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Photos at Nolas Underground Salon

Our friends and clients Nic, his partner Dani and newest addition Amy, make up Nolas Underground Salon. They're underneath the restaurants along North U but once you go downstairs, you're in a chic gem of a space. I would say they're the best kept secret in Ann Arbor but they're booked weeks out (I had to book a month out this time to get in with a friend)! 

With just a few precious square feet, they transport you from campus experience to coifed and pampered. Nick captured some of the highlights recently and we just go them up on the website. If you're looking for a new spring style with lots of special attention, book with the pros at Nolas! 


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Pop Ups: Behind the Scenes + The Next One at The Espresso Bar!

In December we had a blast with our first pop-up photo event at Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair, the awesome storefront with all things robotic and fun. It also serves as a "front" for the literacy, tutoring and publishing nonprofit, 826michigan.

Matt Lauer, one of the amazing volunteers at the Robot Supply and Repair doing what he does: fixin' things.

Matt Lauer, one of the amazing volunteers at the Robot Supply and Repair doing what he does: fixin' things.

We were so thrilled and honored when they agreed to let us hold our pop-up in their writing center and the results were colorful and lively, thanks to some stand in robots (courtesy of our talented friend Dylan Strzynski). 

Photo by Art Azzaro

Photo by Art Azzaro

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Aren't they adorable?!

Which brings us to. . . our next pop up! This time we're partnering with our friends at The Espresso Bar, where highly crafted espresso drinks are doled out by the expert hands of proprietor Sandy Bledsoe. Bring your mom, your dad, your best friend or your crush for a coffee date unlike any other. Once you're settled with your drinks, we'll get you ready for a professional portrait of the two of you.

You don't need to sign up and we're hoping that it'll be a fun-loving day of caffeine and warm fuzzies after this crazy deep freeze we've experienced. And oh, did we mention it's on Valentine's Day? :) See you there!

If you know of a venue or organization that you think would be a great partner, let us know

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Wife Interviews Husband: Getting to Know Nick

We talk about art and photo and business. All. Day. Long.  Sometimes we need to take a moment to stop and appreciate all the incredibly cool things we've worked on. For today's post, I interviewed Nick and asked him a few things about his career and inspirations. Prepare to be surprised. I always am. 

We started the company two years ago this month. Photo from October, 2011.

We started the company two years ago this month. Photo from October, 2011.

Y: Where was your favorite location shoot and why?

N: My favorite location shoot was going to Singapore, although it didn't matter it was Singapore. It was the first time I really left the country and went somewhere that far from home. I was with Sciortino, but felt like I was all by myself. I've gone on other shoots I've really enjoyed, but the excitement of seeing how people on the other side of the world live and seeing how different landscapes can look was really humbling. The funny thing is I almost faked ill to get out of it because I didn't want to leave home...and you.

Y: Who was the most famous person(s) you've been on a shoot with? 

N: The most famous people I've worked with are Brett Favre, Stacy Keech, Louis Farrakhan. 

Y: What do you enjoy shooting the most?

N: I like shooting people that are aware of themselves.

Y: What sets you apart from other photographers in the area?

N: --------silence-------- 

Y: Where do you get your inspiration from for your fine art photos?

N: My work is usually based on something I've seen or experienced. Everything has a story or a control, for lack of a better description. I like my work to say something, whether people understand it or not. None of that "let it happen" bullshit. Photography is about control. Even the stuff that you can't control takes a good amount of control to achieve. 

Y: Who are your influences?

N: Arthur Fellig (Weegee), Chris Marker, Art Azzaro, Arnold Newman, definitely, definitely not ________, Jeff Sciortino, David Bowie, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and many more.

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An Education

Nick and I have both rounded out our professional tasks this Fall with the addition of teaching. It wasn't something that we set out to do but we're both big proponents of learning and by teaching we actually learn a lot about our craft and how to improve what we do.  

