Here is our latest Homemade Film shot by Matchstic of their new team and studio space. They wanted to create a fun culture piece and recruit future designers so we took a light-hearted approach on the edit and love the result.
I recently got the opportunity to photograph the new Matchstic office space and their team members. For the session, I documented them interacting with their new space which included their weekly “family meal”. I also took some updated team photos.
The office is located in east Atlanta and is definitely worth a visit. Matchstic is currently hosting Atlanta’s Creative Morning series. I drove from BHM to ATL last week in order to attend their first one (Sid Mashburn!!). I recommend attending this monthly event if you live in the area.
All of these images (except the final two) were shot on a Rolleiflex.
Many of you know my love affair with Matchstic, the branding and design house out of Atlanta. They have branded A Bryan Photo since the beginning and they have always done an amazing job. Investing in our brand has been such a vital part of our success as a photography studio. It has changed not only the way others view us, but the way we view ourselves. At the beginning of this year Matchstic began working on an evolutionary rebrand of A Bryan Photo. They have “evolved” the brand by keeping a similar feel while helping us narrow our focus and tell a better story. I will post more on this re-brand soon.
Matchstic has also gone through their own evolutionary rebrand and they recently asked me to come and take pictures for their new website. Be sure to check their site HERE.
Here are some new bio photos.
My brother Craig heads up most of Matchstic’s strategy work.
Blake is in charge of their creative team.
Alvin has been the lead designer on our rebrand.
I also photographed some of the teams favorite personal items.
And finally I documented the team working around the house.
I’m honored to be part of Matchstic’s amazing campaign “On the House”. Its focus is to give one deserving Atlanta non-profit a complete brand redesign. They have partnered with several other great vendors in order to make this non profit’s brand even more robust and impactful.
I have offered up my photography services “on the house” as a part of the project and I’m really excited to see where it goes. I can’t wait to work with this amazing team of professionals!
If you are part of a non profit in Atlanta, be sure to fill out the application HERE.
Here is a video of Craig and Blake of Matchstic talking about the campaign:
This fall we received the great honor of documenting our lab, Richard Photo Lab, for their new brand and website. We’ve been sending our film to RPL for the past 6 years and they are, in large part, the reason we shoot film to this day.
Are you kidding me?!? What lab still has a custom dark room?!?
I recently picked up the book Kitchen Confidential by renowned chef Anthony Bourdain. In reading, I was struck by how he hires his kitchen staff. He mentioned that he never hires a hot-shot aspiring chef to run his food line. Instead, he prefers hard working laborers who don’t call in sick every time they have a cold or drink too much the night before. The men and women running the food lines in Bourdain’s kitchens are tough, loyal and, most importantly, consistent.
While documenting the RPL team, I noticed how many of them fit Bourdain’s description of the perfect worker: men and women who have learned a technique and have devoted their life’s work to mastering that skill over their lifetime. They aren’t aspiring photographers, but instead they are master technicians who do one skill better than anyone in the industry. What’s most important though, is that they do it consistently.
I find great comfort that Sam and Cam (above) are the only ones who have developed all of A Bryan Photo’s film since we started using RPL. Actually, these guys have been developing all the film at RPL for the last 20 years. Sam and Cam are among the few who are still trained to ‘dip and dunk’. This superior processing technique, which insures consistent results on each roll of film, has been abandoned by most labs because of the cost and labor associated with it.
I find even more comfort that John (with me below) has been the only person to scan A Bryan Photo’s film. Having a consistent person who is in touch with my look and preferences is invaluable. I’m so thankful that a ‘hot shot aspiring’ photographer is not scanning my film. Photographers inevitably make awful technicians, present company included.
This attitude of consistency (there’s that word again!) extends to the lab’s front office where Brian, Bill, Angela, Cohen and company are always willing to help and make my life easier. They are quick to dialogue with me about all my film needs and offer assurance that the job will be done well.
As a studio, we’ve created a reputation of intentionality and consistency. Partnering with Richard Photo Lab insures that this mindset is upheld throughout every aspect of A Bryan Photo’s process. If you are looking to save a few bucks on each roll of film you shoot, there are numerous banana-stand labs out there who are cutting corners in order to save you some cash. But if the historical preservation of your subjects is of utmost importance, I recommend you give RPL a call. They would love to develop a relationship*.
Major props to Matchstic, who designed this rebrand and site.