Here is one of two stories James Merrell shot for the June issue of Living Etc magazine! The story features the eclectic and modern home of Shaun Clarkson and Paul Brewster located in north London. Interior and textile designers (respectively), the owners share in the article that they were originally inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock movie Rope. "It started out with a very muted palette -- mainly blue and grey tones with little pops of colour. But as we've grown into the house it's become much more colourful and contemporary, mainly because we can't stop buying new things."
The neutral tones of the apartment coupled with the accents of color and the quirky decorative details made for a perfect shoot environment for James alligning perfectly with his style. Beautiful story, take a peek:
Did you happen to pick up Thursdays Style section of The New York Times? Or even glance over it? If you did, you most certainly saw the beautifully shot little ladies that graced the full page "above the fold". Lee Clower spent a fun day at Shoot Digital a couple of weeks ago working with Cathy Horyn to put together this beautiful designer children's wear feature together.
Here it is, if you missed it:
Happy Friday to all!
This week we are simply thrilled to have stumbled upon (thank you twitter) this awesome tumblr: Humans of New York.
Brandon Staton, creator of Humans of New York captures precisely what it's title states. The project is an "effort to create a photographic census of the city of New York, with an eye toward creating artistic portraits of strangers on the street". He's already gathered over 4,000 street portraits and they are wildly interesting. Once he shoots the portrait, he adds a candid anecdote from the shoot or some one liner describing the image and setting the scene. To read more about the goals of the project, click here. Here are a selection of the ones that we like best. Warning: it was tough to only choose our top 3, with their captions.
"Colors are becoming to anyone. Even a little puppy, when it has a coat on, it's very nice. Now go get me a peice of pizza, I mean it. Go."
"Keeping the thrill alive."
"Seven words I love to hear, 'hold on, let me get my parrot'"
Something fresh for friday! We recieved these awesome landscape images from David Sykes just a few minutes ago. Never fear, he will continue to shoot those thoughtful conceptual shots you know and love him for. But it is always great to see the new and exciting directions our photographers are heading in!
This morning we got to visit Lucy Schaeffer on the set of her shoot this week! You may remember a couple of months back we wrote a blog post about the Cookies for Kids Cancer Cookbook that Lucy did all the photography for.
Well, she's at it again! Gretchen Holt-Witt wrote a second cookbook and Lucy was asked to be a part of the team again. Walking into the shoot location, it was cookie central. Here's a shot we took of Lucy in action! Check out those pecan squares! You should really go out and get the first Cookies for Kids Cancer Cookbook and pre-order the second...we can attest to the fact that the cookies are delish! We've been eating the treats that we snagged from set all day! (Classic Chocolate Chip and the Pecan Squares, yum!)
In this months travel issue of Bon Appetit Marcus shot a story featuring some of the world's most iconic dishes! The "Seven Wonders of the Food World" story set out to uncover secrets and techniques that give these classics the extra kick that makes them special (and wonderful)! Is it lunch time yet?
New York: The City That Never Sleeps.
We've all heard the catch phrase that really does accurately describe New York. Love or hate it, this fine city has a distict "hustle and bustle" which is recognized worldwide. Plopped between Port Authority Bus Terminal and Penn Station, the JMI office is located in the heart of what is often considered "tourist central". While it is quite a convenient for a commute, this morning I found myself overwhelmed (more than usual...) with the amount of tourists! I observed that there were more tourists flooding the streets than usual for that time of the morning, making it nearly impossible to even walk on 7th Avenue!
Thinking about the nubmer of people all the way upstairs to the office, imagine my excitement when I arrived at my computer and looked at The New Yorker Photo Booth blog which featured a post from a few days back entitled "Beautiful Tourists"! 15 glorious images (and descriptions..) from a variety of projects and photographers all who had thoughts and observations on tourists! Be sure to look at the entire post here but I included one in particular which I thought was great taken by Lucian Perkins.
