Sunday, January 4, 2015

Portrait Year in Review 2014 - A Photo Collage

It's fun to look back and see all the people I have photographed. This is by no means everyone but a quick collage of some of my favs. I am so looking forward to working in the studio. Back to my roots as a photographer when I got my MFA in 1999. 

Back on Track

Exciting things are happening. With a New Year, comes a new website. Of which I am very relieved. As you all know, this can be quite a chore and extremely time consuming but I am very happy to say my site is finally self contained complete with my stock photo archive as well as my portfolio of portraits, all hosted by an amazing company, So check out my new site, send me an email, tell me your thoughts. Hopefully I don't decide to now move my blog over to tumblr or something. Tell me what you are using, all you art directors, photo editors and my fellow colleagues.

Of course, Kitchen Paparazzi will remain the place for my explorations into food, behind the scenes, people I meet, places I visit, like the tagline says, "Everything and the Kitchen Sink." I hope to pick up where I left off after being side tracked (we'll leave that for another day), and visit the homes of chefs and see what they are cooking up.

More miraculously, the New Year has brought me an amazing studio space to work out of as I "continually hone my craft", sent by a guardian angel. I have been cranking out the portraits at a lightening pace. Last year had to be at least one a week. I Love Portraiture.

I do have to say, to all you naysayers of natural light. Natural light is just as viable a lighting source as strobe, of which I will share in the coming months. This image below was shot with window light.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Behind the scenes (kind of) for IBIS portrait session

Well, the story goes like this. It starts with the amazing Roxy, Industrial Designer, trying to get all the guys to commit to one day for the group photo. As Roxy put it, "it's like herding cats!" The magic day arrived for the group portrait session for IBIS, 3 months out from the day Roxy and I started planning.

And.... Murphy decided to participate in our shoot (as in Murphy's Law), one of the founders was in a bike accident the night before.
You can't really tell, I retouched his nose and
used the warp tool on his elbow.

But like a trooper he came to the shoot and we rearranged the order of the individual shots and hustled to shoot the group shot before the sun came out.

At last, we had the airstream on the lawn, guys were all posed, clouds covered the bright sky... and BAM, the sun came out full blast. So... as time kept ticking, Hans' pain killers wore off, we quickly moved the airstream so the sun was behind us and used fill cards, as you can see by the squinting in the front row. 

Talk about photographers as problem solvers. That was the quickest, think on your feet solution I've had in a long time, and of course, everyone at IBIS was so helpful. We did it. The group shot.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Absinthia's Bottled Spirits

I wanted to share with my social media friends a special campaign to help my close friend and colleague from business school, Jennifer Baum, get her product off the ground. 

What is her product you ask. Absinthe. Yes, Absinthe. "A famous spirit in the French Romantic Period of the late 19th and early 20th centuries." A beverage once banned but later repealed as late as 1990s. Contrary to popular belief, it is a refined alcohol meant to be sipped with water and sugar, in elegant stemware while attending a lovely art opening or cocktail party. 

Below I present Jennifer Baum's Campaign, please help support this unique product. It has quite a fascinating history.

Watch the Video!

Ten days left to our
Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign!

With ten days to go, we have nearly 50 backers to our project! If you haven't visited the site yet, please do so by Friday, August 23, 2013. Your support will help us:
  • Obtain our wholesalers license
  • Get our organic certification
  • Create our master recipe for batch consistency when we distill
  • And produce our first batch by year's end, which you can receive as a perk!!!
​Our campaign includes perks such as the custom designed absinthe spoon 
seen to the left, hand signed and numbered first batch bottles of our certified organic, artisanal absinthe, parties, distillery visits, and even a special edition label with your name on it!

You can learn more about us by reading our PRESS RELEASE.

I would love you to join those that have backed our project, and I would be very grateful if you would be so kind as to forward it on to anyone you think may be interested - a friend or family member who loves artisanal cocktails, or perhaps a restaurant or bar owner or manager who would want to know about a new, organic, local, artisanal absinthe. 

Please remember our deadline! The campaign ends August 23rd at 11:59pm.
Help us bring this organic spirit to life!


Absinthia (Jennifer Vermut Baum) & Emily Wilson
Absinthia's Bottled Spirits, LLC