DC Artisans

WASHINGTON, DC – Are machines liberating people, so they can pursue more rewarding work? This is one of the questions posed by the Economist’s bi-monthly 1843 magazine in an article on the rise of the craft economy in the District of Columbia (and elsewhere). Over two days, we crisscrossed the outskirts of the DC metro area making portraits of potters, leather workers, distillers, and pickle-makers to accompany the piece. These second-career artisans welcomed us into their creative spaces and were more than happy to share their genuine enthusiasm for their carefully crafted life. Pictured above from the top (left to right): Kuzeh Pottery, Katie Stack of Stitch and Rivet, Gordy’s Pickles Jar co-owners Sheila Fain and Sarah Gordon, and Sandy Wood and Alex Laufer of One Eight Distilling. Read more about them in the article by Ryan Avent and take a look around 1843; it’s a great forum for the long read with articles that have substance and get you thinking.

Shape Shifter, Dwell (November 2016)

NEW YORK, NY  – Photographing interiors, we get to see a lot of creative approaches to unique city spaces. In this loft, Frame Design Lab performed a gut renovation and solved problems of privacy and flexibility by introducing an architectural cube that easily converts from office to guest bedroom. Read more about this project in the November issue of Dwell on newsstands now.Shape Shifter, Dwell (November 2016) Shape Shifter, Dwell (November 2016)

 

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NEW YORK, NY – Every year Vox Media’s Curbed honors bright talent in the design world under the moniker “young guns” for their ability to challenge the industry’s status quo. We were commissioned for portraits of two of the 2016 honorees. Above are Jake Levine and Zoë Salditch of Electric Objects, which is a platform for bringing digital art into every home. Below is Danielle Arps who designs fun and functional commercial interiors for tech start-ups. We supplemented the assignment with some GIFs where the Electric Objects team programs the changing art on their EO1 wall displays and Arps sketches her Dani Lounge, a custom chair with tall sides that provide both comfort and privacy. See the complete Curbed Young Guns Class of 2016.

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House & Garden, May

NEW YORK, NY – For the “Ask A Local” page in the May issue of House & Garden, we spent a day in the shoes of interior designer Steven Gambrel, visiting his favorite NYC shops and restaurants, from Three Lives & Company bookshop and the John Derian shops to Jeffrey’s Grocery, where Steven likes to order a Bloody Mary and oysters.

Jersey Shore for Family Fun

NEW JERSEY – For a feature story in the August Family Fun magazine, we headed to the Jersey Shore with models from Wilhelmina Philadelphia. We had a special opportunity to photograph a real-life mother and son (Camille and Matteo Savo) on location in Ocean City – it was their first time modeling together. For the reportage part of the story, we checked out Tent City in Ocean Grove, kite flying at Seaside Park Beach, Lucy the Elephant in Margate City, and Cape May diamonds at Sunset Beach. We also devoured plenty of Johnson’s caramel popcorn and Brown’s donuts. For more family vacation ideas, check out Family Fun online. See more from this shoot in our Travel portfolio. All prop and wardrobe styling for the models by Wendy Oswald Kinney.

Coastal Living Cottage

Saugatuck, MI – When you shoot editorial interiors, you often get to witness something quite special – you see how families interact, how they make themselves at home, and how the home really does reflect who they are. At this cottage of Gwen and Jay DeBruyn, shot for Coastal Living’s March color-themed issue, home is clearly where the heart is. Decorated by Gwen, along with her daughter Amber (they run local decor/design shop Bayberry Cottage together), the rooms surround you with bright colors, florals, and patterns — creating a very cheerful retreat for the many grown children and young grandchildren. We had the pleasure of meeting some of them, and everyone made us feel like extended family during our two-day shoot. See our Interiors gallery for more or read about Gwen’s inspirations at Coastal Living. All styling by Liz Strong.

 
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