showcase miami issue 171 Jul 2009Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to the debut issue of Showcase Miami, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the very best of the Magic City's visual media industry, with more information available in our dedicated Film and Photo directories.
Be sure to check out our featured events:
- Beauty on the Beach: A Centennial Celebration of Swimwear, until October 11th at the Wolfsonian. Exhibition exploring how innovations in swimwear design have influenced popular conceptions of glamour and health.
- Rewind/Fast Forward Film & Video Festival, August 20th - 23rd. The Florida Moving Image Archive's annual festival explores all facets of documentary filmmaking, film and video preservation and history, and the use of archival images in productions.
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- photo agents
Artist Management Miami photo agents
Miami based Artist Management (AM) represents highly experienced and creative local and international photographers, hair and make-up artists, wardrobe stylists, prop stylists and food stylists.
New entries include Blasius Erlinger, Wes Bell, Esad Cicic, Michael Reh and Thomas Pierre Schwab.
AM artists work all over the world and are booked for national and international campaigns, catalogue shoots and editorial productions.
The driving force behind Artist Management is German-born Tanja Stephan, who opened her agency on South Beach in 2002. AM offers all-round support for photo productions and is committed to finding the perfect match for every client and team.
Belle & Company Miami photo agents
Belle & Company continues to represent some of the most talented photographers around the world.
The agency remains dedicated to providing top talent, team effort and attractive pricing, without compromising the standards and quality for which it is renowned.
In addition to complete photography services, Belle & Company provides an impressive selection of premier stylists, hair, make-up and art directors to compliment every photographic need.
Belle & Company are present in Miami, New York, London and Los Angeles.
Contributing Artists, LLC Miami photo agents
Contributing Artists, the premier artist management representation agency, opened it doors in Palm Beach, Florida, in the spring of 2009. The company has built a seasoned roster of photographers, stylists, and hair and make-up artists for the print and film industries.
The agency's fashion, lifestyle, still life, interior and food photographers include Montana Prichard, Lyall Aston, David Hart, Craig Denis and Tom Clark.
Contributing Artists stylists and hair and make-up artists are all respected experts in their field. The roster includes hair stylist Kerry Urban and make-up artists Sandy Maranesi, Kristin Brown and Mish Poletti.
MC2 Miami photo agents
Creative Management at MC2 provides a full-scale artist management company in Miami Beach. Formed in September 2007, Creative Management is one of Miami's leading photographers' agencies, representing photographers, stylists and hair and make-up artists. Talents include Jeff Olson, Cris Nicholls, Geoff Barrenger and Keith Lathrop. The company works in the New York and Miami markets, as well as further afield, to correctly manage artists so they can access the next level in fashion and advertising.
Parent company, MC2 Model Management, focuses on realistic model management while keeping future career growth an integral part of it's development. MC2 works closely with each talent in the knowledge that individual needs vary and the timing and coordination of each model's career path is unique. With this in mind, MC2 has launched the careers of many successful models, developing an image for each individual that translates into long-term lucrative income.
Mark DeLong Miami fashion photographers
Mark DeLong shoots fashion, celebrity, music and commercial advertising campaigns for top companies across the country.
Some of his clients include Eagle Rock Entertainment, Fruit of the Loom, Gatorade, Gaylord Hotels, HGTV, Honda,Mary Kay Cosmetics, Miller Lite, Russell Athletic, Sony BMG, Spalding and Target.
DeLong Photography can manage all aspects of a photo shoot, from pre to post production in studio or on location.
Visit his website for more information.
Mark Mason Miami car & transportation photographers
Mark Mason was raised in the Detroit area of Michigan. Picking up the camera at an early age, he naturally became a specialist in automotive photography.
After completing his photographic training Mark went on to work for the top car studios and learned from some of the industry's pioneers. He moved to Milan in 1994 and later to London, experiences that have given him a great awareness for design. It is this background and experience that he brings to all of his projects, and Mark handles all of the post production himself to ensure this sensibility.
His creativity has recently branched out into book and magazine design.
JonPaul Douglass Miami people & lifestyle photographers
JonPaul Douglass works mostly in environmental portraiture, in which he leaves no detail overlooked. His work started in film, which can be easily recognised in his portfolio, and contains more than just a style but also a certain feeling. Words such as enigmatic, uneasy, or mysterious have been used to describe his work.
JonPaul recently worked with clients Microsoft, Zondervan and Converse.
JonPaul Douglass is represented in the US by Ally Godfrey.
Julie Dickinson Miami beauty photographers
Born and raised in Stuart, Florida, Julie Dickinson was a lover of art from an early age. It wasn't until she took her first photo class in high school, however, that she found what would become her passion. "The first time I saw my image come to life in the darkroom, that was it - I was hooked!"
