We're absolutely delighted to announce that Sue Parkhill was named a Creative Awards Winner in the Print Editorial/Personal category at LeBook Connections Midwest. Sue was recognized for her Storm Portraits, a personal project focused on subjects with the same names as 2019 UK storms.
The power of names has been the focus of Sue's personal photography for years. For this series, she gave herself some rules. The first was that she wouldn't use social media to find subjects. She wanted her search to be organic and the subjects traceable back to her. She relied on word-of-mouth to find subjects that matched the 21 names selected for 2019 storms, so every portrait features a friend of a friend of friend. Her second rule was to refrain from researching subjects beforehand - she didn't even tell them what to wear. In some cases, the people who turned up for their session weren't anything like she'd imagined.
Looking back at her project, Sue expressed, "I can say that it was a joyful and compelling experience – I have found that people are always surprising."
Storms are named when there is a risk of medium to high impacts from wind, rain, or snow. Until the 1950's, they were tracked by year and order. It was found that names make communication quicker and reduces confusion when more than one storm occurs at the same time. The names used alternate from male to female, ommitting the letters Q, U, X, Y, and Z. Sue found that, without exception, people were delighted that their names were being used for a storm.
Take a peek below at Freya, Saoirse, Tristan, Erik, Lily, and Peggy. View all 21 of Sue's storm portraits here.
The days are growing shorter. There's a chill in the air. Pumpkin-flavored everything has hit the store shelves. These changes can only mean one thing - fall is upon us! As we unpack our flannels and pull out the heavy down comforters, we thought we'd take a walk down memory lane by sharing some of our favorite autumn-inspired shots. If you thought you weren't ready for summer to end, these images may just change your mind. You can almost hear the crackle of a bonfire and smell the burnt sweetness of toasted marshmallows.
To see what else our photographers have been working on lately, head to their individual photography pages!
British photographer James Merrell had an exciting opportunity to bring the cultural hub of England to life through images in the new book 'City Shapers London.' The book, written by Senta Slingerland and published by Lannoo Publishers, features a diverse range of London-based creators and entreprenuers, and explores the way these people are changing the city. Innovations in food, drink, art, fashion, and entertainment and the faces behind them are the themes depicted in James' photographs. Readers will be introduced to cultural pioneers, such as a bartender/bar owner who melds sustainability and luxury, the founder of a fully immersive 'Secret Cinema', and the organizer responsible for the first queer Jewish nightclub in the city.
Scroll below for a sneak peek at the work these London creators are doing, and check out more of James' photography here.
Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains is a picturesque retreat known for its renowned cuisine, rejuvenating spas, and restorative wellness activities. For a recent Travel + Leisure cover story, Marcus Nilsson traveled to Tennessee to capture the southern haven known as Blackberry Farm, and sister property Blackberry Mountain.
Flipping through the pages of this feature is sure to stoke your wanderlust from the moment you set eyes on the rolling, misty hills and chic, cozy cabins that await guests at the resort. Through Marcus' photography, the wholesome and nourishing essence of Blackberry Farm and Blackberry Mountain is plain to see. Aside from breathtaking scenery, readers will feast their eyes on scrumptious, farm-to-table culinary creations. If that's not enough to convince you to pack your bags, perhaps you'll be invigorated to head south by images of guests partaking in activities like sound bathing and indoor rock climbing.
Check out the place Gwenyth Paltrow called "one of the nicest properties I've ever been to" in this month's Travel + Leisure issue, and view more of Marcus' travel photography here!
Marcus Nilsson photographed the covers for two major publications this month, both getting us ready for savory Fall recipes.
Ryan Liebe shoots Spring 2019 product for West Elm and we are definitely taking note: pastels are in.
Lucy Schaeffer photographs decoupage artist John Derian in his West Village shop for Veranda's March issue. The bounty of floral inspiration in this feature make us more than ready for Spring. See more of Lucy's work here.
Looking for a New Year's resolution you can stick to? Whether it's weight loss, general health or cooking more, you can find it all in Joy Bauer's latest cookbook, Simple Food Remedies: Tasty Cures For Whatever's Ailing You, all shot by Lucy Schaeffer! The curative recipes aid in everything between allergies and wrinkles, with the added bonus of beautiful food imagery on every page.
You can find more of Lucy's food photography here!
Mikkel Vang has teamed up with BOSE yet again to promote some of their latest, cutting-edge products! Mikkel's lifestyle images always give the impression of a life well-lived without looking stiff or unnatural, making him the perfect candidate for this campaign. Technology enhances our lives, and Mikkel successfully tells this story with every shot.
