Artefacto is a Brazilian furniture design company that is making a huge impact on the Miami luxury condo scene. They are not only in the business of selling high-end modern furniture to interior designers and private clients, but they design and furnish model units for some of the newest condo’s in the South Florida area. The project featured here is from Ocean House, a beautiful condo in a key location right off Ocean Drive on South Beach over looking the Atlantic. Given that the images from this shoot are going to be used in Artefacto’s advertising editorials, we had to give the final images the clean, neutral look that Artefacto is known for. Using professional photography lighting techniques and color correcting gels as well as strategic strobing effects to balance the outdoor day scenes, I was able to give myself a good head start for post production. The images from this shoot can be seen as double page spreads in Florida Design, Aventura Magazine, and many other South Florida periodicals.
This log features a few key players in Miami’s booming business scene. These portraits were once again commissioned by Haute Living Magazine for a recent editorial. We chose to have these pictures done as Environmental Portraits and in my opinion it is always best to capture people in their true settings. From top to bottom we have Shareef Malnik, owner of The Forge Steak House which has recently has been completely renovated. The next portraits are Celeste and Chef Todd Miller from STK Steak House at the Gansevoort which is now known as the Perry South Beach. We approached shoot this with more of a lifestyle setting shot on location at STK before it even opened. The last one is a portrait of Lydia Martinez of Market America which was at their Miami Beach Mansion.
Haimov Jewelry is a high-end commercial jeweler/watch maker in Downtown Miami these are some examples of a product photography shoot we did for them in conjunction with Haute Living Magazine for an advertising campaign with the Magazine. Working as a product photographer shooting jewelry and watches is not as easy as it may seem, dealing with the proper lighting and reflections are a challenge especially when diamonds are involved. Always remember to keep the hands of the watches at the 10 and 2 positions.
Gary Nader Fine Arts is one of Miami’s premier art dealers/collectors. At 5500 square feet, his private gallery boasts one of the largest in the world! These images are featured in Haute Living Magazine’s Art Basel edition. For this environmental portrait shoot we photographed Gary Nader in his gallery space in front of some key pieces he intends to feature for Art Basel. He is a prominent collector of Fernando Botero and it was very cool to see and photograph some of his pieces in person.
Another interesting assignment for Haute Living Magazine! As a professional photographer you never know what the next project will bring, it is not every day that I get the opportunity to work with a subject such as this and we certainly made the best of it! I not only had the opportunity to photograph the Ferrari California, but we drove it all over Miami for the day picking some very iconic locations to shoot around the city. The first stop was Miami’s Wynwood Art District to shoot the car against a backdrop of the notorious Wynwood Walls where the contrast of graffiti really made the Ferrari pop. We then took the a trip over to Fairchild Tropical Gardens and did something you could only do if you have a Ferrari, we drove right into the grounds of the park and took a few shots of the car in the lush tropical gardens until we got kicked out by the grounds keeper (who was laughing at the our bold attempt to break into the park.) From there we took a trip into Coral Gables and got a few pictures in front of the Biltmore. Our plan the whole time was to finish this project at sunset under the 395 causeway with it’s glowing deco style bridge as a backdrop.
One of the advantages of being a professional photographer in Miami is having the opportunity to meet always interesting, sometimes animated people and capturing them in their environments. Here we have From Left to right Mike Eidson the new head of the Arsht Center in Miami, Bond the owner of 2B Asian Bistro, and Thom Collins the new Curator of Miami Art Museum. These are just some of the characters that I have ran into over the past month.