I'm Famous, I'm Famous!


Check out the featured article that Art Center College of Design did on me this week! Much gratitude to ACCD's Photography Department, ACCD's Marketing Department, and ACCD's Anna Macaulay, who conducted the interview with me. May this be the start of more interviews to come!


The Sublime "Submerged" Photo Shoot


Here's a compilation of Behind-the-Scene shots from my latest photo project, "Submerged." The assignment was for my awesome wallpaper client, Astek. (The last image I did for them won a Silver Award in Graphis' Photography 2015 Annual.) There's an embargo on the finalized photograph though, so I can't show it until mid-May after the ads get released to the public. So "Stay Tuned"!  ;-) Until then, I think these shots give you a sliver of the magic that everyone made happen on set....

HUGE THANKS for my AMAZING client, crew, talent, and studio team that made it all happen!

An overhead shot of the set, the team, and the lighting schematic (two softbox lights, one grided and diffused key light).  Oh, and of my client's lovely jeans and shoes!  ;-)

My magnificent makeup artist, Kat, in the beginning stages of making my beautiful model, Faith, look "Submerged" -- more to follow!

Anthony is the freakin' talent behind the talent behind the talent behind the talent (I have no idea what that means; I just want to emphasize how incredibly talented he is!).

Sadly Bao Tranchi -- yet another talent on my team -- was unable to make the shoot, so her lovely assistant, Adriana, came as her fill-in!  This skirt Bao made was 7-feet long and 7 thousand times gorgeous!!!

Crew hard at work, doing last-minute hair and makeup finessing on set.

And here we all are, with the photos coming to life on the computer.

Ha!  Here's a teaser for ya!  Like I said, there's an embargo on the final photograph, so to be continued!!!

Thrilling Graphis Update!


It is with incredible pride that I announce winning not one but TWO awards in the internationally prestigious Graphis 2015 Photography Annual!  This will be the second year in a row that I've won publication in their Photography Annual.  In 2014, Graphis gave me a Silver Award for my image, "Murder of Crows."  For their 2015 Photography Annual, I won a Gold Award for "Ecce Homo: Behold the Man" and a Silver Award for "Modern Nature".  Check out the official posting on their website below.  I'm already working on creating another image which hopefully will make it into their 2016 Photography Annual!  And a zillion thanks to all the people who helped make these award-winning images come to life....

Graphis 2015 Photography Annual: Gold Award for "Ecce Homo: Behold the Man"

Graphis 2015 Photography Annual: Gold Award for "Ecce Homo: Behold the Man"

Graphis 2015 Photography Annual: Silver Award for "Modern Nature"

Graphis 2015 Photography Annual: Silver Award for "Modern Nature"

Yet More Graphis Wins?


I am most excited to share that Graphis just notified me again, telling me that I'm a contender for not one, but TWO of my photographs for publication in their prestigious 2015 Photography Annual!  Attached is one of the photos they're considering, entitled "Modern Nature."  

I shot "Modern Nature" over the summer for Astek, a world leading provider of wallcovering and contract printing.  Astek was interested in having me showcase their special service of custom designs.  In particular, they wanted me to highlight a wallpaper design from their Lavish Collection.  

I chose to photograph the Lavish design, “Lumiere.”  Focusing on a study of textured brushstrokes, the wallpaper had a Van Gough quality to it.  I immediately responded to this and invented a nature-driven idea, inspired by the windy-looking wallpaper.  This image plays off the concept of Mother Nature with the model nurturing an egg in her hand to represent life (Astek’s tagline is “Bring Design to Life”).

Astek was quite happy with the image, and it's been featured as an ad in Interior Design Magazine.  I'm sending positive out positive vibes that it will be published in Graphis' 2015 Photography Annual as well!  (The other photograph in the running is "Ecce Homo: Behold the Man," which is the 4th image of a scarred man featured in "Portfolio I" on my site.)

I'm in Graphis!


It is with great pride that I announce the publication of my Silver Award in the prestigious Graphis Photography 2014 Annual!  Not only do I have prime-time placement on Page 74 with my website's home page image, "Murder of Crows" but on the back cover, I’m featured above the second from last name in the second from right-hand column – if that makes any sense and if it's even readable!  I'm also just 1-inch away (yes, I measured) from the highly esteemed fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld, with his quote, "What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that's gone forever."  While a photographic moment may be "gone forever," I like to believe that my photographs will be seared in people's minds forever....

Back cover of Graphis' 2014 Photography Annual with acknowledgment of my Silver award placement

Back cover of Graphis' 2014 Photography Annual with acknowledgment of my Silver award placement

The Silver award-winning Graphis 2014 Photography Annual for "Murder of Crows."

Joyous Days!


As this photograph showcases, it is with great joy that I launch my new website and blog – a daunting task that I dreaded for years!  Enjoy viewing my imagery, perusing through the links, and reading about my photo adventures to come!

Photo: Shawn Michienzi