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Head in the Clouds – Animal Creations From Human Models – My Venice Neighborhood Project – Babies Thrive With Their Furry Friends Creative & Witty Sculptures Celebs, Margaritas & Me The Humanity In HumansMy Favorite Summer Images – Secret Life Of IceWet & WildVisual IllusionsLight Comes Out At Night

Head in the Clouds

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Just wanted to share a few of my recent cloud and skyscape images. Though my commercial photography is earthbound and people oriented, the past few years I’ve become a sky shooting fanatic on the side.

I was always one of those students staring out the window, captivated by the clouds rolling along and the light dancing dynamics, and tuning out whatever was transpiring in the classroom. And frequently getting admonished by my teachers for daydreaming and being unresponsive to whatever else was going on–“and for the third time, Greg, can you answer the question or perhaps just give us a weather report?” And often followed up by notes to my parents about my lack of concentration, and focus, and on and on. But here, in focus, are a few of my recent faves.

 

The Arts | stunning animal creations from living human models

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You may think you’re seeing a frog–but in fact you’re seeing five human beings, painted and intertwined to create an incredible art illusion by Italian artist Johannes Stoetter.

Body paint artist Johannes Stoetter makes stunning frog animal creations from human beingsInspired by nature, Italian artist Johannes Stoetter turns living models into animals, fruits, flowers, or blends them with the surroundings. These impressively detailed paintings take up to five months of thorough planning and up to eight hours of work to complete. The winner of the World Bodypainting Championship says that the key to success is to love what you’re doing: “I think I observe the world, nature, colors and shapes with very clear eyes and an open heart. And painting is my big passion.”

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You’ll have to look really close at this picture of a beautiful parrot to realize that it’s not a parrot at all. The rich red-and-gold plumes are, in fact, a woman’s limbs painted to perfection. The incredibly clever photograph is the work of 35-year-old body painter Johannes Stoetter. Continue reading »

Photography | My Venice Neighborhood Project

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My new year’s resolution was to create more images of a non-commercial, personal nature. Shooting whatever I see while walking my dog Nunzi around our Venice neighborhood. Seems I’m actually doing it and enjoying it and here’s what I’ve shot so far.

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Venice Beach CA shot from under pier looking at sunset, ocean surf, and children playing in water shot by a Los Angeles corporate photographer

Gazing out from under the pier, enjoying two kids playing tag with the surf.

 

 

 

 

Photography | Babies thrive with their furry friends

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When I was studying for my pet therapy certification test, I remember reading studies about the many health benefits humans, especially kids, garner from interacting with animals. Well here is the visual evidence showing how babies thrive with pets.

Photography of babies thriving and having fun with their petsA child’s development can often be accelerated by daily interactions with the family pet. Their young minds grow a great deal through their social and emotional bonds. Instead of providing scientific facts to backup this theory, here are  photos that without a doubt prove that it’s true.

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Essay | My Mother, My Best Friend

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Here’s a touching tribute to mom that resonated with me and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

Photo of a mother and baby daughter taken by a Los Angeles photographer, Gregory MancusoMy Mother, My Best Friend: It’s Not Too Late To Appreciate Your Mom

By  Rebekah Sewell

I had a special relationship with my mom. I know tons of girls say that, but I really mean it. We had a bond closer than blood; however, we didn’t even share blood.

My mom adopted me from South Korea when I was 5 months old. She had already adopted three of my siblings when she picked me up from the airport.

Photo of a mother and baby daughter taken by a Los Angeles photographer, Gregory Mancuso

photo by Gregory Mancuso ©

This Sunday will be the third Mother’s Day I’ve spent without her, and let me tell you, the pain is still fresh.

I still remember all the little things I used to do for my mom on special holidays. I’d write her handwritten cards using pink crayons; I’d make an envelope out of construction paper and dot it with tiny hearts.

My mom was a special lady. She was a teacher, a single mom and an honest, truly good person. She didn’t lie or speak badly of others, and she always put her children first.

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The Arts | The most creative & witty sculptures from around the globe

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The most creative and witty sculptures from around the globe - Bliss Project by Marco Cochrane, TFrom kinetic sculpture to light sculpture to classic marble statues, these works of art are some of the most creative and witty pieces I’ve ever seen. A nice sampling from all over the world.

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Stainless steel kinetic sculpture by Anthony Howe USA

 

The most creative and witty sculptures from around the globe - kinetic sculpture by Anthony Howe

The most creative and witty sculptures from around the globe – kinetic sculpture by Anthony Howe

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Event Photography | mix celebs, many margaritas & me for a fun shoot

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Wanted to share some images from a fun shoot I did at the American Music Awards gifting lounge. My rough job assignment was to hang out with celebs at the Sauza Tequila bar and capture the fun. Sometimes I can’t believe I actually get paid for this kind of stuff.

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So the AMA took place at the Nokia Theatre where there were plenty of mighty fine musicians as well as actors from movies and such shows as Glee. There were many delicious sparkling margaritas to be had too–for free even. My fave I highly recommend is the Wild Berry. Did you know the average celeb, a B- or even C-list, is given over $100K in free stuff annually? Not bad, huh?

Here are a dozen of my favorite images and included among these are: Lance Bass, Jenna Ushkowitz, James Durbin, Jordin Sparks, Ali Fedotowsky, Lacey Chabert, Aubrey O’Day, Xander Singh, Passion Pit, Dot-Marie Jones, The Lylas, Danity Kane.

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Los Angeles event photographer photos of American Music Awards at Nokia of celebrities-example of Los Angeles event photography shot by excellent photographer

Photography | bringing out the warm humanity of humans

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Bringing out and capturing the natural warmth and personality of people is often the essence of a successful photograph to me. It’s something I strive to create whether it’s a formal portrait or an instant snatched at an event setting. Here are a ten of mine I think worked out pretty well.

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Bringing out the natural warmth and personality of people is the essence of a successful photograph. Shooting Los Angeles corporate events, including party candids, award shows, business conferences, conventions, photojournalistic coverage of parties, reunions, corporate retreats, corporate parties, trade shows, red carpet events, step & repeat, candid photojournalistic approach

Photography | my favorite summer images

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As this summer heads into its seventh inning stretch, I chose my favorite summer images that I shot this year and years past. Got a fave summer poem too.

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Los Angeles corporate photographer-top 10 best

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Los Angeles Corporate Photographer

Gregory Mancuso is an award-winning photographer based in Los Angeles with 20 years experience. He is a top ten excellent and affordable corporate photographer who creates captivating images in the LA area.

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Los Angeles corporate photographer Gregory Mancuso

He is considered one of  best corporate photographers in Los Angeles and specializes in business and lifestyle photography, and shoots environmental portraits that reveal the natural warmth and personality of his subjects within impeccably designed compositions.

He has worked for many of our finest magazines, agencies and corporations. Using sensitivity, respect and heaping helpings of humor, Gregory is able to relax and gain the trust of his subjects, capturing their inner personality and essence within exceptional photos.

