Personal Project: Ship & Sea

This ongoing project of photographing ships in the ocean when I’m “out’n Bout” in the Atlantic Ocean in my 20ft center counsel Sea Fox boat the “Angry Beaver” off the coast of South Florida. Mother Nature creates a new background with different sunlight, clouds and the sea creating different moods and colors unique to that moment in time. When a man made vessel is included it changes the geometry and texture of the landscape, telling a different story.

I am creating a different mood and story that the viewer can imagine and wonder about being at sea and traveling the world.

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Read more.. Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Political Campaigns

Tis the season !  Working with a great group of people who specialize in Political advertising in Washington DC and Chicago, I have been shooting on location all over Florida.The assignment is to create a library of images to be used in the individuals political campaign to highlight their issue and create quality imagery of ordinary people. I always enjoy creating portraits of real people and leaving room for copy…lol.  I have left out the candidates since they all the campaigns are still in the works.

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Read more.. Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Summer Road Trip Images

Working on a continuing theme of Road trips and Americana here are some of the images I created this June on the road to Michigan, Atlanta  and New York City.  These are all created with in camera techniques using special lenses on my Canon 5D Mark III camera.  All the images are processed using Lightroom and there is no post special effects on these images.  Hope you enjoy some of my creativity, it’s nice to have the balance of commercial and fine art imagery without deadlines and budgets.

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Read more.. Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Emerald Coast Tourism Shoot

Here are a few selects from my multiday tourism shoot and a little background of this fun and interesting shoot with great behind the scene adventures.

The client wanted to add my style of motion and color to their new campaign to promote Destin Florida and the Emerald Coast.  This 3-day shoot we shoot on land and sea from sailboats to an inner tube surrounded by jellyfish… Luckily (amazing) I didn’t get stung on my legs floating in the water or lost in the fog.

Tourism shoot for Destin Florida with a giant redfish

Traveling to the panhandle of Florida from South Florida is a hike, doing it four times is a trek!  But that’s what some of my crew did from Miami 9 hours each way.  The ad agency travelled from New Orleans which was just 4 hours to this sandy paradise.   The first day of location scouting was a beautiful day sunny.  The online weather service apps were predicting the pretty much the same weather for the rest of the week.  I was a happy camper until we woke up the next day and we had a freak fog banks that didn’t burn of when the sun came up.  I calmly spoke with the client and told them…” Sometimes we have to hurry up and wait!” for mother nature.

We had to work within certain dates to complete the production so we would be paid. This was my first shoot ever that I had to postponed for weather delays.  I have an amazing weather service Weather Routing Inc.  they have never failed to provide all the weather information in real time worldwide since 2002.  I was informed that this freak weather pattern wasn’t going to dissipate anytime that was budget friendly.  I worked with the creative team and crew to figure out a new timeline and budget, so we could complete this project without blowing the budget.

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Read more.. Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

International Pharmaceutical Campaign.

This 3 day shoot in Miami, Florida was for a Pharma company based in the USA and UK. This project was unique since we were shooting two sets of talent (each market) in the same location with different angles and props. We shot at multiply locations including a restaurant, house and the park. With multiply locations coordinating all the motorhomes, prop cars and 30+ crew can sometimes be an issue… if not properly produced, luckily we had a great producer and planned all the details out in our production guide. Working closely with the producer is essential to stay on time and in budget, so everyone is on the same page on the shoot days. Clients love great photography and smooth productions, We like to give clients the best we can and they appreciate.

“James, Thanks for the images and for accommodating us all day. These images look TREMENDOUS! ” Doug- Creative Director

Here is a few samples from the UK selects

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Read more.. Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Behind the Scene on my working Birthday!

It seems like I am shooting on my Birthday more often than not. For my 40th, I was in Rio de Janeiro shooting for Vision Ease Lens and this year I was in Miami. It was a great crew and the location we were shooting at created an amazing Birthday/Crew Lunch for us.  Thank you Bocce in mid town Miami for your hospitality and three course lunch…a first for me on a photoshoot… Normally it’s … Eat when you can!


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Read more.. Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Route 66 Photography Road Trip!

A Journey across Route 66. This personal project photographing Route 66 communicating with color, texture and subject to show the viewer my vision and journey. This disappearing historic route has to many places to explore in one road trip. I will be back! Hope you enjoy a glimpse into my adventure. Technical & Creative Note- NONE of these images have any Photoshop retouching or filters applied BTW. I wanted to get back to old school camera techniques. #route66 #roadtrip #jamesmcentee #California #travel #instatravel #travelgram #tourist #tourism #vacation #traveling #Arizona #newmexico #sedona #photooftheday #color #wow #yellow #green #americana #dinosaur #pink #crash #greeneyes #Albuquerque #central #shawna

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Read more.. Friday, January 1st, 2016

GMC Trucks & Sea Ray Production

Working with a Detroit Ad Agency & my reps at Getty we were awarded this project shooting for GMC and Sea Ray Boats.  The end product was 12×15 foot banners to be used at home & boat shows. The corresponding GMC Truck  would be parked in front of the displays.  With the GMC trucks parked it gave the view facade of the Sea Ray Boats being towed behind it…  This could be you  ;-) !
After extensive location scouting we found an area that suited all our projects needs for the original 4 Sea Rays we shot in the Tampa area of Florida.  Working closely with the local Sea Ray dealer our production team coordinated with the drivers and detailers to make sure everyone understood what we needed and when.  They did a great job and they enjoyed watching how all the magic is made.   We had great weather (as planned) and we were able to shoot at 2-3 locations a day to give the agency some options…I love giving options!   
Technically we had to work with the display manufacturers to create the correct angles and heights of the trailer hitches.  We wanted to make sure the displays looked great close up so we reached out to Chris Snipes at capture integration for our digital needs.  Chris was great he was on set when needed and super accommodating working with our timeline.
The Agency and Client loved everything from the selection of images to the ease of the working with the team and our communication.  Shortly after they decided to expand the campaign and we shoot down in the Florida Keys for the fifth Sea Ray boat.
Look at my other post to see time elapse Go-Pro videos of this production.

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Read more.. Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Outback Steak House

When you are shooting at an open facility you always have to work around the clientele. This assignment for Outback Steakhouse was no different, we arrived at the location at 10:30pm right after they closed and started our production. The key with limited space and a ton of talent and wardrobe is to pre scout and plan. We had a bunch of images we needed to create in a limited amount of time and space. We created a production area for the stylist to work in without being in the shoot and having to move and start all over. We create a library of images for the client to use in upcoming advertising promotion.

Here’s a few out takes from the night.

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Read more.. Saturday, September 26th, 2015

The Seven Deadly SinWiches- A photo series

This was a personal project I created with my amazing food stylist Kimberly.  We took the concept of the bible seven deadly sins and created motion and still imagery that represented our concept.  This was a fun and created projected that we worked on over the summer shooting 1 or 2 shots a day.  Since we were shooting motion and still we wanted to capture the entire process to give the viewer the feel of each sin.  For example Sloth weighed 24 lbs by the time we were finished adding all the potatoes, turkey and the piece of apple pie for the topper.

Here is the final still imagery.  Check out the video on the following blog post.

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Read more.. Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
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