First of all, Happy Halloween! Go out and have a good ole time dressed as a naughty nurse, naughty secretary, naughty doctor, naughty librarian, naughty paleoclimatologist, naughty executive assistant, yadda yadda yadda (a naughty yadda that is). But be safe. For those who have not joined my Movember team, GET ON IT ALREADY! For those already on my team and growing the mo, tomorrow is Shave the Date, so get your best razor out and start clean. Also, it would be a good idea to take your significant other on a date before than mustache gets too big and she starts recommending that you cook at home a little more often. A random blog? Yes. So periodically I get photos of my work on display that friends send over, and for that I am grateful. The most recent one comes from a photoshoot I did with Chicago Bears player Matt Forte. Perhaps the easiest going guy on set ever. We photographed him in New York at Milk Studios during a day that saw multiple athletes in and out of the studio. What made Matt so cool was that he was the first athlete of the day and one of the […]
This is not a blog that I expected to write, but not everything that makes a photographer’s life better is camera related. Photography as a medium is composed of multiple facets of which mastery can never be achieved, but proficiency in technique runs apparent. However, once you have a grasp of the technical side of photography (the part that can be taught), you must forget that which you’ve learned and give in to the abstract. To do this you must relax. Sounds easy, right? Not so much. While technique and skill sharpen themselves over repetition, experience and trial, the ability to envision the image gets blocked by stress. I imagine we have all been there, trying to force a shot that just wasn’t working only to go on vacation and have images jump out at you. Because you were rested and relaxed, you began to see. Physical and mental strength play a big part in being able to keep up a packed shooting schedule. Q: What does this have to do with a portable video game? A: More than you would think For busy commercial photographers, plane flights and hotel rooms become our homes. The problem is, even if you’re […]
After a brief vacation, the photo season has returned in full force. This means many hours in planes trying to be a far away from the guy that keeps doing the casual cough… Speaking of casual coughs, what’s the deal? I mean either get it out of the way with one healthy cough, or hold it. The little cat sneeze coughs every minute and a half don’t hide the fact that you might be the carrier on a crowded confined environment. But I digress… Nonetheless, the next few months will see the release of many new images at BlairBunting.com, so stay tuned to the blog for the stories. As for today’s image… it’s a guy playing basketball…. not much more to say about that Enjoy.
As many of you know, I am quite the video game fanatic. Now yes, I am an adult (at least most of the time), but I must say that I have been know to yell and throw controllers whenever some ten year old shoots me in Modern Warfare. Video games are an escape, a way to mentally shut down and not think about lighting sets or photoshoot budgets. I know I am not alone in this because most of the squad of guys that I race against on Forza are other photographers, art directors and creative directors. Heck, one of my best promotions ever was sending Xbox 360’s to clients. Yes, it was expensive, but it paid itself off many times over and more importantly gave my clients and I common goals of shooting zombies, or racing rather than worrying about always talking about work. You see, creatives like myself need to have an aspect that is young at heart. Often times we are shooting ad campaigns that market to demographics that are younger than us and reaching them is what will keep the client coming back for further campaigns. If you want proof that youth is crucial to advertising, […]
Of my many obsessions, one that has been around longer than I have been a photographer is racing, and more specifically, Formula 1. One can argue that I became a photographer so that I could take pictures of nice cars and save the $20 of having to buy a poster of said car. The aspiration to be a racing driver existed many years before I ever picked up a camera, as I raced shifter karts with hopes that I possessed a talent that made me .05 seconds quicker than anyone else on the track. However, I was fortunate to realize that I did not have what it takes, and by fortunate I mean that I was able to realize that racing should be a hobby rather than a loss leading profession. With that, I sold my shifter kart in order to buy my first digital camera. The departure from racing to photography did little to hinder my passion for it, and my love for Formula 1 has grown to a hysterical level at times. Many have asked if there is any celebrity that I would have a hard time photographing because of starstruckness and there is only one…. Michael Schumacher. […]
It’s Friday, so why not have a laugh? My friend and assistant, Ramsey, often is my on set humor to keep things light. On some recent campaigns, we brought him on just to DJ during the shoot… think that sounds crazy? It was the client’s first request when we got brought on to shoot a second campaign. While we were preparing for the first campaign, he got a spam text message on his iPhone. Now we have all gotten them, and most of us just throw them away, no Ramsey. What followed was hundreds of texts to the spammer that were comedic gold, and ended in the spammer having Ramsey’s number blocked on his phone. But fear not, we saved them all and would like to present them to you, enjoy. Easiest way to view them is to click on the first one (top left) and then use the arrows to go through them in order.
