“At the age of 19, I packed a small backpack and an instamatic camera, and left Norway to go traveling around the world in search of a greater purpose. After nearly two years of exploring – during which I experienced, saw, and tasted much of what the world had to offer – I discovered the irrepressible desire in me to photograph. My photography developed beyond an avocation, into both a profession and a lifelong passion.
The members of my team are the hardest working and coolest people you will ever meet. We only work with the very best people, resulting in productions that come off without a hitch, and within budget. As a result we have a lot of happy, loyal and long-term clients. It is my true belief that you are not only what you eat, but also the people, places, and activities in which you are invested. Life is too short to not enjoy and establish roots in every moment and detail of it.”
Client List: Abbott, American Express, AT&T, Bristol-Myers Squibb. Chase Bank, CDM, Commonhealth, Dinamo, DnB NOR, Forest Laboratories, FTL Solar, Genentech, GoRving, Grey, Harper Collins, The Integer Group, Interbrand, McCann, MWV, Ohio Health, Pfizer, The Richards Group, Roadrunner Records, Rodale, Saatchi & Saatchi, Scandinavian Airlines, Siegel & Gale, Simon & Schuster, VSA Partners, United Technologies
Summer School for my sophomore high school year I enrolled in two classes which changed my life: photography and typing. Photography gave me a voice and a career; typing just made my life easier. I became the High School yearbook photographer at 15 and have been shooting ever since.
Client List: American Airlines, Nestle, California Pizza Kitchen, Nature's Choice Dog & Cat Food, Heineken, Costco, Giant Eagle, Supermarkets, Walgreen's, Publix Supermarkets, Abbott Labs, Kraft, Triscuits, Ragu, Oscar Mayer, Maxwell House, Planters, Minute Rice, Unilever, Bertolli Olive Oil, Lipton Tea, Lipton Sides, Hellman's, Knorr, Slimfast, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!, Mars Candies, Seagrams Brands, Diageo, Waterford, Dannon, Colgate, Jurlique, etc, and not to mention all of the cookbooks as well.
Markus Esser brings a unique approach to automotive lifestyle. Markus takes the time to explore. The result is powerful automotive storytelling, capturing people in their cars in real time in real everyday situations. He knows how to show the personal relationships we have to our cars, friends, families, work and playtime with natural lighting in beautiful landscapes and urban settings.
Markus is a photographer, director and scholar with a strong background in art direction, putting him in demand with top creatives worldwide. Strong concepts demand strong imagery and content. Markus gets it all with his special “image language.” As a young photographer, he was sponsored by AGFA and received an Aaron Siskind Memorial Scholarship. His artistic education also includes a grant to the Fulbright Scholar Program with continued studies at the New York School of Visual Arts. Markus also participated in exchange programs at the Academy of Arts Design, Beijing and at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
His work spans the globe with still productions he has directed in Germany, Spain, London, New York, L.A., Italy, Iceland and Rio. His engaging imagery can be seen in campaigns for clients as "Apple Inc., Groupe Renault, Sony Playstation, Lilly Pharma, AT&T and many other high-profile brands. Markus redesigned the image pool of Austrian Wienerberger AG and recent shoots include Berliner Bank and Janssen & Cilag (Johnson&Johnson) in Germany, Sonic Automotive in the U.S. and Renault in France.
He also has exhibited his work in Germany, England, Norway, China and New York. Based in the exciting city of Berlin, Markus credits his bustling and tumultuous neighborhood for his creativity, curiosity and intense energy he brings to every production.
Client List: Apple Inc., SAP, Seat, Toyota, AT&T, Lilly Pharma, Sony, Playstation, Citibank, Lebara Limited, Telstra, Huawei, Intesa, Sanpaolo, Banca Intesa, Agos Ducato, Kyivstar, SOCIETE GENERALE, DB Bahncard, Merck Sharp & Dohme CorpRenault –France, Sonic Automotive,Janssen&Cilag GmbH (Johnson&Johnson), Porsche Aktiengesellschaft, Wienerberger AG – Austria, Wienerberger GmbH, Berliner Bank (Deutsche Bank AG), Berliner Stadtreinigung - BSR - Germany VGH, FG Pro Group -, Forever Green, DRV - German Pention, AOK - Health Insurance, Go Sixt - Client Magazine, DeBug Magazine - Music Magazine, Campaign License Sales Client, Kiekert AG, Hamburger Sparkasse, HASPA, Paulas Choice, Talanx Service AG / HDI
"I am the grandson of steel mills and coal mines south of Pittsburgh and was raised in the Southern California sun. The result is a dual citizenship of an eastern work ethic and blind romantic optimism. .
