Catching Up with The Skulls

5 Jan

Catching Up with The Skulls

A few years ago we featured the talented photographer and motorcycle loving Ryan Pavlovich back when he called Grand Rapids, MI home. Now, he and his wife Jilian Dee live in L.A. with 3 kids in tow. The two are known as the photography/directing duo called The Skulls. When they’re not shooting for musicians and lifestyle brands, they’re heading up and down the highway looking for whatever adventures the road throws at them.

Here’s a look at their work:

The Skulls featured on Cameraluv, Ryan Pavlovich, Jilian Dee

©2016 the skulls

 

Our interview with the talented Ryan Pavlovich of TheSkulls.co :

When was the move to LA, and how has that changed your personal and creative life?

Ryan Pavlovich: So we decided to pack up and move to LA about three years ago already (man time flies) Threw what we could into the back of a vw golf pulling a little 5×8 trailer with a motorcycle in the middle (of course) and hit the road.

Personally I was in need of a massive life overhaul after hitting a creative wall. Jilian and I decided that we were both ready for the change and decided to not only move out here, but that we were going to team up with our photography as well. We had started shooting a few commercial jobs here and there together and the dynamic worked really well. Somehow we could work all day together, head home and still not want to kill each other or any of our kids. Not only that but it got us both excited to push each other to shoot differently and expand our styles.

 

TheSkulls.co

 

Are you riding more now?

RP:  These days the motorcycle doesn’t really get out quite as much as it once did, but you’ll still find me on a bike as much as I can be for sure. With our youngest being born, and oldest getting run to school and such, living the 21 year old lifestyle isn’t really doable as most people with kids would agree I’m sure.

You and your wife are both creatives and you have 3 kids, how do you balance your work and family life?

RP: Yes we do have three amazing kids. Two live with us full time as we are a “blended” family but balance is certainly the key word; at least as much as possible. Jilian and I do our best to push the photography, as well as run her children’s clothing line (littlescollection.com) and still be able to maintain a healthy relationship together and with our kids. We are finding that scheduling our time as much as possible, and really being a great team has been key. That and we talk about everything all the time which keeps everything in line as well.

The Littles Collection

Are you each usually involved in every shoot, or do you each do your own thing? How do you break down the business responsibilities? 

RP: Yes we are both usually involved in every shoot, unless something comes up where we just can’t make it happen but overall if you’re dealing with The Skulls you’re dealing with both of us. I manage the day to day for the most part, but we both are equally involved in every part, and we both shoot together as well. It goes back to that balance.

Do you guys have any other businesses or projects we should know about or want to plug?Does those or other passive income help you pick and choose your projects differently?

DM: We do have a couple other things going (what creative doesn’t) Jilian has an amazing children’s clothing company (littlescollection.com) and I just started making rings for the hell of it.  Aside from that I’m always game to work on anyones motorcycle any time. I wouldn’t say that these help us pick and choose what projects we take on, but we do know what projects we will fit and which ones won’t.

Any fun recent adventures or shoots?

RP: Everyday is an adventure for us, but lately we’ve been hanging around the house working on marketing, cold calls, and brainstorming some new personal shoot concepts that we are getting really excited to shoot soon.

What’s next for The Skulls?

RP: Next up for The Skulls, is shooting more, doing a slight re-brand of the website, eating as much amazing new food as we can try, and we both really want to learn how to surf.

Visit:

The Skulls Portfolio
The Skulls on Behance
The Skulls on Instagram
The Skulls on Twitter
Ryan’s personal photo blog Keep Living
Littles Collection

Contact The Skulls for your next adventure.

All images ©2016 Theskulls.co

Legacy Shooters Patch by Tap and Dye

14 Oct

Legacy Shooters Patch by Tap and Dye

The Legacy Shooter Patch by Tap & Dye on CameraLuv

No matter if what type of film you shoot, “Make Every Shot Count” is a mantra we can get behind. Tap and Dye’s new iron on patch is built to last and you can proudly wear it on your camera bag, jacket, hat or more. These limited edition patches (only 500 made) begin shipping on 10/19, get yours!

The Legacy Shooter Patch by Tap & Dye on CameraLuv

Via Sandy Phimester on twitter: @SandyPhimester

Set in the Street

8 Oct

Set in the Street

NYC Artist, Photographer, Art Director Justin Bettman has been at work for a while on a really cool self-initiated project called Set in the Street. In each “set”, Bettman creates Wes Andersen-esque interiors from found furniture and materials and then photographs people within those sets. The close-cropped pictures appear to be in the home or shop, but when you zoom out, you see that the shots are actually composed on a random street in NYC or in California. Recently though he created a barber shop at the Berlin Wall.

