The first thing you should know about Michael is that he's a published poet. What does this have to do with taking pictures, you ask? Everything. Imagine Walt Whitman with a Nikon D4 in his hands. Uh huh. His specialty is shooting food using natural light. He can make a glob of Crunchy Jif on a Saltine look like something Thomas Keller would overcharge for at The French Laundry. It's downright spooky.
Over the last decade, I have worked as a Director of Photography, Photo Editor and Commercial Photographer. From a college internship with Bike Magazine in 2007, I would end up leading the visual direction of the brand as their Director of Photography in 2017. In 2020 I co-founded Beta Magazine – a quarterly mountain bike print publication.
Leveraging my extensive editorial experience, I have developed an unmistakable style with my work. My passion is creating narrative and I aim to communicate experience to elicit a visceral response with photography.
Based in Vancouver, Canada
Kyoko Fierro is an advertising and editorial photographer based in Vancouver. Her speciality includes product catalogue, food & beverage, and home & décor photography for various commercial clients.
She is a regular contributor to Western Living & Vancouver magazines, and her work has appeared in ELLE Decoration, Edible Vancouver, Bon Appétite, Food & Wine, Food Network, Rue Magazines and more.
Evaan Kheraj is a New York and Vancouver based photographer & director whose work spans commercial, editorial and fine art. Evaan’s work is informed by a respect and understanding of the craft of image-making. His visually striking photographs have a distinct style and aesthetic consistency whether he is shooting fashion, portraiture, landscape or still life.
My photos are informal and anchored in real life. I like to show a sense of humour and see people and places like they’re being viewed through the eyes of a friend. I love photography because I’m in love with that split second you would miss without it. Throughout my work, but especially in the beginning when I photographed clubs in the mid 00’s, I was heavily focused on photographing people in those in between happy moments, like dancing in a packed club in the city, feeling beautiful and free. I was influenced at the time by photographers like Mark Hunter and Rony Alwin documenting Los Angeles and creating celebrities by way of their respective blogs. In later and more recent work, I want to keep seeing authentic smiles in my photographs, but also explore other emotions available to me. I’ve also committed to making inclusivity a main pillar of my photography practice. My current work always reflects my community but also the communities growing around me that have graciously allows me access to their lives, businesses, and passions. I have a strong desire to really know those people who let me in and trust me to show the world how their friends see them.
Based in Vancouver, Canada
English, Danish, German
Jens Kristian Balle is an award winning Canadian based conceptual photographer who works with clients in the advertising, commercial, entertainment and editorial industry.
Jens originates from Denmark, naturally he is very tall, has a weird accent and is an expert in hygge.
He creates imagery that tell stories, bring ideas to life and evoke emotions with the help of his clean and minimalistic style, which is strongly inspired by his Scandinavian roots(or so he tells himself ¯|_(ツ)_/¯ ).
Clients includes McDonalds, Universal Pictures, Weber Shandwick, The New York Times, The Walrus Magazine, Starbucks, Telus, BC Hydro, Forbes Magazine, The Guardian, BC Dairy, Financial Times, Rogers Media, Native Cos, Curiosity Advertising, UPtv and The Wall Street Journal.
Lucas Saugen is a San Francisco based commercial advertising photographer who focuses on product lifestyle. His work for Apple, Target, Logitech, Ancestry, Salesforce, Walmart, Mozilla, Levis, Dockers, Girlfriend Collective, EKO, Illumina, ThirdLove, Wine.com, Hint Water, Preservation Magazine, Peek Kids, Charlotte Russe, Lumio, Maker Media, Museum of Craft and Design, Craft in America, Westward Leaning, Jelly Cat, Tile, JINS, Olio, Goodwill, Vode Lighting, and the Children's Theater Company of Minneapolis among other clients has appeared in print, web, newspaper, and out of home.
Derek Israelsen is a Utah-based commercial photographer with an emphasis on Product, Lifestyle, and Editorial Photography. Derek's attention to detail and ability to shape/ manipulate natural light allows him to create exceptional imagery for products, portraits, and commercials. It was Derek's talent and eye that got him into business; but it is his consistent quality that has kept him in business for over 18 years.
Although based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Derek is well traveled. Some of his favorite places include the Dominican Republic, Prague, Salzburg, Oahu, the Black Forest and flying around the skies!
When Derek is not in capturing life's beautiful moments, he is spending time with his wife, their 3 children, and their dog, Piper; usually somewhere in the great outdoors.
I am a lifestyle photographer living and working in Los Angeles, California. Originally hailing from Iowa, I have lived & worked in Honolulu, Chicago, Arkansas, and have finally landed in Los Angeles.
I am devoted to visual excellence, producing uplifting work, and pursuing beauty. With a passionate eye for capturing the spirit of people, I seek the unique human moments that give life to photographs. Compelling subjects and collaborating with others has kept my work fresh and constantly maturing.
