Liquid assets: Martin Wonnacott’s beverage photography

July 2019 issue Profiles

Passing through security at Los Angelles International Airport, Martin Wonnacott opened his shiny Zero Halliburton camera case to give the TSA agent a glimpse at the two Leica SLR bodies and assorted lenses he was carrying. “OK,” she said as Wonnacott snapped shut the case. Pointing at the other identical Zero Halliburton case, she asked, “And what’s in that one?”Because he’d been through this many times before, Wonnacott paused, cracked a wry smile, and answered,...Continue Reading >

Francesco Tonelli’s deliciously different food photography

March 2019 issue Profiles

“Every time I look through your work,” I tell food photographer Francesco Tonelli, “I have the same reaction.”“What’s that?” he asks as he sits in the gleaming production kitchen of his four-story, 4,250-square-foot combined home and photography studio in Edgewater, New Jersey.Francesco Tonelli © Francesco Tonelli“I start salivating,” I tell him. “And then my stomach starts growling.”The Italian-born photographer lets out a hearty laugh. “Thank you. That’s...Continue Reading >

Francesco Tonelli’s food photography tips

2.25.2019 Business

With his background as a chef and a culinary arts teacher, food photographer Francesco Tonelli is ideally qualified to offer tips on producing compelling food photography. Some of his advice:“First you have to love food,” says Tonelli. “Really, it is important to establish a connection with the food you are photographing. Look at it, touch it, cook it, eat it.” He explains that he does his best work photographing a dish when he can imagine himself eating it. “That helps me capture...Continue Reading >

Mark Seliger heads up McDonald’s portrait project

February 2019 issue News

Is McDonald’s the tie that binds? Editorial and portrait photographer Mark Seliger created a documentary-style portrait series for the restaurant chain that highlights both the diversity and the commonality of the restaurant’s patrons.The idea for the series evolved during a brainstorming session between Seliger and ad agency We Are Unlimited. “We put out there this idea that everybody has something in common,” he says, “and the idea that you can go into a McDonald’s and there’s...Continue Reading >

Why Tony Hewitt’s photography business thrives on diversification

February 2019 issue Profiles

"It’s fair to say that I’m not someone who likes to sit still.”Anyone who’s met Tony Hewitt wouldn’t argue that. An Australian Institute of Professional Photography Grand Master of Photography, Hewitt is former Australian Photographer of the Year with a resume full of accolades. The Perth, Australia-based photographer started out in weddings, covering about 1,000 of them before evolving more into portrait work, then commercial photography, then fine art, landscape, and aerial...Continue Reading >

Tiny dancers photobook tells childhood’s many stories

January 2019 issue News

After his 2012 New York Times bestselling book “Dancers Among Us” struck a chord, Jordan Matter knew he wanted a follow-up. But it wasn’t until his young daughter hit an arabesque while shoveling snow that he had his theme: dancing through childhood.© Jordan Matter“Born to Dance” (Workman Publishing) is about more than clean lines and perfected form, though. “It gave me the opportunity to show the depth of childhood and document as many childhood experiences as possible,”...Continue Reading >

Malinda Julien’s two-pronged photography studio

December 2018 issue Profiles

"It’s kind of an odd combination,” admits Malinda Julien, CPP. Her Fort Worth, Texas, photography business has two divisions: one dedicated to high-volume dog show photography and another to commercial and editorial work with a focus on food and architecture. Malinda Julien © Malinda Julien“Twenty-five percent of our business is from the dog show world,” Julien explains, which earns the family-run company a whopping $250,000 a year. Since dog shows are contracted for five years,...Continue Reading >

How to light photographs underwater

10.25.2018 Tech

Stephen Frink, one of the world’s most-published underwater photographers, freely shares the No. 1 tip he gives students who want to raise their work to a higher professional level: “The key to making a great underwater photograph is good lighting.”Water is denser than air, and it absorbs color very quickly. Because color is lost the deeper you go, high-quality lighting is paramount. Ambient light is insufficient and straight-on lighting is too bright. Any snorkeler weilding a...Continue Reading >

In deep and up close: Underwater photographer Stephen Frink

November 2018 issue Profiles

Holding onto success despite changing tides As he sips a cup of coffee in a Starbucks near his Key Largo studio in the Florida Keys, veteran underwater photographer Stephen Frink doesn’t pause for a second when asked to name the most important requirement for a great underwater photograph.“That’s easy,” says the 69-year-old Frink, whom many publications have called the world’s most widely published underwater photographer. “It’s proximity.”Frink is on a roll. After taking...Continue Reading >