It’s the Holiday Season! I always enjoy getting out and trying some new photos with Christmas lights and other holiday decor.
In the past on this blog, I’ve highlighted some of the local events I’ve attended. This year I have something different to share: some Holiday client work.
Engledow Group is an established landscape design and maintenance firm that has operated in central Indiana since 1932. They provide holiday decor and design services for a number of companies in the Indianapolis region.
This year Engledow reached out to me to help them update their catalog of images. I headed out to over a dozen different businesses of all types to document some of their best displays.
Here are the results!
If you love looking at holiday lights, here are some other posts I recommend. These are some of our favorite annual events in the Indianapolis area.
Earlier this year I headed up to northern Indiana to visit Angola Wire, a company that makes wire displays for retail use and custom wire parts. Shooting photos of industrial work and heavy machinery is always a fun task. And when sparks are flying, it makes for some cool images.
I spent a half-day wandering the floor on foot or riding in lifts for a high-angle perspective of people and robots working side-by-side. I was happy with the variety of images I was able to capture in a short amount of time. To give some perspective of how much I shot in 5 hours, this post contains only about 20% of the final images I turned over to the client.
Contact me today to find out more about how my documentary approach to would work for your business.
Here’s some more people making, building, cutting, assembling and whatnot.
Bottleworks District is a massive development underway in downtown Indianapolis. This past weekend I took a tour of the property with Hendricks and their marketing partner Pivot.
In 1931 Coca-Cola built a state-of-the-art bottling facility in Indy. It’s an amazing example of Art Deco architecture. Unfortunately, the property was used primarily as bus storage for Indianapolis Public Schools since 1969. As a result, the condition of the buildings is not what it once was.
In 2016, the city sold the 11-acre site to developer Hendricks Commercial Properties. Hendricks is developing the property, an entire city block, into a mix of commercial, retail and housing called Bottleworks District. So, the original administration building will become the first West Elm branded hotel, designed by Ratio Architects. There will also be food vendors, a movie theater, apartment and condo housing, a business incubator and office spaces.
There are a lot of amazing details still in place in this building and it’s exciting that Hendricks is working so hard to restore as many of the original pieces as possible. Refurbishing the terra cotta exterior tiles alone will cost $4 million. Bottleworks District is shaping up to be a major destination in Indy and I’m excited to see the results!
If you’re into the whole urban scene, check out these other posts fromChicago and Nashville.
All-Star Veterinary Clinic in Westfield, Indiana is owned by Dr. Emily King and her husband Richard King. With nearly 15 years in business, they’re known throughout the community for superior service and client care. This spring they completed an expansion and renovation to the clinic and had me come in to update their photo library.
Holladay Properties is a full-scale land development, design/build and fully-integrated real estate company. They contacted me to document a sampling of the type of spaces they build and lease. This gallery shows warehouse, office, education/research and sports facilities in Indianapolis and Westfield.
To call the new Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall at Indiana University a renovation is to greatly understate its transformative effect. Designed by CSO Architects and built by Shiel Sexton, the new south lobby features a soaring glass entry with modern design and technology, while retaining some key touches from the past to honor the program’s legacy.
When a client needs enough photos for a two-day shoot, but day 1 gets rained out completely, it means a 15-hour, sunrise to sunset shoot. Add to that carrying 20 pounds of gear over miles of trails, up and down hills and rocky terrain, and you have one hard-core day of shooting.
I was up for the challenge, and the resulting images shot for the Brown County CVB’s mountain biking guide were well received. In the “thank you” section of the guide the CVB’s agency and producer of the shoot, Three Sixty Group wrote…
“Thanks to our skilled photographer Zach Dobson (who managed to capture amazing shots of the trails and the mountain bikers while perching on precarious rocks, lying in the mud and risking poison ivy).”
In the end, there was no poison ivy. Just a bruised ego from a fall in the mud and a set of images I could truly feel proud of.
Taking stills on a video shoot is always an interesting endeavor. First off, the crew is always much larger than on a still shoot. There’s a lot more navigating tight spaces.
Having grips present to light the whole scene takes some of the pressure off finding the best lighting, but there are other tasks that become more challenging. Communication on these shoots is key.
I speak with the Creative Director of the ad agency to get info on how the images will complement the video, along with where they’ll be used and what they need to convey.
I talk to the director to see what angles they’re shooting with which lenses and whether I’ll need to shoot simultaneously with the video, or jump in between takes to get the stills separately.
If I do need to jump in between scenes, I always have to pay close attention and speak up when it’s my turn because the video crew is on a tight schedule and they’re not thinking about what I need. Understandably. That’s my job, not theirs. They have enough to manage.
I also communicate with the sound guy to see when critical audio is being recorded and whether the shutter click on the camera might interfere.