At Design Aglow, we’re often approached by brands asking for a feature or to be introduced to our community. We’ve decided to begin sharing select companies with our readers, in the hope that you’ll find their products as useful as we do. While we receive compensation for these posts, we vow never to promote a product just because we're paid to do so, but instead align ourselves with companies that share our values of integrity and innovation. Chronicle Books’ new release Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People, shot by Matt Hoyle and introduced by Mel Brooks, is a dream photo project, a fantasy funny league of 90 comedians collected into a beautiful hardback volume. In the book’s dedication, photographer Matt Hoyle describes the process of collaborating on the approximately 10 ideas he presented to each comic for their shoot: “[i]f any struck a chord with them, that would be great. And if any of my concepts inspired their own thoughts, I was honored to turn their idea into a striking portrait.” (And then Mel Brooks talks about cracked eggs.) Hoyle’s results are spectacular: one of the geniuses behind this book is that he allows each funny person to fully inhabit their own frame. While the images are stylistically similar, the subjects are radically different: the great Michael Ian Black and Carol Burnett are pictured back-to-back, sarcastic and silly in their own ways, while Zach Galifianakis and Andy Samberg look the best and the creepiest, respectively, that we’ve ever pictured them. While the photographs are obviously having a conversation, we have to wonder if the comedians are chuckling at each other--and at us. (Confidential to Matt Hoyle: please make this a traveling gallery show.) But Comic Genius resonates with more than just laughter. The portraits are punctuated by notes of melancholy and reflection--what’s behind those sad eyes, Steve Martin?--which makes for a contemplative experience. The Funny or Die videos created to accompany the book are equally awesome: Kermit the Frog busts some banjo chops, Neil Patrick Harris channels Chaplin, and Chevy Chase gets bamboozled by his own book collection. As a holiday gift that’s guaranteed to elicit laughs, Comic Genius is a true collector’s item that would be appreciated by funny people and photography buffs alike. In partnership with Chronicle Books, we’re giving away one copy of Comic Genius! Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Laura Novak of Little Nest Portraits shares her expertise with us today... It has always been my goal at Little Nest to create an environment where clients are reminded of the little things that they cherish about their kids; we structure our studios around that goal and we structure our product selection around that goal. When it comes down to it, we value families and family relationships and Little Nest has developed a loyal, passionate customer following because many people appreciate the same things we do. Connecting with clients is the reason I am a portrait photographer; and since customer interaction plays such a role in the everyday mechanics of running a photography business, I spend a good amount of time brainstorming ways to strengthen that connection.
In-home photography sessions capture the subtle magic of family life. Professional in-home photographers Clare Barker Wells and Yasmina Cowan of The He(art) of Home, share their insight on the top 3 mistakes photographers should avoid during in-home sessions.