It's that time of year again!
With the holiday season upon us, there are new festivities and big family meals to be had! To prepare yourself for your holiday fun, check out photographer David Sykes' playful take on "Christmas Pudding". David's "faux food" photograph takes a seasonal staple and turns it into a fun and spirited creation - just in time for the most spirited season of all!
But don't take our word for it - the proof is in the pudding.
Check out the latest from Sue Parkhill!
Recently, the photographer shot on behalf of the UK Post Office, where she captured a series of incredible photographs for the organization's newest ad campaign. The shoot took place at locations across London, including Bristol and a lawn bowls club near Hampstead Heath (where UK native Kate Moss spends her free time!) The photographer and her crew were even able to get a sneak peek of the new, soon-to-be-released Olympic stamps, courtesy of the Post Office.
For more from this campaign, click on one of the images below!
There are only 19 days until Christmas...and we're not the only ones counting!
Photographer David Sykes has relaunched his holiday ADVENTGRAM project, a recreation of the twenty-five day Advent Calendar - with a twist! Begun in 2011, the project combines David's playful and innovative artistic style with the ultimate social media platform for picture-sharing: Instagram. Each day in December, the photographer finds and shoots the date, and then uploads his pictures using Instagram. From now until Christmas Day, David will be sharing his photographs, and is inviting Instagram users to join along!
Click on the image below from last year's Adventgram calendar to learn more about David's project, and how you can join in on the holiday fun.
Last week, the JMI team took a trip to Chicago for the city's first-ever CONNECTIONS event!!
Sponsored by Le Book, the creative tradeshow, which took place on the roof of theWit Hotel, hosted creative agencies from across the U.S. who were there to showcase their talent.
...And who was there representing fifteen incredible photographers and one fabulous stylist? Well, JMI, of course!
Check out the images below from our trip, and be sure to check back for updates regarding the upcoming CONNECTIONS in NYC and LA!
(Check out our awesome table on the roof of theWit Hotel...along with our incredible view!)
Lee Clower does it again!
In Sunday's issue of the New York Times, the photographer captures the very beautiful Padma Lakshmi of Bravo's "Top Chef" for the newspaper's Fashion & Style section. Unable to pick up a copy for yourself? Not to worry! Find images from the article and shoot below, including a behind-the-scenes image of Lee and Padma reviewing the photographs together; and don't forget to check out the New York Times site for the full article!
Looking to revamp your Thanksgiving meal this holiday? Look no further than the November issue of InStyle, which features shots from our very own Marcus Nilsson. In his second Thanksgiving story of the month, Marcus captures some yummy takes on the holiday classics; but don't take our word for it, pick up a copy of this month's InStyle and give these recipes a try for yourself!
It's getting to be cold outside and that, unfortunately, also means flu season. If you are unlucky enough to come down with the flu, you might want to check out the new ad shot by Rita Thompson! Rita shoot a series of ads for Vicks and NyQuil/ DayQuil with PublicsKaplanThaler NYC. She and her crew had a great time shooting these adorable ads over one day in New York, and the rest of the series will be out this year!
We can't believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Instead of focusing on the turkey this year, Martha Stewart Living did a story, shot by our own Marcus Nilsson, on the best side dishes from all over the country for the best food day of the year! Take a peek below, and give some of them a try at your own Thanksgiving this year!
Check out Amy Postle's latest ad work!! Amy shot this campaign for Miralax with NY agency PublicisKaplanThaler. They went to Lehman College in the Bronx on one of the hottest days of the year to shoot this ad. Luckily it doesn't look like the model is sweating from the heat, only from lugging that huge bag up the stairs. Great job Amy!
It's Monday again, so we thought we needed something fun and adorable to talk about this afternoon! Lee Clower shot the new fall/ winter campagin for Oeuf, NYC. He went around the streets of NYC and captured some of the latest accessories from the brand. Perfect for those last minute Halloween ideas!
We also saw that it was blogged about on Smudgetikka, a kids fashion blog by Linda McLean, a professional in children's fashion!
Hope you enjoy and Happy Monday!
The PDN "Objects of Desire" photo contest winners have been announced and featured in the November issue of PDN magazine. We are thrilled to announce that David Sykes' "Light Breakfast" was selected out of thousands of submissions as one of 6 in the Food and Still Life category! Huge congratulations to him. All the winners images will be reproduced in a print gallery at the 2012 PDN PhotoPlus Conference + Expo, which takes place Oct. 24-27th, at the Javits Center here in NYC.