Julie graduated from the Institute of Atlanta with a Fine Art degree and a fine art portfolio, but it wasn't until she moved out to Miami Beach that she discovered her love for fashion. She has worked alongside many different photographers gaining the skills and training needed out in the field. Understanding what it takes to run a smooth and efficient production, Julie has since shot for many different modelling agencies, creating images to be used for comp cards, web use and model books.
Published works include: Graphis New Talent Design, Photographer's Forum, CMYK Magazine, Transworld Surf, and a feature in BPM Electronic Lifestyle magazine.
Clients: Jones Apparel Group and Nine West. Agencies: Mega Models Miami, Irene Marie, Mc2, 301 Models, Click Models NY.
Matthew Pace Miami food & drink photographers
Matthew Pace captures the place, taste and face of food. Comfortable on location as well as in the studio, he works with stylists to give food a visual flavour. Working individually, his experience and art sense help to create what is needed for a successful shoot.
A portrait, still life and journalistic background allows Matthew to adapt to any type of situation that requires the "complete picture", from the farm to the chef to the plate. Twenty years in the editorial and commercial market has helped him to produce under all kinds of pressure. He loves developing projects and his input has been invaluable to many of his clients.
Dirk Franke Miami fashion photographers
Dirk Franke stylishly blends beauty, fashion and glamour into a modern exploration of sensuality and classic sex appeal. Attached since his teenage
years to the female form as subject, Dirk Franke's body of work showcases a stylish eroticism, an extended collection of beautiful, sensual photography comprised of gorgeous women, lush skies, steamy cityscapes and pristine beaches. Though a world traveller, Franke has been based in sun-drenched Miami since 1991, and how much he enjoys his life shows in his work.
Apart from studying cinematography in Europe, Dirk has otherwise dedicated himself to shooting fashion and advertising photography. His wife Lene has worked as a producer and model booker in international model agencies, and together they form a reliable, efficient and budget conscious team that has conducted photo shoots of all shapes and sizes in studios and on location all around the world.
Robert Holland Miami people & lifestyle photographers
"Honest, real and passionate," describes both Robert Holland and his work.
Comfortable shooting from helicopters, boats, camera cars and rigs, he also uses remote cameras and video to record the perfect shot. Indeed, his active lifestyle and location work has been described as "captured moments".
He recently worked on a project in Bimini, the location of the final scene from the film 'Silence of the Lambs'.
Clients tell Robert he is a "cloud freak", which he takes as a compliment.
Robert is represented by Jess at Wonderful Machine.
Beth Studenberg Miami beauty photographers
Beth Studenberg's photography captures moments of pure spontaneity, joy and emotion in every subject.
Beth is a Florida native and calls Miami home, although she commutes regularly to New York, California, Europe and Canada. She stared her career in fashion by modelling, but soon found herself more interested in the photographer's role than her own. While travelling in Germany she bought a camera and began snapping photos of her friends and fellow models. It became clear to Beth that photography was her true calling, and she hasn't looked back since. Having been on both sides of the camera gives her a comprehensive knowledge of the industry, making sure all her clients' needs are taken care of.
Clients include Cosmopolitan, Cosmo Girl, Fitness, Seventeen, Glamour, Self, Alcott, Kohl's,Ardene, Garage, Bluenotes, Sunglass Hut, Target, JC Penney, Brookestone and Aldo Kids. In 2005, Beth made the list of PDN's 'Top 50 US Photographers'.
Claudio Beier Miami advertising photographers
An extreme attention to detail, the ability to orchestrate large sets, the technical savvy to produce the most exquisite lighting schemes and a contagious sense of humour are just some of the assets Claudio Beier uses to consistently go above and beyond his clients' expectations.
After receiving a business degree in Brazil, where he worked in marketing and advertising, he decided to pursue a more creative career in the US. With the conclusion of Hallmark Institute of Photography's intense programme, where he graduated with the highest accolades, Claudio moved to Miami where he now shoots advertising, fashion, beauty and portrait photography.
Jorge Parra Photography Miami advertising photographers
Jorge Parra Photography consistently works towards a fusion of fashion, beauty and fine art for the advertising and editorial industries. His passion for water and water effects helps him create unusual imagery suitable for out-of-the-ordinary visual results.
Jorge combines over 20 years of industry expertise with a constant exploration of the media in different fields of visual expression, including video. Stemming from a natural curiosity to expect the unexpected, he achieves very successful results for advertising campaigns, editorial and documentary projects and fine art imagery, both nationally and internationally.
Photography by Depuhl Miami people & lifestyle photographers
Pascal Depuhl is a commercial photographer who creates editorial, advertising and catalogue photography. He produces his photo shoots on location or in the studio and uses a variety of cameras to meet his clients' specific requirements, be those large format view cameras or digital SLR. Pascal shoots people and product photography for his clients.
