It's that time of year again!
David Sykes is back with his annual "Adventgram" Christmas Calendar. Each year, David creates this fun and festive daily countdown chronicling the month of December via various numeric photographs.
Join this year's countdown by following David on social media!
Get a behind-the-scenes look at our very own Mikkel Vang as he shoots the latest ad campaign for FiLIP 2, a smart locator & phone for kids!
Click on the image to view the video, and for more on the kid's locator technology, visit: www.myfilip.com !
Lee photographed the below images in collaboration with children's clothing merchandiser, Velveteen, and Prantham USA, an organization that promotes education initiatives in India.
The two organizations have partnered to sell a special children's fashion collection for the holiday season, donating 100% of the proceeds to support Prantham's education programs in Delhi. Adhering to Prantham's mission, the line is crafted and hand-embroidered according to traditional Indian artisan techniques.
Click the link below to view the charity line - which launches on Black Friday (Nov. 28th)!
Our very own Lee Clower is featured in today's New York Post!!
Dubbed "America’s leading kids’ photographer" by the newspaper, Lee contributes his insight to the article titled: "Meet the Pint-Sized Supermodels Who Can Earn $50k a Year."
With an editorial focus on the children's modeling industry, the article follows the frontrunners therein, divulging that, while these children may appear "pint-sized," their salaries are anything but.
Of his own experiences within the industry, Lee states: "I tend to work with the same circle of kids because they've become the 'go to' child models in the city...We always aim to have fun, but the kids who are constantly booked and really want to be on-set are the ones who understand that it's also a job."
For the full arcticle, visit the New York Post's website.
...And for the full scope of Lee's work, check out the JMI website!
Rita Thompson steals the spolight in today's Your Shot Blog, published by National Geographic.
Titled "On Photographing Your Child," the article covers the niche specialty that is children's photography.
Check out the article, Rita's images, and some quotes by the photographer, herself, here.
And for more from the JMI photographer, be sure to view her portfolio on the JMI SITE!
Ryan Liebe stole this month's issue of Bon Appetit with his story on grilled vegetable salads and sides.
Check out his mouth-watering photographs below, and for more from the JMI photographer, be sure to visit: www.jmireps.com!
If you haven't started feeling the July 4th spirit yet --- this should do it!
Check out this series of adorable images, shot by our very own Lee Clower, for Miami-based children's swimwear brand, Submarine Kids!
These red, white, and blue suits are just the thing to ring in your holiday weekend!
Happy Independence Day!
David Sykes is an award-winning photographer... literally!
Featured below are a few of the ads.
WAY TO GO, DAVID!!
Mikkel Vang does it again!
The JMI photographer stole the June cover of Travel + Leisure with his feature on Catalonia, Spain.
Photographing an eight-page story that dons the magazine's latest issue, Mikkel captures the captivating landscapes and vibrant culture of the Spanish coastal region of Catalonia -- which includes a number of famed cities (most notably Barcelona).
Check out Mikkel's breathtaking shots, below... and don't forget to pick up a copy of the June issue for yourself, today!
Rita Thompson is one of those rare artists who proves to be as compassionate and insightful behind the camera as she is in front of it. With a keen eye and inherent understanding of her subjects, Rita has created a body of work that, while varying in content (from kids, to landscapes, to "New York Lifestyle"), shares an altogether unfaltering sincerity and authenticity that can be achieved only by the most seasoned of photographers. Beginning her stint in the creative industry as an Art Director before later transitioning over to photography, Rita's understanding of aesthic excellence undoubtedly proves second nature. A fascinating and exceptional artist, Rita took the time to chat with JMI about her life, creative trajectory, and the passion that drives her work.
JMI Reps: I find your backstory so incredibly fascinating. You have such an incredible eye and demonstrate a means of creative storytelling that's clearly innate...and yet, you weren't always a photographer. For those who don't know it, tell us a little bit about your story; how did you become a photographer?
Rita Thompson: I spent the majority of my career as an advertising art director working at agencies across the country, from NYC to Portland, Oregon to Austin to Dallas. I even had my own little ad shop in Jackson Hole for a bit. I always loved working with photographers and taking pictures, but when I had my first child, I found taking photos became really important to me. I had this strong need to document them, and through that I fell in love with photography.
