AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER

Food as Art?  Or Art as Food?  It was hard to tell the difference during one of our recent shoots!

Last month we had the opportunity to work on a photo shoot with The Catered Affair for their 2013 marketing campaign.  We had way too much fun creating so many beautiful pieces of eye candy.    Their talented team of chefs and food stylists created food that almost looked too pretty to eat. (of course we didn’t let that stop us!)

Here are some of the final images, deliciously inspired and skillfully brought to life as seen through Michael’s eyes.

Sophisticated French apple tart.

Passionfruit-pomegranate punch pops against the beautiful wood grain on our in-house surface.

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Now take a look at what went on behind the camera to get those artfully inspired food shots.

Chef Shane diligently puts the finishing touch on the lobster tail before it gets whisked away to the set.

Pastry chef, Krista, skillfully preps the mango-blueberry tarts for the shot.

Miniature pear, beet, goat cheese, and candied pecan salads being prepped in the kitchen.  Look at all that great natural light.

From kitchen to set… the client was thrilled with the final shots.

Beverage director, Markos, pours some bubbly as Michael captures the perfect moment on camera.

Nothing like a champagne toast to celebrate another successful day of shooting!

TIMBERLAND: 1 PIECE, 3 WAYS

We recently had the opportunity to work with Timberland on their new line of clothing and shoes for their “1 Piece, 3 Ways” microsite.  With an incredibly talented team of wardrobe stylists and hair & makeup artists, and direction from a truly creative team at Timberland, we found countless ways to show off these great new products.  Who doesn’t love a piece of clothing or footwear you can get 3+ completely different looks out of?

Here are our photos, as featured on Timberland‘s website (then keep scrolling down for some behind-the-scenes!):

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Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the multi-day shoot:

Our happy model is prepped by our talented stylists, Abby Beilagus (left) and Lori Green (right) of Ennis, before going on camera.

Wardrobe stylists choose the perfect combination of clothing pieces to accentuate each Timberland product.

Sly Anthony tries to sneak in a shot of Michael between takes — little did he know Michael was actually taking a photo of him!

As Michael prepares for the next shot, the client is able to view images in real time on our double computer screen and also tethered to the big screen.  No matter where you are in the studio, you’re never far from viewing the images.

Clients are able to sit back and relax as they’re working hard in the comforts of the client area (complete with massage chair), watching their images come in on the big screen as the shoot goes smoothly in the shooting area.

PUMA FOR DETAILS MAGAZINE

We recently had the great pleasure of working with Puma North America to produce some beautiful shots of their stylish new Alexander McQueen line.  Our photo was featured in Details magazine, September issue. (only the premiere fashion issue of the year!)


Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot.  Trust us when we say that no detail was left unturned.

Verne works his shoe magic on set, placing the shoes at the just the right angle to show off their best face.

Like a secret family recipe, where Verne finds his perfect-for-the-occasion props, we’ll probably never know!

The shoes take main stage, and we’re off to the races…

THE FINAL AD.

We’re very happy with how the ad looks, and the client is too!

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

DID SOMEONE SAY MEZZE?

Sometimes you just want a good snack — you’re not yet hungry enough for a full meal, but don’t have the energy to make it to the next big one.  Our recent cravings for mezze led us to pick up some artisan cheeses, olives, and dips.  Only one problem: they turned out to be so pretty, we just had to photograph them before diving in.

This Friday afternoon, we invite you to enjoy our colorful array of small plates — just don’t let them spoil your dinner!

Mediterranean olives swimming in a pool of olive oil.  Paired with a silky Spanish cheese and warm crusty bread, this combination is a feast for both the eyes and the lips.

We whipped up a fresh batch of fire-roasted red pepper hummus and thought it would pair well with olive oil-brushed French bread, hot off the grill.

On a hot summer day, who doesn’t love fresh peppers dunked in a cool, creamy dip?

Spanish Manchego never looked so pristine.

Pretzel Crisps have become a favorite go-to snack around the studio.  With a little creamy French Onion dip, who could have just one?

ALIEN INVASION! THE MEN IN BLACK ARE BACK!

Here come… the Men in Black. (again)

While we may secretly wish that we could announce we shot Will Smith’s promo portraits for the upcoming Men in Black III premiere here at the studio, we are proud to say that we did play a fun role in the promotion of the new film, which premieres nationwide this Memorial Day weekend.

We had the unique opportunity to help kick off ice cream season with some of Baskin-Robbins’ new flavor tie-ins to MIB III, which is predicted to be a summer blockbuster.  Enjoy some of our behind-the-scenes shots below, and indulge yourself in a scoop (or two or three) at your nearest Baskin-Robbins store this weekend.  What better way to kick off summer than with some Lunar Cheesecake or Pink Surprise Cake ice cream, a Spacey Sundae, or the new Triple Mocha Cappuccino Blast?

Aliens invaded the studio for one day only — though we had to do some hand grooming before taking them on set.

Prop designer, Shannon Shea (“The Captain”) flew in from Los Angeles to “handle” our alien hand. He paid close attention to every intricate detail on the hand, which was actually used in MIB III.

Cradled by alien hands, Lunar Cheesecake ice cream makes its debut on set.  Videographer, Justin, captures some behind-the-scenes footage in the background.

Michael works his magic behind the lens, capturing the perfect angle of the Triple Mocha Cappuccino Blast.

We think the final ad turned out great!

Have an extra 30 seconds? Check out our video to get an even closer look behind-the-scenes:

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BRINING SEXY BACK

We always follow through on our promises.  A few weeks ago, we mentioned that we were doing a marketing overhaul and that our new portfolio was being baked in the oven.

Well, our promise has been delivered.  A new portfolio has landed at 33 A Street!   … and we happen to think it’s pretty sexy.

Call us if you’d like to be one of the first to see this beauty in person… we’d be happy to drop by.

Big thanks to Scott Mullenberg at Mullenberg Designs for hand-crafting this fine work of art to safely house and beautifully showcase our photography.

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!