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Check out the cover of the newest OM Yoga. This is from a studio shoot we did a few months back with a yoga instructor we’ve shot a handful of times for one of our favorite clients, Title Nine. image1

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This week we completed the framing of the latest Facing Chemo exhibit – Before & After. The show hung this past Wednesday at a corporate event at Genentech. We are looking forward to seeing the show hang again soon.

 

 

 

 

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studio news\katie . . .

In May we welcomed a number of guests at OMI Gallery who came to hear Bob talk about the Facing Chemo project.  We’re honored that a handful of participants came to both listen and take part in the discussion.  A special thank you to Ferne, who agreed to have her portrait taken during the event so that Bob could walk attendees through the process, and to Dexter who bravely shared her experience with the group as well.

The Impact HUB - "Facing Chemo"

The Impact HUB - "Facing Chemo"

Dexter with her portrait.

The Impact HUB - "Facing Chemo"

Q&A with Dexter and Ferne.

The Impact HUB - "Facing Chemo"

Dana and Bob, with her portrait.

The Impact HUB - "Facing Chemo"

The Impact HUB - "Facing Chemo"

The Impact HUB - "Facing Chemo"

 

Facing Chemo - a photographic project

Facing Chemo - a photographic project

Facing Chemo - a photographic project

The beautiful Ferne.

Opening night at the Omi Gallery. The show will be up all through May.
2323 Broadway in Oakland. Come see the show if you have a chance.

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Sprinter Van customized for photographer

 

A few people have asked me to share images and details of my van, newly customized for shoots.  The goal behind this van was to have something that could serve each of the following requirements:

  • Carry more gear than the old minivan
  • Be tall enough inside to stand and work, or for people to change
  • Create a dressing room with curtains in the back
  • Have a table/bench to stow a small set of gear
  • Clothing rack in the ceiling
  • Enough seating for a crew or a few clients + art directors
  • A small table for editing on the road, or for an AD to work at
  • Black out shades for privacy and computer screen reading

The Sprinter van fit the size requirements, and with a diesel engine that gets about the same mileage as a minivan, it’s a solid workhorse.

So here’s what I added:

  • Second chair to make the seating total 8
  • Rear step
  • Rear speakers
  • small table in front of second seat for editing
  • Carpeted table, equipment storage in the back
  • Shades and curtains
  • Lots of hooks and cleats (boat tie downs)
  • Changing room in the back thanks to two sets of curtains
  • Installed a large shower handle in the ceiling to use as clothing rack
  • Carpeting everywhere

Believe it or not the second seat was the most expensive.

Things I’d do differently:

  • The whole back step rather than a trailer hitch version (this will come soon).
  • Rather than buy a 3000 Watt Honda generator for shoots, I would have installed marine batteries and an external outlet to get plenty of juice for about 3 hours with the engine not running – more with it running (Someday I’ll add these).
  • Probably should have found my own curtain material.
Rear view of custom photography van

Rear view of custom photography van

Gear storage, work table, clothing bar overhead

Gear storage, work table, clothing bar overhead

Sprinter Van customized for photographer

Carpeted 2x4 with hooks and cleats for storage

Carpeted 2×4 with hooks and cleats for storage

Sprinter Van customized for photographer

Editing table - folds down between two rows of bench seats

Editing table – folds down between two rows of bench seats

Curtains for changing room and work table from inside

Curtains for changing room and work table from inside

Sprinter's fold back doors and hitch step

Sprinter’s fold back doors and hitch step

 

Does it count as a mid life crisis car if it’s not red?

 

 

 

 

The studio was re-certified this year as a green business – thanks to the use of recycled products, solar power, and these girls, among other things.

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Biomedical annual report images for san francisco based company, BioRad.

The goal was to concentrate on the details involved with this biomedical company’s products, in this case these gram stain gels. They wanted the gel in the image, but needed a human presence for the cover. After shooting this scientist pulled back for an inside image featuring the machine the gels develop in (second image), I began to play with this magnifying glass (stole it from the kids that morning). And, we ended up getting the cover from it.

biomedical annual report photograph

biomedical annual report photograph


biomedical annual report photograph

biomedical annual report photograph

Some sample images from the healthcare annual reports
I photographed in March

Annual Report cover for San Francisco based company, BioRad

Spread pictures from 2009 Annual Report for pharmaceutical company, BioMarin

We just finished shooting the 2009 BioMarin annual report last month – this is the same company for which I shot the patient in my earlier post.

The lab images were shot using real employees – we’re in the process of editing video that I shot of these scenes as well.

scientist working in a pharmaceutical lab

scientists collaborating in a pharmaceutical lab

Pharmaceutical hardware