After each shoot, Bettman leaves the “set” on the street and puts up a sign inviting people to take their own photos and post them on Instagram with the hashtag #SetInTheStreet.

He recently had an art show, not surprisingly on the street in Manhattan and is going to keep the project going indefinetly.

Visit:

Justin’s Set in the Street
#Setinthestreet on Instagram
Chris Allen the “Set” Site maker

Justin’s Portfolio
Justin on Twitter
Justin on Instagram

All images © 2015 Justin Bettman

Via webdesignerdepot

Must-Have: Lomo’Instant Montenegro Edition

25 Aug

Must-Have: Lomo’Instant Montenegro Edition

The new genuine black leather and silver clad, Lomo’Instant camera, Montenegro Edition joins the ever growing Lomo’Instant family. The premium camera is inspired by the splendid charm of the Balkan country known for its rugged mountain ranges, medieval villages and magnificent coastline.

For a cool $179 you get the versatile instant camera and 4 experimental Lenses (Fisheye, Portrait and Close-Up) along with the Lomo’Instant Splitzer for slicing up your shots.

Get yours Online or visit a Lomography Gallery Store near you!

Book Block: Make Your Own Custom Notebooks

19 Aug

Book Block: Make Your Own Custom Notebooks

Almost all of us use sketchbooks or notebooks to sketch designs, shoot ideas or just to jot down thoughts, but we’ve never had our own custom notebooks … until now. Book Block, which launched today on Kickstarter might be just what you were looking for. Whether you want to produce only one or hundreds of custom notebooks for yourselves or for your clients, each A5 notebook (8.25”x6”) is printed in full-color with the art of your choice and allows for custom ribbons and elastics to make your notebook truly unique.

Book Block Examples

BookBlock teamed up with Monsieur Notebooks, who manufacture in the UK and will be using their paper stocks to complete the interiors of your custom books.

They give you the choice of:

  • Ivory Ruled – 90gsm
  • Ivory Plain – 90gsm
  • Ivory Dot Grid – 90gsm
  • Cartridge Sketch – 140gsm
  • Fountain White – 100gsm

Check out the Book Block kickstarter today and support and download a template to start the creation of your own notebooks today.

Must-Have: GoPro Hero4 Sessions

6 Jul

Must-Have: GoPro Hero4 Sessions

CameraLuv Must-have: GoPro Hero4 Sessions

GoPro has finally thought even smaller with its newest camera, the waterproof and durable Hero4 Sessions. This is by far the smallest and lightest GoPro thus far and will top the Polaroid cube in quality, offering 1080p60 video and 8MP photos among all the other things you’ve come to love about your GoPro. They’ve gone back to a easy one-button control and rest assured it will work with your GoPro app and smart remote (not included as well).

The camera will be available July 16.

Ty Johnson Photography

12 Jun

Ty Johnson Photography

Ty Johnson Photography | secondecho.com

Ty Johnson is a Melbourne-based music and lifestyle photographer, art director, producer and co-founder of Sideshow Alley. He loves music and really loves to document music lovers at countless music festivals around Australia, the UK and USA. Ty is also a film producer and editor making his feature film debut with the music documentary Austin to Boston that releases today (June 12, 2015) on Netflix, iTunes and other outlets.

Ty Johnson Austin to Boston

Austin to Boston is a modern music tour, done the old way. The bands Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Bear’s Den take five old VW camper vans on a 4,000 mile zig-zagging trek around the US in just 2 weeks. The adventure started at a backyard party after Austin’s SXSW Music Festival and headed to the northeast, pushing through storms, vehicle breakdowns, and cramped conditions to play just about everywhere, from bars to barns, rooftops and more to wow fans old and new. The documentary features Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett and is narrated by Gill Landry. Here’s the trailer:

Take a look at some of our favorite images from Ty’s portfolio and be sure to check out his sites below for much more.

Ty Johnson Photography

Visit:

Ty’s Portfolio
Ty on Twitter
Ty on Facebook
Ty on Instagram
Sideshow Alley
The Austin to Boston Film
Austin to Boston on Facebook

Contact Ty for your music or travel adventure. He’s not afraid.

