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Updates – Family : DVD : Studio

September 3, 2008 | Editorial Photography News


Family news :: First of all, thank you everyone for your thoughts, prayers, and condolences during our time of loss in the past week.  I shared this with my mom and she was brought to tears by it. Thank you.  I’m back in Atlanta until Friday then we fly out to Dallas for Craig’s memorial service there.  Craig was born and raised in Dallas so there is a huge community of family and friends there waiting to pay their final respects and Meg and I are flying out to be with family there.

Speaking of family news. It is interesting to me to see a weird progress on my facebook wall.  Over the last 6 weeks it has tracked from friends and colleagues congratulating Meghan and I on our marriage to condolences for the passing of my step father to congratulations again for… a new baby on the way!  We didn’t waste anytime at all did we?  We just found out on Sunday.  I came home from shooting a wedding and she asked me to close my eyes and put out my hands. She placed that EPT stick in my hands and “Surprise!”

Meg’s sense of smell went up about 100 notches this weekend along with other first tell tell signs of pregnancy.  So she, ya know, peed on a stick and without question, she is baby positive!  The cycle of life continues on.

DVD news :: We FINALLY have tracking numbers for our next round of supplies.  We’ve been waiting and waiting for this next round to get out the door.  If you have been waiting since the 23rd, they start shipping out tomorrow.  Thank you for your patience.  Trust me, we are as anxious to ship as you are to receive! We air shipped enough supplies to get all orders placed to date ready to ship out this week plus another 100 or so after that.  The back-end of the shipment will be in by the 14th and I figure we will have enough to last awhile.  The rest of it is coming via the pony express or something evidently.

Studio news :: I’ve never been happy with this studio space right now.  If you have followed my white seamless tutorial you’ll know that I’m in a pretty cramped space.  The leasing company that owns my current spot just had an opening at another property a little closer to downtown.  It isn’t much more square footage than what I have now but it is an open floor plan instead of a two story like I have now.  It also has much taller ceilings!  Tall enough AND wide enough to build a cyc wall!  If I can move my lease to that spot then we are building a cyc!  I’ll document the process here on the blog so you can see what goes into that process.I’m off to meet with my friend Scott to get a bid on the cyc wall.  Thank God this space is owned by the same folks I rent from now so I can just move my lease without paying deposits and all that jazz. Otherwise a move would not be in the tea leaves right now.

BTW – The image above is a shot I’m on the fence about from my shoot with Jay Clifford last week.  Jay, as some of you indie darlings may remember, was the front man for Jump Little Children.  He’s doing well with his solo career now.  What do ya’ll think of the image?  Like it?  Love it?  Hate it?  I feel all those things about it right now.  Then again, I am an artist.  :)

Thanks again everyone for all of your support and encouragement.

Cheers, Zack   

Having A Good Shoot Today ::

August 18, 2008 | Editorial Photography

The Lovell Sisters are back this year for a new shoot as they get ready for a fall release of their new album.  We are having a great shoot.  I’m pre-editing the shoot now while they are in hair and make-up.

BIG thanks to my darling Meghan for finding this location and lining it up for today’s shoot! 

This is Erik rocking the props at one of the locations we rented for today.


ETA – Another shot of Erik…


Cheers, Zack

What Day Is It?


I’m home from Alaska and I don’t even know what day it is!  You spend some time in a land where the sun never sets and then you fly home on Monday but you really get there on Tuesday.  Your body thinks it is still the afternoon in October there and then thinks it is night time in July here.  I don’t know which way is up right now and all I’m doing is washing clothes and cleaning gear because I fly to Boulder, CO in a few hours.

I hope to catch up on the blog in the next week. I ain’t makin’ no promises! I’m beat!

BIG thanks goes out to Melissa Laggis and her amazing family for having all of out to Alaska again.  We had such an amazing time.  Especially with the 31 feet of fun RV!

