Jeremy Harris for Sterling Rope
Creative Director: Michael Fallone
Senior Designer: Jake Wright
Shoot Coordinator: James Morrison
Hair and Makeup: Jenni-Kline Shaw
Assistants: Jake Belcher, Chris LaPointe
Talent: rock climbers sponsored by Sterling, firefighters from the FDNY, and professional arborists
Success Stories is a blog series where we talk to artists on Dripbook about their recent successful projects, providing industry insights from top creative professionals.
Continuing with this series, we hear from Jeremy Harris, a Brooklyn-based editorial photographer. Read below to see what he had to say about this project:
"In April of this year I received an email from ID29's James Morrison, with a request for a quote for an upcoming project. They needed portraits on seamless of professional rock climbers, arborists, and firefighters for Sterling Ropes in Biddeford, Maine, to be used for packaging, catalogs, and trade show signage.
The shoot was to be two days, one in NYC, the other at the Sterling factory in Biddeford. After my bid was accepted, James, Jake, and I had a quick conference call to discuss their concepts and the style that they wanted. Having responded well to my fighter portraits, they wanted simple lighting on both white and grey backgrounds. So, this was right up my alley.
My creative process for both shoot locations was basically the same. I had to figure out the logistics of creating a photo studio in a public space (NY location was an active climbing gym, and the Maine location was the storeroom of the Sterling Rope factory). Critical to the process was working with the ID29 creative team, and their specific vision and needs, while still giving the images my own look and style. Because we had so many variations with each subject, such as changes of ropes, changes of wardrobe, I had to work quickly in order to keep up with the schedule.
My experience working with MMA fighters was useful. It has kept fresh my ability to work quickly with simple lighting and confined spaces. Like the fighters, climbers are adrenaline junkies. I loved talking with them about all their wild adventures! The firefighters and arborists, unlike the climbers, were not so used to being photographed, and I had to create a relaxed dynamic on the set, in order to get the expressions and body language needed by ID29.
Good music on set and my exuberant and fun nature, brought out what we were looking for.. My clients at ID29 were exceptionally easy and fun to work with, and I thoroughly enjoyed our collaboration. As usual my team was amazing. I couldn't have done it without them."