Elle Decor sent Mikkel Vang to the historic Upper West Side apartment building, the Apthorp, for their November 2017 issue! He had the pleasure of capturing the classic aesthetic of the newly renovated apartment of conductor and composer Jonathan Sheffer, transformed by designer Robert Couturier. The space hearkens back to the time of artists and intellectuals hobnobbing at the same elegant cocktail parties, when the famous building housed the likes of Lena Horne, Nora Ephron, and Joseph Heller; Mikkel's softly lit interiors coupled with the contrasty black and white portrait captures that vibe perfectly.
Marcus Nilsson travelled across the globe, between LA and Thailand, to shoot for the much-anticipated NIGHT + MARKET cookbook! NIGHT + MARKET is a popular Los Angeles restaurant, frequented by celebrities like Gwenyth Paltrow, Lena Dunham, Questlove, and Daft Punk, that specializes in delicious and authentic Thai street food. Run by the 33-year-old Kris Yenbamroong, the unofficial mission statement of the restaurant (and partial book title) is "We aim to make the most delicious and authentic Thai food to facilitate drinking and fun-having amongst friends." Marcus' fun and unique imagery, mixing bright colors with contrast lighting and the perfect balance of food, still life and portraiture, brings that statement to life in this spectacular cookbook. The book is available for purchase here!
Marcus Nilsson recently shot an ad campaign for KFC's return of the iconic item, The Double Down. The Double Down replaces the usual bun with two pieces of original recipe chicken, and Marcus' photography showcases it in its most delicious light!
Ashley Klinger & Co. sat down with our newest addition, interiors photographer Debi Treloar, to ask her about her background, inspiration, and the most unique place she's ever shot!
AK&Co.: To start, could you tell me a little bit about where you’re from?
Debi Treloar: I am from Zimbabwe orginally, and I studied art and photography in South Africa, but I have been living and working in London since I was 20-ish.
AK&Co.: What drew you to interiors specifically when you decided to pursue a career in photography?
DT: I am very nosy and was really interested in the way people live. I love knowing what people eat for breakfast... where they buy their sofa and how they came to choose the colours they live with... I am not sure why... I think I am just curious. Working in Interiors photography is a treat for me. It ticks lots of boxes.
AK&Co.: Out of all of the locations you’ve photographed, which has been your favorite?
DT: Ah, there have been many. The people who live in the houses are normally what make them amazing. The Bailey's house in Hereford is amazing. They have a shop called Baileys Home and Garden, which is next to their house and is mind blowing. I have photographed their house so many times but every time it's different; they are a truly inspiring couple with an incredible sense of style and taste. They have the philosophy to make something out of nothing so it's unique- it's simple and complex at the same time.
AK&Co.: And the strangest?
DT: I am not sure I should mention that! The most unusual is the stylist Ann Shores house in Shoreditch, London. It was a shack in central London... a large white washed painted wooden shed... a wonderful world of collections. Texture, plants and beauty. I think it's the place I would most have liked to live in.
AK&Co.: When it comes to interior design, what are your must-haves?
DT: A sense of not taking it all too seriously- after all we are just on this planet for a short time. I don't think I have specifics but I do like things that are well designed with great functionality. My sofa makes me happy because it's comfy, can fit 5 people on and it looks good, but it's not a must have. Great appliances become must haves to me because they can help so much in daily life. A vitamix to me is a must have and an electric blanket :)
AK&Co.: What would you say your personal design aesthetic is?
DT: Ohh... I am not predictable... some days I like stark and simple, and others eclectic and boho. My home is a mixture of both. I like workwear with a touch of something special. I think I mostly like beautiful things, that are well thought out and that are real in a space with good light.
AK&Co.: Does that influence your work at all?
DT: Yes, definitely. I like my pictures to feel easy to look at and be alive with light and mood. Even in the most simple picture, I like to feel where the light is coming from. I am not good at flat and bland.
AK&Co.: You also shoot lifestyle, exteriors, food, and portraits. How do the processes differ?
DT: I started out doing fashion and beauty and used to shoot a lot more food and people, but I find the interiors more challenging. I do still do some people, food, etc. but for me it's always about the light and the connection to what you are photographing, what ever it is.
AK&Co.: Do you have any advice for aspiring photographers?
