photography

Ice Mountain Spring Water - Weber Shandwick - FYT Productions by Christian O'Grady

FYT got to document Nestle Waters doing their part to help Flint schools during their time of crisis. We went to Stanwood, Mich. bright and early to photograph the factory workers at the Ice Mountain Spring Water bottled water supplier. To help support Flint in their time of need, you can donate to the Flint Water Fund which helps purchase bottled water, water filters and emergency support services. 

LEAR Charity Preview NAIAS - George P Johnson Marketing Experience - Event Photography by Christian O'Grady

FYT has been documenting the LEAR Charity Preview even before we were FYT!

This is our third year photographing the annual event for George P Johnson Marketing Experience (formerly pulse220) who puts on an in incredibly decadent event in celebration of LEAR and all hard work the company has done. Gourmet food along with crafted cocktails which this year included a ten foot tall ice sculpture martini ice luge....! 

This year topped them all because the energy was high, food was plentiful and the live band played hot all night long! See for yourself! 

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MM-O-DD - Michigan Science Center: Noel Night - FYT Productions by Christian O'Grady

This year FYT got to participate in one of Detroit's holiday traditions, Noel Night! 

A good friend and client of ours Leslie Ann Pilling is the founder and President of Metro Museum of Design Detroit (MM-O-DD). The museum explores the industry of design with a current mobile presence. We are on board as in-kind sponsors. FYT donates our photo and video services to the non-profit which gives us the opportunity to work closely with talented creatives and craft content for the up and coming museum. 

For Noel Night, we created a video to set the stage for MM-O-DD's Design Showcase of The Frost Fairy Queen. We shot video footage of the first snowfall back in November highlighting frost, snowflakes, icicles, and other variations. To incorporate the aesthetic of MMODD, we gave geometric shape to nature's design mimicking a kaleidoscopic effect. The music recorded and produced by friend Rachel Skotarczyk, worked together with the video to deliver a more dramatic epic ambience.  

MM-O-DD was stationed in the downstairs of the Michigan Science Center located in the DTE Sparks Theatre. Children lined up to have their picture taken with the Frost Fairy Queen with our piece making for a beautiful backdrop.

There was even a station for kids to design their own ID tags, each unique and special - just like a snowflake!

Featuring artists include: Mobel Link Modern Furniture, Celeste Smith of Celeste Couture Hats, BWP Light and Sound, S. Kay Young Photography LLC, Hair Lab Detroit and Presence II Productions.

CUREiosities - Rose & Robert Skillman Branch Library - FYT Productions by Christian O'Grady

Photography is my road to the unknown, toward existence...
— Victoria Zegler, FYT Productions

The Rose & Robert Skillman Branch of the Detroit Public Library is a beautiful gem tucked away in Detroit. While it houses the history of the nations automotive collection, it also contains historic architecture - like most of the city of Detroit. FYT had the pleasure of getting to explore this historical landmark with a close friend of ours, Leslie Ann Pilling during a photoshoot for one of her Detroit fashion brands. Leslie has a garment manufacturing studio located on Library Street in Detroit just across from the Rose & Robert Skillman Branch Library, where the shoot took place. Many of her apparel lines are produced in her studio, one of which is CUREiosities. CUREiosities is a highstyle fashion brand appointed with luxury fabrics and hardware. The opera coat, featured above has ruched details to soften the designs and play into strong, simple, and classic shapes. It gives off an edgy vibe which blends both current and deco details. Leslie explained the look as, "...if Audrey Hepburn played a role in Star Trek, her character would be the perfect client." 

Shooting inside of the library allowed us to integrate subject matter into the compositions of the building naturally. Christian was on camera, while Victoria was modeling the pieces with her camera in hand.

The concept expressed behind this brand revolves around people who explore. When Leslie initially reached out to FYT with her vision, she introduced the idea of having Victoria model the pieces. To Leslie, Victoria was a great match: a photographer and visual journalist who just this year started her own company, FYT Productions. FYT's core values lie in storytelling, quality, and purpose. These values fell parallel when landing on our location at the Skillman Branch, a place driven behind quality, purpose, and educating. In each image, a camera is present in the hand of the female photographer, as she wanders through the library exploring and finding beauty in her surroundings and documenting the story unfolding before her.

To view pieces from the CUREiosities apparel line, visit www.CUREiosities.com

FashionSpeak - Detroit Garment Group - Event Photography by Christian O'Grady

FYT had the opportunity, this year, to be the official photographers and sponsors for the business-education event FashionSpeak. FashionSpeak brings together many different sides of the fashion industry together to help keep Michigan's fashion industry in Michigan. The conference was held at One Woodward in Detroit, with keynote speaker and native Detroiter, designer Kevan Hall.

Aside from the unique fashion pieces present at the event, there were a lot of interesting textures and interiors within the venue which made for nice backgrounds when shooting. Not to mention the entire third floor was wrapped in windows from the floor to the ceiling - allowing natural light to pour in during the first half of our day.

Thanks Karen Buscemi for being a great leader in Detroit!

Thanks Karen Buscemi for being a great leader in Detroit!