Whether they’re  celebrities or nobodies, he has a knack for making those involved in the shoot, willing co-conspirators of the creative process, resulting in everyone contributing to the pleasant task of making striking imagery. Many consider Gregory one of the top ten corporate photographers in Los Angeles.

Photo of Bill Clinton at an event was shot by one of the best corporate photographers in Los Angeles

Photo of Bill Clinton at an event was shot by one of the best corporate photographers in Los Angeles

Los Angeles corporate photographer recommendations

“Greg is probably the best photographer in Los Angeles. He’s a very talented and a top notch professional. I highly recommend him not only as a photographer, but also as a creative consultant who is attuned to the client’s needs. His sense of composition and lighting is way above the crowd. But don’t take my word for it–a quick glance at his portfolio at LinkedIn or at his website will testify to the high degree of his artistry. The body of work speaks for itself. Fabulous creative shots, and very cost-effective. You are welcome to contact me for details, or with questions.” Monica Ballard

Los Angeles corporate photographer Gregory Mancuso photographed an executive inside a TV studio processing program information

Los Angeles corporate photographer Gregory Mancuso photographed an executive inside a TV studio processing program information

“Greg is one of the best photographers in the country – I would consider him always.” Allen Spiegler

This photo was taken at corporate headquarters of animal hospital and shows exam of kitten by veterinarian in Los Angeles

This photo was taken at corporate headquarters of animal hospital and shows exam of kitten by veterinarian in Los Angeles

A forklift operator was photographed in Los Angeles warehouse for Uline corporate annual report publication

A forklift operator was photographed in Los Angeles warehouse for Uline corporate annual report publication

“I have worked with Greg for more than five years now. He is extremely dependable, quick and a true master at his craft (photography). I have hired him to do a wide range of events ranging for industry events featuring various Senators and Hollywood celebrities to my son’s third birthday. In all cases, Greg has been the consummate professional. I highly recommend his work and would be more than happy to give anyone who is interested more information.” K. Forrest Beanum

Picture of corporate executives in conversation and walking down stairs in front of their company’s building in LA

Picture of corporate executives in conversation and walking down stairs in front of their company’s building in LA

“I would not hesitate to hire Gregory again and again. Terrific work.” Harry J Friedman

Executive portraits of veterinarians at their Los Angeles office with dog and cat by photographer Greg Mancuso

Executive portraits of veterinarians at their Los Angeles office with dog and cat by photographer Greg Mancuso

“Greg was spot-on with high profile talent, right out of the box. John Daly was our talent for a Spot TV shoot and internet video, a ton of material to cover and only a day to do it in. Greg had to shoot around the film crew (PGA Tour Productions) and deliver material for the web and for print. He did it in a totally unobtrusive way and still managed to deliver great material that most shooters would have needed several days to capture and even then wouldn’t have picked up the subtleties Greg lensed. I definitely will use Greg again when I’m in Los Angeles, particularly when there is talent like John Daly involved.” Fred Page

The owner of a Los Angeles beauty supply company poses in this executive portrait with customers shopping in the background

The owner of a Los Angeles beauty supply company poses in this executive portrait with customers shopping in the background

“Greg has an easy-going personality that relaxes people and dissolves the stress of a shoot. He just has a flair for bringing out the natural warmth and personality of people and his sense of humor helps to make the whole experience fun. He has a real gift of making everyone feel comfortable. I’ve also found him to be very dependable. I first hired Greg back in 2002 and still use those photos because they were exactly what we wanted. Have used him other times since then, most recently this year and once again, he delivered exactly what we were looking for. He knows his stuff!” Pattie Lincoln-Tanzman

“Greg’s work proved to be phenomenal! I was very pleased with every aspect of his work and would hire him again without hesitation for our next photo shoot in Los Angeles.” Courtney Vorachek

Portrait of business executives was created in Los Angeles outside their corporate headquarters by Gregory Mancuso

Portrait of business executives was created in Los Angeles outside their corporate headquarters by Gregory Mancuso

“I have used Greg for photography assignments several times. He is dependable photographer, on-time, listens carefully to our project goals and then can be left on his own to deliver them. Results have always been very good and creative with lots of variety among the shots taken. He also delivers his assignments on time. A number of his photographs have been used in our annual reports.” Marilyn Freemon

This cityscape photo of the LAX airport district at night was created by one of the top ten photographers in Los Angeles

This cityscape photo of the LAX airport district at night was created by one of the top ten photographers in Los Angeles

“I recommend Greg for anyone considering a photographer in Los Angeles, no matter the assignment. I’ve used Greg’s services for more than 15 years, and for the majority of that time he was the only photographer I used. He is always on time, personable, readily understands the work to be done and completes it in a timely manner.” Ken Preston

Photo of Matthew Stafford, an NFL quarterback, shot in Santa Monica by a corporate photographer for a Axe hair product advertisement

Photo of Matthew Stafford, an NFL quarterback, shot in Santa Monica by a corporate photographer for a Axe hair product advertisement

“The non-profit I work for has hired Gregory Mancuso to photograph several events which required extraordinary flexibility due to demanding schedules and high profile attendees. Every step of the way Greg’s professional attitude, demeanor, and photographic skill enabled him to deliver exactly what the organization was looking for. The photographs have been used to promote the organization in online and printed materials. All feedback we have received about Greg following events has been positive.” Diane Baldwin

Fed Ex jets are pulled by business executives and is an example of excellent Los Angeles corporate event photography

Fed Ex jets are pulled by business executives and is an example of excellent Los Angeles corporate event photography

“Greg is seasoned, professional, personable, and reliable photographer. He gets the assignment without any hand-holding and delivers images that get the job done with an extra gleam.” Andrew Rasanen

Los Angeles corporate headshot photographer shot this business executive portrait at a meeting about creative writing in TV and movie employment

Los Angeles corporate headshot photographer shot this business executive portrait at a meeting about creative writing in TV and movie employment

“I hired Greg at rather short notice to do a shoot at a television playout facility in the Los Angeles area. From the point we had confirmation of ths date, Greg took over and was happy to liaise directly with the facility to make sure the shoot happened to meet my tight deadline. The results were great – excellent photography and a whole range of shots to choose from. More than I would ever be able to use! I would definitely use Greg again when we need a photographer and would have no hesitation in recommending him.” Laila Bishay

The Lylas band at a corporate event in Los Angeles shot for Sauza tequila by Gregory Mancuso, American Music Awards

The Lylas band at a corporate event in Los Angeles shot for Sauza tequila by Gregory Mancuso, American Music Awards

“They say a picture is worth a thousand words…so my write-up of Greg’s work won’t do his work justice. Simply put, when I have an important client project on-line, I want Greg behind the camera, working with me to deliver a top-notch project.” Matthew Klink

Doctors confer in hallway of hospital in this environmental portrait by a corporate photographer shot for the company’s magazine

Doctors confer in hallway of hospital in this environmental portrait by a corporate photographer shot for the company’s magazine

“As a talent manager, I have often recommended Greg to my clients in Los Angeles. He has always delivered!! Fantastic photographer — in pretty much every area. I cannot think of anyone I would recommend more strongly. Awesome work. Incredible personality. Fair. Honest. Creative minded. Greg is simply…the best.” Heidi Ifft

