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.
James Merrell shot a gorgeous Manhattan apartment for the April 2018 issue of House Beautiful! Author Gretchen Rubin is known as the authority on happiness, and interior designer Katie Lydon really reflected that in her design choices. Bold and beautiful wallpaper and paint finishes, combined with comforting and classic furnishing gives the space a one-of-a-kind look that James captured perfectly. The various natural light sources lend to his particular sense of light, and the uniqueness of the space compliments his own aesthetic.
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Ashley Klinger & Co. sat down with our newest addition: food, lifestyle, and travel photographer Sidney Bensimon, to ask her about her background, where she finds her inspiration, and her dream project!
AK&Co.: Can you tell me a little bit about where you’re from and your background?
SB: Yes, I was born in Paris, France and grew up there until the age of 14. My family and I then briefly moved to NYC for a year, to then settle in Atlanta, GA for all my schooling years. My mom is French and my dad is French-Moroccan from Casa. I lived in LA after school for 5 years to then settle in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I am building a house in Mid-coast Maine and planning on sharing my time between Maine and NYC whenever I can.
AK&Co.: What first drew you to photography?
SB: My dad wanted to be a photographer, so I grew up with cameras and being photographed by him. He is a hairdresser and worked in the fashion world while we lived in Paris, so I was surrounded with that industry. My mom loves painting- needless to say both my parents have a creative mind and that was a very big part of my education growing up. I had a polaroid camera growing up and found it intriguing.
AK&Co.: When did you realize it could go from just being an interest to a career?
SB: When I went to grad school at the Portfolio Center in Georgia, I vividly remember my first photography class. I stepped out of the classroom and went straight to the director’s office telling him I wanted to change all my classes for the quarter to photography. I started crying. I knew then that there was nothing else I wanted to do. Photography is my passion, my life, and there is nothing else I would rather struggle for, and learn to master for the rest of my life.
AK&Co.: What do you do to have fun and unwind, now that your hobby is your job?
SB: I sail with the sailing collective and cook on boats a couple of times a year. In the winter I like making ceramics. I practice yoga and meditations every day.
SB: I really like the variety, it keeps me on my toes and I never get bored that way. It doesn’t matter the subject, my job is to create or observe light on objects, and the emotion that comes with it and capture it. It can be a face, a sandwich, a pair of shoes or a bustling market in a small town… my work remains the same.
AK&Co.: How do you maintain your unique style throughout your work, regardless of the subject diversity?
SB: I just keep on putting in the work and stay as authentic to myself as possible.
AK&Co.: Where did your interest in food photography come from?
SB: I have always loved cookbooks and cooking, especially baking. Shooting food was a natural progression for me.
AK&Co.: You’ve worked every job on a shoot – from photographer to PA to styling - how has that influenced your career?
SB: It makes me grateful for each position and if something goes wrong, as a director, I know how to step in and create what is lacking if needed. Hopefully that doesn’t happen though!
AK&Co.: Do you have any dream projects or clients?
SB: Yes! Of course. I always say that if I shoot for Roxy on a beach Maui I’m going to tell myself: I made it :)
I thrive on being immersed in a culture that is not mine, see how other people live, what is important to them, what they eat for breakfast, what there rituals are. Shooting a travel story that highlights these characteristics would be amazing. I do this myself every year, but shooting it for a client would be awesome. I am really into motion right now, so telling a story with motion and stills would be a dream! Also I love what Goop mag is doing, so goop, call me ;)
AK&Co.: Your travel photos give the impression that you’ve been everywhere! Is there anywhere specifically that’s on your wish list, either for work or just for fun and experience?
SB: I minored in Japanese and it’s one of my favorite food groups so I would love to go to there ….also New Zealand, Tasmania, Montana, British Columbia, Sri Lanka, Oaxaca, Nepal, Rome, Berlin … too much?
AK&Co.: Not at all! From where do you draw your inspiration?
SB: 80 percent of my inspiration comes from nature, 20 percent comes from other photo work. I am building a house in Maine, I love going to the marinas and just stare at the sailboats and the ocean and be still. Then I’m like … I want to shoot this! And go there, and do that!
AK&Co.: What other photo work has inspired you?
SB: People inspire me, here is a list: Henri Cartier Bresson, Paolo Roversi, Nan Goldin, Stephen Shore, Irving Penn, Godart, Marylin Monroe, Naomi Watts, Wendy Polish, and Anandamayi Ma.
