This was a cover photo assignment for the Village of Sussex. It’s a bi-annual publication called The Courier. I photographed K9 Gordy under the watchful eye of his handler from the Waukesha County Sheriff Department. I was laying on the ground to get below Gordy’s eye level and to bring in the squad car’s logo. Didn’t think much of the position I was in until after the shoot. Probably not the ideal pose in front of a well-trained K9 with his handler standing behind me. Gordy’s handler was in complete control of his alert model. I made a small noise with my mouth to get Gordy’s attention but after Gordy gave me a quick hard stare with alert eyes and pointed ears, I realized really fast that the handler should do all the attention getting. I had a large rocket dust blower in my pocket along with a long Canon strap on my camera. The handler pointed out that the items could draw some attention from Gordy. Luckily, Gordy just wanted to do some nice poses. It was pretty sunny out so I opted to shoot in the shade to bring down the contrast of the police vehicle’s color scheme. The lighting also worked well to hold the color in Gordy’s fur. This was definitely a really neat experience.
The group product shot was for BrightandBold.com. The product line is made from a unique copper alloy created from disarmed and recycled nuclear weapon systems. Bottle openers and jewelry make up this group shot. One of the more unique freelance web product photos I’ve done. The company deems the products are safe to handle but it was still a little odd to handle items that were once a part of a nuclear weapon.
These architectural photos were shot for a construction company’s portfolio. Most times I would avoid a noon hour shoot but this one worked out well. The design’s long lines reminded me of some of the buildings from the early to mid 20th century. The northern exposure provided some nice shadow areas for contrast. The landscaping provided a nice compliment to the building’s front entrance.
On Thursday, October 18th, I had a photo shoot at WTC Machinery. Shoot started at 7am and went until 2:30pm. Did about a dozen shots on a machine that was capable of 305 tons of pressure. The photos will be used for advertising, product sheets and manuals. I opted to use video lights to cover the larger dimension of the product. The product was being crated and shipped to a customer as soon as I wrapped. I had an adaptor in my truck that allowed me to recharge some of the batteries on the way to my second shoot of the day for the football team I cover. It turns the vehicle’s electric outlets into one that looks like the ones in your home.
This was another photo from the same day. The architectural photo was taken fairly close, so the wide angle lens provides some nice vertical movement toward the sky. As I mentioned in the previous post, I really like the way this building is designed. While the roof sections were modern in materials, it still reminded me of some of the old churches I had seen in Mexico.
This is a sample from an eye care campaign I just did for fall 2012. I provided Art Direction and Photo Direction and created the Graphic Designs in a couple Adobe programs. I generally will go to Illustrator on single page items and move into Quark or InDesign when there’s multiple items. The budget allowed for new photography so we went to a studio with a couple models and created the nice shots within the campaign. I ended up standing in as the male model so it was a little odd having another photographer tell me how to smile. The purpose of the campaign was to get the consumer to buy into getting 2 sets of frames. The photos show 2 looks for each model. One is a little more formal and the other is casual or sport. This used to be a back to school promotion but it works a little better including more age groups in the sale. Copy provided by the ad agency.