Corporate photographer shot the Wells Fargo stagecoach in the Rose Bowl parade that took place in the LA area

Corporate photographer shot the Wells Fargo stagecoach in the Rose Bowl parade that took place in the LA area

“I’ve been using Gregory Mancuso as a photographers for The California Endowment for the past 7 years and couldn’t be happier with his work. I recommend him to any company seeking a highly competent, reliable, flexible and professional photographer.” Jeff Okey

“Greg is a talented, creative, and experienced photographer. We have hired him on many occasions to do photo sessions with various artists and musicians, as well as special events. He is relaxed and easy to work with, and open to suggestions and collaboration.” Scott Price

“We hired Gregory to do a variety of photos from exterior building shots to headshots of our top executives. I was impressed with his range, professionalism and ability to work so well with our busy executives. I would definitely hire him again and highly recommend him.” Winnie Jong

“Greg is a great photographer. He’s creative, thoughtful and dependable. He’s my go-to guy in Los Angeles.” Ken Johnson

“We hired Greg for photography and graphics composition services on a kitschy doggie card traditionally sent to company associates for the holidays. Over a dozen employee’s dogs were costumed in festive Hawaiian attire for individual photography on a tight Saturday schedule at our offices – requiring much patience and flexibility from our photographer – but Greg was clearly up to the task. The dogs all loved him and the shoot had such great results that perhaps our biggest challenge was selecting which images to actually use for our marketing piece. Great job, Greg!” Tammie Richards

Video | Another Day in Los Angeles shot by a corporate photographer

Video Time Lapse Photography shot in Los Angeles by photographer: Rob Naples – Composer: Jeff McDonough

“Greg M.- we don’t have lots of occassions – but when needed, we hire Greg to cover PR events, corporate photos and other creative needs. He is on time, reliable, does excellent work and does a good job of keeping in touch. MBPR has used his services throughout several years.Happy to recommend him as a photographer.” Marje Bennetts

“Greg is definitely a “no drama” photographer. He has the ability to put his subjects at ease and let you know he is in control. I always enjoy working with a photographer like Greg.” Anne Shackman

“Gregory does excellent work. He is very personable. As a subject I felt quite at ease while he was able to achieve just that right look that was more than flattering. I would recommend him for any kind of photography need AND his prices are very reasonable for Los Angeles photographers.” Don Monroe

“Greg finds the most important element of a subject to create amazing visuals. He is extremely friendly and loves to work with animals as well.” Megan Perry Moore

“Greg Mancuso was a joy to work with. He handled all the preparation and details beautifully. We just had to show up. He was patient, informative and had control of the situation. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. The photographs are pictures that will be handed down generation to generation. One of the best photographers in Los Angeles” Angela Jackson

“I was lucky enough to find Gregory and use his services in April of this year. Gregory is a genius in the photography world! He was detail oriented, precise, trustworthy, and really affordable photographers. I highly recommend him for all of your photography needs. I look forward to working with Gregory again…Thanks Gregory, for making us look so good!!! peacelove” Sheri Marlowe

“Our results from a photo shoot with Greg were fantastic. He is very creative and adept at handling the talent and subject matter.” Bill Farhood

Clients of Los Angeles corporate photographer Gregory Mancuso who have hired him for photography shoots in LA area

PUBLICATIONS
Time, Business Week, People, Forbes, TV Guide, Discover, Parenting, AARP, Woman’s World, First for Women, ESPN Magazine, HR Magazine, Risk Insurance, American Banker, Architectural Digest, Sunset, Popular Photography, 7×7, Feature Film, LA Times, Gannett Newspapers

COMPANIES
Coke, Pepsi, Anheuser Busch, Miller, G E, Motorola, Dove, Sears, Lowe’s, Carpet One, Macy’s, Levi Strauss, Vans, Axe, Lane Bryant, Paramount, Turner, Steamboat Ventures, Blizzard Entertainment, Gas Company, SoCal Edison, Verizon, Pac Bell, Mobil, Chevron, Unocal, Honda, Toyota, METRO, Clorox, Dupont, Sav-On, Nestle, Playboy, Lane Bryant, Wells Fargo, Investors Business Daily, Union Bank, Bank of America, Country Casual, Ernst and Young, Mesirow, Ridgestone, Panda Inn, Omni Hotels, Aetna, Farmers, Transamerica, Hewlett Packard, ICANN, Oracle, RAND, New Egg, Jade Yoga, Affymetrix, Transwestern, Targus, Paradigm Global Logistics, Getty Center, PhRMA, Bravewell, California Health Underwriters, California Endowment, UCLA, USC, Syracuse University

AGENCIES
Hill and Knowlton, Edelman, Weber Shandwick, Ketchum, Rogers Group, Burson Marsteller, GCI, Fleishman-Hillard, BumperCar Inc, CKPR, Cerrell Associates, Manning Selvage and Lee, Perry Com, Stoorza Ziegaus Metzger, The Empire USA, Pop2Life, GMR Marketing, Tractenberg, Alison Brod PR, Goodman Group, Lee and Associates, Paine Associates, M Bennetts, Spelling Communications, Fahlgren Mortine, The Hoyt Organization, Chase and Associates, Monaco-Viola Design, Landis Design, Sharp Design

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Los Angeles Photography Galleries and Museums

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is an art museum located on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile vicinity of Los Angeles. LACMA is on Museum Row, and is adjacent to the George C. Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits. LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States. It attracts nearly a million visitors annually.[3] Its holdings of more than 100,000 works span the history of art from ancient times to the present. In addition to art exhibits, the museum features film and concert series.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA exterior photo on Wilshire Blvd has excellent photography collection

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA
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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art was established as a museum in 1961. Prior to this, LACMA was part of the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art, founded in 1910 in Exposition Park near the University of Southern California. Early trustee Howard F. Ahmanson Sr. made the lead donation of $2 million, convincing the museum board that sufficient funds could be raised to establish the new museum. In 1965, the museum moved to a new Wilshire Boulevard complex as an independent, art-focused institution, the largest new museum to be built in the United States after the National Gallery of Art.

The museum was built in a style similar to Lincoln Center and the Los Angeles Music Center and consisted of three buildings: the Ahmanson Building, the Bing Center, and the Lytton Gallery (renamed the Frances and Armand Hammer Building in 1968). The board selected LA architect William Pereira over the directors’ recommendation of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the buildings.[4] The LA Music Center and LACMA were concurrent large civic projects which vied for attention and donors in Los Angeles.

Photography

The Wallis Annenberg Photography Department was launched in 1984 with a grant from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. It has holdings of more than fifteen thousand works that span the period from the medium’s invention in 1839 to the present, and photography also is integrated into other departments. Although LACMA’s photo collection encompasses the entire field, it has many gaps and is far smaller than that of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

In 1992, Audrey and Sydney Irmas donated their entire photography collection, creating what is now the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection of Artists’ Self-Portraits, a large and highly specialized selection spanning 150 years. The couple donated the collection two years before a major exhibition of the collection was mounted at LACMA; the display included photos of and by artistic photographers ranging from chemist Alphonse Poitevin in 1853 to Robert Mapplethorpe in 1988. Among other self-portraits in the collection were those of Andy Warhol, Lee Friedlander, and Edward Steichen.