Click here to see more of Mikkel's advertising work!
Ignacio Mattos, award-winning restauranteur, recently published a cookbook named for his Nolita eatery Estela shot entirely by Marcus Nilsson. The images within showcase Marcus at his best - beautiful, authentic portraits, and mouthwatering, edgy food. The recipes are delicious and unique (with restaurant favorites such as Cured Fluke with Sea Urchin and Yuzu Kosho, Veal Sweetbreads with Onion, and Parsnip Gelato with Caramel) as is the story behind them - that of a troublemaking teen from Uruguay who found himself through cooking and never lost his vision.
Uber Eats teamed up with Ashley Klinger & Co. photographer Marcus Nilsson for their latest holiday campaign! The perfect balance of class and edge, this campaign has Marcus written all over it - the images give us classic holiday party vibes with a 2018 twist that is effortlessly cool. Whether it's diving fork-first into a plate of fries, or cheers-ing with cold-pressed juice, we're ready to party the Uber Eats way!
We're questioning everything we thought we knew about dieting after seeing Ryan Liebe's recent shoot with WeightWatchers! The perfect combination of crisp lighting and delicious food, every mouthwatering photo in their recipe section will have you bookmarking page after page.
To see more of Ryan's food work, click here!
James Merrell traveled to Milan to shoot dinnerware designer Costanza Paravicini's eclectic attic apartment, and the results are beautiful! James' relationship with light and design sense mixed with Paravicini's artisinal aesthetic is a winning combination.
To see more of James' interiors, click here!
Halloween may be on a Wednesday this year, but that shouldn't stop you from having a fun, creative party! Marcus Nilsson's feature in the Family Circle October issue is full of party inspiration for those of us struggling with last minute details - whether it's spooky food, decorations or even costume details. Lighting and processing with a cooler tone and a grainy effect give the images an eerie vibe that is perfect for the season.
You can find more of Marcus' editorial work here!
Sidney Bensimon returned to her French roots to shoot for children's clothing brand Les Gamins! She expertly brought out each child's sweet, distinct personality during the shoot, making the campaign unique and fun without forgetting to showcase the clothes. Très mignon!
To see more of Sidney advertising work, click here!
The release and announcement of so many exciting book projects by our photographers came this month, so we were inspired to share the titles here (and give you a sneak peek at what's left to come!).
Whether you're looking for interior design inspiration, how Martha Stewart does (almost) everything, or even the best recipes for cooking with cannabis, you can find your ideal publication amongst one of the recent releases (or upcoming books available for pre-order) shot by an Ashley Klinger & Co. photographer.
Marcus Nilsson shot the new Viceland cookbook, MUNCHIES Bong Appetit: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Weed, as well as Martha Stewart's latest cookbook, Martha Stewart's Pressure Cooker - 100+ Fabulous New Recipes for the Pressure Cooker:
Joy's Simple Food Remedies: Tasty Cures For Whatever's Ailing You is Lucy Schaeffer's second book with Joy Bauer!
Ashley Klinger & Co. recently had the opportunity to chat with still life & food photographer David Sykes, who gave us the scoop on getting started in the business, how to develop your "voice," and his most challenging (but ultimately rewarding) project!
AK&Co.: Can you tell me a little bit about where you're from and how you got started?
DS: I grew up in the U.K. in the countryside, outside a city called Leicester. I started off studying graphic design - part of the course was photography, and I quickly realised that that is what I wanted to do as a career. I then studied photography for 2 years, which lead into assisting. I was a full time assistant for one of London’s top advertising photographers for 4 years, and in 2001 I decided to set up on my own.
AK&Co.: Your work is very much your own unique style. When do you think you found your personal voice through photography? How did you get there?
DS: I started to find my style a few years after stopping assisting. It takes a while to break away from the style of those you have learnt from and form your own take on photography. I wanted to tell stories with my work, so I started to create narratives and build it from there - testing is a great way to find your own style.
AK&Co.: What was the most surprising or challenging shoot you've worked on?
DS: I did a shoot for British telecom in the U.K. - they are the biggest phone company here. The brief was to produce full size window stickers of customers looking into the offices, so that they could be viewed from the inside (seeing the front of the people) and viewed from the outside (seeing the backs of the people). The challenge was to shoot the front and back at the same time. This was in the days before we all shot on digital, so it was on film with analog cameras, and it was quite a challenge to have both cameras fire at the same split second. I managed to work it out by setting it up in a huge studio with lots of remote triggers, capturing it all in sync. The results were great - almost too realistic, as one of the stickers was used on the street facing windows, and a passerby called the police because they thought someone was trapped in the window ledge!
