Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers

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I am very proud to finally reveal a shoot I did for Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers and their advertising agency Copacino + Fujikado. Last May, my team, along with creatives and the account team from C+F descended on a house to photograph the descent of a man. Though addiction has no gender bias, our particular story centered on a well-to-do, middle-aged father and how his addiction was physically and emotionally separating him from his loved ones. In this case, his family.

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The concept was to show a person losing control of his life, and family, by slowly illustrating the physical and emotional effects of addiction while his wife and son fade away—literally. We lucked out with our talent. Our father, Royce, though not a trained actor, really hit the nail on the head under my direction. He was asked to mimic extremely dramatic emotions, while doing so in a subtle manner that did not come off as cartoonish; all while respecting the very sensitive subject matter. Royce really rose to the occasion and nailed it. Perhaps it was because we cast his real family as our fictional family. His wife and son were there, right next to him. Numerous times I asked him to look at them and imagine their feelings in such a situation.

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The “Phases of Addiction.” (Click for bigger © William Anthony)

In addition to Royce’s acting, we also utilized a special effects artist to show the physical “phases” of addiction on Royce’s face. Some ad placements required a “flip book” animation of his physical degradation. To do that, we asked him to *not* shave for a few days before the shoot, for an authentic, disheveled, unshaven look. Then, we shot the process backwards, little by little removing the special effects make-up and cleaning him up. In the final animated ad, for Pandora radio and animated online banners, we would once again reverse the process to show the downward spiral from clean and sober to rock bottom.

It worked perfectly.

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Outdoor ads. (Click for bigger © William Anthony)

This particular job affected me personally. I have had people close to me suffer from drug and alcohol addiction. I have lost friends. Some were simply friendships that could not survive the emotional torment of addiction. Others lost the battle more permanently. I hope these ads encourage those in need to seek out help. There’s simply too much to lose otherwise.

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Credits

Client: Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers
Agency: Copacino + Fujikado
Creative Director: Jim Copacino
Agency Producer: Kris Dangla
Account Director: Jennifer Tobias
Account Coordinator: Stuart Zaichkin
Art Director: Cheryl Hooper
Copywriter: Ken Bennett
Digital Post-Production: Todd Hoffmeister
Casting: Diana Lopez Casting
Talent: The Marks Family
Photo Assistant: Nate Watters
Hair/Make-up: Jenny Verador
Special Effects Make-up: Kate Dixson
Production Assistant: Kayla Harvey
Location Manager: Craig Stewart

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Nikki Jacoby Jewlery

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Left: Holley wearing chestplate (over a necklace of her own braided hair) and earrings and cuff by Nikki Jacoby Jewelry. Right: Chestplate detail

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Just starting to go through the edit for the shoot we did last week for Nikki Jacoby Jewelry. Really happy with the images.

More soon.

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Credits

Client: Nikki Jacoby Jewelry

Art Direction: William Anthony, Nikki Jacoby

Model: Holley-Hawa Šon Paramūš

Hair: Roxie Hunt

Makeup: Rick Toth

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New Redwood Plan promo photo

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The Plan. (Click for bigger. © William Anthony.)

The band released another one of the promo shots we did together in prep for the Feb 15th release of their debut record. This time around, Lesli requested a glowing suitcase. Or, as writers call it, a “MacGuffin.”

Mac·Guf·fin

noun\mə-ˈgə-fən\

: an object, event, or character in a film or story that serves to set and keep the plot in motion despite usually lacking intrinsic importance


I was thrilled when Lesli requested this. I love it when a client wants to do something fun, smart and slightly subversive. The Redwood Plan’s music is upbeat, but their public persona was to be somewhat mysterious. Enter, the MacGuffin.

Since the get-go I’ve loved TRP’s color palette. Blood red and black. (Not primary red, or burgundy, BLOOD red.) And the cohesiveness of Lesli’s vision is inspiring. These photographs were a joy to shoot.

If you can make it to Neumo’s for the record release, do it. It’s aims to be a great show.

