Peacock Sky Photography
The Big Sandy Mush mountains are deep in clouds. With the peacocks drying his features after a morning rain.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Gary Crossey
LOCATION: Big Sandy Mush, Leicester NC.
The Big Sandy Mush mountains are deep in clouds. With the peacocks drying his features after a morning rain.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Gary Crossey
LOCATION: Big Sandy Mush, Leicester NC.
WEEK ONE ASSIGNMENT
ASSIGNMENT: The rule of thirds is the first compositional rule most photographers learn, but most don’t know why they learn it. The rule of thirds is fantastic for telling a story. Tell a story using the rule of thirds.
PHOTO: The beginning of the year has begun with thick mountain fogs. Most of the animals are staying close to the house. The Rooster got my attention – then his buddies showed up.
Inspiration this week is candy. Since this is the advanced challenge… you can’t
actually use candy in the scene.
I love to make handmade candy. And, have quite a collection of candy/cookie making baking tools. Unlike, other kitchen tools, the candy tools are unique. Each mold or cutter has a story. Or a special event that they play a role.
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Every good blog needs a strong graphic. Asheville Dental Care like a crisp, clean typeface. Eating apples are a key element of the blog. At the store, I bought the best-looking apples they had.
Once in my photo studio, it is lights, camera, action. The studio is not a place that I spend time figuring stuff out. I arrive at the photo studio with a task to do, a concept devloped, and outcomes expected. In this case, the subject is an Apple. But what an apple. It took six takes to get the right bite incision into the Apple. I did use the apples to make a pie (I like pie).
What I did not say. I bought red apples, not green. The photography I did was a red apple. With Photoshop I adjusted the color values of the Apple to make it appear green (to match the Asheville Dental Care brand).
Food-styling photography for Asheville area farms.
Food Styling for Photography shot.
What an honor to photograph the childhood home of Dorothy Draper. The house is located an hour from New York. And is #72 on the American Architectural Registration.
The photography hand study was created using a scanner. The hand was positioned in the scanner and held still while capturing. During the process, the model had to hold her hand completely still. The process created a visual tension that I was after. I experimented with a similar process using a camera and sheet of glass – None of the pressure appeared when the hand was held for a few seconds as it did when held for a few minutes. The effect of the glass against the fingertips really reinforces that sense of pressure and force pushing down. To the effect to almost remove the imprint of the fingerprint.
Backstage with Boy George (Heaven – London).
Bunny & Boy George performing a David Bowie cover in Heaven nightclub (London).
Fantastic photography assignment and night out in London.
The event was hosted by Tasty Tim at Heaven Nightclub (London).
Boy George performed to a private VIP party. The David Bowie cover was incredible.
The photos were published on London rags and social media websites.
The Black Walnut Inn Bed & Breakfast in downtown Asheville now have my photography on their website. Over the past year, I have worked with Black Walnut Inn to update their photography catalog.
The photography includes samples of the Bed & Breakfast
TITLE: The New Pals – Photography by Gary Crossey
Pablo (chicken) and Timmy (cat) have become quite the new pals. Shortly after being born, Pablo was rejected from the nest. His small body submerged in a dirty puddle. The following days his body remained motionless. Baking under a red heat lamp. By day seven Pablo has gained the strength to stand.
Since then, Pablo has become an attractive addition to the farm. He has a large personality. Big talker. With a range of sounds for “Give me Food”, “The Water Dish is Empty – again!“, and “I want a cuddle”.
LOCATION: Soapbox Farm – Asheville NC.
Asheville Custom Product Photography. Chrome objects to photograph – what more fun could a photographer ask for?
July 4th, 2015.
Photo of Melissa Rebholz – chef and farm manager for Rural Resources. Picture of Melissa while watching fireworks from the top of a mountain in Tennessee.
Then there is this photo that captures the mood of the night. From darkness comes light, and with cheer comes joy.
LINK TO PLAYLIST – FOLLOW the Playlist for future updates.
