HPH Recipes

‘Tooting a horn about section 3 – meal planner and recipes in Brenda Watson’s Heart of Perfect Health. I can honestly say that they were battle tested under rigorous conditions in the BLACK SUN studio and we all were overwhelmed and impressed at how consistently excellent they are.  Not only are they gluten free and low sugar but we presented them in word and photos as they as they are: easy to organize, simple to prepare, fun to cook and honest on the plate. This book is a featured on Brenda’s PBS special which you can locate in your area here. I’ll toot about the other sections soon too!

 

 

[ Read More ]

HEART IN YOUR HANDS

Brenda Watson’s Heart of Perfect Health (HPH) went live via a PBS special in nearly every TV market in the US this past weekend. The 430 pg. beautiful hardcover book resulted from the tireless and wonderful work between Brenda, her team, myself and my BLACK SUN crew over many months. I handled the creative (brand, design, paging and photography) from manuscript to print ready files. Part of my team included the illustration talents of Adam Questell.  This being our 3rd book with Brenda we couldn’t have been more honored to work with her and Renewlife again. As we watch the success of Brenda and HPH continually grow, we are in awe of her commitment and ongoing contribution to the health and wellness field. Here’s a small peek at what’s inside.

 

 

 

 

 

[ Read More ]

O.T.W.: New Gallery “On The Way”

Today I launched a new gallery at michaelblack.com entitled O.T.W. for On The Way. Basically, I wanted an avenue to show emerging work that is in a series which is not quite complete.  I like so many of my creative friends and colleagues have several projects running simultaneously that take time to incubate, create and finish.  Some of the work is for clients or projects that don’t go live for 6-12 months. Other work is personal and just needs time and attention. So with this in mind the O.T.W. gallery hopefully gives me the outlet I need.  And what better way for me to kick it off that with the image below.  The series yet to be titled.

[ Read More ]

Lima #1

Shot on-location in Lima, Peru

[ Read More ]

Time with ES

Working with Elara on new looks.

 

[ Read More ]

Voting: Nothing Endures But Change

Nearly 4 years to the date 20081104 I return to the same building, same room, same booth with the same company in tow–my son and famed Rosa-Bear to do the same thing [don’t believe me check it out].  It appears little has changed and all remains the same.  However, to quote Heraclitus “Nothing endures but change” gives me solace that voting like so many fellow Americans is not only a right but a privilege. Despite all the emotions from love to hate and everything in between and on other spectra I am hopeful and work toward a better tomorrow: Stronger/Sustainable/Peaceful.  What else is there really?


[20081104]

[ Read More ]

SleepPhones

Nice to see sleepphones beginning to roll out the images we shot for them and their very cool headphones.

[ Read More ]

Nice Job Ritz

Service. As deserving consumers it’s what we all expect and need, and as professionals and good people it’s something we all can do relatively easily. Unfortunately, one “thing” that bothers so many people including me is that lack of and quality of service.

 

There is an ideal within corporate America to Corporations of 1 in America to push hard on the customer service end as this will increase in the likelihood business success. Yet more times than not, service falls short and as a predictable consequence expectations are not met, tempers rise, frustrations increase and loyalties vanish. We all can reflect on numerous bad service experiences, but let’s focus on a good one here as exampled by The Ritz. And let’s consider the concept of customer loyalty instead of service a concept similar but uniquely different. This is a concept Rick Miller ushered in to AT&T during his come back years there as President.

 

The story told Chris Hurn’s exemplifies over the top customer relations provided by the Ritz. Combine customer Relations, Service, Loyalty and two other characteristics. First a great use of prompt unrefined but honest Creativity (you don’t need to have a c-suit marketing team, professional photographer, gorilla designer or cracker jack copywriter) to respond to a moment. And second a remarkable act of Kindness. Kudo’s Ritz.

 

 

 

 

[ Read More ]

andrew and meryl

A nice moment with Andrew Eccles and Meryl Slay in Lima.

 

[ Read More ]

FL IN AND OUT

Just returned from a shoot and project meeting in Tampa, FL.  There is some very exciting work coming soon!

[ Read More ]

missing caption

feel free to submit your caption.

– michael

[ Read More ]

Resolutions: REVISITED

So I can’t believe that I let so much time pass since I mentioned my 10 resolutions.  ‘Just crazy how time slips away.  So I again return to my list of 10 RESOLUTIONS and will start again with resolution #1 Show New Work

I’ve been creating a lot of new work throughout the year and will roll it out starting with a few product shots of Wolfe, Electrolux and WhirlPool.  The watermark will be off soon.  Other work will follow as well as at least 9 other resolutions.

 

[ Read More ]

NEW T’s Popping Up In all 50+

The new BLACK SUN t’s are out and popping up in all 50 states and overseas.  We ran out of the first run in 1 day, but will be producing more very soon.  These shirts are AA 100% luxurious cotton with subtle printing.  Order yours by sending an email or calling to the studio. They are only $30/each including shipping. This gringo and a very talented shooter is up in Connecticut–Very sweet thanks Jeff!  Of course we’re happy to see you post a photo of you where ever you are in your t up on the BLACK SUN FB page.

[ Read More ]

Faculty Photoshoot with BLACK SUN

As a Penn State employee you are about to have a professional photo shoot with BLACK SUN | michael black.  You probably have a few questions.  Below is some helpful information that will better prepare you and inform you about your shoot.  If you have any questions, comments, concerns or suggestions, then please feel free to contact michael black directly (see below) or your marketing coordinator.

[ Read More ]

GEISINGER PHOTO SHOOT with BLACK SUN | michael black

As a Geisinger employee you are about to have a professional photo shoot with BLACK SUN | michael black.  You probably have a few questions.  Below is some helpful information that will better prepare you and inform you about your shoot.  If you have any questions, comments, concerns or suggestions, then please feel free to contact michael black directly (see below) or your Geisinger marketing coordinator.

[ Read More ]