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Attorney Tammy Riggs

Last week we had the opportunity of photographing Attorney Tammy Riggs from Reno, NV on the courthouse steps located downtown on Virginia St. We were contacted by Kevin Jones who is a designer at KPS3, an integrated marketing and advertising communication company also located here in Reno, NV. This was our first assignment working directly with Kevin, but we have been working with KPS3 for several years which has been a great experience for us in meeting new contacts and making successful images where everyone is pleased with the end results. Tammy practices in the Northern Nevada region and you can check out her website, Attorney Tammy Riggs. These photos will be used for some new updates to Tammy’s website. Our makeup stylist Gaynel Wadsworth also contributed to the days’ events and we appreciate all the hard work that she does for us and our clients as well. Here is what our morning consisted of.

Gaynel Wadsworth

Make up prep, Gaynel, the stylist and Tamy Riggs, our client

Digiman Crew

Like with all set ups, nothing is really simple. We had Tammy standing on a box, on top of a bench, in order to get the effect that we wanted. We used one strobe light powered by Paul Buff power supply, and had our assistant Halen holding a scrim to diffuse some of the direct light.

Halen Haxton

Halen Haxton and Tammy Riggs

Tammy Riggs

Tammy Riggs

Digiman Crew

We changed our angle slightly to get a different look.

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Photographer Frank Haxton

Frank Haxton, Halen Haxton

Halen Haxton , Tammy Riggs

Halen Haxton and Tammy Riggs

Tammy Riggs

Final un-retouched shot, Attorney Tammy Riggs

Frank Haxton, Tammy Riggs

For our second location we went up on the steps of the courthouse. The nice thing about photographing on this day was that all judges in Northern Nevada were at a conference in Las Vegas, leaving the grounds almost vacant. We used two lights for this set up, a soft box for foreground lighting and a rim light from behind.

Digiman Crew

The Digiman gang! Minus Amy Hunter, who was taking these pictures for the blog.

Tammy Riggs

We loved the end results for this set up. All of the lighting seemed to mold together to create a beautiful natural lighting effect that was pleasing for our subject and the surrounding location.

 

Tammy Riggs

 

Tammy Riggs

Thanks to Tammy Riggs, Gaynel Wadsworth, Kevin Jones, Halen Haxton, and Amy Hunter for a successful photo shoot and a fun day. You made our job at Digiman Studio fun!

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Comm Row

What a fun shoot! This week Digiman Studio went to downtown Reno to photograph for Comm Row, Reno’s newest non-gaming hotel adventure destination. Inside there are five bars and unique eateries, a dance club and a live concert venue, and there is a 7000 sq. ft. indoor climbing gym. Comm Row also has the world’s largest climbing walls attached to the outside of the building, standing at 164 ft. Mike Robertson, the new marketing director came prepared with a great group of models and I, as the photographer, had the vision to put it all together. These shots may look like they were easy, but it took a lot of work to put them all together between placing the models, setting up the lighting, filling drinks and all the other minor details to make the photos look natural and fun. We started out with a few different sets at the Orela Bar and then moved upstairs to the Base Camp to photograph some climbers on the boulders.

Comm Row

 Michelle, Scott, Caroline, and Katilyn

Comm Row

Mike, Megan, Shawna, Matt, and Caroline

Comm Row

 

Frank HaxtonOn the scene of our second set. We were using three main lights for this set, one medium soft box on one model and another soft box on the opposite side as a light for the other model. In the back ground we had our third light which gave us that extra punch that we needed to light up everyone behind our main models.

Frank Haxton

 

Frank Haxton

Myself & Dax Victorino, who also works at Comm Row and helped us out for the day.

Frank Haxton

I loved the looks on everyone’s faces here, I must have made a silly comment. I have been told I am good with people and making everyone feel relaxed and have fun on set; we all had fun this day.

Base Camp at Comm Row

Frank Haxton

Our second location for Comm Row, Base Camp. We had four main lights for this set and one huge ladder to get a better perspective of our climbers. You can see the umbrella on the left, and behind that we also had a large soft box to light our subjects. Behind the boulder on the right we had a background strobe to light the bar behind a little, and across from the umbrella we had our fourth light aimed at our subjects below the climbers. This was intense, but worth it in the end.

Frank Haxton

…and no this is not camera dust, this is chalk dust in the air….

Frank Haxton

 

Base Camp at Comm Row

 

Base Camp at Comm Row

 

This was such a great project to work on. We couldn’t have done it without the help of Mike Robertson, Dax Victorino, and all of our outstanding models. Thanks Comm Row for working with Digiman Studio and we hope to work with you again soon!

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Wilborn Guitars

We really do love our job here at Digiman Studio. This week we photographed guitars! Ben Wilborn, owner of Wilborn Guitars, has been building custom guitars for years locally here in Reno, NV. His craftsmanship and skills are phenomenal; he really knows how to make guitars that look great and sound amazing as well. A seasoned musician himself, he is also the lead guitarist and one of the vocalists/songwriters in one of the most popular bands of Northern Nevada “The Fantods”.  Ben takes great care of the work that he produces for others. We were able to compliment his talents by providing photographs that really capture the details of Ben’s work. The following samples are the results of a great shoot.