CD Cover Design created for a CoffeeTime Project. Now, back by popular request. With an updated Spotify playlist of 45 coffee related sounds. The CD cover is Low-Res webcam photography. The artwork images are tiny. I created the checkerboard design on the front because the photos couldn’t get much bigger without becoming entirely pixelated. There was something satisfying about working within the limitations of digital art.
The low-res quality of the image had personal appeal. Being blind in one eye, I connected. Tech was able to express my view of the world. The portrait of myself captures my visual field. With the dominant eye visible while the other not. The portrait photography mirrors from a prior painting with the same composition.
Pour yourself a Cup of Ambition
The coffee inspired CD release. First created in 2001 with coffee related songs. I designed the CD cover and arranged the music – each CD came with a small bag of coffee (enough to make one pot).
Fast Forward to 2015 – and Pour yourself a cup of ambition is now a Spotify playlist. Brew some coffee and enjoy.
HEville Social Network was an early start-up.
The dots in the shadows made me think of the network membership.
The Sun Ray ads were very popular – the remaining photos from this shoot are available at garycrossey.photography/sun-ray-patterns
The most talent Deborah Lutz is always a pleasure.
The Brave Hands CD cover began by creating interesting double exposures of hands. I finished the design in Photoshop with a collection of my texture photos (available at garycrossey.photography).
Photographing Tonya Abernathy lead singer of The Robustos was always great fun. We worked on the red series using red lighting a low quality digital camera to create a low density image that I was after. The lighting effect did create visual artifacts that were later corrected in Photoshop.
Tonya has a great voice – that you can listen to right here! Enjoy.
Photography by Gary Crossey.
The headshot was created for a photographers profile shot.
Restoring your historical heirloom photos from water damage, mold damage, and even torn or ripped photos. Have your old family photos restored to their former glory. Here are a few examples of photographs that we restored for an Historical Jewish Website.
PHOTO: Mold and tore damage.
PHOTO: Heavy mold and marker damage.
PHOTO: Missing part of face with heavy mold damage.
PHOTO: Metal strains, missing spots and visual damage around mouth.
PHOTO: Water spots and fold removed from photo.
PHOTO: Large fold removed, water and mold damage removed. Missing spots restored.
We can scan and restore your photos from any format, printed photograph, 35mm negatives, slides, and large format transparencies.
All final photos are high-resolution photography for the highest quality printing.
Magical Lighting effects from the early morning sun rise.
The mountains surrounding Asheville make for gorgeous lighting effects.
For more amazing morning sun: view – Snow in Asheville
I spent “days” photographing this stone collection. Thankfully, as a professional Asheville photographer; I love to work with difficult objects. The entire Product line are shiny stones. Yes, they reflect everything. Some of the spheres can reflect the entire room at once. And, I think I may have said it before, they shine, shine, shine, and reflect.
The clients product line of rare and collectible stones was not easily subjects. I used every photography studio trick to capture the unusual collection. At which time I was thankful for having spent 100’s of hours in my University Photo Studio ~ practicing for the day I’d need these photographic techniques.
Without my professional experience of studying light and space and their relationship to reflective surfaces, I could not have delivered a full catalog collection to my client. To my delight the client used all of the photographs I created for the series.
The product photography was quickly and successfully integrated into the company branding, direct mail, signage, business cards, website design, trade show and online promotions.
Visit the Shiny Stone: Product Photography Samples Collection – to review the product photography for the catalogs, event programs, magazines, flyers, websites, online stores, and email marketing.
Punk Portrait Photography of Tasty Tim.
Tasty Tim – Needledust (London) Photography and Graphic Design by Gary Crossey.
What a great guy to work with. Tasty Tim made every shot count, and very easy to capture. I shot the photos in some nightclub in London. Boy George was spinning, Tasty Tim was my host – and Mark Moore had put me on the guest list as photographer. Many corners got turned that night.
Enjoying the summer with gifted blooms.
