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Michael Clinard | BAMF (Bad Ass Mother Figure) Turns 103!

Friday, January 10th, 2014

A triple digit birthday calls for one heck of a celebration!

A few years ago our Emissary Artist, Michael Clinard, photographed Hilda Evelyn Kottman for a cover story in Seattle Weekly. This year she turned 103 and to celebrate, she and her grandson dedicated an afternoon to gambling, all-you-can-eat crab, and tattoos! Her birthday celebration became an all out internet sensation after the images were posted on Reddit and included in the section, “Ask Me Anything,” and has since been featured on various websites such as the Daily Mail and many others.

One of the main images being used is a stunning shot of Evelyn sitting proud amidst her impressive pickling collection, taken by Michael after their Seattle Weekly shoot. We think Michael did a beautiful job of capturing her carefree attitude and love that her story has brought a smile to so many people around the world. Imagine what birthday #104 will bring!



Because it doesn’t get any more random…

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

We recently set out on a completely unique assignment to photograph some very interesting people. The nature of the assignment at this point in time needs to remain under wraps, but I can share one of the most random thank you notes I have ever received. It is certainly going in a frame on our wall of random assignment memorabilia.

karlroveNow if that is not enough for you, how about a dog that surfs! We recently went to Hawaii to photograph Bugsy, the surfing pug, for a Reader’s Digest cover. It was great assignment, to say the least. It was pretty amusing chasing this dog around Waikiki.


The past six weeks have been very rough with a ton of travel, including trips to NYC, Chicago, DC, Dallas, SF, and Beijing. This past week we were able to stay in San Diego and shoot a piece for Newcastle Brown Ale. Nice staying local for a change.


Gung Hey Fat Choy!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

2010 year of the Tiger

Happy year of the Tiger!  2010 is the year of the metal tiger to be more specific. This is said to be a year of passions, honesty, and modesty. May the courage of the tiger bring us all wonderful challenges that lead to great accomplishments. Or at least a lot of passionate encounters that lead to growth, or at least a whole lot of pleasure. The image here, (done in my pen/brush and ink style with patterns, pigments, textures and colors filling in the canvas—thanks in part to the help of photoshop magic) is meant to encapsulate the allure, courage, and wildness of the tiger with a fashionable flare, of course. I hope I hit the mark and that you enjoy the illustration. Happy New Year, the red envelopes are in the mail!

-Kevin Somers


Shut up and make better pictures

Monday, October 26th, 2009

I had a great conversation with an art director while I was working on a Coke project last week in Chicago. We talked about new media and social networking. He made a great point that I think it should resonate with visual communicators. In so many words, and most likely because he was tired of getting tweets and facebook updates, about the great adventures of certain photographers, he suggested we as visual communicators, put aside the twittering, facebooking, and all the other distractions and concentrate on making kick ass images. How freaking true. I have always said photographers need to make photographs. Pretty simple concept but lately it seems a lot of photographers are doing more social networking than making better pictures. So I’m going to, heed his wisdom and shut up, make better pictures, and let my images speak to my strength as a visual communicator. With that said, I’d love to learn more about photographers that have visual blogs of their struggle to make more powerful images. More image making, less talk.