DT: If it's what you really want to do and you have some talent, keep trying and don't give up. Learn the technical stuff backwards and then try to forget about it so you concentrate just on what's in front of you. Above all, have fun and enjoy it- it's the most amazing way to earn a living.
AK&Co.: What is something you’d like people to know about yourself and your work?
DT: I love life and try to live it in an all-encompassing way with thought and consideration and try to follow this through in my work and everything I do.
You can find more of Debi's photography here!
Mikkel Vang and Hans Blomquist teamed up for the Bloomingdale's Home catalog, and the results are a prime example of modern glamour. Inspired by chic pop-up Chalets all over Europe, Hans' styling is the perfect combination of romantic and minimalist, while Mikkel's soft lighting makes one feel like they're cozying up by the fireplace, cappuccino in hand, while a blizzard rages just outside on the French Alps.
Lucy Schaeffer teamed up with Klutz by Scholastic for this cute shoot! We're loving the poppy colors of the Klutz Stitch & Style Pouches, and their harkening back to the days of kids getting creative and working with their hands. They put the fun in functional!
Two Ashley Klinger & Co. artists, one beautiful catalog! Mikkel Vang traveled to three locations in the greater Los Angeles area to capture the perfect combination of light and airy spaces, fun patterns and sophisticated classics. As both the prop stylist and Art Director for these shoots, Hans Blomquist was the mastermind from start to finish, coming up with concepts and moodboards, then mixing colors, textures and various accents to make each space look unique and cohesive. We love to see our artists team up and make great work- and this catalog's tranquil mixture of contemporary, classic and quirky is a prime example of just that!
The October 2017 issue of Bon Appetit is all about "Sunday Suppers!" Marcus Nilsson's cover shot looks so delicious it might as well be 6PM at your grandma's house.
Ashley Klinger & Co. prop stylist Hans Blomquist went on location to picturesque Malibu and we cannot get enough of this tropical pool party paradise! As summer is coming to a close, disappearing into this whimsical oasis thanks to Bloomingdales Home is exactly what the doctor ordered. Photos by Ditte Isager, and food styling by Rebecca Jurkevich.
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Martha Stewart Living's October 2017 issue is truly autumnal. Mikkel Vang was invited to photograph a couple's annual apple-harvest party, and the results are delicious! With recipes like Quinoa Apple-Pear Crumble and Pheasant Potpie with Spelt Crust, it's no surprise that the food photography is mouth-watering, but it's the surrounding party that really makes us feel ready to put on a cozy sweater and head out into the orchard.
For it’s October issue, Elle Decor sent Ashley Klinger & Co. photographer James Merrell to Ibiza, Spain! In the midst of the notorious party island, James had the opportunity to photograph a serene private home punctuated by pops of color. The classic Spanish architecture, beautiful natural light, and divine stillness of the space are captured in James’ photographs perfectly!
Right on time for the back-to-school season, Sweet Paul interviewed Lucy Schaeffer for their Fall 2017 issue, and featured some of our favorite photos from the series. Lucy discusses her inspiration for the series, the importance of personal projects for commercial photographers, and the themes of "School Lunches." The touching photographs have such strong ties to nostalgia, and the similarities and differences between different cultural backgrounds, you'd be hard-pressed not to get emotional remembering your own school days.
Who knew healthy food could look so delicious? Ryan Liebe shot this yummy broccoli & sausage skillet pizza for Eating Well magazine's September/October issue, styled by Rebecca Jurkevich and Paige Hicks, and we've never been so excited to eat our veggies!
Elle Decor’s September issue “A Celebration of French Style” features many of the premier and diverse French interior designers. Ashley Klinger & Co. photographer James Merrell traveled to France to shoot this whimsical Parisan apartment for the magazine, a space full of eccentric wallpapers, unexpected taxidermy, and breathtaking views. C'est vraiment magnifique!
See more of James' work here!
We love this series of new ads by Lucy Schaeffer for BOXED! Lucy always manages to beautifully highlight the product, while capturing authentic moments with the talent, and this campiagn is no different!
P.S. Who doesn't want wine delivered straight to their doorstep?
Ryan's recent cover story for Martha Stewart Living takes us to an upstate New York summer fish fry! The sunny backdrop was perfect for a day of photographing fresh summer recipes and fun lifestyle moments! Inspired by the tradition of a Friday night fish fry hugely popular in the Midwest, Martha Stewart teaches us how to host our own version of the classic summer get together!
