Mark’s photos are all over the pages of the September issue of Glamour magazine. Here are a few highlights including the beauty and fashion openers and portraits of musician Sophie Auster enjoying her first fashion show ever — Chanel!
As an industry overall, photography and video productions do a horrible job of considering the environmental impact of our shoots. Let’s focus on how we can turn a standard shoot day into an environmentally friendly, “carbon zero” shoot day.
1. Ditch the bottled water, juices and sodas – Use cups an coffee mugs that are not disposable, water filters and juices mixes that require less packaging. I purchased 40 reusable plastic cups made from recycled plastic at Whole Foods and own two Brita filters. We save hundreds of dollars a year on shoots we produce by not having to buy bottled water. And when the clients find out why they get a fluorescent green cup, we get extra kudos.
2. For coffee and during meal time, use non-disposable mugs, plates and silverware. Nice plates and cloth napkins are also a classy touch that save trees and reduce waste. Again, this is a huge cost savings and the organic cotton cloth napkins I purchased look far nicer to the art director then the 500 napkins for $3 option. If you must use disposable plates, use the compostable variety and take them to a municipal composter; locations can be found at www.findacomposter.com.
3. Use less paper – most of us do this already. Review documents onscreen instead of printing them out, send e-mails instead of paper letters, print on both sides of the page when appropriate and use misprints as notepaper. Software like Greenprint eliminates blank pages from documents before printing and can convert to PDF for paperless document sharing.
4. Use biodegradable soaps and cloth towels in the studio’s or location’s bathroom and kitchen. Use biodegradable cleaners or provide them for the custodial staff.
5. Use three trash bags to specify a location for waste — landfill, recycling, compost. A shoot of five people should have about one small bag of trash for landfill per week. Most items can be recycled, reused or composted!!
6. Plan ahead and use ground shipping instead of rush air shipping. This saves a ton of money too!
7. Carpool. Carpool. Carpool. This is especially true if productions are more than 15 miles from your town. Try www.icarpool.com or a similar website to help coordinate carpooling.
8. For emissions that you cannot avoid such as airplane travel, purchase Carbon Offsets. These are relatively cheap (far less than you catering will cost), and while not as good as not polluting in the first place, they are better than nothing. Native Energy is a well respected option.
It’s not always possible to make all of these changes happen on every shoot, but one or two changes are better than none.
Amanda Thomas, owner and designer of jewelry company LuvAJ, started her accessories line as an after-school hobby in high school. Fred Segal eventually picked up the entire line and at the tender age of 16 Amanda officially launched LuvAJ. The brand has gained quite a following and Amanda is working full time as designer of “badass bling,” graphic designer, art director, etc. etc. etc. for the company — this girl can do it all! Check out her awesome designs on her website, LuvAJ.com and see what inspires Amanda on her blog.
No way around it, Thomas Hayo is amazing. As one of the most talented creative minds working today (have you seen his work for Levis?) he has his finger on the pulse off all things cutting edge and cool in NYC. I spent a few days traveling around the city with him and the results are below. From top to bottom: Chuck Close cruising by as Thomas sits outside The Smile. Looking at art with Julia Stegner at Half Gallery. In Wes Lang’s studio. And spending the afternoon with Erin Wasson
Mark had the chance to shoot American Idol’s newest winner, Phillip Phillips a few weeks ago for People Magazine. The shoot took place at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Philip was fresh off his surgery to correct his recent kidney problems, but he was a great sport and a really nice guy. Here are a couple shots…
We are currently working on two portrait projects: 1. portraits of talented creators/makers/artists/movers/shakers/cultural contributors, and 2. leaders of the changing face of business to a more responsible, sustainable, aware practice. The next few blog posts are a sneak peek at what we’ve been up to (as is the previous post of Sophie Monet btw). Is this a book project in the making?? Hmmmm…
So here we go with Eames Demetrios, grandson of Ray and Charles Eames, the design duo. Eames is active in preserving the Eames legacy as a principal at Eames Office, located in Santa Monica. He is the creator of and Geographer-at-large for Kcymaerxthaere, a “global work of three dimensional fiction” that overlays alternative narratives onto the physical world and curates the online DASFilmFest.com, which features a new film each month on Design, Architecture and Sustainability.
Meet Sophie Monet, jewelry designer and all-around cool girl. Each of Sophie’s pieces is hand shaped from exotic wood and embellished with precious stones and gold leaf detail. Mark photographed her in her wood and jewelry-making studio in Venice, CA.