Friday, February 28, 2014

Nashville Skyline

View from room 2127Omni Hotel 

In Nashville on assignment for a couple of days.
Drove up today, got a couple of shots and wrapped out of location.
Had dinner and checked into hotel.
Call time tomorrow is 8:30 AM at next location.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Five Reasons

Five reasons why we love being photographers are in this photograph.
1: Light
2: Shadow
3: Subject
4: Frame
5: The way it makes us feel.

There are so many reasons really; it's hard to distill it down to just three or five or seven. We could also have said the spontaneous energy, the models, the backstory, the location, the propping and wardrobe, the photo editor is a dream to work with, the client relationship goes way back but...

This photograph just makes us smile.
Sometimes it's just a snap and it's just that simple.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

This, That and The Other Thing

In the edit suite...

Prepping for photoshoots in Tennessee...

And a new project on the horizon...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014


It has been a week of ups and downs and getting wrung and spun but it's ending kinda' nicely.
New FIELD TRIP! season 3, episode 1 completed, TERRA FIRMA lifts off, GROW! keeps on keepin' on and the assignments are rolling in... so yea, it's been a week and we are jazzed.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Field Trip! Season 3 Begins

On location with Robby Astrove filming the first episode of FIELD TRIP! Season Three.

UpDate: Edited episode here > CLICK ME

Monday, February 17, 2014

It's Chinatown Jake...

Los Angeles, CA
Film stock: Kodak Portra 400 NC - 35mm

In 2000 when we were just setting out as photographers we captured this image (on film!) in Los Angeles' Chinatown.

It took us two hours.

We were working on a story about Los Angeles in a day.  For the evening shot we chose The Old Chinatown Central Plaza because it was still intact and had a nostalgic feel to it, the rest of the area having fallen victim to the Asian globalization of Chinatowns everywhere.  
We wanted to convey the magic glow of neon lights and colorful lanterns at that moment just past twilight  when the sky is still blue, but dark enough to let the lights pop. 

We arrived early to scout and then secure our spot on a bench so that we could sit while we waited and waited and waited.  The sun took forever to set, the lights were not going on and it started to get chilly.  But still we waited.  Finally the moment arrived and since we were shooting film we didn't have the million chances that digital affords, we had the one moment to get it right.

Even though we shoot mostly digital now it was our years of shooting film that have most informed and influenced how we shoot.  To this day whenever we find ourselves waiting for the perfect moment we still turn to each other and say "It's Chinatown Jake."   A reference to the last lines in Roman Polanski's 1974 film, Chinatown.

Friday, February 14, 2014


When you do what you love it doesn't seem like work.
When you do it with someone you love, every day is Valentines Day.

Words + music: Owen
Video still images courtesy Creative Commons

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sweet Peach

Sweet piece on SWEET PEACH Blog today featuring stylist/interior decorator Anna Forkum of Nashville (with photos by yours truly). We've worked with Anna on many (many) magazine assignments. Her eye is unique and, with her keen sense of original style, balance, and color, mixed with her sly sense of humor, it's a pleasure to shoot with her. Knowing Pam, (we we're profiled on SweetPeachBlog) we sent some photos of Anna's home and a link to her design site knowing she would get "Anna's vision" immediately.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014


8PM...ish - Sounds like we might be in for some weather.

9PM...ish - The Mayor just phoned.
Wanted us to know it "could be a catastrophic ice storm of historical proportions and could we please stay off the streets."
I assured him we we're ready, had milk and bread, and would ride it out.
He said, "god bless."
I said, "thank you Mr. Mayor for calling" and hung up.

Christine giving me a look- wants to know why I'm talking back to a recording...

Monday, February 10, 2014

GROW! UpDate...

GROW! continues to screen around the world-
Kicking off 2014 are two film festivals in February in BC-


For all GROW! news go to the GROW! Blog
To watch GROW! now go to

Friday, February 7, 2014

On location...

...with Scott Arrington filming an episode of "Field Trip" for Georgia Organics.

...and that wraps up Field Trip! Season Two.
We thank all the farmers who shared with us their time, energy and expertise.

Watch: Hand Tool Maintenance

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Last Resorts...

Washington Inn, Downtown Oakland, CA
From the "LAST RESORTS" Collection