Friday, March 5, 2010

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

New cover featuring a band photo of The Choons

Isthmus | The Daily Page newspaper cover featuring a band photo of The Choons. Photographed on State Street in front of The Pub in Madison, Wis.I recently photographed a band called The Choons on State Street in front of The Pub where they will be playing on March 12. The shoot went really well, although we had a ton of gear (lighting and musical instruments) and State Street was super crowded. About 10 strangers came up and wanted to know what we were up to and basically just wanted to chat. I hired my friend Bao Lammikins to assist and that really helped me out. Once the gear was on location, he stayed in the Pub to make sure the light (and power cord) I had stationed inside to backlight the scene did not accidentally get kicked over. Art Director: Carolyn Fath. The cover story can be found on Isthmus | The Daily Page.

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Selvedge Runway Show, May 1. Madison

Selvedge Fashion Runway Show. May 1, 2010.
UW-Madison, School of Human Ecology, Design 2010 Gallery & TASA Fashion Show

Selvedge features undergraduate works from the University of Wisconsin Design Studies program. Illuminating the phases of design, Selvedge dramatizes innovative textiles and garments with the layering of interdisciplinary arts.

detail the modes of expression through runway, gallery and performance
• May 1st, 2010. Times: 2pm – Gallery opens at 1pm. Reception following runway show.
7pm – Gallery opens at 6pm. Reception with cash bar following runway show.
• Monona Terrace, Madison, WI

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Isthmus cover: Deborah Blum

On Friday, I had an exciting photo shoot with Deborah Blum, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of several science-themed books. We did the portrait in the UW-Madison Chemistry Building and with her connections we were lent (under the watchful eye of two professors) some interesting substances for the editorial photo. I really like how the bright colors turned out on this one!

Environmental portrait of Deborah Blum, author.
Art director: Caroline Fath.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Mad Rollin' Dolls: Flat Track Roller Derby. Feb. 14, 2010

I shot some roller derby photos at the Coliseum in Madison today. I've been photographing the Mad Rollin' Dolls off and on since 2004. Like many action sports, derby is quite challenging to shoot. The usable indoor light is very low which makes autofocus fairly slow on my Canon 5D. The maximum sync speed I get is 1/160 sec. which does not always freeze the action. To get an adequate amount of light-I mount strobes up on the second level of the arena and fire them remotely as well as using an on-camera flash for fill light. Unholy Rollers roller derby player Rita Slayworth. Unholy Rollers skater Rita Slayworth at the line.
A jammer for the Paper Valley Roller Girls racks up points. Mad Rollin' Dolls: Reservoir Dolls jammer Charlie Hustle. Reservoir Dolls jammer Charlie Hustle.

The photo gallery is online at:

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Call for female models. Selvedge Fashion Show in Madison, Wisconsin.

Selvedge fashion show call for models. UW-Madison Student Fashion Show.

Model Call for Selvedge, the 2010 Textile and Apparel Student Association Fashion Show.

Approximately 30 volunteer, female models are needed. The majority of the student garments are constructed for sizes 0-8.

Model call
• Monday, February 15th, 7-9pm. Memorial Union, 4th Floor.
• Bring a recent photo. Models under the age of 18 should bring a written parent's consent.
• Wear fitted clothing and heels (2" minimum).

Models MUST be available for the following dates:

• April 25th: Final fittings.
• April 30th: Rehearsal.
• May 1st: Fashion Show.
• Models will also be contacted by student designers for fittings.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Editorial photography: Epic Systems Campus in Verona

Epic Systems waterfall photographed by Timothy Hughes.

A few years ago, I photographed Epic Systems in Verona, Wisconsin while on assignment for Isthmus. I've finally gotten around to making a web gallery of the images with several unpublished photos. Epic is on an interesting, 400 acre campus with unique architectural/ landscape features, as well as housing a large collection of original artwork. View the Epic Systems photo gallery.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

New jewelry photography tearsheet

I was fortunate enough to help work on the February issue of Madison Magazine. I photographed several pieces of jewelry on a tabletop sweep as well as some fine jewelry isolated on white. Shot with my Canon 70-200mm and extension tubes on a tripod. I'm really stoked about how the layout turned out. Stylist: Shayna Miller, art director: Tim Burton.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Photographer self-promotion

Over the last two years I have sent out hundreds of postcards and promotional pieces to a few dozen hand-selected publications and art buyers. I have really enjoyed the ongoing project since it requires extremely-tight editing of images, utilizing my graphic design skills to create the print pieces, and directing my focus toward publications and agencies that I'm truly interested in working for. For me, this sort of project keeps my creative vision on track, as I continue to chip away at shooting the kind of work I love to do.

Photographer self promo postcard mailer pieces. Print collateral designed by Timothy Hughes and printed by

 prints all of my self-promotional pieces. They specialize in 4-color printing on heavy stock in large and short-runs. The quality is excellent and color is very consistent. They offer fantastic email deals from time-to-time and I recommend them to friends often. Tip: download one of their templates to ensure that print size and crop marks are accurate. Design in 8-bit, CMYK color mode and use the GRACoL 2006 color profile (always check first to be sure this is the most current profile in use).

I hand-write individual notes to each potential client and occasionally send the 5.5"x8.5" color postcards in transparent vellum envelopes (which substantially adds to my expense). Addressing and writing out all the mailers generally takes several days and I try to send them out quarterly. Researching my recipients is extremely important in the process. I always want to be sure I have the proper name and address of the art director or photo editor as well as an understanding of the style of photography they typically use.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

First fashion photo shoot of the year: Lucinda

Lucinda Visits Studio H. Credits and photo shoot summary.

Behind the scenes. Editorial fashion photo shoot.
Behind the scenes photo of Rosalee working on Lucinda's hair in my Madison studio. Shot with my Zeus ringflash.

Vintage retro photograph of Lucinda and Super 8 camera.
Ringflash vintage-styled photograph with Super8.

I had a fantastic shoot with Lucinda last weekend. I have worked with her in the past and she always does excellent work. A few years ago Lucinda did runway modeling in Paris. Rosalee, and her assistants Caroline Radaj, and Jessica Rudnik helped with styling, hair and makeup. The shoot was a collaborative effort and everyone came up with some very creative concepts.

Fashion photograph with chrome catmask. File under: beauty photography and editorial headshots.Editorial headshot with chrome catmask.

High fashion lingerie model with cinematographic camera.
Cinematographic chic.

Fashion model in blue dress. Editorial photograph my Madison photographer Timothy Hughes.
Lucinda in blue dress.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Madison skyline photo in use

Hey how about that?

Even with thousands of image sales, I rarely get to see my images at work. Segredo, a lounge opening in Madison next week, has been using my stock photo image in its print ad campaign and website. I think it looks pretty cool.

Madison skyline professional photograph.
License the skyline image here.

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