Jessica Todd Harper; photographer, mother, and inspirational artist, has been selected to showcase her work at the "Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016" competition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Founded in 1856, The National Portrait Gallery was the first portrait gallery to be opened in the world and to this day, is home to the largest collection of portraits in the world. It honors British history, but above all, promotes admiration for those individuals who have made an impact on British culture through portraiture. The prestigious exhibition will open its doors on November 17th and will run through February 26th. From there, Jessica's work will go on tour to two other renowned galleries in London, the first of them being the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in Sunderland, England! This museum holds great history of it's city as well as grand collections of work from photographers, painters, and other artists. Jessica's work will lastly be displayed in The Beany House of Art and Knowledge, which is part of the Canterbury Museums & Galleries located in Canterbury, Kent, England. The Beany House is the cities main museum, library and art gallery.
Jessica Todd Harper has quite an exciting month ahead of her to say the least, and AK&Co. could not be more proud and pleased to announce the wonderful news! AK&Co.'s Laura got the chance to chat with Jessica about her work in the upcoming "Best of Contemporary Portraiture" Exhibition before the opening!
Below - Jessica's featured photograph in the exhibition. This is Jessica's sister, Becky.
AK&Co: This is an extremely prestigious exhibition. Take us through the selection process.
Jessica Todd Harper: You were allowed to send up to five photographs, but you had to send in the actual prints, not the digital files - even though one would assume in this day and age it would be done digitally. From there, they contact you to let you know if your work will be featured in the show. So, I sent in three photographs and hoped for the best. A few months after I sent in my prints, I got the great news.
AK&Co: Who did you share the news with first?
Jessica Todd Harper: I shared the news with my sister first, who is also one of my subjects in the pictures. She was so excited and proud of me. My sister is always proud of me and my work.
AK&Co: How did you go about choosing the photographs you wanted to submit in the show?
Jessica Todd Harper: I simply submitted work that I took in the last year. The work I submitted, it was not what I thought was my strongest. You never know what the turnout is going to be.
AK&Co: What do you look forward to the most about the exhibition?
Jessica Todd Harper: I am truly just pleased to be in it, and am excited to see everyone else's wonderful work up.
AK&Co: Are there any contemporary artists or photographers whom you look up to or get inspiration from?
Jessica Todd Harper: Arnold Newman. He was considered the father of environmental portraiture. The way he composed his photographs was so influential for me because I am interested in incorporating environments into my portraits. I actually crossed paths with him at a young age and got to chat with him for a bit. He was a very sweet person.
AK&Co: How do you think contemporary photography has changed over the years?
Jessica Todd Harper: Contemporary photography has changed so much in the last five years. IPhone’s are everywhere these days. Photographers used to just carry their cameras around, but now they carry their IPhones as well. People are switching back and forth between the two constantly. Times have truly changed.
AK&Co: What is it that you want to say with your photographs?
Jessica Todd Harper: It is all intuitive. You just know when you see it, a moment, if it is going to be successful or not. There is not a boring photograph out there.
AK&Co: How is your own personality reflected in your work? How would you describe your photographic style?
Jessica Todd Harper: My work looks a lot like Northern Renaissance paintings. Paintings from the Northern Renaissance are not exciting or important like stories from the bible. They are just regular spaces with regular people and regular occurrences. After time, they unfold, and then you see what it is all about. I typically photograph what I have at hand and what is around me at that moment. My personality and culture is drawn to a certain kind of reserve. There is always a lot going on in a photograph of mine, but it is not all obvious at first glance. The more time you spend with the photographs, the more you see what is going on, and the more you understand.
AK&Co: Establishing connections with your subjects can be difficult, but it is one of the most important skills a portrait photographer must master. How do you connect with your subjects?
Jessica Todd Harper: It is a combination of making them feel like they can be vulnerable around you, not because you are their best friend, but because there is something comforting and nonthreatening around you so they can almost ignore you a bit. The goal is to have my subject almost forget I am there.
AK&Co: What has been one of the most touching moments you have experienced as a portrait photographer?
