I love going to photo class. It’s always a new adventure and there are always cool projects to work on. All the photo gear is super-fun to play with and I get to learn new things every day.
My students seem to enjoy it as well.
Well hey there, folks!
Nope – I didn’t drop off the planet and I didn’t take a crew position on the H.M.S Galactica. In reality the answer’s a bit more boring. Life’s been busy, projects have been in flux, and work’s been less visual and more consultation-based.
Over the last 6 months I’ve acquired some new clients, started fresh projects with previous clients, and been on a number of adventures. Why, I even started teaching at an accredited institution and have been presenting a growing series of motivational presentations directed at upcoming professional creatives. (So, I can safely say you should be expecting some content that’s excited to jab at your cerebral cortex.)
To kick things off, I’d like to showcase a recent project. It took about a month to put together and ended up producing one of the best outtake reels I’ve ever shot. (That’s coming a bit later).
Going on a year and a half ago, I put out this post for a recently finished project. Canine Resolution contracted me for a branding package, photo series, and promo packets. It’s now 18 months later and video’s the name of the game.
I’ll give you a quick rundown.
Canine Resolution is the Metro Area’s best dog training institution. No – really. They just won 1st place in the 2014 Detroit A-list Competition for “Best Dog Trainer.” They work in all programs from puppy and the A.K.C Canine Good Citizen Program, to agility, scent training, and schutzhund (attack training). Their program shuns shock collars or negative reinforcement and promotes simultaneous training of owner and dog. All things considered, it’s pretty awesome.
So, let your eyeballs be entertained and soak in the official Canine Resolution Commercial.
I’ve been gettin’ retroactive lately.
I’ve been feeling the need to restructure my portfolio – trimming down some spots, bulking up some others, creating new categories altogether… Throughout the process I’ve been looking through my work from early on in my career all the way up to last week. It’s been fascinating.
One of the trends I notice repeating itself is that of the “completely ridiculous.” It seems to be a driving force in a lot of my personal work.
Which brings us to the topic at hand.
2 years ago there was a competition for a scholarship; I had to tell a story in 8 images. As per usual, I put things off and it was dangerously close to the deadline. Then I got a call from the accepting committee, reminding me that I still had not submitted. I confirmed that there were still 4 days left to submit.
They corrected me. It turns out I had gotten the date wrong. I had less than 36 hours.
With the relentless help of Carl Amyoni, we jumped into action.
In a 30-hour shooting spree we planned the shoot, bought the props, found the locations (3 different cities), shot the pictures, and ran post production.
The project won 2nd place in the nation.
I share with you – NERDMAN.