BIG IDEA: Sol Gate has become a hub for East Bay filmmakers and photographers. Their studio is a gorgeous, well resourced, heart-of-Oakland cyclorama. Great for making a creative's vision happen easily, whether it calls for octabanks or the shaping of natural light.
VISUAL CHALLENGE: Photographing photographers is always a delicate art. Sol Gate's Martin Backhauss wanted the collaborative nature of his studio and the feel of shooting at Sol Gate to be the focus of our session. He was making head shots for author Louise Roenn, whose airport-based iphone novel is slated for release in 2015. We photographed Sol Gate's nimble team, the friendly environs, and the photographer himself, using black and white to keep focus on his subjects while telling the story of the artist at work.