Leo Chan owns way more neckties than I do (an impressive feat given that I regularly shoot for a tie designer and have accumulated a respectable collection of my own over the years). So when he turned up at the studio for this portrait assignment a few weeks ago I was not at all surprised when he started unpacking an immaculately curated selection of neckwear alongside some other great pieces from his own wardrobe. Even though we put several of those ties to more prominent use in other portraits that day, it was this sportier and more colorful look that I really ended up loving. There is something about that hard red gelled light coming from camera right and the red warmup jacket that really works for me in the above shot, and the style transitioned nicely to the black and white variation below (and of course I think that the warmup jacket/tie combo is frightfully under-appreciated.)
This production was a long time coming. Leo and I had talked about working on a project together for some time prior to this, but it seemed our scheduling never worked out —thankfully on this assignment the stars aligned correctly and my team and I were able to create several interesting portraits of him.
Tom Tubiolo is a working musician in Rochester NY, playing live in bars and clubs around the city – just a guy and a guitar on stage making great music.
Some people are passionate about music, but Tom is Passionate (note the capital P) about it. He proceeded to thoroughly out-geek me as we got nerdy and talked about the music we loved – he became extra enthusiastic when he found out that I was heading to Seattle just a few days after this shoot took place. It turns out that Tom is a huge grunge fan, so my impending trip opened up a whole new facet to our conversation as he told me of the acts from that region who had influenced him over the years while I was photographing him. His love for music is infectious – after I made these promotional portraits of Tom I had to set myself on a steady mission to re-acquaint myself with some musical favorites of mine that I hadn’t listened to in a while.
I often write on this blog about how other artists and creatives are some of my favorite subjects, and Tom is a perfect example of that. He is a working artist who is really, really into what he does, regardless of where or how he is doing it.
Detroit based neckwear designer Cyberoptix Tie Lab commissioned me to create this series of images to promote their line of unique hand silkscreened neckties and scarves (my girlfriend is obsessed with their pashmina scarves). These are ties for rock stars and that aesthetic certainly shows up in this series. Cyberoptix is strongly rooted is responsible production ethics, especially in regards to the choices of ink they use to cut environmental and health impacts as well as their use of fair trade material in all of their silk products. I have shot for them in the past and I truly love how this company’s founder, Bethany Shorb, has brought together art and ethics to reinvigorate a classic accessory in a way that people genuinely get excited about – I am so thrilled when we have the chance to work together.
I am working an another campaign of images for Cyberoptix as we speak – a slightly more conceptual series that I’ll be sharing with you in a few weeks.
Here are a few behind the scenes mobile snaps of Logan from the day of the shoot. We felt that these ties lent themselves so well to rock-stardom that we started creating faux artwork for a nonexistent synth-punk project that Logan fronts in an alternate universe.
I spent a day photographing Nichole Linsay at two of the most scenic rural areas in Western NY – Boxler Farms and Knox Farms, near East Aurora NY. Scouting the expansive property at Boxler Farms during the day in search of locations had us wading through the shallow streams above a waterfall, trekking through fields of early spring wildflowers, and meeting many of the exotic animals that roam the property including camels, zebra, oryx, wildebeests, llamas, and emus. Later in the day we moved to shoot to the site of Knox Farms, which had previously been the famous estate of the wealthy Knox family before becoming a historic park. It is one of those perfect places that exists in its own little timeless bubble so distant from the encroaching suburbia just outside its gates.
The whole day was a distillation of so many of the things that I most love about being a photographer, and I am rarely happier than when a project becomes indistinguishable from an adventure.
Every now and then the color starts flying during a shoot…
Off the plane from all the color and noise of Vegas and right into the studio for this beauty assignment – Clouds of pigment were flying during a fun session that found my subjects Holli and Hillary covered in color by the time they left – Holli liked the result so much that she decided to wear it home after the production wrapped.
Maybe it is all the bright lights and neon of Vegas having an affect on me, but I want to drown myself in color lately.
Models: Holli Arnold + Hillary Snyder
Makeup: Nicole Barry
Fashion stylist, friend, and collaborator Molly Hoeltke needed a bio shot for an interview and profile piece thats being done on her. Heres a quick cut from those images. Molly has worked with me on a variety of projects ranging from magazine editorials to my own self directed projects for promotional images. Molly has a unique eye for combining vintage pieces with unique one of a kind contemporary designs. You may have seen her pop up once or twice in behind the scenes photos here on the blog as well.