We know the change in temperature makes everyone a bit more conscious about getting "beach bod ready" but we strongly suggest you put down the dumbells and pick up a copy of this months Town & Country. Featured in the "Out & About: Culture, Leisure and Other Pursuits" section is a story of the "stylish pixie from Atlanta" owner of Cacao Atlanta, Kristen Hard. The "self-taught chocolate-maker [Hard] is one of the few chocolateiers who starts with beans that she personally procures, and then roasts, grinds, tempers, and molds." Pretty cool stuff!
T&C asked Lee Clower to return to his homestate of Georgia to shoot Ms. Hard in the back of one of her three Atlanta shops. We had a chance to catch up with Lee a bit about his time back in the "peach state" and what it was like to spend the day with the chocolate visionary.
JMI: First things first, did you get to eat chocolate?
Lee Clower: Yes, all day.
JMI: Lucky you! From the article it sounds like Kristen is a pretty awesome lady. Tell us about her!
LC: Kristen is very elegant and Southern. In fact, she is four of my favorite things in life: elegant, Southern, hot AND she makes chocolate! I had trouble deciding which I preferred more, Kristen's elegant demeanor and appearance, or her chocolate...so I shot both!
JMI: Tell us about the store/ shoot environment? And how was it to be back in Atlanta shooting? We know your southern roots are very important to you!
LC: The environment of the shoot was appropriately "upscale Southern" which was perfect for Town & Country! And It's always nice to go home, especially when I get to work with people who are also from the south. Always nice to return to my roots!
Check out the shots:
We will for sure be heading to Cacao Atlanta next time we head down south!
Happy Monday! Starting the week off right with a beautiful image shot by Lucy Schaeffer for the latest issue of House Beautiful. We love the colors and flowers especially on a day like today!
We recently came upon the photography website Pictory, which calls for submissions based on a theme for each showcase. The site asks photographers to submit their best image and short description that applies to each theme, and then compiles the selections to make a visual story. The result is a group of images that is at once varied and similar, and always emotionally poignant; a truly unique way to look at how not only photography, but human experience, unites us. One of the most recent themes was The Best of Small Town America, which gives you a glimpse into places so familiar to the photographers. Click on the image to see the full story.
Ladies, we're sure you can relate to the latest ad from CW-X shot by Morten Smidt! The hilariously candid "Your Boobs" campaign was spotted in Fitness Magazine, exciting stuff! Please pardon the scan, we know it's not the greatest but we couldn't wait to share it with you!
We are very excited to announce and share images from David Sykes' latest campaign for Cool Whip! Back in January, David came to New York City to shoot the dessert shots for the "Cool Whip Moms" campaign. Working in tandem with The Martin Agency and a very impressive team of Cool Whip experts, David captured some amazing food shots that make us want to take a bite out of our computer screens. Take a look at some of the images currently being used on the official Cool Whip Facebook page.
Want some more? Here are the "cover photos" from the official Cool Whip Facebook Page featuring the images David shot! (More after the jump)
Pretty yummy looking huh? Those are some of the prettiest dolops we have ever seen! We had the privledge to visit the set of the shoot to watch David work his magic. It was quite the busy day but we were able to snap a cool behind the scenes shot for you here! A JMI exclusive:
Stay tuned and keep your eyes out for the rest of the Cool Whip campaign!
It's spring holiday time! Whether you're getting your seder table ready for tonight or hiding the eggs for the easter egg hunt, JMI wants to wish you a very happy holiday weekend. Need some last minute ideas for a good Passover meal? Or maybe you need to figure out how to decorate Easter eggs? Well, you're in luck! Here are two stories shot by Marcus Nilsson and Lucy Schaeffer to help you with the plans. Marcus shot an Italian Passover Seder story for Bon Appetit and Lucy's Easter feature was for Parents Magazine! See below. (more after the jump).
Marcus Nilsson for Bon Appetit:
Lucy Schaeffer for Parents Magazine:
We hope you enjoy the yummy food and fun that these two holidays are known for!
