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Without You Music Video | Hugh Augustine & Michael Franco

It's funny how some videos come together. This video, Without You, was completely unplanned and came together at the very last minute as the sun was going down here in St. Louis. Hugh was in town for the weekend and we were all hanging out at my studio filming a different video when I asked Hugh if he wanted to get on the roof and quickly shoot Without You, a track off of the highly anticipated "Vibrate Higher" album by Franco-Hill that will be released next month. Of course he said "fuck yeah" and killed it on the first take. The simplicity of some videos are often times the best.

If you haven't gotten the new mixed tape jut released by Franco-Hill , click here and check out an amazing album.

Without You

Album: Vibrate Higher
Written by: Hugh Augustine
Produced by: Michael Franco
Special Guest: Jeffery Hill Jr.

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The Blank Space | St. Louis Music Venue

The Blank Space is the culmination of organized awesomeness with a dollop of great live music. This spot is arguably one of the best new venues in St. Louis to catch a hip hop show and one of my newest favorite social gathering spots for any time of day. It's not only ideal for late night live music but also key for post Saturday brunch nintendo 64  with the homies. It's even key for a cup of herbal tea and picking up a new record or book. The owner and organizer Kaveh Razani is a fantastic person to know in the small city that is St. Louis. The Blank Space is the answer to artists' collective need to organize.

The Blank Space is located on 2847 Cherokee Street in a progressive artsy neighborhood in South St. Louis. It's a Flagship venue to performers like Black Spade, Franco-Hill, MME and many more. Check it out, there is live music typically 8 days a week.

 

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St. Louis Hip Hop Scene | MME Mvstermind Einstein

Photography is always easy when your subject has a bunch of swag. Mo, of MME, is producer and rapper here in St. Louis at the forefront of the awesome music scene revitalizing the Lou. His swagger is only outmatched by his determination. He is a big inspiration and a great example of hard work and immense talent at a young age. I hope Mo remembers in a few years while he's playing sold out shows.

Gary Winchester Martin

St. Louis Hip Hop Photography

Twitter: @winchestergary

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Going Mo-Ham on a Saturday | St. Louis Hip Hop Photography

It's funny how the first capture can sometimes be your favorite. Mo, aka Mastermind Esinstein of MME, and myself took a few pictures today. This was the first capture of an image we were creating and this one stood out as a favorite. It was by complete accident and was completely different from what we were trying to do but it turned out to be a great shot right out of the camera. We have a few more epic shots coming to a theater near you soon.

Gary Winchester Martin

St. Louis & Chicago Hip Hop Photography

 

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Behind the Scenes with RGG and Phlearn

 

Here is the first glimpse at a project I am producing with Rob Grimm, the Shakespeare of Beer, and Phlearn, the best resource for Photoshop in the world.
We will be publishing a series of Pro Tutorials that highlight not only the photographer's tricks of the trade, but the Producer, Production Assistant, Digital Tech, Food Stylist, Prop Stylist, Creative Director, Art Director, and the others that help in the process of creating commercial photography for the advertising world.
Stay tuned for an in depth interview with Rob later this month, and a Pro Tutorial that highlights flying lemons.
If you are a production assistant in the St. Louis or Chicago area and would like to be a part of this project, please inbox me at gary@rggphoto.com.
Gary Winchester Martin
St. Louis & Chicago Commercial Photography

 

 

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St. Louis Portrait Photography | MÜSCHEL SCHÜBSHUR

One Sunday, Muschel and I grabbed a 12 pack of Busch Light, our dirty undies, saddled up with a few rolls of quarters and hit the dusty trail. I grabbed this one right as Müschel's favorite party shirt was coming out of the laundry. 

Gary Winchester Martin

St. Louis Portrait Photography

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Isaac Noland | st. louis portrait photography

I'm jealous of Isaac on many levels. One of which is his illustrious beard that seems to radiate masculinity and freedom with a hint of fresh mountain air. He's a man of many accomplishments, a husband, a father, a professional in the tech industry and problem solver extraordinaire. I had the pleasure of about 15 minutes with Isaac last summer and we made eye love, back to back to back. We sat and just started, me at his beard and him uncomfortably back at me whilst I stare through the lens at his beard.

Isaac was part of an Apple employee project last summer getting ready to drop in the coming months. It's being published as an e-Book with a few pictures of each of the employees that contributed.

