breakfast by the campfire in the Pisgah Forest back country
When the Summer starts to drag in Miami, my mind wanders to the mountains and my body soon follows. The Pisgah Forest in Western North Carolina is where we escaped to in early September. Heavy rains kept us in the tent throughout our first night in the back country, so we had dinner for breakfast while watching the sun rise behind the Blue Ridge Mountains; Baked beans, hard-boiled eggs and coffee.
Although the landscapes of WNC provide easy work for photographers, this particular trip proved to be a tough one filled with storm clouds and heavy fog. Luckily things cleared up long enough for this shot to take place. It would have been a shame to carry the camera equipment so far into the mountains only to keep it in the dry bag.
Smith Rock at dusk by Miami Photographer Tom Clark
Miami photographer Tom Clark provides commercial photography services in and around South FL and is now available for projects in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City.
Although climbing was the main objective in this week’s trip to Smith Rock, I’m happy having squeezed in enough time to set up this shot. It’s a classic view of the park (no epic hike or climb required), and I’m sure many people have a similar vantage point captured on their smart phones. Nonetheless, the view was too inspiring not to create this shot.
David Samson having some fun with the photographer
David Samson: President of the Marlins, TV Survivor contestant, Ironman, philanthropist, and yes… prankster! No need explaining why this gem is the new photo of the week.
This was my first experience on the field of any major league stadium as a photographer, so I got a kick out of the not so subtle gesture. Apparently this sort of thing happens to photographers all the time. Perhaps I’ll start a collection!
With so much attention surrounding the new stadium in Miami, I’m glad to have finally seen it for myself.
Miami photographer Tom Clark is officially offering commercial video production services to compliment his fashion, product, advertising, lifestyle, architectural and interior photography.
In this compilation with Rachel Weisberg we hope to showcase a filming style with high visual impact, low production overhead, and quick turnaround to keep up with ever-increasing demands for social media.
If you’re in Miami this Saturday, stop by Goldie Boutique in Coconut Grove. Sip some wine and check out an exceptional trunk show of Rachel Weisberg’s Spring/Summer collection. Rachel is a NY fashion designer, recently transplanted to Miami and lucky for us. Her pieces are one of a kind, made/dyed by hand, and of sustainable or vintage materials… just saying.
When it comes to creativity Rachel Weisberg is of a rare breed, one that makes a photographer’s job duck soup. Her use of color, texture, and understanding of simplicity make for enjoyable shoots that hardly seem like work and provide great results.
South FL offers a small window of opportunity for photographers to stay the night out in the wilderness free from the wrath of mosquitoes and oppressive heat/humidity. To take advantage of this I headed out to do some camping and fishing with my father. In my opinion the ten thousand islands offers the best camping experience in Florida.
Just a short trip from Miami, this park offers starry skies, a primitive camping experience, and some of the best fishing I’ve experienced. The calm and secluded nature of the islands makes them perfect for nighttime landscape photography.
Rachel Weisberg Fall 2013 modeled by Jehane Serralles
New York – Miami fashion designer Rachel Weisberg makes unique, hand-made clothing inspired by an environmental and social consciousness. Through the use of organic cotton, grown and spun in the United States and treated with natural, low impact dyes she creates one of a kind pieces that are as friendly to the environment as they are to the eye. Her leather and vintage fabric designs are made with re-purposed materials.
Weisberg’s 2013 fall collection will be featured in the Here Now pop up store/workspace from October 4th til the 26th at 35 E 1st Street in Manhattan.
While working on this shoot it became apparent to me that Rachel Weisberg has an intimate, hands-on connection with each piece in the collection, which is an inspiration and a rare concept in today’s fashion industry.
New Yosemite at the New River Gorge Junk Yard Wall
Photographers are faced with certain challenges when shooting at night. It may be difficult to achieve focus on your subject, exposure settings are critical, and the dynamic range of a particular scene may be extremely dramatic. Often times various exposures are required for one scene, which will be layered together in post. This is a technique I’ve come to embrace, and perhaps the challenge is what I enjoy most about nighttime landscape photography.
Adding a person in action to a nighttime shot brings on a whole new set of challenges. Cooperation/communication is added to the mix while patience and discipline become even more important than usual. Brian Tannler, a trained and disciplined climber understands the necessity of good communication making him an ideal person to work with on creating this type of shot.