AK&Co.: Is there any piece of advice you’d give an aspiring photographer?
SB: Yes, if photography and telling stories is your way of communicating: Never give up! Forget about ‘making it’, practice, practice, practice, nature will support you, it’s inevitable.
We're so excited to welcome Sidney to the Ashley Klinger & Co. team! She's already beloved by some amazing clients like Stella Artois, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, and Martha Stewart - now we can't wait to share her with all of you!
British magazine Shortlist picked the perfect photographer to shoot the reimagined BLT! David Sykes is never one to shy away from the creative side of still life and food photography, and this is no exception. Each unique sandwich looks tastier than the next, thanks to David's punchy lighting and relationship with color, and we're ready to try them all!
To see more of David's food photography, click here.
David Sykes, on his most recent personal project:
"While I was prepping and researching this project I realised how expensive the individual food Items I was shooting had become. On researching this further I was surprised to see food prices had risen by 4% last year alone. This project not only represents an arresting visual representation of the food in our basket but also acts as a physical time capsule, freezing the Jan 2018 price of each food item as a future point of reference."
Click here to see more of David's conceptual still life work.
We love when our artists work together! Photographer Debi Treloar and prop stylist Hans Blomquist teamed up for the Anthropologie House + Home Spring 2018 catalog (including the cover!), and the results are dreamy. Hans' styling is perfect for Anthropologie - beautiful, chic, and aspirational. Debi's lighting style is both ethereal and natural, like the perfect spring morning.
Marcus Nilsson shot the cover of the March 2018 issue of Family Circle, plus a fun breakfast feature! Global breakfasts, originating from Southeast Asia, Australia, Germany, Russia and Israel, inspire creative ideas to spice up your boring morning routine. The pops of color and Marcus' signature punchy lighting make this feature extra fun - the most important meal of the day just became the most anticipated!
Food + Wine called on Marcus Nilsson to photograph the colorful aisles of beloved Korean supermarket chain H Mart in Yonkers, NY for a recent feature. Deuki Hong, San Francisco chef and collaborator on H-Mart's new food court, joined the party to share some of his favorite recipes and Korean ingredient picks. The market's bright packaging and trendy vibe was a perfect match with Marcus’ punchy style.
You can find more of Marcus' editorial work here.
Debi Treloar teamed up with DFS UK to shoot some beautiful lifestyle interiors! The spaces look especially inviting with their soft textiles, natural light, and the talent's authentic energy. Debi's sense of light is always apparent and effortless, but it's a true delight to see her genuine connection with people through her lifestyle work.
Marcus Nilsson had the amazing opportunity to travel to Barbados for Travel + Leisure - where summer is endless. With a perfect combination of breathtaking landscapes, expressive portraits, and mouthwatering food, Marcus' work is travel photography at its best. With the turn of a page, we're immediately transported to 80 degreee weather, cold beer in hand, casually keeping our eyes peeled in hopes of a Rihanna sighting.
You can find more of Marcus' travel photography here!
Soup's on! Ryan Liebe teamed up with Hannaford Market's magazine "Fresh" to shoot their cover story about the best way to warm up your winter - soups, stews, and chowders. With careful propping and a warm, natural light, Ryan captures the uniqueness of each dish expertly.
Debi Treloar teamed up with Ashley Klinger & Co. stylist Hans Blomquist and H&M to create the perfect vacation spot, without ever walking out your front door. We love when our artists work together, especially when they do it as seamlessly as Debi and Hans. Hans' eye for detail and Debi's ethereal lighting and selective focus deliver the perfect mood for an at-home getaway.
Google, Bon Appetit, and Marcus Nilsson all teamed up for a really fun advertising campaign! Shot entirely on the Google Pixel 2, Marcus proved yet again that he can work outside the box with nothing but success. The campaign involves potraits and creative food photography, featuring three different online influencer chefs.
Click here to see more of Marcus' advertising work!
The January/February 2018 cover of Eating Well is all about self-improvement and following your resolutions. Ryan Liebe shot some delicious chicken and collard green spring rolls for the occasion- a helpful recipe in a feature about ending unnecessary food waste. Let's start 2018 off right!
Marcus Nilsson photographed a romantic Valentine's Day dinner feature for the most recent issue of Family Circle! The story provides helpful tips and recipes for two so you can avoid the hassle of restaurant reservations while still celebrating with your significant other- and, after seeing Marcus' mouth-watering photos, we are fully sold on this alternative set of plans.
You can find more of Marcus' food photography here!