The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Melissa Hennessy

There are some of truly creative people in this industry. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be constantly concepting, developing, and executing or you get left in the dust. I’m fortunate to work with some really dynamic and inspiring people, ranging from art directors, to producers, to creative directors, photo editors, art buyers, and print producers. Instead of questions about email blasts, printed promos, and portfolio reviews, I think that it’s time that I put some of them on the spot to show us their meaning of Life. “The meaning of Life” may be a little far flung to answer in only ten questions, but hopefully these interviews will serve to distill some of the inspired and intellectual energy of the creatives that we work with.

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I met Melissa back in late 2009. We clicked from day one and working with her never felt like work. Not once did I ever doubt her devotion to our relationship. Melissa was flexible and always helped out with whatever was most necessary at the time. She is incredibly motivated and we had an wonderful experience growing together. I am thankful that she took me on as my first agent and happy to know that we will remain close as we both move on with our respective ventures. Thank You Melissa.

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The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Caitlin Peters

There are some of truly creative people in this industry. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be constantly concepting, developing, and executing or you get left in the dust. I’m fortunate to work with some really dynamic and inspiring people, ranging from art directors, to producers, to creative directors, photo editors, art buyers, and print producers. Instead of questions about email blasts, printed promos, and portfolio reviews, I think that it’s time that I put some of them on the spot to show us their meaning of Life. “The meaning of Life” may be a little far flung to answer in only ten questions, but hopefully these interviews will serve to distill some of the inspired and intellectual energy of the creatives that we work with.

Caitlin has been a loyal collaborator for around 5 years now. We first worked together while she was a photo editor at Field & Stream with Amy Berkley. Caitlin has always been an amazing force to have on your side and I’m fortunate to be able to call her a friend. I’ll let her tell the rest.

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Collection II – behind the scenes

We recently finished up production of our second handmade collection of Chris’s work. Even though it’s a labor of love, hours and hours go into the planning, designing, and manufacturing of these books. Each one is a unique and individually crafted piece.

The craft of each book is such an important aspect of the project that we wanted to try and capture the process, as you can hopefully see in the short film above. I worked with our awesome assistant/bookmaker Tye Worthington to put the video together and I hope that is shows how the care that we put into each of these pieces.

chris crisman collection promotional book

chris crisman collection promotional book

In case anyone was keeping track, this book is the second of two that we’ve created, hopefully in a long line of collections of Chris’s work. The first book was featured earlier this year on No Plastic Sleeves blog and it can be seen in the shots below. Keep reading to see a few more shots of the finished books.

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The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Sarah Oliphant

There are some of truly creative people in this industry. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be constantly concepting, developing, and executing or you get left in the dust. I’m fortunate to work with some really dynamic and inspiring people, ranging from art directors, to producers, to creative directors, photo editors, art buyers, and print producers. Instead of questions about email blasts, printed promos, and portfolio reviews, I think that it’s time that I put some of them on the spot to show us their meaning of Life. “The meaning of Life” may be a little far flung to answer in only ten questions, but hopefully these interviews will serve to distill some of the inspired and intellectual energy of the creatives that we work with.

Photos by Robert Luessen

Sarah Oliphant is an incredibly talented artist who’s been collaborating with photographers, designers, and stylists for over thirty years. Since 1978, Oliphant Studio has created countless custom backgrounds ranging from simple yet elegant canvases and muslins to elaborate and large scale scenery pieces. We first met Sarah this summer after searching New York City for some painted backgrounds. After our initial rental, we decided to invest in an Oliphant backdrop and have since added to our collection. During one of my visits to Oliphant, Sarah was kind enough to let me take a few photos and answer a few questions. I’ve included a few of my favorites in this post, along with the meaning of life.  I’ll let Sarah tell the rest.

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The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Travis Ruse

There are some of truly creative people in this industry. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be constantly concepting, developing, and executing or you get left in the dust. I’m fortunate to work with some really dynamic and inspiring people, ranging from art directors, to producers, to creative directors, photo editors, art buyers, and print producers. Instead of questions about email blasts, printed promos, and portfolio reviews, I think that it’s time that I put some of them on the spot to show us their meaning of Life. “The meaning of Life” may be a little far flung to answer in only ten questions, but hopefully these interviews will serve to distill some of the inspired and intellectual energy of the creatives that we work with.

chris crisman 10 questions meaning of life interview travis rusePhoto by: Kelly Kollar

Say hello to Travis Ruse – the Director of Photography at Inc. Magazine. I’ve been working with him since 2008. I’m a fan of the work we’ve done together and also Express Train, his NYC subway photo project. We’ve had some great photo projects, but I have a feeling our big one is still yet to come – make sure to take a look at a few shots from projects we’ve done at the end of Travis’s interview. We are similar guys in many respects, but beer, photography, and facial hair top that list.  I’ll let him tell the rest.

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The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Amy Berkley

There are some of truly creative people in this industry. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be constantly concepting, developing, and executing or you get left in the dust. I’m fortunate to work with some really dynamic and inspiring people, ranging from art directors, to producers, to creative directors, photo editors, art buyers, and print producers. Instead of questions about email blasts, printed promos, and portfolio reviews, I think that it’s time that I put some of them on the spot to show us their meaning of Life. “The meaning of Life” may be a little far flung to answer in only ten questions, but hopefully these interviews will serve to distill some of the inspired and intellectual energy of the creatives that we work with.

Amy Berkley the meaning of life 10 questions chris crisman dan saliengerPhoto by Dan Saelinger

I first met Amy in 2006, when I cold-called her while she was the photo director at Field & Stream. It was certainly one of the more positive cold-calling experiences of my life, and nine months after she called me back with my first assignment for the magazine. Over the last four years, there were fifteen or so more awesome shoots that followed. To the loss of hunters and fishermen everywhere, Amy left the magazine recently and is now the directory of photography at Bloomberg Markets Magazine. Amy is a badass photo editor, I’ll let her tell the rest.

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