All images ©2015 Ty Johnson Photography

Dennis Stevens Photography

19 May

Dennis Stevens Photography

Dennis Stevens Photography

18-year-old Dennis Stevens just graduated from his Georgia high school and has moved to Orlando, FL to study at University of Central Florida, but unlike most his age, he’s been playing with cameras since the 5th grade. With the help of his grandfather, he’s been honing his craft and getting better and better equipment over the years. In July of 2014, Dennis met Winter Park, FL Fire Chief James White and was given the chance to hang out around Station 61. The days flew by and upon seeing the resulting images, the Fire Chief gave Dennis an open invitation to capture his dedicated team in action whenever he wished to. Working with those first responders has changed Dennis’ life and has started him on the path to acquiring professional clients like Honeywell as well as other clients.

Enjoy a sampling of Dennis’ images of Winter Park Fire Rescue and stay tuned for an interview with the aspiring photographer. Also be sure to visit his sites below to see more of his work.

©2015 Dennis Stevens Photography

Our interview with the talented and driven Dennis Stevens:

How did you get your start with a camera? Anyone influential in putting one in your hand?

Dennis Stevens: I first picked up a camera in the fifth grade after what was essentially a battle with my art teacher who said I wasn’t ready to start photography like the higher grades. The years following that, I slowly progressed. I was comfortable with photographing my friends, and family. It was freshman year that I realized I needed to start forming my own style because my work was going somewhere. Now I am working with giant corporations, so its been a good path so far! My grandfather Craig was really the spark to making all of this happened. He knew from the start that I would be something with my photography, and he hasn’t given up yet. He bought me every camera that I work with, and is always someone to go to when I am in need of advice. 

How long have you been working with the first responders?

DM: I first began working with first responders in July 2014 after my father introduced me to the local fire chief, James White. After meeting with him and showcasing my portfolio, he granted me the opportunity to stay around the firehouse for a few days to photograph his firefighters. The results of those few days were remarkable by his criteria, and he essentially extended to me a permanent invitation to work with the fire department whenever I wished to. 

What kind of impact did seeing them at work have on you?

DM: Working with these firefighters had an unbelievable impact on my life. First and foremost, I started to have a much greater appreciation for the jobs that these men and women have. They dedicate their lives so that others may live. They are forced to make many personal sacrifices such as being away from their family for 1/3 of the year. I have responded with these heroes to fires, auto accidents, life-threatening medical calls, and even scenes where victims passed away. Not many people could work in such an environment. All men are created equal, but then a few become firefighters.

What are some of your short term and long term goals for your photography? 

DM: My dream is to work with amazing agencies and clients and be able to deliver on a national stage. My immediate goals are to network with marketing directors at corporations in hopes of acquiring work. This past December, I was commissioned by Honeywell International for a campaign with first responders. I am moving into the mentality of only creating lifestyle and advertising photography. My ideal clients are companies that I recognize, respect, and use in my everyday life. For example, I would love to shoot a campaign for San Diego based phone case company, LifeProof.

Any favorite cameras?

DM: I photograph with a Canon 5D mark III exclusively, and have fallen in love with the Canon EOS System. I plan to acquire the Canon 5Ds R after it is released as it will allow me to shoot in a more medium format style with my work. I also like walking around with an old Polaroid camera and letting my raw creativity run free.

©2015 Dennis Stevens Photography

Our interview continued:

What’s your most favorite subject to shoot now?

Dennis Stevens: After spending months together, the men and women of the Winter Park Fire Department have become my favorite subjects.

Anything else we should know?

DM: I am eighteen years old. I am completely self-taught. I love what I do, and I dream big and dare to fail.

Visit:

Dennis’ Portfolio
Dennis on Behance
Dennis on Instagram

Contact Dennis for your next shoot. He’s dreaming big.

All images ©2015 Dennis Stevens Photography

Safety for Sarah (PSA)

10 Mar

Safety for Sarah (PSA)

Don’t sacrifice the safety of yourself or your crew to get the shot, it could cost someone their life.

This PSA which features a myriad of actors, producers and other crew tries to bring light to the loss of Sarah Jones (27) a camera assistant who lost her life last year as a result of the crew trying to steal a shot on a train bridge in Georgia during the filming of the Allman Brothers biopic. Six others were also injured in the crash. The key decision makers didn’t think a train would come and it did. Yesterday CBS reported the director Randall Miller pleaded guilty and will serve jail time and fines for involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing.

via cbsnews.com

The Denton Camera Exchange

23 Feb

The Denton Camera Exchange

Recently, The Vision Beautiful released a short 5-minute clip, on Armand Kohandani (the owner of the Denton Camera Exchange) as part of their people of Denton (Texas) Project. The clip profiles his love for analog photography and why he started the only photography shop in Denton.

Via Lomography

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