Miami Photographer Tom Clark’s Interview with VoyageMIA

Tom Clark is a commercial photographer based in Miami offering portrait, product, architectural and interior photography services

There’s been lots of economic and cultural growth in Miami recently and I’m particularly grateful to be positioned within it all, watching my city mature. It’s a good place to be. I’ve put in considerable work here establishing a position in the ranks of commercial photographers and lasted through some ebbs and flows since breaking into the business during the low point of 2008. It’s nice to receive a little recognition and I’m pleased to share a feature in VoyageMIA, which provides a little background and information on Tom Clark Photo.

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Der Bachelor in Miami by Celebrity Portrait Photographer Tom Clark

Miami’s role as an international business hub teamed with warm Winters provides a serious advantage for hosting national and international commercial photography and video productions. Companies from up North, South of the border and across the pond seek blue skies, palm trees and sun kissed beach scenes while Miami photographers and production companies standby and wait for the phone to ring.

We shot this photo for the German Bachelor AKA Der Bachelor. His identity kept in secret, but his gesture well recognized. Receiving a rose lets one know he or she has been chosen… a symbol to fans of the show, but also a symbol to our city. 

the bachelor by Miami photographer Tom Clark

The series has filmed in Miami for the past two years, but there’s no guarantee we’ll be receiving the rose in years to come. Competing markets recognize the value of being chosen (perhaps more so than the state of Florida) and are stepping up incentives while we seem to be moving in the opposite direction.

We can only hope this trend comes to a quick end and intercontinental opportunities can thrive under our lush palm tress once more.

Grant Albert likes techno, rock climbing, and basset hounds. You can find more of his writings on noiseprn.

Tom Clark is one of the few commercial Miami photographers offering portrait, product, architectural and interior photography services.

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Miami Free Transportation by Photographer Tom Clark

Miami gets a bad rap when it comes to public transportation. We find it unreliable and unavailable. While our transportation system can be lacking, you cannot deny variety is there.

Tom is a patient photographer. He hung around long enough to get this shot on a Wednesday afternoon, right before the madness that is rush hour.

free transportation in Miami by photographer Tom Clark

Above is the PeopleMover. A free metro that covers 4.5 miles and takes Kendallers, Brickellites, and Downtowners all around Downtown free of charge. Yes, they are still in use after Ultra Music Festival where ravers crowd the cab with neon and sweat.

To the right is the Miami Trolley. A bus painted in the University of Miami colors and takes travelers all throughout North Miami: Wynwood, the Stadium, and even Coconut Grove.

Below is the humble biker. Despite the odds that they could be hit by a car at any moment (wear a helmet,) they are brave enough to pedal the streets of Miami.

We are then stripped to our most primitive form, walking. Fortunately enough, Downtown is riddled with shops, business, and restaurants all within walking distance. When the clock turns 5 and all of Miami loses their minds to beat the rush, it’s not a bad idea to take a breath and think of our options.

Grant Albert likes techno, rock climbing, and basset hounds. You can find more of his writings on noiseprn.

Tom Clark is one of the few commercial Miami photographers offering portrait, product, architectural and interior photography services.

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Climbing the Divide by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

Lucy climbs in Red Rock Nevada:

Twenty minutes west of Las Vegas, the gentle eye in a category five hurricane of vice, sin, blue-men, and neon. The term “juxtaposition” gets thrown around rather liberally but Red Rock is a true juxtaposition. You have the fast paced, silicon lifestyle of Vegas and yet, in the horizon, rocks glisten with unfathomed potential.  

I find the phrase “the mountains are calling” to be disconcerting, but when viewing this photo, it’s all I hear. Perfect rock in perfect conditions. Lucy climbs a forty foot boulder, “The Divide” in the Kraft boulder field. Though the rock stands tall with aplomb, Lucy uses technique to chimney up the divide.

We often forget how pivotal nature is to our creativity and ego. Cormac McCarthy, in his book “Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West” invokes mans interconnectedness to the rock:

“The very clarity of these articles belied their familiarity, for the eye predicates the whole on some feature or part and here was nothing more luminous than another and nothing more enshadowed and in the optical democracy of such landscapes all preference is made whimsical and a man and a rock become endowed with unguessed kinship.”

climbing in red rock by Miami photographer Tom Clark

Grant Albert likes techno, rock climbing, and basset hounds. You can find more of his writings on noiseprn.

