On Assignment: The Art Behind CT Craft Beer Labels

The Connecticut beer trail is on fire and with 90 breweries open and 17 pending. According to the CT Brewers Guild, competition to attract an audience is on an all time high. Besides the great beers inside the cans, the exterior artwork among all these breweries is fascinating and helps brands stand out from the competition. I knew the topic of label art would be a great addition to the Winter issue of CT Food & Farm Magazine and was excited to be assigned to highlight the amazing artistry and people behind Black Hog Brewing Co. (full article at the bottom of the post)

The photo assignment consisted of two separate photo shoots. I knew I wanted to capture images on canning day since it would provide some action into the process of making beer. It was so much fun to watch the process and capture images all around the brewery. The guys at Black Hog were so generous with their time and talking to me about their whole operation. The second photo shoot was at Max Toth’s art studio. Max is the mastermind behind the Black Hog’s branding and artistry of every release the brewery has had. My goal was to capture his process and how he worked. The reflection shots seen below were captured at this studio. Once I spotted the glass topped black table, I knew I had to use that to capture the can line up. No special lighting was used and luckily one of the back walls was white. I was so happy with the results and I could have stayed all day shooting.
Below you will find highlights of some of my favorite images that were not seen in the article, plus some behind the scenes work. (see more on my website: BlackHogBrewing)

Any assignment that has me working with entrepreneurs is always rewarding. With my latest offering of Personal Brand Photography, I can now serve businesses with a full range of images (lifestyle, product, stock, portrait etc) and supply them with much needed custom content to grow their brand, business and audience base. Find out more about my Personal Brand Photography Session or email me at Nicole@nbphotog.com, I can’t wait to hear about your business.

On Assignment: The Art Behind CT Craft Beer Labels On Assignment: The Art Behind CT Craft Beer Labels

On Assignment: The Art Behind CT Craft Beer Labels
On Assignment: The Art Behind CT Craft Beer Labels

Beer Can Art Cover Image
Beer Can Art

 

 

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Then and Now, 9 Year Review Of My Portrait Photography

The photography industry has changed so much since I started my journey as a professional photographer 9 years ago. (www.nbphotog.com) The most notable is social media. Although Facebook was around, Instagram had not taken off. I can only imagine my classmates taking video during photo class and documenting all the good and “shouldn’t be seen” images we created together. Having a blog was the biggest outlet for us to document and share with the world. Today we can post an image and have worldwide reach instantly, be inspired by other photographers all around the world with a simple scroll of Instagram and gain advice/classes from experts in the field online. As I kick off my tenth year, I thought it would be fun to reflect back on my portrait photography. Many people may know my sports-action work from the start of my career, but since the beginning I have always enjoyed portraits, both studio and on-location.

These 34 images below represent some of my favorite portraits over the years, some date back from my first year at photography school all the way to 2018. There are stories behind each one, like when I scaled a 20ft ladder and was shooting down on Noah climbing a rope. I was not harnessed in at all and he must of climbed that rope 20 times to get the shot. But we got the shot and it’s still a favorite image. In 2016 one of my images landed on the cover of a magazine, which was one of those impossible bucket list items I thought about back in photography school. I had been working with a national magazine and luckily my friend was willing to pose for me in sub 30 degree weather, all while pretending it was spring to get the summer cover shot.

I’m excited for more creative assignments in 2019. I’m expanding by including more Personal Brand Photography work, blog post coming soon, as I love supporting entrepreneurs and capturing what and how they live their passion. Please contact me for your next photography project and follow along on my journey on any of these social media accounts
    

 

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Kids In The Kitchen Photo Session: Your Kitchen Story

I’ve been working on a new type of photo session for a while now and it’s inspired by my Children’s Lifestyle and Food Blog, Make & Taste.  On a weekly basis I post a recipe and/or food road trip that my kitchen helper and I make or venture out to. It’s all about baking and cooking WITH your child (or grandchild, niece, nephew, cousin etc). The act of sharing your passion, spending time together, creating something delicious and building on their fine motor development is what it’s all about. So many other benefits happen in-between all the fun, like learning about different ingredients and not being afraid to try something new.

I have photographed many families in their kitchens over the past few years and love how the documentary, food and family photography all come together to tell their kitchen story. Passing down family food traditions or creating new ones is so impactful to our next generation and I’m capturing it all. What a gift to look back on and remember those times. I know I would love a set of professional images of my mom and I baking in the kitchen, but unfortunately my own memory will have to suffice as she left this world too early. Every time I bake or cook with my kitchen helper I am continuing our family traditions and enjoy creating new ones along the way.