JMI: What advantages would you say your background in advertising has given you? Did it alter your creative perspective at all?
RT: Having been on that side of the business, I understand what agency creatives and clients want to achieve. And I love the collaboration. Working on advertising projects feels very natural to me.
JMI: When you first started in the business, you put together a beautiful portfolio with a focus on children's photography. You've now expanded your work to include New York Lifestyle and Landscapes, as well...but what drew you to kid's photography from the beginning?
RT: I have never had the best memory, but I can visit any photograph of myself as a child and remember being there. So I photographed my children a lot, giving me peace that I could revisit those amazing and fleeting little moments any time I wanted to. My focus had been on children's photography because children have been my world, and I have been shooting my world.
JMI: Is there something in particular that you aim to capture within your kids work?
RT: I like to capture all aspects of being a kid in its truest essence, from the little happy triumps to the disappointing -- it's all equally awesome in my eyes.
JMI: There's a refreshing, unstaged element to your work that makes the captured scene feel and appear incredibly natural. What's your key to achieving that?
RT: My whole life - starting in childhood - I liked observing people. Now, I just observe with a camera in hand. When something grabs me or makes me smile, I shoot.
JMI: How would you say your work has evolved since you first started out as a photographer?
RT: I have lifted my camera off of my own life and onto the world around me.
JMI: Talk a little bit about the "New York Lifestyle" installment of your portfolio. This was such a novel and creative idea, and something that's not really been done before. How did you come up with this, and what's the message or feeling you try to convey through this body of work?
RT: I like to show what life is like living in this funny city...like tiny kids playing a soccer match right under the Western Hemisphere's tallest building. It's like this big, giant monster standing behind them constantly that they don't notice. Everything is out of proportion and extreme here, challenging New Yorkers to come up with creative ways of living or raising a family. It's fun to document.
JMI: Your landscapes are also incredibly beautiful, and very different from the rest of your work. What's your inspiration here?
RT: Being on this earth -- it's an amazing experience.
JMI: Moving forward, are there any other avenues you'd like to explore in photography? (Food, travel, interiors....)
RT: People and travel excite me. I also want to photograph Bill Cunningham for my "New York Lifestyle." I was extremely flattered that he put me on his New York Times style pages a couple of times, once going to a polo match on Governor's Island, and then another time riding a tandem bike with my daughter during NYC's Summer Streets; neither time did I see the legend himself!
JMI: Ok, last question, and less work-specific: if you could give yourself one piece of life advice, ten years ago, what would it be?
RT: "Rita of ten years ago...buy property in NYC!" (laughs) ...I've always trusted life to show us our path. I think, if anything, I am thankful that I was present these past ten years when life steered me towards photography, and that I married a man who has always supported and encouraged my passion for it.
David Sykes is an award-winning photographer.
At last night's ANDY Awards, held annually in New York City, the JMI photographer's "Neglect" campaign for Marmite, shot with adam&eveDDB in the UK, won a Bronze medal in the "Packaged Food" category!
For a glimpse at the campaign and the award annoucement, click here!
Establshed 50 years ago to honor creativity in advertising, the ANDY awards acknowledge the contributions of individuals and companies in the advertising world.
According to the award ceremony's website: "The International ANDY Awards stands as one of the most sought-after awards for creative excellence in advertising. Judged by a jury comprised of internationally renowned creative directors, awards are given to both single and campaign executions, distinguished by product, service or technique category."
Click the link above to check out David's award-winning work, and for more stellar shots by the photographer, visit: www.jmireps.com!
The below print ads are a facet of the latest ad campaign for Vermont ice cream brand Ben & Jerry's, and articulate the company's newest product.
Photographed by our very own Marcus Nilsson, the ads feature the new Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream "Cores," a mouth-watering hard ice cream treat with a thick, gooey center. With flavors like "That's My Jam" (chocolate & raspberry ice cream with fudge chips and a raspberry core), and "Hazed and Confused" (chocolate & hazelnut ice cream with fudge chips and a hazelnut fudge core), it's hard to imagine what ice cream was like before!
Check out the ads, featuring Marcus' shots, below -- and for more from the JMI photographer, be sure to visit our website: www.JMIreps.com!