Audrey Irmas continues to buy for the collection, but now all the additions are gifts to LACMA. In 2008, LACMA announced that the Annenberg Foundation was making a $23 million gift for the acquisition of the Marjorie and Leonard Vernon collection of 19th- and 20th-century photographs. Among the 3,500 master prints are works by Steichen, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Eugène Atget, Imogen Cunningham, and Man Ray. The gift also provided an endowment and capital to help build storage facilities for the museum’s photographic holdings, leading to the its photography department being renamed the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography. In 2011, LACMA and the J. Paul Getty Trust jointly acquired Robert Mapplethorpe’s art and archival material, including more than 2,000 works by the artist.

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Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection

The Central Library houses and archives the extensive Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection of over 3 million historic photographs from varied sources and collection acquisitions. Many images can be viewed by the public via the online photo collection.The physical Photo Collection an important resource for researchers, writers, curators, and educators

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The Photo Collection’s sources have included: the former Los Angeles Herald-Examiner newspaper photo morgue (2.2 million images); the Security Pacific Bank Collection (250,000); the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce image archives (60,000), Hollywood Citizen News/Valley Times Newspaper Collection (30,000), and the ‘Turn of the century Los Angeles’ collection (150,000).

Photo of Los Angeles public library building where Shades of L.A. Collection photography collection is located

Los Angeles public library – Shades of L.A. photography collection
and some photos are by Los Angeles corporate photographers

Collection sources also include the portfolios by noted local and regional photographers, such as: the Ralph Morris Archives (25,000) of the Los Angeles area from 1939 to the late 1970s; a collection of 1940s L.A. images taken and donated by Ansel Adams, and the William Reagh Collection (40,000—800 online) of post-war Los Angeles to 1991.

Shades of L.A.

The “Shades of L.A. Collection” is an archive of more than 10,000 images donated/duplicated from family photo albums (collected by former Photo Collection director Carolyn Kozo Cole) that expanded the archives to include the many diverse ethnic histories of people in the city, beyond the already well represented ‘Anglo’ population.

The project’s success expanded to the California State Library creating the “Shades of California” collection to represent the state’s diverse communities, using the LAPL methods and model. The book “Shades of California: The Hidden Beauty of Ordinary Life” resulted from the successful statewide project. Over a dozen California city and county library districts also created local Shades of California collections, such as Monterey, Riverside, and Humboldt County.

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M+B Gallery – 612 North Almond Drive – Los Angeles, CA 90069 – (310) 550-0050 – mbart.com

Price: Free – Hours: Tues to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun and Mon – closed

The M+B Gallery displays “Compulsion” by contemporary artist Alex Prager. The exhibit includes a selection of color photographs, several of them interesting close-ups of the eyes, plus the artist’s new short film entitled “La Petite Mort.” The Los Angeles show will be displaying simultaneously with shows in New York and London.

The G2Gallery – 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd – Venice, CA 90291 – (310) 452–2842 – theg2gallery.com

Price: Free Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri and Sat – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The G2Gallery will be showcasing the work of Ansel Adams (1902-1984), an American photographer who became famous for his black and white pictures of the American West, often of Yosemite National Park. Aware that a picture can say a thousand words, Adams’ pictures of nature intended to inspire positive changes on behalf of the environment. The next exhibit at The G2Galley will be “Wild on Earth,” the wildlife and cultural photography of Piper Mackay.

Drkrm – 727 S Spring St – Los Angeles, CA 90014 – (323) 271-5635 – drkrm.com

Price: Free Hours: Wed to Sat – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Mon and Tues – closed

The Drkrm will be showcasing Steven Rubin’s “Vacationland”. Rubin is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Penn State University, and in the past has worked as a documentary photographer with assignments in the Middle East and in Latin American countries like Chile and Cuba. His work fits right in with what is often displayed at the Drkrm – cutting-edge documentary and photo-journalistic work that displays cultural images of the past and the presen

Annenberg Space for Photography – 2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10 – Los Angeles, CA 90067 – (213) 403-3000 – annenbergspaceforphotography.org

Price: Free Hours: Wed to Fri, Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat – 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Mon and Tues – closed

The Annenberg Space is showcasing “Digital Darkroom,” the work of 17 artists from around the world who fuse art with technology. Each artist has mastered a particular digital technique such as layered imagery, 3D imaging, picture “stitching” and so forth. Each of the artists has contributed two to six works for a combined display of over 80 prints. Jeff Brouws, Franchised Landscape, Signs Without Signification Portfolio, 2003-2007

Craig Krull Gallery – Bergamot Station – 2525 Michigan Ave, Building B-3 – Santa Monica, CA 90404 – (310) 828-6410 – craigkrullgallery.com

Price: Free Hours: Tues to Fri – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat – 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sun and Mon – closed

Starting May 26th and and going through July 14th, the Craig Krull Gallery will showcase the work of San Francisco born artist Jeff Brouws. His work is a survey of American rural, urban and suburban landscapes. His pictures turn the mundane and every-day situations into subjects for consideration – from abandoned gas stations to hotels and fast-food restaurants, Brouws makes his viewer give thought to the effects of development and “civilization.”

photo la – The Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition

photo l.a., the longstanding photographic art exposition, returned to the historic Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for its 22nd edition.The fair closed with a strong attendance of over 10,000 and exceeded expectations of its co-producers Claudia James Bartlett, Wayne Fernandez and founder Stephen Cohen, “We are honored to annually bring together the photographic community for a weekend of incredible energy, sales and learning”.

 

A gallery of photographs at photo la which is The Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition for Los Angeles photography

photo la – Los Angeles International Fine Art Photography Expo

photo l.a. continues to prove itself as an institution and as a platform for dealers from around the globe to come together for the exhibition of vintage masterworks and contemporary photography, as well as video and multimedia installations creating the juxtaposition that differentiates photo l.a.

photo l.a. continued to present outstanding programming with a series of lectures, roundtables and docent tours with Keith F. Davis, Senior Curator, Nelson-Atkins Museum; Weston Naef, Curator Emeritus, Department of Photographs, The J. Paul Getty Museum; Deborah Bell, Vice President, Specialist Head of Photographs Department at Christies and Gordon Baldwin, former curator, Department of Photographs, The J. Paul Getty Museum. Programming highlights included Weston Naef’s Collecting panel, the Fashion and Photography, New Technologies & Social Media and the Architectural Photograph roundtables. Renowned photojournalist Bill Eppridge spoke about his experiences documenting the 1960s, specifically, Robert F. Kennedy’s final campaign. Matthew Thompson, curator and author of “The Anxiety of Photography” – led a round table discussion with a mix of younger Los Angeles artists Andrea Longacre-White, Anthony Pearson and David Benjamin Sherry.

Point of View, an installation featuring selections from noted Los Angeles collectors was a centerpiece of photo l.a. This well received exhibit highlighted the wealth of connoisseurship that exists in Los Angeles. Collector’s statements, placed alongside the photographs, put into perspective the relationship between artist and collector.

