Okay, so we were recently hired by Energy Times Magazine out of New York to photograph Tony Curtis. How cool is that? We were thrilled to have the chance to meet this "Living Legend.". The story was about Tony and wife, Jill, who opened a little gem of a spot in the middle of the desert, the Shiloh Horse Rescue, in which these two are boot deep doing wonderful things for abused animals. But, besides being a legendary actor and philanthropist, Tony is also an accomplished artist. We took some shots out at the ranch, and then Tony and Jill invited us to their home where we shot some pics of Tony in his art studio. While there, we noticed a bunch of quirky little shadow boxes lining the walls . Our assistant, Todd Miller, and I were completely blown away by these things. Turns out Tony is like a magician, constantly creating these wonderful little 3-D vignettes out of a million little pieces. Made up of mementos and plethora's of found objects, they pull together to be really something special. Tony has been doing these since he was a teenager. The crazy part of this whole shoot is that somewhere in the conversation, I managed to talk him into doing a book on these things. I can't believe it had never occurred to him before, so now I am working on shooting these little beauties so the world can leer at them, too. You might ask, how do shadow boxes translate to a 2-D image? Gotta tell you, kind of Rock Star like ! Greg
Sharon Sampsel & Greg Preston graduated from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and had the good luck to pick Las Vegas as the up and coming place in which to open their studio.Riding the wave in as Las Vegas came into it's own in the last 20 years has been a blast for these two partners. Although they concentrate mostly on Resort and Casino work, Being in a town like Las Vegas gives them the opportunity to shoot just about everything, which is fine with them. Their studio is a wonderfully located 4000 sq.ft. Space right across the freeway from Mandalay Bay Resort, with two shooting bays, a full kitchen, a make-up area, and a relaxation room. 2009 holds in store the opening of their new space, as they are hot on the trail of a property that is really innovative and "outside the box" of the ordinary studios in Las Vegas.