Thursday, December 8, 2011

Beautiful Interior Design.

If you're going to be the owner of a leading interior design studio then you really should have a wonderful home - and this one is no exception. Full of gorgeous details and stunning vignettes one of my favorites was the skulls and antlers over the bed.

Kansas City Homes & Gardens

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Extreme Home Makeover - Joplin Style.

Sometimes you get to photograph a subject that truly moves you - and in this case it was seeing Joplin and getting to witness part of the rebuilding effort. Ply Gem is a long-term client of mine who I have helped build a library of case studies featuring their windows, siding, fencing and a myriad of other products.

For the Joplin Extreme Home Makeover they donated all the windows and siding for all seven houses and the result was a stunning set of case studies for them, but more importantly seven wonderful homes for some very deserving families. Joplin has had a really rough run of it, but they are definitely heading in the right direction.

PS Best place to donate is the Red Cross and select Joplin as the destination for your donation - they're doing some wonderful work there, but there is an incredible amount of rebuilding left to go.

Ply Gem
Blacktop Creative
Art Director: Dave Swearingen
Assistant: Adam Caselman

House Envy.

If you're going to have a couple of different homes - then why not have a condo like this - it's an absolutely stunning Plaza home right here in Kansas City.

Kansas City Homes & Gardens

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fun with Booze. I love my job.

We got these cool glasses from Boulevard brewery and came up with the idea of trying some really stark product shots with strong reflections. Then we added some cocktails and wrapped up with some coffee. It's just another play-day at the studio...with booze.

Food Stylist - Trina Kahl
Assistant - Adam Caselman

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Why Just Use a Regular Chair, When You Can Have A Piece of Art?

3 Axis is one of our wonderful Rosedale neighbours and our paths have crossed before - most recently at Arrowhead where they built the insanely cool 12' tall football helmet for the sports science exhibit - it's cool. So when they came up with an idea for a line of plywood stools we leapt at the chance to photograph them. These are wonderful and they literally are made out of half a sheet of plywood each.

Assistant - Adam Caselman

Thursday, October 13, 2011

We think all our work is art. This one actually is.

George Rousis is a great friend and an incredibly talented artist - he works in hand forged steel and other metals. Recently he needed some new images for an upcoming show. Here's one of the pieces from that shoot - apparently it mimics the graceful curve of the female form, I just think it's really sexy, and in the detail you can see the tool marks from how George formed the metal by hand.

Organic Iron Concepts
Assistant - Adam Caselman

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Kansas City's Winningest Sports Team and It's Amazing Stadium

Kansas City finally embraced football (the round one, from England) last year and built the new Livestrong stadium. It's an incredible facility and the Sporting KC team responded by delivering an almost unbeaten at home season. It's pretty exciting watching all the new soccer fans that have been created as well as the die hard supporters.

Sporting KC
Turner Construction
Assistant - Adam Caselman

Thursday, September 29, 2011

We Made It To The College World Series...Really.

Another one of our fantastic collaborations with Populous took us to Omaha and the brand spanking new baseball stadium there - after decades of using Rosenblatt as the home of the College World Series a brand new, purpose-built facility was constructed right in the heart of downtown Omaha, and it is beautiful.

It's a lot of fun not just getting to photograph these stadiums but getting to photograph them on game day is fantastic. If you haven't been to the College World Series make sure you get out there and enjoy it at least once - the atmosphere is wonderful.

HDR Architecture
Assistant - Adam Caselman

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Go Mules! We hung out with the college kids.

I finally got a chance to work with Gould Evans - and it was on a fantastic project. They recently completed the student union center for UCM - go Mules! And it's an incredible facility. A lot of the project was centered on historic re-use with the old swimming pool being repurposed for a student lounge and the old gymnasium floor being recycled as a wall finish. We had a ton of fun playing with the climbing wall and didn't even hurt ourselves.

PS The best part of the shoot was that we got to work with Adam on it - he's now here as the full-time assistant/retoucher - and he's really cool.

Gould Evans
Assistant - Adam Caselman

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Our Little Adam Goes to the Big Apple.

T-Mobile has been working with Wong Doody Crandall Wiener to develop a new concept for their retail stores and we got the chance to go and photograph them for the designers and for the corporate folk back in Germany. This involved travelling to New York to shoot in the Times Square store and also going to Seattle, T-Mobile's US HQ, to photograph the corporate store. Lots of late night lock-ins survived with the use of gummi-bears and coke zero.

PS Thanks for the entertainment on our night off Jeff Smith - that was a whole lot of Seattle we got to see!

Wong Doody Crandall Wiener
Assistant - Adam Caselman

Thursday, August 25, 2011

My Neighbours. They Rock, literally.

My neighbours (English spelling) are wonderful - they've been there for a couple of years and they are really nice guys. They're also in a band. So I trade photography for them playing our annual studio piss-up - it's kinda a win-win as I love working with them on their covers and I love hearing them play. For this one we did some simple images on a white backdrop and they're working with an illustrator, Chance Bone, to add some unique feel to the final photography. We're currently working on a new concept shoot with them that's shaping up really nicely and they just did a project providing audio for a video for the Buckle.

Antenna's Up
Illustrator - Chance Bone

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tech N9ne Salue: Our First Time with Tech.

The first time we got to meet Tech and all the folk at Strange Music was with the Salue video for Big Scoob. In this one we didn't do anything but open the doors of the studio for them to shoot the video. It was really good fun to hang out with everyone and watch the video unfold.

Tech N9ne
Strange Music
Location - Vox Theatre

Friday, August 5, 2011

Wired Magazine - for my Mum

A few months ago I had a fantastic opportunity to go to Mississippi and photograph a Jet Test Center for Burns and McDonnell; it was an absolutely fantastic project, with a truly unique feel to the interior. We posted it on our blog, put it into the portfolio and didn't think anything more of it. Then it wound up on (thanks Brent Anderson) and got about a thousand hits in 24 hours, which felt nice. Then the next week Wired Magazine called wanting to feature the photo. Ironically it was the UK's edition of Wired Magazine, so I got to translate for the mother country and even chatted with the writer, not knowing I would end up being quoted in the article.

Definitely a first, and my Mum finally got to see some of my work first hand.

Wired Magazine - UK

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tech N9ne Gates Mixed Plate

Having spent some time enjoying our images from Tech N9ne's latest album cover for 6's and 7's we were reminded of one of our other favorite shoots, our all-nighter with Tech in the Gates off main. Shooting the album art for Tech's Gates Mixed Plate album was great fun. Frankie, from Liquid 9, had a really specific vision for this set of images and we really enjoyed delivering on it. Favorite part? Easy, hanging out with the video crew at DB Coopers at 6am. That and winning some awards for the images.

Tech N9ne
Strange Music
Liquid 9
Assistant - Ryan Yoakum
Retouching - Liquid 9

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