It’s is my third time writing this blog. I wrote all about millennials – people’s opinions on them, their power in the advertising world, and strategic marketing toward them. I deleted it. Because this blog isn’t about all that. It’s about Ashton Worthington’s fantastic photo shoot. And that, dear friends, is below.
Millennials at Work.
And just like that, we’re headed toward Fall. Before we do, here’s one more homage to Summer, courtesy of photographer Lou Bopp. Lou spent his Summer traversing State Fairs, capturing characters along the way. From pie eating contests to alligators, to hot dogs on a stick, here’s one more look at summer, Americana-Style.
Photographer: Ashton Worthington
Photographer Lou Bopp site is always on the move. One of his many talents is highlighting a place, an organization, a community. He gets inside, using every opportunity to learn. He has a knack for making others feel comfortable – enough to invite him in, to show their true selves. Take a look at his latest endeavor – a personal project on the artists and their homes in the “Big Easy”.
I went on this trip as I have so many other times & places in the past. With an open mind & cameras. The photos featured here were some personal images that I shot after working on a commissioned project. Always curious & hungry, we decided to stay a few days to explore & eat in one of my favorite cities, New Orleans. We were fortunate to gain access into some pretty amazing homes of some of nola’s finest artists, painters, mardi gras wardrobe designers etc. Once we met the first one, we were introduced to other artists, we tapped into the network! We even shot some bts of mardi gras floats which I wasn’t that excited about. Until we arrived that is!
Some of these dwellings are like the ones that I have seen walking down the streets of New Orleans in the past and wondering & imagining what the inside must look like, what was on the other side of those walls and who lived there. I’m really curious in that manner. Much to my delight we were granted access into some really special spaces and had the opportunity to meet, photograph, talk & eat with many of the home owners making our extended trip well worth while!
We’ve told you a lot about Lou Bopp – he’s a talented, successful photographer, shooting lifestyle and industrial work around the world. He loves his daughter. He loves his dog. Lou’s Mississippi Blues Project has gotten nation-wide acclaim, and his documentation of Ferguson, MO (protesting police brutality) is poignant and chilling.
But did you know Lou Bopp made his directorial debut a few years back? Since then, he’s been perfecting his reel – and we’re THRILLED to share it with you!
Please click here to see what photographer and DIRECTOR Lou Bopp has been up to lately. You won’t be sorry! LOU BOPP Reel
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This past weekend was the New York City Marathon an event that literally takes over the whole city of New York. Each year it seems to get bigger (70,000 runners were signed up) and brings even more excitement. This year didn’t disappoint, as my 3rd year running this race I was happy to spot our photographer Lou Bopp and Kristy together at the same spot before the Queensboro Bridge. You can literally see my excitement in the photo Lou got of us below.
Lou has been photographing the NYC Marathon for 9 years now and is part of the newest exhibition at The Museum Of The City Of New York. The MCNY’s exhibit: The New York City Marathon – The Great Race will be up until March 8, 2016. The exhibition features more than 100 images that capture the energy, emotion and spirit of New York City on “marathon Sunday.”
What keeps you coming back to shoot the marathon every year?
To me, the marathon represents the commencement of the holiday season, which usually is on or about Roses birthday, then Thanksgiving, holidays, 2 more family birthdays etc. It’s such a great & exciting event, the vibe is powerful. The range of emotion & people, whether participants or spectators is huge, it’s exciting, I def get amped for it!
I’ve been shooting it for about 8 or 9 years and counting. I don’t shoot a ton of sport these days, however, I actually moved to NYC to accept an internship at Sports Illustrated, then I started shooting commercial work. It’s nice to return to my roots, both in terms of sports/action and a photo journalistic style coverage.
What area of the course do you like best?
The whole course is great, at least form what I have seen. Even the most difficult, I see as great challenges and try to make something out of it. Every year I shoot a different & unique location. The more obscure locations the better, off the beaten path, gritty locations along the course. It’s funny, the start & the finish are the 2 places that are the least attractive to me.
Any thing shock you while photographing the spectators or runners?
Nothing really shocking, but there are always some surprises, such as the guy running this past weekend, I saw him at mile 15 entering the 59th St. Bridge, dressed inside a 10-12 foot Eiffel Tower sculpture. How? Why? Lol! The spectators are always pretty vocal, it’s a part like atmosphere in one parts of town. That’s what makes the NYC the best!
Has shooting the marathon inspired you to run?
To put it bluntly, no, not the Marathon:) I do a little running on the side. On the day of the Marathon I’ll log in about 7-10 miles with about 40 lbs of gear, which includes running, climbing etc. At the end of the day I feel it:)
It is no secret that we love dogs at k2 creative, in fact I’ve rescued one myself. We love this new commercial that Lou Bopp directed and shot featuring Bully the bulldog. Bully was clearly the star of the whole shoot and only “worked” on his own time being a diva and all. A bulldog in goggles will bring a smile to your face, check out the spot below.
Client: C Spire
Agency: The Ramey Agency
CD: Bob Potesky
AD: Crystal Coleman
Director: Lou Bopp
Production: Key of Blue Productions
DP: Jon Ryan
AC: David Coner
Gaffer: Chris Garner
DIT: Digital FX
Location Manager: Jim Smith
We’re psyched to share the latest story from Daniel Rosenthal published in Adon Magazine. One of my favorite shoots from this past summer. A production where the crew, styling, talent and location just all came together and fit perfectly into place to create a dark, deep and funky illustrated story for Adon.
What inspired this concept?
I shot a campaign last year, and Achraf Amiri did the illustrations for it. He is BRILLIANT, so I began to see my photography with the additional of animated creatures. My first mood board was primarily made up of images from the book and movie, “where the wild thing are.” I’ve always loved the dark beauty of that story and I ache for Max. I wondering what could happen if Max grew up and didn’t go off his fictitious world. My story went darker and less innocent.
How did you get the model to act before the illustration was set?
I have to start by saying that Andy is one of the best models I’ve ever worked with. He has the looks of an Armani model (and IS) combined with the playful and exploratory nature of a 7 year old boy. He was PERFECT for this story and I can’t wait to work with him again. Before the shoot began, I explained the concept to him, and he loved it. Big, wild movement, crazy expressions at times, and a fearless connection to the imagined world around him.
What is your favorite shot of the story?
The “crowning” shot is my favorite. I love this moment in the story. The wardrobe, the light, the expression on Andy’s face, and Achraf’s... ocean women? Eel lady? Pink-tittied snake-fish?
What kind of challenges did you face when shooting this or putting the concept together?
The biggest challenge seemed to be finding the right model. I went through 4 models before I found Andy, and not until the day before the shoot. On set, by some miracle, it was one of the smoothest shoots I’ve been on. The whole team worked so well together and is so incredibly TALENTED. I can’t thank you guys enough for wanting to work with me.