Read more and get the recipes here!
Kate Spade's new home line is quirky, classic, and sophisticated - just add an adorable french bulldog and your room will be complete! Ashley Klinger & Co. photographer James Merrell shot for the brand's most recent catalog, capturing full rooms and details of the fun decor.
See James' full advertising portfolio here!
With agency Tracey Locke, Lucy Schaeffer shot a series of ads for Starbucks Iced Coffee! Working with prop stylist Martha Bernabe, versitle home environments were created in the studio, each emhasizing the jewel tone in the branding of the beverage's packaging.
Marcus Nilsson shoots the July/August cover story for Departures on location in Santa Fe, NM! Photographing landscapes at Tent Rocks National Park for the magazine's cover, as well as Santa Fe's famed food dishes at restaurants around the city, the story is a great look in to the local culture.
To see Marcus' full travel portfollio click here!
Recently, Lucy Schaeffer shot some great images for the new McCormick for Chefs website with chef Amanda Cohen! Lucy's ability to move effortlessly between shooting portraits, food, and lifestyle moments made her the perfect choice for this project. Click here to see more on McCormick's website!
Each final image is a total dream -- we are so excited to show you the IKEA Summer campaign images by Mikkel Vang! The scenes are set of bohemian beach camping, afternoon alfresco dining, and even an outdoor cinema. You can almost feel the heat of the setting sun and wisp of soft wind.
Take a peek at Mikkel's full portfolio here!
We are excited to announce that Lee Clower has shot another amazing season for GUCCI Children's collection! Shot on location in Florence, the campaign was all about capturing the etherial light that Lee is known for, and letting the kids be kids exploring this incredible labyrinth.
The Spring/Summer collection is defined by whimsical prints, sequins, bright pops of color, and animal motifs -- and we are wishing it all came in our size.
This was Mikkel Vang's second time shooting with Anthropologie for their goregous home catalog! Mikkel captures beautiful light and texture on location in Ojai, CA for the brand - we couldn't have been more excited seeing these in print this week!
Good news, it's seems as though Springtime is almost here!
Ryan Liebe shot the March 2017 cover of Martha Stewart Living! The 'Spring Up Your Life' cover story is all about easy and stylish ways to update your home for the season.
Take a peek at Ryan's full portfolio here!
Marcus Nilsson gives us a reason to celebrate, landing the March cover of Wine Enthusiast magazine!
Happy Valentine's Day!
We are celebrating with this adorable still-life story by Ryan Liebe for Family Fun!
The January 2017 cover of Food & Wine by Marcus Nilsson is here! This issue is chock-full of delicious recipes, and we love the subtle color pallete used throughout Marcus' story.
It's shaping up to be a very delicious 2017..
The month of food festivities, large family gatherings and rekindling flames with old friends is upon us! Marcus Nilsson shoots a sweet and savory Holiday spread for the December issue of Rachael Ray Every Day magazine! We love the retro vibe, warm and inviting atmosphere, and playful plates in the photographs!
Tis' the season!
To view Marcus' full portfolio, click here!
We are endlessly inspired by Mikkel Vang's beautiful new images for Ralph Lauren Home collection. Rich textures, a palette of winter whites, and plush linens strew about make for the dreamiest locations on this shoot!
Burritos, tacos, and gauc - Oh my! Lucy Schaeffer recently shot a library of delicious social media content for Chipotle to be featured on their Instagram and Facebook accounts. To see Lucy's full advertising portfolio here!
Jessica Todd Harper; photographer, mother, and inspirational artist, has been selected to showcase her work at the "Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016" competition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Founded in 1856, The National Portrait Gallery was the first portrait gallery to be opened in the world and to this day, is home to the largest collection of portraits in the world. It honors British history, but above all, promotes admiration for those individuals who have made an impact on British culture through portraiture. The prestigious exhibition will open its doors on November 17th and will run through February 26th. From there, Jessica's work will go on tour to two other renowned galleries in London, the first of them being the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in Sunderland, England! This museum holds great history of it's city as well as grand collections of work from photographers, painters, and other artists. Jessica's work will lastly be displayed in The Beany House of Art and Knowledge, which is part of the Canterbury Museums & Galleries located in Canterbury, Kent, England. The Beany House is the cities main museum, library and art gallery.