Born in Florida, Pascal grew up in Germany where he learned the basics of photography. He moved to Chicago in the late 1980s where he began assisting after graduating from college. Pascal then moved to New York where he assisted photographers such as Richard Avedon, Bruce Weber, Arthur Elgorth, Antoine Verglas, Dominique Isserman and Aldo Rossi.
A job offer took him to south Florida where he has stayed ever since. Pascal currently produces all his jobs out of Miami, enjoying the excellent light and weather. He speaks fluent German and has shot for European clients in Florida, and has travelled extensively in America, Europe, Asia and Africa producing wherever clients need to have images shot.
George Kamper Miami advertising photographers
George Kamper's quest for beautiful imagery allows him to work successfully across a wide range of disciplines.
Inspired by diversity and gifted with the ability to bring his various experiences into critical focus, he excels at perceiving and extracting visual answers that satisfy a myriad of clients.
Understanding fully that each specialty requires a fresh perspective, George takes on every project with deep curiosity and a willingness to test and explore. As a result, he has delighted clients with his solutions and has enjoyed a multidisciplinary career.
Jose Manuel Vidaurre Miami food & drink photographers
Jose Manuel Vidaurre was recently selected by Luerzer's Archive in Germany for the book '200 Best Advertising Photographers Worldwide'. He has won simultaneously Platinum, Gold and Silver in the Photography/Commercial category at the Creativity 37 Awards, and has garnered a total of 56 awards throughout his career.
Jose Manuel has also been selected by Kingston Technologies for the programme 'Icons of Photography'. Recent magazine interviews include AfterCapture January 2009 (USA), A!Diseno December 2008 (Mexico), and Signcafe 2008 (Bulgaria).
Josh Ritchie Miami advertising photographers
After several long conversations with a close friend, Josh Ritchie decided he wanted a change from cold northern winters and newspaper assignments, so he up and moved to Florida to begin a new phase of his career as a freelancer. He has found that he can feed his soul while working on his "fluidity" project beneath the waves of the Atlantic ocean, finding time also to complete assignments for some great corporate and editorial clients.
Josh currently lives in Fort Lauderdale with his wife and cats, but will shoot pictures anywhere in the world.
The Blur Office Miami advertising photographers
The Blur Office is comprised of two Miami-based photographers who work together telling stories through pictures. Mauricio has more than 15 years of experience in the advertising industry, while Alejo is an anthropologist and professional photographer. Together, they specialise in advertising, fashion, portrait, commercial and catalogue photography.
And the result of combining the know-how and talents of these two photographers? "Two artists who know that any image is worth a thousand words, but who believe that one photo is worth a thousand stories. Two artists who channel the unique combination of their experiences through their photography. The challenge of astounding and being astounded."
Their common quest has resulted in a great friendship - and a few good photographs! Together they are The Blur Office.
Davide Miami hair and make up artists
With photographers including Patrick Demarchelier, David LaChapelle and Annie Leibowitz, Davide Calcinai's editorial work has been featured in, and on the covers of, magazines such as Allure, Amica, Detour, Elle and Zink.
Davide's talent is matched by a soothing demeanor which makes him a favourite within the industry. He studied at The Academy of Art in Florence before setting out to conquer the world of fashion and beauty, and as a result his clients come from around the globe. Putting together just a few of the celebrities with whom Davide has worked makes up a colourful and motley group: from Mariah Carey and Gloria Estefan, to Farrah Fawcett and Pee-Wee Herman.
Steve Harivel Miami
Steve Harivel is a dedicated designer and prop stylist with many years of industry experience in various roles, including fashion shoot production, art direction, interior design, set and event design, procurement and project management.
Steve developed his intuition for design while living in France, spending many hours roaming through the flea markets in Paris, Normandy and the south of France. Steve is a conceptual artist who enjoys participating in as many aspects of production as required. With his wife Liesel, he operates a prop shop in Miami.
Steve is currently one of the interior designers for the Soho House in Miami, due to open in 2010, and is also the interior architect designer and interior designer of the privately owned top penthouse of the Setai Hotel in New York.
- equipment rent
Coyote / Shootdigital Miami mobile units/ location vans
The Coyote elevates mobile digital imaging to a whole new level. The complete mobile capture vehicle combines a photography command centre, retouching suite and equipment room with an experienced operator to provide all the resources needed for a successful location shoot. The highly mobile, secure and flexible unit provides all the advantages of a studio shoot on location at a fraction of the cost. The Coyote also offers efficient time-management, providing:
- Transportation for up to four crew members to and from a shoot.
- All equipment and expendables.
- Easy set up and break down, saving hours of valuable shooting time.
- Archiving and retouching on site.
- Easy check in and check out: "One call does it all."
- photo production
HG Producers Miami photo production
HG Producers is a full service production company for the still and commercial motion picture industry.
