Thursday, September 29, 2011

Alex Hayden in Inaugrual Issue of Gray Magazine

Architectural photographer, Alex Hayden, is well known for his beautiful images of architectural wonders. From hotels and commercial spaces to elegant homes and cozy bungalows, Alex has a gift for capturing unique style and nuances of any given location.

We were excited to find out that Alex's work is going to be featured in the inaugural edition of Gray Magazine, coming out this December.

Check out more of Alex's work at:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Master Retoucher Janko Williams Strikes Again

Janko Williams, photo retoucher extraordinaire, has a unique ability to transform strong images into stunning ones with a heightened sense of reality.

In the first image, we see that the focus is obviously on the hair. According to Janko, the biggest challenge with this image was to get the hair to flow naturally. The shot is actually a composite of 6-7 different individual shots, stitched together seamlessly. Another challenge was to get the hair looking perfectly smooth, especially in the transition between the highlights and shadows.

In the second image, the main challenge was to make the skin look flawless yet natural. A combination of lighting and makeup yielded an image that emphasized the model's facial blemishes. Janko was able to remove the blemishes while retaining enough of the skin's natural texture

Check out more of Janko's stunning "before and after" work.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Gray Magazine to Launch in December

We're excited to hear that Gray Magazine, a new publication devoted to design in the Pacific Northwest is launching soon!

According to Shawn Williams, Creative Director/Publisher, "Gray is a bimonthly print and digital magazine for and about design connoisseurs who have a specific interest in the Pacific Northwest as a creative region. Covering both residential and commercial design, topics range from stunning architecture and interiors to innovative industrial and tech design, from exceptional fashion to inspiring conceptual projects."

A sneak peek online issue is coming out soon, and their first print issue launches in December. We've seen a number of lifestyle magazines such as Metropolitan Home, Seattle Homes and Lifestyles, and Domino close down. Gray promises to offer a fresh new publication to fill that void, and a great venue to showcase the work of exceptionally talented photographers such as Alex Hayden and John Granen.

We can't wait to see what Shawn has in store!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Alex Hayden Shoots Restaurant Projects for Shed

Alex Hayden, interior photographer, just wrapped a series of photographs documenting the work from Shed , a local Seattle architecture and design firm. The three projects Hayden shot were local Seattle haunts: Marination Station, High 5 Pie and Little Water Cantina. All were small, concept restaurants with visually distinct personalities which Alex captured beautifully.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

David Clugston Shoots Underwater Camera for Contour

Product and Liquid photographer David Clugston recently shot the Roam a new high definition camera from Contour that can record underwater for up to 30 minutes. "Naturally I love gear," says David Clugston. "If there's a gadget that's interesting I am interested in shooting it. We chose to show the small, amazing camera underwater to reinforce it's capability of withstanding up to half an hour's worth of underwater filming at a depth of up to one meter." More work from Clugston can be found online at or

Monday, September 12, 2011

Alex Hayden Shoots Swanky House Boat for Steven Hensel Design Studio

Steven Hensel recently hired photographer Alex Hayden to photograph his weekend getaway houseboat. " The house is approximately 700 square feet which made capturing the space fun but challenging," says Hayden. "When photographing a house boat everything is in constant motion so that makes getting the perfect angle a little more complicated. Steven is a wonderful interior designer and he did an amazing job with such a small and compact space. It's a bright and airy space which allows for shots with a lot of natural light." More work from Alex Hayden can be found online at or

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Art Buyers Talk About How to Land That First Meeting

Art Buyers From Utne Reader, Arnold NYC, Target And Publicis Modem Share The Secrets Of How To Land That All-Important First Meeting.

What is the best way for an artist to ask for a meeting?

Face-to-face meetings are one of the best ways for photographers and illustrators to introduce themselves to, and build relationships with, a potential new client. However, with their busy schedules, art buyers don’t always have time to meet with every artist who comes a-knockin’. Approaching them for a meet-and-greet takes a bit of finesse.

Art buyers from Utne Reader, ArnoldNYC, Target and Publicis Modem share the secrets of how to land that all-important first meeting.

“I strongly prefer a quick, personalized email with a link to work somewhere online. I don't care if it's a website, a blog, or Flickr, as long as it's focused on your work. (No photos of your cat, please.) You can include a couple jpeg attachments, but make sure the file size is less than 2MB.” – Stephanie Glaros, art director, Utne Reader

“I appreciate when people email me, but it’s OK to follow-up with a phone message. Don’t push too hard though! Please respect when someone says they’re busy at the moment and asks you to check back in at a later date. I meet photographers as much as possible but a strong online portfolio is enough.” – Kristen Walsh, art buyer, ArnoldNYC

“I would say that overall we prefer to work with an agent for those introductions. There are a lot of really talented photographers out there. However, not everyone's work is relevant to our creative needs. Your agent should be showing work that is relevant to the categories we work on. And if your work isn't relevant, sometimes it's easier to provide that feedback to the agent.” – Lisa M. Smith, manager, art buying, Target

What mistakes do some artists make?
“The only communication faux pas that you can make is being too aggressive. Please don’t hound. An introduction and well-timed updates are sufficient to make me remember you. A photo is worth a thousand words.” – Kristen Walsh, ArnoldNYC

“I often get emails repeatedly from the same people, on the same day, just with different subject lines to make it look like something else. Don't do this. Send one email and keep it simple.” – Melissa Love, art buyer, creative resource manager, Publicis Modem

How often should an artist follow-up with you?
“Either once a month, or whenever she/he has something they are really proud of, whichever comes first. I don't have time to respond to every email, but I promise I look at everything that arrives in my inbox.” – Stephanie Glaros, Utne Reader

“A few times a year is alright. Perhaps at the beginning of every season is a good way to gauge. Also, if there is new work to show or updates to their website, notices of that are OK. I often have people contact me when they are going to be in the area. If I have time and can get a couple of people from our creative team, I will try my best to schedule a meeting with you if I feel we could possibly use you in the future.” – Melissa Love, Publicis Modem