ApotheCARE Essentials

The theme of shooting plants and botanicals continues, this time for Unilever and  ApotheCARE Essentials.  Usually, clients tell me that they are either drawn to my images or that my style matches the visual identity of their products.  It was a flattering first to hear that my bio description of how I approach my work was synonymous to the outline of their brief.  With such agency-client-photographer alignment, our multi-day and multi-season project was bound to be worthwhile.  I really enjoyed the scientific element of this assignment, visualizing phyto-extraction.  It’s a pleasure to work precisely and in great detail to bring out the beauty of each ingredient.

Retouching by Leo Rocha & Tomo Hatano.  Special thanks to our botanical stylist Annie Edwards and my whole team for a smooth and inspiring production.  Also, Red Hook Catering – thanks for keeping all my collaborators & creatives happy every month!

Full image gallery: ApotheCARE Essentials


Quaker Oats

Got to play with my food again, this time for Quaker Oats through PepsiCo.  As a child, I was admonished whenever I poured milk too fast and created a mess.  Now I get paid to do this with some of my most favorite cereals.  I salute you, Cap’n Crunch!

Food styling by Takako Kuniyuki, retouching by Tomo Hatano.


Mother NY-Stella Artois

Anybody who knows me is well aware that beer is one of my absolute favorite beverages, to shoot and to enjoy after a good gig.  Years back when I thought of clients I would love to work with, Stella Artois was always among the top of my list – beautiful aesthetics, clean lines, a clear visual identity & excellent beer.  I’m very happy that I now got to collaborate with Stella on their Global Holiday Ad Campaign.  It was as much fun shooting the dancing chalices and bottles as it was to scream STELLLAAAAAAA all day long, trying to impersonate Marlon Brando in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire.’ It easily turned into one of the most enjoyable assignments of the year.

Prop Styling by Megumi Emoto, Drink Styling by Takako Kuniyuki, Retouching by Leo Rocha, Digital Techs Tomo Hatano and Jonathan Nesteruk.

Wishing you all very Happy Holidays and a great 2017 – Cheers!



Hershey’s / Lancaster Caramels

Pouring caramel and bending it to our will!  Definitely the slowest ‘splashes’ I’ve ever captured, but just as interesting and challenging.  Special effects rigger: Mark Borow.  Food Stylist: Takako Kuniyuki.  Post Production: Leo Rocha.

Full image gallery: Lancaster Soft Creme Caramels


Anheuser-Busch / BDRB!

Anheuser-Busch launched its first hard root beer and I had the privilege of creating the initial campaign for Best Damn Root Beer / BDRB.  The alcohol content of this root beer was at the heart of the brief and producing visuals that speak to brewing (brewing cellar / sumptuous foam) were a requisite for this series.

Beautiful prop styling by Alma Melendez, drink styling by Takako Kuniyuki.  Retouching by Leo Rocha.

Full image gallery: BDRB!


DDB / Pepsi-Lipton Pure Leaf THC

Handcrafted tea, organic ingredients and real ice – a delicate and visually lyrical approach for the new Pure Leaf / Tea House Collection campaign, by Pepsi-Lipton.  To highlight craftsmanship and quality, we decided to shoot on a tea master’s work bench – a beautiful piece of  white washed ash.  We sent out two food styling teams to gather wild blackberry bushes in Upstate New York & Western Pennsylvania and our dedicated prop stylists and producers embarked on a round the globe journey for in-season White Honeysuckle.  How we finally found it merits a separate post; all I can say it was incredible and worth all the effort!  Thanks to Makoto Aoki at Swell for having the ‘back-up hand made super gorgeous White Honeysuckle’ ready, just in case.

Beautiful food & drink styling by Liza Jernow, prop styling by Alex Niki, ice by Okamoto, expert retouching by Simon Eugster (yes, the labels were placed in post, under the mist…)

Full series: Pepsi-Lipton Pure Leaf / Tea House Collection


Archive’s 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide 2016/17

The joy to be selected again by Archive for ‘200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide 2016/17!  I was planning on working as a lifeguard in Hawaii, but it got postponed by the jury of Archive.  Sending my sincere gratitude to all who have collaborated with me over the years to create beautiful work, and most importantly, shared a good time.


Maker’s 46 Campaign + BTS

We continued our series with Maker’s Mark for their iconic Maker’s 46 Bourbon Whiskey.  Since it is only made during the winter months, we’ve decided to shoot it on a frozen lake.  In the studio.  With real ice.  Well, maybe it’s easier to understand if you watch the video below…

Maker’s 46 – behind the scenes:  http://www.fabrik-studios.com/making-of/makers-46/1

To view the stills ->  http://www.fabrik-studios.com/stills-+-liquids/makers-46/1

Still life styling by Megan Caponetto / Video + Editing by Adam Sherwin and Jaron Schneider

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OFFSET Drinks Photography Workshop with ADC All-Stars

The Art Directors Club of New York selected 24 aspiring creatives from 24 different cities around the globe, during their ADC Portfolio Nights.  Each Portfolio Night city selected one person as their Portfolio Night All-Star. Throughout the first week of August, the All-Stars traveled to New York, where they participated in the third installment of ADC Portfolio Night All-Stars Week, to work together on a real creative project for a global brand.

I had the pleasure of hosting this incredible group of young creatives at OFFSET for a Drinks Photography workshop and fun shenanigans afterwards.  Take a peek to meet the ADC All-Stars:

Video production & editing by producerNY