Dogs Rule at the Battery Park Book Exchange.
One of my favorite businesses near my studio in downtown Asheville is the Battery Park Book Exchange. Not only does it have used books floor to ceiling of all genres that you can peruse, it also has a wine bar with an extensive wine menu and a cappuccino bar. Additionally, they allow four footed humans to accompany their owners on a comfortable sofa or chair as they read or socialize – the servers even bring the dogs water and a treat. To celebrate this fact I created a short stop motion video to advertise the fact that they are so dog friendly and to let people know that they sell wine to go at a big discount. I hope you enjoy watching my video (please share it if you do!).
I have shot many cookbooks over the years, and I've found I really enjoy working with still objects that don't MOVE many times. Also, working with great stylists such as Chris Bryant and Beth Buzogany makes my work look so good. We work efficiently and creatively together.
Stay tuned for news on my teaching food photography classes at the world renowned Rancho La Puerta in 2016!
A stop motion video for dress designer Brooke Priddy of Ship to Shore Designs. Music by Marley Carol. Model: Morgan Purdy
I love the spontaneity of working with children. It's all about creating a fun and relaxed set, keeping the energy high, and just letting them be themselves. Many of the shots on this page were for a book I shot for fabric designer Tina Givens, featuring her wacky, colorful fabrics. Now THAT was fun.
Dis card is a dance choreographed by Kathy Leiner for the Asheville Fringe fest in 2015. I photographed the dance and then reinterpreted it in this video combining and continuous and stop motion footage. The haunting music by guitarist Tom Leiner was created for this dance. The video was then incorporated into the next version of the dance performed at the 2015 Re-happening at Lake Eden in Black Mountain, where the famous Black Mountain College once existed.
When I talked to David Wilcox about making a video for his recently released album, “blaze”, I originally thought of stop motion video of course, since lately that has been my medium of choice. However, when I listened to the song, Ocean Soul, I realized that stop motion was NOT the way to go – this was a sweet, intimate love song to his wife, Nance, and I needed imagery and an approach that fit that mood. As fans of David will tell you (and David seconded this), it was unusual for him to write a straight up love song, and I immediately decided that I really wanted to include footage of him and Nance. I was really lucky to get some beautiful “souls” to stop by – friends, relatives, and even a couple of strangers – to represent our Asheville community, our shared second love (you may recognize a few faces). While we were shooting, Nance said “Well, how about you and Steve?”, so there we are.
I love working with natural light for portraits, when possible - there is nothing softer than the diffuse light coming in the window, or working outside during the "magic light" at sunrise and sunset. Of course, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, so I always have my strobe lights handy when the situation requires them.
I love the spontaneity of environmental commercial portraits. Having shot executives for magazines such as CFO, INC., and Computerworld for years, I like the challenge of working with busy people in their workplace, and finding an interesting way to feature them that is not behind their desk. I talked a UPS CFO into throwing a package to the CFO of Home Depot for a joint shoot of them to demonstrate their collaboration, and pursuaded Newt Gingrich to walk through a weedy field to an abandoned shack near his Georgia office, just to get away from his standard office. I like thinking on my toes and solving problems.
I was so surprised and pleased when Dr. Tim Gillespie told me about the way he wanted to market his expanding dentistry business, as it's not the typical approach. "Do we need to see their teeth?" I asked...."No" was the reply.
"It's all about community. I want to show our patients in the places that they hang out in Asheville, living their lives". We shot at many of my favorite hangs - the Wedge, Carrier Park, the River Arts Farmers Market and the Sky Bar (on a perfect spring evening). Oh and for the staff headshots? No stuffy studio situation here - we shot them outside of Sante Wine Bar, and finished the session with wine for all. I get the impression that Dr. Gillespie's office is a great place to work - there are a lot of happy faces in that place! Did I mention that I am one of his patients?
I really enjoy collaborating with musicians - they appreciate creativity and are open. Pictured are sessions I've had with Bela Flek and Abigail Washburn, Vijay Iyer Trio, Acoustic Syndicate, David Wilcox, Underhill Rose, Ol Hoopty, 3 Davids and Josh Messick.