I've taught art classes since college, mostly K-12 in drawing, painting and ceramics and more recently pre-college courses in Fashion Illustration at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. But over the last few years I've had more interest in guiding people toward their achieving their goals. When I was at the gallery, recent grads would come seeking internships or placements but because the fine art world was and has always been a difficult landscape, I wouldn't be able to get them jobs right out school. There were a few exceptions, of course, but most had to travel a meandering route to get to where they wanted to be. And that's not so different than what I had to do to become Director at my last job. 

Witnessing the triumphs and lackluster job market, it has only driven me more to help students succeed. Next month I'll be lecturing at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design on breaking into the art world as an artist. From there a series of workshops will be tailored to fit the needs of those students that are most vested in making a profession out of being an artist or designer. Since this is the first program of its kind, this experiment will most certainly be a learning experience for me as well. I'll fill you in as the program grows. 

Over the last four months I've also taught private art lessons in people's homes. Ranging from elementary up to adults, people are seeking out fine art skills but with more personal attention. We get to talk much more in depth about abstraction or why something is a technical versus fine art drawing. It's really engaging both for them and for me.  

Nick is doing something very similar in his line of expertise. This past week he started working with Bright Futures, a program based out of Eastern Michigan University. He gets to work with high schoolers in the Ypsilanti public school system, teaching them digital photography with new Nikon DSLRs. He'll tackle composition, F-stops and exposures, lighting and all the fundamentals that will get them shooting their own professional portraits. There's been talk of an exhibition or publishing a book, or both. This type of initiative gives the students a chance to explore a profession with a professional before they reach college level. We're both really excited about this prospect and Nick loves sharing his knowledge of lighting, which is really what photography is all about. 

We've also had the chance recently to offer our food styling and photography as a day long workshop because people are interested in the tricks of the industry.

Like I said, teaching is not something that we set out to do but education is vitally important to every industry and job you could ever hold. If you have interest in learning about any aspect of what we do, art or photo-related, feel free to send us a note. 

 

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Contest: Senior Portrait Package

Aaahhh...memories of senior year. You take all your tests, you find out if you  "got accepted" to your first choice and of course, you plan what you're going to wear for your senior photos. What if we told you that you had a chance to win a senior portrait session unlike anyone else's? We specialize in capturing personalities in the most creative way. One lucky winner will win the full package with us. Simply go to our Facebook page or email us at info@chin-azzaro.com and tell us why you deserve to win. (Parents, you can enter your son or daughter too)! Check it out and pass it along to all the Class of 2014 seniors you know (in the Ann Arbor area). Enter now through June 30th. But if you can't wait to win and want to book your session now, see your choices below. Good luck!

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Teen Model Contest

Pan001We're partnering with a client of ours, zoey + joey | Children's Hair Studio and Boutique to endorse the new teen salon they're putting in this summer. The teen salon will include private waiting area, Playstation 3 video games and extra goodies and package deals in the future. The winning model(s) will not only get a year of free haircuts but N will photograph them for the print campaign as well as a mini photo session the day of the shoot. Their parents will receive one retouched digital portrait to share or print as much as they please.

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If you know a photogenic teen (ages 11-18), send them to zoey + joey's Facebook or our Facebook page for the details. The contest runs through June 30th. Good luck, everyone!

Rules: Rules: Winners will be notified by phone/email by 7/3/13. All models 17 and under must have parent signed consent to be photographed for advertisement publication and be available July 9th or Aug. 6th for the photo shoot. Prizes carry no cash value and cannot be traded for such. Photos remain the property of zoey + joey and can be used for future promotion. A year’s worth of haircuts is 5 per winner and expires one year from first haircut. A digital photo shoot will be taken by Chin-Azzaro | Art Consulting + Commercial Photography and one image will be retouched and sent to parent of winner(s). Winner(s) will be photographed and be seen in at least one printed advertisement in the local area. For questions, please email marketing@zoeyjoeystudio.com

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Alone in 1000 Square Feet, Update

Alone in 1000 Square Feet is an ongoing project, adding one or more new photos every week. For those new to this series, there are only two guidelines: only I can be in the photo and they must all be captured in my apartment, common area or basement. Using these restrictions I've created six characters:

The Turbulent Mob Associate

The Clever Spy

The Distressed Burglar

The Afflicted War Veteran

The Flamboyant Detective

The Brilliant Psychopath

So far there's been overlap through conflict, time and chance... but everybody's still alive...