We are excited to present the latest advertising work by Tom Watson for Grand Optical. Currently these ads are running all over France! These three ads are only first of a round of advertising shoots Tom did for the french optical company. Stay tuned for more ads and if you happen to be in France and lose your glasses, find yourself a Grand Optical location!
Yesterday, while flipping through the fabulous April issue of Living Etc. (the same issue with this story by James Merrell), we were delighted to see an ad for Bo Concept shot by Lajos Geenen! The ads are running internationally, so we're excited to see what other magazines they pop up in!
Do you feel it? Everyone in the industry certainly does! Heck, it seems that everyone in the world is talking about the return of Mad Men. To get into the spirit and add to the excitement and anticipation for Sunday's big premier, we decided that for this photo phriday we would share some of David Sykes' images that have a real Don Draper feel!
Happy Friday! We hope wherever you watch the premier you enjoy yourself a nice scotch. (And the show.)
Travel + Leisure's Best of Europe issue is on stands now, and features a cover and story by Marcus Nilsson (in addition to two stories by James Merrell!). Marcus' cover shows the Nyhavn Canal in Copenhagen, and the feature story is an insider's guide to making a "foodie pilgrimage" to Copenhagen. This issue is jam-packed with awesome travel tips and, of course, beautiful photos!
Frank Herholdt won the Press Award at the 6th Annual Arte Lunga awards! The awards were held in Venice, Italy at the Nappe of the Arsenale of Venice attracting established critics, curators, directors, foundations and art lovers from all over the world! According to the italian art news blog "Artribune" this year was the largest showing at Arte Lunga, which has developed into an "international competition dedicated to the latest trends in visual arts." Frank recieved the award for his image entitled "Morris Minor" which we have included below:
A huge congratulations to Frank for this great prize!
Looking to go to Paris? Well, you're in luck! The story "17 Paris Finds" in the April issue of Travel + Leisure sheds some light onto the perpetual question of "where to stay?" in the City of Lights. The hotels featured in the story are supposed to provide visitors with with a genuine "neighborhood" feel making them feel more like "locals". JMI's James Merrell hopped on the train to Paris and spent a few days photographing some of these amazing locations! Take a look!
Surprise! James has not only one story in the magazine out this month but he actually has two! He photographed the "Smart Guide to London"! It's an exciting time in London right now with the upcoming Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Living in London, James really knows the "important places" around the city! You don't want to miss these beautifully captured images... but we have to leave some suspense...go grab the magazine!
This week for Photo Phriday we decided instead of picking one particular image or photographer to feature we would highlight a blog that always promises an interesting read and features wonderful imagery and photographers. It's a well known publication. Maybe you've heard of it, The New Yorker?
Having an article published in The New Yorker can be one of the greatest honors as a writer/journalist. The articles, stories, features, exposes and...let's not forget the cartoons are all crafted with immense care and thought. Similarly, their "Photo Booth" blog takes the photography selections as seriously.
The "view from The New Yorker's Photo Department" as the blog describes itself is constantly being updated with the images from the magazine as well as ones that are not included in the magazine.
When you have a free moment, head over to the Photo Booth site. In the blog world, a lot of people try to be on the forefront of finding the next great blog! Sometimes the great ones are sitting right in front of you...and it's important to remember that they are well known for a reason!
If you don't already read Natalie Walton's blog Daily Imprint, you really should go over to her website and have a read. Today in particuar would be a great day to do so because she just published an interview with JMI photographer Hugh Stewart! Walton asks Hugh a variety of questions to give people a better idea of who he is as a photographer and what his interests are. Read the question and answer that I think best highlights Hugh's great humor as well as passion for photography. It also happened to be a story I hadn't ever heard! To read the interview in its intirety, click here!"What’s your proudest career achievement? I don’t know, but I remember a defining moment. I had shot my first big story for British Vogue on the Baftas with Fiona Golfar. And I had to meet Alexandra Shulman, the editor, at the Wolseley to show her the proof sheets. I was so nervous I almost had a panic attack. I was shaking and had to tell her I had food poisoning so might have to leave at any minute. Lucky she is used to dealing with weird Englishmen so a nervous shaking New Zealander did not faze her. She loved the images and ran them over 20 pages...." (more of the answer on dailyimprint.blogspot.com)
Updates from The Armory Show! JMI's very own Lajos Geenen had two images featured at the show! See the pictures below. Very exciting that Lajos' work was featured. Congratulations!
