The annual "Paws In The Park" pet walk, which happens on the weekend closest to Valentine's Day, is the single largest fundraiser for the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. Thousands of dog-owners get together at the southeastern shore of Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando, after raising over $100K in donations. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are represented. There are vendors of every type of pet product and service, and activities include agility courses, long-jump-into-water competitions, and much more.
Orlando Bike Tours is a movement to highlight Orlando's cultural identity through food, drinks, and bike riding. It is a great chance to get outdoors, meet new people, and see Orlando in a alternative way. We sponsored the first tour on February 22, starting at Cocina 214 in Winter Park. We then rode through brick roads, Mead Gardens, and the Orlando Urban Trail to Maxine's on Shine, The Brass Tap, and finally Latitudes downtown.
New tours will be announced here.
About 10 months into a year of weekend side-projects (just for kicks and learning experiences) we had a shoot scheduled with two incredible dancers. We wanted to experiment with movement and natural interior light—but where to shoot? Orlando isn't exactly filled with high-ceilinged industrial spaces (or so we thought.)
We brainstormed for a few minutes, and remembered that local print shop Mama's Sauce had plans to move into a big empty warehouse west of College Park. They were still in the process of building out at the time, and we'd seen a few Instagrams of local businesses like Rifle Paper Co. and Barnlight Electric using the space to shoot. Our hopes were high.
Luckily for us, the good people at Mama's Sauce are as nice as it gets. When we walked in that morning, the space was even better than expected. The concrete floors and exposed rafters are just dreamy. Gorgeous light filters in softly through the old windows.
Megan and Michelina leapt across the unforgiving concrete for several hours like complete champs. Our friend Wendi Stark helped with hair and makeup.
A huge thanks to Mama's Sauce for the opportunity to shoot in this space before it's filled with massive printing presses. We hope the two dozen donuts showed our gratitude on some small level.
Whether to buy a pre-made 20' overhead light bank for $11K, or design and build our own?
Setting up 24 self-assigned collaborative shoots in one year has pushed us to get creative with locations, concepts, and lighting. Especially with only about 4.5 non-sweaty months to shoot outdoors in Florida.
While brainstorming ideas for Woody and Chris, we were inspired by 1940's and 50's actor portraits– the style of shots George Hurrell took of Bette Davis in 1939, or of Joan Collins taken by Cornel Lucas in 1952. These photographers mastered Hollywood glamour photography, capturing their subjects in such a dramatic light that at times the photographs themselves were the cause of an actor's success.
About 70 years later, we spent an afternoon in our studio focusing on capturing the drama and glamour of silver screen portraits. Like all of our experimental shoots, there were moments of "That's not quite right..." and of "That's it! Don't move. We finally got it." Here's a look at the process, and the moments where we properly achieved the look we were working toward.