Tom Clark is a commercial photographer based in Miami offering portrait, product, architectural and interior photography services.

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Thomas and Ashlee from Extremis by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

Ashlee Anvik and Thomas Wynants think it’s time you get some outdoor furniture. 

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Thomas, a proud Belgian, met Montana-native Ashlee in the U.S. and soon after they set out to take the Wynants family business to the American market. Extremis designs and manufactures outdoor furniture, or “tools for togetherness.” The company’s approach is “Don’t make anything, unless it is both necessary and useful … and if it is, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful,” a minimalist and eco-friendly philosophy that Tom and myself can fully support.

While we do love our friends, Ashlee and Thomas, we must also love the globalization and interconnectedness taking place every second of every day. The advent of AirBNB made it possible for this connection to happen, combined with our guests ambitious and non-laconic personalities.

They were able to feel at home and a connection soon ensued. We bonded under the umber night sky, eating a dinner of cheeseburgers with a side of vibrant, creamy succotash in the backyard; all while discussing sleek Belgium designed furniture (seriously worth checking out) and of course, world politics.

Grant Albert likes techno, rock climbing, and basset hounds. You can find more of his writings on noiseprn.

Tom Clark is a commercial photographer based in Miami offering portrait, product, architectural and interior photography services.

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Bayfront Park Yoga by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

One thing we value about Miami is the seemingly perpetual lifestyle. Picture this: you attend a concert and get out by five in the morning, grab a cafecito with greasy croquettes, attend yoga at Bayfront Park, and then hike the muddy trails of the Big Cypress Preserve for the afternoon.

yoga in the park by Miami photographer

While we would not dare such a foolhardy agenda, the options are there. We have the ability to do anything at anytime, an infinite border of culture, nature, lust, and dance (an ideal pool of subject matter for photographers).

However, as fast-paced as Miami can be, we can always take a breath or two or three. Taking place in the morning at Bayfront Park is “Yoga In the Park,” amity between tranquility and speed under a green pavilion. Nestled between the grandiose high rises and azure waters of Miami’s Downtown area.

Tom and I find solace in this capricious lifestyle. However, we also enjoy the times where we can slow down with the likes of a modest hike, gingerly walking past sawgrass or being able to take a deep breath while you go deeper in to your warrior pose, all while being surrounded by water, grass, and steel.

Grant Albert likes techno, rock climbing, and basset hounds. You can find more of his writings on noiseprn.

Tom Clark is a commercial photographer based in Miami offering portrait, product, architectural and interior photography services.

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Product Photographer Based in Miami

While people tend to focus their energies on the final product, we must not forget about the initial processes. Here is a photo of three stainless steel mixing bowls, behind them, kitchen utensils; often the first resource in beginning a recipe.

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Tom and I believe that it is better to tackle the task in steps rather than an all guns blazing approach. This brings forth better results than the latter. As you can’t make an omelet without cracking an egg, you can’t make passionfruit infused challah bread without pouring in the first teaspoon of yeast.

On social media one usually sees the final product of the meal more so than the actual process. A piece of meat laying on a plate in a deadpan ceremony of iPhone’s cameras and unhinged hashtags. While pages like Tasty and YouTube channels like FoodWishes showcase the processes, why not focus more on the organic steps? The step-by-steps are often the most thrilling and provide a feeling of accomplishment that outshines the quick shot of the $15 smoothie bowl.

Grant Albert likes techno, rock climbing, and basset hounds. You can find more of his writings on noiseprn.

Tom Clark is a commercial photographer based in Miami offering portrait, product, architectural and interior photography services.

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Wine Bottle by Miami Product Photographer Tom Clark

It’s a tad ironic how some of the most minimal shoots could be the most laborious for photographers to work on. The notion of ‘less is more’ is apparent in this photo. Why dilute this bottle of Malbec with the “perfect” model or car when the wine can stand alone?

This simple wine bottle required two separate shots, maneuvering lighting, and then composited in post production, to get the best result.

product photography wine bottle

The lighting on the bottle almost melts off the ink colored exterior. It wasn’t an easy task. We like to think that there is a bit of symbolism here:

We often have to work the hardest on the smaller tasks before we can take on the big missions. Whether it be taking a shot of a red wine bottle or figuring out the best conditions to grow the grapes, one should never neglect the small tasks. Tom and I believe the term “don’t sweat the small stuff” is becoming obsolete.

