Friday, July 22, 2016

Food. Camera. Paper. Action!

Sometimes a client will give you what seems to be a simple request. 

Photograph some food.


But then you realize that you don't have a way to lug a lighting setup or a bunch of equipment. Yeah, that happened. I was thinking about all of the different types of photography we do for clients and started looking through some images and found the ones I will share below along with the story of how they came to be. This is why it is always a good idea to hire photographers who can think on their feet and make things happen under less than ideal conditions.

Several years ago, when ALM Photo was based in the Old City of Knoxville in the Jackson Atelier Building, we were asked to head up to Market Square and photograph some new burger platters that would soon be offered at Latitude 35. For those of you who live in Knoxville, you know this was a while ago because Lat 35 is no longer there and has been replaced by what I am sure is an even more exciting restaurant. Anyway, the client was publishing the photos in an article about the new burgers and the images had to be shot ASAP.

Allan was off shooting something else, perhaps even out of town, and so I was limited in my choices of gear. Plus I didn't have a vehicle to transport any gear. It's not that far from Jackson Avenue to Market Square, but it could be if you have to lug gear. I put on my thinking cap. And thought. And thought. And thought some more.

Lightbulb! I'll take a swath of white background paper, some clamps, a camera and taking advantage of the overcast day, shoot outside on the restaurant's covered seating area. Genius! Right? Well, if you know me, you know that I approach things a little differently than Allan when it comes to doing a proper shoot. I am not afraid to wing it. Allan likes to have everything all figured out and, get this, he likes to plan ahead. Scary, huh?

So, I somehow managed to pack up all this stuff and cart it down the street to Market Square. I recall that it was a bit breezy and I was having difficulty with the paper acting as a bit of a sail. I made it to the restaurant with everything and found the chef, explained why I was there and proceeded to set up my little studio out under the covered seating area. I really wish I had a photo of my set up because it was quite the sight. Basically, what I did was clamp the paper to a chair to create a mini-background, found the best light and used another chair as a ladder as needed for some of the looking down shots.

So that's a lot of words to get to the most important part of this story, the photos. I think I had to shoot with a 50mm because Allan had all the other gear with him, so my depth of field was fairly shallow, but I will let you be the judge of the images. Let me know what you think of the results. Seriously. It's been several years since I shot them and it's always fun to look back on past work and think about how you might have done it differently. Allan did not believe me when I told him about my set-up.

Here you go! Oh, and for the record the burgers were delicious. I got to try a couple of them and was quite pleased. Also, except for the big platter shot, I left a lot of white space so the client could crop the images, so the composition does look off. I would have made the composition more interesting if I had more latitude. (Haha!) Enjoy!

hamburger, latitude 35, photo shoot, ALM Photo, Lisa Mueller

hamburger, latitude 35, photo shoot, ALM Photo, Lisa Mueller

hamburger, latitude 35, photo shoot, ALM Photo, Lisa Mueller

hamburger, latitude 35, photo shoot, ALM Photo, Lisa Mueller

hamburger, latitude 35, photo shoot, ALM Photo, Lisa Mueller

hamburger, latitude 35, photo shoot, ALM Photo, Lisa Mueller

hamburger, latitude 35, photo shoot, ALM Photo, Lisa Mueller

hamburger, latitude 35, photo shoot, ALM Photo, Lisa Mueller

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

It's been a while...

It's certainly been a while since I lasted shared anything at all here on the ALM Photo blog. Wow. We've certainly worked on lots of great projects, photographed some beautiful weddings, covered some amazing events and captured lots of smiles; but sadly, you didn't see any of that here. For almost a whole year!

Well, today's post is not very exciting, but I promise I'll share some actual photos and stories very soon. We've decided to sell a couple of our long lenses that we only use about once a year, if that. Yes, we've used them in the past, but the type of photography we've been doing for the last few years does not necessitate these lenses. We've been doing a lot of events, real estate photography and weddings and rarely these lenses get to come along. If you are interested in any (or all!) or these lenses, please contact Allan at 865-659-3273 or via email. We can ship, but we'd prefer to arrange for pick up due to the delicate nature of the lenses.

ALM Photo, Canon, lenses, 300mm
ALM Photo, Canon, lenses, 400mm
ALM Photo, Canon, lenses, 600mm
ALM Photo, Canon, lenses, 600mm

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Flawless Wedding Looks | War Paint Academy at Crescent Bend

ALM Photo, wedding venue, wedding photography, photographer, Knoxville, Tennessee, Crescent Bend, War Paint Academy

Gorgeous models. Beautiful wedding gowns. Flawless makeup. Stunning hair. Amazing venue.

On a beautiful afternoon in May, Allan and I loaded up the photography gear and headed over to Crescent Bend Home and Gardens to photograph the models students from War Paint Academy were styling. There brides and bridesmaids galore as the models had their hair and makeup done by these talented students.

We had a blast wandering around Crescent Bend, finding unique settings and perfect light. Judy MacMillan runs the venue is an absolute delight to work with. We love spending time with her! If you are a bride looking for a wedding venue, please consider Crescent Bend. It is so beautiful and right on the river. 

Here are a few of our favorite images from the day!

ALM Photo, Crescent Bend, Knoxville, Tennessee, photographer, photography, wedding, venue, event, Lisa Mueller, Allan Mueller

ALM Photo, Crescent Bend, Knoxville, Tennessee, photographer, photography, wedding, venue, event, Lisa Mueller, Allan Mueller

ALM Photo, Crescent Bend, Knoxville, Tennessee, photographer, photography, wedding, venue, event, Lisa Mueller, Allan Mueller

ALM Photo, Crescent Bend, Knoxville, Tennessee, photographer, photography, wedding, venue, event, Lisa Mueller, Allan Mueller

ALM Photo, Crescent Bend, Knoxville, Tennessee, photographer, photography, wedding, venue, event, Lisa Mueller, Allan Mueller

ALM Photo, Crescent Bend, Knoxville, Tennessee, photographer, photography, wedding, venue, event, Lisa Mueller, Allan Mueller

ALM Photo, Crescent Bend, Knoxville, Tennessee, photographer, photography, wedding, venue, event, Lisa Mueller, Allan Mueller

We love having fun with our clients and War Paint Academy is no exception! Especially when you have such a lovely venue, beautiful models and talented stylists.

Oh, and don't forget to give ALM Photo a call for all your photography needs! From weddings to portraits and red carpets to corporate retreats, we can cover it all. Give me a call at 865-406-3870 or send me an email for a quote.
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