Great Lakes Kite Festival

©2015 Green Frog Photo

©2015 Green Frog Photo

Can't beat this job! On assignment this week- we had a request to provide photos at the Great Lakes Kite Festival in Grand Haven. Interesting day Saturday, with a glass smooth Lake MIchigan, mist and fog occasionally rolling in to the beach where hundreds of people gathered to watch some amazing kite flying, and generally have a great time.

©2015 Green Frog Photo

©2015 Green Frog Photo

©2015 Green Frog Photo

©2015 Green Frog Photo

©2015 Green Frog Photo

©2015 Green Frog Photo

©2015 Green Frog Photo

©2015 Green Frog Photo

Team Work

Team Work

Kelloggs Mural project

 

One of the things we believe is Green Frog Photo’s strength is our team approach to servicing our clients. A team approach ensures that our client’s always receive help from a professional with over 25 years of commercial photography experience.  Both photographers are comfortable when we are shooting and when we are acting as the set assistant, computer operator, client liaison and shoot producer for the other. Either of us is willing to step into any role to create the highest quality images and video for our clients.

 

Many of our clients’ commercial photography projects, such as corporate headshots and product shots on simple backgrounds, are fairly straightforward. For these projects, we decide who should be the lead photographer, we work out a shoot schedule, the client comes in, we set up the product/person and lighting, and we get to it. Usually, we only need a photographer and a set/computer assistant. However, other commercial photography projects can get anywhere from a little bit to a lot more involved.

 

For example, last summer Kellogg’s hired us to do a series of lifestyle/product photos. They planned to use the images to create murals in a new office building. Kellogg’s brought in the product, but for each shot we also needed an approved location (Kellogg’s wanted a range of locations, from a park to various home settings), approved models with a selection of wardrobe, and tons of props for the styled sets.

 

In this case, since it was food related, we decided JD would be the lead photographer. Unfortunately, he was traveling and not available to plan the shoot. Because of GFP’s team approach, Huyck was able to step in as the shoot producer. He worked with Kellogg’s to determine a working budget and schedule, scouted locations, and worked with a model agency to help find just the right people for each scene. JD contacted one of his favorite stylists while traveling, and we were good to go.

 

On the first day of the shoot, and with JD back in the studio, we were ready to sit down with the Kellogg’s team for our pre-shoot meeting to iron out details and get to work. Our team approach resulted in great images and a happy client.

 

After a lot of years of creating images and video for some of the world’s leading advertising and brands, we definitely like to let our work speak for itself. Visit our portfolio and see if you think our team approach could help take your brand to the next level.  

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Green Clients

Green Clients

We're all familiar with renewable energy- wind, solar, hydro. You might be surprised at the number of companies here in West Michigan who are quietly carving out a major presence in supplying the industry.

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Shooting Green

I came in to the studio this morning and noticed sunlight glinting off of raindrops on a plant right near our front door. (Ooh shiny!) I stopped to look closer and saw these tiny buds forming fresh growth, and wanted to find a way to get in tight enough to convey the image. We're always working on new ways of producing images, new techniques, new combinations of equipment to create the image we see in our mind's eye.

So...

Triple entendre this time. Yeah, we're Green Frog Photo, so we shoot green in that way. The photos here are of new growth on a plant, following a rain. That's green in the photos. But the less obvious part is being as sustainable as possible when it comes to equipment. We've been around for a while, well, quite a while (stop snickering!). And while computer equipment and camera bodies come and go, the lenses and other optical pieces and parts we've had on hand may get old, they still have uses. Sometimes not the ones they were built for.

These photos were done with a contemporary camera body, attached to a late '70s vintage slide-copying bellows with an ancient lens used on a darkroom enlarger. Stuff that is getting hard to find, but is designed specifically for working at really close distances, and making images from really tiny objects. Subject to lens distance here is about 1.5 to 2 inches.

Jeff Huyck

The County Food Co., – Stratford, Canada

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"Can one desire too much of a good thing?" 

–As You Like It, Shakespeare

 

Part store, part carry out/lunch deli and part restaurant, The County Food Co. in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, is all about local products. There are racks of packaged products, a salad bar, deli cases of potpies, prepared foods and desserts, along with tables to seat about 20 diners. Blackboard walls behind the counter tout local suppliers, craft beers and daily goodies. 

The menu features offerings from the deli cases as well as made-to-order sandwiches and specials. The brunch items on Sunday morning were particularly appealing – neither of us could pass up the "Country Food Special," house-made potato pancakes topped with smoked salmon, basted eggs and tomato salsa.

Now you might think that the combination of potato pancakes, smoked salmon, eggs and tomato salsa is odd. If it had been a traditional salsa I would agree, since the other elements are almost standard in many cultures. Think boxy, if you lean toward Irish styles. A traditional Polish breakfast or dinner may also combine any of these ingredients, but you don't often find the tomato salsa as a part of the deal.

As cultures collide, combine and blend, different ingredients and flavor profiles come together to form delicious combinations. When you take a traditional thing like salsa and twist it to be more of a fresh tomato salad, it becomes a light, zippy condiment that breaks through the strong, even heavy, elements of the dish. It works with each component individually, as well as in concert with the group.

This wasn't a meal that you walk away from thinking, "I need just a little more…" In fact, you’ll roll away thinking, "I think I'll skip lunch." But your brain and tongue will be begging for more.