The company provides crewing, equipment and prop sourcing, permits and insurance, location scouting, casting, transportation and accommodation arrangements for production teams of any size in a variety of domestic and international locations.
HG Producers recently provided full service production for projects in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, New York, St. Barts, Virgin Gorda, The Bahamas, Costa Careyes and Cabo San Lucas (Mexico), Providenciales (Turks & Caicos), Ibiza (Spain), New Mexico, Barbados, Puerto Rico, and its own backyard, Miami.
Mobile Arts Production Services Miami photo production
MAPS - Mobile Arts Production Services - is an established full-service photo production company with offices in Miami Beach and New York.
MAPS offers permitting, location scouting, budget management, crew hires, and all services related to producing a successful photo shoot. The company's Miami Beach photo studio and event space is the leading studio of its kind in South Beach, offering a full line of lighting and grip equipment. MAPS also provides a fleet of production vehicles, including a 42-foot Superbus and 37-feet Deluxe RV's.
Visit the website for more images of the studio, RV's, and additional information on MAPS' production services.
- rental studios
Photopia Studios Miami rental studios
Photopia has been providing professional photography facilities for over 10 years. One of the most frequently used studios in Miami, it is also one of the largest, combining the sophistication of New York loft studios with remote locations in the Keys all within the same facility. Based over approximately 30.000 sq. ft., the complex has two fully equipped studios measuring 3000 and 2000 sq. ft. respectively, along with three different sized cottages, eight terraces, a Caribbean beach setting, an upper deck and tree house.
Photopia offers endless possibilities for high-end professional photography. Props, from furniture to bedding, curtains, lamps and accessories, can be used free of charge. Photopia's latest feature is a brand new location, 99 Palms, a beautiful ultra-modern white house decorated with a tasteful mixture of white leather, crystalic acrylic accessories and silver metal objects. It has beautiful outdoor furniture on the terraces around the house, and a pool has been built and will be available for next season.
Little River Studios Miami rental studios photo
Little River Studios comprises 10,000 sq. ft. of studio facilities set on over an acre of land in midtown Miami. Flexible studio options include a unique 4000 sq. ft. 1880s-era barn with skylights and 60ft of west-facing French doors that open onto 800 sq. ft. of covered sky-lit terrace. The barn also includes a kitchen, a large make-up lounge, bathroom and shower facilities.
The 2400 sq. ft. Shark Studio has 12ft ceilings, an infinity cove, and large double doors for vehicle access. The 5000 sq. ft. Industrial Studio has 14ft ceilings, cement walls and floors, vehicle space, kitchen and changing facilities. Outdoors, a fenced-in 30,000 sq. ft. courtyard contains a beach house and two renovated 1920s beach cottages. Little River Studios carries a large selection of free-to-use props, sets and furniture and also has a collection of classic vehicles for use on the premises. The studios use a single phase 240 electrical power source in addition to 10 tonne portable A/C units, and there is WiFi covering the entire property. Catering can also be booked in advance.
- hotels and apartments
The Tides South Beach Miami hotels
An icon of Art Deco architecture on Miami's popular Ocean Drive, The Tides South Beach debuted a provocative new design by trendsetting designer Kelly Wearstler in the Fall of 2007. The glamorous new design re-dresses the hotel's interiors by incorporating elements from the sea, rich textures, sunset colours and vintage recreations with a nod to its illustrious past, while setting new standards for future hotel design.
The South Beach boutique hotel features 45 stylish luxury suites all offering expansive ocean views. Spacious accommodations range from oceanfront studio suites of 550 square feet to the 2,600 square foot Tides Suite.
Personalised service is taken to new heights with the introduction of dedicated personal assistants for each hotel guest. Whether it's an important detail for a business meeting, or perhaps concierge services to complete the perfect vacation getaway, personal assistants are at guests' beck and call for all requests - from the routine to the outlandish!
The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables Miami hotels
The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables combines the ambiance of yesterday with the amenities of today.
Centrally located in the heart of Coral Gables business district, the hotel offers a retreat from the rigours of travel yet is convenient for business, shopping, cultural visits and fine dining in one of Florida's most historic cities. Easily accessed from Miami International Airport, the Port of Miami, Coconut Grove and trendy South Beach, the hotel's guest rooms provide a world of comfort and a selection of revitalising amenities.
The discerning feature of the hotel is its historic marble-tiled rotunda, designed in neoclassical style and surrounded by marble columns topped with tropical Corinthian capitals. Combined with a picturesque fountain under its domed ceiling, the Rotunda is a charming space fit for any occasion. Additionally, a beautifully landscaped rooftop terrace provides a relaxing atmosphere for smaller, more intimate events. Whether a business function or personal celebration, the hotel's experienced staff and expert caterers will accommodate every need.