Kevin Arnold shot a campaign for Transitions Lenses on location in Brisbane, Australia.
Agency: DDB Worldwide
December 2013 marked Agency MJ’s five-year anniversary. To honor this milestone, we asked Mollie Jannasch, Owner and Agent, a few questions about the history of the Agency:
When did you know you wanted to become an agent and what led to that decision?
Working at NYC Artist Agencies, Art + Commerce and Nice. These amazing experiences helped me to identify that I had an interest in the business side of the photography industry.
How many artists were on your roster when you started out?
I started with three photographers and grew the business to include East and West Coast representation within the first year.
The best thing I did starting out was consult with industry professionals who have been in the trenches longer. I reached out to Amanda Sosa Stone and Suzanne Sease, who co-wrote the book ‘The Photographers Survival Guide.’
As a team, we worked on everything from setting business and marketing goals to scouting new talent. I could not have done this without their initial guidance and direction.
What’s your day-to-day like?
It is a mix each week. Everything from project conference calls, scheduling and booking assignments, and marketing events and portfolio shows.
What are some of the milestones you’ve reached in your first five years?
Shooting with some of the best agencies and talent in the industry – from booking Chelsea Handler to Fruit of the Loom to Publix Supermarkets, I am thrilled with all the opportunities and ways in which we have developed over the past five years!
We have had so many small and large triumphs along the way, we are so grateful for our talented roster.
I also want to thank my parents, family and friends. Their support and inspiration has helped us blossom!
Ty Milford recently completed a lifestyle photo shoot for Toyota. Thank you to all the talented folks who worked on this project.
Agency: Saatchi and Saatchi LA
Associate Creative Director: Tony Donna
Associate Art Producer: Cameron Ford
Art Director: Jennifer Ma
Producer: Vail Palmer-White
Wardrobe Stylist: Brandy Snow
Agency MJ artist, Hollis Bennett, ventured out to the Twin Cities to shoot some images of Curling in action. (Did you know Curling made its Olympic debut at the 1924 Chamonix Winter Games?)
Here’s what Hollis has to say about the shoot:
“I’ve had the great fortune to plan a shooting trip up to Minnesota during one of the worst winters in recent memory. It’s been dangerously cold here and makes for some tricky shooting outside and I needed a break.
“Since I am up here in the Northlands and the Olympics are upon us, I went out in search of that uniquely northern sport – Curling. Fortunately, Minneapolis has plenty of options for one so inclined, so I headed up to the ice center in Blaine, Minnesota. A beer and some conversation later I found myself down on the ice getting educated as to the finer points of the sport. The folks couldn’t have been nicer or more accommodating and all in all it was a great time.
“To make these images and obtain what I had in mind, I knew I had a few hurdles to overcome. First and foremost was the harsh overhead lighting in the arena. I was worried about nasty shadows but fortunately the ice underfoot acted as a perfect bounce card. With that in mind, I opened my lens all the way up so as to isolate individuals from the busy background, and got to shooting. I would say that the biggest thing was to ask questions, understand the flow of the sport and position myself accordingly.
“So, just in time for the Olympics, here are some grown adults playing on the ice. Look for more offbeat sports and rec images from me in the coming months as this is just one piece of a larger body of work.”
Ty Milford recently completed a lifestyle photo shoot for So Delicious Dairy Free. Many thanks to everyone involved on this project!
Agency: Sterling-Rice Group
Creative Director: Lance Reed
Senior Art Director: Ben Spiking
Producer: Vail Palmer-White
Wardrobe Stylist: Brandy Snow
Hollis Bennett is an award-winning photographer based in Nashville, Tennessee. His work has appeared in many national publications such as TIME, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Magazine, Garden & Gun, and Esquire, to name just a few.
Hollis comes from an editorial background. During the past eight years, he’s been applying it to his commercial and lifestyle work. This past year he won the Best of Show ADDY Award in Tennessee. Prior to that he took Best of Photography at the 2012 CASE Awards, presented by AIGA Nashville.
Hollis reveals, “Even though photography has always been with me, it is not my first career. I have been a commercial fisherman, a boat captain, a fishing guide and a bartender back in my time in Alaska and I use all of those experiences to influence my shooting and my style. I’m a firm believer in shooting what you know whether that is outdoors lifestyle to adventure travel to ‘real people doing real things.’”
In 2013, Hollis was invited to an artists’ residency in Morocco, hosted by the Institute Français and Culture Vultures Morocco. His photography has taken him to six continents and he spends about half the year on the road.
New motion pieces created by Meeno for Lee Jeans’ American Makers series.
Tyson Ritter Digs Yaniv at Power Plant Choppers
Tyson Ritter of All American Rejects talks about his fascination not with the “ham and eggers of life” but with the true visionaries who make stuff their own way and with their own hands. He takes us inside Yaniv Evan’s world of uniquely crafted motorcycles at Power Plant Choppers.
Stargazing With All Seeing Eyes
Alexandra Starlight and Zachary James of the All Seeing Eyes in their Starlight Ballroom.