General Motors Photoshoot



Tallgrass welcomes Campbell-Ewald and General Motors to San Diego for a “Traveling With Kids” social media shoot for the On Star product line.  


Art Directors Phil Foster and John Kalmar from CE were amazing collaborators, true pros”, said photographer Jeffrey Lamont Brown. “Brown said, “it was uncanny, on some shots it was like we had a Vulcan mind meld and they really know how to nuance the images to tell the brand story.”  2 days, tons of great images and GIF’s and beach bonfire wrap party. Woot!

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"Mother's against gun violence" shoot, goes to the stage!

One of JB’s images will appear onstage in 'The Gospel of Loving Kindness” opening Dec 9th in Washington, D.C.

The play is a edgy, hymn-and-hip-hop-musical.  It’s about a 17 year old boy who sings for President Obama at the White House, and is shot to death 3 weeks later.

Produced by the Mosaic Theater Company (http://www.mosaictheater.org/), written by Marcus Gardley and directed by Jennifer L. Nelson.  Shout out to NJ Mitchell (Mosaic Board Member) for inviting us to participate.

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Tallgrass in the city of angels

Team TGP heads to the city of angels to take on 8 meetings with creative agencies in 2 days. 

Beforehand, the team prepped 40 gift boxes filled with prints, postcards and handpicked hot sauce. Our marketing rockstars also loaded up our iPads to display our latest reels, still photography and VFX projects. Then we sent JB, Katsie and Christiaan off to LA to meet with friends both new and old.

The first stop was Saatchi & Saatchi, meeting both the art buying and broadcast team. After a number of conversations on the phone, it was great to meet the Saatchi crew in person. They were impressed with JB’s work and the delicious San Diegan pastries. 

Next was a quick lunch at korean bbq ….but not too long after, Tallgrass was back on the road dropping off more gift boxes in the afternoon. Then the three hustled over for a quick meet with the talented minds at World Wide Minds. 

The last meeting of day 1 was with the awesome Innocean producers in Huntington beach. A great way to end the day - cocktails as the sun set.

Early the next morning, the 3 Tallgrassans hit the road for a meeting with Guthy-Renker for hot coffee and an introduction of our capabilities and work. Then it was off to lunch with friends from Deustch at Whiskey Red’s. After that delicious lunch was a late snack with Ignition. A short hop over and TGP was at Ignition with wraps from LYFE kitchen…yum! And to round out this group of new friends was Lenny from R&R partners….dropping off one last batch of goodies for the end of his day.

To wrap up the trip, they met up with an old friend - David Aktary - who helped connect us to our award-winning Hot Pockets project. An amazing 2 days….and we’re sure to be back soon!


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Under the sea & shooting it

Before founding Tallgrass Pictures 10 years ago, chief creative officer Jeffrey, was a solo photographer traveling the world and exploring the beauty of it all. He was able to photograph some of the world's most gorgeous places...and we're taking a look at one of those amazing experiences - these gorgeous photos from the Mentawai Islands.

For these shots, JB chartered a yacht and brought a few friends along for a week of shooting, surfing and swimming. A truly fantastic trip! He filmed underneath the waters for these shots using a Canon 1DMkIII and 16-35 lens. 

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For underwater shots, you'll need underwater housing to keep the camera dry...and a good set of lungs to stay under. 
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And the end result? Some amazing images....

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Those experiences allowed JB to build a company versed in many styles of work and trained in all sorts of terrain. We can't wait for our next under water project!

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Masculinity: Concept Shoot

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We love shooting so much, once a month we become our own client, concepting and assigning a Tallgrass creative shoot for our ever-expanding portfolio. For March, beards tickled our fancy. Nothing is more classic than a man’s most masculine accessories—beards and ‘staches. 

There’s plenty of discussion on the ideal definition of femininity. But what about the men?! A beard or mustache can range from rugged and unruly to clean and defined. What an extraordinary range of expression that is displayed through facial hair. Here was a fun, creative shoot that had us glorifying not just our own studio of bearded men, but the diverse local talent that came in to help.

Check out our wicked bewhiskered final images!

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Game of Thrones: Concept Shoot



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Who was elated for the Season Premiere of Game of Thrones?

Spoiler Alert: the Tallgrass Pictures Team! And who could cast blame upon us?! In honor of the upcoming premiere, we held this TV show inspired shoot. With the help of some local talent and a fantastic makeup artist - we were ready to get our Game of Thrones on! 

Our quest: To create portraits that mimicked the creative lighting effects found in the third season’s promo-posters. It was an entirely experimental shoot. A chance for us to have fun, get creative and practice with some new technology and different effects.

  Our holy grail? These final images!

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Aly & Allison take on S.F.

 

Here’s to new friends and old! Ten meetings. Two days. Aly and Allison rocked their way through San Francisco, ’wining and dining’ with SF’s top ad agencies and mastering its public transport. 

By BART, bus, trolley and foot, these ladies made it everywhere from the beautiful shorelines of the Embarcadero to the historical docks of Fisherman's Wharf! Our friend, Angus at Dolby, welcomed us by taking us back to school. Wait, we mean Skool - a delightful lunch spot in SF where the menus were appropriately printed on binder paper! While our new friends at First Person were introduced to us over cocktails at a hip speakeasy bar named Local Edition. 

We also had the opportunity to meet with Doremus, Eleven Inc., and OneWorld…just to name a few. Everyone is so busy! So it was a great time for our team to see what these agencies are working on, and share our own work as well.

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Tallgrass hits NYC

As a part of our ongoing efforts to meet new collaborators, our Head of Business Development, Aly Bucholz, traveled to New York last week. There she met with producers and creatives from 15 of the country's top advertising agencies, from Ogilvy to the Wall Street Journal. 

These stylish New Yorkers are always busy, but they have appreciation for seeing quality work, so they were more than happy to meet with Aly. During her visit, Aly found that the offices were impressive and the pace incredibly fast, yet all of the people were laid back. 

Besides making new friends and eating some great food, Aly enjoyed discussing the new and innovative projects underway at some of the world’s best ad shops. We are looking forward to working with them soon!

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La Jolla Cove Shoot

Once a month we concept and produce a shoot that is all our own. It gives us a chance to express our creativity and train our production team. This month it’s a water-based shoot at La Jolla Cove by our creative director, Brad Copeland.  The cove is an amazing location, full of wildlife and beautiful vistas. 

The greatest challenge on the shoot was managing a dozen cast and crew on paddleboards, kayaks & rafts, which was extremely demanding both technically and logistically. It was amazing to see how we kept everyone safe, had fun and kept $50,000 worth of cameras and equipment safe and dry. We got to do all of this in the company of several sea lions, some of them brushing us underwater!

Another obstacle we faced was the weather, as real world ocean conditions make for challenging shooting conditions. While paddling in these waves, JB broke a paddle. Jeni saved the day when she hooked his boat onto her paddleboard and towed him away from the cliffs.

It’s adventures like these that demonstrate how the Tallgrass team is always there for one another. We’re excited that the product of our teamwork on this shoot is a collection of fantastic photos for our ever-changing portfolio.

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Huntington Beach Ad

We're thrilled to announce that Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau is going to be using one of our photographs from our Huntington Beach shoot in several of their media outlets. The ad will first be released on the State of CA Visitor Guide and then in various magazines like Sunset and Coastal Living. 
The bureau's director of marketing and communications, Madison, had us blushing when she said, "This Image is absolutely stunning and really makes the ad! You guys are just so darn talented." We are honored for such a compliment and can't wait to see the ad come out. :) 

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