AK&Co.: It sounds like it was very successful! Do you have a favorite shoot you worked on?
DS: I’ve had so many fun shoots over the years... I’m very lucky; it’s hard to name them all.
AK&Co.: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
DS: I try to find inspiration for my work out in the real world. I’ve been very fortunate to travel quite a bit, so I find seeing new places and people inspire me and trigger my imagination. For instance, I came up with the idea for my balloon breakfast shot when I saw someone walking down the street holding a balloon with an additional balloon inside of it. I thought it looked like a fried egg, and from that I created an English breakfast out of balloons. Music and film have always been a source of inspiration for me, as well.
AK&Co.: What is the most important thing to you when composing a photograph?
DS: For me, lighting is the most important; I feel it can contribute to the story that you are trying to communicate with the viewer.
AK&Co.: Do you have any dream projects or jobs?
DS: I’ve always thought shooting the cover of the New York Times Magazine would be great.
AK&Co.: What is your general approach when working on an ad job?
DS: It changes from job to job, to be honest. The main thing to start with is understanding what the agency is trying to achieve with the project, then I start to tailor my approach to the project to best communicate the idea they have.
AK&Co.: Is there any advice you'd give to an aspiring photographer?
DS: Assist to learn from the best, test to work out what you want to do and what you enjoy doing, then get your head down and work hard.
Click here to see more of David's work!
Anthropologie sent interiors photographer Debi Treloar up and down the East Coast for their latest home book! After a stint in Connecticut with prop stylist Marianne Cotterill, Hans Blomquist joined the team in Salem to add his signature flair to the autumnal set. Once reaching their final destination in Brooklyn, Debi shot an elegant brownstone that complimented the other two vastly different locations, bringing it all together with her ethereal light and sense of space. The Fall 2018 Anthropologie Catalog is the perfect combination of rustic and elegant that clearly says "autumn" - you can practically hear the crunch of leaves under your feet as you leave your immaculately decorated home, on your way to purchase some hot apple cider.
Marcus Nilsson traveled to Hong Kong for AirBnb Magazine to photograph the art of dim sum! He captured the energy of the bustling city and its restaurants so successfully that you feel like you're really there - fighting your way through Lin Heung Tea House, drinking tea at 3AM in Sun Hing, or learning how to fold the perfect har gow by renowned chef Chan Chun-hung. Before you look through the article, be forewarned: you may suddenly feel the need to change your brunch reservation to dim sum.
You can find more of Marcus' travel photography here!
Mikkel Vang traveled off the coast of Maine for Ralph Lauren Home's newest campaign! Photographed at a grand estate in the vibrant island community of Islesboro, the refined yet comfortable energy of the town is captured in all of Mikkel's imagery. The nautical theme suits his aesthetic perfectly, and readies you for the arrival of autumn - inspiring visions of being wrapped in a cozy sweater in front of a fire place, or watching the waves crash against the rocks from your porch.
Jessica Todd Harper accompanied The-M-Dash, MM.LaFleur's online magazine, to YA author E. Lockhart's Park Slope apartment for an interview and portrait session! Lockhart is funny and kind (she cares deeply about the political issues that impact young people, clearly evident through her Young Adult novels), but is not afraid to take herself and her work seriously - all characteristics that Jessica captures in her portraits, with the help of natural light and a knack for putting subjects at ease.
Click here to see more of Jessica's advertising and editorial portraits.
Between supplies, electronics, dorm room decor and essentials, preparing for college move-in day is never easy. Jet.com enlisted the help of Lucy Schaeffer to shoot their back-to-college section, and the results are fantastic! Bright and clean, each photo makes the big move look simple, attainable, and stylish.
Click here to see more of Lucy's interiors!
James Merrell photographed creative duo Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin's New York townhouse for the September 2018 issue of Elle Decor! Per Nicole Kidman: "They are just so innately artistic that the way they live their life is art itself." The home is a true reflection of that - beautiful and unique - exactly what you'd expect from the minds behind Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet. Through portraits and interiors, James captured the essence of the living space and the award-winning team behind it.
To see more of James' work, click here!
The latest campaign for LG Studio is out, shot by Ashley Klinger & Co. photographer Sidney Bensimon! LG is promoting their new high end "smart" appliances - perfect for anyone ready to step up their kitchen game. Shot on two sets in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Sidney worked closely with stylists and set designer to create the perfect environments to bring the images to life!
Click here to see more of Sidney's advertising work.
