Prestige Worldwide

So I've been shooting for Google lately.  Did I tell you about that?  You may have heard they just released their very own intelligent, cordless, touchable telephone, the Pixel!  No, they didn't give me one.

The release blasted out last week and there are displays like the one you see below in fine boutiques the world over.  They look pretty amazing.  I shot these with the new Phase system.  If you see one in the wild, get up close and have a look at what a 100 megapixel capture back can do.

For Fun

And the next White Stripes Album.  Or at least a poster.  Seriously.  Who's it gonna hurt?

A Uni-Segway!

As a connoisseur of all fine magical rolling wheel thingies, I couldn't let this guy whoosh by unmolested*.  Thank you Los Angeles.

*no one was actually molested in the making of this video

Holy Crap That Was Fun!

Just completed a week long portfolio shooting extravaganza and I couldn't be more stoked.  No joke, Friday morning, after five 16 hour days and with one long shooting day ahead, I woke up 2 hours before my alarm because I was so freakin' excited about the images we made.

I say "we" because I had help from an army of outrageously awesome individuals.  Without whom none of it would have been possible.  Okay I could have done a couple of the macros, but THE REST would have been impossible.

Can't wait to show you.

Huge thanks to (in order of appearance): Penelope, Burddogz, Kevin, Kylie, Natalie, Hanna, Richard, Austin, Liliburd, Beefcake, Abigail, Peery, Ashley, Zeani, Jess, Angelica, Laila, and the other guy.  Thanks to everybody else who didn't get in front of the light machine for taking time to be part of the show.  Manju Bhatt!  Special thanks also to Heather Smith for all her help wrangling models for us!

Getting into CA

Winning a contest isn't the only way.  Although we'll be doing that too.  In what.. 6 months.  It's a lock.  Keep your eyes out.

Thanks to Mires and Sallie for this round.

Another One

This was pretty radical.  It was a little weird that they made me wear an Elvis wig while shooting this.  Connecting with the product emotionally I guess.

Watch This

Self portrait product photography is about to blow up.  It's the obvious next step.

If you don't want my face behind your product, don't call me.  I refuse to be shackled by your ignorance.

#artist

Homophones Make Life Harder

I realize they're an established company, leaders in the industry and all that, but I think that Shure should change their name.  For my convenience.

Let me explain.  If someone asks me, "Hey Steve, you're an outrageously handsome and successful photographer, what have you been shooting?" and I say, "Thank you for noticing, I shot a thing for Shure this week." I find myself searching their eyes for a spark of recognition.  But the spark I find there isn't usually recognition, but appreciation.  I imagine their inner monologue going something like this, "Wow, Steve is really certain that he shot a thing.  Unshakably so.  I wish I believed in something with such fervency."  The spark fades.  I say, "No, Shure, s-H-u-r-e.  You know, the company, they make sweet microphones and headphones and stuff."  "Oohhhhhhhh.  Got it.  Cool!"

Maybe a different homophone.  "I shot for Takos this week!"  That's a positive situation no matter how you take it.

Anyway, I'm sure I shot a thing for Shure.  And it is cool!  They are presently using the result as the profile image for all of their social media accounts.  Thanks to the team at MiresBall for going to the trouble of machining this sucker, and asking me to shoot it!

If you thought the title of this post said something about homophobes, raise your hand.  That's what I thought.

Our First Time Lapse

We did another fun little shoot for Intense Cycles a couple weeks ago.  This time shooting big sexy profiles for a big sexy lookbook they'll be printing soon.  Burd set up a few time lapse shots and this was our favorite.  We made it short so we could use it on Instagram.

I think it's pretty cool, we'll definitely do more.

We Need Bigger Monitors

I think laptops should have 40" screens.  A lot of the images I love just don't have the right impact on a tiny little 27" iMac.  Cropping can work, but sometimes you end up losing important elements..

The logo looks amazing.  Trust me.

The logo looks amazing.  Trust me.

My Dad is Better Than Your Dad

That is to say, my Dad is awesome.  I don't know your Dad.  He's probably pretty cool too.  

I love my Dad.  I learned everything I know about being a man from him.  Hard work, responsibility, and respect, and love as the driving force of all those things.  And he never failed to let me know that he thinks that I'm awesome too.  For a young man walking a different path than he did, that's pretty huge.

I took the pictures below on our annual fishing trip a few years ago.  This one to Alaska.  The first is my favorite picture of him.  I like that he's not looking at the camera.  His eyes are down the river, looking confidently at the future.  He's strolling casually because this rocky river on the grizzly bear infested Kenai Peninsula is exactly where he belongs.

My Dad, john Simar

Since it's illegal for my Dad to kill a grizzly bear in Alaska with his bare hands out of season, I can't confirm or deny what may or may not have happened to the bear in the picture below.

Kenai_0472.jpg

I love you Dad.  Happy Father's Day.

This is Not a Joke

Guess which Behance project they featured in the Member Gallery at the APA website.  I'll wait..  

That's right.

Now all six people that look at the Member Gallery at the APA website are going to think the same thing you all thought.  Pervs.

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