I love well-designed things, well-prepared food, and well-told stories. I have had the opportunity to work for a diverse set of clientele, travel to beautiful places, and (my favorite) met amazing people.
Victoria Wall Harris is a commercial and editorial photographer and director, who’s favorite projects are those that combine stills and motion. Not bound by genre, her creative approach gives clients a way to tell their full brand story in a positive and truly cohesive style.
She studied photography at the College of Charleston in South Carolina and from there moved to NYC to pursue her career. She worked as an assistant and digital tech for some of the industry’s top photographers and learned the ropes of full scale photo and motion production while honing her own creative skills and building a diverse client roster.
After seven years in Brooklyn's WIlliamsburg, Victoria relocated to LA in 2012 where she launched her own business full time. In 2017, she opened a daylight photo studio in LA's Eagle Rock called Hilltop Studios.
Born and raised in Texas, Teal now resides in Los Angeles, California. With a keen eye for detail, color, and natural light, she creates original imagery for editorial and commercial clients across the genres of travel & lifestyle, architecture, and still life.
The need to travel was instilled in her at a young age. Growing up in a family of architects, artists and travelers, she is grateful to have been immersed in an environment of creativity and curiosity from the start. Before she learned how to make a photograph, she learned how to be a traveler. Travel is when she is most engaged, most inspired and most challenged. Learning bits of a new language and culture, getting lost in winding cobblestone streets or narrow dirt paths, meeting local people, and taking in every element of a moment – sights, scents, sounds and feelings. This is when she is most alive.
Select Clients: Apple, American Airlines, Four Seasons, INTERSECT by Lexus, Magnolia Network, Who What Wear, Crate & Barrel, US Bank, Fodors Travel, TripAdvisor, Smart Flyer, Paravel, Davidson Hospitality Group, and Parkview Private Collection amongst other travel and lifestyle brands.
Published In: Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Hemispheres, Health Magazine, Interiors Magazine, American Way, Fodor’s, Suitcase Magazine, and more.
Based in Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Patrick was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in a small town in Franconia. He studied photography and design at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences (FH Bielefeld), where he subsequently graduated.
In 2011 he exchanged the urban setting of Berlin, where he lived and worked for several years, for the sunny beaches of Los Angeles, where he is currently based.
Patrick loves working with real people in their natural surroundings and stages them in an authentic way. His conceptual still life work often encompasses a humorous commentary. He is the happiest when he is in the midst of creating a new series of images and enjoys every part of the process, from conception to execution.
Based in San Diego, California
From a young age I've always had a fascination with creating my own fantasy worlds. As I developed, these fantasy worlds became influenced by pop culture, heavy doses of time spent in nature and the world of fashion. It's easy to see how these have influenced my work today.
I started out with an educational background and early career in graphic design and marketing. I soon moved into the world of photography after using hobbyist photography skills developing line sheets and marketing imagery at the companies I worked for. Before too long, I built up a solid portfolio and made the leap to work for myself doing photography full-time.
I like to tell stories with my imagery. I’ve had people say my work invokes some feeling that’s hard to pinpoint – some sweet spot between emotion, sublime, surreal and sensual.
While my physical studio is based in San Diego, CA, I work all over Southern California and frequently take projects on the road for destination photoshoots.
Hi. I’m Julia. For as long as I can remember, I’ve told stories through images, from my childhood in Vermont, through college at Smith, where I majored in art history, and beyond. My extensive photography education includes stints at the SALT Center for Documentary Studies, attendance at the prestigious Eddie Adams workshop, and Review Santa Fe at Center. My career in photography began with Literacy Through Photography at the Center for Documentary Studies, after which I landed a job as assistant photo editor at Outside Magazine. For more than a decade I worked in magazines; following Outside I served as photo editor for Skiing and Backpacker. In 2011, I became a full time photographer, and my clientele ranges from Vegetarian Times to US Potato Board.
Rick Souders is an honors graduate from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Rick's unique creative and business background has allowed him to work at a Fortune 250 Beverage Company, then to one of the largest Advertising Agencies in the US, to owning one of America’s top food and beverage Studios.
In his own words:
I grew up in the rural high plains near the Pawnee National Grasslands. Yes, very rural. My mom worked at a portrait studio and my dad, amongst many things, was a professional leather artist and taught leather craft. So, I lived in a very creative and inspiring atmosphere. Growing up in a small town allowed me to raise chickens, rabbits, and pheasants and have many pets including toads, tarantulas, possums and a raccoon. My passion for food and agriculture runs deep. I appreciate where our food comes from and I think that has played an important role in my love of food and beverage photography. Today I live on the Studio property in a beautiful environmentally friendly ranch home. Other quirky things include a degree in Taxidermy and my 1967 Bentley.