 

Wilborn Guitars

 

Wilborn Guitars

Although we started out with a basic lighting set up, it changed throughout the photo shoot so much. To give you all those details would be boring, let’s just say it was a lot of work but it was also a lot of fun!

Amy Hunter & Ben Wilborn

Assistant Amy Hunter and owner of Wilborn Guitars, Ben Wilborn

Wilborn Guitars

 

Wilborn Guitars

 

Wilborn Guitars

 

Wilborn Guitars

 

Wilborn Guitars

 

Wilborn Guitars

 

Wilborn Guitars

 

Wilborn Guitars

 

Wilborn Guitars

 

Wilborn Guitars

 

Frank Haxton & Ben Wilborn

Of course, we couldn’t help but test a few out at the end of the day. Thanks to Ben for another great photo shoot here at Digiman Studio. Rock on!

Safer Moto

We love being busy here at Digiman Studio and this week was no exception. Larry DeVicenzi and Smart Brand, one of our favorite and long time friends to Digiman Studio, hired us to photograph for a new product that is now being distributed here in the US. Safer Moto is a company located in Reno, NV that provides airbag equipped jackets and vests for motorcycle riders to make riding more safe wherever you go. Owner Alan Cunningham and his wife Beth came to our studio and brought with them several of their vests for us to photograph and showed us how to use them with the motorcycles. They were a great team to work with and we know that they truly believe in their product since they both ride and wear Safer Moto gear.

 

Safer Moto

Owner of Safer Moto Alan Cunningham

Safer Moto

Photographer Frank Haxton on set at Digiman Studio

Safer Moto

 

Safer Moto

 

Safer Moto

Some close ups to get more detail of the product

Safer Moto

 

Safer Moto

For this photo shoot we used four background lights, two on each side, one small soft box from behind as a rim light, one medium softbox for a front light that we moved around on occasion depending on the different angles we were shooting from, and one large soft box from above as an over head light. It may seem like a bit much but lighting is always key and can make or break any shot.

Safer Moto

 

Safer Moto

Beth and Alan Cunningham

Safer Moto

 

What a fun pair to work with, we all had a great time and the results were just what the team at Safer Moto were looking for. Thanks to Alan, Beth, and Larry for making our job at Digiman Studio easy and fun!

Bavarian World

Last week Digiman Studio had the opportunity to work with a new client, Sara McDaniel from Clear Channel Outdoor. We went on location to Bavarian World, a local restaurant, bakery, and deli right in the heart of Reno and we had so much fun working on this project. Our mission was to photograph for a new billboard that will be placed on HWY 395 in the center of Reno promoting this local business. Owner of Bavarian World, Klaus Ginschel, has had this business for many years and was such a great person to work with. He truely had a vision for this billboard and was a great asset in helping us produce this work. Along with photographing some of the many delicious goodies at Bavarian world, we were able to work with local talent models, Misty Dunlap and Carl Eismann, who did such a great job and were also fun to work with. Christa was our make up artist for the day, she also is from the Reno, NV area and we really appreciated her help in making this photo shoot run smoothly and look wonderful.

 

Bread

 

Frank Haxton

Frank Haxton

Photographer Frank Haxton and Account Executive for Clear Channel Outdoor, Sara McDaniel

Frank Haxton

This is the owner of Bavarian World, Klaus Ginschel. He continued to bring us mounds and mounds of product that looked and smelled wonderful! We were sold.

Meat

 

Meat Set Up 1

 

Meat Set Up 2

 For each set up we changed lighting arrangements but you can get a good idea from these photos what we did with the two product shots. It always takes more lights then you would think to create a great photograph.

Carl Eismann

 

Misty Dunlap

 

A huge thanks to Sarah McDaniel, Klaus Ginschel, Christa, Misty Dunlap, and Carl Eismann for all of their hard work in making this photo shoot a success! Watch for the billboard along HWY 395 and stop by Bavarian World for a great meal or goodie made by a Reno, NV local, you won’t be disapointed.

Jimmy Beans Wool

Digiman Studio photographed at Jimmy Beans Wool, an internationally recognized yarn and knitting supply distributor located in Reno, NV. We where there to photograph founder and owner Laura Zander, and her husband Doug, for an upcoming Forbes Magazine Article. Laura started this business in the Truckee area with her husband Doug in 2002 but with their success and rapid growth, mostly through online buyers, they moved to a 20,000 sq. ft. location, complete with warehouse and retail outlet in Reno, NV. Laura has a great story about becoming such a successful business women, check out the Forbes article here. We again were able to work with stylist Gaynel Lynn who we seriously love working with. She knows just how to get the clients to relax and look and feel good about their photo shoot. Gaynel is also a great help with wardrobe selection and posing when we are on set. Thanks Gaynel!

