GETTING INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT

These cheery Baskin-Robbins holiday ads, featuring Michael’s photography, put smiles on all of our faces with their debut this month.  We are filled with holiday spirit here at the studio and hope all of you are having a festive December, as well.  ‘Tis the season!

How could you not smile seeing these cute faces light up your table this holiday?

Consider giving the gift of ice cream this year!

Michael’s photo of a Santa ice cream cake makes picking up a gift card simply irresistible.

This cake is so cute, it will be gone before you can sing one line of “Frosty the Snow—!”

Love featuring the Flavor of the Month.  Cool, minty chocolate chip ice cream must be Santa’s favorite!

SO REFRESHING: OUR SUMMER PROMO CAMPAIGN

Like any good business knows, you need to keep things fresh — or run the risk of losing your audience’s attention.   Well, we like to keep our clients (and all you potential clients out there!) in the know about what we’ve been up to here at the studio via our blog, and you told us you were still thirsty for more.

So this summer we decided to lighten things up a bit, starting with what we had in our cups.  We centered our summer promo campaign around refreshing drinks that would quench your thirst for more beautiful photography.  Michael kicked off the campaign by producing a slew of thirst-quenching drink photographs, then we thought, “What good is a drink without a proper receptacle?”  So, to keep our clients well-hydrated, we ordered customized drink tumblers and then even more ideas started flowing.  So grab your tumbler, and take a few minutes to check out our photos below to see how the rest of the campaign played out… bottom’s up!

Our bold, refreshing drinks made their debut in an email blast (below):

After our email stirred up a buzz in the creative community, we decided to take the images offline and created a print mailer showcasing some of our favorites.  Creative with a Twist: that’s us!

We wanted a little something special to tie the campaign together, so we thought drink tumblers would be the perfect fit for all of our thirsty clients.  Just as the mailers were being sent out, Michael was hard at work creating even more refreshing imagery to line the inside of the tumblers.  We think the finished products turned out beautifully.

Which is your beverage of choice: cucumber-watermelon spritzer, strawberry lemonade, iced coffee, or peach-thyme iced tea?

Each of four different liners were individually inserted into the drink tumblers by hand.  Tedious work, but someone’s gotta do it!

Below, enjoy some behind-the-scenes photos from our “Refreshing” summer campaign.  We had lots of fun shooting these drinks and bringing the campaign to life.

Anthony delicately wraps each tumbler in tissue paper, getting them all ready to ship.

Tumblers galore!

Tumblers all boxed up and ready to go.

Risk-taker Anthony takes matters into his own hands; while Lauren and Jen ship off the tumblers at the Post Office.

Haven’t received yours yet? Please let us know and we’ll drop one in the mail today!

PARTY LIKE IT’S 1992!

We had a great turnout for the studio’s 20th Anniversary celebration.  Thanks to all of you who came out to toast to twenty years!  For those who couldn’t make it, check out the video and photos below for a glimpse into some of the night’s fun.  Some of our clients many not even recognize the space, but the party actually took place in our very own studio – transformed over just 24 hours into a Miami lounge scene right here in Southie.  A fun time was had by all.

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Here are some of our favorite photos from the night:

Lounge areas were designed by Style Studio, and beautiful orchids, topiaries, and succulents provided by Stapleton Floral.

As a way to say thanks to his many loyal clients, Michael gave away party favors to each guest who attended the celebration.

Ice sculpture with 20th Anniversary logo created by Brookline Ice & Coal, lounge music mixed by DJ Mario (ESC Music Design), and event photography by Michael Young of StopDownFire,

We like to “roll out the red carpet” for our clients here at the studio… so we couldn’t resist doing just that for our Anniversary Party.

Above and below are some of our favorite clients who came out to celebrate with us.

A couple special ladies even flew in all the way from California to toast with Michael.

 Even Momma got the red carpet treatment!

Delectable hors d’oeuvers and flowing cocktails were provided by The Catered Affair,

From a martini bar on the patio to specialty drinks being passed inside, no one went thirsty at our party.

Everyone had plenty of cocktails and laughs throughout the night.

Smilebooth provided hours of entertainment for all.

(clockwise from left) Lauren (account exec), Michael; Millie; Caleb (studio producer); Shannyn (CFO); Jen (digital tech/assistant); and Elise (former intern) have a blast in the Smilebooth!  Thanks again to everyone who came out to celebrate this milestone with us!

MY GREATEST PROJECT YET

After excitement and anticipation had been building in the studio for nine months, on June 25th 2012, my wife, Millie, and I welcomed our first child into this world and our hearts swelled with love and joy.