TEDxDetroit - FYT Productions - Event Photography by Christian O'Grady

Victoria hooked FYT up with access to shoot TEDxDetroit this year. We love TED talks and have been inspired by them for years. It was a great experience to help TEDxDetroit prosper this year with beautiful event photography for those to see around the world. Here are some of our favorites from the day! 

Conservation Biologist Rob Mies, founder of the organization Bat Conservation #SaveTheBats campaign! They are a vital part of the ecosystem and they need our help!

Conservation Biologist Rob Mies, founder of the organization Bat Conservation #SaveTheBats campaign! They are a vital part of the ecosystem and they need our help!

People lined up outside of the Fox Theatre for TEDxDetroit.

People lined up outside of the Fox Theatre for TEDxDetroit.

TEDx gathered a wide variety of entertainment such as slam poets, singers, and speed painters.

TEDx gathered a wide variety of entertainment such as slam poets, singers, and speed painters.

There were inspiring people, such as Social Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Mallory Brown, that dedicate their life to helping other lives.

There were inspiring people, such as Social Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Mallory Brown, that dedicate their life to helping other lives.

Between TEDx speakers there were interactive demonstrations to promote future ideas.

Between TEDx speakers there were interactive demonstrations to promote future ideas.

There were also many great ideas shared at TedXDetroit this year.

There were also many great ideas shared at TedXDetroit this year.

When people think of fashion they think of Tokyo, Paris, and Milan. Why not Detroit?
— Karen Buscemi
Engineer Paul Elio even brought his personal automobile on stage!!!

Engineer Paul Elio even brought his personal automobile on stage!!!

Follow Your Truth - Manifesto - FYT Productions by Christian O'Grady

FYT Productions crafts content with photo + video to strengthen your visual brand identity. We created this company to create relationships and tell stories. Our beliefs about business are based on what is in our hearts. Victoria and Christian have worked together from the beginning to have a company that is true to our own values. 

We crafted this manifesto to share our core values; please share and enjoy.

Focus Your Talent - Portrait Session - Alchemy Thomas by Christian O'Grady

Recently Christian took some time to work with the head turning Alchemy Thomas. During the adventure through Pontiac Christian photographed Alchemy in a variety of spots. Christian as he walks through a space is always looking for "good" light, meaning light that will offer a way to make an interesting photo. 

Shooting directly into a light source you can create lens flare. Sometimes this is a problem, but in this case it adds an interesting element to the photograph.

Shooting directly into a light source you can create lens flare. Sometimes this is a problem, but in this case it adds an interesting element to the photograph.

Pontiac is a wonderful place for a photographer to shoot. There are tons of angles with clean backgrounds and amazing textures.

Light coming at the camera through leaves of a tree makes for excellent bokeh. Bokeh is the out of focus light in the background which forms little circles and it makes a great look for a photograph.

Light coming at the camera through leaves of a tree makes for excellent bokeh. Bokeh is the out of focus light in the background which forms little circles and it makes a great look for a photograph.

When you have a backlit subject you can take advantage of shapes with a silhouette. Pay attention to the overall shapes and remember that you won't all the detail that your eye can see because the dynamic range of a camera is much less than the human eye.

When you have a backlit subject you can take advantage of shapes with a silhouette. Pay attention to the overall shapes and remember that you won't all the detail that your eye can see because the dynamic range of a camera is much less than the human eye.

The top deck of the Phoenix center is a favorite spot in the Pontiac area.

Rather than doing a silhouette in this case with similar lighting Christian decided to expose the photo so you can see the colors in the sky but still kept detail in the subject. This takes some computer work to bring out the colors of the highlights and the tones in the shadows.

Rather than doing a silhouette in this case with similar lighting Christian decided to expose the photo so you can see the colors in the sky but still kept detail in the subject. This takes some computer work to bring out the colors of the highlights and the tones in the shadows.

As you work with a subject they begin to loosen up and that's when you can ask them to do something like lay across a staircase. 

If you turn yourself all the way around and look at the light on the subject rather than the sunset  you can capture a nice soft light for your photograph.

If you turn yourself all the way around and look at the light on the subject rather than the sunset  you can capture a nice soft light for your photograph.

Bon Bon Bon - #FoodWineWomen - Food&Wine by Christian O'Grady

For months Victoria has been working with the "Babes Babes Babes" of Hamtramck's Bon Bon Bon. Alexandra Clark, owner of the starkly casual chocolate shop, was such a joy to work with that she feels like a real friend. What a treat it was when Victoria told Alex that the piece was going to be published by Food&Wine! The article which is part of their #FoodWineWomen series is expanded on here with the full photo story below. Check it out and be sure to visit Alex and indulge in a few bonbons at one of her shoppes in Hamtramck, Detroit or pop-up shop in Ann Arbor. 

Dream Cruise Weekend - Platinum Motors - Car Photography by Christian O'Grady

The Woodward Dream Cruise 2015 is roaring right outside our door but you wouldn't know the event starts on Saturday with the thousands of cars cruising down M-1 since Wednesday. We will be photographing the worlds largest one-day auto event tomorrow so for tonight we decided to celebrate cars. The photos below are from an event we shot for Platinum Motorcars. Many types of cars from exotic to eccentric, from the sleek and sporty to muscle cars, race cars and classic cars were driven at the event.