Cheers, Zack

OneLight DVD Pre-Sale Starts In 48 Hours ::

July 2, 2008 | Editorial Photography

disk 2 chapters for the OneLight DVD

The rendering is done. The chapters are set. The masters are being burned. Over a year of planning and 6 months of work and the OneLight DVD is getting shipped to the replication house this week! So we start the pre-sale. Here’s the run down.

Pre-Sale starts this Friday (7/4/9) and will last for 10 days. The pre-sale price is $225 and is slated to ship to you the last week of this month. It will officially go on sale August 1st for $250. After September 1st the price will be $300. As I’ve stated before, you’re getting more than a 2 disc set in a box. We have some great “packing material” for the DVD! Prices do not include shipping or GA resident sales tax.

To get in on the pre-sale, you have to sign up above. You’ll get an email this Friday with a link to purchase. Please add to your spam filter.

I don’t have the Disc 2 montage ready to post at the moment. The Disc 1 montage can be found here. For the meantime you can see the chapter slide above. Isn’t THAT exciting! A chapter menu slide! :)

Back to finishing the 20 page book insert going along with the DVD.

I’m going to be awake for about 48 hours straight. I’m drinking coffee like its my job.

Cheers, Zack

Interview with The Daily Chorus ::

June 24, 2008 | Editorial Photography News


I was recently interviewed about my music photography career by The Daily Chorus.  We talked about how I approach shoots, work with clients, goals I have, music I’m listening to, and advice I give to bands and artists as they go about building their “brand”.  It was a really fun interview that will give some insight to photographers wanting to get started out shooting bands.

You can find the link here. 

Let me know what you think! 

Cheers, Zack 

Email List For DVD Pre-Sale Information ::

If you want more information about the OneLight DVD coming up and a special pre-sale (by popular request), please sign up for email alerts! I have a real bon-a-fide way of doing it now! Cut and paste is so… last decade. :)

This will also put you on the list to get OneLight workshop information. I swear that I’m not organized enough to spam you over and over again. You’ll just get information first.

Cheers, Zack

Big Boi Goes To The Dentist…

June 13, 2008 | Editorial Photography

Big Boi of Outkast 

This is one of my favorite images I have ever shot.  Not necessarily because the image itself is something of absolute spectacular quality but this image is personally very important to me.

It’s Big Boi chair surfing at the dentist’s office!  How can I not have a special place in my heart for this image?   This image is special to me because it is a benchmark image in my career.  I was hired to shoot portraits of him for this high end dental “spa” in Buckhead.  He has endorsed them and the portraits I shot of him show up in places like Delta’s sky-something-or-another magazine and other travel / airline mags.  The other great thing about this image is that I shot one of Atlanta’s top Hip Hop personalities in trade for teeth cleaning.  ONLY in the south do we roll like that!   

This image was a test of my ability to gain trust quickly.  That trust granted me and my camera extended access.  The portraits were done but I wanted an image like this and I was allowed to capture it.  Now I just need to get Andre 3000 getting his blood pressure checked or something.  :) 

If you can’t gain trust with your subjects you can’t gain access. Not necessarily meaning you don’t get access to them at the dentist office, but you don’t get access to them personally. They’ll be reserved in front of your camera. Those reservations they have about you or the process of being photographed will translate in the portrait. You can read it like a book.

Do you have benchmark photos in your career?  Maybe they aren’t the greatest photos in the whole world but there is something about the image that was a turning point in your career and your pursuit of the craft.  I have some.  I know each and every one of them.  I’ll have to continue to dig through my archive and collect them all.  Hit the comment box below and link to yours and tell us a story.  

Cheers, Zack 

Live Music Portfolio (of sorts)

June 12, 2008 | Editorial Photography


I’ve been going through my archive of images that I have shot over the last five years and I’ve created an archive folder of concert images that I have shot. I don’t shoot a lot of concerts because A) there just ain’t no money in it and B) the dang “first three songs” rule. For those of you not familiar with this rule the first thing you need to know is that it sucks. At nearly all “major” concerts photographers are allowed to photograph the first two or three songs and then they are escorted out of the building or are allowed to hang out in the back of the venue but they can not take a single frame after the first three. Not even from the back. If you are caught taking any more pictures you are booted out.