Check it out!:
Last night I made a trip westward-- to the westside highway, that is. This week Pier 92 and 94 are home to one of the most important art fairs in New York, and the world: The Armory Show. The Armory show draws leading galleries from around the world to display some of the most notable contemporary and modern art, all for sale! Since my bank account can't quite support a Salvador Dalí, I went more to window shop.
The show itself is huge. It is split into two parts, modern and contemporary, and each side feels like its own museum full of mini galleries. The pieces ranged from paitings to sculpture to photography to performace. What makes the Armory show different from strolling through the MoMA is that the gallerists are there to tell you about each piece. They were all very pleasant and eager to chat, even knowing they wouldn't make a comission from me! Many of them gave out catalogs and posters and even pieces of installations!
The show is open through Sunday, and you can get tickets here. Below are just a few of my favorites!
How do you think they shipped all this stuff from around the world?! That's a lot of bubble wrap...
Have you ever wanted to own a Maybach 57? How about the one that Kanye West and Jay-Z "customize" in the music video for their hit single Otis? Well now you can!...that is, if you can afford it.
Auction house Phillips de Pury & Co. is auctioning off the car tomorrow night (March 8th) at the New York Contemporary Art Evening Sale with the proceeds going to Save the Children. Of course, they needed to have someone take some awesome images to showcase the sale and they asked Morten Smidt to do so!
Here are some of the images Morten took for Phillips. He admitted that he had a lot of fun shooting this...which is no surprise! It's a pretty cool subject....
Don't you just love those images? We think they are so great!
P.S.- Get it while you can, Damier (Mercedes Benz parent brand) decided to discontinue the Maybach! Grab your checkbook and head over to Phillips tomorrow night! After all, it's for a good cause!
No matter what the groundhog said a few weeks ago, spring is definitely in the air. Which means it's time to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors. And what better way than with a picnic? Lajos Geenen's latest feature in Popular Mechanic suggests building a wooden bench that can be enjoyed on warm, sunny days for years to come! Now go grab your hammer and nails!
Last week, the ladies of JMI got a very special treat: dinner prepared by Chef Marcus Nilsson! That's right, our very own food photographer cooked us a cover-worthy spread of classic French comfort food like cauliflower soup, vinegar chicken and roasted carrots! It was beyond delicious! Marcus is indeed a trained chef who swapped his knife set for a camera shortly after training with top chef Marcus Samuelson. He may be an acclaimed photographer now, but he's definitely still got his culinary skills. We can't wait for the next dinner party! (Our iPhone photos just don't do the food justice...we'll stick to our day job!)
Argg matey! We came across this series on Wired's Raw File and thought it was so hysterical. Photographer Terry Border creates all different scenes bringing everyday objects to life. The scenes he creates, shoots and post on his blog entitled "Bent Objects" have recieved buzz all over the photography world. Anyone and everyone can relate to these scenes because they can be characterized as: cheeky, playful, meticulous, clever, complex and just plain old cool! Check out a few of them below and to see more head over to his blog.
Happy Friday! Hope everyone has a great weekend!
We are beyond excited to share the images from Ericka McConnell's latest project for Mary Kay Cosmetics. Yesterday we received the catalog in the mail and it looks absolutely beautiful! Take a look below to see the some of the shots Ericka took for them. (more after the jump)
On the off chance you don't know what Mary Kay is, according to a feature on ABC Nightline, "the women of Mary Kay are bringing America back". Mary Kay was started in 1963 to give women the opportunity to "achieve unlimited success" by selling cosmetic products independently. According to their blog, when speaking about the committed women who sell Mary Kay products, "the diversity of their backgrounds, experiences, and personal stories will show you that Mary Kay is about so much more than lipstick!"