Now You See Her is song from the Crash Test Dummies most recent CD, and this video is my interpretation of what happens when a guy (Brad Roberts) keeps getting playfully knocked down by prospective women. He takes it with a grain of salt...
De La Terre skin products - the client wanted "clean, light and seasonal". Prop styling by Chris Bryant.
I worked on a campaign featuring my "faux family" of Amy, Lucy, Tim and Kai. Tim seemed to never quite be on the ball, and Amy was the family leader, constantly asking Tim why he wasn't as in on the plan as she was. Amy always had her mom's back, and Kai was the laid back accomplice of his dad. It was a very fun campaign to work on. Prop styling by Chris Bryant.
I have been so fortunate to be able to teach photography classes at Rancho La Puerta for many years. The moment I arrive, I feel myself relax and go to "my happy place". One year I was there I was hired to shoot a stop motion video for "the Ranch", and my assignment was to show how it feels to be there. Easy! Take a frazzled city lady, follow her through the airport, and then watch what happens as she is nurtured and nourished by the beauty and people of Ranch La Puerta (video above, also on their home page). Below are many stills I've shot for the Ranch, as I also shoot advertising photos for them on occasion.
Living in Asheville, Beer City USA, it was inevitable that I would shoot a book about beer. Home Brew, by Lark Books, is all about making your own beer at home, with how to images and inspirational beauty beer shots too. Many were shot at Green Man Ale, a brewery in downtown Asheville. Styling by Kristie Pfeffer.
The owners of C&Co create all of their natural body products in house - we think they are definitely worth stocking up on! Christi, the owner, was a dream to work with. Styled by Chris Bryant.
Ashley English wrote four books that make up "Homemade Living" series: Keeping Chickens, Keeping Bees, Home Dairy, and Canning and Preserving. I photographed Ashley demonstrating all of these crafts at her home in Candler, NC as well as many recipes that are featured in each book. It was a wonderful project that I am proud to have been a part of. Styling by Chris Bryant.
I worked on a campaign that featured the staff of the newly unveiled Asheville Scene, a weekly magazine. We chose a circus theme to show the unique qualities of each person with some allusion to their role in the magazine.
I have had many photo shoots for Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. Design by Martha Dugger.
For my assignment for National Geographic TV's "Live Free or Die", I was to photograph the homes of two families living truly "off the grid" in North Carolina. It was a wonderful experience meeting these interesting people who really take their mission of living simply and naturally seriously.
I shot this fun stop motion video to feature both the "characters" in my downtown community in Asheville, NC as well as the "Cheers" environment of 5 Walnut Wine Bar, a local hang. While trying to figure out how to start this project, I finally just drove downtown, parked my car and immediately ran across a Butoh dance procession and a woman walking her baby pig down the street. I couldn't make this stuff up!
I travel to NYC for fun and work quite often, and I'm often stopped in my tracks by the site of these lights shimmering on the buildings - these are a few samples from my series "Illuminations" featuring my impression of NYC lights.
Another series that's ongoing are my nature photos entitled "My Back Yard" - though "my" yard is expanding. When I'm not working I love to hike and bike in the woods, so it's a natural progression to want to capture some of what I see.
This series was commissioned by the historic Biltmore Estate, America's largest home. These images are a contemporary interpretation of a very traditional subject, and you can find them in the Biltmore For Your Home line as well as for sale in the gift shops.
Architectural Assignments include the North Carolina Governor's Residence and properties photographed for Blossman Gas advertisements.
This fun stop motion video features music by Asheville's Ol Hoopty and was shot at businesses in the historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. Real people having fun while pursuing their many offerings!
This series of manipulated colorful images began with a commission by Mobilia to create a series of colorful, modern images of iconic Asheville scenes, and ended up become quite a fun detour for several years. From the angel statue at Pack Square to the Orange Peel Social Aid and Music Club and beyond, these images were used as part of the branding of Asheville by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce and are still seen in businesses and homes around town. Lynne sells these images as prints out of her studio in downtown Asheville.
These images were shot in various locations for Blossman Gas. The objective was to show how cozy their gas logs make a space and how family friendly their gas appliances are for one's home. My job was to oversee location scouting, photography and all aspects of production for the shoots in the Southeast.