Ellen Silverman - A Taste of Mexico


Ellen Silverman shares with us a taste of her travels to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The seafood rice stew, shrimp mango torta, floating island dessert, and other local cuisine were shot for two different cookbooks, Mexico Today by Pati Jinich and Back to the Kitchen by Freddie Prinze Jr. 

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Joshua Cogan | The Heart of Food


Joshua has come to be known for his ability to get you close. He makes his subjects feel comfortable in front of the lens, allowing his audience to jump in the passenger seat and get a glimpse of a day in the life. In his series, "The Heart of Food", he guides the audience through the supply chain, tracing each step from farm to table.

The story begins with farmers; the men and women who work in the fields and tend to the plants. He takes the customer directly into contact with the people who are at the root of the food chain, allowing them to understand how their choices as consumers directly affect the world around them.

Now, more than ever, people want to know where their food comes from. We understand we are what we eat. Because of this, the story of our food is our story too. We also understand the value of the choices we make as consumers. It happens to be a beautiful and important story to tell.

For over a decade, I've taken audiences across the world photographing farmers and craftsmen, guiding clients to stories with impact. It's a privilege to help them express this vision as a company that connects farmers and customers to make a more healthy world. It is not just good business, it is good for the Earth too.  - Joshua Cogan

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Michael Brian | "In Dog We Trust"


We caught up with Michael Brian and he shared a bit about the development and concept behind “InDogWeTrust”.

To say I shoot a lot of pics of my dogs would be the understatement of the year. I was goofing around one day in the backyard when this project was birthed…sorta. 

Now I’m not a big fan of dressing up dogs, but I had an inclination one day to try hoodies on them. After a few shots, I realized the dogs took on these amazing personas. As I scrolled through the pics, the photos really took me by surprise. Such a broad range of emotions came to the surface. There was something present in their eyes I hadn’t ever seen before. At that point, I felt I might be on to something interesting.

When I see a compelling shot of a dog, I can literally sit and stare at the image for a solid 5 minutes. Their emotions can run the gamut from raw and authentic to genuine and engaging. This time around though, their expressions were downright deep, intriguing and incredibly appealing to my curiosity. Every image told a slightly different story, based on how they wore the hoodie, their body language, etc.  

This is where it gets interesting… from a spiritual perspective, dogs are one of our greatest sources of angelic assistance. Our dogs (our angels) come into this world to be closer to us than any person could ever be! Dogs are void of ego and act solely upon their instincts, much like us when we were born. Without diving too much deeper into the esoteric, dogs are all knowing beings. So when I saw the dogs wearing their hoodies, they looked to me as if they had become other worldly, coming from a place of peace, love and all knowing. 

So the broad scope of the project is to attach some rather profound statements tailored to each individual image, that portray the dogs as peaceful warriors, speaking to us humans from a place of guidance, love, and awareness.

Working along side Creative Director Marcus Moore and Copywriter Colin Costello, we have just recently branded the project “InDogWeTrust” (@InDogWeTrust2017), so keep an eye out for some deep dog doctrine coming your way very soon!!

Josh Franer | Nick Hart X Visit California

Director + photographer, Josh Franer captures the effortlessly cool aesthetic of British menswear designer Nick Hart for Visit California. Nick has created custom clothing for some of the biggest icons in music and Hollywood. Take a peek into how classic Hollywood and the seductive vibe of Palm Springs has shaped his style. 

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Credits: Director Josh Franer, DP Matt Ryan, Producer Matt Caltabiano, Colorist Aidan Stanford, Composer Joe Corcoran, Agency Mering Carson, Production Company Films, Special Thanks Peach Palm Springs.