RJ Muna is a photographer. He mostly takes pictures of people, places and things. Some things move (dancers and cars); and some things don't (mountains, glasses and rocks). He went to school but stared out the window a lot wishing he were taking pictures of clouds (that looked like dancers or mountains or cars). He grew up in Berkeley (which explains a lot).
Sometimes, people give him money to take pictures of things. Sometimes they don't. He's been known to shoot for food, but only if followed by a hot cappuccino and a delicate panna cotta. He's won a lot of awards, judged a lot of award shows and been written about in a lot of magazine articles. He's a people person and, as stated above, a places and things person. Some years back, he had an article written about him in CA.
When I was a wayward sixteen year old, my parents arranged for me to meet with a career counselor. After extensive interviews and a four-hour multiple choice personality quiz, we sat down to talk about my future. He told me that I was a creative kid with a gift for technical, hands-on work. Then he told me that I would make a good laboratory researcher, possibly working with high tech materials, like ceramics.
Many years later, I know that I've found my calling, creating images for clients across the country and around the world. I try to pay attention to the everyday moments that are often overlooked, and I find the creative process even more rewarding when it involves collaboration.
That said, I'm comforted knowing that if this photography thing doesn't pan out, there will always be a lab out there in need of a ceramics researcher.
My brother likes to remind me that my early exploration of photography involved taking pictures of very small objects from a very great distance. In the years since I’m happy to say I’ve come up quite a bit closer both in terms of form and a deeper exploration of subject matter.
As I am looking through the lens I am always waiting for a moment: a lived-in moment the viewer can sense as honest and true. Through that moment I endeavor to tell a story, ask a few questions and draw the viewer in. I’ve begun to realize some of the power of these moments comes from my own desire to connect; to create some sort of relationship between myself, the camera and my subject.
In terms of creating commissioned images I am most gratified by the fact that I am often called on when clients are looking to rebrand their product. They come to me to create images in which authentic moments allow the viewer to find themselves and a thread of their own story. Every time someone identifies that particular quality in my work I know I’m right where I need to be and this life I’ve made in photography has been the perfect path.
Matthew grew up in rural southeastern Idaho, to which he owes his affinity for landscape. His adventures in photography began at age 14 and have since led to over a decade of working on locations worldwide. Matthew was featured in the January/February 2014 issue of Communication Arts; and his commercial, editorial & personal work have won several international awards, including Communication Arts and PDN."
Clients include Chrysler/RAM, Chevron, InterContinental Hotel Group, Biltmore, The Home Depot, Bollé, K2 Sports, Men's Journal, Entrepreneur, Fortune, Travel + Leisure, Discovery Channel, Reader’s Digest, Outside, & SKI.
“Photography gives me the freedom to explore this amazing planet, to meet people & experience new cultures, and to express myself creatively, plus it’s also a great way to earn a living! While I have many interests, I love that nearly all of them have been enriched through story-telling & image-making.”
When not on assignment, Matthew enjoys climbing & skiing in the mountains near his home near Sundance, Utah.
Full service Michael Lamotte Studios offers the complete package - concepting, photography and post production with a wholly color managed workflow. The new sunny studio space at The Allied Box Factory in San Francisco’s Mission District features a full kitchen, natural and studio lighting and a state of the art digital capture system. Michael’s affable disposition, refined food aesthetic, innate problem solving skills and his talent for making ordinary objects seem extraordinary are just a few of the reasons clients keep returning.
A graduate of The Academy of Art and a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Michael has been shooting food and still life photography for over 25 years. His images can be seen worldwide; in advertising campaigns, on food packaging, and in countless cookbooks, though he has really developed a niche in the food packaging genre.
Michael Lamotte comes from a rich culinary history and a long line of chefs. His great grandfather Jules hailed from the South of France and learned the culinary craft in the Cognac region of France, and eventually earned a Chef position at The Langham Hotel in London. From there, he took a position at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. His son, Michael’s grandfather, followed suit and became a chef at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.
Away from the studio Michael enjoys cooking, baking and chocolate making, and recently built a wood oven in his backyard to master the art of pizza and bread making. He is on a perpetual quest to learn about food and wine, and bases most vacations on what he can discover about the unique culinary landscapes around the world.
Michael’s most recent ongoing personal project is a series of images titled From The Source. The black and white images of products sourced from small, local producers and artisans can be seen on a blog of the same name, as well as in varying gallery exhibits throughout the Bay Area and in permanent collection on the walls of BARNDIVA in Healdsburg. A select few of Michael’s From The Source images are available for purchase.
Craig Cutler is a conceptual photographer and director who turns ideas into images and images into stories. His commissioned collaborations range from print campaigns for clients such as IBM, Visa, American Express, and Samsung, to broadcast commercials for clients like T. Rowe Price and NASCAR, to editorial assignments for publications including The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Bon Appétit, and National Geographic. A prolific image-maker, Craig is also well known for his ambitious personal projects, the most recent of which is the "Peg and Sphere" project.
