Thursday October 31st, 2013
by Wesley Kays-Henry
A few weeks ago, Eric Exely, producer and right-hand man at Brian Kuhlmann‘s studio, called Wonderful Machine in search of additional crew for an upcoming shoot for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation. We recommended a handful of local crew as well as our own production services. Myself and fellow WM producer Meg Dibley rounded out the crew as production assistants. The shoot took place over three days in multiple locations around Philly focusing on loose, ambient, lifestyle scenes.
Day one consisted of meetings, running errands, eating cheesesteaks and getting acquainted with everyone involved in the shoot. Day two began at 6 AM along the Schuylkill River for a sunrise shot of a runner with the skyline in the background. After shuttling crew back and forth, which included a daring u-turn on a one lane road during rush hour traffic, we packed up and headed to Franklin Square Park. Signs were posted informing the public of the shoot. Here we blew bubbles, gave kids [a little too much] candy, rode scooters and created great pictures of fun times on a carousel.
Next up was Elfreths Alley, a historic street in Old City–quaint and lined with autumn leaves. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be a seasonal scene, so we used a leaf blower to clear the entire block within half an hour. We populated the street with kids running around on their way home from school, which resulted in the quickest shot of the day.
The final location, Reading Terminal Market, is an indoor market holding nearly 100 vendors who sell everything from Oyster Po-Boys to chocolate covered Onions (no joke!) It is, as you can imagine, crowded with people at all hours, so those aforementioned signs were a linchpin to the production. We ended up staying slightly past closing, but after some sweet talking from Eric, the guards let us wrap up on our own time. We made some great shots, and left feeling accomplished, but exhausted.
Although day two was just as busy, we had the luxury of beginning at 9 AM–this time at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, a historic art school and gallery. The staff was super accommodating which assisted us in creating some great lifestyle museum photographs. After a bonding group lunch, we transitioned over to Amis, an Italian restaurant in the Bella Vista neighborhood. It was raining throughout the day, so we held many umbrellas over talent as they scurried from the hair and make up trailers. The talent and extras were lucky enough to indulge in some amazing food and drinks served up by the staff.
The last leg of the production illustrated Philly nightlife at Time on 13th and Sansom Streets. The bartender generously kept food and drinks coming as they stayed true to their jazz club environment, a band playing to give us a soundtrack to our wrap-up. Twenty model releases later, we completed a great experience working with a photographer who is quick on his feet and makes everyone in the room feel like they’re the most important. All of the crew stepped up to get the job done, Meg and myself included. The final images will be a part of the GPTMC “From Philly, With Love” campaign.
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Thursday September 27th, 2012
by Maria Luci
For the month of September, we headed over to the popular website Ads of the World for another round of web ads. AOTW is a social media site for advertising creatives to post and comment on recent work from agencies around the globe. It’s one of the top websites for creative professionals, and a great spot for us to spread the word about our talented roster of photographers.
You can read more about each of the six featured images below:
Brian Kuhlmann / Chicago
I was on location in San Diego shooting for the Electra Bicycle Co., and had a whole group of kids to photograph. They were all very sweet but also very distracted by the new bikes they’d just been handed, so we were having a hard time getting them to follow directions as we set up the shots. Suddenly my wardrobe stylist grabbed the dinosaur head and stuck it on my producer, pushing him into the shot. I called at the kids, ‘chase the dinosaur!’ and with this new-found purpose they were off! He probably ran around that park 20 times before we were done.
Ronen Goldman / Israel
This Photo titled “Them Games We Play” is part of a series called The Surrealistic Pillow Project, where I have been recreating my dreams in photo form for the past 6 years. The picture is actually composed of about 10 different photos of the building behind that have been stitched to together. Pictured is my wife, playing hide and seek, while I hide hanging on the ledge of the building, nothing unusual.
Andy Reynolds / Seattle
The subject’s name is Addison Pemberton, and I was commissioned by Fortune to photograph him. He’s a business owner in Spokane, WA and in his spare time he rebuilds and restores vintage aircraft. He has an amazing collection and his shop is meticulous and organized. With all of the old feel of the planes I opted to shoot on 4×5 and with natural light. Spokane is in eastern Washington and I love to shoot there because the sun is always out. I use the horizontal image as a two-page spread in my editorial portfolio because I think it is just gorgeous.
Adam Rindy / Los Angeles
This photo came from a series of photos shot for a company called PALTIEL d’KENN for their summer 2012 collection. The model in the photo is named Jordan Daniele. You can view the entire shoot here.
James Horan / Australia
This handsome gentleman is an Irish fiddle player I photographed at a memorial service for Willie Clancy. Willie was a well known piper who set up an annual summer school for Irish music in the small west coast village called Miltown Malbay. The summer school is now a popular festival called the Willie Clancy festival.
Mark Olson / Canada
This shot is all about the scales and text from the Chinese newspaper. The fish’s mouth mimics the graph, and the fin shapes play off the larger text lines of the newsletter and bamboo. It’s a shot that plays with composition, contrast and saturation—creating a powerful image built on subtleties.
Sunday September 16th, 2012
Sunday September 9th, 2012
Friday April 6th, 2012
50 things every creative should know.
Silver & Light.
Some people use their iPhone everywhere…and I mean everywhere.
Can you hold, Bob? I’ve got mom on the other line. photo by Tim Rue/Los Angeles
10 year old solves the Euro Crisis.
He also noted that the Dollar was much tastier than the Drachme. photo by John Kuczala/New York
10 great TV spots directed by Wes Anderson.
Famous people with cameras.
Van Gogh’s sunflowers were mutants!
Careful, lil’ lady…they may mutants! photo by Douglas Sonders/Washington DC
How brands got their names.
And now, a kitten terrified by a vacuum.
- Maria Luci