THE PIE MAKER: DAMIAN PARKER

Damien Parker, owner and lead creative of Pie Mad and the English Pork Pie Company.

The first thing I learned from Damian Parker is that pies are sexy.

He’s not the only one who thinks so either: Disney, Google, and the US Military are just some of his customers.  The Telegraph named The English Pork Pie Company the Best British Shop in the World three years in a row. Even Gordon Ramsay is a fan of Damian’s products.

Not too bad for an English expat making meat pies in South Buffalo. Continue reading “THE PIE MAKER: DAMIAN PARKER”

NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

This is the story of how one conversation, a healthy dose of dissatisfaction, and a few glasses of wine helped me decide to make a major change in my photography, how I thought about where I live, and the kind of stories that I was really interested in telling.

At the beginning of the summer I found myself afflicted with a worrisome and specific case of writers block –  I would shoot a project, but when I sat down to write about it the only things I could think of were “Here is a picture I took and I really like it” or “I shot this assignment recently for a client, the art director was super nice and brought sandwiches” basically the kind of disposable posts you have read on every photography blog, ever, in the history of everything (Okay, except for some of the really good ones like those written by John Keatley, Rodney Smith or Chris Buck – I’ll gladly read those any day), and I had gotten sick of it. I stared at blank screens for hours feeling like my brains were slowly leaking out of my eyes and that my writing skills were failing me (thankfully this mental state was contained only to my writing and did not affect my ability to take kick-ass pictures). It’s not that I didn’t like the aesthetics of the work I was producing, I just didn’t feel like these were the kind of stories that I was really having much fun telling. Continue reading “NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT”

TRISTAN LAMBRIGHT

QCRG Roller Derby coach Tristan Lambright

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you may have seen that recently I was trying to help my friends Megan and Tristan raise money to help their brother Dustin buy a new prosthesis as he grew out of his previous one. I am happy to say that the campaign was a resounding success, and not only was enough money raised to buy Dustin’s prosthesis for this year, but next year’s as well.

What you may not know is that those friends I was helping support have made occasional appearances on this blog and in my work, much like this new PR portrait of Tristan that I took recently (and insisted that he sport the beard/flannel look he’s been pulling off lately for it). You have probably seen them here before.

Megan has made many appearances in the fun team photos I have created for my friends on the championship Western NY roller derby squad The Nickel City Knockouts (they are an amazing team and I love helping them out — Megan is also the captain and was also one of the first people to pose for me when I started coming back to photography professionally) and Tristan made a past appearances in my series of toothbrush face images (he was the crazy one). Tristan is also highly involved in the QCRG Roller Derby league both as a referee, coach, and highly visible promoter/supporter.

I get to meet a lot of interesting people through photography: artists, musicians, politicians and more — I get to make a lot of friends through what I do. But it still gives me a lot of joy when I get a chance to photograph my friends and people who have been in my life for a while, whether it is for an assignment or just a personal project of my own.

TOM TUBIOLO

Tom Tubiolo

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.

Tom Tubiolo NY musician tom Tubiolo

LOGAN SCHOTT

Logan Schott

Logan Schott is a model who can’t stay in one place for too long. Since I first worked with him a year ago on a banking campaign Logan has lived on both coasts and made travel between LA, NYC, and Buffalo a near constant in his life, but thankfully I have had occasional  opportunities to work with him since then on personal projects and a recent series of images for Cyberoptix. 

Logan was visiting Western New York for the holidays from Los Angeles to visit with family and friends, and as usual we made immediate plans to work on something together. The only snag was that the studio was pretty much empty for the holidays, crew members were traveling, some equipment was out for annual repair and maintenance, and even the heat had been running at minimum for days. No crew, no styling team, and very little gear is a bit of a break in how I normally work when I am on a commercial or editorial assignment, but these small projects with friends are always fun – just the two of us working together to make something. One thing we didn’t have to worry about though was wardrobe. Logan is essentially a punk rock fashion boy scout – always prepared, he brought a bag full of finds from his ceaseless thrifting and DIY clothing projects.

