Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Rita Rudner

Oh my~ I don't think anyone realizes just how beautiful Rita Rudner really is. What sticks in your mind, is how wickedly funny she is, how polished and understated, but most of all, how she makes everyone in the room feel special. So it always surprises us when we sit down after a shoot with her, and look at her in digital form. Then you see it- how incredibly lovely she really is. When we were asked recently to go shoot her in her very mod high-rise, for Hello Canada! Magazine, we jumped at the chance. About 7 years ago we were lucky enough to spend a day with her, doing her new promotional photography for her upcoming book, Tickled Pink. In twenty years of doing this photo gig, Greg and I will remember that day as one of the best. We laughed all day long, because Rita is not just funny on stage; she eeks funny from a "corner of your eye" kind of way. It was great to be inside her personal domain this time, getting to meet her very clever and personable British husband and cute-as-a-button daughter. Damn, even her dog was great. What can you say, some people just put the pieces of the puzzle together all the time.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Man, I can't believe we are adding another thing to our gigantic plate of life. But here we go! Welcome to Sampsel &Preston's blogspot. If you are a friend of our studio, incredible contributing talent, one of our students, interns, or friends, this here is the forum to help us stay in touch. I think we will always be a week or so behind, but want to share with you the best and brightest of what crosses our home plate. Our first pic for this blog is of famous chef, Gene Villatora. The internationally known "Guru of the kitchen" was first seen on "Top Chef"and we are lucky that Vegas will soon have a new hot spot in a "yet to be disclosed" hotel. Believe me, we will be the first to be scarfing up his original, ingenious fare; I gotta tell you, if there was ever an upside to this job, this is it....This guy, Gene, is as unpretentious as it gets, and just a blast to shoot. We desaturated the image a bit, then hyped back in a few key elements, and all of a sudden we had an image that was authentically him. See his story in the latest copy of Modern Luxury magazine. Thanks , guys. Talk to you all soon.