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Stephen DeVries: The Old Fashioned Promo

January 27th, 2015

by Liz Ream Over the holidays, we received a promo from Birmingham-based photographer Stephen DeVries that was not only memorable, but also unique, detailed and can warm you up on a cold winter day! The promo included all of the ingredients in an “Old Fashioned,” including a mini bottle of high end bourbon, as well as a booklet with Stephen’s photos all put into a beautiful handmade wooden …

Photo Editing: A Hip Web Edit for Justin Tsucalas

January 26th, 2015

by Morgan Kazanjian When I first evaluated Baltimore-based photographer Justin Tsucalas for membership with Wonderful Machine, I was struck by how energy-filled his images were and I loved his personal style. It was clear that Justin had the potential to be a good fit for WM, but I was concerned about the combination of commercial and retail images on his site. He was showing great commercial …

Dom Savini: The Streets of Havana

January 23rd, 2015

by Liz Ream Dom Savini recently went along with a former professor and mentor, John J. Weiss, for a workshop in Havana, Cuba. While Dom was there, he put all of his energy into documenting everything from the people to their environment and the sheer poverty they are faced with every day: The most challenging thing about Cuba is the sheer poverty. Seeing people who …

Shea Evans: Profiling a Restaurant

January 22nd, 2015

by Liz Ream Shea Evans was recently hired by Edible Reno-Tahoe to profile a traditional Basque restaurant in Reno, Nevada. The Basques are an ethnic group that inhabit a region in Northeastern Spain and Southeastern France. Traditional Basque culture includes family-style, all you can eat dining at long tables downstairs and rooms with beds upstairs for traveling Basque sheep herders. The restaurant Shea was hired to …

Chris Sorensen: In Old New York

January 21st, 2015

by Liz Ream Until recently, out of all of the amazing places that travel photographer Chris Sorensen has documented, there was still one place he had yet to shoot a story on: his home base of New York City. He finally crossed the Big Apple off his list last month with an eye-opening feature for British magazine Club Life. For the feature, Chris shot multiple …

Print Mailer: Let’s Chill

January 16th, 2015

by Liz Ream  For January’s print mailer, we chose an image that was quite fitting for this chilly East Coast winter. The photo below, by Anchorage-based photographer Nathaniel Wilder, was taken as part of a personal project in interior Alaska. We paired the stunning photo with the tagline Let’s Chill, sent out to 2,988 creatives as a reminder of all of our services. Nathaniel was kind enough …

Rachid Dahnoun: Inspiration at Home on Lake Tahoe

January 15th, 2015

by Kelley King California-based photographer Rachid Dahnoun finds happiness in two things: art and adventure. Four years ago, Rachid combined those passions and pursued his lifelong dream of living right in the “heart of the adventure world,” when he and his wife, Regina, packed up their San Diego life and moved to South Lake Tahoe. Making a home on the largest alpine lake in North America gives Rachid endless inspiration …

Tim Gerard Barker: The Butterfly Effect

January 14th, 2015

by Liz Ream Tim Gerard Barker recently took a trip to the Banteay Srey Butterfly Center (BBC), to shoot a feature for Fah Thai magazine for Bangkok airways. BBC is a tourist attraction with a live display of Cambodian butterflies. Tim had previously been in touch with the editor at Fah Thai for a different story, so when he let them know that he would …

David Carlier: A Death-defying Glacier Climb

January 13th, 2015

by Liz Ream Adventure photographer David Carlier is no stranger to precarious conditions. When it comes to outdoor adventures, you name it, he’s probably done it. However, his most recent endeavor goes above and beyond anything he (or most anyone, for that matter) has ever done before. Alongside Claude-Alain Gailland (one of the best Swiss mountain guides) and Gilles Janin (licensed canyoning guide), David climbed the …

Tears: Willie Petersen / UFC Magazine

January 12th, 2015

Heather Perry: Making A Splash

January 9th, 2015

by Liz Ream  Last month, Heather Perry sent out a unique promo featuring her underwater photography. It included a swim cap, promo cards, a booklet of her photographs and even a personalized stamp using one of her images. With the promo, Heather not only introduced potential new clients to her ongoing water work (which she has a special passion for), she also announced her upcoming …

Steve Hansen: A Creative Collaboration

January 8th, 2015

by Liz Ream When it comes to familiarizing crew with his style and workflow, Steve Hansen doesn’t mess around. Recently, he put his crew of stylists and assistants to the test, working to create four highly conceptual images for his portfolio. The images use four very different food/drink products: chocolate, popcorn, apples and vodka. Steve enjoys “stretching himself as a food photographer by incorporating food into images that …

Scott Suchman: DC’s Best Restaurants for Washingtonian Magazine

January 7th, 2015

by Liz Ream Scott Suchman recently shot the cover of the January issue of Washingtonian Magazine, along with an inside spread all about DC’s best restaurants. The issue has been particularly popular with readers, largely due to the successful collaboration between Scott and his crew. I chatted with Scott about the project, and why he loves working with the Washingtonian: The best thing about this feature, and the …

Pop, Fizz, Clink! Holiday Promo from Ashley Gieseking

January 6th, 2015

by Liz Ream St. Louis-based photographer Ashley Gieseking celebrated the new year with a festive promo that perfectly compliments her beautiful food/drink and still life work. Ashley sent out dozens of thoughtful gift boxes to a number of lucky creatives. The gifts, which consist of a mini bottle of Moet Champagne with paper straws, a set of letterpress coasters and raspberry rum balls are not only well made, they …

Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2014

by Liz Ream Merry Christmas from Wonderful Machine! Here in the office, one of our favorite things about the holiday season is all the festive mail we receive from photographers, clients and fellow creatives we’ve worked with over the past year. Below are a few of this year’s postcards from our member photographers, including a fun calendar from Cheryl Zibisky, a snowy portrait of Gene Smirnov, and …

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