This simple black and white portrait was one of my favorites from the shoot (Okay… this was a hard shoot to edit as there were a lot of variations and great frames), and very illustrative of the type of portraiture I have found myself drawn to over the last few months.

There are a few other images from this shoot that I will share soon (probably next week). They have  a very different feel from this sombre portrait and I think they warrant their own post.

A NEW SELF PORTRAIT

Self portrait of buffalo photographer Luke Copping Dec 2012

I have never liked having my picture taken. In most of my high school yearbooks you can search and search for me, but for the most part all you will find are footnotes reading “Picture Not Shown: Luke Copping”. I was the kid who was mysteriously sick on picture day (except for one very unfortunate and very 90’s looking school portrait of me with long hair, a bright purple dress shirt, and a very bad tie – I promise I’ll share it someday) But in the last few years I have become more comfortable with being on THAT side of the lens – mainly due to my girlfriend’s complaints that there are almost no photos of me other than the occasional Instagram or night out party shot, and her almost paparazzi like urge to snap photos of me when I am unaware. Over the holidays, as I was spending a lot of time in the studio doing yearly equipment inventory and maintenance, I decided to embrace her suggestion that I should take some time to work on some self portraits.

I had a lot of fun.

It was nice to slow down and work on something like this, given the rapid pace of the corporate and editorial projects I have been working on the last few months, it gave me a bit of open air to have a good time, experiment, fail, start over, and just play. I enjoyed the process so much that I have decided to try a little experiment; in addition to the new work, news, and other regular features that make an appearance on the blog I am going to feature a new monthly self portrait – the picture above is the first from this ongoing side project.

VALERIE KASINSKI

Student and Artist Valerie KasinskiStudent and Artist Valerie Kasinski

These portraits of Valerie Kasinski were made before a small student lighting workshop that was held at my studio last month, she had bravely agreed not just to be photographed by me, but to stand in as the test lighting subject for a good chunk of the workshop class. Val is one of a group of really passionate emerging photographers in my area that I have met in the last few years of volunteering with ASMP and speaking to photo programs at schools in the area.

BRUSH 'EM

Tristan Lambright Brushing his teeth

There has been a bit of radio silence around here the last few weeks, because I have been off running around and working on some really cool projects – But we are kicking off a big week here with a lot of news to share,  and the first thing I want to share with you are some new images from a project I started working on a few weeks back.

We all know that feeling…. the one you get when you are staring at yourself in the mirror, fascinated by the contorted and often alien faces you make when you are getting down to the very serious business of dental hygiene.

Lacy Ellinwood Brushing teethDanielle Sugg Brushing his teethDanyell Sugg Brushing his teethPat McCarthy Brushing his teeth

A New Portfolio

I recently returned from an amazing series of portfolio reviews in NYC where I spent the better part of a week sharing the new version of my portfolio with buyers, editors, and reps. Regular readers may have noticed over the past few months that I have made several mentions about the process of putting this new portfolio together alongside designer Nubby Twiglet in preparation for this marketing trip, and now I am ready to share the end results of our most recent collaboration with the above video and some photos of the final book.

Over many weeks of conceptual discussion, Nubby and I started to pull together the images and elements that would go into the book. We decided on an 11 x 14 landscape format, which is similar to previous versions of my book. I feel that it is a perfect size for the types of image layouts we ended up working with and avoids the transport and scale issues of larger books.

We also went with a completely custom solution for the covers rather than something pre-fabricated. It gave us so much more freedom in terms of our design and materials choices than working within the constraints and limited options offered by some off-the-shelf portfolio solutions. Nubby had worked with a bookbinder in Portland called Grossenbacher in the past and suggested them for the fabrication of the covers – they did not disappoint. The company has been around since 1925 and sports quite an impressive client list. They did a wonderful job with this project and the book itself became quite a conversation piece during several of my recent meetings because of its substantial artisanal feel.

