It seems like a lifetime ago but in real time, it was just a couple of months. Yes...two months ago life was normal! The job calendar was full and I was regularly meeting friends for lunch and dinner. And then WHAM...the corona virus hit town and life as we knew it changed irrevocably!
For better or for worse, Texas has now "re-opened"...and the wheels of commerce are SLOWLY beginning the turn again. Wow...WORK! I kind of remember it...that thing we all used to do those few short months ago. In lieu of that, I have titled this blog post "Those Were The Days" because it is a recounting of some of the last & wonderful jobs I did before all hell broke loose.
Lori Sparks is an Allie Beth Allman real estate professional and one of the top agents in Dallas. Her peers and clients have voted her a 'Best Realtor' in D Magazine from 2005 through 2019 and a 'Top Producer Agent' in D Magazine since it's inaugural year in 2011. She reached out to me early in March wanting to refresh her imagery for 2020. We talked on the phone about her brand identity and what these new images should convey. I told her that the two most important things to work on were...a.) a strong wardrobe and b.) a great location...and like a true professional, she NAILED them both. We spent a half day creating her new brand package and these are a few of my favorite head shots and portraits from the series.
For the past many years I have had the great honor to work with Koons Fuller, one of the top family law firms in Texas. The group you see above is the Dallas office led by Ike Vanden Eykel. There are also offices in Plano, Denton, Southlake and Houston. To make changes to the groups easier, I have created individual full length photos of everyone in the firm. I then use those frames to assemble the group shots for each office. In March, lawyer Marissa Hatchett (on the far right) joined the firm...and the photo!
Charla Bradshaw heads the Denton office of Koons Fuller and was selected to appear on the cover of the 'Legal Issue' of Lantana Living Magazine. The lock down in Texas was just about to take affect, so we shot this image at her home in Denton. Cindy Gregg did the hair & make-up.
Another one of my long time clients is a group of realtors known as the 'Masters of Residential Real Estate'. This elite group runs two-page spread ads in various magazines throughout the year and in March we created their 2020 ad photo in the lobby of the new Hall Arts Hotel in the Dallas Art's District.
Stephanie Pinkston and Margie Harris are the principals of the Allie Beth Allman real estate team Pinkston-Harris. Their primary goal in advertising is to create something unique...an image unlike what we are used to seeing. "Family" is a central theme of their brand and as such, the concept for this ad was a family moving into their new home. They put together a number of locations for me to look at and the orientation of the house I ended up choosing was perfect for a natural light shot. As luck had it, our shoot day was clear with plenty of light. Stephanie, Margie and their team arrived with props, kids, moms and grand parents...all ready to go for it! And 'go for it' we did! The final result is spontaneous & controlled all at the same time and conveys a wonderful sense of authenticity.
As I said in the previous blog post, my primary focus during the pandemic has been sorting through my archives. Had just come across this image of Roger Horchow when I discovered that he had passed away (of natural causes thankfully!). It was originally shot in the mid 80's for Australian Vogue. They came over with a fashion crew and photographed all over town. There was also a story on the city of Dallas and I was hired to photograph the movers & shakers discussed in the article. KERA ran the image in their story on Roger and it will also appear in the New York Times obituary about him this weekend.
Thanks again for looking at these images. Stay safe!