HEB Texas Pets Dog Food with Nicole Mlakar

This would be the second HEB project that Nicole Mlakar brought me on board to produce with her. She’s such a talented photographer and creates stunning images of both people and animals. This new line of HEB Dog Food called “Texas Pets” would feature unique stories of different rescue animals; one for each of the food varieties (Adult, Puppy, Small Dog, Hunting Dog, etc). That means that we got to meet some really incredible animals and owners!! Nicole worked her charm with each of the pooches, finding the right space for each of them to feel comfortable, and believe it or not, the perfect “expressions”.

It’s always so fun to see your work out in the real world. Here are some of the images, and found bags in my local HEB grocery store:

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Behind the Scenes:

Crew: Jason Griego Digi Tech and Photo Asst, John Almarez Photo Asst, Paige Anderson AgentBEAST Animal Wrangler, Leighton Chapman Location Scout.


Jewelers Mutual Insurance with Channing Johnson

Channing Johnson from Boston MA got the call from McGarryBowen Agency to shoot for Jewelers Mutual Insurance and they chose Austin TX for the scenery. This was a particularly fun shoot for me since they didn’t really want model type people, and I got to call up all my friends to be in the photos. Just the right demographic! We ran around Austin’s beautiful outdoor park areas and entertaining shopping and restaurant strips. They went home with a huge collection of images, and my friends got some very beautiful and intimate photos together. Win win all the way.

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Behind the Scenes:
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Crew: Alyssa Garcia Hair & Makeup, Erin Klarer Hair & Makeup, Conor Mack Photo Assistant, Amy Smith Photo Assistant


Target Wedding Video Shoot and Registry Event in Austin

For this Target Live Wedding Registry Event in Austin, there were many parties involved. The event itself was run by a separate team, moving the promotional event from city to city, taking over a home in which to create a stylish wedding registry example that you could actually walk through (rather than zapping in the store). This would eventually be posted online in their Most Popular Registry Lists.

The other component was a video shoot, featuring two unique Austin personalities to demonstrate and endorse real registry items. Then, we would have these talented folks show up at the registry house for the event night. The videos would be shot in the days just before the event. The shoot was rescheduled into new dates that would conflict with my other projects, so I tag teamed with Maddie Hamilton (now of Homestead Creatives)







Here are the videos!

Love & Lemons food blogger Jeanine Donofrio’s ice cream recipe makes having a KitchenAid Mixer extra sweet.

Ever wonder which knives to use when? Food blogger Jeanine Donofrio takes the guesswork out of each and every one.

Austin-based pitmaster Lance Kirkpartick shares the secret to make the most out of a smoker.

Grill to please any meat or seafood lover with pointers from pitmaster Lance Kirkpartick.

Props and Wardrobe Stylist: Bonnie Markel, Food Stylist: Tina Bell Stamos, Hair & Makeup: Lisa Gleeson, Stylist Assistant: Olivia Caminiti, Food Stylist Assistant: Casey Dobbins, PA: Callie Richmond, DP: Charlie Beyer, AC: Chris Smith, Gaffer: Karl Schroder, Grip: Tony Brummer, Sound: Ben Lazard

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