The quiet Irish Atlantic

My summer trips back home to Ireland are always refreshing. There is a certain re-grounding that happens to me while I’m there. It rejuvenates my creative spirit and just makes me feel more human and real again.

On this trip, Ireland’s coastal scenery grasped my attention as it seemed to shift away from its usual unrestrained tides -brisk and wild, towards a more tranquil visage… Calm seas alongside jagged cliffs and rough terrain seem to reflect the culture and energy of the neighboring communities. When the Irish seas are quiet, these is a wonderful serenity in the wash of the waves as they kiss against the stoney shore… With camera in hand -I strove to capture the essence of this place. I hope you can get a sense of the unique beauty and mood from the images below.

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The Day at the Races

For thousands of Irish people, a day at the Galway Races is the highlight of the Summer. It is a social and festive occasion and for many has also been turned into an opportunity to festoon oneself in one’s finest attire!

There is a stark contrast between the colorful fashion embraced by many of the young race goers and the often wet, grey Irish skies which can bring rain showers many times in a single day. And even though the fashionistas often seen ill prepared for the inclement weather -it doesn’t seem to dampen their spirits at all. It’s a wonderful spectacle to behold. See for yourself, pictures from my Day at the Races!

 

 


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SpEX in the CITY!

No, not SEX -‘spex’ as in spectacles! A series of personal images I shot while in NYC for a few days for client meetings.

-Enjoy!~

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A day in the life of Atlanta

It’s always nice when our schedule allows a little time for exploration as we travel the world for shoots. Atlanta, GA agency Corporate Reports brought us into town for a location lifestyle shoot recently. The shoot went off without a hitch (the clients were ecstatic!) and we even managed to squeeze in an extra day to explore and capture some candid moments from a day in the the life of A-Town…

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Cruising Venice Beach

We were in LA for some agency meetings recently. The last meeting of the day happened to be in Venice Beach, so we hung out after to soak up the sun, the surf and the bohemian culture. A great place for some personal work/street shooting.

-This what I call a good day at the office..!

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ATL + Architecture

Here is some some personal work captured while we were on location in Atlanta for a lifestyle shoot. Inspired by the city architecture…

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Sofa Stories

If people gave out awards for their furniture, the sofa would have to be the Most Valuable Player! It’s the place we gather together, snuggle with loved ones or sometimes just collapse and bingewatch Netflix.

For this project, our furniture retail client wanted us to showcase the essential role sofas play in daily routines, capturing moments in people’s lives based around their couches. That involved reviewing client storyboards and then casting to find appropriate talent to match a human personality and situation to each sofa design.

Part of our challenge on this shoot was that we had only one day to get it all done, which involved producing 10 final images. It required a lot of organization and also having two sets running side by side, so while we were shooting one shot the next talent and set was being prepped. It was a fast-paced day, but in the end we got everything done on time, within budget and we had a whole lot of fun in the process! We kept the energy of the shoot high and you can see that reflected in the genuine, relaxed expressions of the models in the photos. Also, it was super-helpful that we had an amazing art director to work with on this project.

  We never realized how much fun it could be to try to bring sofas to life! The whole thing was a blast and a great project, start-to-finish.

 

 

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Portraits of Creatives for Industry West

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When agency Fahlgren Mortine was searching for the right photographer for their Florida-based client Industry West, they needed someone who could shoot real people as well as still life shots of the company’s industrial-designed furniture. They also needed someone who was comfortable with a production schedule that included a lot of locations and travel. We were delighted to oblige them! The job consisted of four days of shooting in New York City and from there to Jacksonville, Florida to round out the remainder of the project.

We strove to capture energetic, natural and emotive portraits of creative individuals who were using Industry West products in their professional endeavors. From interior designers to fine artists to restaurateurs, we were chuffed to photograph these professionals in environments that related to their work. We also had the opportunity to direct video interviews for this project, talking with our subjects on their creative process and what led them to choose Industry West.

