The prevalence of motion integrating with the still photography world is impossible to ignore— clients are consistently requesting a photographer who can operate both. Each job comes with new unique challenges. For Amgen’s #Speak Your Migraine campaign, we lit the stills and motion setups consciously with continuous lighting due to subjects’ sensitivity to flashing lights–which can trigger migraines. Amgen is one of my recent advertising motion projects and a perfect production to exercise my motion and directing skills. To see […]
While touring Germany to visit my wife’s family, we stopped by the world famous Hahnemühle paper mill. I have been using Hahnemühle’s fine art papers over the past several years to print my photography portfolios, so it was my pleasure to be invited to tour the headquarters in the Relliehausen district of Dassel, Germany. Our scenic ride took us through a beautiful landscape filled with pastoral farmlands and fields, old medieval castles, and speeding Supercars driving past us with such force and […]
Categories: Behind the Scenes, travel • Tags: Dassel, factory, fine art, fine art photography, Germany, Hahnemühle, Hahnemühle Paper, papermaking, photography, portfolio, print portfolio, Relliehausen
Kwaku’s career as a commercial and celebrity photographer began in New York where he worked for clients such as The New York Times Magazine, Sony Music, Rolling Stone and Miramax Films. Since opening his own studio in the pop culture hub of Venice Beach, California, he’s shot for top publications, film studios and TV networks as well as taken portraits of celebrities ranging from Tiger Woods, Samuel Jackson, Brad Pitt, Ashton Kutcher and Heath Ledger to Michelle Obama, Halle Berry, […]
Almost every photographer dreams of their own studio–a special private space to freely create and brainstorm, where inspiration and its precise execution is the only thing that matters. A place where you walk in, and are warmly greeted by light as it splays across decorated walls, books new and old, and your unique tools of the trade. At least, this was one of my many dreams: to own and operate my very own studio. An artist’s studio is a reflection […]
Categories: Behind the Scenes, Features, Inspiration, Uncategorized, Venice • Tags: abbot kinney, american photo, art of studio, art of studio space, CA, kwaku alston, pdn, pdn february 2014, pdn magazine, pdn studio, venice, venice art gallery
Behind the scenes lighting setup and breakdown Oprah’s glam team 2013 ended with one of the most exciting jobs of the year: photographing the much anticipated Essence Hollywood Issue featuring Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Michael B Jordan. Essence’s editors and these legendary thespians met me in Los Angeles, where we constructed a beautiful set to capture the energy and excitement of an epic year at the movies. Enjoy these special behind the scenes moments. Thank you […]
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Just got this TOMS magazine in my mailbox with my photograph on the cover from our Nepal adventures. Enjoy these film images from our travels around Nepal!
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Trent Reznor for Fader September 10th, 10:53 AM. Upload images to FTP for proofing cover. September 9th – 3:37 PM. Confirm correct negative for scanning. September 9th – 3:33 PM. Landed at The Icon with negatives. September 9th – 2:55 PM. Lost down memory lane. September 9th – 2:50 PM. Secured the box. September 9th – 2:45 PM. Locate the box. September 9th – 2:43 PM. Rushing to find negatives. There comes a time in your photographic career when you […]
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Great catching up with makeup artist Sam Fine, and Tim Snell, who i worked with in NYC at the very beginning of my career in NYC. Guest DJ! Recently I had the pleasure of photographing hip-hop’s first lady, the radiant Queen Latifah, for USA Weekend with photo director, David Baratz. Queen was an absolute joy to be around and infected everyone with her energy, from jamming out with the DJ to singing some soul as we worked outside. I felt […]
Thank you to Leigh Andersen from Industry for the lovely feature on our Art of Studio space for the first installment of their Studio Visit series. Read about it here. We are delighted to share our mix of analog and digital media and experiences with the world.