“His work is incredibly graphic, yet feels very natural and beautiful at the same time,” notes Ogilvy & Mather group creative director Michael Paterson, who worked with Craig on a worldwide multimedia campaign for IBM. “I think his work extends the boundaries of commercial photography into the art world.”
Craig considers collaboration the key to success. He often cites David Ogilvy’s advice to surround yourself with people who are better than you and let them do what they do best. “I like to conceptualize, I like to direct,” Craig once told PDN in an interview on his yearlong personal project, CC52. “I let the people I work with do the things they’re good at, so I can focus on the ideas and concepts. This way you get the most out of the project.”
Though he is perhaps best known for his still lifes, Craig has also amassed an award-winning portrait portfolio over the years. His signature stripped-down, environmental portraits are in many public and private collections. "I want my portraits to show who they really are," he explains. "I try to shoot the subjects devoid of any tension or attitude. Once that\'s done, I feel the portrait really comes to life."
Craig has received many awards for his photography by Communication Arts, American Photography, PDN, Graphis, the British One Club, and others. His work has also been widely exhibited, including at the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh, the International Center of Photography in New York City, and his alma mater, the University of Delaware. He is based in New York City and Los Angeles.
Graphis gold awards in 100 Best in Photography Annuals, British One Club, Photo District News Photography: Advertising and Video Annuals, American Photography Annuals, Gold New York Addy Awards, Communication Arts Photo Annuals, American Photography International Motion Art Awards.
James Salzano, based in New York City, is an acclaimed photographer whose ability to understand and communicate the needs of his clients and subjects has earned him worldwide recognition, both for his work in advertising and in portraiture. His vision and insight have attracted many loyal clients, such as Pfizer, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Men’s Health and BMW, all of whom have built campaigns using his signature images.
Jim’s assignments have taken him through Europe, Japan, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. His photographs are at the heart of award-winning global advertising campaigns for several companies, including British Airways, Ford, IBM, Nikon, Sony and Toyota.
Jim applies his natural ability and skill to bring out the unique quality of his subjects. He has had the privilege of taking portraits of a great diversity of people, such as David Bowie, James Earl Jones, Donald Trump, Denzel Washington and the Dalai Lama. His photos are included in the permanent collection of the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. His work has been included in shows at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and the International Art Institute of Detroit.
His humor and experience have made him a popular lecturer at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, the Art Directors Clubs of Cincinnati and Toronto, and the New York chapter of ASMP. He also was on the faculty at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City and lectured at the International Center for Photography.
Jim continues his work on a series of waitress portraits that he’s photographed while traveling throughout the country and around the world. A book compiling these images is currently in the works.
Shaun Fenn is a commercial image maker based in California. His work has been described as bold, powerful and filled with emotion, earning him accolades from Communication Arts, Graphis, APA, PDN, American Advertising Awards, and other notable publications.
Whether shooting for commercial clients such as FedEx, Charles Schwab, GE, Rolls Royce, or editorial assignments for such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Runners World, Backpacker Magazine, or Discovery Magazine, Shaun's imagery has an appreciation for his subjects with a serenity and ease that comes from growing up in the west coast beach culture.
Shaun's journey to photography and film came via a background in video production at high profile agencies like J Walter Thompson and Saatchi and Saatchi. He also spent 4+ years assisting Andy Anderson.
He holds degrees from USC in Communications and UC Berkeley in Computers. Of all Shaun's work, he considers his finest creations his two beautiful children, who are also blessed with creative talents of their own. When he isn't holding any electronics in his hand, Shaun can be found on a board or playing volleyball near the ocean.
I love photography. I wallow in the thought of gorgeous food and finely made merchandise. When it comes to things and ideas, I’m passionate for the power that photography can have for them. Like well-written prose that makes your heart sing, a successful image creates a wonderfully defined change in the viewer. Images are stories. I want to make the viewer hungry, thirsty, need to possess an object or just to be thoughtful for a better way to live. I’m mad for the quality of light that creates texture over forms, have a great fondness for the study of color and have an obsession for making images with perfect execution.
I have come to the place in my career, after shooting just about everything, that defining the story of an image is what I love most. A concept can be manifested a thousand ways and every subject has a position in our material world with it’s own voice. There is always a story of origin, present and future and I love learning this story for what my clients are trying to achieve. Then, creating that story for them through photography.
I have a wonderful team (long term partners!) that enables me to achieve just about anything I can think of. No matter how big or small the project, it’s fun, often self challenging, always interesting and we never cease to learn, grow and define the story in a new way.
We shoot for Starbuck’s, Burger King, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Del Taco, Ghirardelli, eBay, Method Home, Hidden Valley Ranch, Brita, Shutterfly, Logitech, Sunset Magazine, and Chronicle Books, among many others.
We also have a stunning natural light studio in San Francisco and two adorable Pugs that rule the roost. They prefer we shoot bacon.