When we were photographing artist Jenna Snyder-Philips in Brooklyn we had to contend with a dull rainy day. Thanks to our lighting kit, we were able to transform the scene into a bright sunny day! Schlepping our gear from location to location in New York City was a bit of work, but we’re not complaining… The fun of meeting so many wonderful creative people made it all worthwhile.

These images and the video will be used for marketing, starting with an eye catching direct mail piece that showcases Industry West furniture in real life environments. When it comes to furnishing modern creativity, no one keeps the world as colorful as Industry West.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Wintery Trip Down Memory Lane

An industry colleague contacted us recently asking about fall and holiday-themed images. It was so much fun to go back through our photo archives and remember some of the special seasonal photographs we’ve taken for clients over the years.

There’s something about the fall and winter season that calls for soft warm colors, overflowing bounty and tables set for memorable gatherings. Whether we’re showcasing  environmental vignettes or the human element to the festive season, we always strive  to create scenes that capture the mood of the season and elevate these special moments.

And when food is involved, we aim for nothing less than the most mouthwatering displays that make you want to grab a knife and fork and dig in! -Oh and it’s always fun eating the ‘props’ after we’re done shooting.

Sending you cheers and good wishes for all your holiday adventures at home and away. We appreciate you visiting our blog all year long.

 

Digital photography shot by Colin McGuire of various Longaberger products for the Fall 2007 Wishlist. This is personal work that was shot during the catalog project. Colin McGuire retains the copyright.

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Digital photography shot by Colin McGuire of various Longaberger products for the Fall/Holiday 2008 Wishlist catalog. Art Directed by Rod Vrancken.

Digital photography shot by Colin McGuire of various Longaberger products for the Spring/Summer 2010 Wishlist catalog. Art Directed by Rod Vrancken.

Digital photography shot by Colin McGuire of various Longaberger products for the Fall 2007 Wishlist. This is personal work that was shot during the catalog project. Colin McGuire retains the copyright.

Digital photography shot by Colin McGuire of various Longaberger products for the Fall/Holiday 2009 Wishlist catalog. Art Directed by Rod Vrancken.Shot includes home consultant Jessica Atherton, Susan Atherton, Longaberger employees/consultants Kendra Proudfit and Kristen Wenrick, and Longaberger employee Angela Tate.

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Digital photography shot by Colin McGuire of various Longaberger products for the Fall 2007 Wishlist.

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Portfolio shoot with model Emily Roellig (from Wings Talent, Cincinnati), shot on location at Granville Inn and Broadway Pub, Granville Ohio. Wardrobe and hair/make-up by Erica Stewart.

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A Visit to GAP House

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As a photographer I never stop looking for interesting subject matter. Recently on a trip home to Ireland, I got to visit a very special place called GAP House. It’s the home of the Galway Autism Partnership, which provides services and support to people and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Galway city and county.

In the US, the CDC estimates over 3 million individuals have ASD, and Ireland has a similar percentage of population affected. It’s a spectrum neuro-developmental disorder that affects social interaction and communication.

As a guest, I was invited to spend the afternoon taking photographs of the center and kids. I was so touched by the pureness of the participants in their after school club. Often when I take pictures of children, they become camera-conscious and switch into performance mode. But these kids tended not to particularly react to the camera. This allowed a truer reflection of who they were to come through.

People with special needs can get marginalized in society, but I found these children to be especially beautiful because of how natural they were. And they often are extremely gifted as well. One of the teenage participants, Liam loves music and has memorized an incredible amount of facts about popular songs. If you mention a pop song he can immediately tell you what year and month it was released, what its highest rank on the charts was, and the exact length of the song in minutes and seconds!

All in all, it was a privilege to meet and photograph this lovely group of kids. They offer a reminder that beauty comes in many unique shapes and forms. Here are more details about the Galway Autism Partnership:  http://www.galwayautismpartnership.com/

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