Like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club asks… “Whatever happend to my rock-n-roll?”

So I shoot concerts under two conditions and two conditions only.

#1 – I get full access for the whole set.

#2 – I get full access for the whole set.

I will only shoot a concert under the stupid three song rule IF I just absolutely love the band playing. Like….. The White Stripes.


Sometimes shooting concerts can be such a PITA that I’ve walked off the job or dropped bombs on the publicists. The two most noteworthy would be Kid Rock and Peter Frampton. They treat the media like absolute garbage. Garbage.

I want to get out and shoot some more shows again. I haven’t done that in quite some time. I’ll just work the locals because I get access and they aren’t Peter Frampton. Here are some more images. Many incorporate off camera flash.

half_spacer.jpg :: Avenge Vegas ::



:: Someday New ::


half_spacer.jpg :: Second Shift ::

d_secondshift10.jpg half_spacer.jpg :: Danzig – Old but still trying to be evil! ::

e_danzig11.jpg half_spacer.jpg :: Roosevelt’s Plan ::

f_roosevelts-_plan12.jpg half_spacer.jpg :: Snowden ::

g_snowden13.jpg half_spacer.jpg :: Red Letter Agent ::

h_redletteragent14.jpg half_spacer.jpg :: The Killers (I was not a fan of the Killers until I saw them live. Love them now) ::


half_spacer.jpg :: Clark Beasley (Grid spots are great at concerts) ::

j_clark_beasley.jpg half_spacer.jpg :: Tim Brantley ::


half_spacer.jpg I’ve had a lot of fun shooting concerts and hanging out back stage. I’ve had the chance to meet some great folks like Brandon Flowers from The Killers…

Brandon Flowers

Now, don’t give me ANY crap about my flash being ON camera! Do you see what I’m holding in my other hand? Priorities folks. Priorities. The thing you DON’T see is what Brandon is holding! Ha! JK.

But this… This right here was a night to remember and tell my grandkids about. Can anyone who hasn’t heard me tell this story tell who this crazy eyed person is in this photo?


I was single handedly trying to bring some rock-n-roll back that night. I’ll tell the story later with some more incriminating pictures to go with it!

Cheers, Zack

The Debutaunts Promo Shoot

June 3, 2008 | Editorial Photography

The Debutaunts - photographed by Zack Arias - Music Photographer based in Atlanta, GA

I had the opportunity to work with The Debutaunts last week.  They are a four piece from Gainesville, FL that have been in Atlanta recording with fellow Weeman Ent. mate Matt Goldman.

The Debutaunts - photographed by Zack Arias - Music Photographer based in Atlanta, GA 

The Debutaunts - photographed by Zack Arias - Music Photographer based in Atlanta, GA

More after the jump.


Archives Week :: Echo Project Music Festival

April 28, 2008 | Editorial Photography

I’m digging through the archives this week as I update sites, books, marketing material, etc.  I’m going to make some posts from shoots I’ve done in the past year.  Here is a selection from the Echo Project Music Festival.  I concentrated more on the folks in the crowd than the folks on the stage but you will see a few of GZA, Cypress Hill, and the Flaming Lips.  If you have never seen the Flaming Lips live… it is a must do for your life.  They had the most amazing live performance I had seen in years and years.

One of my favorites from the performances… Music Photography By Zack Arias - - Atlanta, GA 

More after the jump…


Edwin McCain

April 24, 2008 | Editorial Photography

Had Edwin McCain in for CD art and promo work this week.  He is one of the funniest clients I have ever worked with.  This is my second time working with him and it won’t be the last!

Some tilt shift love.  Oh crap.  Just remembered that lens has to get back to the rental house.



I rarely texture my images but I feel it works in this case due to the initial CD artwork I’m seeing. 


