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.
Austin-based photographer Randal Ford believes that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. He is obsessed with details, creative collaboration, and chasing a timeless aesthetic.
Ford’s work has appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, 20 Texas Monthly covers, an expansive coffee table book, and the cover of Communication Arts, the industry’s most prestigious publication. Among many other accolades, in 2015 Ford was named one of the top 200 advertising photographers worldwide by German-based magazine Lüerzers Archive. Ford’s work has been featured in a host of other industry publications. He has been sought after to collaborate with some of the biggest brands and largest agencies in the world. Some of the agencies Ford has collaborated with include BBDO, FCB, Leo Burnett, Ogilvy & Mather, The Martin Agency, and Wieden+Kennedy.
Ford’s wide range of work includes portraiture, lifestyle, animals, and environmentals. Throughout his work he’s been able to maintain a consistent aesthetic while problem solving, evolving, and molding to clients needs.
His laid back and approachable personality keeps him grounded in his passion for creating beautiful work, collaborating with clients, and having fun along the way.
“Randal Ford is a magician. He combines the best of traditional photography - he’s got a great eye, he knows how to work with light, he understands space - with an ambitious embrace of new technologies that makes all things possible. His pictures feel alive.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.