 

Laura & Doug Zander

 

Laura Zander

 

We started photographing Laura and her husband Doug in their main show room to really capture all that colorful yarn in it’s different varieties. We used Norman strobe lights for this assignment, one medium sized soft box for our subjects and one fill light in the background to help illuminate the product on the shelves. Just being there and seeing all that yarn made us want to take up knitting, but we will leave that to the seasoned professionals.

 

Jimmy Beans Wool Warehouse

 

After taking portraits in the showroom we went out to the warehouse to set up our next photograph. We really wanted to capture this enormous space in a fun and creative way, so we took a pile of existing pallets and stacked them up for Laura and Doug to stand on. Photographer Frank Haxton had a 16 ft. ladder that he climbed to the top of to get above our clients and the pallets to get this shot. We used a large soft box to light the clients and a smaller grid light behind to create a rim lighting effect.

 

Jimmy Beans Wool Warehouse

 

And of course, what would any company be without the team and a friendly pet? Frank again climbed the ladder to take this photograph and we loved it. Below is the full view of the set up, taken with our trusty iphone on yet another ladder on the opposite side of the warehouse.

 

Frank Haxton

 

Frank Haxton

 

What a fun project to be apart of. Thanks to everyone at Jimmy Beans Wool to help make this photo shoot such a great experience. Again, check out their website and the Forbes article and we promise that you will be as inspired by Laura Zander and her team as much as we were. Thanks everyone!!

 

Legends Outlet Spring Fashion

Recently we had the opportunity here at Digiman Studio to photograph for the Legends Outlet Mall in Reno Nevada for their spring shopping campaign, which included 5 billboards to be added along the Reno Hwy 80 cooridor. We worked with Marketing Director Samantha Ravo at Legends Outlet, who contacted models for us through the ‘Strike a Pose’ model search. These models were the winners of this event that was held in May at the Legends Outlet and they have been recruited for several other add campaigns for Legends as well. Samantha not only located the models for us, but she also doubled as the fashion coordinator and stylist and she did a fabulous job. It is always great to work with people like her.

There is a lot of work that goes into creating a project of this magnitude but the results turned out great and we are excited to see this project in its completed form. We were outside for three of the four locations, with 2 photography assistants, eight different models, Samantha as the director and Frank Haxton as the photographer. To say that it was a busy day would be an understatement!

 

Legends Outlet Location 1

 

Legends Outlet Location 1

 

With each location we used strobe lights and tethered the camera to out laptop in order to do a rough crop right there to show the client before moving on to the next location. This particular shot we used one large soft box in the two front models and a smaller soft box for the girls looking the window on the right.

 

Legends Outlet Location 2

 

Legends Outlet Location 2

 

For this set up we had lights all over the place! The large soft box was again on the two front models, and a medium soft box was used on the two models that were walking towards the stairs. We had to bring out a second strobe pack and light for the two models in the back. We tired to do without it at first, but it made such a difference when we added that extra light back there. Little things can make a big difference.

 

Legends Outlet Location 3

 

Legends Outlet Location 3

 

This location was a little tricky because at this point the sun was starting to go down on the west side, (left of the camera), and it was also popping in and out of the clouds. We had the large soft box in the front, with the power amped up enough to cover the two models on the left and the right, and our second soft box was set up on the left to light the two models shopping in the back.

 

Legends Outlet Location 4

 

Legends Outlet Location 4

 

The last location was indoors and we used mostly ambient light, and a handheld flash to fill the subjects. The area was a lot tighter then it looks but both of these shots also turned out great. In all four locations while considering the backgrounds and placement of the subjects, we had to leave room in the photographs for the advertising logos that would later be added for the campaign. Whenever we are doing work that will later be adjusted for final advertising production, we always work closely with the marketing director to coordinate our vision with theirs.

This was a great group of models to work with and everything flowed smoothly with all the help of the assistants, and of course Samantha as the main director. These are the days that we really love what we do. Thanks to everyone at Legends Outlet and Strike a Pose model search for your help and hard work, the results are outstanding!

 

 

Copper Cat Studio – March 12, 2012

Today we had the opportunity to photograph Reno Nevada Mosaic Artist Katie Packham in her studio. Katie has been working in the Reno area for about 15 years and her work is stunning and very unique. Her studio was great and full of so much color and tons of ongoing projects. Check out her website, you will love it. Once again our favorite make up artist, Gaynel Wadsworth who we have been working with for years here in Reno was such a great help and Katie looked amazing, (not like that was unusual or out of the ordinary). All these photographs were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, 135 wide angle lens.

 

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For this shot we used a medium soft box, and an ambient fill light with a warm gel. We added another light with a course grid to light the mosaic pieces in the foreground.

Mosaic Jars

Mosaic Jars

Mosaic Jars

These jars were so fun

Mosaics

Copper Cat Creations

Mosaics

Copper Cat Creations

Mosaic Sink

Inspiration Wall

This was Katie’s inspiration wall

Mosaic Studio

Katie

Thanks Katie for allowing us to photograph you and your studio and for inspiring us today here at Digiman Studio, we all had fun!