While I do love the first portrait of Vivian. The blue of her eyes. The void of makeup. The natural beauty.
“Gary Crossey came by yesterday for an impromptu photo shoot. I was completely unprepared and yet the pictures turned out gorgeous. Photographer and skills! I can’t wait to see the other ones. I call this one Into the Light” – Vivian
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Yes, I know there is a theme developing here. Just to be sure to get the cat headshot out there. This is Timmy – one of five working cats. Timmy earns his keep on our farm located outside Asheville.
Be sure to click on the photo to have a closer view of those captivating eyes.
Photography Sample by Gary Crossey.
Writers are told to write what they know. The same is true for photographers. Photograph what you know. They also say, “never work with animals or children”.
That said – enjoy my Dog Portrait Page.
Big Boy is the alpha guardian dog for Soapbox Farm. Located in the rural farmlands outside Asheville. Big Boy heads a pack of four dogs; with Miss Sandy Mush as his side kick.
Miss Sandy Mush a special Carolina breed. Adopted on the same day as Big Boy. Sandy might is one of the smartest dogs, with a complex layering of character.
Fin (White Giant) – correctly named by my nephew Tiarnan. A gifted dog from a dear friend – Fin is the nighttime security.
Click photo of Fin for a SUPER large experience. Fin is such a super loving boy – who enjoys long naps in the car.
ASHEVILLE PHOTOGRAPHY SAMPLE
In Asheville, the snow experience is never the same. For 2015, we had a few mild days. This snowfall arrived in the middle of the night. And, was mostly all gone by noon.
Photography in the Asheville snow.
The postcard design was created Ab-Lib Asheville clothing store.
The creative graphic design services for this Asheville business began with product photography. The graphic design with completed by Brian Jones.
Having an experienced designer heading this graphic design project made all the difference. The postcard design was distributed to Asheville neighborhoods.
Asheville is such an interesting town. The local Asheville business community represents a wide diversity of product lines. Which often translates into the photography world as having to shot “A ONE OF A KIND”.
My rock collection is mostly all one-of-a-mind. Here are a few product photography samples of the brilliant rock surfaces. What amazing colors to get to work with.
Samples by IrishGuy, Gary Crossey.
Working with local Asheville businesses is always a treat. WIth a wide range of downtown Asheville retail stores. There is a big demand for product photography in Asheville.
Here are a few Asheville product photography samples of designer handbags.
Product Photography for Print Marketing and Website Design. A successful website requires content. Without the right content, your website design will fail.
For the Jazzy Asheville web design project the right content was elementary. Ladies high-fashion is an exclusive market. The target market is precise. And the customers want access to the limited collection. People do not visit a website for nothing special. Especially true for a high-fashion websites. Thankfully, unlike other website designers in Asheville or beyond, my skills are not limited to coding. With a minor in photography, I am equally skilled behind a camera or keyboard.
Shooting these beautiful garments was incredible. I have never handled fabrics of such fairness and design. Often the pieces were limited to 1 or 2 items. Using models simply was not a practical approach – we did try. While other web designers, graphic designers, SEO specialists, photographers, and media rich digital developers rely on each other to complete a project – my track record as a leading Asheville visual artists and programmer shows I can deliver – DIRECTLY.
Beginning with a detailed SEO plan to direct the development of website content and design. Without the correct content, website fail. Having the correct photography, graphics, infographics, and backend programming are key to your businesses online success. Do not let creating online content hold your business website back. I understand it is a real challenge for businesses (even creative industries) to create their website content.
Downtown Asheville Product Photography and Website Design Project.
The blue sky is everywhere. It’s here, in the mountains of Asheville. It is also there in the streets of Dublin, or the national capital.
Enjoy my series of “Blue Sky”.
Product Photography for Enter The Earth – Asheville, North Carolina.
The clients liked the blue crystal photo so much that they requested for me to make it into a seasonal greeting card for their customers in Asheville.
Photography used for Holiday Greeting Card.
