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Rita Thompson steals the spolight in today's Your Shot Blog, published by National Geographic.
Titled "On Photographing Your Child," the article covers the niche specialty that is children's photography.
Check out the article, Rita's images, and some quotes by the photographer, herself, here.
And for more from the JMI photographer, be sure to view her portfolio on the JMI SITE!
Ryan Liebe stole this month's issue of Bon Appetit with his story on grilled vegetable salads and sides.
Check out his mouth-watering photographs below, and for more from the JMI photographer, be sure to visit: www.jmireps.com!
If you haven't started feeling the July 4th spirit yet --- this should do it!
Check out this series of adorable images, shot by our very own Lee Clower, for Miami-based children's swimwear brand, Submarine Kids!
These red, white, and blue suits are just the thing to ring in your holiday weekend!
Happy Independence Day!
David Sykes is an award-winning photographer... literally!
Featured below are a few of the ads.
WAY TO GO, DAVID!!
Mikkel Vang does it again!
The JMI photographer stole the June cover of Travel + Leisure with his feature on Catalonia, Spain.
Photographing an eight-page story that dons the magazine's latest issue, Mikkel captures the captivating landscapes and vibrant culture of the Spanish coastal region of Catalonia -- which includes a number of famed cities (most notably Barcelona).
Check out Mikkel's breathtaking shots, below... and don't forget to pick up a copy of the June issue for yourself, today!
Rita Thompson is one of those rare artists who proves to be as compassionate and insightful behind the camera as she is in front of it. With a keen eye and inherent understanding of her subjects, Rita has created a body of work that, while varying in content (from kids, to landscapes, to "New York Lifestyle"), shares an altogether unfaltering sincerity and authenticity that can be achieved only by the most seasoned of photographers. Beginning her stint in the creative industry as an Art Director before later transitioning over to photography, Rita's understanding of aesthic excellence undoubtedly proves second nature. A fascinating and exceptional artist, Rita took the time to chat with JMI about her life, creative trajectory, and the passion that drives her work.
JMI Reps: I find your backstory so incredibly fascinating. You have such an incredible eye and demonstrate a means of creative storytelling that's clearly innate...and yet, you weren't always a photographer. For those who don't know it, tell us a little bit about your story; how did you become a photographer?
Rita Thompson: I spent the majority of my career as an advertising art director working at agencies across the country, from NYC to Portland, Oregon to Austin to Dallas. I even had my own little ad shop in Jackson Hole for a bit. I always loved working with photographers and taking pictures, but when I had my first child, I found taking photos became really important to me. I had this strong need to document them, and through that I fell in love with photography.
JMI: What advantages would you say your background in advertising has given you? Did it alter your creative perspective at all?
RT: Having been on that side of the business, I understand what agency creatives and clients want to achieve. And I love the collaboration. Working on advertising projects feels very natural to me.
JMI: When you first started in the business, you put together a beautiful portfolio with a focus on children's photography. You've now expanded your work to include New York Lifestyle and Landscapes, as well...but what drew you to kid's photography from the beginning?
RT: I have never had the best memory, but I can visit any photograph of myself as a child and remember being there. So I photographed my children a lot, giving me peace that I could revisit those amazing and fleeting little moments any time I wanted to. My focus had been on children's photography because children have been my world, and I have been shooting my world.
JMI: Is there something in particular that you aim to capture within your kids work?
RT: I like to capture all aspects of being a kid in its truest essence, from the little happy triumps to the disappointing -- it's all equally awesome in my eyes.
JMI: There's a refreshing, unstaged element to your work that makes the captured scene feel and appear incredibly natural. What's your key to achieving that?
RT: My whole life - starting in childhood - I liked observing people. Now, I just observe with a camera in hand. When something grabs me or makes me smile, I shoot.
JMI: How would you say your work has evolved since you first started out as a photographer?
RT: I have lifted my camera off of my own life and onto the world around me.
JMI: Talk a little bit about the "New York Lifestyle" installment of your portfolio. This was such a novel and creative idea, and something that's not really been done before. How did you come up with this, and what's the message or feeling you try to convey through this body of work?
RT: I like to show what life is like living in this funny city...like tiny kids playing a soccer match right under the Western Hemisphere's tallest building. It's like this big, giant monster standing behind them constantly that they don't notice. Everything is out of proportion and extreme here, challenging New Yorkers to come up with creative ways of living or raising a family. It's fun to document.
JMI: Your landscapes are also incredibly beautiful, and very different from the rest of your work. What's your inspiration here?
RT: Being on this earth -- it's an amazing experience.
JMI: Moving forward, are there any other avenues you'd like to explore in photography? (Food, travel, interiors....)
RT: People and travel excite me. I also want to photograph Bill Cunningham for my "New York Lifestyle." I was extremely flattered that he put me on his New York Times style pages a couple of times, once going to a polo match on Governor's Island, and then another time riding a tandem bike with my daughter during NYC's Summer Streets; neither time did I see the legend himself!
JMI: Ok, last question, and less work-specific: if you could give yourself one piece of life advice, ten years ago, what would it be?
RT: "Rita of ten years ago...buy property in NYC!" (laughs) ...I've always trusted life to show us our path. I think, if anything, I am thankful that I was present these past ten years when life steered me towards photography, and that I married a man who has always supported and encouraged my passion for it.
David Sykes is an award-winning photographer.
At last night's ANDY Awards, held annually in New York City, the JMI photographer's "Neglect" campaign for Marmite, shot with adam&eveDDB in the UK, won a Bronze medal in the "Packaged Food" category!
For a glimpse at the campaign and the award annoucement, click here!
Establshed 50 years ago to honor creativity in advertising, the ANDY awards acknowledge the contributions of individuals and companies in the advertising world.
According to the award ceremony's website: "The International ANDY Awards stands as one of the most sought-after awards for creative excellence in advertising. Judged by a jury comprised of internationally renowned creative directors, awards are given to both single and campaign executions, distinguished by product, service or technique category."
Click the link above to check out David's award-winning work, and for more stellar shots by the photographer, visit: www.jmireps.com!
The below print ads are a facet of the latest ad campaign for Vermont ice cream brand Ben & Jerry's, and articulate the company's newest product.
Photographed by our very own Marcus Nilsson, the ads feature the new Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream "Cores," a mouth-watering hard ice cream treat with a thick, gooey center. With flavors like "That's My Jam" (chocolate & raspberry ice cream with fudge chips and a raspberry core), and "Hazed and Confused" (chocolate & hazelnut ice cream with fudge chips and a hazelnut fudge core), it's hard to imagine what ice cream was like before!
Check out the ads, featuring Marcus' shots, below -- and for more from the JMI photographer, be sure to visit our website: www.JMIreps.com!
Lucy Schaeffer shot this adorable, Easter-themed strory for the latest issue of Family Fun!
Out now, the magazine boasts this colorful story, created in anticipation of Sunday's holiday, to illustrate a number of ways to naturally dye eggs, using solely foods and spices!
Check out Lucy's fun and playful images, below -- and for more from the JMI photographer, be sure to visit: www.JMIReps.com!
Bon Appetit and Marcus Nilsson team up to deliver a hearty serving of aesthetic excellence in the editorial's latest issue.
Titled "Cook Like a Pro," the below story, running in the magazine's April issue, reveals the homespun cooking tips necessary for novice cooks and bonafide foodies, alike.
Check out Marcus' stunning shots, below, and to view more work from the JMI photographer -- click the link above!