We do a lot of work in healthcare advertising, however we haven't seen an ad campaign quite like the recent one shot by Sue Parkhill together with The Cementbloc, a New York based agency. While the subject matter can be poignant, the agency wanted the ads to read "hopeful." The team went to LA for a 4 day shoot. By starting work at 4am for the dawn lighting, and into late evening for the perfect dusk light, Sue was able to capture a gorgeous and simple campaign.
If you're in the creative world, chances are you're addicted to at least one tumblr (yes, it is little "t"). Maybe it's an artistic tumblr or maybe it's the Beyonce tumblr, either way the tumblr phenomenon has struck all walks of life! Want to add another great one to your "daily read" list?...great! We have a suggestion!
This isn't any ordinary tumblr...we think this one could be among the most unique and special because of the amazing content! Hugh Stewart has taken on a personal project and displays the work on his own personal tumblr. Here are some of our personal favorites. For more of Hugh's work, click here or any of the images.
Itching to see some of work of the JMI photographers in person? Well you're in luck....we have some more exciting show news! Lajos Geenen had his images featured in the Seoul Art Fair. Congratulations Lajos on the work being included in such a prestigous art fair! We realize that the show passed however, you're in luck! He is having two more shows in the not so distant future! More after the jump...
Congratulations again, Lajos!
Picked up an issue of GQ lately? If you have, chances are you have seen Mark McNairy's (or "McNasty" as many of his fans and friends call him) clothes scattered across the pages of the men's fashion bible. Or what about Lucky Magazine? (see below) McNairy, who used to be known for his distinctive men's clothing now is doing Women's apparel too!
Well, we have some exciting news. JMI's Lee Clower has been working with Mark McNairy on his lookbooks and recently shot his NYFW show! But that's not all....
We are excited to announce that coming soon we will launch a fresh portfolio of Lee's work dedicated to the McNairy work....for now...here are some of our favorites! Also, take a look here to see what Lucky Magazine thinks of the new Lookbook and McNasty's style.
Stay tuned for more of Lee's work for Mark McNairy and be on the lookout for the new portfolio!
Have you seen the latest issue of House Beautiful (October)? If you have, you're probably planning your next trip down south after seeing James Merrell's amazing shoot of Amanda Lindroth's Bahamian oasis. Check out the images below, including the cover!
According to the magazine the home is "Florida meets Carribean modern meets preppy meets Hemingway in Cuba." We thing it's easier to sum it up as "beautiful".
There are bad problems, like spilling coffee on your blouse right before a big meeting. And then there are good problems: like having a half-empty bottle of wine left over from last night's dinner! Lucy Schaeffer's latest feature in Food & Wine addresses that age old mystery of what to do with extra wine, and encorporates it into some fabulous recipes. (Yes, we know you could always just drink the extra wine, but let's get creative, people!) Check it out below!
This one's for all you mama's out there! We love this story that Amy Postle shot for the September issue of Fitness Magazine! Amy's ability to capture the essence, comfort, and confidence in their own skin contributed to the tremendous success of this shoot! The ladies in the story sure do have a lot to be proud of!
Four inspiring moms decided it was time to get active again after having their kids. Instead of living with babyweight blues, these ladies, with the help of Fitness, lost the weight and are feeling great! Their stories can inspire women, even those who haven't had babies yet! Go girl!
JMI Photographer Jessica Todd Harper has a passion for storytelling and has always loved to share her own stories, as well as the stories of others by way of a camera lens. When she was asked to have her own show at Galerie Confluence in Nantes, France it was obvious that Jessica would be a great next interview subject for our “insider interview series". We sat down to discuss the show and to explore her roots as a photographer. Along the way we discovered a bit more about her style, her family history and what she loves about photographing people. Jessica has been a part of the JMI family for a while now, yet we even managed to learn some things we didn't know about her!
A major thank you and congratulations to Jessica Todd Harper for sharing her creativity, insights and displaying such passion during this interview process! We know that the show(s) will be a major success and are excited to hear all the tales of the trip!
Note: If you can't make it to the show in France, have no fear! Jessica is also having a show in the US at Gallery 339 in Philadelphia from September 21st-December 22nd. More information to follow!
JMI: Tell us how you became interested in photography? Your work has such a fine arts feeling to it! What’s your "photography history"?
JTH: For as long as I can remember I wanted to be an artist. I used to sit on museum floors as a child and teenager, copying paintings with my sketchpad.