Kitchen Story Photo Session Details:

  • Each session lasts 1 hour. Based on the recipe a finished dish might need to be made a head of time for final food photography.
  • I will captured documentary style photos along with food and portrait photography. Once packaged together they will tell your kitchen story.
  • A keepsake magazine layout will be designed using select images and recipe made.
  • Price: $425.00

To Book: Email Nicole at: nicole@nbphotog.com
To view more images: Nicole’s Online Portfolio Kitchen Stories

Testimonials
“Everyone should book this! It maybe a photoshoot present for a grandma like “cooking with Grandma” how cool would that be?! Love our baking photos from you!” – Jill
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“This was so fun” – Karla
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“YOU ARE AMAZING! I will cherish the pics from my session forever!!” – Lindsay

 

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My Top 3 Beach Photography Tips That Will Instantly Improve Your Images

I recently hosted a number of Mommy & Me Photography classes and had so much fun teaching tips and tricks to a group of moms who wanted to learn how to take quality photos of their kids. When setting up these classes, I stressed that no fancy equipment was necessary. The only prerequisite was an interest to learn and eagerness to apply the new skills instantly with hands-on guidance by me. Throughout the class I reinforced the process composing a great image by thinking of background, position and light. At the end of one particular class I was asked “What do I do when there is nothing around and the sun is really bright?” My first thought was the beach.  With summer quickly approaching I wanted to provide my top 3 beach photography tips that will improve your images instantly.

A beach provides a variety of frame worthy photo opportunities, however it is not short in photography challenges. Depending on the time and location a beach can be crowded, which causes cluttered backgrounds and not so flattering beach goers. As you see in the images below my background is clutter free and celebrates the sand, surf and sky.

Tip #1: Get Low
When working with clients or even my own child you will find me constantly moving into various positions to capture the right angle. Being in a squat or even laying down provides a unique perspective. On a crowded beach you could also use this “low” position to your advantage by minimizing the amount of “clutter” in the background. In the image of the child throwing the rocks I actually used a waterproof go-pro camera, which is a fun creative tool to use at the beach. You can even allow your kids to participate in taking images and capture memories from their perspective.

Tip #2: Details
Detail images really enhance the story of a beach vacation or day trip. Those little things that might only happen at the certain time in life, for example, baby toes in the water, sand on a toddler’s face, a special toy car that is brought everywhere they go. A detail that when you look back marks a certain time and fond memory.

Tip #3: Light (morning, mid-day and evening)
Light is one of the most important elements of photography. As a professional photographer I am constantly looking for the best light when working on-location with a client. Capturing the light correctly will transform a good image to great. You might not have the opportunity to be on the beach at the ideal morning or evening light, but you can still take great images during the mid-day sun.

  • Utilize a sun umbrella, sun tent or even a hat to soften the light on a child’s face and prevent them from squinting and/or having a harsh shadow on their face.
  • Move around your subject to test where the best light is falling, start with the sun at your back.
  • Always take more than one image, as soon as you stop that is when a child will crack a smile or make a cute face.

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A New Type Of Photo Session: A Slice Of Life

Family photography is evolving to more than just the traditional portrait. It’s always nice to have a perfect portrait to look back on and reflect on a specific time and place, but what if you had high quality photos of how your family lived their daily lives. All the silliness, crying, climbing, jumping, spinning and running that makes up your everyday, sometimes chaotic life. Yes, it’s not always glamorous and many times it’s ridiculous, but that is real life. We all have camera phones and try to capture those fleeting moments but with low light or fast moving subjects the pictures never become worthy of a second or third look. I know I have had moments when I thought, “now this is a photo” and I was holding my child on one hip, carrying multiple bags and then trying to open the door to the house. Ridiculous, but if I had that image now, I would love to see how I was “living” during that stage of my life. Maybe ten years from now I would reflect back to that old house or my son wearing his favorite shoes or hat, so many memories captured in one image.

This new session offering is called “A Slice Of Life” and will be a 1 hour session and cost $325. Included in this cost is 5 digital images of your choice, photography time, editing and a private album to view, order and share. This is a spin off of a session many photographers offer called “Day In The Life”, which requires 4-6 hours of your time and over $1,000.00. I believe that so many families would cherish these photos that can be attainable during a “A Slice Of Life” session. So who’s ready to capture all the “fun” that makes your family unique? Have questions? I would love to hear from you.  Email me at:  nicole@nbphotog.com

Check out my portfolio of “A Slice Of Life” work

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