Physical construction aside, we explored a few different versions of the body of the book, namely the image order and how it came together as a final whole body of work. Some layouts were built around various projects and assignments that I had shot, while others were built around a color story that progressed throughout the book, ending with a collection of my favorite black and white imagery. One of the most important decisions we made was whether or not to incorporate design elements other than just my photography into the main body of the book. Ultimately, we decided to take several elements from previous collaborations and incorporate them as a means of reinforcing the identity that we have built over the last few years, while giving the book a more finished and editorial feel – simple additions that I feel enhance the experience of the book.

Nubby also has some thoughts to share on the design process of the book.

When beginning work on Luke Copping’s portfolio, I wanted to leverage as many existing design elements from our previous collaborations as possible to keep the recognizability of his branding strong and consistent. After a few years of smaller collaborations, it was time to take on our most ambitious project to date: the print portfolio.

Luke already had a digital portfolio and even a magazine but the print portfolio was meant to be the most premium and tie everything else together. I designed the covers to mimic the look his letterpress business cards and had it produced at a local bookbinder with a silver foil wordmark and white foil cross pattern for a tonal effect. The covers are white linen with white lining and hidden screw posts. I wanted it to be as understated and premium as possible.

A lot of time was spent shuffling images into layouts that either revolved around a particular series or a color story. While the magazine had copy throughout, the portfolio was all about Luke’s photography so we kept the layouts in line with what you’d expect in a photography book. Big, beautiful and with a lot of white space when needed.

Luke’s book was printed at Pushdot here in Portland so I was able to proof it in person. He chose a premium matte paper with a slight texture that added a whole new dimension to his work. The prints and custom cover came together to form a book that we’re really proud of. I admire Luke for constantly pushing forward and investing in the presentation of his photography business — his passion for what he does really shows.

~ Nubby Twiglet

I could not be happier with the end result of this project. This new book is a culmination of a lot of new work and new approaches to how I want to present myself and my work moving forward. I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to leave your opinions and comments.

Cyberoptix Tie Lab 2012

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.

Dakotah Schickling

I made these images of Dakotah recently,  during a test session on what coincidentally happened to be her birthday.  Dakotah and I have had many near misses on assignments prior to this – often coming very close to working together but never quite being in the same place at the same time due to scheduling differences. It took our mutual friend/stylist Nicole Barry to finally introduce us in person last month and make arrangements for this Happy Birthday shoot to happen.

  

 

In Search Of A Killer

On July 10th, 2009, Melissa Barthelemy went missing.

The Buffalo, NY native that had aspirations of someday opening her own hair salon was living in the Bronx and working as a dancer and escort on Craigslist when she disappeared. Starting just after she had gone missing and continuing for several weeks afterwards, her teenage sister began to be terrorized by a series of obscene phone calls originating from Melissa’s cell phone by someone who is believed to have been the person that abducted Melissa. These calls ultimately climaxed with the caller claiming that he had killed Melissa.

Melissa Barthelemy remained missing until December 2010, when her remains and the remains of three other escorts (Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Megan Waterman, and Amber Lynn Costello) were found near the ocean side town of Gilgo Beach on Long Island. Due to the brutal nature of the killings and the proximity of the bodies to one another police were convinced that the murders might be the work of a serial killer.

To date, police have linked approximately ten victims to the Long Island Serial Killer – six more sets of remains that the police believe predate the remains of Melissa Barthelemy and the other girls found in December 2010 have been found, and investigations are ongoing into other murders that may be linked to the case. Authorities now suspect that the killer has been active for fifteen years or more.

When I met Melissa’s mother Lynn Barthelemy, and Lynn’s husband Jeff Martina, it had been two years since Melissa’s initial disappearance, and only a short time since she had even had her daughter’s remains returned. I met them when I was on an assignment for Blast! Films, a UK-based production company that was producing a documentary on the  investigation for Channel 4 in the UK and A&E Television in the US –  Blast! had sent me to create some portraits of the family to help in promoting the film.

I spent  the afternoon with Lynn and Jeff learning about their ongoing search for Melissa’s killer and listening to them speak about their experiences and their daughter in a touching way that the media often did not convey due to Melissa’s profession. The factual and stark basis of news reporting often overlooks and overshadows so many of the stories and emotions that affect the families and friends of the victims in a unforgivingly real way – one that can only really come close to being conveyed by hearing them share their own stories and memories. Lynn shared pictures and stories of Melissa with us while we shot, and also talked to us about the media coverage on the case that she has been involved in as the investigation continues to unfold.