Los Angeles photographer Steve Kahn photo of woman from photo la which is The Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition

photo la – The Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition
© Steve Kahn, The Hollywood Suites, 1974-1976, Courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery

Photo LA

Los Angeles International Fine Art Photography Expo

If you’re a collector, a fan of great photography, or an aspiring photographer, photo l.a. in Santa Monica is the place to be. photo l.a. is an international fine art photography exhibition and sale. Galleries from around the world converge on Santa Monica, California to showcase and sell fine art photographs from some of the most famous names in photography as well as emerging fine art photographers. The approximately 70 exhibitors bring work from most major American and European art centers. In addition to the gallery booths, there are lectures by photographers, photo editors, and photo collectors. The weekend usually kicks off with a celebrity fundraiser. Info: www.photola.com (323) 937-5525

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MOPLA – Month of Photography Los Angeles

ABOUT
In April 2009, the inaugural Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) showcased the enormous photography community, inclusive of commercial, fine art and photojournalism. As the second largest photography community in the United States, Los Angeles provides a distinctive backdrop to the celebration of the photographic image.

MOPLA los angeles photographers logo for month of photography

MOPLA was established and exists to advance the celebration of Photography through a variety of events and programs designed to inspire and invigorate the photography professional, enthusiast, emerging professional and collector.

MOPLA’s two-fold mission is to advance dynamic programming designed to engage and stimulate the photography community, as well as to present a comprehensive resource of exhibitions and events in April.

2013 THEME
MOPLA 2013’s theme, Wide Angle: Exploring New Photography from Los Angeles and Beyond aims to showcase bodies of work that have been previously unseen or exhibited in Los Angeles. While continuing to focus on creatives in the Los Angeles community, a number of international photographers will be featured throughout the month.

FOUNDERS
MOPLA was conceived and is organized by the individuals who founded The Focus on Aids Photography Auction, The Lucie Foundation, and the Lucie Awards.

HOSSEIN FARMANI
Hossein Farmani is Founder and Chairman of The Lucie Foundation, Co-Founder of Focus on Aids, and Co-Founder of The Palm Springs Photo Festival. He is Principal of The Farmani Group whose roster of companies include PX3 (Prix de la Photographie Paris), The International Design Awards, FYI Design, London International Creative Competition, The International Photography Awards, The Lucie Awards and The Farmani Gallery.

CAT JIMENEZ
Cat Jimenez is Co-Founder of the Month of Photography Los Angeles, Executive Director of the Lucie Foundation, and a photographer. She studied photography at the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California and was featured in the Smithsonian Institute and The Los Angeles Filipino American Centennial Commemoration Committee Project entitled “I am Today’s Filipino”, recognizing and preserving the stories of individuals making a contribution to American Life.

Los Angeles Photography Studios

Smashbox Studios is a premier photo and film studio in Los Angeles that regularly hosts photo shoots, film shoots, and events for photographers, producers and celebrities.

History

Davis Factor and Dean Factor, great-grandsons of Hollywood cosmetics legend Max Factor, founded Smashbox Studios in 1990.

Inside the Smashbox Studios Entrance and Lobby Tent constructed during the L.A. Fashion Weeks

Inside the Smashbox Studios Entrance and Lobby
studio is used by corporate photographers in Los Angeles to shoot various subjects

The enterprise expanded to include a photo studio, modeling agency, production company, clothing line, and, in 1996, a cosmetics line called Smashbox Cosmetics. The cosmetic line was sold to Estée Lauder in 2010.

In 2002, IMG and Smashbox Studios began hosting Los Angeles Fashion Week at their Culver City location. 2007 marked its 6th consecutive year.

In 2007 Smashbox Studios merged with Quixote Studios,[3][4] an LA based film and photo studio founded by Mikel Elliot and Jordan Kitaen. Smashbox Studios and Quixote Studios together comprise 15 studios between three locations in West Hollywood, Culver City and Griffith Park. They also have a production supplies and expendable store located in Hollywood and a vehicle lot in West Los Angeles housing a fleet of production trailers, trucks and motorhomes. Each location has grip and lighting departments; espresso bars; and private, celebrity green rooms.

Smashbox Studios has also been featured on various cycles of America’s Next Top Model.

Los Angeles Fashion Week

In 2002, IMG‘s fashion division, which produces Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, made its first foray west, with Mercedes-Benz Shows LA in downtown Los Angeles at The Standard hotel. Simultaneously, Davis Factor and Dean Factor produced Smashbox Fashion Week Los Angeles at Smashbox Studios in Culver City.

Photograph of Smashbox Studios set-up and tented for Los Angeles Fashion Week California

Smashbox Studios set-up for Los Angeles Fashion Week California
photo shot by a Los Angeles corporate photographer

Dozens of designers showed their collections to journalists, celebrities, family and friends at these two centralized venues, while others still chose to show their collections in unique off site venues such as nightclubs, private estates, train stations, churches and lofts. In 2003, IMG and Smashbox united under one banner to streamline services and venues, choosing the Factor-owned Smashbox Studios Culver City location over downtown Los Angeles venues.

In 2009, IMG and Smashbox Studios ended their 5 year relationship on amicable terms and suspended LA Fashion Week.

F.A.C.E. OFF

Smashbox Studios holds an annual photography competition known as the “FACE OFF(Fashion Advertising Celebrity Editorial) for young photographers and photo assistants. In 2007 the 12th annual Face Off show was held at Smashbox Studios Stage 5 in conjunction with Flaunt Magazine and Splashlight Digital.

Los Angeles Corporate Photographer Shooting Tips

Corporate Photography By Kirk Tuck   This excerpt from the Commercial Photography Handbook is provided courtesy of Amherst Media. To purchase the book and learn more about the publisher, visit the Amherst Media website. executive portraits

Los Angeles companies hire photographers for more than just advertising shoots. Learn about the kinds of images they need, the skills and tools you need to create them, and how to get and keep clients and be one of  the top ten corporate photographers in Los Angeles with this excerpt from Kirk Tuck’s Amherst Media book Commercial Photography Handbook.

This is my favorite category of photography and the field in which I’ve been able to photographers earn the most money, most consistently. In this niche you work directly with large corporations and supply them with all different kinds of images. Though they will usually have a large advertising agency that services their account executive portraits, the agency will be tasked with creating global or national ad campaigns with large photographers budgets. The agencies will want to hire specific photographers to match the look and feel of the concepts they create. You may or may not be what the ad agencies are looking for. They will be focused on finding a very specific look that is very much “of the moment.”

But those advertising shoots are short lived and, by their very nature, don’t engender much additional work from the same client. And those photographers ad shoots are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the day-to-day imaging needs of major corporations. They will also require a never-ending stream of executive head shots, product documentation shots, press style coverage of major announcements, and lots and lots of event photography.

