Agriculture

Prairie Organic: Cocktails from Corn Fields

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

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Olson Farm Team:
Assistant- Mary Archambault
Agency- Philips Distilling

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Pioneer Alfalfa: Imperial Valley, CA

This past December as the snow lay on the ground here in Minnesota, we traveled out to the Imperial Valley area of California for a shoot with Pioneer DuPont. The warmth was a welcome change as we spent two days in the Alfalfa fields capturing a variety of images. Normally with Ag shoots the middle of the day isn't ideal for shooting since the sun is directly over head. Fortunately for us, shooting in December the sun was much lower in the sky, allowing us to keep going all day out in the field.

This shoot was also the first we shot entirely on the new Canon 5dmkiv and we couldn't be more happy with the outcome. The camera's dynamic range is leaps and bounds better than the older 5dmkiii. It allowed us to keep details in the highlights as well as pull details from the shadows unlike we had been able to before. We also shot a fair amount tethered to the new 15in Mac Book Pro which was easily able to keep up with the camera even when shooting bursts. When not tethered, we were able to send preview images from the camera directly to an iPad so the client could keep watching the shots as we went along.

 

Producer: Sarah Fisher

Assistant: Alyssa Justice

Digital Tech: Peter Hunner

Agency: The Lacek Group

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A little BTS Shenanigans. 

K Rose Cattle

Just outside of Threeforks, Montana lies a small cattle ranch in a large plane encircled by mountains. Here the Rose family operates their cattle business which is a tireless job. Caring for over 2,000 head of cattle is a full time job with little to no time off. Their day starts before the sun and ends well after twilight.  

We worked alongside the family for a day and a half capturing stills and video of the hard work they put in running the ranch. Fortunately for us, shooting in Early November worked well to our advantage because the mud had frozen, making it easy to maneuver around the ranch. 

We talk a lot about passion in the arts, but something we find impressive is the passion others have for their life and careers. The Rose family are truly inspiring with their tireless work and commitment to family.

Kuhl Family Dairy Farm

 

Recently we traveled to the Kuhl family dairy farm in Wisconsin to capture the family working with their cows. We arrived at the farm just as the sun was rising over the cow barn. Shooting quickly, we followed the farmers as their did their normal morning routines. It's fast paced constantly dealing with changing light going from inside the barns to the outdoors. You have to be quick on your toes and your camera settings to hang with these farmers.  Their milk is used to make cheese and butter for a local dairy co-op.

The highlights of the shoot was when we finished and hung out in the dairy barn and drank fresh milk. The perfect way to cap off a great shoot.

Winfield Solutions

This past May we traveled down to Iowa with the good people from Colle+McVoy for a day shoot with Winfield Solutions. The shoot was focused on a new type of planter and Tech in the field. We started the day before the sun was up, and by the end of the day had a diverse library of images for the client.