Lucy Schaeffer shot this adorable, Easter-themed strory for the latest issue of Family Fun!
Out now, the magazine boasts this colorful story, created in anticipation of Sunday's holiday, to illustrate a number of ways to naturally dye eggs, using solely foods and spices!
Check out Lucy's fun and playful images, below -- and for more from the JMI photographer, be sure to visit: www.JMIReps.com!
Bon Appetit and Marcus Nilsson team up to deliver a hearty serving of aesthetic excellence in the editorial's latest issue.
Titled "Cook Like a Pro," the below story, running in the magazine's April issue, reveals the homespun cooking tips necessary for novice cooks and bonafide foodies, alike.
Check out Marcus' stunning shots, below, and to view more work from the JMI photographer -- click the link above!
Haven't picked up the latest issue of Real Simple yet?
It's about time you did!
In the mag's April issue, out now, Marcus Nilsson photographed the story "6 Techniques to Make You a Better Cook," which proves a fitting tutorial for the publication's dexterous, "DIY" readership.
Check out the full spread below -- and for more of Marcus' appetizing food photography, be sure to visit: www.JMIReps.com!
James Merrell shot this stunning cover story for the April issue of House Beautiful!
Out now, the magazine's latest issue profiles the serene composition of one family's beautiful vacation oasis.
View the article, along with James' images, in full below -- and for more breathtaking interiors from the JMI photographer, visit: www.JMIReps.com!
Lee Clower shot these beautiful portraits for the latest issue of Latina magazine!
Out now, the April publication profiles the careers of four women who have established entrepreneurial empires out of their own homes!
Read their fascinating and inspirational stories below, and for more of Lee's captivating portraiture, be sure to visit the JMI site!
April is Autism Awareness Month, and as a result, a number of editorials are banding together in the publication of articles highlighting the growing need for awareness on, and education about, Autism.
Therefore, the inclusion of "Staying Friends Through Autism," an article photographed by JMI's own Amy Postle and featured in this month's Parents magazine proves extremely apropos.
Shown below, the affecting article exposes one woman's experiences raising an Austistic child. Read her touching story, accompanied by Amy's beautiful photographs, below, and for the full article - be sure to pick up the April issue of Parents, out now.
We're obsessing over the latest installment of David Sykes' "Faux Food" series.
Aided in design by stylist Jessica Dance, David has been able to create a memorable series of "Faux Food" photographs, capturing scenes cleverly comprised entirely of wool.
Check the shots out, below, and for more of David's creative conceptual pieces, visit: blog.davidsykes.com!
There's something tremendously refreshing about Ryan Liebe's photography.
Unpretentious in both composition and presentation, the artist's work emits a sincerity and wisdom that proves altogether timeless. To the viewer, Ryan's goal becomes immediately evident: to capture life in its realest state, telling a story through the delicate juxtaposition of light and texture. As unique as it is beautiful, his work allows for an unmistakably rare documentation of the avenues of food, travel, interior, and lifestyle photography.
The newest artist to join the JMI roster, Ryan sits down with JMI's Jenn to discuss the ins and outs of his profession, work-life approach, and unique creative point-of-view.
JMI REPS: How did you first get started as a photographer? Was it something you'd always seen in your future, or did you more "fall into" the profession?
Ryan Liebe: It started early. When I was about six or seven, I got my first camera for Christmas. It was a Fisher-Price 110-cartridge camera; I thought it was awesome. I'd walk around taking photos of anything and everything, and even when I would run out of film, I'd keep snapping away, making imaginary pictures on imaginary film. In high school, I was a yearbook photographer...one thing led to another, and I ended up... at Brooks Institute of Photography, hoping to turn a passion into a career.
JMI: What inspires your work?
RL: Food is always inspiring me; trying new things, and enjoying simple timeless recipes. Texture and light [also] inspire me, and the way that light and textures play together to create beautiful shapes.
JMI: Do you try to achieve anything particular when you shoot?
RL: Capturing a slice of life that's simple, with a certain realness about it.
JMI: What's the key to achieving that feeling of realness and believability?