After a day of climbing at the New River Gorge Junk Yard Wall we decided New Yosemite, a beautiful splitter (rare for the East Coast) with an amazing view of the New River Gorge Bridge would be the ideal route to set up the camera on. Brian’s headlamp helped to highlight the route really making it stand out in the shot.
Tom Clark is officially offering commercial video services on top of his existing commercial photography services. This includes directing, filming, audio, editing, and a full range of production services.
It was a great pleasure working with Robert Long (the creator of Glubbs) to produce this short film about a revolutionary product that enhances grip and maintains its structural integrity after countless hours of extreme training.
As a professional photographer it’s absolutely necessary to keep yourself inspired and in a place of creativity/productivity. Sometimes this is easier said than done.
When a creative block takes hold the easiest way I’ve found to break through is to go out and shoot, trying a new idea, or even building on an old concept. For a while I’ve been meaning to shoot fashion at night as a means to experience and produce something a little different.
As a nature/landscape photographer I’ve become quite comfortable shooting in the dark. However, this was the first time including a model and dealing with the need to light a living, breathing (and moving) subject. Generally night exposures have very high ISO’s and/or very slow shutter speeds, which can make lighting a challenge when working with a model. At the same time, this causes photographers to approach the situation differently than normal. So it’s only natural that the results would differ from a typical shoot done in the day or in the studio.
Nighttime fashion makes sense in a place like Miami, where the urban landscape is much more interesting than the natural surroundings.
To say Tony Goldman was an interesting character, a pioneer, a creative success, and a charitable man would be the understatements of the century.
Photographers in Miami who have had the opportunity to photograph Tony Goldman know he surrounded himself with unique style, as if his personality was clinging to the walls around him. He was known for turning the place to avoid into the place to be seen and is responsible for keeping the spirit of art alive and bringing new life to some of NYC, Miami, and Philadelphia’s most downtrodden neighborhoods.
Make it out this Saturday to witness the huge success of Miami’s Wynwood arts district due in large to Tony Goldman.
Geargina Bloomberg entering her stables after a day of competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival
Miami – South Florida
Wellington, FL is home to the Winter Equestrian Festival and so it is also home to pro jumper Georgina Bloomberg.
Since it’s a rare opportunity for photographers to gain access to the heiress’ property (which has a jumping ring and full stable as depicted here) I was more than honored at the opportunity to provide the photography for Equistyle Magazine’s upcoming story on Georgina.
We were able to cover a variety of scenes both on the property and at the Winter Equestrian Festival. For more images and more information on the shoot visit: Miami Photographers
Jessica Danielle photographed by Miami Photographer Tom Clark for Labatt Blue Light Lime
Miami – South Florida
Nothing says Winter in Miami like photographers on the beach shooting models in swim suits.
In this bikini calendar shoot for Labatt Blue Light Lime we really made ourselves at home on Miami Beach’s South Point. It was a great feeling having the 78 VW bus out on the sand and Jessica danielle was the perfect model for the newest production vehicle’s first shoot.
Credits include: Cintia Silva (hair), McKenzie Ramirez (makeup), Yasmin Deliz (wardrobe and styling), Stonehenge Circle (producer), The Strategic Agency (creative direction).
San Francisco Public Utilities Headquarters building
Miami – South FL
San Francisco and the Bay Area is know to be on the cutting edge of living architecture and interior design. Structures are equipped to catch rain water and filter it to the bathrooms. In some cases there are gardens, or living eco systems on the roof that assist in filtering the water as well as making a better use of an otherwise wasted surface.
Solar panels and turbines may help to give back to the grid, and modern design helps to increase air flow and reduce the need for air conditioning.
The San francisco Public Utilities Headquarters building leads by example while utilizing many of these features.
Product photography can prove to be a challenge for even experienced Photographers.
Composition along with lighting plays an important roll in bringing still subjects to life. In this commercial image for Oliva Cigars our goal was to introduce their Melanio Line with the feeling of the line’s tag line “A New Standard In Excellence”.
Because of their matt surface and glossy labels, cigars can prove to be a difficult subject for photographers. It’s very important to create a lighting scenario that shows the texture and color of the cigar without creating too much shine on the label.
Paulina Rubio for Angelissima by Miami Photographer Tom Clark
Photographers South Florida
Paulina Rubio for Angelissima by Miami photographer Tom Clark.
