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Commercial Photography Naples FL: Office Politics How To Play and WIn an Editorial feature

SO the latest Gulfhsore Business cover was a collaboration between Jesse Adams, art director for Gulfshore Life, models Frazier Gadella, Angel King, Koula Medteis, make-up artist and myself, Erik Kellar.  The shot was based on the concept Office Politics: How to play and win.  In our initial discussions we had thumb nailed out a half dozen ideas and whittled it down to these three.  We had a pretty good idea about the cover. We wanted the man to be the one with the target on his back and I had Frazier reflect a defeated look in his posture.  We asked ANgel to give us a range of expressions.  After a couple of hundred photos we ended up with the one featured.  We transitioned from the cover to the other two photos.  The actual shooting time only took about three hours but with meetings and set prep and testing the time really was about 14 hours of work.  The ighting is done with several grid spots gelled.


Childhood Obesity: Making Right Choices

So I was hired to shoot a feature for Health Magazine, which is produced by Gulfshore Life.  I was contracted to produce a photo about childhood obesity and the choices you make as a parent and how they will affect you child both in the short term and long term.  I contacted a friend of mine, Trip Perkins, a chef and food stylist and had him prepare the food for the shoot. The concept was to get a kid, Mason Moran, and sow him getting ready to bite into a big old hamburger. Jesse Adams, an art director for Gulfshore Life, was pretty open to what ever I shot so I had some great freedom.  I also ended up using Mason’s mother, Melissa an old friend in the shot.  It turned out  great.  The other alternatives I ended up doing was the hand picking up the cookie with the good choices in the background as well as the food on a balance scale to show how you should weigh your choices.  Anyway look for the article in Health Magazine.  For the technical minded. I shot it at iso 100 at f.11 on a Canon 5d Mark II, I used 6 lights one on the background, two rim lights on either side, a hair light, a beauty dish over head and in front and a 5 foot octabank for fill behind me.


Susan G. Komen and Physicians Regional in Naples Fl. Mammos & Manicures event


What a great event at Physicians Regional Health Center on 951 in Naples fl.  The event featured cancer awareness and education with the Susan G. Komen Foundation Southwest Florida Affiliate.  The room was packed with women and vendors.  The event included of course free mammograms and manicures for attendees and I helped out Kori Gowan, owner of Merle Norman in North Naples.   I did the before and after photographs of some of the women that attended the event and received a make-over.  Also offered at the event were free massages, information about cancer and a chance for people to talk with the doctors at Physicians Regional. All and all a fine event with more than 200 people there.  For directions to Merle Norman in Naples click here.


A model shooting

So I had the fortunate chance to shoot Janelle Ryan recently. Janelle is from New York and is a new to the area with her husband. Janelle contacted me through Model Mayhem , an online modeling co-operative.  Janelle needed some new shot for her portfolio. Janelle is a very sweet person who is somewhat new to modeling but knows how to move in front of the camera. She really lit up some of the images I shot and I hope to be able to use her on some projects in the future.  Please see the images that are attached.


Lawand Interiors of Marco Island

I recently had the pleasure of shooting JoAnne Lawand, owner of Lawand Interiors on Marco Island. JoAnne was a delightful subject and shared a lot of gardening tips. I wanted to highlight her in the context of her home which she, of course, decorated. She has a big set of sliding glass doors that allow sunlight to stream in and illuminate her home. I supplemented the light with a softbox and got some awesome results.


Olympus Pen Micro Four Thirds Camera

So I have been searching for a micro four thirds camera, which is somewhere between an SLR and a point and shoot. While comparing Panasonic, Canon and Olympus I ran across this great video for the Olympus Pen. It is a commercial shot with the Pen camera and a great creative mind. It just goes to show what can be done with a camera that is not a top level pro camera. I like to say, or I am repeating something I have heard, that the mind creates the photo not the camera. Enjoy the video.


Gracie’s Cupcakes

A new taste and a new magazine.

Gracie’s Cupcakes – Images by Erik Kellar

I recently was contacted by La Vie Claire magazine. It is associated with Claire Murray, a national lifestyle store and catalog that was founded by Claire Murray, a designer and entrepreneur who left New York City to open an inn on Nantucket. The company specializes in traditional crafts of rug hooking and the needle arts, and features crafts people from all over the world.  I was hired to cover Gracie’s Cupcakes across from Coastland Mall in Naples, Florida. It is owned and operated by Grace Bolen. What a great place and a great person; we had gone to Naples High School together, not really knowing each other at school.

Anyway, Gracie’s a small cupcake and ice cream shop with some spectacular designs and specializing in decorative cupcakes for every occasion. If you get a chance, check out the images attached to this post and swing by Gracie’s.

There were a couple of things I was going for with the photos. I had this Andy Warhol inspiration moment after doing some preliminary scouting. So to give the designer of the magazine some choices I shot several combinations of cupcakes on different color backgrounds. Also, part of the directive of the magazine is to feature people’s lifestyles so I caught up with the Bolen family as they made cookies at home and then a walk on the beach.