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Gets the Stink Out!

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In addition to my portrait work, I occasionally do product photography. Recently, I had the pleasure of working on some images for an updated website for O-Liminator. This nifty product “gets the stink out.” These wonderful little packets can be dropped into your gym bag or your hockey skates and – the rest is magic. I use them and they work great. Pictured above is the product in various packaging options. Lighting and shooting such a wide variety of textures was a little tricky – and these challenges make the shoot enjoyable for me.

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In addition to images of the product by itself, the client asked for pictures demonstrating some of the uses for O-Liminator. So, I had our model, Maria, drop the packets into sneakers, dress shoes, and, as pictured here, a hockey glove. In a photograph like this, you want to feature the product clearly while still showing an effective composition that grabs attention. And we were careful with the colors – note the blue packet crystals, the blue on the glove and blue sleeve, with a bit of red on the glove for contrasting interest.

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In this image, we are displaying all four flavors of the product. The one on the right, a new citrus flavor, is still under development.

Some customers put the product on the dashboard of their car. In the image below, I shot Maria through the sunroof of her car, with a wide angle lens, to capture a fairly broad view of the scene.

Great fun working with the O-Liminator folks. Hope you’ll give their product a try!

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

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Dogs, Cats and Those who Care for Them

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Recently, I spent two days in lower Manhattan taking pictures at four veterinarian hospitals that comprise DVM Hospitals.

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My assignment was to take pictures for their website – actually four websites, one for each of the facilities. We took headshots of the veterinarians and staff, pictures of the animals being treated and anything else of interest that came into view.

These were two very full days of terrific fun. Everyone I photographed – both two-legged and four-legged subjects – were easy to be with, enthusiastic and full of life.

The staff members of DVM Hospitals are amazing. To say they like animals is a serious understatement. They live and breathe animals. Most of them have pets themselves. I watched everything from toenail-clipping to major surgery and was impressed with the care, concern and love that was showered on the pets.

Things happened pretty fast. When I shoot in the studio, I can take the time to try different expressions, poses, etc. I didn’t have that luxury here and had to react pretty quickly. A couple of times, I asked a dog to repeat what he just did a few seconds ago – but usually got a blank stare back. The humans were much more cooperative.

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Some of these images are already on their website. If you live in the city and need a vet for your pet, DVM Hospitals is the place to go!

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes Video of a Photoshoot

 

Note: as soon at the Video starts, click the little “gear” symbol in the bottom right and choose “1080 HD” and then the “four corner” symbol to the right of YouTube to see the video fullscreen.

We had terrific fun making this video of a “behind the scenes” look at a fashion photoshoot.

I would love to hear your reactions to the video. Feel free to drop a comment on the blog or send me an email.

To create a video of less than three minutes, four of us spent a 12-hour day in the studio. Plus, a lot of planning went in ahead of time, as well as many hours of post production after the shoot.

Heartfelt thanks go out to the outstanding team that helped produce the video!

Matthew Shea of Matt of All Media, did the videography, editing and post production. Matt is a true pro and very easy to work with. He came up with some wonderfully creative ideas for the shoot and executed our plan flawlessly. Matt somehow pieced together the film footage, my still images, the interviews, the graphics and the music – and it all fit (seemingly) effortlessly!

Amelia Huckel-Bauer (see her website) is a New York City based actor and model whom I’ve had the pleasure of photographing several times. The day before our shoot, Amelia had spent 16 hours on the set of a television show shoot, but still came with her beautiful energy and enthusiasm. Amelia is naturally photogenic and a joy to work with, always. Plus, she brought some lovely outfits!

Maria Dominici, the makeup artist (see Maria’s website) performed her usual magic. I’ve collaborated with Maria on literally dozens of shoots over the past few years. She not only does an amazing job with the makeup, she also provides some terrific ideas for poses, wardrobe styling, etc. as she did again in this video.

This was the first time I’ve worked with David Distasio, the hair stylist. David came up with fabulous looks for Amelia that fit beautifully for each concept of the shoot. He was great for each of us to work with. David’s hair salon is only a stone’s throw from my studio – hoping this will be the first of many projects together!

I’m already thinking about ideas for the next video!

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

 

 

 

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