Category Archives: Commercial

Kings of Summer (a.k.a. Toy’s House)

Kings of Summer

Last summer, I had an amazing opportunity to work on a movie being filmed in and around the Cleveland-area. Opening in New York and LA today, The Kings of Summer, previously titled, Toy’s House, will open in Cleveland on June 7th. I had no idea what, if any, of the photos I took would be used by the film, so I was so excited to see that some of my shots made it into the movie poster and as promotional stills!

Here’s a description of the movie from the filmmakers:

Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, THE KINGS OF SUMMER is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends – Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (Moises Arias) – who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents’ rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family – whether it is the one you’re born into or the one you create – is something you can’t run away from.

Kings of Summer is truly a fun, and funny, movie that anybody should go see, but an added bonus to many local Clevelanders will be seeing all of the local places like Chagrin Falls, Lyndhurst, North Royalton, Parma, Berea, the Metro Parks, and more, featured in the movie.

Go see it!

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Now I Get It!

Bill loves Godzilla. While I watched Godzilla movies when I was growing up, and I enjoyed watching them, I can’t say that I love them. Recently, I had the chance to document a building demolition and now I get it! Watching the destruction was strangely exhilerating! It was amazing to see such a solid structure just fold at the touch of the bulldozers. It was a surprisingly fun shoot! Here are my favorites:

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Powerhouse Generators

I had a fun opportunity to work with my friend, Bob Ruggeri and the great folks at Garage Creative Studios. They were shooting a commercial for Powerhouse Generators and needed some product photography as well as stills from the commercial shoot. It was really interesting to see behind the scenes at the shoot and Bob’s in-laws were stars in part of the one of the commercials. We started at the University of Akron’s football stadium to shoot a tailgate situation and then moved on to Garage Studios property to shoot the generators in use in different situations.  Here are some favorite shots from the day:

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I love pie!

I had a great opportunity to do some food photography for an amazing pie shop, Gray House Pies. If you like pie, even if you think you don’t, you’ll LOVE these pies. Proprietor Joe Schlott uses all natural and locally grown ingredients. The Cleveland Plain Dealer ran a little blurb featuring the shop a few weeks ago. You can check it out here:  Gray House Pies

Be sure to stop to check them out. They have two locations; one in Fairview Park and a new location in Westlake.

Here are some favorite shots from the shoot:

Did I remember to photoshop out my drool?

Maple Bacon Pecan Pie

The Elvis-Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie

Savory Pub Pies



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I recently took some product photos for my new friend, Angela Jolliffe, of Lick The Spoon Cupcakery.  Some of you will remember Angela from my open house posts.  She is the creative genius behind the wonderful cookies and cupcakes that were featured at the party.  These photos are of cookies only, but  I’m hoping that we’ll get to do a cupcake-cake-and-anything-else-Angela makes shoot soon, so stay tuned!  She makes a crazy cake that looks just like spaghetti and meatballs!!  It’s hilarious!

Anyway, my favorites from the shoot (by the way, I think I gained 10 pounds just from handling these rich, butter-laden, sugar cookies…as good to eat as they are to look at!):

A onesie and a rattle! Too cute!

...tied with real ribbon

Angela catered to my love of dogs and their portraits

Who wouldn't want to receive a basket like this?!

For more information, please visit Angela’s blog.