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Month: December 2008

Join us in wishing a Happy Birthday to tonic photo studios Patrick Darby!

Join us in wishing a Happy Birthday to tonic photo studios Patrick Darby!

December 18th…why is this day special?  Because it’s the day Patrick Darby was born – although I won’t tell you how many years ago.  Nor will I play the “guess the right age and win a prize game” that I was considering.  Why not, you ask?  Simple…I really like my job!

So who is the man behind the birthday?  Patrick Darby is the Studio Manager here at Tonic Photo Studios.  He’s had a passion for photography since he was in high school, and decided to pursue it as a career.  He studied photography at Savannah College of Art and Design, where he graduated Suma Cum Laudi.  Patrick has enjoyed a career as a commercial photographer since 1996, and has been with Tonic Photo Studios for the past six years.  When he’s not working, he’s enjoying his beautiful family.

He won’t personally brag about his accomplishments, so I’ll do it for him:

Patrick Darby Has:

  • Won several Addy awards, both for the studio and individually
  • Had numerous gallery exhibits
  • Managed and grown a successful business at Tonic
  • Been recruited nationally as an expert in his field
  • Did I mention he graduated Suma Cum Laudi?  Smarty Pants.

So leave a comment or email him personally at Patrick.Darby@TonicPhotoStudios.com and join us in wishing Patrick a very Happy Birthday!!

Patrick in Action!
Patrick in Action!
tonic photo studios Christmas Card Hike – The Search for the Perfect Cactus

tonic photo studios Christmas Card Hike – The Search for the Perfect Cactus

R and R Christmas Card

A couple of weeks back Perry and I embarked on an internal location project for the R and R Images Christmas Card. We were looking to do something a bit different, something out-of –the-box (or at least studio). Perry had been creatively inspired by something he saw on a recent road trip to Bisbee last year. The inspiration came from a dark mountain atop which sat a lone lit Christmas tree. The somewhat mysterious scene fueled the concept for the card. The idea, essentially circled around bringing a “traditional” holiday look into an unexpected place. As Perry and I hauled in about 80 pounds of photo gear into the desert landscape, we were kicking ourselves for having ever come up with the idea. However, when all was said and done we were both pleased with the outcome and gratified by the result. After all, you always have to work for powerful images.

R and R Images Holiday Card Image
R and R Images Holiday Card Image
tonic photo studios Smoke and Water Photography Series

tonic photo studios Smoke and Water Photography Series

Smoke Ladies and Water series

We recently did a creative series of images utilizing elements of smoke and water. Some of the images are figural, some are representative of natural forms and some are humorous in nature. Essentially, they are a very dynamic and creative exploration of form and composition with unexpected elements utilized to bring forth the image. Bottom line, it’s really amazing stuff…

Two samples from the Smoke and Water Series
Two samples from the Smoke and Water Series
tonic photo studios featured client – Fry’s Marketplace

tonic photo studios featured client – Fry’s Marketplace

Fry’s Marketplace

I can’t think of any one single client that has changed Tonic and contributed toward as much growth as Fry’s Marketplace. TPS is fortunate to have had this partnership for about 4 years now and has enjoyed every bit of it. Fry’s keeps us on our toes as we are constantly shooting a variety of different subject matter from styled food shots to soft and hard goods to architecture and portraiture. They cover the gamut with and continue to challenge us on a daily basis.

Currently we are working on the production of imagery for over 300 semi truck wraps.

Two of the many truck wraps we have completed for Fry's
Two of the many truck wraps we have completed for Fry's
tonic photo studios featured client – Fox Restaurant Concepts

tonic photo studios featured client – Fox Restaurant Concepts

Fox Restaurant Concepts

It’s been a great experience working for Fox Restaurant Concepts for the past three years or so. I can’t go on enough about how much respect I have for the company and the strength and innovation within their brand. We have enjoyed the privilege of shooting a variety of work for Fox including Architecture and Food and Beverage and are always excited about the next project.  Recently we shot interiors, exteriors and menu items for True Food Kitchen at the Biltmore. I returned to the restaurant just the other day, not two months into the opening of the place, and it was absolutely packed with lines out the door (even in this economy). Seems Sam really has things figured out and that almost everything he touches turns to gold. We wish him the best of luck moving forward and appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the brand.

True Food Kitchen at the Biltmore Shopping Plaza
True Food Kitchen at the Biltmore Shopping Plaza