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Category: Commercial

“Dusk through Dawn” at the Portland Museum of Art.

While shooting a commercial in Portland, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I have multiple pieces in a fantastic show at the museum – Also included are works by Garry Winogrand, Robert Doisneau, Ansel Adams, Minor White, Chris McCaw, Peter Henry Emerson, Edward Weston, Edward Steichen and many others. If you are in the area, please […]

PDN Pulse Video – Bil Zelman on How to Shoot Ads That Look Real (Not Staged)

“Photographer Bil Zelman specializes in shooting lifestyle advertising for top brands such as Coke, Apple and Budweiser that looks real, not staged. Getting natural, emotionally genuine performances out of talent is one of the biggest challenges for advertising photographers, but Zelman has spent his career honing his skill. In this video, he describes how he […]

PDN Pulse Video – Bil Zelman On Directing Kids on Advertising Shoots

“Photographer Bil Zelman explains how he used psychology (and magic) to get emotionally genuine performances from kids for two recent advertising shoots. Zelman specializes in shooting lifestyle advertising for top brands such as Coke, Apple and Budweiser that looks real, not staged. In a previous video, he shared tips and tricks he uses to coax […]

Jim Beam campaign launches!

Wonderful interview with Art Buying superstar Josette Lata about our recent shoot for Jim Beam with StrawberryFrog. Check it out here.

Communication Arts Website Of The Day

Big thank you to Periscope and Smith and Union Productions

Lovin’ on our UV Vodka Campaign-

Such a fantastic time on set with the folks from Periscope and 75 of our closest friends.

Beautifully printed piece shot for the W-

Art Direction and Design- Dave Roberts Agency- Greenhaus

Pfizer building NYC-

A small and beautiful piece of Pfizer’s global “Get Old” campaign.

Archive’s Best 200 Photographers Worldwide

Old Bull Lee Catalog- The best time you could ever have on a shoot.

Photo District News article on the makings of our AFL-CIO broadcast spot.

“The AFL-CIO has produced a groundbreaking broadcast piece,“Work Connects Us All,” which contemporizes and humanizes an institution that has traditionally been seen as a polarizing brand. The AFL-CIO hired award-winning, New York  City-based indie social engagement agency, SS+K , known for such iconic work as the yellow wristband campaign for Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong organization, as […]

Some nice press about our AFL-CIO spot below.

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WORK CONNECTS US ALL AFL-CIO AMERICA’S  UNIONS Director: Bil Zelman Motion Cinematographer: Aaron Phillips Creative Director: Kash Sree- SS+K Executive Producer: Kelly Fagan- SS+K Editor: Peter Johnson- Consulate Production: KWC Productions

Apple stores- China.

Cool PDN feature on Factory Design Labs including our Revo Sunglasses campaign-

Shot on location in Patagonia-

Barnes & Noble Nook campaign launch shot with the great folks over at Mullen

Some alone time in Tokyo and Shanghai on a recent and wonderful shoot with Apple-