A California native living in NYC, Kris has shot for brands like Nike, Apple, and Google, as well as a number of foundations and nonprofits, in over a dozen countries across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
A product of the Stanford d.school, his work is tied together by the common thread of empathy, spanning visual media & storytelling, consumer products, and international development over the past 10 years. He draws frequently from his interdisciplinary background in his commercial and documentary work, and he strives to create the most striking and meaningful imagery possible with those around him.
My interest in product photography began with shooting “portraits” of fruits and veggies. During this time, I started mentoring under Roger DiFiore in Tucson. This helped me refine technical aspects of photography.
I tend to favor making images that are rather sparse with perhaps a touch of humor. The process of transforming a product using light is endlessly fun. Seeing the glow of liquid through a bottle or the texture come alive on a toy is what motivates me.
I begin the process of product photography by talking with clients in order to understand their needs. The more details I can get, the better. I may ask for sample images to get a clearer idea of the look wanted. Next, I write a quote based on this information.
I like to stay in close communication once photography has begun, sending proofs to the client along the way. For me, this is one of the most important parts of the process.
If Chad’s photography had a trait it would probably be labeled optimistic. Chad looks to capture the beautiful, the good in the world around us, and the people in it. It could be a pleasant smile, time shared between friends, the solace of a place.
“I am a photographer because I want to create, share, elevate the production, and collaborate with others who have creative ideas. I photograph because it's my way of telling the story.”
Chad continues to create content for national brands as well as many local and editorial clients. He lives in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and 3 children.
My name is Lauren Pusateri (pronounced: poosa-terry).
I am a photographer + director in Kansas City.
I specialize in bold portraits, still life and stop-motion.
I am not a half-asser.
I am a whole-asser, and I pride myself on delivering for my clients.
We're a lot of fun.
And when I say we, I'm talking about my amazing producer, stylists, retoucher and production crew. I run a commercial studio that can handle all aspects of your project from casting the world's cutest cats to animating flying gummy worms. With production, creative direction, photography and post-production all under one roof, this is a one-stop-shop of REAL nice ladies.
Reach out for more info about:
Production Coordination, Campaign Collaboration, Creative Direction, Art Direction, Casting , Animal Talent, GIFs, Stop Motion, Post Production
Fascinated with creating a narrative with light, composition, and texture.
Jena Carlin is a freelance commercial and editorial photographer, videographer, and cookbook author with nearly ten years of experience. After receiving her BFA in painting (with a minor in photography), she dedicated herself to storytelling through the medium of photography. While food photography is her specialty, she is also passionate about lifestyle, product, and fashion photography.
Executing photo shoots from conceptualization and art direction to final imagery, Jena does not stop there. She is also an experienced set stylist with a unique eye for building a scene. Her background in art has led to work painting room sets and textured surfaces and custom backgrounds for her many clients. This dedication to the whole process has led to many exciting clients including Kohls, Reader’s Digest, Maurice’s, and Martha Stewart where her work has been published nationally.
Photography has given me an outlet and an amazing life. I find light and life in building and creating photos, moments, and memories. Over the years I have had the privilege to shoot campaigns for countless brands and companies. A few of my clients have included: Office of Angela Scott / Kate Spade / Karl Lagerfeld / Micheal Kors / DKNY / Armani / Diesel / Puma / Relic / Anodyne / Fossil / Misfit / Dillards / Adidas / JeanShop / JC Penney / Watch Station / Howard Hughes / Zodiac / The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders / Yoga Magazine / Western Lifestyle Retailer and many other companies, magazines, organizations, and individuals.
Since the beginning of my career, photography has taken me all over the world and introduced me to many talented and inspirational people. Life has been extremely good to me. That's enough about me. Tell me about yourself. Send me an email, and let me know what you're into.
Jasmine Anwer is an architectural and commercial photographer based in Dallas, Texas. She studied visual communications and photography at Texas A&M University – Commerce. Her work seeks to explore peoples’ relationship with the spaces and structures around them, and how these interactions come to shape and define people's’ lives. While focusing, in both commercial and residential architecture, she also photographs food and products. Available for travel world wide.
My approach to creativity is holistic and raw, with a focus on artful storytelling through stills and motion. I believe in working closely with my clients to bring their vision to life, and I've had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the most passionate people and brands out there and am constantly inspired by them.
Check out my portfolio and see what I’m talking about.
From photography and styling to producing and directing, I'm here to make your creative dreams a reality.
Let's make some magic together!
Nick Barnes grew up like every other kid on the block–obsessed with tracing and would claim those drawings as his own. But once he got access to Photoshop 7.0 through ways he can’t explicitly mention, his passion for creativity exploded. Nick was built on the evolution of Moore’s Law and always remained curious. A minimalist at heart, he aims for a timeless narrative and allows for each image to never take itself too seriously.