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Conceptual Staff Portrait by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

No matter how old you are, you can still recall those days that you spent with your favorite toy. I remember my Simpsons collection. Dozens among dozens of yellow action figures all starring at me. Professor Frink was my favorite. His rounded glasses and white lab jacket. “Hoyvin!”  

This shot was done for a software development company called Magic Leap. Upon visiting the website, it will show the staff members name and title, but instead of the mundane and typical headshot, a photo of their favorite childhood toy appears. Gary Natsyme decided on the classic yo-yo. It’s a nice way of conveying the playful side of a business.

yoyo by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

Magic Leap thrives on the “think differently” and children at heart approach. “We are here to make magic real for you” it’s refreshing and intriguing.

It is easy to dwell on the stresses of today’s fast world, but it never hurts to think back on the simpler times.

Grant Albert likes techno, rock climbing, and basset hounds. You can find more of his writings on noiseprn.

Tom Clark is a commercial photographer based in Miami offering portrait, product, architectural and interior photography services.

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Portrait of Sarah Kouri by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

What Tom and I like about this shoot is the minimalism: wall, mat, Sarah, Floor. We have a strong minimalist philosophy; no ornamental additions to the photo nor superfluous adjectives in this description.

 Tom finds not only solace in this motion but also a bit of a comedic irony. Much of the commercial photography business requires Tom to embrace consumerism while his actual preference is to ignore the urge to consume.

 Working with Sarah gave Tom a break from business and to correlate his minimalistic ideals with yoga. The only requirement to perform the archaic practice is your presence.

 Sarah in pyramid pose. Her pose is strong, determination in her face. Not even a strong gust could knock her over.

sarah kouri by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

Grant Albert likes techno, rock climbing, and basset hounds. You can find more of his writings on noiseprn.

Tom Clark is a commercial photographer based in Miami offering portrait, product, architectural and interior photography services.

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Fashion Photography by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

Once or twice a year, Tom does a collaborative shoot with fashion designer and now Asheville, NC resident, Rachel Weisberg and Miami native actor/model/singer, Carolina Pozo. 

 

Rachel combines the elements of fashion with concerns in production sustainability, emphasizing on local scale practices. The collaboration makes perfect sense: a photographer with minimalist aesthetic and a designer with a minimal footprint. My eyes are drawn to the brass horseshoe. Carolina’s vertebras and back muscles elevate the horseshoe while it gingerly dangles from a thin, gold chain. The ocean blue dress then blends in with a blank wall, Carolina’s umber hair and vivacious tan juxtaposing.

rachel weisberg fashion by miami photographer tom clark

Tom never considered these shoots to be work and I can see why. Tom, Rachel, and Carolina created a beautiful and useful image while in an atmosphere of the ideal work environment. 

Grant Albert likes techno, rock climbing, and basset hounds. You can find more of his writings on noiseprn.

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The ladies of The Project Theatre by Miami Portrait Photographer Tom Clark

I had the privilege of shooting the directors of The Project [theatre.] A Miami-based company that was started from scratch. Each day the ladies of The Project [theatre] work to inspire a new generation of theater goers by infusing the spectator with the environment of the story they’re telling.

Gladys Ramirez (Right) and Elayne Bryan (Left) are two hard-working females that strive to push boundaries in theater scene and won’t take “no” for an answer. The concept behind  The Project [theatre] is to take the audience out of their seats and immerse them in the play. Their passion and commitment enriches Miami’s melting pot of diversity and culture.

The Project Theatre by Miami photographer Tom Clark

Tom Clark is a commercial photographer in Miami specializing in portrait, product, food, architectural and interior photography.

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Miami Photographer Tom Clark: Ramen

Tom Clark is a commercial photographer available for food, product, architectural and interior photography in Miami and throughout the U.S.

ramen food photography

This one pays homage to photographers who are just starting their careers, or a typical Tuesday night at my place during the busy season. Just because you’re eating ramen doesn’t mean you have to suffer. Some salt pork, eggs and hot sauce can go a long way and will complete those ramen meals.

