This Friday, APA Midwest will be exhibiting their Artist’s Perspectives show at the Chicago Art Department on Halstead. I am honored to be selected for that show as well as APA San Francisco’s Something Personal Exhibition, taking place this Saturday at Leftspace in San Francisco. A big thank you to both organizations, it’s an honor to be among such a select group of artists!
APA Midwest & APA SF select ©HaroldLeeMiller 2013
APA Midwest Select ©HaroldLeeMiller 2013
We’re delighted to be chosen by the APA as the lifestyle category winner in the 2013 competition. You may have seen this image before from our LaCrosse Boots campaign, shot over a few days in Michigan. This makes working in some seriously cold temperatures feel just a little bit sweeter. Special thanks everyone who helped us make these pictures, and to APA & their sponsors!
Congrats to all the winners!
Depicting customers using Exact Target’s software on the go was the objective when we shot this campaign in downtown Chicago. Taking advantage of the city’s bustling urban views, we parked our production RV at the base of the El just south of Wacker and used the surrounding environment in a series of images for Exact Target’s website and marketing.
Because we wanted an active, dynamic look to the images, we incorporated movement and traffic wherever we could. So that accounts for the train and the automobiles. What about the pain, you ask?
You try shooting all day, shouting direction to models and crew, with the sound of an elevated train roaring overhead. Then you talk to me about pain, my friends. Then you talk to me about pain….
Just got the Off the Clock showbook featuring two of my images. The APA exhibit, shown at the TBWA\Chiat\Day and Deutsch offices in LA during the spring and summer, was APA LA’s second annual curated exhibit of inspired personal photography. 100 images were chosen by curator Anne Lyden, Associate Curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Beautiful printing job on the book, thanks again to APA LA for the great competition and show, honored to be part of it.
Spent a cold couple of days in the woods of northern Michigan last spring shooting a campaign for LaCrosse Footwear that’s out now. The objective was to create some zen-like images of hunters in the environment, and Ben Seal of Seal Ideas was adamant that they not be typical hunting shots — a little more space around the subjects, focusing more on the overall experience than the kill.
The only creatures who got shot in this two-day project were our subjects, Chris and Casey Keefer, hosts of Backcountry Quest and Dropped. No animals were harmed! Some might have been inconvenienced!
The setting was the Keefer’s 700-acre game preserve, which afforded plenty of good locations.
LaCrosse will use these images and some tabletop shots we did of the boots in four ads and on the web.
That part of Michigan experiences wild swings in the weather — literally changing from snow to sunshine to cloudy and back to snow again several times a day. We preferred a cloudy look to direct sunshine, so we had to wait out the weather a bit while it decided what it was going to do. LaCrosse creative director Haven Anderson and his producer, Peter Christenberry, braved the cold with us, along with a video crew shooting footage nearby for LaCrosse.
Thanks to Brian York for his deft retouching and post-production.
The Marketing Arm (Dallas) asked us to produce some lifestyle images for Ruffles new Ultimate Sweet & Smokin’ Barbecue flavor chips under a pretty tight deadline — just a few days to pull together the production, using the actors from the TV spot being filmed concurrently and a product that was so new, it wasn’t even in all the stores yet. No problem for Monica Zaffarano of Zaffarano Productions, Chicago. She pulled it all together on time and on budget and with aplomb.
Thanks to art buyer Julie Richards and art director Rachna Patel for a fast-moving, upbeat production, and their client Frito Lay.
Below is another take from the shoot, set up as a product shot (bag image shot separately by different photographer. I am so not taking credit for it, those bags are hard to shoot. Good job “different photographer”).
Here’s a link to the TV spot.
And here’s a link to something else — our female star got an entry on the website Who Is That Hot Ad Girl, in which TV viewers ask: Who is the girl in that commercial, she’s hot, can you track her down for me but totally not because I want to stalk her?
Digitas Health commissioned me to shoot three portraits in November for a pharma campaign, one each in Manhattan, Boston and Los Angeles. Jenny Friedman, VP Creative Director, wanted them a bit monochromatic and warm, and done in a similar style to the Chicago streetcast portrait project I shot last year (see earlier post).
Each portrait was of a cancer survivor, and each was a delight to shoot. Especially fun was the late Kathryn Joosten (below) of Desperate Housewives, who took a break from filming with Eva Longoria to bring her larger-than-life personality to the shoot and give us lots of great images.
We did them all in studio with a simple seamless background, then did a little post-processing to achieve the subtle look that Jenny was after. Thanks again to Jenny for her skillful help in art directing the shoots, and art buyer Ken Zane.