Jessica Todd Harper: Once, I photographed an Olympic swimmer, Dara Torres, who gave birth just 16 months prior to winning a gold medal. I was photographing her for a magazine and we were in her dressing room, and she had about 500 bathing suits to choose from. She was trying one on when all of a sudden her two year old escaped from her nanny, running right across the room into her arms. I captured that exact moment. That is something I will never forget.AK&Co: Goals for the future?
Jessica Todd Harper: I want to keep producing work that I care about. To take things as they come and to just keep shooting. There is no waiting around for inspiration.
Turkey season has started! Ryan Liebe shoots delicious dishes and small chefs for FamilyFun's November 2016 issue! These fresh and fun family friendly recipes will get everyone cooking in the kitchen this Thanksgiving. We love the mini pies, festive ties, and smiley eyes featured in this issue!
To view Ryan's full portfolio, click here!
Marcus Nilsson shoots a plethora of potatoes for Real Simple Magazine's November 2016 Edition! The Thanksgiving feature shoot took place at the Time Inc. Studio in New York City. Marcus got up close and personal with eight different potato recipes, from garlic mashed to crème fraîche smashed. We are just about ready to dig into these sweet and savory recipes!
To view Marcus' full portfolio, click here!
"I love a road trip; Australia, UK, France, Slovakia... love it, but a USA road trip is hard to beat." - Sue Parkhill
This summer, Sue Parkhill ventured cross-country with her family, experiencing some of America's wonderful road trip wonders. Along Route 66, they got a glimpse of the Grand Canyon, stopped by a rodeo show, and discovered dinosaur footprints beside hiking trails! We love the subtle humor and simple beauty Sue captured within this roadside series.
Here's what truly stood out to Sue from her journey across America.
- "Breakfast. Need I say more? The breakfast burrito is a thing of wonder"
- "Being sincerely surprised by what is around the next corner"
- "It's a cliche, but people are just SO friendly"
- "Hiking! Who knew hiking was so fantastic?"
- "Swedish Fish"
Below are a few of our favorite shots from Sue's roadtrip!
To view Sue's full portfolio, click here!
Maddie Ziegler, former Dance Moms superstar - now dancing diva for singer/songwriter Sia, has launched her own fashion line, MaddieStyle! The dancer, model, and actress wanted to create a line of clothing inspired by her casual and comfy style for young teens. The cute tagline for the brand, "wear what moves you" stems from Maddie's belief that teens should sport clothing that makes them feel free and confident. Ashley Klinger & Co. photographer Lee Clower partnered with Kahn Lucas for the shoot and had a blast photographing these bubbly girls in Maddie's cool, chic clothing!
To view more of Lee's work, click here!
The beautiful photographs below were taken by the talented Mikkel Vang for Bose! Mikkel shot the Lifestyle 650/600 home theater system and the SoundTouch 300 soundbar on location in Soho! We love the cool colors and crispness within the photographs. Well done Mikkel, we're all ready to sit back, relax, and listen to some music now!
Here are some of our favorite photographs from the Bose shoot!
Click here to view more of Mikkel's work!
Jamaica is the singular Caribbean location for the food-obsessed, tropical vacation-goer looking to recharge mind, body, and soul. This summer, Conde Nast Traveler asked Ashley Klinger & Co. photographer Mikkel Vang to capture the essence of the unique locations and people Jamaica boasts - and to highlight the modern story of Jamaican food. The bright colors and fun dishes have us ready to book our flights to see it ourselves!
View Mikkel's full travel portfolio here!
This summer, David Sykes and textile artist Jessica Dance collaborated to produce a luxury watch shoot for fashion and lifestyle mag, Tatler Magazine! As a specialist in model making, Jessica constructed 8 unique sock puppet characters for the shoot (which are undoubtebly cute) that would sport the watches! Tatler Magazine had proposed the idea to the two, and together, they conquered and created these amazing photographs!
Interested in seeing more of David's work? Click here to see his full portfolio!
Saying our final goodbyes to sunny skies, poolside slushies, and shorts with this series of Instagram shots taken by Marcus Nilsson who traveled from coast to coast this summer on his Harley! Marcus covered 3,746 miles and 14 states in just 13 days. During his excursion, he saw the grandiose landscapes of the Grand Canyon, rode America's dream drive a.k.a. the Pacific Coast Highway, and lived it up in Los Angeles with good grub and gorgeous views. With his iPhone in one hand and the other on the handlebar, Marcus managed to snap a few fun photos from his East Coast to West Coast journey.
