Michael Clark

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mclark_fpta_0811_09203_argbMichael Clark is an internationally published outdoor photographer specializing in adventure sports, travel, and landscape photography. He produces intense, raw images of athletes pushing their sports to the limit and has risked life and limb on a variety of assignments to bring back stunning images of rock climbers, mountaineers, kayakers, and mountain bikers in remote locations around the world. He uses unique angles, bold colors, strong graphics and dramatic lighting to capture fleeting moments of passion, gusto, flair and bravado in the outdoors. Balancing extreme action with subtle details, striking portraits and wild landscapes, he creates images for the editorial, advertising and stock markets worldwide.

As a former physicist Michael has worked on both sides of the technical revolution – helping refine the technology and using it for his current profession. Michael has worked as a professional photographer since 1996 and added digital photography to his repertoire in 2003. While Michael still shoots some film, mostly medium format, the lion’s share of his images are now produced with high-resolution digital cameras. He has been featured in Outdoor Photographer (September 2001), Nikon World Magazine (Summer 2006) and New Mexico Magazine (2007) for his work with extreme sports.

He contributes to National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, Sports Illustrated, Outside, Men’s Journal, Backpacker, Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo Pro, Climbing, Alpinist, Rock and Ice, Bike Magazine and The New York Times among many others.

Advice Given:

  1. You got to have passion for the subjects your shooting, you must work insanely hard.
  2. Create work that better then your competition.
  3. Be a nice person.

Recommended Books  Exposed: Inside the Life and Images of a Pro Photographer (Voices That Matter) | VisionMongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography

Gear:Nikon D4 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR with Full 1080p HD Video (Body Only) | Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

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Dixie Dixon

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Dixie-Dixon-Ambassador-headshot-1Dixie Dixon is a Texas born and bred commercial fashion photographer. Just a few years out of college, this 20-something’s career is unfolding one adventure after another.
She was given her first Nikon Camera, a Nikon FG, at just 12 years old, which piqued her curiosity in the field and served as her sidekick in exploring the world. She would continually clock seven to 10 hours in the darkroom without even realizing it. While in college she studied in London with a world-renowned fashion photographer and became deeply inspired by the beautiful illusion of fashion and commercial photography.
It has been said that her idealistic vision of the world is reflected into every single frame—full of life, beautiful energy, and most of all, Soul. Her passion has lead her to shoot internationally in places such as Cannes, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Ibiza, and Barcelona recently for various brands, TV shows, commercial campaigns and editorial projects. Just this year she was named the 2013 Emerging Photographer of the Year by GraphiStudio.
Sensuous and polished, her images create a dream world in which romance is always alive. Her fresh vision has attracted clients such as Florsheim Shoes, Inside Edition, Nikon, CBS, G-Technology, Profoto, MAC Group, Billy Jealousy, Nha Khanh, ProFoods, American Heart Association & Angelberry Organics. Her work has been published in Rangefinder, PDN, Professional Photographer Magazine, Dapper Magazine, Living Magazine, Beverly Drive Magazine, and Nikon World.
“Honestly, I’m an incurable dreamer with a wild imagination. That’s what I truly love about fashion photography—there are no rules, no boundaries, just pure self-expression. Anything your mind can imagine, you have the power to bring to life in a single image or series of pictures. It makes me so happy to be able to work with such amazing creative people day in day out.”

Influences: Patrick Demarchelier, Annie Lebowitz

Advice Given:

  1. Don’t settle for something you don’t like to shoot.
  2. Be grateful and kind, you don’t have to treat people poorly.

Dixie’s Porfolio

 

Deborah Hamon

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45 year old artist Deborah Hamon, born in Adelaide, Australia and now living and working in Marin County,was recently named one of PDN’s 30 Photographers to Watch and has been featured in New American Paintings, Mexico City’s Picnic magazine, Flak photo, has a permanent piece (Wonderland) in the prestigious Crocker  Art Museum Collection, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, honors and mentions. Her unusual work consists of both ‘constructed’ photography and complete paintings. Her surreal photos (c-prints) combine a study of fiction and reality, placing flat graphic painted figures (almost always girls) usually confronting the viewer, with photographic backgrounds of exterior settings. She uses Photoshop to construct her photographs with figures from her paintings. [Read more...]

