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Clay Cook
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Lives in Louisville, KY, United States
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I've been holding back this exciting news for awhile now, but it's finally here! Several months ago I was approached and interviewed by the international publication Digital SLR Photography Magazine regarding my past, imagery and future. The issue hit stands today, all over the world.

I consider this a massive milestone in my career and I couldn't be more thrilled about it. Grab a copy at any newsstand to read my story. Thank you so for the love and support, it really keeps the fire fueled. www.digitalslrphoto.com
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This concept of creative imagery has been on the docket for awhile and I'm so thrilled to have finally brought the idea to life. Projects like this are what keep me sane in the lusterless world of commercial photography. This is "Arid Amore," a new creative endeavor with some fresh talent. Questions? Just ask!

Along with the images, we created a unique and cinematic edition of "First Person Shooter," check it out! http://youtu.be/dvwDoKSATdw

Photography: Clay Cook 
Styling & Production Design: Gunnar Deatherage
Model: Alyssa Towning
Makeup: Chelsea Blair
Hair: Kayla Inman
Custom Background: Chelsea Rae Niemeier
Assistant: Jacob Roberts, Kelsey Page
Cinematography & Editing - Blake McGrew
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I love the commercial side of photography. It can be treacherous and terrifying, but it's how I make a living as a full-time photographer. If you aren't educated on commercial licensing and usage, then do the research, it's very important to the survival of our profession. This is CEO L.T. Gibson of US LBM shot for the January edition of ProSales Magazine.
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I wanted to reach outside the normal. I wanted to ignore rules and play with color, composition and in-camera crop, like never before. And, I finally had the opportunity; I’m proud to release image one of “Full Blooded Flush” a brand new creative endeavor with one extremely talented team. I dove into the deep end and experimented with muted, off-color seamless backgrounds from Savage Universal Corporation. I wrote about the mission in this new article “Capturing Off-Color - Exploring The Eccentric Shades Of Savage Seamless Paper” http://bit.ly/savageoffcolor

If you want to dig deeper into the lighting, composition and concept check out this edition of “First Person Shooter” behind the scenes now live on my YouTube channel! http://youtu.be/kO42aXAWU4Q

Photography: Clay Cook
Styling: Gunnar Deatherage
Hair & Makeup: Casey Ritchie
Model: Camille Birkhead
Assistant: Cassandra Mastropaolo
Photography Assistant: Jacob Roberts, Alexandra Brumley, Brandy Fulton
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I'm so excited. Following my "inspiration" article for B&H Photo (http://bhpho.to/1AbmsFj), I had a revealing conversation with +500px  regarding "Peak Season," the winter fashion editorial for The Voice Of Louisville. We talked pre-production, lighting, logistics and post-processing. I also provided some exclusive behind the scenes images and pullbacks. We spent a lot of time on this interview to make it valuable for you, so I appreciate your social shares and especially your feedback! http://bit.ly/500pxclaycook

A special thanks to the awesome team at 500px and to all of you who continue to support my work and journey.
We asked advertising and commercial photographer Clay Cook to walk us, start to finish, through and entire editorial photo shoot. From prep to post-production, this in-depth interview is packed full of invaluable insights.
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It's not everyday you get to test out a exciting product before it hits mainstream. We fought freezing temperatures, strong winds and a stream of hail and rain in the desert mountains of Las Vegas. Luckily, we were able to beat the storm and create this capture, with the brand new Profoto B2 system. For insight into the shoot and my full review of the Profoto B2 Kit check out this new blog post! http://bit.ly/1GgMFXh

Along with the image, you can see all what we went through to make it happen in this edition of "First Person Shooter" behind the scenes. http://youtu.be/JoZ9X-UU9Y0

Photography: Clay Cook 
Wardrobe: Dream Shoot Rentals
Model: Nanako Hawley
Assistant: Jacob Roberts, David Crewe
Special Thanks to Chris Fain with Profoto USA, Lindsay Adler with Dream Shoot Rentals & David Crewe with Phlearn for all the help and assistance with making this shoot happen.
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I spend a lot of time on this light scenario, muted color isn't easy to light. The second release of “Full Blooded Flush” a new creative editorial. I wanted to break the rules and experiment with color and in-camera crop, like never before.

For behind the scenes and the story behind the editorial, check out this new article for Savage Universal Corporation; “Capturing Off-Color - Exploring The Eccentric Shades Of Savage Seamless Paper” http://bit.ly/savageoffcolor

If you want to dig deeper into the lighting, composition and concept, check out this edition of “First Person Shooter” behind the scenes now live on my YouTube channel! http://youtu.be/kO42aXAWU4Q

Photography: Clay Cook
Styling: Gunnar Deatherage
Hair & Makeup: Casey Ritchie
Model: Camille Birkhead
Assistant: Cassandra Mastropaolo
Photography Assistant: Jacob Roberts, Alexandra Brumley, Brandy Fulton
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I want to show you what I do. I want to tell you what I recommend. I want to reach my entire audience instantly. I'd love for you to take the next step with me on this crazy journey. Join my list for exclusive tips, tutorials and content. I won't try to sell you anything and I won't spam you. You won't regret it, promise. http://bit.ly/claycooknews
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Photography, Cinematography, Graphic Design
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  • Clay Cook | Photography
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    Director Of Photography
  • Clay Cook | Design
    Graphic Designer
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Louisville, KY, United States
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An award-winning published photographer and filmmaker, specializing in fashion editorial, commercial and advertising photography.
Introduction
I listen to Lady Gaga and Lamb Of God. I love to blog.

I’ve always connected to people through language, art, film, music and 
creativity. I started performing music with 4 friends on stages and local clubs at the age of 16. By the age of 24, our act “(intheclear)” had grown to sell over 20,000 records and toured all across the nation. 

Over the course of that musical career, I not only honed the craft of recording and performing live, but also graphic design and video editing. By the time the band split in 2010, I had designed hundreds of flyers, edited many photos and cut up tons of video footage. People started to pay me to do the same for them and my creative career flourished. 

It wasn’t until December of 2010; I received my first DSLR camera as a gift. My love for photography blindsided me and began to snowball over everything in 
its path. I began shooting all in sight, from people and animals to beautiful 
landscapes; I wanted to capture it all. I’ve been blessed to know many creative people from all walks of life and have learned to mold and shape my vision of photography through their inspiration. 

And, many late nights on YouTube. 

Now, with a sharpened eye and field experience, I’ve recognized my natural ability and true passion in fashion, commercial and lifestyle photography. Using the knowledge I’ve gained, I am not only able to capture the vision, but also manipulate it into art, bigger than life.

My work has been published in Louisville Magazine, STORY Magazine, MOUR Magazine, The Courier Journal, The Voice Tribune, NFocus Magazine, Essere Magazine, Vedere Magazine, Dark Beauty Magazine and Vouge.It.

I have worked with NEXT Model Management, BMG Models, Sigal Models & Talent, Wings Model Management, COSMO Model & Talent Agency & Heyman Talent.

I shoot with both Canon and Nikon. I check Facebook every 2 minutes.

- Clay
Education
  • Trinity High School
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Male