover to capture the feeling of financial freedom that having $1M in assets can bring. After a lot of brainstorming and conversations with the magazine, it was decided that feeling involved a red Ford Mustang convertible and a beautiful sunset over water.
Because we were shooting this in Texas in July and also to give us the most control over light and the scene, we decided to shoot this in two parts. Part A involved Adam and Robin taking a couple afternoon drives to Canyon Lake, about an hour and a half outside of Austin, to capture sunsets. We have to say this was a first time a camping permit was purchased for a shoot. Part B involved finding the perfect car. We searched car museums and classic car clubs all over town. Finally, the Mustang Owner’s Club of Austin put us in touch with Diego Sandoval and the most perfect 1965 poppy red Ford Mustang we could have asked for. All original (except for the corroborator) and absolutely beautiful.
Adam and Nick put up a 20′ x 20′ scrim on a mildly breezy day (terrifying) and secured the heck out of it by anchoring it to other vehicles. Lights were set up and gelled to mimic a sunset in front of the car, and we were ready to rock. Our lovely couple were troopers, it was 102 degrees that day. A million thanks to Billy Mercer from Lip Service for keeping their hair and makeup perfect in that heat.
It took all of the sandbags, plus a Toyota Tundra, plus a Ford Explorer to keep the scrim from turning into a sail.
And here’s the man with the beautiful car. Thank you Diego for letting us use your baby!
Last month Thomas Payne at Popular Science contacted us about a story on the dark web, all the hidden parts of the internet we don’s see and can’t find through a google search. The dark web hides human trafficking, arms deals, narcotics transactions, and other illicit activities. But there is a guy who is using his talents and training to shine a light in the darkness. The concept was to have black objects representing the illegal goings on rising out of black goo.
Gallons and gallons of black paint and a few ruined hard drives later we had a set of images we could not be more proud of. Thank you Thomas for the stellar assignment. Go pick up the September issue of Popular Science! The design of the whole story is killer as well.
This was a very special assignment for us. Mia Diehl from Fortune magazine called and asked us to contribute to their annual Fortune 500 issue. (SUPER HONORED!) The magazine was going to run multiple covers and each cover would focus on a different company on the list. We were assigned Monsanto and she wanted to know if we could shoot a combine in a field. Absolutely we could! And it was the perfect time of year to take this image. Robin’s father still had wheat in the field and it had just started to turn golden. So one weekend in May we loaded up the car with gear and drove to the family farm. It’s hard to find many photo assistants in the “middle-of-nowhere” Texas, but lucky for us our family was more than happy to help. We scouted the different wheat fields till we found the right spot. Mr. Finlay parked the combine in the field and over the coarse of the weekend we were able to capture it during two sunrises and two sunsets. On the last sunset we realized the cabin of the combine felt kind of empty, so Robin’s dad climbed in the driver’s seat and started his modeling career.
Thank you so much Mia for trusting us to venture out of the studio for this assignment. We’re not much for the waking up before the sun part, but beside that the experience was very rewarding.
Here’s some behind the scene pics from the weekend.