You remember Sawandi. We worked together back in December of last year. A truly talented and versatile young man, and I hope to work with him for years to come.
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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.
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?
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.
This past Friday we attended the opening event at Anthropologie in Ann Arbor. As part of the new Arbor Hills Crossing shopping center in the middle of town, Anthro, as I like to call it, is a fashion highlight for young professional women and creatives. The company chose our alma mater, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design to receive percentage proceeds from the evening's sales.
Nick shot some festive images for Anthropologie and the School.
The evening was a smashing, shopping success - thanks to Anthropologie and A&D!
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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...
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.
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:
There are two studio lighting setups that tend to appear in ads today. By no means are they new, but they'll never go out of style. Both place the model on a white background, but the first only uses one light, causing a shadow and making the background go gray, while the other uses three lights creating an "infinity" look. Below are diagrams and samples of how to achieve each.
You may have seen some of these photos of N on our Facebook page, but we had to share them here too. He has a knack for creating gritty movie scenes and people love it. Thing is, we're still mostly getting requests for traditional portrait. So our question to you is, are you game for some dramatic fun? We're booking holiday sessions right now. A la carte packages include up to four "costume" changes, styling, lighting and multiple locations plus all rights and usage. It would be the ultimate present. Contact us for all the details.