Our interest with cars starts early in life. 

We can see a sexy car from a mile away.

Some people love whacky cars and some love fast cars.

We can appreciate the tiny details and the overall beauty.

Esii Perez - Studio Photography - FYT Productions by Christian O'Grady

Esii Perez is a favorite model of FYT. Esii has no bounds, restrictions, or hesitations. She comes to the studio EARLY every time with a bright positive attitude. Christian and Esii have been shooting together since the beginning of this decade and that experience together leads to organic moments captured. Esii has a willingness to try different poses and expressions. This blog post of photos were all taken within one shooting session and all of these photos have little or no retouching. Forget Your Troubles... come shoot with FYT. 

Product Photography - CRAINE&LOVE - FYT Productions by Christian O'Grady

CRAINE&LOVE is a local clothing company we have had the pleasure of working with previously.  The brand is centered towards producing basic and essential pieces for both men and women. Working alongside Carol Craine, the woman behind CRAINE&LOVE, you truly get to see the creative mind at work - the constant stream of ideas, inspiration, and willingness to take risks.  When I was talking with Carol during our shoot, I mentioned to her that when I wear her pieces I am told I look "striking," or "simply sexy" and I agree with them confirming that these pieces are nothing but basic, they are empowering.  Carol's idea for her pieces stemmed from her desire to find balance in her life.  She writes, "I SEEK TO FIND THE BALANCE, THE BEAUTY, AND THE SIMPLICITY.... IN ALL I DO... IN ALL I SHARE... IN ALL I WEAR... "  And just like that, Carol's beloved uniform was brought to fruition.    

Our shoot consisted of working on Carol's web content shooting each of her pieces on white, hanging from unique metal hangers.  After wrapping that up, we decided to mix it up a bit and execute one of Carol's idea's to have the clothing to be portrayed in a more relaxed, lifestyle fit.  So, I jumped in and got to model some different styles.     

Editorial - SUGARPOP! - The Metropolitan d'Etroit Magazine by Christian O'Grady

Spring is here!  Time to celebrate the best way we know how...with something SWEET.  This warm weather calls for cold fizzy pop, sweet sherbet, and other sugary treats that bring out fun under the warm sun.  The SUGARPOP! shoot was inspired by the personalities of beautiful girls and their silly personalities.  The candy element was added to be both bold and vibrant, combined with the makeup enhanced the sweetness and colorfulness of the shoot.

Studio Portraiture - Madalyn Knebel - FYT Productions by Christian O'Grady

I, Victoria, have always wanted to photograph a ballerina.  The way they carry themselves with such elegance has always been attractive to me.  Upon meeting Madalyn, I knew of her history with ballet but what I didn't know was that she was still graceful as ever.  Sometimes people change, whether it's due to their environment or just the mere fact that they've moved onto that next step.  This was not the case, I knew I had to photograph Madalyn's soft and sweet nature.  During our shoot together, Christian was flying the Helix around our studio getting behind the scenes footage to help tell the story. 

Wedding Photography - Rachel & Anthony - Detroit, MI by Christian O'Grady

FYT had the opportunity to work a beautiful wedding in the heart of Detroit on a cold February day. Victoria and I have worked events in the year we have been in business but this was our first wedding together. My high school friend was looking for a wedding photographer. When I offered to shoot her wedding she was ecstatic! Here is a selection of images from Rachel and  Anthony's special day. Congratulations Sligers!

Fashion Editorial - StylineLine Magazine - Airtime Trampoline Park @ Troy, MI by Christian O'Grady

Victoria's first chance to work with me on a big job was during this 10 page fashion spread for the March issue of Styleline Magazine last year. She shot behind the scenes as I orchestrated the 10 different setups we shot for the magazine. Jumping around all day at Airtime trampoline park made for an extremely fun shooting day.

Documentary Photography - Black Magic - Valentine Distilling Co. @ Ferndale, MI by Christian O'Grady

     Christian and I worked with a close friend of ours on a stylish shoot for a marketing campaign for Black Magic body spray and body wash.  We spent the day working inside of the rather fragrant and airy Valentine Vodka in Ferndale, where Christian helped with lighting and I shot  behind the scenes.  On the set, Christian was using a portable lighting rig that he fashioned together using a vintage photographers light strip with four LED light bulbs while I was ducking and weaving through clothing racks and distillery vats.  

     The highlight of the day?  Christian getting to hose down a sexy 6'2 model.    

Studio Portraiture - Carmen Johnson - FYT Productions by Christian O'Grady

Christian and I had the privilege of working with Carmen just recently when she was in town from Los Angeles visiting family for the holidays.  She is so natural in front of the camera she made our job very easy. Christian put together two different lighting setups in studio and we shared the same lighting but took on different angles to achieve varied looks. For the last look we went outside to a nearby club parking lot and shot with a makeshift lighting rig fashioned from an old photographers light strip with new tungsten LED bulbs. Then we white balanced the Canon 5D Mark III to tungsten to really bring out the blue in the background. #FYT