With the demands of this job calling on one to travel as much as I do, having an app that can make sitting on a plane enjoyable is priceless. As much as I want to say that I am working on every flight and that I can be productive while sitting next to some lady that doesn’t fly much and feels the need to tell me how to make a good cobbler, I can’t. Often I take the opportunity to attempt to zone out of life completely. Be it through podcasts, catching up on shows or playing games. Today’s blog is about the latter, a game called Plague Inc. on iOS and Android. It is mindless and monotonous, and centers around eradicating humanity by creating a plague. Twisted, yes, but while I sitting on a flight full of super flu carrying kids that stick random toys in there mouth and then put said toy on the tray in an effort to spread whatever sore throat or fever they have, it is nice to see what their efforts are contributing to. While I’m on the subject of the kids on a plane (much scarier than Snakes on a Plane, and not […]
Contradictory to the lifestyle that goes along with being a commercial celebrity photographer, I am actually quite shy. At this past Imaging USA, I was fortunate to receive invites to a lot of the parties and cocktail hours, however attended none. It is not out of a holier than thou stance towards the forced conversations while looking around for an exit that are parties. It is because, frankly, I’m that guy that goes to places like Vegas, only to sit and watch the Bellagio fountain 7 or 8 times a day, not to see the water, but to see the effect it has on the people watching it. So why the statement of social awkwardness to start this Friday’s blog? I just want you to have reference of my proclivity before telling you that I am also that guy that screams like a little girl every time a Ferrari passes a McLaren. For those that don’t know what I mean by this, it is a reference to my unhealthy obsession of Formula 1 racing. It started when I was in high school. I would sit around watching the races over and over again while my other friends had lives. It […]
Life on the road while shooting campaigns can get very lonely. Sometimes it is a welcome thing, and at other times I find myself texting everyone in my phonebook to see what’s new and have a conversation. Of the many things I have picked up while on this journey, having an interest in learning is a way to take some of the lonesomeness out of the given situation. Which brings me to perhaps the greatest travel companion I have ever found, the Stuff You Should Know podcast. Truth be told, I used to find podcasts odd, and still don’t know how I ever got into SYSK. Perhaps it was my want to be better at trivia nights when I was in town, or perhaps I am just interested in knowing how to survive a plane crash…. a little side note, not to be morbid, but on no less than 10 occasions have I sat in an airplane casually listening to the plane crash episode. On one campaign last year, my assistant and I had to drive 14 hours in 2 days (along with shooting periodically), so we loaded an iPod all the episodes out and left, thinking we’d throw some […]
So I deleted the Facebook app from my phone and iPad last night, and ironically enough, life has seemed to go on. Perhaps virtual dependency of a faux social life is beatable without the feeling of alienation after all. Even funnier is how much that little “f” (very appropriate Facebook) on my phone screwed up the symmetry of my icons, and now my cellular chi is balanced. I had been thinking about taking said drastic measures for some time now. I wondered if it would hurt business, or if I would feel like life is passing me by, not knowing if one of the people I used to go to high school with had two burritos for dinner. So far no, I don’t miss it at all. My decision to delete the app was bolstered by the great kindness of political season we have going on. Now I know you can say, “Blair, don’t delete the app, just delete the people that are saying things you don’t like”, but therein lies some of the problem. Facebook’s social interaction is the real life equivalent of going to a single’s speed dating night and expecting to hear the truth. Better yet, I […]