One summer, when I was 15, I took a figure drawing class at Russel Sage College in the mornings. I had signed up with the intention of taking drawing in the morning and painting in the afternoon but there was some kind of mix-up and I ended up in Photography.
Once I picked up that camera, I never put it down.
JMI: One of the unique aspects of your images is the way in which you use natural light. We picked up that you specified that the class was “in the morning”. Did you notice that?
JTH: No, I didn’t! Hmm…
JMI: Your light and style are quite specific. What do you use for inspiration? Or should we say, who is your inspiration?
JTH: Well, a lot of it comes from looking at paintings so much as a child. I wanted to be just like John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, or Edgar Degas. All of them worked with the figure and their portraits drew me in.
JMI: A photographer who is inspired primarily by painters, it’s quite a different trade. Do you usually set up your images or do you catch moments as they happen?
JTH: I do both.
Sometimes, I am inspired by a certain kind of light and lead people into the space.
Sometimes I am simply interested in the figures themselves and how to fit them into an interesting rectangle (or square).
JMI: Let's talk a little bit about the transition from fine arts photographer to advertising shooting. How do you feel the creative processes differ? Do they?
JTH: They are similar in that they both are about solving some kind of intellectual puzzle. You have a subject(s) and a space to work in. And then you have a message you want to communicate which is generally more opaque in fine art shooting.
As the photographer, the fun part is then figuring out how to manipulate the subject, the environment and the idea into a compelling (and beautiful) image.
Perhaps the biggest difference is that on a commercial assignment I begin with the message firmly anchored in my thinking and in fine art work, I generally figure out the message during the process.
JMI: Well, now that we've discussed and covered a bit about your creative process, let’s talk about the upcoming solo show at Galerie Confluence in France! How did it all happen?
JTH: The gallery owners had seen my book, Interior Exposure and emailed me about how taken with it they were. They proposed a show right away.
It will be during a photography festival – and Jazz festival – in Nantes. So they are hoping for a lot of traffic. I will be giving a lecture as well as part of the program. I speak some French, having lived in Paris as a student. But, thankfully they will have a translator at my talk!
JMI: Wow. What an unbelievable opportunity! You say the owners were taken with your work, do you know what exactly it is about it?
JTH: I think they liked how the work related to the history of painting in a classical sense and also the “exoticness” of a very Northeastern United States aesthetic.
JMI: You're going to be very involved in the show itself, giving a lecture and spending time in Nantes. Were you involved in the image selection for the show?
JTH: I let them choose entirely. My feeling is that I stand behind all the work and it is always interesting to let someone else choose their favorites. As tempting as it might be to “micromanage”, I like to let curators, curate.
JMI: As someone who lived in Paris, surely you are excited to get back to France! What are you looking forward to most about the show?
JTH: I am curious how a room full of foreigners will receive the work. Since I’m giving the accompanying lecture as part of the show, I wonder if they will have the same sorts of questions and comments I usually get, or if they will be curious about different things.
JMI: The question we’re going to ask, and surely you get all the time: what’s next?
JTH: I have been experimenting with some of the interiors of some lovely old homes in Philadelphia. I still work with people. I don’t think I will ever morph into a landscape or still life artist.
JMI: Why not? What it is about people?
JTH: Man has known since it first started depicting itself how exciting it is to celebrate the brevity, the divinity, the mystery, and both the utter familiarity and strangeness of humankind. Every portrait is exciting for me in that it is a new puzzle to be solved, and life to be celebrated. It never, never gets old.
I really love telling stories and passing them on from generation to generation. For me, that’s what’s at the heart of a good photograph. Behind every person there is a good story and I like to know the history of people.
JMI: Would you mind sharing your favorite story?
JTH: Since I am really family-oriented, I love hearing the stories of my ancestors and sharing them between generations has always been an important part of the fiber of our family.
Because of this, there are just so many stories, it’s hard for me to pick one. If I had to it would probably be the one about my great-grandmother in the Civil War and the way she protected her son and husband. Shortly before the war started, the confederate solders came into their home and, fearing for her son and husbands safety, she welcomed them in. She read them stories from the journal she kept (of our family stories) and captivated the soldiers’ attention.
The solders fell into a deep and restful sleep. Waking up the next morning, they were appreciative of all my great-grandmother did and the kindness she showed them that they left the house without even thinking twice about her son and husband.
Her actions may very well be the reason I’m here today.
JMI: What an unbelievable story. Surely the story of your trip to France and the solo show in Nantes is a great one to add to the family book. We're looking forward to hearing many of those stories upon your return!
