We sat down with The Workbook team earlier this year and shared a few stories about our journey into the world of still and motion photography. Featuring a few of our favorite personal projects, The Workbook’s interview also touches on our hope to have more similar work in the future.
Tucked away in Minneapolis is the home of Great Northern Boat Works, a warehouse filled with wooden boats of all shapes and sizes. The crew there takes great pride in restoring and maintaining wooden boats of all types from small sail boats to massive Chris-Craft boats. They are dedicated to preserving the tradition of wooden boats for many generations to come.
Producer- Tanya Silver
2nd Camera- Jules Ameel
Assistant- Jesus Terrazo
Field Audio- Chase Brandau
Music- John Hilsen
Editor- Ben Johnson
Recently we worked with Philips Distilling on a handful of shoots to create images for social, web and print. The first shoot was to create images focused around a handful of recipes. We shot on location at the beautiful Cafe Lurcat which gave us options for different looks given their large and unique space.
The second shoot was on location at the Olson Family Farm, which is one of the local Minnesota Organic farms which Prairie Organic gets their corn from to make Vodka and Gin. Working freely on the farm we were able to make images with and without product to be used on social as well as print collateral.
Cafe Lurcat Team:
Producer- Bobbi Peacock
Assistant/2nd Shooter- Alyssa Justice
First Assistant- Greg Schaal
Location Scout- Ann Healy
BTS/2nd Assistant- Michael Hibbs
Digital Tech- Jason Wood
Stylist- Ann Marshik
Agency- Marketing Lab
Olson Farm Team:
Assistant- Mary Archambault
Agency- Philips Distilling
Some shoots require crazy call times. Our shoot with Rasmussen College was no exception. We were brought in to shoot new collateral for the School of Health Science. Given the clinic and pharmacy settings we shot in, we had to work around their schedules. With that, we shot the clinic images at night until after 11:00 pm. We brough enough lights to shoot through the lobby windows, creating a daylight look well after sunset.
The next morning, we had a call time at 5:00am at the pharmacy, with a hard out by 8am so they could open to the public. Working quickly, we shot 3 different scenes. We used the battery powered Profoto B1 lights which allowed us to shoot quickly and not waste time hiding cords or looking for power sources.
Our team worked like a well oiled machine. We got in, set up, shot, and packed out without missing a beat. The final images can be seen on the Rasmussen College School of Health Sciences website, social media, and web advertisements.
Producer: Tanya Silver
First Assistant: Greg Shaal
Second Assistant: Alyssa Justice
Digi Tech: Peter Hunner
Stylist: Ann Marshik
Stylist Assistant: Anna K Olson
Craft Services: Amy Lovestrand
Hair/MUA: Ashlee Ellert
Location Scout: Charlotte Ariss
As always here are a few BTS shots as well.
Exploration is a key component to photography constantly looking for new techniques or gear. In that evolution sometimes things will come full circle, making a return to film photography is just that. There is something romantic about shooting film, the unknown until it’s developed, the grain and the way different films render colors. Shooting with digital it's easy to trust the screen and not your own intuitions and your skill to make a good image. It was a fun challenge to slow down, think a bit more before pressing the shutter and having to wait to see the final outcome. The hardest part about shooting film is taking the time to scan it all in. Using an Epson v800 to scan 180 images to make final selects took a few days, but the results were worth the effort.
Gear- Canon EOS 3, Kodak Portra 400 film
Talent- Julia and Josie from Moore Creative