2022 Year In Review
Visit the video page to watch my 2022 year in review: a whole year of work compressed into less than 2 minutes. Music by (and licensed to me by) Yasmine Mia Steele. Clients include Delight Patisserie, Plonk Wine Club, Amborella Organics, Beato Chocolate, Youngever Trading, Aquis and K18 Hair. Model: Diana del Rio.
K18 Launches Shampoos With Sephora
K18 launched their new Peptide Prep pH maintenance and clarifying shampoos to the public on August 6, 2022 over the Sephora app and August 7th on the website. My image of jars containing colorful sludges show the buildup of dirt and grime that they are meant to remove. An additional image of the bottles from Sephora.com is in the publication section.
New client Beato Chocolates tasked me with creating new imagery of their bars for their online store. I also created additional imagery showcasing their signature pink foil and the lovely assortment of flavors alongside the packaging for use on other online marketplaces and social media.
K18 Hair's New Shampoos
Client K18 recently added two new shampoos to their line of haircare products. To promote this launch, I created several still images for them and a video demonstrating the simple steps a salon would take to turn their box into a POP display. Check the video section to view.
Plonk was featured on March 2nd, 2022 in the Hollywood Reporter as a favorite wine club offering excellent curation and celebrity blends. The article featured an image I created for Plonk's new website in 2020.
Amborella Organics Launches New 3-Packs
Amborella Organics expanded their line of 3-packs to their line of seed-bearing lollipops. For the Beneficial Bee & Butterfly box, I took special care to source bees and butterflies that had been collected responsibly to align with my own principles and those of the brand, which is environmentally and ethically conscious. Working with the colors and textures of nature in these delicate insects added that element of thinking of the pollinators that will visit the plants grown from the seed-bearing sticks and the whole beautiful cycle of it all.
Pak Products launches their "Wash Me Reuse Me" Reusable Liquids Bag
I was honored to work with Pak Products to create a collection of still images and a stop motion video to launch their new reusable liquids bag. The main challenge of this project was in photographing a clear plastic bag in a way that made it visible and dynamic.
Wine Enthusiast Post
Wine Enthusiast selected my image for their article about America's 50 best wine retailers, making my client Plonk Wine Club stand out in this feature. Congratulations to Plonk on being featured!
Aquis + dae
Aquis and dae team up for a desert inspired hair wrap in the color of prickly pear cactus. This shoot involved creating a series that melded dae's aesthetic of soft lighting and desert palette with Aquis' bright and often hard lighting.
Aquis and Sweaty Betty Team Up
Aquis Hair and Sweaty Betty collaborated to create this gym towel using Aquis' proprietary weave. The shoot called for glistening sweat on hand model Diana del Rio and lighting to show off the moisture and the towel's texture. The imagery was used for Aquis' mobile and desktop websites, along with social media.
I've just added 8 new videos to the video portfolio. I often create short videos and GIFs for added engagement on social platforms and client websites. These videos include work for IGK Hair, Amborella Organics, DeLight Patisserie and a personal project pictured here created to encourage voting in the 2020 general election.
New Client: EuroSpa Aromatics
I'm thrilled to be working with EuroSpa Aromatics on their line of 100% pure eucalyptus oil shower mist. The initial round of imagery of their signature formulation (pure eucalyptus) will become ads in American Spa Magazine and Day Spa Magazine.
VinIberia Selections - Box of Delights
Client VinIberia Selections, Ojai-based importer of fine Spanish and Portuguese wines, put together this lovely gift box in time for the holidays. It includes a vermouth infused with over 30 herbs and spices, a Beato Chocolates "Happy Valley" dark chocolate bar dusted with Ojai pixie tangerine dust and infused with orange oil, and two elegant aperitif glasses. It was fun to work on multiple iterations of styling for this, to be shared as they are released.
New Client: Paso Robles Ironworks
After a stiff wind threatened my makeshift outdoor studio, I set up shop alongside the skilled iron workers inside their workshop. It was so interesting to watch these pieces being made while I photographed the final product nearby.
New Client: Hi Botanicals
I'm excited to be a part of a new startup by client Taylor Morgan of Amborella Organics called Hi Botanicals. Along with partner and acupuncturist Abby Cooper, they developed a magical balm for your bits that addresses many woes while smelling and feeling soothing and natural.
VoyageLA Shout Out
Special thanks to VoyageLA for this Shout Out feature about my creative career path. See the full article at https://shoutoutla.com/heather-marie-collins-photographer-cinematographer/
New Client: DeLight Patisserie
I'm so excited to be working with new client DeLight Patisserie and their delicious cookies featuring customizable messages. They're especially special in this time when we're disconnected from loved ones and act as a nurturing and thoughtful gift.
New Client: Zendo
I'm excited to be working with Zendo! They have created a line of treats and tinctures infused with THC.
Cave Glow Studios for Amborella Organics
Today I styled and photographed a series of images for Amborella Organics as they add Cave Glow Studio candles to the lineup on their website. The three scents include a variety of enticing ingredients that left the studio smelling fantastic.
Support Your Ladies
I just joined the new online directory of woman-owned businesses that was created by Female Founders Collective and Ladies Get Paid. I'm in the Advertising and Marketing section with many varied and interesting businesses. You can find this resource at www.supportyourlaides.com
Graphic Design for Support Your Ladies: Ilysia Design
Safe at Home
In this difficult time of staying home to stay safe, I'm grateful for my home studio. Over the years I've gotten used to working and living in the same space and that's prepared me for this time of increased isolation. It also gives me the opportunity to still produce work for clients (though those opportunities have definitely slowed down) and time to work on personal work. This image represents the anxiety (and some misplaced fear) we're going through right now. It's available on Pond5 as a stock image. Stay safe and stay home everyone.
New Client: Made From Dirt
Just completed a day of studio photography for new client Made from Dirt. Their line of CBD and THC salves, balms, tinctures and roll-ons incorporate natural ingredients such as eucalyptus, sunflower, mint and lavender that made for a fragrant day in the studio.
On Set With Cutaway Creative and Theragun
I spent time on set this week with Cutaway Creative and client Theragun as the team created a variety of content for Theragun's new line of products. I shot the still photography assets in each setup and behind the scenes images of everyone hard at work.
I'll be sharing images after the launch.
New Flavors, New Campaign
Half Lit adds a new set of flavors to its lineup called Slik. Some images tease the flavors through the ingredients (cherry, lemon/lime, green apple and blue raspberry) while others pair those ingredients in an abstract way with the candy itself.
Ecommerce for Bel-Air Athletics
I started creating ecommerce shots for Will Smith's men's athletic line Bel-Air Athletics, including clothing and accessories, with the challenge of matching existing imagery. New collection launch around 02/27 on their website...
LA Plaza Village by Morley Builders
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.
New Dental Clinic at Peterson Air Force Base
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 to Launch Early 2018
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.
Amborella Flavor Campaign
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.
Morley Builders Video Project
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.
"Homeland" Installed in Oklahoma
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.
Morongo in Los Angeles Magazine
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.
Amborella Video Goes Viral
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!
Lawrence Halprin Exhibition - San Francisco
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.
Lawrence Halprin Exhibition - Washington, D.C.
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.