I hope this Monday finds you well out there! Things have been so busy over here, I barely know what to do with myself and it's all good stuff! I'm very lucky. Let's get started, shall we? Of course we shall!
To start, I did two more shots in my big secret project this weekend. The first 5-7 shots in that series will be released in September and it's looking so good so far. I'm very happy with how it's coming along! Here is a teaser shot of one of the shoots from the weekend. It involved 7 models, 7 fittings and over 60 pieces of vintage WWII military uniform items courtesy of a local military museum. I worked with a ton of new faces, which is great because it keeps my work fresh. Thank you to all of the models, assistants and makeup/hair artists who helped with this big shoot! Take a look:
In addition to the secret project, I've begun a second series entitled Rein It In that's just a ton of fun. I like to do projects occasionally that are just fun, bright and crazy and this is one of them! The basic premise is as follows: Sure, you could own a dog or a cat and walk it on a leash. You could put a goldfish in a bowl and set it on your credenza. Parrot in a cage? Of course. But that's not going to cut the mustard with my Rein It In Series, folks. No. In my world, people have pet lobsters, cobras, rabbits, peacocks, even rocks and they like to take them for walks on the streets and in the neighborhoods of America. Why? Because normal is boring... The first two photographs in this series: Smoking Stanton & Rabbit Rita are available as fine art prints in the shop right now!
The female model from the shot above was a new face for me, so we also did some classic portraits for her portfolio and also to showcase my MUA's abilities. Here are a couple of those shots. So beautiful.
Have you heard of the French Paper Company, Lovelies? It's a paper/printing company out of Michigan that's been around for 6 generations. Despite the paper industry taking a real hit in recent years and many mills closing, French has managed to go strong due to their amazing marketing, their gift and designer/artist print offerings and their partnership with the CSA Image library. Their PopInk store is overflowing with good design, fun gifts and crazy... just the way I like it. Well, I decided to put in an order for their set of artist Old Maid game-style cards. What? That's right, they created a deck of faces using the CSA stock library and you have to match not two of the same cards together, that's boring, no. You have to match-maker match these cards; doctor with a nurse etc. The printing and the colors and thermography are breathtakingly bright and sharp. And then, icing on the cake, they sent along some paper samples... with metallic ink printed on them! (That's an expensive process that's usually reserved for actual money-making products... at least in the greeting card industry with which I'm familiar.) Take a look:
Until next time: unpleasant dreams!