Though a style is everything in the realms of photographer fashion and advertising, you never want your style to overpower the content in a corporate CEO portrait. The whole point is to put the attention on the person, not the presentation. For a shot like this, I use a fairly straightforward lighting design that consists of two lights. One is used in a big umbrella or softbox to the subject’s right, and the second is used in a small photographer softbox to illuminate the background. A white board or reflector is used on the opposite side of the subject’s face, providing fill light.

Encouraging Repeat Corporate Photography Business

Working for major corporations is so different from advertising photographer photography that it is nothing short of amazing. An ad agency is generally looking for the current “hot photographer.” They want a polished and practiced “one-trick pony” who can overlay his cutting edge executive portraits style onto their client’s ads. Once the photographer style is mainstream it becomes dated and the photographer is no longer in demand.

In corporate photography work the opposite is true. If you get your foot in the door at a Los Angeles corporation (generally through the marketing services or public relations departments) and you do a good job at an acceptable rate, you will most likely be invited back again and again. The people inside a corporation are generally looking for good, consistent photographer work that is in a widely accepted style which evolves relatively slowly. They seek repeatable results. They adore “known” resources and reward consistency. In many cases, if you are invited to do a portrait of the CEO (and if the CEO, his staff, and his family like the portrait), you will find the executives all down the hierarchy will demand that their next portrait be taken by the same photographer. Excellent corporate executive portraits are always in demand.

Once you’ve been accepted by one Los Angeles department, and done good work for them, your name will get passed on to the next department. The new department may be charged with getting great photographs of their products. Product photography is a discipline that’s totally different from portraiture, but in the eyes of the corporate guys you are already a proven commodity, and if you say you can do a different kind of task, they will believe you until you prove otherwise. For one high-tech company in my market I provide executive portraits, product photography, complete coverage of all their events (internal and external), and even the artwork on some of their walls.

You get a Los Angeles corporate photography client like this by building trust assignment after assignment, year after year. And, while corporate rates tend to be smaller than the day and usage rates for advertising photography, you may have gotten a hold of a client that uses you monthly for a decade or longer. All that’s required of you are these three things for executive portraits:

Never promise something you can’t reliably deliver! Always deliver more than you promise, both in images and in service. Never forget to thank your corporate clients each time they use you.

Corporate Photographer Top Ten Tips

If your client needs microphotography of  corporate products using a specialized light that you’ve never even heard of, you’ll be laying your future assignments with them on the line if you try to wing it. You’d be much smarter to help them find the right specialist. If you’ve built a strong relationship with the Los Angeles photographers client, they will continue to support you. If you try your hand at a technique and fail, especially under a tight deadline, you will have squandered the trust you built and may never recover.

When I say a Los Angeles photographer should always deliver more than you promise I mean that if a client needs a photograph delivered by noon the next day, you should aim to deliver that photograph by 8AM instead. If you see beads of sweat on their foreheads as they make their request for a noon delivery, you would be an even bigger hero if you could deliver the shot by the end of the day. Not all jobs will be a rush, but they will remember that you made their lives easier when it really counted! If you Los Angeles photographer are asked to do a product shot, you should deliver what was asked for but also deliver several variations that they might like even better. If you develop a reputation within the organization as a valued team player, you will be giving yourself a tremendous amount of free word-of-mouth advertising without even trying.

And when I say “never forget to thank your Los Angeles photographer client each time they use you,” I am thinking of several good clients who have stuck with me for so long that they’ve helped me afford a nice house, a good car, and a college fund for my son. Who wouldn’t want to thank business partners like that?

What does it take to be successful as a corporate photographer? You’ll need to know your way around cameras and lights, but you’ll also need to know your way around corporations. You’ll need to know when it’s okay to show up in “business casual” and when it’s critical to show up in something a little more formal. If you work with assistants, you’ll need to ensure that they are equally tuned in to the dress code because they are a direct representation of your business of executive portraits.

I had lunch recently with a friend who is a well known advertising photographer. We met up at our favorite Los Angeles burger joint. Since I was coming from a shoot with a major CEO I was wearing a nice sport coat and a tie. My friend was dressed in cargo shorts, a tee shirt and a pair of sandals. He laughed at my formal dress. This is Austin, TX, after all; we pretty much invented casual. He mentioned that he had to buy a suit to attend a niece’s wedding. I mentioned that I have seven Los Angeles photographer suits and nearly as many different sport coats in my closet. That’s one of the requirements of shooting for corporate clients. Ad agencies are only interested in creating an image. Corporations are all about appearances. And it’s always better to be a little overdressed than even one degree underdressed.

What You’ll Need to Deliver

Headshots

You’ll need to provide flattering and consistent headshots. Once you start with a certain custom backdrop you’ll need to use the same basic lighting style and that backdrop for every corporate executive headshot you photograph for that particular client, whether in the studio or on location. The web designers and graphic designers want the consistency because in many cases multiples of executives will be used on the same pages. And nothing is more jarring than warring backgrounds and wildly different Los Angeles photographer lighting styles juxtaposed to one another. You’ll need to be able to deliver retouched files that work well as small Web images, but you’ll need to shoot them at high resolutions in case they decide to make large prints.

Product Photographs

You’ll need to provide product shots that are well lit and are similar to, or better than, the competitors’ Los Angeles photographer images. If your corporate client makes large appliances, you’ll need to learn how to best handle the challenges of lighting large objects, and you’ll need to know how to correct for perspective in Photoshop or in camera. If your client makes microprocessors, you’ll need to get up to speed on shooting things at high magnification, and you’ll need to know how to retouch Los Angeles photographer cosmetic manufacturing flaws that wouldn’t normally be visible to the human eye.

When shooting products of any type you’ll also need to know how to make good clipping paths, which are required for applications where backgrounds are dropped out to white. And you’ll need to make sure that every step of your workflow is calibrated so your results are accurate.

Knowledge of Location Lighting

You’ll need to possess a good working knowledge of location lighting because more and more marketing departments are asking for good environmental portraits in addition to head shots taken against canvas or paper backgrounds. This means being able to “take your show on the road” and still come up with pleasing and corporate photographer consistent results. If you need a little help, you might want to check out my book Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Photographers. It’s basically a primer on using small lights on location.

Architectural Photography

You’ll be asked, from time to time, to take images of the client’s corporate factories, headquarters, and other buildings, so you’ll want to brush up on your skills in architectural photography as well. This includes interiors and exteriors.

Event Photography

You’ll need to understand how to photograph all the components of weeklong corporate events and be able to provide well-exposed, well-lit, intelligently composed images of everything from the signage at an event venue to available light shots of speakers delivering their presentations, to cocktail parties, to concerts. The event staff will want well-executed shots of the stages (the construction of which may run hundreds of thousands of dollars), the food served, as well as shots of happy corporate photographer attendees lining up to register, networking in the convention spaces, and much more.

Given time and experience you’ll figure out who the “heavy hitters” are, when and how to photograph them, and when (most importantly) to get the heck out of the way and blend into the background.