It was a great pleasure to be involved in the “No soy angel, soy Angelissima” cosmetic ad campaign that has just hit the stands.
This shoot was produced by the Stonehenge Circle Production Company and took place at One Source Studios Miami. The angel wings (the other star of this shoot) were created by the very talented Yasmin Deliz.
Stay tuned as more images from this campaign will soon be added to the celebrity gallery.
Photographers mobbed the design district this week during Fashion’s Night Out Miami where street fashion opportunities were on the loose.
I’ve been told Miami is all about the shoes, but I believe there’s at least a little more to it than that. For every bedazzled shirt, mini-skirt, high heel combo there’s a creative spirit somewhere nearby… if you know where to look.
On this particular occasion American and European fashion and styles were covered from all angles. To view some more looks visit the street fashion photography gallery.
Summer in Miami can prove to be a trying time for photographers (particularly in the fashion industry.) Once the season passes, the professional photography industry in Miami mostly heads North with the snow birds.
This year I decided to cope with the slow season by taking a little time off… away from South Florida and the heat.
This landscape image was captured early one morning in the North Carolina Pisgah Forest. The view from John Rock overlooks Looking Gass Rock to the North.
The time in nature was much appreciated and now I’m back in Miami eagerly awaiting the busy season and ready to take your call.
Emilio Palacio, an influencial journalist from Ecuador was forced to flee his country and take refuge in Miami after questioning President Correa’s political methods and integrity. His reason for fleeing was to avoid a jail sentence and fine of $40,000,000 (for the act of criticism.)
Although he’s been separated from family, here in South Florida Emilio is free to speak his mind and provide content to his readers back home.
So from the corner of a South Miami coffee shop an Ecuadorian struggle for free press is carried out beneath the chatter of this and that.
Architectural and interior photography by Miami photographer Tom Clark
Already known as a commercial advertising, fashion, lifestyle and product photographer in South Florida, Tom Clark is currently establishing a presence in the architectural and interior photography genre.
Miami provides an eclectic and interesting landscape for architectural and interior photographers to explore and portray.
The subject matter requires a vast knowledge of lighting technique, composition, and post production. All of which the Miami based photographer has a firm grasp on, and years of experience perfecting.
Tom is equipped to travel throughout Florida and the U.S. for your next architectual/interior project.
On top of professional still photography, Tom Clark now offers commercial video production services. His attention to detail and creative production methods that have placed Tom among the short list of high end commercial photographers in Miami are now being applied to video.
We are now available for promotional, model portfolio, commercial advertising, and music video productions.
Your Big Picture Cafe is a full service coffee and loose tea bar with a lot more to offer than your typical cafe. Its presence is truly unique in South Florida and the purpose of this video was to convey just that.
Photographers in South Florida often have the pleasure of working under blue skies with their toes in the sand. This was the case last week while on a shoot for Condition Culture, a Miami based hair accessories company.
Color Smash Hair Shadow works in a similar way to makeup, enabling you to temporarily color your hair. It goes on easy, is sealed with hairspray, and washes out. Perfect for making a bold statement without a commitment.
Momentum dance company is well known throughout the Miami dance community for its key role in keeping culture alive in our city.
With 30 year of performing, Momentum is one of the oldest and most established dance companies in the South Eastern U.S. Delma Iles (founder and artistic director of Momentum) offered a free performance at the Colony Theather in Miami Beach on April 7th to celebrate the company’s legacy.
The performance aligned with the 2012 Miami Dance Festival, which has been in operation since 2002. This photograph was captured of Katie Sopocci-Drake (choreographer/dancer) prior to the free performance.
As photographs are generally prohibited during performances, it was a great opportunity to be the photographer on hand.
Momentum dance company is well known throughout the Miami dance community for its key role in keeping culture alive in our city.With 30 year of performing, Momentum is one of the oldest and most established dance companies in the South Eastern U.S. Delma Iles (founder and artistic director of Momentum) offered a free performance at the Colony Theather in Miami Beach on April 7th to celebrate the company’s legacy.The performance aligned with the 2012 Miami Dance Festival, which has been in operation since 2002. This photograph was captured of Katie Sopocci-Drake (choreographer/dancer) prior to the free performance.As photographs are generally prohibited during performances, it was a great opportunity to be the photographer on hand.