Just completed by Morely Builders, LA Plaza Village sits in a prime location at the intersection of downtown Los Angeles and Chinatown. With a pedestrian walkway and staircase between both buildings, multiple large-scale murals and a variety of innovative skins and colors, this project is a striking and transformative addition to the neighborhood. I had the pleasure of photographing it for Morley Builders after having been on site for the concrete pour of the lower levels. It's something to see the project from the ground up!
VoyageLA got in touch to interview me about my craft and background. This kind of thing is an opportunity to think through the steps that got me here, why I love what I do, and to look through my work for a small set of defining images (not as easy as I thought it would be). Thank you to VoyageLA for the feature. http://voyagela.com/interview/check-heather-marie-collinss-artwork/
I'm excited to be working with new client TUF Rings as they launch their new business to create silicone wedding bands for athletes. Check the video page for samples of ecommerce and lifestyle photographs.
This project is located on a site with unobstructed views of the Rocky Mountains on Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO. The 16,665 SF facility, with 21 dental treatment rooms, and state of the art dental lab, logistics, command, and support spaces is LEED 3.0 Silver certified.
Photography focused on notable architectural elements, the building's placement and view, and highlighted spaces both for the patients and for work behind the scenes. A mid-day storm with high winds and heavy rain made for logistical challenges but ultimately lent character to the sky.
This project was built by Gilbane Company who provided project management and architectural design.
Bali Juice is set to launch their line of mangosteen-based juices in early 2018. I produced a video, along with Gear 6 Productions, in collaboration with Schoolyard Creative, to introduce their products to the market. The shoot took us to Calamigos Ranch, Point Dume and Porter Ranch to show how these healthy juices fit into a healthy lifestyle. Stay tuned for a link once their site goes live.
I recently completed a campaign for Amborella Organics based on their flavor profiles. The images celebrate the organic, fresh ingredient pairings that emphasize the flavors and the unique aspect of the seed-bearing lollipops. These images can be seen on the company's website and social media platforms, or on this site in the Latest Work portfolio.
In partnership with Gear 6 Productions (gear6productions.com), I produced a video for Morley Builders that introduced the award-winning company at the Habitat for Humanities Builders Ball in late September and that will serve as an introduction to their company and the many iconic projects they've built in their 70 years in Southern California online. Visit the Video section to watch.
At the beginning of the month, we finally got to install our fine art glass installation called "Homeland" in the Oklahoma City Vezey Veterans Complex. The piece took over a year to complete from design to installation. It is comprised of many panels in a custom metal framework that divides the room. Some of the panels are cast glass with glass silkscreened imagery created by J. Gorsuch Collins, and those are paired with dye sublimated panels of photographs I took while we traveled through Oklahoma. It's a wonderful memory working on this with my mother and getting to know Oklahoma through the incredible beauty of the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve, Osage State Park and the Wichita Mountains.
We felt a lot of responsibility creating work for Oklahoma veterans and their families. In this piece, we sought to explore the concept of home. Home encompasses our roots, our history, and all that we fight to protect. It’s who we are and what we long for when we’re far away. We felt this approach was appropriate for the setting, the new Veterans Affairs administrative offices in Oklahoma City. Its visitors are members of the military who often endure separations from home and great loss or sacrifice. This piece is a statement about where they come from and what they fight to protect.
I opened up my August issue of Los Angeles Magazine yesterday to find another spread for Morongo Resort and Casino. I worked as still photographer on set during a video shoot last October and the stills have made it into ads from January to August 2017 so far.
In the Summer of 2016, I was tasked with creating a video for Amborella Organics (see the video section to watch) that would explain the unique nature of their product in a simple way. There is a seed in the stick of each lollipop that once planted, can grow into a plant that corresponds with the flavor (marshmallow sage grows a sage plant).
On April 11, NowThis shared a video about Amborella Organics, repurposing our footage for their short video. It has been viewed over 9.5 million times on Facebook at 59k times on Instagram. InsiderScience followed suit garnering 3.7 million views on their FB account and 800k on their Instagram with their own version. It's great to see our work reach so many people and for the word to spread about these delicious, fun and organic lollipops!
Update: by January 2018, the views have surpassed 15 million from these two outlets alone!
The Lawrence Halprin Exhibition, created by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (www.tclf.org), finished its run at The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. and headed to The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA. The exhibition will stay in this city where so much of Halprin's work is nearby, until September 4, 2017. Check it out if you are in the area and then get outside and enjoy the work itself!
This photo shows my two images from Babi Yar Park in Denver, Colorado. They are part of the exhibition.
I am honored to be part of The Cultural Landscape Foundation's (tclf.org) exhibition on Landscape Architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009). I was a contributing photographer and my assignment was Babi Yar park in Denver, Colorado (built to commemorate the massacre of Ukrainian Jews in Ukraine by the Nazis from 1941-1943). While I hadn't previously been to Babi Yar park, I had already enjoyed the incredible spaces Halprin created including the Yosemite Falls Corridor in the National Park, Ghirardelli Square and the FDR Memorial to name just a few. The breadth of his work and contribution to the outdoor spaces in this country is staggering.
It was a proud moment to see my work hanging in the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. (www.nbm.org) and a real pleasure to learn about Halprin's work. My favorite part of the exhibition had to be the sketches and dioramas he created of his designs, with colorful and playful details.
The images included here are mine from the exhibition, as they appeared in the catalog.