In my estimation the large showcase events are the most fun and the most challenging part of corporate photography. I love heading to a convention city like Orlando or Las Vegas and spending a week totally immersed in the kind of corporate photographer convention or showcase that shows off the best of my client’s company. We hit the ground running, shoot for twelve to fourteen hours a day, edit down specific events, and constantly feed those images to our client’s PR people and webmasters, and then keep everything archived and sorted. The nice part of shooting a major show is being able to put four or five days of shooting fees and two or three days of editing fees all together in a row. A side corporate photographer benefit is that, as a trusted part of the company’s imaging team, your client will put you up in the same (nice) hotel that their people stay in.

My wife complains that my corporate photographer clients have spoiled me. After having stayed at hotels like the Breakers in West Palm Beach, the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, the Langham in Pasadena, and a Four Seasons Hotels here and there, it’s tough to get excited about staying in a La Quinta or a Holiday Inn Express for family vacations.

If you make yourself indispensable to a corporate photographer company by dint of your knowledge of their industry, its players, and its social customs, then you’ll find yourself doing a fair amount of enviable travel. Over the past few years, several of my corporate clients have taken me along to wonderful international destinations such as Rome, Paris, Lisbon, Madrid, Monte Carlo, London, and St. Petersburg, as well as really wonderful destinations in the United States and, in each case, I’ve been well compensated for my photographic skills and the travel.

Understanding Corporate Culture

As I’ve said before, the main requirements for corporate photography include the ability to do good, workman-like photography under tight deadlines and in diverse locations. Equally important is understanding the corporate culture of the company you’re working with and fitting into that culture—that means dressing like them, understanding all the human resources issues required by companies, being able to eat with clients in formal settings, and knowing when to shoot and when not to Los Angeles corporate photographers shoot. Some of this you’ll learn over time, but you’ll definitely not be invited back if you:
show up in cutoff shorts and a promotional t-shirt to a formal Los Angeles corporate photographers event volunteer your unsolicited opinion about any part of the business draw unnecessary attention to yourself or your photography evince a prima donna attitude cause any delays (Most high-end events are timed down to the minute.)

Violate any of the rules (A few big stumbling Los Angeles corporate photographers blocks include hitting on the interns, eating a big plate of shrimp at an executive reception, drinking on the job, telling off-color jokes, etc. Everyone in corporate environments has at least one college degree and they expect you to act like a peer.

Equipment
What’s in the corporate photographer’s gear box? It’s all digital now. Any of the major camera systems will work well. I use a pair of Nikon D700s, but by the time you read this they may be old news. I have three main lenses: the 14–24mm, 24–70mm, and 70–200mm f/2.8, but I routinely supplement these with the 60mm and 105mm macro lenses and a few older Los Angeles corporate photographers macro lenses that I use on a bellows close-up attachment. I bring three or four portable flashes that can be controlled by the cameras or by Nikon’s SU-800 flash controller. This is my core event package and the basis of the package I use on most other jobs too.

For head shots, environmental portraits, interior architectural shots, and product shots, I add a range of electronic flashes from Los Angeles corporate photographers Profoto that include: three Profoto Compact Plus monolights, two of the Profoto Acute AB (600B) battery-powered pack-and-head systems, and several of their traditional power packs with four heads. Obviously I pick and choose the components I take to each job. I also have a collection of light stands, umbrellas, softboxes, and reflectors that I use depending on the look and effect I’m trying to get.

In addition to your office computer, you’ll also need a Los Angeles corporate photographers laptop in order to archive and deliver work on location during multi-day events.

This is a category of photography where more is not always better. Many times you’ll need to forego the control and power of a heavier lighting kit to provide more mobility and flexibility. A 13-inch MacBook that fits in the back pocket of my Los Angeles corporate photographers Domke bag trumps my better spec’d 15-inch MacBook Pro. Though clients might appreciate the files from a state of the art, medium format digital back with 60 megapixels, they’ll quickly tell you that they don’t need that kind of resolution and they don’t want to deal with the giant files. Also, you wouldn’t want to carry all of that weight on jobs that may move through five or ten locations in a day.

Breaking In

The best way to enter this part of the field is to assist for someone who does all of the above. Provide the photographer with the same great service you’d give a client, and when the time comes he or she may pass along a potential client whose business creates a conflict of interest for them. Never poach your Los Angeles corporate photographers boss’s clients! It’s in poor taste and it’s tremendously bad karma.

Some Axioms for Doing Business

I’ve been working in this business for a while, and I’ve discovered several axioms. Here they are in list form:All the preconceptions in our industry get rethought decade by decade. When I started out in Austin, TX, it was critical to be able to handle all kinds of work. That “trial by fire” of diversification has been very helpful in successfully competing in the corporate photography sector. It was absolutely the wrong approach if I had wanted to pursue a career as a fashion photographer. If I started over today I’d choose one specialty that included a lot of people to people work, high fees, and relative consistency. In my market it would probably be a combination of high-end, retail portrait photography and wedding photography. In a much larger market I would try my hand at editorial and commissioned portrait work exclusively.

At this point I feel so invested with my corporate clients that starting over would be too scary.

The larger the market, the more profitable it is for Los Angeles corporate photographers to specialize in executive portraits.
If you specialize, ensure you are casting a wide geographic net. Make the country or the world your market. Look beyond your city and state. Play to your strengths. If you are a wonderful “people person” and you are delighted to make new friends, you probably won’t be a happy product or still life photographer, but you might be a wonderful wedding guy. Let your strengths lead you to your specialty!

People like to buy expertise, so make sure your marketing reflects this. If you want to be a wedding photographer and an advertising or corporate photographer, then consider investing in two different company identities with two different websites.
When starting out, try to immerse yourself in as many of the niches as possible to facilitate the “aha!” moment when everything becomes clear and you discover your preferred specialty.

If you are working in a smaller market, be sure to master several related specialties. You’ll want some diversification in your primary market. Just don’t try to market too many “personalities” to the same decision makers for executive portraits.
Time in the market can build your reputation and your clients’ ability to remember your name, so be consistent and market yourself with a view to the long term.

Charge for what you know, not what you do Los Angeles corporate photographers . If you are the best at a particular specialty, be sure you charge accordingly. That means charging more for the things you do well, not charging by the hour for something you can do quicker and better as time goes on!
If you are aiming for the biggest Los Angeles markets it pays to perfect your work in your current market and “arrive” as an expert rather than as a journeyman.

Do what makes you happy, not what seems like the coolest part of the business. If you are truly having fun, it will be easier to make money because your enthusiasm will be contagious.Think about this as you contemplate where you want to be in five, ten, and twenty years. Make sure that the “fun quotient” has the potential to stay high in your corporate photography job always. Happy shooting.

Websites | Earthporn – ultimate landscape & animal photography collection

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Earthporn is a series of breathtaking pictures that capture the brilliance of our magnificent planet, nature and life.

Earthporn---landscape-and-animal-photography-collectionThe Earthporn photos originate from various sources at Imgur, Tumblr, Flikr, and Reddit and are compiled at the Earthporn facebook page. I’ve collected two dozen of my favorite animal and landscape photos for you to feast your eyes upon. There are several excellent Earthporn videos I found too.

Here are some beautiful Earthporn videos from three excellent photographers.