We know this is a bit delayed but we couldn't resist putting up these adorable images that Lucy Schaeffer captured for American Baby magazine. Additionally, the "baby booty" section shares some fabulous tips for mom that will be sure to make the little ones look adorable and make them happy in the process! We especially love the throwback to the 80's with the leg warmers! Take a peek below!
Lee Clower has done it again: his magical camera has transformed the overly-made-up former Real Housewife of New York, Jill Zarin, into a shockingly fresh faced young woman who simply cannot be 48 years old! Or maybe Jill Zarin is just naturally that beautiful and has been hiding it from Bravo devotees for years...?! Either way, we are so delighted by Lee's latest Make-Under feature for XO Jane.
The beauty editors at XO Jane really have a knack for revealing unexpected beauties (see Sammi Sweetheart and Wendy Williams sans their usual "face") and we think Lee is the perfect guy to take pretty portraits--and create photographic evidence--of these metamorphoses! I wonder who XO Jane will reveal next...
Marcus Nilsson traveled to Portland, OR to shoot for the "Best New Restaurants in America" issue of Bon Appetit. Number four on the list is Luce, an authentic, simple restaurant that, according to the feature is, "Italian home cooking to its core". Some of the dishes on the menu that sound absolutely delish and look even better (awesome shots, Marcus!) are "Eggplant, Mozarella and Saffron rice bake", "Spaghettini with Garlic and Dried Chile", "Braised Chicken with Capers and Parsley". Check them out below!:
Is it lunch time?
The summer is wrapping up, like it or not, and while they are probably not jumping at the idea...it's time for the kids to head back to school! It's important to start thinking about what good habits you will instill in your kids now that the summer fun is behind us and it's time to get back to business as usual! An important aspect of building good habits is to ensure that we teach our youth about healthy eating and address the childhood obesity epidemic in this country head on.
Amy Postle shot a really compelling two part story for Parents Magazine (found in the August and September issues) about the disease and it's impact on American families. Take a look at the stories below:
Part 1- Found in August Issue of Parents Magazine
Part 2- Found in September Issue of Parents Magazine
So, the story that Tom Watson shot for Redbook has nothing to do with Tennis but we figured in honor of the first day of the US Open, we would title our blog post something festive and Tennis related!
Trying to figure out what outfits make the most sense to purchase now that Fall is right around the corner? Take a look at the "Match Points" feature in Septembers issue of Redbook Magazine. Apparently, "matching is back!" Take a look:
In mid-July Marcus Nilsson and his team came together to do a shoot for Chobani Yogurt. There has been a ton of buzz about the opening of the Chobani Yogurt bar here in NYC's trendy SoHo and we are excited that Marcus was asked to shoot the advertising!
Don't know what this "yogurt craze" is all about? Here is some info on Chobani and the store from a recent article in INC magazine:
"The new shop sells an array of sweet and savory fresh, chilled yogurt options (under $4 per bowl). The location will act as a sort of testing site for new flavor concoctions. On opening day, the most popular flavor was a pistachio and chocolate, which includes fresh yogurt from the New York yogurt plant, as well as honey, oranges, and mint leaves." (pretty genius if you ask us...more after jump!)
Take a look at some more of the images that Marcus shot below and keep scrolling to see some awesome behind the scenes snapped at the shoot!
Shoppers can also purchase some of the beautiful and lush ingredients from the images above at Chobani SoHo!
Continue scrolling for some behind the scenes images of Marcus and the team!:
Head down to the Chobani SoHo store and check out the ads in person! And while you're there, pick up a yogurt creation. Our suggestion? Peanut Butter and Jelly!
The September issue of InStyle hit newsstands last week and it is the largest issue in the magazines history! 652 pages of trends, fall fashion, beauty and "life", InStyle asked James Merrell to shoot the legendary Missoni family at their home in Italy! Within walking distance of the company's factory about an hour North of Milan, the Missoni family has a colorful and beautiful home that allows for the family of wildly creative visionaries to be inspired constantly.
Take a peek at the story below:
As mentioned in the article, Americans are really taken by the Missoni Home peices considering they are both practical and playful. Thanks to James' images, we can see the Missoni home and how they live and that it directly influences their designs and products.
This weekend is supposed to be another rainy one here in New York, so why not seek refuge at the Guggenheim? Dotted throughout the museum, in the galleries adjacent to the main spiral is a wonderful photography exhibit: Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective.
