Saturday, August 23, 2014

Children at the Perot Museum...

I love working with children!  They are an absolute blast to photograph.  Maybe it's because I have three little boys of my own.  Or, maybe it's just because kids don't try to hide their awe and wonder, which shows in their photos.  Either way, it makes shooting at the Perot so much fun!  My images are used on all sorts of brochures, billboards, media packets, and websites.  It's exciting to see them in each new poster, newsletter, and banner.  Every time a new piece comes out, I get excited to see it.  

This new brochure was especially great to see, because it is so well done.  The card stock is a nice soft, smooth matte, and it has a heavy weight that feels just right to my fingers.  The images were used very well and they balance the text perfectly.  The design layout is great for a brochure.  My scanner really doesn't do it justice... it looks soooo much better in real life.  And, the kids!  Look at all the learning, the fun, the wonder, the awe, the excitement!  I think their faces say it all... the Perot Museum is one of the best places to be in Dallas!  

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sarah Jaffe Goes Green...

It's always been fun working with Sarah Jaffe.  She's a wonderful singer and you can tell she has a great respect for other artists.  Having photographed her several times over the years, I've witnessed her growth, becoming more confident in herself and her amazing musical talent.  It makes the title of this cover story for the Dallas Observer even more special to me, because I've watched her bloom.
This cover shoot popped up last-minute, and we struggled with finding a good location to shoot.  I had several ideas, but there just wasn't enough time to implement most of them.  Luckily, my friend Danny Balis offered up Twilite Lounge in Deep Ellum.  I'd been to his bar before, and I knew it was full of character... but, you never know how a location is going to jive with your subject until you see them there on location. 

I don't know if it was luck or karma... or, maybe it was just Sarah's impeccable style, but her hair, make-up, and clothing fit Danny's bar perfectly!  This was a good thing, because there was no budget for a stylist or make-up artist on this last-minute shoot - we HAD to run with whatever Sarah brought in with her.

It only took an hour to shoot everything we needed.  Definitely one of the easier cover shoots I've done!  I love the way her floral print shirt makes it look like she's blooming from this lush, green jungle.  The green background really makes her pop!

She joked that the angle of the cover photo makes her hand appear smaller than real life, but it's designed to help accentuate her face and draw the viewer in to her eyes... magnifying their gaze.  Besides, who wants to magnify their hands in a picture?  You can compare it to the picture that ran inside with the story (posted below), and see how much different a slight perspective change can feel.  Add in the red background and dramatic lighting, and the image carries a MUCH different tone!  We kept the same shirt, so it could contrast with red wallpaper.  I love that shirt!