Earthporn Video – The Water

The Water from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

This was filmed during August 2011. This is my interpretation of the fjord landscape in western Norway. Having spent countless days here, I really enjoy even the smallest parts of this landscape. Like hidden streams or dwarfish waterfalls outside of the beaten track that offer a great deal of solitude. This movie was editing “on the road” and uploaded over 3G network from southeast asia. I have decided to spend the next two years creating a 60min blu-ray/dvd. As a landscape photographer, I have visited some really amazing places over the years, and now I will be revisiting many of them for this movie. It is a full-on project, and as a result I have now sold my apartment, print-studio, car and other belongings.

I thought Beethoven´s Moonlight Sonata would be appropriate, and asked my friend Marika Takeuchi if she could record it in a studio. She made a fantastic version which I love very much. Thank you! Press/licensing/projects contact: tsophotography@gmail.com  Music: “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven performed by Marika Takeuchi http://on.fb.me/kOezbO

Earthporn Video – Landscapes

Landscapes: Volume Two from Dustin Farrell on Vimeo.

Planet 5D Blog: http://blog.planet5d.com/2011/10/dustin-farrells-landscapes-volume-two-another-canon-eos-5d-mark-ii-timelapse-masterpiece/ Continue reading »

Photography/Video | Secret Life of Ice – photographer zoomed in on ice and discovered a fascinating landscape

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Look at frozen water through cross-polarized light, and zoom in with a macro lens, and you’ll find a colorful and mesmerizing landscape.

great and best video and time lapse photography of ice close up

great and best video and time lapse photography of ice close up

Edward Aites submitted this video to NPR’s Science Friday and I’m glad he did. Aites, a photographer and videographer specializing in time-lapse imagery, said he was looking for something to explore in his studio during the winter months and started playing around with ice.

His play turned into art and I think what he crated and captured is beautiful and fascinating.

Photography | Wet & Wild – LA fountain & fifteen minutes

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I can’t resist moving water. A few drops. An enormous wave. Doesn’t matter. Mix in sparkling sunshine and I just can’t resist. My brain’s visual cortex gets hyper hypnotized and stops me in my tracks. Gotta stop. Gotta stare.

Fountain los angeles photographerSo I was rushing from a shoot inside one LA building and on my way to the inside of another building. No time to spare. But there was a fountain along the way. There was sunshine behind it. There was me stopping in my tracks.

Here are a few shots from my fifteen minute pause.

 

Top ten best Los Angeles fountain photographs shot in LA by corporate photographer Greg Mancuso - 1

Top ten best Los Angeles fountain photographs shot in LA by corporate photographer Greg Mancuso – 1

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Photography/Visual Arts |Illusions – believing what you don’t see, kinda

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Here is a  fascinating collection of visual illusions you’ll enjoy. It’s stunning how our minds can perceive images that actually differ from objective reality.optical illusions

Yes, our own brain seemingly enjoys tricking us sometimes. I think I hear mine snickering at me right now. Or do I?

An optical illusion (also called a visual illusion) is characterized by visually perceived images that differ from objective reality.

The most fascinating collection of the best visual and optical illusions online

The most fascinating collection of the best visual and optical illusions online

The information gathered by the eye is processed in the brain to give a percept that does not tally with a physical measurement of the stimulus source.    Continue reading »

Photo Essay | Cancer Can’t Catch Her – she peered into death’s eyes, spit in its face and lived happily ever after

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A Los Angeles cancer survivor struts her stuff for a photo shoot, tells her touching story to the photographer, and brings about a rare occurrence–he’s inspired to write a poem. And the fair maiden is living happily ever after.

Los Angeles photographer shot these photos of a cancer survivor who poses with sun behind her

Los Angeles cancer survivor pictures shot by photographer Gregory Mancuso ©

CANCER CAN’T CATCH HER

A photographer poses a Los Angeles cancer survivor against the afternoon sun

A photographer poses a Los Angeles cancer survivor against the afternoon sun

I know cancer can be fast.
Just a blur
Just a flash
A loved one is here
Then catch
Then gone

They told this lady she was caught
You don’t have long
Just a blur
Just a flash

The fine lady did protest
My days are not half done
I have another marathon to run
Life to love
More fun in the sun

Doctors here and doctors there
They shook their heads
Not much we can do
Not many days left

This lady didn’t give up
She searched far and wide
And when all hope was lost
It was found again

There’s a new medicine trick
It sounded like magic
But it hadn’t been tried
The lady bravely stood up
Let’s give it a ride.

…and then…

Los Angeles photography of cancer survivor smiling while running outside for photographer

Los Angeles photography of cancer survivor smiling while running outside for photographer

Lo and behold
Just like a fairy tale
The enchantment did work
The fair maiden was saved

I’ve seen cancer catch many, and drag them away. Uncles, aunts, cousins. Two friends, too young. One father, too sad.

So I was pleased, when this lady asked a favor of me. Make pictures for others, who are sick, to see, how they may be.

Show me running, healthy, happy and free.

Los Angeles woman running fast for the photographer during a shoot about cancer survivors

Los Angeles woman running fast for the photographer during a shoot about cancer survivors

Catch how I can be fast
Just a blur
Just a flash

The fine lady did attest
My days are not half done
I have another marathon to run

Photographer has low angle shot of woman running down Los Angeles street for fitness

Photographer has low angle shot of woman running down Los Angeles street for fitness

Life to love
More fun in the sun

Sun streams down on cancer survivor during photographer shoot in Los Angeles

Sun streams down on cancer survivor during photographer shoot in Los Angeles

written & shot by Los Angeles photographer Gregory Mancuso

Essay | The Frail Bliss Tornado Vs Gloom And Doom

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A true tale and appreciation of my mighty Special Olympics’ hero.

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 THE FRAIL BLISS TORNADO VS GLOOM AND DOOM

Special-Olympics-swimming hero

© photo by Gregory Mancuso

It’s not hard to get buried in a heap of frustration in these gloom and doom days. You can be frustrated your career isn’t advancing fast enough. Or your career disappeared and you’re forced to take a job that you wouldn’t even call a career. Maybe you’re frustrated about your investments not performing well. Or your cash flow could be nonexistent and getting more nonexistenter every week for that matter.

And you can always round up the usual suspects lurking in your life even in the best of times. Creative frustration, relationship frustration, or what relationship? frustration, weight,  looks, the traffic, and the kids and on and on.

When frustration hits a fevered pitch, whether in the mundane or life altering category, it may help you to think of the woman in this picture as I do from time to time. I encountered her years ago when I was covering the Special Olympics. Continue reading »

Photography | Light comes out at night

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Photographs of Los Angeles nightscapes.

los angeles photographerBasically, photography is a medium that captures light reflected off a subject. When moving light itself is the subject, sometimes an almost magical transformation occurs. This has always fascinated me. Sometimes the resulting creation is both abstract and hyper-real at the same time. If that even makes sense?

Here are a few of my favorite light sculpting images from a shoot I did for the LAX business district.

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Los Angeles corporate photographer Gregory Mancuso shot this photo of the LA airport business district at night - 1

Los Angeles corporate photographer Gregory Mancuso shot this photo of the LA airport business district at night – 1

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