Also, I’ve been having some fun trying to make the perfect egg. I guess anyone can get lucky every now and again, but repeating your results with boiled eggs is a surprising challenge (especially working with basic appliances). I like a yolk that’s on the runny side, but definitely need the whites to be firm. I’m not with the runny whites. Not enough time in the heat and you’ve got a mess on your hands… too much time in the heat and your yolks are dried.

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Miami Food Photographer Tom Clark: Whiskey on Ice

Tom Clark is a commercial food photographer based in Miami, FL and available for productions throughout the United States.

miami food photographer shot of liquor

The food photography portfolio continues to grow one subject at a time. After a long day working, while not pour a whiskey on the rocks and work some more.

Some people are familiar with the process in which professional photographers and food stylists use techniques that taint the product, leaving it inedible. I prefer to shoot it like it is… and then consume it.

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Miami Photographer Tom Clark Now Offers Food Photography

Tom Clark is a commercial photographer based in Miami offering professional photography services in advertising, celebrity portrait, architectural, interior, product, food and lifestyle assignments throughout the U.S.

Mango Salsa by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

Everyone seems to be a food photographer these days, and it makes sense. Well prepared food can be very attractive and we need to keep our social media feeds updated with something. With so many cell phone photographers out there flooding the market with imagery I find it’s more important than ever for professionals to develop a style and an understanding of lighting and composition that goes beyond the basics. It’s easier than ever to get your work out there, but it’s more difficult to stand out from the crowd.

Food is in my top three of reasons to get out of bed, so it makes sense for me to focus on food photography. As I grow in my profession I find a narrowing field of desirable subject matter. I used to offer it all, but realize now the best way to provide honest and authentic results in photography is to have actual interest in the subject.

With thoughts of creating a food specific portfolio and fresh mangoes dropping from the tree in the backyard, two worlds collided. Stay tuned as more images from the soon to be released food photography gallery are completed.

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New River Gorge Bridge by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

new river gorge bridge

Photographers visiting Fayetteville, WV may experience an irresistible attraction to the New River Gorge Bridge. Every photographer knows it’s been done before, still we can’t help ourselves. This is one of the highest vehicular bridges in the world made of a humbling 88 million pounds of steel and cement.

On a recent climbing trip I took advantage of a rest day to find the ideal shot, which led me to Fayette Station Bridge (a nearby, smaller bridge with this unobstructed view). The next morning I woke and forced myself out of the tent before dawn. We made it to the location just as the fog was beginning to clear and the sun was rising. Luckily, the early morning effort was matched by nature’s good graces and an image was captured. After all, it’s a long drive from Miami and we lugged the camera gear all the way.

Tom Clark is a commercial photographer based in Miami available for assignments in South FL and throughout the U.S.

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Welcome to Miami by Architectural Photographer Tom Clark

Tom Clark is a commercial photographer based in Miami offering professional services in portrait, product, interior, and architectural photography.

836 and 17th street in Miami

Welcome to Miami… now pay me.

If you have traveled to Miami via the international airport, then chances are you have driven under this automated toll collector.  Not only does it make our lives easier by eliminating the exchange of cash on the highway, but it also has pretty neon lights suitable for an introduction to the magic city.

Maybe you’ve seen the highway scene from Bowfinger, if not check it out for a sense of what it’s like to shoot from the shoulder of a highway.  Wanting to make each shot your last is your natural defense system’s way of keeping you alive.  But any photographer knows a few takes is better than one.

We did plan ahead for the sake of our own safety.  This gem of a shot was captured at dawn with minimal traffic (only the hospital workers en route for the start of the day shift) making our awkward presence slightly more acceptable than if we extended our stay into morning rush hour.

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Carolina Pozo Portrait Shoot by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

Tom Clark is a professional portrait photographer based in Miami, FL

Carolina Pozo by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

This week’s photo is from a great shoot in the Wynwood studio with Carolina Pozo (often referred to as Caro). The portrait utilizes a delicate balance of natural and strobe lighting. Our goal was to create realistic and interesting imagery in a simplistic setting and we managed to pull off quite a few looks, each as successful as the last.

Working with Carolina was easy since it wasn’t our first project together… check out the Rachel Weisberg fashion short we collaborated on last year.

You can catch Caro in the new Hulu series South Beach, where her and an all-star (mostly local) cast gives a peek into the Miami music industry.