Education, Experiences, Relationships – they all have to be believable. My work lives in that space, whether it’s motion, stills, single capture or composites for lifestyle, kids and family, seniors, the workplace, documentary or devoted pets. I’m not the camera I hold or the awards on the shelf. I’m a dad and second rodeo husband. I work, eat, learn and love intensely. I will talk to anyone: the byproduct of a fantastic, funky first job in high school selling peanuts at California Angel baseball games. Hustled for commissions, dealt with drunk fans, flirted with popcorn girls and saw the occasional double play. All of it has translated into authentic image making with heart. This is one of the craziest, best jobs on the planet — to be a visual circus ringmaster. It involves constant change and the occasional tightrope walk. I am perfectly comfortable talking with clients anytime and always respectful of their ideas and needs. It’s their budget, and we are entrusted to use it with thought and care.
When work rings a recognizable bell of memory, then I know we are there. You will find “relationships” all through my work."
Client List: Abbot Laboratories, Andersen Windows,Aramark, General Electric, Land O'Lakes, Mike's Hard Lemonade, Memorial Sloan, Kettering, National Park Service, Nationwide Insurance, Novartis, Pennsylvania Tourism, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Shea Homes, Sprint
State Street Financial, United Healthcare, US Army, Univ. of California Irvine, Verizon, Werther's, Wyndham
Self-taught photographer with an Advertising background, Claudio Napolitano’s work covers an extensive list of clients, ranging from large corporations to individuals. Growing up in Venezuela drove Claudio to push the envelope, striving to create images that told unforeseen stories. His personal motto, “If there is no work, then you have to create it for yourself,” has propelled him to seek out opportunities in the US, Europe, and Latin America.
Currently based in New York and Mexico, Claudio Napolitano’s mastery of light and motion work, combined with his artistic drive, have given him a unique voice in commercial photography, granting him prizes such as the IPA Award, PX3 Paris, and the prestigious Hasselblad Master award in 2010. His art has filtered into his commercial images, granting him a signature style for telling a brand’s story. Claudio’s curiosity is a driving force for research and for improving his technique. He’s now added 360° Video to his portfolio, exploring innovative ways for crafting a compelling narrative.
His commercial work is featured in campaigns all around the world, with clients such as HBO, Sony Pictures, and agencies such as DDB and McGarryBowen.
Client List: HBO, Sony Pictures, Cinemax, KFC, Orbit, AXA, Procter & Gamble, Pepsi, Oster
Peter Rodger grew up looking through a camera lens. As a teenager, the award-winning British director and photographer honed his skills by assisting his father, George Rodger, the renowned photojournalist and co-founder of Magnum Photos. After completing his education at England’s Maidstone College of Art, his skill with the lens has made him one of the most sought-after talents in both the European and United States advertising markets.
Peter has developed a deeply visual style of shooting that has become increasingly popular. Visceral cinematic imagery captures the soul of performance in a non-contrived, yet observational way that makes his imagery engaging with a natural, yet energetic execution.
His ever-evolving style has yielded over 35 awards as best director from The Houston International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, The Telly Awards, The Mobius Awards and the US International Film and Video Festival. Peter produced and directed the epic non-fiction film entitled “Oh My God” – which explores peoples’ diverse opinions and perceptions of God, released in 2009.
In 2012, Peter collaborated with Gary Ross as second unit director on the motion picture blockbuster “The Hunger Games,” creating the propaganda film for the fictional “Capitol” in the story.
Peter has written eight screenplays and is attached to direct three of them. In 2009, his first book “The OMG Chronicles” was released, published by Hayhouse.
Peter lives in Los Angeles with his family.
Client List: Mercedes, Save the Children Fund, City National Bank, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Microsoft, Infiniti, Lexus, Buick, Acura, Honda, Volvo, Land Rover, Marriot, Ford, Firestone, COP 22, Morocco Toursim, Xavier Laurent Perfume, Apple Computers, University of Houston, Kodak, Freixenet Champagne, General Electric, Audi, Ecolab, Atlantic City, Cochlear, Tri-health, Canon Cameras, Fendi
Jim’s work is warm and approachable with subjects that are confident and inspired, but never hurried. He reveals authentic moments in unique ways that tell the story while crafting the brand of his client.
“I'm all about being inclusive. No viewer is left out. Everyone is invited to the party. In life, being present is about noticing and valuing each other and the shared ‘ah-ha’ moments when we pause to see it unfolding. My work is about capturing those fleeting moments and pauses”.
From his base in Los Angeles, CA, Jim and his team travel extensively collaborating with creative teams on advertising shoots worldwide.