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Outtake. (Click for bigger. © William Anthony)

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Credits

Art Direction: Lesli Wood

Stylist: Mona Reed

Location: Ghost Gallery

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Betty. Great night shooting @TheRedwoodPlan tonight. Just a laptop sneak peak. Love ‘em. Always fun to work with. Big thanks to @monabea for the hair/makeup. Album drops Feb. 15th. cc: @pilotismypilot

Gatsby Gala

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Tamara. (Click for bigger. © William Anthony)

A couple of weeks back we did a really fun portrait shoot for the Young Professional International Network. The portraits were period photos for the invitations to their upcoming Gatsby Gala Holiday Party. We shot in the amazing “Safehouse” bar deeply ensconced within the walls of the creative agency Creature in Seattle’s Capitol Hill.

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Omar. (Click for bigger. © William Anthony)

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Adrienne. (Click for bigger. © William Anthony)

Huge props to Gary Manuel Salon for the amazing hair and make-up as well as Adrienne DiCasperro and Kyle Bain for the beautiful wardrobe and styling.

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Credits

Client: Young Professionals International Network

Art Direction: Kyle Bain

Producers: Pamela Sunnarborg, Adrienne DiCasparro, Lauren Fennell and Christine Ogborn

Photo Assistants: Robin Dupuy

Hair/Make-up: Gary Manuel Salon

Wardrobe/Styling: Adrienne Dicasperro and Kyle Bain

Location: The Safehouse (Creature Seattle)

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Published: McMinnville landfill feature in Portland Monthly

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Feature opener in September ‘12 issue. (Click for bigger. © William Anthony)

The current issue of Portland Monthly has a feature I shot in McMinnville Oregon. The story highlights the tension between a large waste management company and local farmers who feel the encroaching land use may put their livelihoods at risk. I photographed three portraits of the key players in this small town saga with large ramifications.

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Portrait of fifth-generation Oregon farmer Ramsey McPhillips.
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We photographed farmer Ramsey McPhillips, vintner Moe Momtazi and Waste Management’s Director of Disposal Operations Paul Burns. 

Our first location proved to be the most tricky and forced me to refer to my inner MacGyver. For the two-page spread opener, we needed a high perspective to show not only the farmland, but the landfill—all in one frame. Because the scout happened the day before our (very) early shoot the following day, and far away from both Seattle AND Portland, we had to make do with what we had. And we didn’t have a ladder. I did, however, have a trusty C-stand. After a quick trip to a local Radio Shack for a longer USB tether, I completely disregarded all common sense and hoisted my Canon 5D MkII up about eight feet and fired it remotely from my laptop. You know what? It worked. And I didn’t break the camera or nuthin’!

Mr. McPhillips, also known as a “hortivangelist,” was a photographer’s dream. He looks like he stepped right out of a Winslow Homer or Andrew Wyeth painting. In fact, that was my goal—make it look like a painting.

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This is what you do when you don’t have a ladder…
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The other two locations proved, by comparison, to be a piece of cake. My Toyota 4x4 came in handy as we scaled the steep dry hills of the Maysara Winery to get an environmental portrait of Moe tucked under the shade of a lone tree on the hill. The light was perfect.

Our last location was in the birch grove planted near the landfill that is fertilized by the run-off leachate. Rows and rows of uniformed trees made a great backdrop for our subject, Paul. Props to the folks at Waste Management for being part of the conversation, no matter how testy. All too often, in our risk-averse PR culture, publications often simply get the “no comment” line. 

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Behind-the-scenes at all three locations in McMinnville, OR.
(Clockwise from upper-left: Farmer Ramsey McPhillips in the grass seed field, AD Mike Novak standing in for a frame-up at Maysara vineyards, Mike at the Waste Management location (safety first!) and Ramsey call his dog. (Click for bigger. © William Anthony)

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Candid Instagram of Ramsey McPhillips in his 100+ year old farmhouse.
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Vintner Moe Momtazi on the hillside vineyards.
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While I don’t think the conflict will be resolved quickly, I do feel like we did the story justice. To read the feature and see the images full-size, click here.

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Credits:

Client: Portland Monthly

Art Direction: Mike Novak

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End of Summer (Again.)

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All the #bumbershoot photos on Facebook & Instagram got me all nostalgic this weekend. Six years ago myself and colleagues Ryan Schierling and Bradley Hanson showed some of our favorite photos from shooting Bumbershoot 2005 at the End of Summer gallery show in the Fidalgo Northwest Room. Good times.

It’s even more special knowing that KEXP will be expanding and building out their new studios in the exact same rooms.

David Brown Recruiting

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More recent work. This time a portrait session with recruiter David Brown for his company’s new web site.

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Credits:

Client: David Brown International

Art Direction: Corianton Hale

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