We are so glad Ericka got to be a part of this awesome shoot! The pictures came out beautifully! For more information on Mary Kay or to see more of Ericka's Work for them, click here.
Travel + Leisure recently sent Marcus Nilsson to seek out the best places to eat in Marrakesh, Morrocco's capital city. What he found were the vibrant people, places, and dishes of this historic city. Every photo gives a deeper glimpse into the day to day of life in Marrakesh, and we are loving everything we see!
Leave it to legendary film director Francis Ford Coppola to open the most picturesque 7-suite hotel, Palazzo Margherita, in the small town of Bernalda in Southern Italy. Every detail enhances the magical setting, from the hand painted ceilings to the personality of each suite, named after members of the famed Coppola family who helped with the design. James Merrell photographed the luxury compound for WSJ Magazine, on stands now. See the full story here.
As winter continues to drag on and on, it's easy to crave a little fun in the sun. Mikkel Vang's recent story in Conde Nast Traveler makes it even easier. You can almost feel the sun tanning your winter-white skin! I think it's just about time to plan that Caribbean getaway. Who's with me?
Lajos Geenen is featured today on Arcademi, an art and design blog in Germany. The blog which was created to "be a habitat for young creators, a place to connect libertines and to advance talents, a grove for people to evolve, and to admire astonishing positions in creation," found the "Symbiosis" series particularly interesting. Take a peek at the blog post and also Lajos' website!
Image from "Symbiosis" series.
Happy Friday! We took a mini Photo Phriday holiday hiatus but we're back!
Earlier this month Colossal (great art and design blog) featured a story on an awesome installation at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. Artist Yayoi Kusama created "The Obliteration Room" by taking a standard exhibition room and transforming it into a modern (colorless) domestic space fully equip with tables, chairs and various other household items. The white room serves as a blank canvas for the young visitors who are then provided with unlimited access to all different colored stickers upon entry into the exhibit. Take a peek at the evolution of the room and the end result of the interactive experience.
Pretty cool, huh? It's safe to say that if there were more exhibits like this when I was a kid, I wouldn't have given my parents such a hard time every time the word "Museum" entered a sentence!
Have a great weekend!
Model it-girl Karlie Kloss first graced the glossies with a fashion spread in Teen Vogue at the tender age of 15. She's since grown up (18!), and so has her portfolio. You can find Karlie on the pages of every major fashion magazine and as the face of numerous luxury brands. This week, she's the subject of Shopping Snapshots in the New York Times, shot by Lee Clower. Check out the young muse's high/low style here!
Winter woes have you wishing for a light snack on the beach? Well, there are a few more months before you can defrost the shrimp cocktail, so why not warm up with these simple, delicious and filling slow-cooker recipes from Real Simple? Marcus Nilsson shot the cover and beautiful story featuring meals you can set and forget....that is until the mouthwatering aroma greets you after a long, snowy day! Winter doesn't seem so bad with creamy chicken and mushroom pot pie in your bowl, does it?
The cover of this month's Parents magazine isn't only special because our very own Lucy Schaeffer shot it, but because Lucy produced and art directed the entire shoot herself, with the help of stylist Martha Bernabe! We are so delighted to see Lucy's creativity and hardwork in this beautiful cover shot.
"Hey, what is that on that card?" a man turned and asked in the elevator after catching a glimpse of David Sykes most recent promo card. "I've seen those codes everywhere, but what are they? what do they mean?"
Here was the image on the card (more after the jump):
Chances are you have seen an image like this considering QR codes are rampant these days! However, all of the ones that you've seen were (most likely) created on a computer. David Sykes took a different approach.
Sykes gathered a variety of items including boots, microphones, hair dryers and briefcases and arranged them to create this masterpeice! After putting all of the objects in the right pattern to create the code, David took an aerial shot in his studio. The coolest part? It actually works! Note: the code must be printed. It will not work if you try to scan the code from the computer. But with that, grab your smartphone or Ipad and enjoy!