Interested in seeing more of Marcus' work? Click here to view his full portfolio!
This summer, stylist Hans Blomquist collaborated with Australian Natural Lime Paint Company Bauwerk Colour to create a beautiful new range of paint colors! The tones are rich and calm, inspired by elements in nature and natural beauty - each with a unique name handpicked by Hans himself (Tumble, Drift, and River to name a few!). The colors will be available in Europe this fall, and will then head over to the U.S. for a second debut! You will also see the color range featured in Hans' new book, In The Mood For Colour, releasing this October! We've already picked the new perfect color for our office!
Click here to view Hans' full portfolio!
Aaarg! Lucy Schaeffer partnered with Ammirati to create whimsical childhood scenes for the new ad campaign for Pirate's Booty! As a mom herself, Lucy has the ability to capture the innocence and curiosity of kids in a natural and playful way, making her a perfect match for this campaign (not to mention it combined all of her favorite things to photograph; kids, food, and interiors!).
Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the fun day on set with Lucy!
...Looks like someone passed the popcorn to herself!
To view Lucy's full portfolio, click here!
Inspired by bold and beautiful layered still life photography, Ryan Liebe collaborated with prop and interior stylist Courtney de Wet for this all green everything personal shoot! The dynamic duo decided to keep things close to home and shoot in a Bushwick, Brooklyn loft!
Click here to view Ryan's full portfolio!
Arla Cheese and Carmichael Lynch collaborated with the darling Daphne OZ for this lifestyle photoshoot shot by Lucy Shaeffer! Daphne is a co-host of ABC's "The Chew", a New York Times BestSelling Author, and last but not least, a fabulous chef! Today we will be sharing one of Daphne's delicious recipes with you all. Click here to see what goodies go into her sweet and savory balsamic onion and pear grilled cheese sandwich! (Featured below!)
Daphne's (finger lickin' good) balsamic onion and pear grilled cheese!
To see more of Lucy's work, click here!
We've harvested a few photographs from Mikkel Vang's sweet and savory Wine Enthusiast shoot! Hudson Valley, home to many majestic moutains, hiking trails, and of course, wineries, seems like the the perfect getaway for family and friends who want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Saying goodbye to summer can be sad, but fall is looking fabulous already thanks to Mikkel! Check out the pictures below!
To view Mikkel's full portfolio, click here!
Scandanavian, sleek, and stunning (try saying that five times fast).
Mikkel Vang traveled to 4 world class locations in London, Switzerland, Madrid, and Valencia to shoot VOLA appliances with UK creative agency Identity! Mikkel and the Scandanavian designs were a perfect match - the campaign (out now!) emphasizes natural light, nature, and simplicity. We love the cool colors and clean atmospheres Mikkel captures in these photographs!
To view Mikkel's full portfolio click here!
Go behind the scenes with Mikkel and his crew below!
Our summer heats up as Marcus Nilsson parties poolside with Bacardi for their latest campaign with BBDO. With crisp ingredients, vibrant environments, and flashy lighting the images really pack a punch (c'mon, we had to).
To keep up to date with what Marcus has been up to, follow along on Instagram at @ashleyklinger_co!
This is Lee Clower's second season shooting with Gucci for their children's collection and we are so excited to debut the beautiful Fall/Winter collection and Lee's whimsical carousel shoot! To view the full catalog online visit the Gucci site here!
Shot for a second time on location in Florence, Italy Lee and his team were able to travel and collaborate on the children's casting and the build of the beautiful set. Enjoy some of our favorites from the week below!
Travel to Mexico City in this month's issue of Bon Appetit with AK&CO photographer Marcus Nilsson to explore delicious Mexican grilling recipes from chef Gabriela Camara! Sunny light, bright and bold ingredients, and a smokey grill, makes this pretty much a perfect project for Marcus. And we'll take about 8 of those tacos, por favor!
View Marcus' full portfolio here!
