Sock It to Me! Behind the Scenes of the Feetures Shoot with James Quantz Junior

When Charlotte, NC-based ad agency BooneOakley reached out to Agency MJ for help on a new athleisure campaign for their client Feetures, we knew just the guy for the job.  

Enter James Quantz Junior.

A sports and commercial photographer with an incredible talent for capturing compelling action shots, James has produced work for Sports Illustrated, ESPN, the Atlanta Falcons, the Charlotte Hornets, and more. (Not to mention his work for Bacardi Rum, Las Vegas Convention and Tourism, and Grand Central Publishing including the book jacket for Chelsea Handler’s Uganda Be Kidding Me.) He’s been with Agency MJ since 2011.

Born out of a desire to create a better running sock, Feetures launched in 2012 with a mission “to be the most recognized performance sock in the world.” Fusing original design with new technologies, Feetures provides premium socks for both everyday activities and athletics. They look good, they perform great, and, oh yeah, they come with a lifetime guarantee. Sign us up.

Together, BooneOakley and James set out on the one-day shoot at James’s Columbia, SC-based studio to capture images for web and print. “They had been doing environmental portraits, so this go-round they wanted to do in-studio type work,” says James. “To further enhance that we shot with a black backdrop and black acrylic flooring to get the reflections of the socks. In each image, you get the actual sock and its reflection.”

The shoot featured one male and one female model, each showcasing a variety of Feetures socks in multiple settings, a mashup of both fashion and function. And when you’re shooting awesome socks, you gotta keep it laid back.

“I like to keep things light and fun on set,” says James. “I like to let people be themselves. When you’re casting athletic people, you kinda just let them do their thing.”


James also knows though, after more than 15 years in photography, that when it comes to any kind of athletics-based photography, your subjects have to go all-in. “For staged movement to look real, it’s got to be real movement. You have to give 100% in front of the camera, as if you are on the field,” he says. “If you’re going to jump or swing a golf club, you’ve really got to do it.”

Although most of the images would be used for web, James also made sure they would be picture perfect for tradeshows (think life-size cutouts). To ensure enough resolution, James shot with a Phase One medium format camera. “It’s a little trickier when you’re doing action because it fires one frame per second where other cameras might give you five, even ten, frames per second. So, you’ve basically got one chance to catch it.”

James is a pro though. One chance is all he needs. Like he tells his athletes, “You do what you do, and I promise you I can catch it.”

See more images from the Feetures shoot at

Interested in working with James? Check out more of his work here, or contact Agency MJ here.

Hubert Kang | Metropolis at Metrotown

With nearly 400 stores and services, Metropolis at Metrotown in British Columbia has something for everyone. With TWICE/DDB Canada at the helm, visual storyteller and photographer Hubert Kang brought to life the must-see attractions, world class restaurants, and myriad of retail stores in the latest campaign "Life Happens Here". 


Check out the "Life Happens Here" campaign in living color! 


Credits: Photographer Hubert Kang, Producer Amy Jones, DP + Co-director Hamish Hamilton,  Editor Mike Southworth, Photo assistants Marlin Olynyk and Nik Molson,  Hair/Makeup Lucyanne Botham, Wardrobe Stylist Joanna Kulpa, Prop + Food stylist Angie Martin,  Agency TWICE/ DDB Canada, Creative Director Tim Hoffpouir, Designer Chloe Lan, Project Manager Chloe Hoppie.


Happy Holidays from Agency MJ!


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CASA is transforming lives. We are grateful for our clients, talented artists, and friends in making our holiday donation possible.

In Love & Gratitude,

Agency MJ

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Mark Hill | Jack Black + Parade Magazine


Actor Jack Black exudes good humor and merriment in this holiday shoot for Parade Magazine with celebrity and portrait photographer Mark Hill behind the lens to capture it all. We sat down with Mark to get the story behind Jack's spirited shenanigans. 


"I can’t think of a more fun assignment than shooting the actor Jack Black, unless of course, the magazine wants him to dance around wearing a red “Union Suit”!

Jack was in Atlanta promoting his Christmas film “Jumanji” and Parade Magazine had secured an hour of his time to shoot a holiday themed cover.  As you can imagine, he is a total pro that has been photographed by some of the best photographers in the world, so I needed something special to grab his attention and get him excited for our shoot.  I knew that Jack loves music, especially classic rock, so I borrowed a full DJ rig so that my 13 year-old son could spin some vintage vinyl while we were shooting.  As Jack walked into the studio, my son Dodge started playing Led Zepplin’s Kashmir, and Jack immediately started “singing” the distinctive notes. He immediately walked up to Dodge and started discussing the albums he brought and what kind of guitar my son likes to play. In a word, Jack Black was simply awesome.


Jack was so much fun to shoot! So full of energy and willing to do everything we asked. The initial idea was for Jack to hold a piece of mistletoe over his head with a lipstick print on his cheek. For the second set up, we wanted him to clown around in a bright red Union Suit. Once he was dressed, I asked for Jack to jump a few times and the results were amazing. Each shot was better than the last with perfect body position and a big, funny smile.  Once we were wrapped, Jack took photos with everyone on the crew, including me and my son. In all my years of shooting, Jack Black is the coolest, most down to earth actor I have ever met." - Mark Hill 

For the full article, head over to


Credits: Photography Mark Hill, Assistants JD Raper and Chris Carder, Parade Photo Director Nicole Kopperud. 



For commercial and fine art photographer, Monica Stevenson, one of the most important aspects of creating art is the collaborative process. In a monumental partnership with EPSON, she shares her vision and approach behind the "purple shoe splash" collaboratively telling the story of EPSON's new ink technology.

"At the end of the day, the longevity and permanence of the art is so important. For EPSON, it's all about quality and clarity. And for me the print itself is my fine art work." - Monica Stevenson

See more of Monica's commercial portfolio here.

Bret Hartman | Colby College's Cricket Farmers

Snap, Crackle, Crunch. Bret Hartman captures a team of food visionaries and Colby College alumni exploring the future of sustainable food systems. For this eclectic mix, insects are the key to feeding the world. To learn more about their approach and the secret for making dark-chocolate covered crickets, read the full article here

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Credits: Photographer Bret Hartman and Author Susan Abram.