Jessica Todd Harper has quite an exciting month ahead of her to say the least, and AK&Co. could not be more proud and pleased to announce the wonderful news! AK&Co.'s Laura got the chance to chat with Jessica about her work in the upcoming "Best of Contemporary Portraiture" Exhibition before the opening!
Below - Jessica's featured photograph in the exhibition. This is Jessica's sister, Becky.
AK&Co: This is an extremely prestigious exhibition. Take us through the selection process.
Jessica Todd Harper: You were allowed to send up to five photographs, but you had to send in the actual prints, not the digital files - even though one would assume in this day and age it would be done digitally. From there, they contact you to let you know if your work will be featured in the show. So, I sent in three photographs and hoped for the best. A few months after I sent in my prints, I got the great news.
AK&Co: Who did you share the news with first?
Jessica Todd Harper: I shared the news with my sister first, who is also one of my subjects in the pictures. She was so excited and proud of me. My sister is always proud of me and my work.
AK&Co: How did you go about choosing the photographs you wanted to submit in the show?
Jessica Todd Harper: I simply submitted work that I took in the last year. The work I submitted, it was not what I thought was my strongest. You never know what the turnout is going to be.
AK&Co: What do you look forward to the most about the exhibition?
Jessica Todd Harper: I am truly just pleased to be in it, and am excited to see everyone else's wonderful work up.
AK&Co: Are there any contemporary artists or photographers whom you look up to or get inspiration from?
Jessica Todd Harper: Arnold Newman. He was considered the father of environmental portraiture. The way he composed his photographs was so influential for me because I am interested in incorporating environments into my portraits. I actually crossed paths with him at a young age and got to chat with him for a bit. He was a very sweet person.
AK&Co: How do you think contemporary photography has changed over the years?
Jessica Todd Harper: Contemporary photography has changed so much in the last five years. IPhone’s are everywhere these days. Photographers used to just carry their cameras around, but now they carry their IPhones as well. People are switching back and forth between the two constantly. Times have truly changed.
AK&Co: What is it that you want to say with your photographs?
Jessica Todd Harper: It is all intuitive. You just know when you see it, a moment, if it is going to be successful or not. There is not a boring photograph out there.
AK&Co: How is your own personality reflected in your work? How would you describe your photographic style?
Jessica Todd Harper: My work looks a lot like Northern Renaissance paintings. Paintings from the Northern Renaissance are not exciting or important like stories from the bible. They are just regular spaces with regular people and regular occurrences. After time, they unfold, and then you see what it is all about. I typically photograph what I have at hand and what is around me at that moment. My personality and culture is drawn to a certain kind of reserve. There is always a lot going on in a photograph of mine, but it is not all obvious at first glance. The more time you spend with the photographs, the more you see what is going on, and the more you understand.
AK&Co: Establishing connections with your subjects can be difficult, but it is one of the most important skills a portrait photographer must master. How do you connect with your subjects?
Jessica Todd Harper: It is a combination of making them feel like they can be vulnerable around you, not because you are their best friend, but because there is something comforting and nonthreatening around you so they can almost ignore you a bit. The goal is to have my subject almost forget I am there.
AK&Co: What has been one of the most touching moments you have experienced as a portrait photographer?
Jessica Todd Harper: Once, I photographed an Olympic swimmer, Dara Torres, who gave birth just 16 months prior to winning a gold medal. I was photographing her for a magazine and we were in her dressing room, and she had about 500 bathing suits to choose from. She was trying one on when all of a sudden her two year old escaped from her nanny, running right across the room into her arms. I captured that exact moment. That is something I will never forget.AK&Co: Goals for the future?
Jessica Todd Harper: I want to keep producing work that I care about. To take things as they come and to just keep shooting. There is no waiting around for inspiration.
Turkey season has started! Ryan Liebe shoots delicious dishes and small chefs for FamilyFun's November 2016 issue! These fresh and fun family friendly recipes will get everyone cooking in the kitchen this Thanksgiving. We love the mini pies, festive ties, and smiley eyes featured in this issue!
To view Ryan's full portfolio, click here!
Marcus Nilsson shoots a plethora of potatoes for Real Simple Magazine's November 2016 Edition! The Thanksgiving feature shoot took place at the Time Inc. Studio in New York City. Marcus got up close and personal with eight different potato recipes, from garlic mashed to crème fraîche smashed. We are just about ready to dig into these sweet and savory recipes!
To view Marcus' full portfolio, click here!