Randal Ford

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randal_montageAustin-based photographer Randal Ford has an eye for capturing the extraordinary moment. Randal pursues the sublime in the ordinary, glorifying moments that are at once every-day and once-in-a-lifetime using sensibilities that combines classical ideas and values with a modern aesthetic. This ethos has carried him from his early work as staff shooter at Texas A&M’s Battalion, to the covers of Texas Monthly and Time Magazine, and ultimately the coffee tables of America with his work on The Amazing Faith of Texas book. Ford’s advertising clients include some of the most prestigious advertising firms from coast to coast. His work has been highlighted in Communication Arts, Rangefinder Magazine, Popular Photography and a host of other industry publications. He currently lives in Austin with his wife, Lauren and 2 kids, Layla and Ellis. [Read more...]

Patrick Eccelsine

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Taylor Cole shot by: Patrick EcclesinePatrick Ecclesine is a commercial and fine art photographer whose images for such film studios as DreamWorks, Lionsgate and Warner Brothers, and television networks such as CBS, CNN, CW, FOX, Lifetime, Showtime, TBS, and TNT have appeared in magazine and newspapers, and on billboards and bus benches throughout the world. He is also a contributor to Vanity Fair magazine. [Read more...]

Scott McDermott: Portrait Photographer

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IMG_1233From his bio: Born in the US, Scott grew up in Switzerland, backpacked through the American West, and trekked Nepal’s Himalayas before committing to a college life spent mostly in a darkroom in upstate New York. After several years as an assistant to a wide variety of NYC photographers, he struck out on his own, shooting athletes and extreme sports. Scott’s work eventually shifted toward the athletes themselves and portraiture. This led to photographing many of the best creative minds in Hollywood, the music industry and the worlds of business and government. Along with his advertising and editorial work, Scott recently shot a series for “Mandela Day,” capturing the hands and faces of many of those who support Nelson Mandela’s message. In the last few years Scott has also made the shift to the moving image as a director on a variety of projects from commercial spots to short films. Scott is based in both New York City and Los Angeles. [Read more...]

Dave Lauridsen: Portrait Photographer

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dave_DSC5144I didn’t discover photography until I’d been in college for over three years already, but when I took a photo class on a whim to fill an elective I fell in love with it instantly. That was in the early nineties, so I was shooting film, and can still vividly remember the first time I was in the darkroom making a print. It was so magical to see the image start coming up while I rocked the tray of developer back and forth, I was shaking I was so excited. I didn’t realize at that point that I could make a living at as a photographer so it was a little while before I decided to pursue it as a career but I knew it was something I’d be doing one way or another for the rest of my life. Up ’til then, I’d been studying a bit of everything, constantly changing my major, and getting decent grades, but I didn’t really love anything until then so it was a huge breath of fresh air to finally find something i was passionate about. When I started thinking about pursuing it as a career, a lot of people discouraged me at first, telling me it was way to difficult to make a living. That was probably the best motivator I could’ve had, because I’ve always had a bit of a rebellious spirit about me so the more people were telling me to not go for it, the more determined I was to do it. [Read more...]

Andy Biggs: African Wild Life Photographer

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Andy_Biggs_Bio2Taken from Bio: Andy Biggs is an avid adventurer, conservationist, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. With a deep respect and understanding for African wildlife, Andy unfolds the world of the Serengeti, the Okavango Delta and other wildlife-rich destinations onto our doorstep with striking emotional depth. His photographic safaris allow the traveler to not only enhance their understanding of photography, lighting, and wildlife, but to develop a life-long admiration for Africa ‘s beauty and culture. [Read more...]

Kilii Fish: Adventure and Outdoor Photographer

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kiliii-webheader“I’m Kiliii Fish. I’m a commercial photographer and my work consists of adventure & outdoor lifestyle and conceptual images. Being both Native and Chinese, I grew up with an alternative life and I tend to have a different perspective on the world.

My photography draws from the natural world and people’s interactions with it. I think of my work as painting light on a canvas of production. It’s more like being a conductor than a fly on a wall. Many of my images are composites that would be impossible to capture in a single photograph. [Read more...]

Dean West: Making the Impossible Possible

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deanportraitTaken from Dean’s bio: DEAN WEST “one of the world’s best emerging photographers” (AFTER CAPTURE MAGAZINE), has a highly conceptual and thought-provoking style of contemporary portraiture. His body of work has been featured in top photography magazines, art galleries, and received numerous international awards.

Born in small-town rural Australia in 1983, Dean’s love for photography began in his high school’s darkroom- one of the largest darkrooms in the country at the time- and blossomed at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. After graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Photography with majors in visual culture and advertising, Dean formed a partnership, Berg+West, which won nationwide acclaim as a high-end photography and post-production studio. Through clients like the QLD Government and SONY, Dean quickly learned to transform stick figure sketches into intricate composited photographs with immense detail and clarity. [Read more...]

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