I won’t pretend to try to understand what these people have gone through – it is impossible – the things they have experienced are so unimaginably horrific that there is no way that anyone who has not experienced a situation like this firsthand could ever fathom what it is like. What happened to their daughter is what most parents fear in their worst nightmares, yet Lynn and Jeff were very open about what has happened to their family over the past few years as they strive to raise media awareness and keep the search for this killer in the public eye. We can only hope that the ongoing investigation is successful and that these families someday find justice for their lost loved ones.

Once Vintage

There has been a long-standing collaboration between Marie Vaccarello and I – we started working together when she was just starting her career as a model and I was returning from my long self-imposed exile from the photography business to begin shooting again with a fresh start.  We have been lucky enough to work on some great projects together and have had clients send us on some pretty cool adventures. From the earliest days of shooting in my basement before I moved back into a studio, to rooftop productions on downtown buildings high above the street, legendary historical structures, and even in the remains of crumbling churches we have been lucky enough to continue to push each other to constantly be better at what each of us does. I love to work with Marie because in many ways she serves as a reminder of just how far I have come from a time when I almost gave up. Every now and then I go back and look at all the work we have created together throughout the years to see how much we have both grown as artists.

Most recently we came together to create some images for another friend of ours – stylist, curator, and designer Molly Hoeltke. Molly and I have worked on many editorial and commercial assignments together (more than a few with Marie), but recently Molly also launched her new fashion collection – Once Vintage, a sustainable fashion reuse project that brings together her eye for one-of-a-kind vintage pieces and impeccable garment construction skills. Molly recreates past treasures by updating them with a modern aesthetic edge – both reducing waste and creating truly unique garments for her buyers.

Makeup: Stephanie Signorelli

Hair: Jessica A. Tozzo

Adam Varga

Adam Varga posing for a portrait by buffalo photographer Luke Copping

Adam Varga posing for a portrait by buffalo photographer Luke Copping

Portraits of Adam Varga that were completed during some downtime between productions. Simple and stylish was the perfect way to capture Adam in these images – I love reducing things to their simplest elements and creating images like these that both encapsulate the subject’s personality and make simple but profound statements about their style. Simplicity and a sense of minimalist style are very important to me in my work, especially now that I have been creating black and white images more often. There is something delightful I find in the reduction of extraneous information from an image that is much more satisfying than adding too much to a shot and diluting its impact.

Adam Varga posing for a portrait by buffalo photographer Luke Copping

Lydia Dominick

NBC television personality Lydia Dominick

Television personality Lydia Dominick has been in front of my camera many times over the years so much so that we have become regular creative collaborators on a variety of projects that she is involved with in her local community and good friends as well. When it came time for Lydia to update her personal portraits for her media and online needs I wanted to create something a little more refined and formal that the images we had created in the past. A selection of gorgeous gowns and a cameo appearance by model and actor Adam Varga were perfect compliments to Lydia’s always glamorous presence.

NBC television personality Lydia Dominick NBC television personality Lydia Dominick 

Ben Siegel

Portrait of Block Club editor Ben Siegel

Portrait of Block Club editor Ben SiegelBen Siegel Header

The team from Block Club recently paid a visit to Victory Studios while I was working on creating some new images for an upcoming issue.  You will have to wait until the new year to see the finished results of the shoot, but in the meantime, Block Club magazine editor Ben Siegel was brave enough to jump in front of the lens for a few frames of his own.

Ben and the rest of the team at Block Club blow me away with how dedicated they are to what they do, and how passionate they are about their community and creativity. I love the ideas that they have been presenting on their website lately. Their “We Want Better!” campaign is inspiring – the refusal to accept mediocrity and actually take the initiative to craft something better is a philosophy that every creative can and should take to heart. It’s the kind of declarative statement that can become a cornerstone in the development of any new idea or project.