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L'Meese then and now

I've already had a stellar photo career with many great experiences. Along the way I've worked with some wonderful people. On occasion I'm lucky enough to work with the same subject at yearly intervals. Such is the case with L'Meese.

I first worked with her in 2008 when I exhibited in a two-person show with renowned fashion photographer Stan Malinowski in Chicago. From Fantasy to Fashion drew an incredible crowd of collectors and I was proud to show my interpretation of fashion photography with Stan's photographs for such publications as Harper's Bazaar, Vogue and Playboy. From Janice Dickinson to Iman in Valentino's atelier, it was a smashing success. More of Stan's work can be seen here.

I showed new work, inspired by Stan's big budget shoots of yesteryear. L'Meese's portrait below was included in the exhibit.

I recently had the chance to work with L'Meese again, this time in Ann Arbor. The only thing that's changed is her elevated level of experience.

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Kenta: Hair Stylist, Musician, Astro

After an amazing photo shoot with friend, hair stylist and musician, Kenta, I had an opportunity for some Q and A. His band Locus can be seen and heard here.

N- How did you become a stylist?

K- After high school I was searching for a job and went in for a haircut at a local salon for my interviews. I gave such detailed order to the stylist, he said "you should become a hairstylist!" So I did. I still believe that moment was meant to be, this job is the only job I've never wanted to quit! (Kenta has been styling hair going on eleven years and currently works at Da Vinci's in downtown Ann Arbor).

N- When did you get into music?

K- The 4th grade. I really liked this girl and she played flute. I wanted to be with her in music class so I begged my ma. I only played for four months or so... At that time I was very shy about being the only boy in flute class so I converted to trumpet! Since then I've played a little tuba, guitar, and drum. My friend taught me how to DJ but I was never good in any instruments... so I highly respect people who practice instrumental music.

N- Describe your personal musical interest and your bands interest.

K- I have very broad musical interests, but grew up listening to a lot of punk, ska, rock, hip-hop, J-pop, trance, house, and techno and was never good at remembering the bands name or the song title.Band mate Ajekt (DJ/Programmer) also has a very broad interests and digs deep on all types of music. It's crazy how much he knows about the history behind a band or the songs. I call him the Wiki of Locus! He can answer most of your musical questions! Band mate Qp (Bass/Programmer) is deeply rooted in rock and J-pop and listens to everything he likes. His bass playing style is heavily influenced by what he heard in his youth. He has also produced a few Japanese Pop songs for local talents as well.

As a band all three of us comes from very different musical backgrounds. The first few years we were suffering to find a point of interest, but we're now gradually finding a solid Locus sound. We're still in search of "creating something new, something never heard before". I know its a long journey but feel like we're definitely on the right track. The energy and atmosphere Locus creates is something I've never experienced in any other music or shows.

N- Tell me about Astro.

K- I've wanted people listen to our music rather than judge us by our looks, so it was my idea to put a mask on at a show one day. I've asked the band members to wear the masks too, but we've had some clashes on this idea. Astro is like a messenger for me, he's the one who shouts my thoughts and emotions through the microphone. He's a little cocky, spiritual, and loves women. He'll do things I can't and thinks what I can't.

Thank you, Kenta for a great session and for sharing your stories. To have your own portait narrative photographed, contact us here.

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Nia Sees the Light.

Nia is a model that's well ahead of the game and a fabulous person to work with. That's what allowed us to be more creative during our shoot. Not only did she own the in studio strobe sets with her many looks, but she handled daylight and lengthy fluorescent bulb exposures with the same style and grace. Below are two looks from two different strobe sets:

In the sun, she shines:

Even a one second exposure. No problem:

Thank you, Nia.

 

 

 

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