RL: I try to create a narrative in every image by attempting to give the viewer a feeling that there is a real person interacting with the subject...just out of view, outside the frame. I try to shape the light in a way that falls naturally across the frame, playing with shadows and highlights, giving the image a tactile feeling, like you can just reach in and pick something out of the image.
JMI: Has your work or shooting style been influenced by any particular events in your life?
RL: Assisting and learning from so many wonderfully talented people opened my eyes and allowed me to see things I'd been missing before.
JMI: Who, specifically? Are there any photographers or artists who have inspired you, or influence your work at all?
RL: I tend to find inspiration in films and everyday situations where the light is doing something unique and interesting. Irving Penn was always an inspiration, as well as a few of the iconic fashion guys like Richard Avedon and Helmut Newton. I [also] appreciate the cinematic lighting of Gregory Crewdson, and the beautifully graphic industrial landscapes by Edward Burtynsky.
JMI: Do you think your work has, in any way, evolved since you first started out?
RL: It's constantly evolving... [I'm] always reflecting on and learning from the last shoot, understanding new likes and dislikes, [and] trying to push the boundaries to find something new and unexpected.
JMI: When someone closes your portfolio, what perception of you and your work do you want that person to walk away with?
RL: Down to earth, unfussy, and an appreciation for simplicity and light.
JMI: What's the most difficult part of your profession? Or, when you walk into a shoot, what's the biggest challenge you find yourself facing?
RL: I think mostly it's just staying true to my vision and not second-guessing my gut instinct. Also, giving the client what they want, what they expect from me... but keeping it fresh at the same time. And lastly, as a daylight shooter: walking into a studio or a shooting space that has no windows (laughs).
New photographs by Tom Watson don the latest issue of GQ France!
On stands now, the magazine's April issue features a men's fashion how-to, appropriately titled "Master Class," teaching the ins and outs of contemporary formalwear.
Check out some images from the spread, below, and for more from the fashion photographer, be sure to visit the JMI site!
Amy Postle does it again!
The JMI photographer shot this amazing new ad campaign for Stendra! Out now, the campaign showcases Amy's unique ability to render unfeigned, beautiful, genuine photographs.
Check out a few of the campaign materials currently running, below, and for more of Amy's stellar work, be sure to visit the JMI site!
In the March issue of Bon Appetit, the below shots by JMI's own Marcus Nilsson appear alongside the story "Thai Night," which introduces a number of tasty Thai-themed dinner party plates.
Check out the story, below, and click on any of the images to view more work by the JMI photographer!
If you haven't picked up the latest issue of Town & Country, it's about time you did!
In it, images shot by JMI's very own Lee Clower accompany the story "A Tale of Three Cities," which follows one fashionable couple as they prepare (internationally) for their dream wedding.
Shot in Paris, London, and New York, the story is laid out beautifully in the magazine's March issue, out now.
Check the story out, below --- and for more of Lee Clower's work, be sure to visit the JMI site!
It's that time of year again!
For many, the dawn of the new year brings with it a resolution for increased exercise and healthier eating habits. So, to help aid you in your quest, Real Simple, in its latest issue, offers up: the Super Bowl.
(And no, we're not referring to XLVIII...)
Out now, the magazine's article "Super Bowls," photographed by none other than Marcus Nilsson, showcases the art of creating the ultimate superfood salad, with key ingredients for sustaining energy and suppressing hunger.
Below, Marcus beautifully captures the food staff's tasty creations.
Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine today to see Marcus' shots up close, and for more from the photographer, check out the JMI site!
If you haven't picked up the latest issue of Family Fun, it's about time you did!
On stands now, the February issue offers up a number of adorable, and (appropriately) Valentine's Day-themed articles that are sure to sweeten up your February!
Below, the story "Spread the Love" features photographs by the one and only Lucy Schaeffer, and showcases a number of cute, kid-friendly Valentine's crafts.
Check out Lucy's photos below, and for more from the JMI photographer, check out: www.jmireps.com!
The latest issue of GQ France dons some stellar photography by our very own Tom Watson.
Titled "Le Bordeaux," the 10-page fashion spread appearing in the latest Gentleman's Quarterly showcases various ways to style winter's "it" color.
Check out the story's photos below, and for more of Tom's fashion photography, be sure to visit www.jmireps.com!