According to the Guggenheim's Senior Curator of Photography, Jennifer Blessing:
"Since the early 1990s, Rineke Dijkstra has produced a complex body of photographic and video work, offering a contemporary take on the genre of portraiture. Her large-scale color photographs of young, typically adolescent subjects recall 17th-century Dutch painting in their scale and visual acuity. The minimal contextual details present in her photographs and videos encourage us to focus on the exchange between photographer and subject and the relationship between viewer and viewed."
Each gallery displays a different aspect of Dijkstra's work, from the portraits that capture the essense of awkward youth, to the subjects she photographed for years, creating a visual timeline of physical and emotional maturity. The exhbit even includes some of Dijkstra's lesser known, but very entertaining, video work. Don't miss the young girl lip-synching to her favorite Backstreet Boys song!
Here's an insider tip for when you visit the Guggenheim: Take the elevator up to the top, and work your way down the sprial. That's how Frank Lloyd Wright intended you to experience the museum!
We had a great visit with Hugh Stewart today who is here in New York from London. Hugh is based in Australia but spending some time between London and New York this summer! Glad to have him on this side of the pond!
Since he's been over in London, Hugh's been shooting a bunch for Vogue UK. Although he's been shooting portraits and interiors for Vogue, the editors fell in love with his personal still life images. They love them so much that he was featured on The Vogue Blog: Art Online! Check out the story here!
Not only do they love his images (what's not to love - they are beautiful!) but everyone is abuzz about his print ordering system. Interested in getting your hands on one of Hugh's gorgeous prints? Check out his gallery here!
Popular Mechanics magazine is running a feature story guiding the "do it yourselfer" through the steps (with pictures) of how to make your own Fire Pit. Lajos Geenen captured the shots over the course of the day that it took the Popular Mechanics editor and friend to complete the project. Take a look at the story! It may just inspire you! Sitting around the Fire Pit is a true summer past time. Thanks to this story, you can do it yourself!
It's Monday and the 2012 summer Olympics have come to a close. All the medals have been awarded and the athletes that traveled from far and wide are returning home to their countries. It's hard to believe how the time flew by!
Many of the JMI photographers live in London and have had unique and exciting experiences living in the host city. We had the opportunity to catch up with Sue Parkhill, a resident of East London who got to witness first hand the Olympic excitement. Here are some of her thoughts on all things London 2012, and some great shots she got throughout the two weeks of games.
What's your favorite Olympic sport?
Women's Gymnastics. Nadia Comanici was a childhood hero of mine.
People have had mixed reactions, what did you think of the opening ceremony?
I thought it was brilliant- quirky, amusing, political, filmic.
Although you originally are from Australia, are you Team GB? Or do you decide on who you're rooting for based on something else?
You know, I'm all over the place. Go Usain Bolt; Go Beth Tweedle; Go Michael Phelps; Go Sally Pearson....
Have you been to any events?
Synchronized swimming was the one for me. I did try to get tickets for the gymnastics too but was pretty happy with just synchronized swimming. Just being in the Olympic Park is amazing- you should see the flowers and trees that have been planted.
We can imagine that the security in the park is insane! What's the protocol for taking pictures? Surely anyone with a phone with camera capability can snap images easily but can you bring in "real" cameras?
Security was tight, but just like airport security, so a routine we are pretty familiar with. It wasn't a problem to take cameras in. There were army guys everywhere making sure everything was ok but it was very low key and friendly.
Yes, Olympics are exciting, but what's it like living a city that becomes even more overwhelmed with tourists than usual? Does the city feel different to you?
I have loved the vibe of London while the Olympics have been on and I live in East London. People have been playing "a bit hard to get" (not me!), but many have also succumbed to the Olympic charm at the last minute.
Many thanks to Sue Parkhill for sharing her thoughts and snapshots of the Olympics! Next stop, Sochi winter games 2014!
Check out these delicious shots taken by Lucy Schaeffer for Food & Wine, on stands now!
Those Lamb Burgers might just be what we cook next!...mmmmm. What are you planning to cook this weekend?
"When something is well designed, there's harmony in it, but also something that throws you off-kilter. It stimulates your intellect," Says Lara Sanderson of her recently re-designed home on Mercer Island in Washington. Mikkel Vang's images certainly capture that "harmony".
Located "a stones throw away" from Seattle, Mikkel and his team traveled to Mercer Island to the home of Lara and Jeff Sanderson to shoot for the September issue of Elle Decor. The images display the work of artist and designer Kelly Wearstler and what she did to make the home feel "equal parts Parisian jewel box, scholar's retreat and natural wonder." Such a magnificent story!