St. Louis Portrait Photography

Gary W. Martin 
Twitter @winchestergary



 

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Andy the Phipster Phiffs

 

There are no words, including the four letter ones, that do this man any justice. Andy is an enigma smothered in pepper jack cheese and quite possibly the best thing to come out of Missouri since Brad Pitt's taint. Andy's swag is 10 better than infinity and is the only person I know that weaves his own ascots out of his own silky back hair (seen above). Cheers to you Mr. Phipps, you win. 

 

 

 

 

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St. Louis Portrait Photography | Nathan Lucy

I'm sitting on a gold mine of characters from my last personal project, which is a good thing. The bad thing, of course, is finding the downtime to process these photos. Last summer I did a personal project where I took Apple employees and photographed them. Naturally, they are full of character and it really shows. It's hard to find the photos that I want to publish and I've really been torn picking the ones that I feel convey their true character. As I close in on processing all of the photos of all of the people that participated, I thought I would share this one of Nathan Lucy. He's one of the most interesting people I have ever met. I will be publishing most of these photos on my new website, which is coming out soon with a new body of work. For those that were part of this project, hang on and get ready. 

Gary Winchester Martin

St. Louis Portrait Photography

@Winchestergary

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Blaine Deutsch | St. Louis Commercial Producers

It's hard to put a label on the talented Blaine Deutsch, seen above. He's a Producer, designer, bike nut, and father, to name a few. In the commercial production world, Blaine has one of the most important jobs, a producer. They are the ones who have to think of every possible scenario that would prevent a shoot from happening, then concoct 3 solutions with backup solutions to each potential problem. They are indeed the leatherman multi-tool on set with a solution to everything. Blaine's uncanny ability to prepare and provide practical solutions is very hard to come by. It's like having to juggle chainsaws in your tighy whities while texting a haiku to your grandma. Blaines been all over the world doing this job and currently resides in St. Louis, helping local commercial photographers and directors run major commercial shoots without a glitch. Check out his work here.

Gary Winchester Martin

St. Louis Photography

Twitter @winchestergary

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Behind the Scenes with Rob Grimm

Rob Grimm, seen above, is a food and beverage photographer with a specialty in liquids. Rob is aggressively unkept and arguably the best meat eater in the world. He is a man of mystery and power, who's power is only exceeded by his mystery. On two separate occasions, Rob has made a monkey faint in Costa Rica, and once spent 3 days holding a standing bow pose in a speakeasy Bikram yoga studio. Rob is notorious for once beating the crap out of a Nutcracker display because he didn't think the lighting was accenting the head nutcracker "the way it should have." He is renowned for some of the highest quality images in the commercial industry, with a distinguished client list as long as his left arm, including Kraft, AB InBev, Jack Daniels, Bacardi, and Grey Goose. Rob operates full service studios in Chicago and St. Louis.

-Gary Winchester Martin

 

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Virginia Martin | St. Louis Portrait Photography

A few months back my wife Virginia, above, and I hoped in the car and randomly headed north. We ended up at a ferry crossing in North St. Charles by the ever creepy community of New Town. The ferry took us to a small isolated farming community of Brussels, Illinois. Rolling hills, kind inviting locals, and a small town mentality was just what we were looking for, the fresh air was a bonus. It's amazing what getting out of the city can do for your soul. We picked up a few choice antiques from a local shop, had a drink, walked the main street, and even got a tour of an old hotel from the proprietor, which is something that would never happen in St. Louis. This is your friendly reminder to get out of the city at least once a month and visit with the people that grow our food. Now get back to work.

Gary Winchester Martin

St. Louis & Chicago Commercial Photography

Twitter: @winchestergary

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tucker grote | st. louis portrait photography

Meet Tucker Grote, the closest living thing to Bill Brasky that exists in this world. Tucker is in charge of store training at the St. Louis Apple Flagship store in the Galleria. He is a man of many trades and talents. I've had this photo of Tucker for almost 8 months now and just got around to retouching it. Over the next few months you will be seeing a lot more Apple folks as I delve into finishing my St. Louis Galleria Apple Portrait Project.

Cheers

Gary Winchster Martin

St. Louis Music and Portrait Photography

twitter: @winchestergary
Instagram: @garywinchester 

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