Work Music – Instrumental Bliss

This week I find that I have been avoiding too much music with a lyrical base. I have been able to focus much better with instrumental tracks playing. I am working on some projects that require a deft and subtle hand in post production, and I find the more subdued tracks keeps my hand a little calmer. There are definitely some great treasures on this list, most notably Red Sparowes, a band that has long been in my constant play rotation. Its both driving and relaxing, works fantastic for both computer work and in studio when shooting. Bohren and Der Club of Gore is another group worth checking out for those who find themselves doing a ton of work on the road on their laptop. Cool, dark, and moody jazz inspired tracks that can be pretty much adapted and listened to in any situation. They are very theatrical as well, fantastic personal soundtrack music.

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4 Solutions for 99 Excuses

Recently The 99% (one of my favorite websites about creativity, idea implementation, and work philosophy) featured an article based on a readers’ poll about the 99 most commonly used excuses people let stand in the way of their ideas taking shape. While thought provoking, their main intention was to get people to face the facts of how harmful excuses can be to the creative process, and to show just how widespread their debilitating influence can be.  There are, however, some points from their top fifteen excuses that I think bear a more in-depth analysis, especially in relation the photographers and other freelancers.

1. I Don’t Have Enough Time

Where do your passions lay? At what point do we sacrifice love of what we do and the ability to bring our visions to fruition? The simple fact of the matter is that if doing something is important enough to you, you can and will find time to do it. There are different ways to tackle this problem. Some like to accomplish tasks in preset modules, breaking down large projects that can seem insurmountable into hour-long task and goal blocks that they schedule into their regular days. Others prefer the marathon approach (this was my modus operandi for years). I would finish an 8-10 hour day at my day job, excitedly knowing that the rest of my night was dedicated to photography and creative tasks, either a shoot or web development or retouching. I would complete my daily tasks and dedicate the rest of my time to taking pictures and post-production because it is what I loved to do. It was a decision I made to consciously create time for my passions. A lot of the tasks I completed using this system ended up laying the groundwork for my eventual transition back to photography as a business.

The 99% suggests taking a proactive approach to task management and identifying important tasks as great first steps. I would have to agree. In terms of real world implementation, one of the easiest things you can do is to get yourself a good task management system that synchs across a variety of devices. I am partial to Things, which has been a huge boon to my productivity, especially since it works on both my desktop and mobile system. A great alternative to Things is Remember the Milk, which is a web-based application pretty much accessible from anywhere. The real key to these programs is how you dedicate yourself to using them. I start each day with a daily review of tasks, ranking and ordering them in a way that offers me the best productivity stream. I identify what can be accomplished and what cannot that day based on my workflow and I make sure that I block out a solid chunk of time each day that is dedicated to nothing but personal projects. Treat these personal work blocks like any other task in your workflow. They must be completed and used effectively, but you will find that if you schedule them alongside  your billable hours and private tasks that you will absolutely be able to make time for them.

Two other sites I recommend checking out that are related to time management and workflow are:

http://five.sentenc.es/

http://www.43folders.com/

In the end, it comes down to this – if you love it, do it! If you have responsibilities, take care of them, then do it! If you are tired, wake up and do it! The musician Henry Rollins is a great example of this. Rollins has been known to work so prolifically and for such long periods of time while maintaining a hectic travel schedule that he often sleeps only a few hours a night. This is a great example of dedication and work ethic leading to success.

2. I’m Afraid Of Failure

Failure is one of the most singularly useful tools in the world to motivate you to improve. If you have never failed then you have nothing to illustrate what mistakes you have made in the past. Experimentation is a big part of this. Always give yourself the ability to play with your work. Try new things in your personal work and learn from the mistakes and successes to create a better product in your professional work. With client jobs, once you have the safety shots and have met the layout requirements that have been set forth, try to take a few more daring images. Oftentimes you will fail, but you will occasionally have a brilliant success as well. Perfection and a 100% success rate are admirable notions, but rarely achievable. It’s far more important, in reality, to strive for a perfection you will never reach. This will have many more benefits for you in the long run. There is no such thing as a perfect photograph. Even the best can improve upon what they have already done. If you never risk failure and play it safe constantly you will find that yourself and others will start to view you as competently and consistently average. They won’t really have anything bad to say about your work, nor will they have the impetus to hire you for your singular vision and style. For more reading on the topic of learning from mistakes and letting them improve you, check out It’s OK to Suck.

