First two amazing people stand before you here! Second I love helping people set the tone for their brand and passion!
There was a moment in planning this shoot with director John Langs of ACT that I felt we were working out a concept truly unique, even though we were talking about the well-known story of Romeo and Juliet. With all the preparation and experience I’ve had up to that point, nothing had prepared me for the overwhelming of emotions I felt seeing this shoot transform in front of my eyes. We had set the stage, had a crew of about 10 assisting with lighting and the various aspects needed to make this come together. It seemed that all the hours of prep disappeared the moment Gabriella and Josh walked in. It was moments of watching the direction of John Langs before Romeo and Juliet came to life. The whole production just sat in awe or moved through the staging to assist the scene that we couldn’t bear to interrupt. Josh and Gabriella had literally just met and they both transformed us into the scene until the hairs on the back of our neck stood up. When we completed the shoot, we all paused. I thought I was going to cry and I held back thinking I was probably the only one. But it was breathless confession one after the other, we had truly experienced something special.
Here is a beautifully done feature with Seattle Times that describes the work and what we can expect in this production: Here’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ like you’ve never seen it, with the star-crossed lovers bridging the gap between American Sign Language and English
Video: Cameron Johnson
Fine Art Party
You may have seen this Fine Art Party featured on King5 Evening Magazine where you got a little back story of how these ladies came about to do a party with me. I first met with Lena, Alma, Marika, and Kelli in our creative consult where I discovered they are all women who have built businesses and community that has been crucial to humanity's greatest need, belonging and connection. As we walked through some of their courageous stories we found a common thread between them. All felt re-energized through the power of elements. It’s always interesting to sit down with people to see what they are inspired by and what visions they have for themselves. Sometimes people just need to play and laugh and other times people sit in a place of personal discovery through the process. We found ourselves exploring the latter.
During our consult, I learned how strong and vulnerable each has been while pushing forward their projects. After our creative session, I felt a bit overwhelmed. How would I interpret this in art? It isn’t an overstatement that I spend about 40 hrs per shoot to process and plan on how to answer that very question.
For this shoot also including the added element of Evening Magazine joining us, I felt so grateful that these four took the time to share their photoshoot and thoughts about their experience with EM’s stellar crew. It lit up this experience from a perspective that I had not quite seen it before. I had to pause to notice and then put the pieces together a bit about my career. I joke often “I’m not saving lives!” but I do touch lives. Not always but often, creating personal customized art brings layers of human stories. As I write this I am so touched to reflect on 20 yrs of stories. Some things that are so personal they belong between me, my client and in the artwork.
Lena reflected back after our shoot, “These are real-life superheroes!” I couldn’t agree more.
Fine Art Party
What is going on in this image? This group of friends wanted to base this image from the famous Dogs Playing Poker painting by Coolidge. From there we decided on each one basing their character off of their favorite vintage actress. From there this party got wild with cigars, drink, friendship and betrayal. I even got coaxed into dressing up to join a few of our candids.
What we decide to create always pulls out some kind of deeper meaning for the people involved. Of course artists leave that up the the viewer to interpret. I’ll just leave you with this: Critic Annette Ferrara has described Dogs Playing Poker as "indelibly burned into ... the American collective-schlocksubconscious ... through incessant reproduction on all manner of pop ephemera".
As a mother and creative, I’ve come to know in my own life that the imagination or a child or childlike imagination is one of the most important creative resources we have in life. And would argue it’s responsible for the greatest inventions of our lifetime. I spent many years documenting lovely family interactions in beautiful light and stunning locations, but my own imagination was pushing me into a different way of documenting milestones in a child’s life. This by diving into the child’s imagination to create artwork to illustrate the stories they were telling.
I have been photographing Oliver since he was a tiny baby and over the years he’s been telling me different stories about “what if’s” and “could you imagine”. I was watching him run through the fountain one day and as it soaked him I could see the fantasy story unfolding for him. He had transformed into a different world.
I am now booking 2019/2020 concept sessions for children.
It’s not just a video about my work but opening up the world to VR by creative director Mark Feijo of King 5 and Fortress Films. This is best watched with a VR headset or Google cardboard. However you can view it and enjoy with less impact without, you will miss out on being in the room with us though.
NOCCO the condcutorless orchestra has been a moving experience for me to document. Yes I do mean that with a pun and also mean it from the place where I am continually moved. Some projects without having particular expertise in prior you can stand in complete awe and pause for something truly remarkable. Everything I do comes from this RAW unfinished perspective. A place where I’m reading the story not from inception and not from a polished ending. I’m interpreting in from between those spaces, the spaces where the imagination, tears, fears and deepest hopes inform the labor and sweat.
NOCCO being condcutorless shows us the between spaces of the power of live connection by performing in the spaces of fine tuned skill and heart.
video by: Cameron Johnson