New work from Noel Hendrickson, Ron Fehling, Christopher Kimmel, Jeremy Woodhouse & Holly Wilmeth, Stuart Westmorland, Eric Raptosh, Karen Beard, Susan Gary, Michael DeYoung, Mike Kemp, John Lund, Kyle Monk, Dave & Les Jacobs, Colin Anderson, Jake Wyman, Scott Rinckenberger and John Greim. See more in our New Images gallery.
Over the last year, we’ve been privileged to work with Jay Carskadden, of Jay Carskadden Graphic Design. Upon selecting this image to appear in the February/March edition of Virtuoso Traveler Magazine we asked Jay to reflect on her experience working with Evolve when choosing images for this magazine targeted at affluent travelers. Jay offers the following insights:
“Finding great photography for the travel magazine (Virtuoso Traveler) I design is a real challenge. It can be the best part of my job, and the worst. There are a lot of great photos out there, and also a lot of bad ones. It’s sifting through the bad ones that is frustrating. I look for photos that best illustrate the stories we are trying to tell.
Evolveimages.com is a great site because their photos are so well edited. I haven’t seen a bad photo yet. Evolve is especially helpful when it comes to finding good “people” photography.
I think that Evolve’s site design is nice too and that makes searching for photography all the better for designers. I prefer a darker gray background to a white background when looking for photos. I usually need very specific travel location photos and have to scour many photo sites to find the right one. I wish that all photography sites were as well edited and as well designed as evolves is.”
Shortly after launching Evolve, Sharon Pruitt contacted our creative team and shared a link of her images on Flickr. While we’ve received a number of submissions from photographers who use social media to share their work, Sharon’s work offers a distinctive style and voice that really caught our attention. We’re delighted to showcase Sharon’s work on Evolve and she shares these thoughts about her work, her family and her passion for making memorable images:
“I am completely self-taught and enjoy creating unscripted, freestyle, raw and real lifestyle images. I snapped my first digital photo in 2006, and have been addicted to photography ever since. My husband and children are my models, sometimes willing, sometimes not! I occasionally have to work in “stealth mode” to capture unique moments”
“I’ve been able to work from home as a stock photographer while raising our children. My husband was in the U.S. Air Force and we moved a total of nineteen times during his twenty-four years in the military. I have always been able to successfully bring my stock photography “job” with me during each move.”
“My husband finally retired from military service in 2011, and we now have a permanent home in Northern Utah with our five daughters (still at home) and our first grandchild. It is good to settle down and not worry about moving again. Photography will always be a way for me to be creative, and a way to capture and revisit our family moments together.”
See more of Sharon’s images available exclusively on Evolve.
Our good friends and partners at In Transit Images were kind enough to send along this beautiful edition of a newly published monograph by photographer Dick Evans. “San Francisco and The Bay Area – The Haight Ashbury Edition” is a comprehensive portrait of one of the city’s most beloved districts. A bonus to the beautiful images and stunning reproductions is the foreword by San Francisco native and legendary Rolling Stone journalist Ben Fong-Torres.
White Glove Treatment: When opening the original package we received, we were particularly delighted to be presented with a pair of archivist gloves included with the book. Not only did the gloves add a curator’s touch helping preserve the beauty of this edition, but also forced us to slow down our consumption of the images within and more fully appreciate the visual information and stimulation contained on every page.
Master photographer and author Robert Llewellyn created these images one of which was featured in our May edition of “Curator’s Choice.” It drew a lot of attention from creatives as it had the highest click through among all images used in our monthly “What’s New” communique. We contacted Robert and he graciously shared the back story on this image plus several others now available in our collection.
“We hired a trainer with an attack dog to do a shoot. He was a great attack dog and looked really terrifying. He was actually a very calm dog. The trainer said he could do anything you wanted. So we shot him holding things in his mouth. One was a cell phone. (But he didn’t actually make calls.)”
“We found this huge empty room with windows along one whole wall floor to ceiling. The light was beautiful. We rented the space for a lot of shoots using the natural light. Even brought in furniture and set up a business shoot. I asked if they used the space for anything else. Well, there was a weekly ballet class with little kids. I couldn’t resist.”
“I did a shoot with a friend of mine and his family. My studio is on a 60 acre farm so we did the shoot there. Some of the best photos are not planned. The father was just giving his son a ride down my driveway. Could not have asked for better light. Always be prepared for things you do not expect.”
I’ve been a fan of Stuart Westmorland‘s work since we met more than 10 years ago. While noted for his breathtaking underwater images, Stuart’s portfolio offers great depth (pun intended) and we are delighted to make those images available on Evolve. We asked Stuart to share more about the work he is doing today and he was gracious enough to give us the back story on some of his most recent work.
“My wife and I have been spending time in San Diego during the winter season to be near my “daughter in law”. Here she is in the cold California surf at sunset with her yoga instructor. I had to lay down in the cold sand to get this low angle and reflections in the sunset. In spite of all of us shivering it was nothing but smiles as we finished the very productive photo session. The photo shoot was especially enjoyable for me as Andrea and Christina kept an amazing choreography of fluid yoga exercised going. I only changed the location and background. When artists love what they do, it really shows in the photos.”
“Two sisters here are getting ready for their mother’s wedding. I was crammed in a small bathroom trying to find unusual angles to photograph the bride preparing for her big day when I caught this quick and meaningful image of her daughters. I love the family interaction at weddings. It is fun to just let the action happen and be aware of the wonderful candid moments that present themselves.”
“I have spent a good part of my adult life observing whales in the wild. Moments like this represent a split second literally and figuratively. Spending weeks on a small boat in the rough winter months off the Big Island of Hawaii is nothing to complain about but can be arduous all the same. One of my favorite islands in the world, The Big Island has a diverse range of mountains, forests, deserts and more microclimates than just about any place on the planet. Everything came together on this unusual adult whale breach off the Koala Coast. The palm trees in the background and shoreline wave break spray create a wonderful and moody negative space.”
“For ten years I have been experimenting with taking motion pan blur images underwater. Because it is a very fluid world I was tired of seeing it frozen with flash and high shutter speeds. The purple anthias fish in this image were taken on Moore Island in French Polynesia. I used a very slow shutter speed and panned my camera with the fish. The background takes on the look of a painting and you get a better feeling of the fish swimming. These schooling anthias fish range in colors from brilliant orange to this vibrant purple.”