UW Madison shoot for GX Magazine

Our latest shoot was reminiscent of my early mornings chasing surfers across the beaches of SoCal creating portraits for the Dawn Patrol series. Our client GX magazine commisioned us to shoot a series of environmental and stylized portraits of ROTC student and Womens Rowing powerhouse Brianna Dahm. Brianna is a bad ass and one great subject to work with. She allowed us to follow her to the Gym, to practice, out on the water, in the class room and anywhere in-between to create some stunning images. She will be featured in an upcoming fitness section in the magazine as well as online. A Huge thanks to The UW Women’s Rowing Teams, Robert Benson, Aaron Ansarov, Marc Acton, Alex Butterfield and Dustin Black.  Stay tuned-more adventures coming soon.

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Mike Rayburn * Guitar Aficionado Magazine

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Shooting portraits for Guitar Aficionado has been a goal of mine for quite a long time. So, when the opportunity came, I jumped at it eagerly. The writer reached out to me after a client of mine in Las Vegas let him know I would be traveling there for another assignment. They needed a few images to accompany their Effects Profile article on Mike Rayburn. A Las Vegas based writer, performer and speaker. The images needed to be environmental portraits, shot horizontal with space for copy if they decided to run that on top of the image. They also need the image files as soon as the shoot wrapped in time to make selections for the print run. Rush big time, but not impossible. Normally, I’m not a fan of rushing off images right after a shoot as I like to get a chance to pick out the best, do a quick edit and sit on it for 24 hours before sending a selects folder. This schedule didn’t allow for that, and knowing that going into the shoot, I just made extra sure all set ups looked great without much post production help.

Being a guitar player myself, I always love a set full of vintage and high end instruments like these for props. The Van Halen Guitar was the most interesting one to me, although the Martin was a close runner up.

Mike Rayburn for Guitar Aficionado Magazine

Mike Rayburn for Guitar Aficionado Magazine

Editorial Shoot-Office Line Magazine feature on Jason Player from IOS

JTP_3738Office Line Magazine recently looked to us to create a series of “real world” looking images for an article about a Minneapolis CFO, Jason Player of Innovative Office Solutions. This was a real treat for me, as Jason is not only a fun client, but also a good personal friend, photographer and beer aficionado who can make a great portrait himself. no pressure there……

To get a natural look (as natural as an office can look=) I used indirect lighting, bouncing the set ups off the celing. We were shooting inside of a glass office, so much like a fish bowl, it was just a matter of using cards and white walls. The final image was a close head shot, not a bad choice. This one was my favorite of the set ups. We also shot in the warehouse and tried a few slow long exposures with the flash and workers moving behind him. The set ups will follow once I have a chance to post the other images.