On the heels of a pharmaceutical shoot in Vancouver and a Veranda feature in London, we got a chance to speak with world traveler Sue Parkhill about what inspires her, how she got involved in photography, and her best piece of advice!
AK&Co.: What drew you to photography? Did you know that's what you wanted to do right away?
SP: You know, I never thought I would become a photographer. I come from a very small town and all I knew for sure was that I didn’t want any of the jobs there. Who even knew such a brilliant job existed? Everyone I knew worked to get money to pay the bills and no one contemplated such utopian ideals at “job satisfaction”.
I landed a job in the office at Nadav Kander - I had a Nikon 35mm camera and now had access to a darkroom! I used to print till very late, listening to Radio 4 and generally enjoying the solitude and darkness. It was pure joy, still is, although I print less frequently now. Then fate stepped in. Nadav had a bit of a run on assistants, 3 or 4 leaving for one reason or another and I thought, why not me? I’d worked in the office long enough to realize that I’d rather be in the Bahamas on a Bacardi shoot than in the office. Nadav was skeptical, but I read every manual for every camera and piece of equipment he owned, cleaned the studio and sorted out the CD collection. I still think it's the best job I ever had.
AK&Co.: Did you jump right into a career from there?
SP: I went to the Royal College of Art to do my Masters after. I just wanted the time and space to do my work. The people I met there are still my “photography family.”
AK&Co.: You have such a unique voice within your work. What inspires you?
SP: I enjoy the restraints of a brief, the idea, the finite amount of time, the team. Even the most challenging day (at the top of a cherry picker in the pouring rain and wind) is still a good day. I love the story, the adventure, how you made it all work in the end.
AK&Co.: Do you have a "dream" assignment?
SP: On a dream assignment the images would look like my personal pictures. This does happen, but not all the time - sometimes it’s just not appropriate.
AK&Co.: Do you have any great loves or hobbies outside of photography?
SP: Travel, travel, travel - any opportunity to do a road trip and I’m there.
AK&Co.: That makes sense, given your Roadtrip series! A personal favorite of mine, by the way.
AK&Co.: Is there any advice you'd give to an aspiring photographer?
SP: If I could give any advice it would be to immerse yourself in your own work, but still be curious and supportive of what others are doing. Find your people, the ones that get you. This applies to contemporaries but also to people giving you work. There will be people who just don’t get or like your work, that’s fine, just find the ones that do. Be loyal to people, do a good job and you’ll get that loyalty in return.
You can find more of Sue's work here!
Anthropologie is launching their first outdoor collection, and picked the perfect team to shoot the catalog! Photographer Debi Treloar and stylist Hans Blomquist combined their talents to create the ultimate outdoor entertaining inspiration. Hans' whimsical styling sets off the perfect summer mood, while Debi's ethereal light brings everything to life.
Pampers has a new line of diapers meant specifically for newborns, Swaddlers, and they chose Amy Postle to shoot the campaign! Working with infants at that age and size is no easy task, but Amy is the perfect photographer for the job. Her special connection with talent (adults and babies alike) creates a calming environment for her set, and her gorgeous natural light brought the images to life.
To see more of Amy's advertising work, click here!
Men's Journal wants you to say goodbye to takeout and hello to home-cooked Sichuan - and we're definitely on board! The food is reminiscent of classic take-out fare, but looks fresher with the help of food styling, punchy lighting, and bright colors.
Click here to see more of Marcus' food photography!
Barney's has a new cookbook out - shot entirely by Sidney Bensimon! Named after founder Barney Pressman's son Fred, FREDS at Barneys New York has been serving delicious food since its opening in 1996, and we are loving this cookbook written by chef Mark Strausman. Sidney's use of the available space at Barney's gives us a unique viewpoint of the food, adding the style element that sets this cookbook apart from all the rest.
Click here to see more of Sidney's food photography!
Marcus Nilsson paid a visit to Martha Stewart's home in Bedford, New York to photograph her enormous and perfectly organized walk-in closet. The closet, which was once a spare bedroom, is exactly what you'd expect from Martha Stewart- everything is in its specifically chosen place, while still looking effortlessly stylish. Marcus captured her essence perfectly through portraiture and stills of the space, with a soft natural light and eye for detail that even Martha would be impressed by.
To see more of Marcus' work, click here!
Ashley Klinger & Co. duo Mikkel Vang and Hans Blomquist have done it again! They traveled to Marfa, TX for West Elm's Spring 2018 catalog, and the results are breathtaking. Hans subtlety and knack for textiles combined with Mikkel's cinemtatic lighting and connection with talent continues to be a winning combination.