Travel with Mikkel Vang to Pine Island, Florida in this month's issue of Martha Stewart Living. We love the beautiful light and touches of pastel that Mikkel captured during his time on the island.
To see Mikkel's full portfolio click here!
Ashley Klinger & Co.'s most recent addition to it's roster, prop stylist Hans Blomquist is always on the go. And, his newest work out for IKEA has us all wishing we could come along for the ride.
Images by Debi Treloar.
To veiw Hans' full portfolio click here!
Nothing will get you ready for summer faster than this new series for the Puntacana Resort & Club by Mikkel Vang. The team traveled to the beautiful Dominican Republic to capture these stunning scenic and lifestyle moments for the resort; highlighting the goregous sunny beaches and watering holes, as well as fine dining restaurants and activities that the resort has to offer.
Next time, we're coming with!
Want to see more? Mikkel Vang's full portfolio lives here!
We are having some serious food envy over here! This month, Marcus Nilsson shot the Sicily-themed cover story for Saveur, take a peek at the goregous April cover below!
To view Marcus' full portfolio click here!
Opening this Anthropologie catalog got us instantly ready for Springtime, and admittedly made us realize we have some Spring cleaning to do! With the beautiful balance of interiors, lifestyle, and food photography this job couldn't have been more perfect for Mikkel. Shot on location in Brooklyn, the Hamptons, and Philadelphia, he went a little bit of everywhere to capture these stories for Anthropologie.
Mikkel's full portfolio can be found here!
"When model maker Jessica Dance asked me to help with her 'Material World' exhibition I jumped at the chance having worked together on a few wool based projects in the past I knew it would be a fun shoot.
Jess was asked to create her own exhibition as part of the Spring Knitting and Stitching show, she decided to create an exhibition based on items that you might find in a pawn brokers shop and recreating them out of wool to display at the exhibition.
She wanted to have prints on the wall of the items that she'd made, they ranged from a knitted Chanel handbag, a knitted Apple Macintosh from the mid 80’s to a woolly AK47 rifle!
As they were so different in scale and from such diverse backgrounds I thought it would be good to photograph them in a familiar way to the viewer, so I recreated how they would have seen the items represented in the past, whether it was in an advert from the 80’s or a luxury editorial spread or even a reportage story. I wanted the shots to be a pastiche of the way the products had originally been represented, the twist being at closer inspection they were beautifully crafted out of wool".
Check out David's full portfolio here!
Lee Clower's ongoing Mother/Daughter series is featured on SMUDGETIKKA today! Featuring clothing from the new Velveteen womenawear collection Laura Egloff and fall/winter collection of Velveteen, the two generations of models are framed side-by-side in this unique series.
All images by Lee Clower
Hair by Corey Tuttle
Stylist Catherine Daly
If we could live in one photograph..
...It would probably be in one of these new images by Mikkel Vang! Shot on location in Romania, we are so excited to debut this goregous new work for Gardena. Enjoy!
We don't blame you for wanting more -- Visit Mikkel's full portfolio here!
We are so extremely grateful to have had West Elm as a client for many years! We wanted to take a moment to share a few of our photographer's recent covers and catalog images.
July 2015 catalog shot by Mikkel Vang and styled by Hans Blomquist
August 2015 catalog cover by Mikkel Vang
September 2015 catalog cover by Ryan Liebe
October 2015 catalog cover by Mikkel Vang
A fun peek inside the catalogs!!
Recently, Ashley Klinger & Co. photographer Mikkel Vang shot the 'Live the good light' campaign imagery for GE. To show how C by GE is the perfect light for everywhere in your home, and for everything that you do, Mikkel captured small vignettes of real, everyday life. Developed and executed for Red Antler, Brooklyn.
Take a peek!
For more by Mikkel Vang click here!
Ashley Klinger & Co. is pleased to announce Jessica Todd Harper as winner of 2015 International Photography Award!
Our own Jessica Todd Harper was awarded a prestigious IPA this year! Check out the press bit and winning images below. Congratulations Jessica!
This year, The International Photography Awards received 17841 of submissions from over 230 countries, and is pleased to declare that Jessica Todd Harper was awarded 1st place in People-Family for the winning entry The Home Stage.