Client List: FCB Health, Amazon, Merck, Coors Light, Wells Fargo Bank, State Farm, Dell, Procter & Gamble, Sirius, Walmart, Kellogg, Epson, Bud Light, Nestle, Kraft Foods, Campbell’s, Hitachi, Canon, Phillips, Verizon
It's all about feeling: Creating an emotional connection in images that range from quiet and still to explosively dynamic.
I love shooting people with a zest for life. I can work fast and light or crew up as needed for both stills and motion production with a great team.
I operate locally from Southern California, NY/Philly and Los Cabos, Mexico.
Every assignment is an opportunity to create something extraordinary....and have a lot of fun. Authentic, emotional, time-slowing, cinematic imagery is how I see the world. And my notepad is filled with future personal projects.
Client List: American Express, Four Seasons, Delta, The North Face, Nike, Patagonia, Oakley, Black Diamond, Adobe, FedEx, Backpacker, Sunset, Resorts in the USA, Mexico and the Caribbean, Palm Springs, Tourism, CA Tourism, South Dakota Toursim, NatGeo, Cottage Health, Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, Bayer, Outside, Men's Journal, Sport's Illustrated, Runner's World, St John's Health
AWARDS & HONORS
2013 AP29 American Photography
2013 Off the Clock curated exhibition
2013 Silver / Bronze (People/portrait): OneEyeland Photographer Awards
2012 Off the Clock curated exhibition
1st place 2010 APA National Awards (action)
Winner 2010 PDN Faces (portraiture)
Curious, smart, witty, urbane, short (ish). Operates best between 4:30 am and 9:00 am, then again from 3:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Moves fast and light. Carries a big crew. Drinks coffee. Then more coffee. Won't drink Dunkin' Donuts. Love stills. Love motion. Love both. Sometimes not at the same time, unless fully and lovingly supported. Mixed about social media. Too self-important. And how many pictures of your cat do we really need. Or your meal? I get it. It's fun. Really? Love the industry and all that comes with it. Good folks. Creative types. Jeans. Tee shirts. Often travel with my guitar. Would travel with two, but that's a hard line item to justify. Love the people I shoot. Have made a lot of friends out there, all of which I'm thankful for. Have been to a few fun places too, which remind me that there are so many centers of the universe that you shouldn't hang your hat in one place too long. Open-minded enough to know that there's something to learn every day.
Client List: AARP, Abelson Taylor, ACLU, Agency Rx, Appalachian Mountain Club, Apple, Astellas Pharma US, Aveeno, Cabela's, Daily's Cocktails, Eating Well, eBay, Fidelity, General Motors, Google, Goodwill, Hacienda Cabo San Lucas, Hewlett-Packard, Hotel Ranga Iceland, Illinois Office of Tourism, Indivior, Kimberly Clark, Keurig, L.L. Bean, Lands' End, Maine Office of Tourism, Men's Journal, Mizuno, Nationwide Children's Hospital, New Hampshire Department of Tourism, The New York Times, Nike, Olivio, Omni Resorts & Hotels, The Orvis Company, Patagonia, Runner's World Magazine, Saucony, Ski Magazine, Southwest Airlines, State Farm Insurance, Starwood Resorts, Thule, Title Nine Sports, United Way, Walgreens, Wall Street Journal, The Wilderness Society, Woolrich, Zoetis
"I was fortunate enough to travel the world growing up. My father was in the Air Force so I began my world travels at birth. When I was 10 my parents bought me my first camera. As we traveled,I took pictures to document our adventures. Little did I know at the time, but this experience would influence my career choices an adult as well as inform my asthetic as a photographer.
Landscape is the foundation of every image I create whether it's people, objects or places. This approach allows each project to grow from a single perspective of the subject itself creating a unifying force behind the image.
The notion of the landscape as a photographic approach, is unique in of itself. This allows for effective execution of the concept because it does two things: (1) Creates an image that is appealing in it?s formal treatment, it engages the viewer and (2) simultaneously delivers the message of the project without the viewer recognizing it.
To this end I strive to create impactful, beautiful images that resonate with the viewer. There are few rewards greater than this"
Client List: The Designory, Saatchi UK, Global Hue, RTT USA, Toyota, VW, Team Detroit, Latcha & Associates, McMurray, Subaru, Ford, Jeep, Nissan Design International, JWM Magazine, The Arsenal , FX, Channel, MJZ Productions
Carl is a born and bred New Yorker. After graduating from college, Carl had a short lived job as a photographer for a newspaper in Vermont. Having realized that New York was in his blood, and Vermont was not, he returned to New York to pursue his still life career.
He currently maintains a studio in the West Chelsea gallery district.
Client List: Sony, American Express, Molson, Sharp, Joseph Abboud, Ivory Soap, Coty, Ricoh Copiers, Tommy Bahama, Pfizer, Epi-Pen, BeBe Eyewear, Minolta