I photographed the product items in my Asheville photo studio. Having a studio in Asheville certainly, helps with the ever changing mountain light. The photography from this photo shoot was published on the company website, online and print catalog, direct mailers, and over 30 different print ads.
The product photography for my client was used for a wide range of branding.
Seasonal Eggplant product photography and poster design for Soapbox Farm, Asheville.
My list of branding project for Asheville small businesses keep increasing. For Soapbox, the brand was developed as a strong ink-block logo – followed with a collection of vegetable and livestock photography. With hope to launch their new line of package design this year.
Leicester Farmers market (Asheville) is a small local market. I got their first website up and active – and provided the website with a series of photos. I am glad, that all these years later – many of my photos are still included on the Leicester Farmers Market website.
For these photos I actually did bake the bread. And, yes those eggs and eggplant were grown on our farm.
Photography from a new cookbook.
The contrast between the pepper and the wood surface – really makes this photo pop.
Used: in sectional insect for soon to published cookbook.
Sometimes, photography can be all more about luck.
Corn smut may not look good – it does taste wonderful.
Corn Smut is often sold at four times the price of corn.
Panoramic image created with Adobe Photoshop for Beach Mountain Farm – used as a website banner ad.
I do enjoy to work with other small businesses in Asheville. Like the digital media service that I offer to the Asheville market. Many of my Asheville clients have a special product line to offer.
For my clients having a fast turnaround on product photography is essential for the product lines online success. There is no time for high-fashion seasonal items to sit around. Due to the limited selection of these shoes, I choose to photograph the shoes in the store. Reducing the turnaround time to posting the shoes to the Asheville website. Creating a shopping cart that can deal with items that are limited is difficult enough, without dragging on the product photography.
Product Photography in Ashville by Irish Guy; Gary Crossey.
Images were used in postcards, web site and print ads, as well as the online store.
For this shoe collection – I went to the store to capture the catalog. Even then, some of the shoes were already sold by the time they made the shopping cart.
For many years Ny Native Ireland was a popular business in downtown Asheville. Over many of those years I got to work on a wide range of projects for the Asheville Business.
Beginning with photographing many of the popular product lines. I went to the store and shoot the images on location. For special, or difficult items to capture, I would take those to my Asheville photo studio.
Here is a small collection of the Asheville store product photography.
Asheville Product Photography for print and online ads.
Asheville Graphic Design and Product Photography samples. Both print ads were created for Our State publication.
Product photography samples used for marketing and on the business website.
The print ad design kept the message simple, distinctive, and focused. Designed for people attending the trade show to easily locate booth. Many customers commented on how easy the ads were to locate in the event brochure.
The ads began by photographing the merchandise. Once a collection of product photography was created the ads design we finalized. The ad campaign successfully ran for three years – with slight adjustments to body copy, layout, and product photography samples.
Click thumbnail to enlarge print ad samples.
While the format for this print ad is long and tall. It may not be the easiest format to showcase well online.
For most businesses print advertising is that extra word-of-mouth. While most businesses do benefit from marketing – you do have to know when and where you advertising dollar is best spent.
For the series of prints advertising designs I had to first photograph the products. Once I had the photography collection I created a base template with InDesign.
While the template did serve to reduce graphic design time – by bringing all the design assets (logo, photography, styles) together into one place. The ads were always different sizes, with different artwork, and a different list of features – which always required design considerations.
Shining products photography with iridescent showing that luminous different colors from direct angles.
All weather signage. This is the graphic for a huge outdoor all-weather banner. The finish had a nice matt finish that stopped the sign from reflecting in the bright sun of event lights.
Outdoor signage is the graphic design task that separates mice from men. The large Enter the Earth banner was printed on a durable waterproof roll. My objective was to provide my client with signage for his traveling booth. The signage needed to show well, and travel well. I selected a rubber finish that added years to the usage of the signage.
Asheville Print Ad series created for small business. While the client is local. They are a global player . They manage fragile items that they discover from around the planet.
