I often say that I am on the wrong side of the desk in this business. I see the layouts and estimate the jobs that bring our photographers all over the world. I email them while they are in the Bahamas, Skype with them while they are in South Africa, hear about the latest hip hotel they tried out in NY and see photos of wrap dinners all around the world. If I were on the other side of the desk, I could be out there with them on all those cool shoots. Instead, I live vicariously through them.
Well, Chris Crisman had a shoot of a lifetime recently, and I would have LOVED to have attend. Not only did he get to unrestricted access to Virgin Galactic, but he met Sir Richard himself.
I think I need to start speaking up and offer my services as a roadie!
The shoot was a once in a lifetime experience for sure, it is no wonder he wrote a three part blog post about it. Link to the posts below to see behind the scenes of his day.
By now you should have received the latest AtEdgeMacroview13. As always, it is full of talented photographers and inspiring imagery. At Edge always does an incredible job curating the work that is being produced by the photographers advertising in their invite only publication. It always an honor to be seen with the other photographers that are showcased in the book.
This month, it is particularly exciting in that AtEdge has featured Chris Crisman on the cover. The image is a popular one whenever we show the portfolio. It is of Tumblr CEO, David Karp.
Link here to see the blog post Chris shared about the shoot.
We always like when our photographers shoot for editorial projects. They often come away energized and excited about either what they shot or how they shot it. On a recent shoot for Bicycling Magazine, Kevin Twomey was asked to photograph head badges. He enjoyed the project so much he surprised us with this blog post.
“One of my recent assignments was with BicyclingMagazine, photographing head tube badges. Before the project I had never taken much notice because most of todays badges are merely stick-on decals of the company’s logo, like the one on my Gunnar. The attention that was given to creating these badges was quite amazing, as seen in the opening spread of the story.
Most of the badges in the story came from collector Jim Langley, who is very passionate about anything to do with bicycles. He has been collecting badges since the late 1970’s and now has approximately 600 of them dating from the 1880’s to current day.
After the shoot, I went online to do a little more head tube research and found some people filling the void by creating their own badges. One bicycle shop in Maryland, The Bicycle Escape, created badges out of bottle caps. Another was a Star Wars Stormtrooper with what looked like a Hello Kitty bow.
So now when someone pulls up next to me on a bike, instead of checking out their components, I’ll be looking for a nice head badge.”
If you didn’t get a chance to see Andy Anderson’s spread in the December of issue of Garden and Gun, take a peak at the photos here. And, if you know anything about gun dog training, you will know that Mike Stewart is indeed “The Leader of the Pack.” Be sure to seek out the article online to read all about it.
Juliette Lewis from FoundFolios recently reached out to Ann Elliott Cutting to ask her permissions to share two of her images in their newsletter. The theme of the newsletter was “Unhinged; an exploration into what is real and not real.” Click here for the complete posting on their site.
Juliette asked Ann to provide some background on each of the images. Here is what she had to say about her Floating House image:
“This piece was created for an editorial assignment for Ladies Home Journal. The story was about a clean home. Knowing that many concepts are repeated in editorial stories, I try to have fun with the assignments and give them a fresh twist. When I sketch the ideas, the most important thing is to stay at it after all the expected ideas have been fleshed out. Sketching a few more ideas usually is when the gems appear. That is how this image came about. (The house model was built by an Architect, and the composite was made by photographing the house on a matt of grass and adding in the sky and flowers. The Art Director was Clare Lissaman.)
Here is what she had to say about the image of Man and Clouds:
“This image was created for a promo piece. It was a new take on having your head in the clouds. I thought that taking it on location and having it be as if the guy is put a little off balance gave the concept a new twist. The final image is a composite with the cloud. “
People always ask me how we think of ideas for our blog and is it hard to ask people to contribute. We are very fortunate to have a network of friends and colleagues that we can draw from and ask for their input. It is of course easiest with the people we know personally, but those that we do not are just as generous with their time.
Andy Anderson has photographed for Garden & Gun in the past so I have always been a fan of their photography. He spoke so highly of their photography director, Maggie Kennedy, that I thought she would be a great person to contact and ask to contribute. Even though we never worked together personally, she was more than willing to share her thoughts.
Even though Garden & Gun is a national magazine, it is often mistaken for a regional one because it is based in the south. This couldn’t be more far from the truth.
She and I agreed that a post about the little things that people may not know about Garden & Gun and her job would be a great way to share with others how special the publication really is.
Here is what she had to say.
I was honored when Heather asked me to contribute to her fabulous blog and thought it could be an opportunity to share not only my passion for photography and the magazine but share a few things about Garden & Gun and my job that you may not know.
• Garden & Gun is a national publication about Southern lifestyle and culture with an emphasis on photography. We have a nuanced view of the South so it’s not uncommon to find varied topics in one issue such as the best barbecue sandwiches in the South, a profile of Emmylou Harris, a photo essay focused on falconry or a feature on New Orleans artist Noel Rockmore.
• In one weekend in May, Garden & Gun won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence and a James Beard Journalism Award. We are still pinching ourselves.
• The magazine’s name comes from the old Garden & Gun Club in Charleston, South Carolina. The happening club/disco late 70’s, early 80’s. Our building, built in 1808, was once a girl’s school, Civil War hospital, and the city’s best apothecary, whose inventory was donated to the Smithsonian Institute in 1978. The doors, windows, and floors are all uneven.
• I love how the country seems to have a genuine interest in the South. Magazines covering food, shelter, outdoor, sport, etc. continue to highlight our region as well as dedicating entire issues to a Southern topic. This wasn’t the case a few years ago and it’s exciting to be part of this trend.
• The South is such a beautiful place so I consider myself very lucky to work with a publication where photography is a driving component of its’ design and reader interest. There is care and thoughtfulness put into each issue, each article and each photograph. I’m proud to have been a part of the team since the first issue in 2007.
• I love photography. I love my job. I love meeting photographers, sending them on assignments, hearing the war stories. To us in the office, the photographers are the rock stars on tour.
• I like to work with a combination of up-and-coming Southern shooters and nationally established talent. There are so many talented photographers based in the South. Some have spent years traveling the globe and have made their home here. Others have lived in the South their entire lives and are making a national name for themselves.
• Our photography strives to be iconic Southern, not kitchy. Soulful images that make our readers want to be there, in the moment. Lots of natural light, lifestyle, rarely conceptual. You’ll find gritty as well as a more polished look which supports our editorial range.
• We love to run full page photos and print on high quality paper stock. I pay close attention to color proofs and reproduction of the images to ensure the photography is going to look its’ best.
• I want to put our photographers in a position to succeed by allowing them to express their creativity during assignments. I’m very lucky to have the opportunity to work with so much talent. Shooters are hired based on their individual style. They get what the magazine is all about and bring their interpretation visually. If a project is too controlled beyond the basic who/what/when/where, I believe the end product will suffer. I love it when I see Garden & Gun images on their website or in a portfolio.
• I get to assign/edit projects ranging from taxidermy to five-star cuisine and everything in between. Did I mention I love my job?
• I enjoy continuing to build a strong stable of shooters both nationally and in the South. I always welcome pitches from photographers when ideas fit within our content. We’re also increasing our photo essays online so I’m always on the hunt for creative material.
If you are a photo editor and would like to share with us what it is like to work at your publication, please email us. We would be happy to feature you.