We just did a day-long production for Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, the largest bottling company in the United States (and until recently, the world). Here are a few of our favorite shots from the day:
The Arts & Science Council wanted to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their Cultural Leadership Training program by commissioning us to create individual portraits of the graduates to use in a larger mosaic. Here are some examples of the deliverables from this project:
Here are a couple of new concepts we created for Qs/1. The images will be used for ads about their cloud-based services and rock-solid server stability. Note that the entire rock formation was created via CGI, which had to be molded and modified along the way to satisfy the tastes and final ad layout needs of the art director.
We continue to work with our friend Vani Hari, aka The Food Babe, on her various photo and video needs. We're so happy that her book, The Food Babe Way, is now a NY Times Bestseller! Our photo graces the cover of this book, and we're so pleased to be a part of her mission to better our world's food supply.
Our client (and serial entrepreneur) Jim Donnelly is introducing health clubs across the country to CryoTherapy, a chamber that uses liquid hydrogen to cool the body to the point that it thinks it's about to die. Sounds crazy, right? Well apparently a whole series of metabolic activities happen within the body that help with damaged tissue, reduce inflammation, increase cellular metabolism and much more. It's like taking an ice bath, except it's dry. It's a health craze that you'll hear about soon if you haven't already. Here are a couple of the images we created for the rollout of these machines...
National Gypsum came to us with the concept of showing how buildings come to life - starting from the initial concept sketch, through the construction process, and then showcasing the finished structure. We used a combination of 3D imagery, illustration and photo compositing to produce the visuals below. These will be printed in a new book about National Gypsum's product lineup.
We photographed the new Charlotte School of Law building in uptown Charlotte, here's our favorite image:
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UNCC's Belk School of Business hired us to shoot student portraits:
The City of Charlotte hired us to shoot residential buildings close to the commercial buildings of uptown:
The Arts and Science Council commissioned our team to create three dynamic images to represent art, science and history in the year 2025. Basically, they wanted to see a life filled with wonder, amazement, learning and excitement. The images were released during a TEDx-style event all about the arts. We are honored that ASC would hire us to create envision this future. Check them out, plus a behind-the-scenes video of our team in action:
We photograph for a lot of corporate clients here in Charlotte, but usually reserve the blog for new conceptual imagery only. Not today! Here are a few shots from various shoots we've done in the past couple of weeks... UNCC Belk College of Business:
Dramatically altering the look and feel of an image for our clients is pretty commonplace at this point, so sometimes I forget just how much people are wowed by what we can do. Here is a before/after of a shot I took for Foundation for the Carolinas. It's a teaser image for the upcoming unveiling of a new glass deck they are opening on the 4th floor of their uptown Charlotte building. Needless to say, the client was very happy!
We created a fine art project about GMOs for a gallery show at Gallery Twenty-Two, who is hosting a Charlotte photography show during the month of November. Our image shows a Monsanto-like company pumping chemicals into the roots of the man-made corn growing on the surface level. The many background elements are all showcasing various products that are created using corn. For instance, oil drilling requires a corn-byproduct that keeps the drilling fluids from spilling back to the surface. GMO corn feeds many people throughout the world because we grow so much of it, which is why we featured a helicopter air dropping food onto a village. There is an ethanol gas station, cows eating GMO feed, and people lining up to get their fill of high-fructose corn syrup. The photo also features FoodBabe, a mega-blogger who investigates our food supply and is very against GMOs in our food system. Learn more about her pursuits at foodbabe.com.
The final image, as usual, is a combination of photography and cgi. The corn cob, the lab, the landscape, the village and various smaller elements (such as the wooden stand and feeding troughs) are all created via 3D artistry and CGI. The sky, people, ambulance, gas station, and corn are all photos.
We tried not to make a judgement call on whether we as a society should be using GMOs. On one level, they can be supremely beneficial. For instance, scientists are working to change the genetic makeup of sweet potatoes so they can grow in the desert. Can you imagine if suddenly a new food crop could spring up in Africa and wipe out that continent's food supply problem? Of course, the downfall is how untested these foods are. Several of our friends are doctors, including one who is a doctor/Chinese medicine practitioner specializing in autoimmune diseases, who claim that genetically modified wheat is causing a huge host of problems in the patients they treat. Sean is currently reading a book called Life at the Speed of Light by Craig Venter, a synthetic biologist who led the Human Genome Project, and it's obvious from the book that science is quickly heading towards the creation of life forms to serve us. It's a fun and exciting topic to discuss, which is why we used our CGI photography skills to create this fine art image. We hope you enjoy!
We worked with Studiobanks to create photography and video for the new Pamlico Capital website, which is super-cool and cutting edge HTML 5 programming. Check out all our great work, including the huge homepage video, here: http://www.pamlicocapital.com/
Here are some of the best photos from the shoot:
This guy, an executive with a pharmacy chain in Georgia, was shot in Acworth, GA and merged with this CGI word in post-production.
We shot this pharmacist in Long Beach, WA. I was a bit under the weather for this trip and so can be sure in my advice that taking redeye flights while sick is a bad idea. All is well that ends well, however.
We don't often showcase our retouching, especially for a rather simple project such as this. But we really want to give a special shout out to our friend Vani Hari at Food Babe (foodbabe.com). She's doing amazing things with investigating what's going into our food supply and has a massive online following. Check out her great site and learn how we can all make the world (and especially our bodies) a better place.
We've just completed this new campaign for the City of Charlotte. We are excited to see this project get launched, but unfortunately, it has a rather sad backstory. Recently a boy was struck and killed by a car when he swerved into the street to avoid garbage bins that were left in the middle of the sidewalk. This campaign was created as a public service announcement to keep the sidewalks clear. Hopefully we're saving lives with our work because we certainly don't want to ever hear of that happening again. Look for these images to be popping up around Charlotte the next few months.
As usual, this project was enhanced by CGI. That's because we wanted our background to show a nice summer day, but we were creating this project in January. So, CGI to the rescue! Here is the untextured CGI scene that Peter (our fearless Imaging Director) created for this campaign.