Welcome Natalia Zheng Indresano, a perfect baby girl.

We know this little one will not be camera shy!

20TH ANNIVERSARY

It is hard to believe it has been 20 years since I opened my first studio! It feels like yesterday that I welcomed my first client at 355 Congress St., in the late spring of 1992. I have enjoyed every day and every shoot; it has never felt like work to me.

I would like to thank each and every client I have had the privilege to work with over the last 20 years.  It is largely due to their loyalty and innovative ideas that the last 20 years in business have been so rewarding.  I’m not in this alone; my staff of professionals makes it possible for me to focus on what I love most: capturing the perfect image.  It goes without saying that without the support of my family and friends, I would not have achieved this level of success.

Although many things have changed in the photography industry since I snapped my first photo with a Pentax K1000, the way I think about my clients has remained consistent. From day one, my philosophy has been to bring my clients’ vision to life within the comforts of my studio.

My first studio at 355 Congress St.

Former producer, Heather, and I brainstorm before a shoot.

My first client Computervision, Inc., sent me around the globe for 5 weeks in 1993. I traveled with two assistants to South Korea, Italy, Germany, France, Japan (pictured) and Canada photographing CEO’s and factories for companies such as Hyundai, Siemens, Audi, and Fiat, to name a few. That’s me on the far right, with assistant Jeff to the left of me.

33 A Street Before

33 A Street After

I wanted a place where I could provide a comfortable space with all of the amenities. Luckily, I found a building that was a diamond in the rough at 33 A Street right in South Boston. This has been my home away from home since 1998 and continues to be today.

The patio area at 33 A Street became an outdoor shower for models, Sylvia and Mark, during a shoot for Crabtree & Evelyn.  Assistants Aldo (far left) and Joe (right) had a fun time too!

(From left) Goji, Jeff, Mark, myself, and Al behind-the-scenes at a baseball stadium for a Papa Gino’s shoot.

Hanging out with Jay Leno after I shot his portrait in Burbank, California. I found out that our families descended from the same town: Avellino, Italy!

Below are some of my favorite portraits and personalities from over the past 20 years. It’s been quite a ride – thanks again to everyone who has made it such a memorable adventure!

And here are just some of the thousands of products I’ve had so much fun shooting over the years.

I’m very excited to see what the next 20 years hold for the future of the studio.  If they are anything like the past 20, I can’t wait to get this party started.

– Michael

QUENCH YOUR THIRST

All of this blissfully warm weather lately has been making us pretty thirsty here in the studio.  So… we decided to quench our thirst with some delightfully sparkling beverages to transport us right into the New England summer.  (or at least until we reach the bottom of the glass and the chilly temps return)  Here are some pieces of eye candy we shot… they might just inspire you to make some citrusy cocktails of your own this warm weekend.  Cheers!

Drinking 8 glasses of water per day can just get plain old boring.  But how about adding a dash of lemon and few sprigs of mint?  Yes, please.

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Blueberry cocktails never looked so inviting.

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Splish splash… Florida oranges are back in action for the summer.

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Jen (food-stylist-for-the-day) works some behind-the-scenes magic.

Jen, where’d you get those bartending skills from?

EVERYONE’S A LITTLE IRISH

We’ve been having lots o’ fun this week, gearing up for St. Patty’s Day in Southie–the capital of Irish Boston and humble home to our studio.  Join in on the fun and check out some behind-the-scenes photos from our recent St. Patrick-inspired splash test… because hey, if you can’t drink beer during normal business hours, you might as well splash it.  Sláinte!

The spotless calm before the storm.  Let’s get this party started!

Digital Tech, Jen, skillfully creates the perfect splash, while Michael and our incredible intern, Elise, look on in amazement.

Studio Producer, Caleb, tries to defy gravity with a different technique – the reverse splash.

The Aftermath.  Guinness, green beer, and Heineken kegs… who ever said we had to be all work and no play?!

The Final Ad.

SPREAD THE LOVE

The smell of cookies and chocolate have been permeating our studio this week… lucky for us, all the baking was done just in time for Valentine’s Day!  So sit back, relax, and indulge yourself with some of our favorite pieces of eye candy. (calorie-free, of course!)

Food stylist, Monica Mariano from Ennis, fills heart-shaped sugar cookies with jammy goodness.

Monica perfects the chocolate ganache tart…  no detail too small.Image

Monica delicately coats the chocolate tart with cocoa powder.

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It took all of our willpower combined not to dive into these delectable confections before shooting… but, we got the shots!  Enjoy.

Beautiful prop styling by Lauren Niles of Ennis.

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