A NEW LOOK

Just as the first signs of spring are starting to show here in Boston, a fresh new look is beginning to bloom here at the studio.  Over the past few months we’ve been putting our heads together to design brand new portfolio books and redesign our website, showcasing Michael’s latest and greatest work.  While it may seem like an easy task to simply “update” our look, lots of behind-the-scenes efforts, extended hours, and hard decisions actually go into producing a brand new book, website, and promotional mailers.  Take a sneak peek into our studio to see what we’ve been doing to pull all of this together.  It’s been a real team effort!

Jen (assistant/digital tech) and Lauren (marketing guru) have a friendly debate over the layout of the new portfolio.

After hours of cutting, taping, flip-flopping, debating and rethinking, the final order is agreed upon.

Jen fine-tunes the color — a very tedious, time-consuming process which results in the highest quality prints.

Portfolio designers from all over the country sent us samples of countless color and texture options — it was hard for us to choose the perfect combination.  We also sent out promotional mailers with custom stamps.  For everyone out there who received one, we hope you enjoy.

We’ll be back in the next few weeks to show you the final portfolio design – stay tuned!

SHARP DRESSED MAN

We usually try to keep it casual and fun in the studio, but a few weeks ago (coincidentally during New York’s Fashion Week) we were all business, with a clothing shoot of high quality ties and dress shirts. Sabrina Strelitz from Team went to Marc Allen, a men’s luxury clothing maker and boutique, and brought some exquisitely made clothes for us to shoot. The images were so sharp it made us think about instituting a Formal Friday–but only for a second. Take a peak at the behind-the-scenes images below!

These classic silk ties would complement any man’s wardrobe.

Dress(shirts) for success.

A person who collects ties is known as Grabatologist.  Who knew?

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Sabrina carefully lines up the ties on the back of a Herman Miller Chair.

According to physicists, there are 85 Ways to tie a tie.

Michael and Sabrina work on the best camera angle and arrangement of the shirts.

Studio producer, Caleb, wishes this was his closet!

PASTA MIA

Michael’s fond childhood memories of the smell of homemade pasta came to life during this shoot. It was a wonderful way to spend the day returning to his roots, making great pictures of handmade fettuccine and ravioli along with some gorgeous vine-ripened tomatoes.  While Jen is not working on setting up lights and whizzing through file management for our clients, she is a gourmet cook at home. Enjoy our behind-the-scenes photos of her making the pasta… and then feast on the final images!

Ravioli stuffed with ricotta.

These tomatoes would make a wonderful primavera sauce.

Fettuccine the way it should be: Fresh!

The Italian word for tomato is pomodoro… Translation: “golden apple.”

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Jen uses her ingenuity as she hangs the pasta on a C-Stand.

An old family cookbook can’t be wrong when it comes to tasty recipes.

Jen carefully punches out the ravioli.

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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THAT WAS EASY!

Not long ago we were contacted by the great people at Staples to see if we could create 6 different environments in the comfort of the studio. Of course we said yes and it turned out to be much easier than we thought. We had two moveable walls constructed and some great styling by Sara Mills-Broffman. The sets looked so good, we almost moved in!

Jen (from left), Rob and Sara prep the home office set.

Photo assistant Rob is all smiles.

Rob uses his strength to pull the two walls together.

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Check out the final environments featured on the Staples site… that was easy!

Executive Office

Conference Room

Corner Office

Home Office

Living Room

ZEN AND THE ART OF STYLING

Recently, we had a chance to work with talented stylist and good friend  Kim Teich of TEAM. It was really fun to play with some very chic clothing that looked gorgeous when combined with some beautiful lighting and arranging.

Kim quickly and effortlessly found the right look and angle for this fabulous blouse.

The attention to detail is what makes Michael and Kim a great team!

BRUNCH IN THE STUDIO – BELGIAN WAFFLES WITH BANANA’S FOSTER

Since it has been so cold lately, we thought it would be a nice time to shoot some warm Belgian waffles, fresh from the iron. The wonderful smell filled the studio and if it was not for stylist Monica Mariano from Ennis Inc. fighting us back, the waffles would have been eaten instead of making fantastic images!

The ingredients are simple, but very tasty when whisked with skill and carefully cooked.

The Bananas Foster was a very lovely touch to our waffles. Stop by the studio anytime and we will cook up a batch!

Monica slowly builds the tower of waffles.

Sometimes stylists need a little help to keep tall stacks of waffles from falling over… shhh we won’t tell!

COVIDIEN SHOOT

It would be great if it was true, but sadly it was not Dr. House or Dr. Oz, who came to the studio for a photo shoot. We were approached to create an image of a surgeon holding a medical device. Everything went accordingly and it was a smooth and routine operation…er, shoot!

 Shawn from Image Makers Models precisely holds the device. It was not as easy as it looked!

Reviewing the final images after the shoot.

We always make sure there are plenty of options for props and wardrobe on every shoot.

Michael skillfully shoots the photo exactly how the client wanted.

GOING GREEN

For a few months now, the studio has been taking the initiative to go green. We have been using a great company, Casella Waste Systems to handle our recycling. The great thing is that we don’t have to sort the recyclables. We put all of our cardboard, paper,  plastics, glass, and metal into one container and they separate them using a huge machine. Even though it is a cost to the studio, it is definitely worth helping the environment.

The studio used to drink case upon case of bottled water.  After realizing how detrimental plastic bottles are to the environment we decided to switch to a water fountain thanks to Stonybrook Water which has a multiple filter system.