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Rachel Weisberg Spring-Summer 2016 by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

Fashion Photographer Asheville, NC

rachel weisberg 2016

We had a great shoot in Asheville, NC this week for Rachel Weisberg’s Spring-Summer 2016 collection. In this portrait we found a brief moment to step out as Rachel excitedly prepared for Axis in NY, which begins tomorrow. The otherwise peaceful studio was filled with that good kind of chaos as we shot the likes of Aubrey Huntley, Amy Sreb, Casey Puhr, Taylor Dallis, Sarah Merrell, Patrice Wilson, and Nicole Martinez.

The fashion line utilizes organic materials and processes, which we aimed to reflect in the style of photography. The clean, natural looks below were created by Leigha Beck (makeup) and Amy Day Dougherty (hair).

fashion photographers asheville

fashion photography asheville

Tom Clark is a Miami based commercial photographer offering fashion, portrait, product, interior and architectural photography services in Asheville, NC.

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Furniture Silhouette by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

red monaco bar

Photographers have a hard enough time shooting lacquer surfaces… this piece from Kravet threw a few more challenges in with a center mirrored niche surrounded by black glass. Nothing was out of view with these reflective surfaces and so lighting this piece was fun (can you sense the sarcasm?)

Sometimes it pays to be a control freak. In this case, no matter what the angle, the camera was visible in the subject and I had to make it disappear. As you can see it was a success, but I’m afraid I can’t mention how. Photographers never reveal their tricks, accept maybe after a drink or two.

Below are a few more angles from this shoot.

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Camping in the Forest outside Asheville NC by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

camping in the Pisgah Forest

camping in the Pisgah Forest by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

Now that we’re also offering commercial photography services in Asheville NC I’ve found a few more opportunities to camp out in the Carolina wilderness. This shot was taken a few miles off the blue ridge parkway after hiking a bit toward Looking Glass Rock. Now, it wouldn’t be camping in WNC without a sudden thunderstorm interrupting your dinner. Luckily we managed to get a fire going and capture this photograph just before the inevitable.

Tom Clark is a Miami based photographer offering services in the San Francisco Bay Area, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Asheville.

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New Studio Location – Miami Fashion Photographer Tom Clark

The photography season in Miami is winding down and we’re finally sorting through all the projects from fall/winter and that means it’s time again for the photo of the week. In a recent shoot with Condition Culture (a Miami based beauty products brand) there were too many keepers to choose just one. So, here’s a gif!

Miami Fashion Photographer Tom Clark

This will be the last shoot to take place in the Pool House Studio. After a long run in Coconut Grove, Tom Clark Photo is moving to a new location in Wynwood. Here’s to a new era!

Tom Clark is a commercial photographer based in Miami and offering full production services in South FL, the San Francisco Bay Area, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Asheville NC.

 

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Serena Williams by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

Serena Williams by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

As Serena Williams sets her sights on an 8th championship at the Miami Open today, it seems suiting to share this image from a recent shoot with 1in11.org.

There’s no doubt Williams will make life hard for opponent Suarez Navarro… let’s just hope the Miami fans can step up their support after a weak display during the semi-finals, in which Halep supporters dominated what should be Williams’ home turf.

 

 

Tom Clark is a celebrity portrait photographer based in Miami, FL.

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Unicef Collaboration: Miami Director of Photography Tom Clark

1 in 11 children in the world are out of school and even more are not receiving a quality education. Serena Williams teamed up with Lionel Messi, UNICEF, FUNDACIO FC BARCELONA, and Reach Out To Asia to help change this statistic. I was lucky enough to participate in this campaign as a director of photography for portions filmed in South Florida.

Working on set with Serena Williams was a great pleasure. It was an inspiration meeting someone who is simply the best in their field, and at the same time willing to take time for others and volunteer a huge presence for a great cause.

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Fall 2014 Look Book for Rachel Weisberg by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

This video accompanies the look book created by Miami photographer Tom Clark for Rachel Weisberg.

The motion picture reveals Carolina Pozo killing the camera in several looks hand crafted by Rachel. It was captured simultaneously with the still images providing a behind the scenes look at the photo shoot itself from the camera’s perspective. Below are some images from the look book.

fashion photography by miami photographer tom clark

fashion photography by miami photographer tom clark

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