7. I Am Afraid of the Competition

Competition is nothing more than fuel and fallacy mixed together. This issue can be addressed from two angles. The first is that competition is a fantastic catalyst to get better. We must all strive to constantly be growing as artists, improving our skills, outlooks, and attitudes in the long run to provide our clients with the best us we can be. If you can sit comfortably at the top of the hill with no one else trying to summit it, it’s very easy to become complacent and lazy and you will find yourself only doing as much necessary to maintain the status quo. However, when someone becomes competition to you, it can light an ever-needed fire under your ass and push you to start doing all the things you should be doing: marketing more, improving technical skills, reviewing your fundamentals, improving your negotiating tactics, and pushing you to pursue more personal projects to develop your vision further.

The second angle to view this from is that much of what we do is selling ourselves just as much as we sell our services to our clients. You are your own niche, your own brand, and your work can easily follow suit. Once again, this comes back to competing on more than just price. Demonstrate beyond argument the value that you can bring to your clients’ projects and how you can build positive working relationships with their teams. You should be so desirable to work with that the only issue you feel you have to compete with is whether your unique style is the right one for the job. In summation, let competition push you to a point where you are bettered in all aspects because of it.

8. I Got My Expectations Too High Just Thinking About It

This can be a dangerous problem, both from a financial and spiritual side. I was once acquainted with a photographer who suffered from the problem of generating fantastic ideas rapidly, so rapidly, in fact, that it became a problem. Firstly, they had a serious issue with bringing any idea to final fruition. Projects would be half completed and strewn aside. It’s quite detrimental to put a lot of capital into a personal project and walk away with nothing to show for it, not because of difficulty, but merely because the excitement brought on by new ideas forced them to lose interest in seeing their original idea through. Secondly, when ideas were completed they had often become an pale imitation of their original selves. New ideas would impinge upon the basic purity of the original concept, things would be added and stuck on at a whim. The result, needless to say, was often disappointing and chaotic. Many people suffer from this and similar issues when seeing their projects  through. Some people are exceptionally good at generating ideas. They find it exciting. But once they realize that actual hard work is involved, they often lose their enthusiasm. Others, much like the photographer above, suffer from a lack of faith in their ideas, always feeling that they are on shaky ground and that they need to slap more “idea plaster” on to keep them stable, when in reality it’s making their  idea more and more structurally unsound.

Be picky about your projects. Conceptualize and plan them well and break them down into smaller and more achievable segments. Having ambition is great, and an absolutely required trait in this profession. But if you cannot make a plan to realize your ambition, then it becomes  more and more of a seemingly impossible goal. The situations mentioned in the paragraph above can easily be rectified through even the most basic planing, and then having the dedication to stick to the core details of the plan. Do not let this lead you to think that improvisation cannot be a part of a well-planned production though. Improvisation and adaptation will be your constant allies and companions. In fact, having the forethought to plan a project carefully is what will give you the freedom to improvise more effectively.

Work Music – 15 Songs To Work To While The Weather Changes

We are introducing a new feature here on the blog, it is called Work Music. Every thursday a new playlist will be posted, 12-15 song lists perfect for retouching, shoots, general office work, and creating moods. We will even be bringing in some guest creatives from time to time to share the music that they work to. With the weather in western New York starting to become a little colder, we are beginning to enter my favorite time of the year; fall. I find myself putting away the frenetic and aggressive music that keeps my energy levels up in the summer (a much needed effect, I am most definitely a cold weather person and generally dislike the heat) and replacing it with more down tempo, melancholy fall music that I often find myself listening to during marathon retouching bouts or long blogging sessions.

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Check back regularly for some bouts of inspiration and sonic nourishment to help you through those rough days at work. Highlights of this list for me are definitely the tracks from Leonard Cohen, City & Colour, The Moody Blues, and Angels of Light. All great songs that are worth the purchase.