In April of 2015, I spoke with Barry Gilmore from Black Folio Studios about becoming the Director of Photographer for an upcoming film project called “The Code”. As I read through the script, I clearly saw every lighting setup and camera angle. I was sold on being apart of this project. We had an amazing cast of actors and production designers. A man held captive is desperate to escape, but his captures need something from him. Does he have what they are looking for, or is this the worst case of mistaken identity the world has ever seen?
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My studio is located in historic downtown Elgin, IL. You probably wonder why Elgin? If you are going to run a media company, should you be located in a big city like Chicago. I would disagree, every heard of Herman Miller. If not look it up. Their headquarters in located in Zeeland, Michigan. Yeah, I had to mapquest it. If you create a quality product or service, it does matter where your headquarters is located. Your reputation of consistency and offering the clients a unique experience will overshadow any geographic location.
Scales Off Media is located in Historic Downtown Elgin,IL because of the business relationships and abundant unique locations. I know my style and vision continues to helped my clients succeed. Clients who have chosen Scales Off Media are seeking quality and innovation first. Scales off Media wants to help clients raise the bar to excellence and always innovate. I want my clients to be excited about whatever visual medium that was created for them. I was recently awarded “Best of 2015” for customer satisfaction on
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Commercial Shot on Black Magic Cinema Camera 2.5k and Canon 60D
Lenses: Rokinon Cinema 35mm T1.5, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 24-70mm f2.8
Graded in Davinci Resolve
Editing : Final Cut Pro
Elgin Parking Garage
Local Elgin Park
This has been an amazing summer of new experience and clients. I was hired by GWN Dragon Boat who are the North America’s premier dragon boat brand. They have created a global reputation for executional excellence. It was great getting to know the teams and staff of GWN. Check out a dragon boat race if you ever get a chance. My requirements were to tell the story and capture the passion of the event and its participants. Shot with my Canon 7D and Canon 6D using the Tamron 150-600mm and the 70-200 4.0L.
Here are some images from the day on July 25th, 2015 in Arlington Heights, IL.
On September 15th – 18th Elgin, IL was overrun with local and international talent. This is the second annual Elgin Fringe Festival. A four day event of dance, comedy, drama, and music all performed live at venue throughout historic downtown Elgin. I was selected and hired as one of the photographers to capture the performances. I strived to tell the story of the each performance. I was assigned at Imago venue where Kelly Bolton,David Boyle, Theater of Self Doubt, Independent Players, Project606 Dance and Because Why Not? Theatre Company. Looking forward to 2016 Fringe Fest!
Lonely Flirty Weird – We’ve all been there before. Perhaps you’re the advice toting neighbor, the beach bombshell or the quiet girl at the café. Who ever you are you know the next adventure is just around the corner.
Join Kelly Bolton and her cast of characters in a solo sketch comedy show as they navigate through life’s downs and ups and downs.
David Boyle’s solo show “An Accidental Organist” played to sold out houses at the inaugural EFF. He returns with more hilarious and heartbreaking personal stories.
Years ago, mastering the game of poker taught Steven Gomez unexpected but invaluable life lessons. Years later, an unhappy life led Steven to rediscover the game, sending him on an odyssey of nasty weather, crooked card sharks, supernatural forces and an all-in showdown with his greatest nemesis: Himself.
Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano (1950) materialized from the primer he studied to learn English. The result: “a parody of a play, a comedy of comedy” in which he attacks “the leveling of individuality, mass acceptance of slogans and ready-made ideas … the loss of the metaphysical dimension (mystery).” A quintessential comedy—influenced theatre to move beyond the “social realism” of Ibsen and Brecht.
Things That Look Like Other Things will be comprised of three works by different choreographers; Jenny DeMuth, Meghann Mueller, and Julianne Stoltman. Each work has existed separately as an individual piece, a single idea worked by the choreographer to completion. With fresh eyes, these dances have been reworked and pieced together into a new narrative, one that examines the transformation of human relationships.
Paradigm is a series of vignettes that explores what it means when words like relationships, marriage, fidelity and love are turned upside down. This world premiere production from because why not? theatre company and the brainchild of Shannon Geier, promises to be a delightful and thought provoking hour of theatrical entertainment.
Anyone can own a DSLR and self proclaim themselves as a photographer. Models can go through a plethora of photographers only to get average images that may only showcase their characteristics and never uniqueness. With the vast amount of photographers, models have a tough choice to make when deciding who will help them achieve their goal of becoming a professional model. Models should seek a higher standard of images that will give them credibility. Having a portfolio of your glorious rear end and deep cleavage does not make you a model. This may offend some, however getting an abundance of LIKES via social media does not equate to it being an amazing image that will get you the modeling gig on the front of your favorite magazine. Scales Off Media strives to create concepts for my clients that give them marketable amazing images to be used by agencies. When you decide on someone to create images for you FREE is always not the best option when you want to be taken serious as model. Evaluate the photographer you have chosen to create images for you. Make sure he or she is striving to become a better photographer and not just a GWC(Guy with a camera). Follow @scalesoffmedia on twitter or instagram
I have been told by a few brokers they prefer to shoot their properties themselves with their mobile devices. I often will make a statement that equip doesn’t matter. However when crisp clean well lit images are needed to make money, it becomes evident that equipment makes it much easier to attain the quality required to showcase the product. I would caution the reader who believes the latest DSLR from your big box store will create the same images a skilled photographer who continues to sharpening his craft for years and can create on a quality on a consistent basis. I can go into any home and get the same quality regardless of lighting conditions based on my experience and particular skills I have acquired over time (in my Liam Neeson voice).
Here is a little comparison of mobile phone picture and image I created using years of skill and technique to get the most out of the home.
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I am a very experienced residential and commercial real estate photographer. I strive to capture the character of each home. Those simple details that helps the buyer see themselves creating memories. My clients describe me as he silent broker.
All brokers and agent who like to move properties contact me…if not keep taking pictures with your cell phone and sitting on properties for weeks. That is all!
The weather was uncertain for the day of the shoot, however the rain held off. I was able to create images for a very athletic and energetic highschool senior named Tori. She was a little apprehensive about the whole process, I quickly reminded her this is not test and just enjoy the day. It was her first time in front of the camera for a professional shoot. My style is very organic, relaxed and candid. I pay close attention to what the client is feeling about a particular location or pose, if it doesn’t work for them it will show in the image.
I primarily used my 6D with 50mm 1.4 and 7D with the 24-70mm 2.8 with off camera flash in some cases to fill in shadows or create drama for the uniform images.
Her mother and older sister who came along for the shoot enjoyed themselves and loved the images we created.
Created a highlight video for the first Elgin Art Hop in association with the Elgin Downtown Neighborhood Association. Filmed several locations with the help of my intern Callon. Looking forward sharing the next one that occurs on June 5th the theme will be vintage.