Cheers, Zack

Boat Load Of Images – OneLight Detroit

There are 40 something images I want to share from the OneLight Workshops in Detroit. More than I want to post on the blog here so I have created a set on Flickr. Here are a few of my favorites from the set…

OneLight Workshop For Photographers

Dinner at a local bar OneLight Workshop For Photographers

OneLight Workshop For Photographers

OneLight Workshop For Photographers

OneLight Workshop For Photographers

OneLight Workshop For Photographers

Had some amazing light for a few minutes and we turned the flash off… OneLight Workshop For Photographers

Then turned it back on… OneLight Workshop For Photographers

OneLight Workshop For Photographers

OneLight Workshop For Photographers

You can find more on theOneLight Detroit Flickr Set.

Cheers, Zack

Yes I Know…

… It has all been done before… but we had to do one too… :)


THANK YOU so much Melissa for bringing me to Detroit for 2 great days of OneLight Workshops.

After going on a GOYA expedition in downtown Detroit this morning, I am now sitting in the airport waiting for my bird to fly me home to Atlanta.  I’ve had an absolutely fabulous time up here in Michigan so be on the look out for a crap ton of photos from the OneLight and from our urban exploration today to be posted here on the Snoop Blog.

Cheers, Zack

GOYA :: 04.10.08

I’m getting my GOYA back on.  What is GOYA?  Get Off Your Arse.  This was a personal project I started a few years ago that started strong and then dwindled out.  I get in creative ruts when I’m busy shooting for everyone else but me.  Today was a good day to get off my arse and shoot some personal work.

Today I decided I would work this technique I alluded to in the last post and nothing is more personal to me than my two boys who never get photographed enough. Cobbler’s children go without shoes and all that.

Diptychs of my two boys playing on the 4 wheeler.

I have some more experimenting to do with this technique. Tomorrow I’ll post how it’s done. Its pretty freakin’ easy really.

Cheers, Zack

Working With High Profile Clients…

April 7, 2008 | Editorial Photography

Nationally syndicated talk show host and consumer advocate, Clark Howard, was recently in the studio to be photographed by my good friend and colleague, Tim Harman. Tim shot the images for the new site they are working on and I shot some natural light headshots while Tim was changing things on the set.

When you are working with clients who have very demanding schedules you have to build trust with the client quickly and you have to work quickly. You don’t have much time to worry about the technical part of our job. If you spend too much time trying to figure out your lighting and exposure, the time you have to build the relationship and the time you have to shoot is going to be gone before you even start.

Having a high profile client in front of you gives you some great opportunities. You have the opportunity to have your work seen by millions of people and you have a chance to expand your portfolio. Whenever I have a high profile client in front of my camera I’m thinking of my portfolio. Notice the personal part I’m trying to emphasize? Typically your high profile client may have a need for a specific look or feel to the photographs that are paying you to take but those may not be the type of photographs you want for YOUR portfolio. I’ve shot some high profile folks in my day that you will never see images of. Why? I had enough time to get the images THEY needed and not enough time to get the images I needed.

One in particular I can think of is a time I shot The Strokes for a local radio station. I got the shot the radio station needed, was working on getting the shot I needed but ran out of time. I do have a portrait of The Strokes…. but it isn’t what I want to show… so I don’t show it. If I show that image of the Strokes in my portfolio you would look at it, say it isn’t my best work, and the ONLY reason I’m showing it is because it is a picture of The Strokes.

I see it from time to time on photographer’s sites. The worst example I’ve seen lately is a portrait and wedding photographer claiming they have photographed X number of brides, grooms, babies, etc, etc. “I’ve even been commissioned to photograph the President of the United States.” Click through their site and there is a photo of the President of the United States. Shot with an 80-200 2.8 as he walked through a crowd of people. A bit blurry. Shot for the local weekly newspaper. It wasn’t a portrait or a wedding. It was a grab shot. It looked nothing like the rest of the images in their site. You can see the marketing is just a tad embellished at that point.

All that said. Work quickly, build trust, know your client, and try to pull something off while you have the opportunity to do so. This is my attempt to shoot Clark Howard for me. He’s a self proclaimed tight wad. He wears shorts ALL year round. He takes every dollar seriously.

Clark Howard photographed by Zack Arias

Cheers, Zack

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