When I design for a print ad series. I begin with reason and logic. It is important for me to visualize the big picture. For me to connect with the target market. And for the print ads to reach their goal.
Questions I asked before I designed my Asheville print ad series.
While some people can claim graphic design for a print ad. That is not the case with this series of print ads. All design aspects of this project were handled by Irish Guy.
This project required layers of planning. Photos of the products had to first be taken. Given the reflective nature of the product line creating print quality images is difficult. Each picture required a custom approach. The photo collection I created was quickly approved.
A series of print ads followed. To ensure print quality – I handed all of the digital files for the printer. Providing the printer whatever format best meet their needs.
The print ads ran in a national trade mag. Reprints of the ads also ran. Different versions of the ad ran – with various product line changes and feature product.
I did my research. I reviewed years of similar trade show mags. Their primary focus is BUSY. Overload of images – everyone is trying out do everyone else. Which is fine. As long as you use graphic design and typography principles to reach your target market.
Or limit your you curbside appeal – and pile everything into your ad. For this series of print ads – the client wanted to set his higher quality product line apart from everyone else. Some of the lines they have global exclusive rights to.
The design focused on either one featured item. Or, a small collection of similar high quality items.
The marketing objective of the print ads was too provide the location of the Trade Show booth. And an insight to their featured product line. Most participants of the trade show first review the trade show magazine for vector booths they want to attend. I trimmed the ads with bright memorable colors. Making the ads easy locate in the mass of other ads.
To reduce graphic design costs the print ads were converted into InDesign templates. The templates were easy and fast to update with new feature photography and product listings. The templates had four different variations that could be adjusted for most basic print requirements. The template deployment saved my clients hundred of hours in labor costs – that was better used to advertising costs.
Working with these local Asheville wool samples was awesome. The color blends are so perfect. The photography was later used for an Asheville web site.
Photographing these amazing textures and colors was a great experience. I love Local Asheville Businesses.
Before the Wicked Weed in Asheville. There was a short period when the Asheville Hardware store was downtown. Just before the opening, the client was eager to have Press Releases and marketing about the grand opening to include their branding.
However, when I arrived to for the Architectural Photography – the signs had not been installed. I photographed the building and added the log to the photos in Photoshop. Below is an example of the sign that the client had during the photo shoot.
The series of black and white print ads created for My Native Ireland (Asheville). The graphic design of the ads follows the company Branding and borrows graphics from the website.
The client hired us for Product Photography, Copy Writing, Graphic Design, Printing, and Distribution. We photographed the product in the downtown Asheville store.
Photographer: Gary Crossey
The futuristic reflections of the lights and grass against a sphere installation.
I am building a theme in the simple to follow naming of this collection of photography. With Checkered Floor, I photographed a public building in the center of Belfast. As a child, I stood outside this building a million times. Embarking on a bus to any direction of Belfast.
As an adult, I entered the building and discover Checkered Floors. After talking with my family and friends – none of them had ever gone inside the building. But, in their mind, they all had an idea of what they expected to see. It was not checkered floors. I then made “Checker” with fragments of different photos – each representing might think of the ground when they know it is just a checkered floor.
Red with patterns – hard for me to resist photographing.
The promotional photography created for The Big Red Tomato (Atlanta).
The promotional card photography captures the essence of a good dirty martini.
The vodka/gin is represented with the bottle shadow.
Straight lines are everywhere.
Here are a few of my line photos.
Animation of Lines.
The Glue Gun entered my life during my first Window Dressing job – where we used the Glue Gun for everything. I have remained a huge fan ever since.
Photography created for the Crosseyed Graphics website. Set up in the early days of the internet. I built the site with HTML.
Due to slow connection speeds, the background photography was sliced into hundreds of small tiles. The small tiles would reduce bottlenecking the server while creating an interesting loading pattern for the viewer.
Photography from my very early collection of photography. I promise to add more early photos (as I figure out a way to pull files from my old zip drives).