Patrick Dempsey, a.k.a. “McDreamy”

February 11th, 2014

I am blessed. Really. I have been able to do the thing I love – image making – my entire adult life. I am not only blessed because I have been able to do it, but because as I have grown, it has been with clients that appreciate my work – and these relationships have existed for a very long time. Celebrity portrait of Patrick Dempsey for the cover of Forbes Life Magazine by Michael GreccoTake Forbes magazine for instance: in the past few months I have had the honor to shoot two very prominent covers for them. The first was of Patrick Dempsey, a.k.a. “McDreamy.” We spent a Saturday morning with him on his Malibu Estate. I often get involved in all the aspects of a shoot – even wardrobe – so Patrick wore clothes from my favorite menswear designer in the world – John Varvatos.  According to all the ladies that I have conferred with, I did good. Enjoy!20130803_Dempsey_Patrick_MGP_006320130803_Dempsey_Patrick_MGP_0031Patrick "McDreamy" Dempsey for Forbes Life by lifestyle photographer Michael Grecco

The second cover shoot was of the boy wunderkinds Evan Spiegel, 23, and Bobby Murphy, 25 of SnapChat. If you haven’t heard, Facebook offered them 3 billion dollars for their company (yes, billion) and they turned them down. This was just pure fun because they did not want to be shot in a static way, given that SnapChat is all about the 9-second photo that then disappears. So I had to bring a sense of fun and immediacy to the images. I love that!SnapChat co-founder Evan Spiegel on Forbes magazine cover by business photographer Michael GreccoThese shoots for me represent the most fun one can have as a photographer (except maybe, possibly, if you are shooting the SI Swimsuit Issue). Please reach out to me or my agents for your next photography project.Snapchat co-founders, Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy in Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 by commercial photographer Michael GreccoSnapchat co-founders, Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy in Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 by commercial photographer Michael Grecco


Urban Landscape Project at Photo LA

January 8th, 2014


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Schoeler Editions, the Brazilian Publisher of Fine Art Portfolios, will have its first booth ever at Photo LA to celebrate the U.S. release of Michael Grecco’s Urban Landscape Portfolio. The portfolio consists of 11 selected prints from the series in a specially designed Corian box, in a choice of colors. It is the publisher’s most adventurous and luxurious artist portfolio to date. Also exhibited will be six 72″ wide panoramic prints selected from the portfolio. Both the portfolio and the gallery prints will be specially priced for sale at the show.

Please come to the Schoeler Editions booth (#120) at Photo LA, meet the artist, and explore his new work. This will be the first time the work and the portfolio will be exhibited in the U.S. Don’t miss this exciting event! 

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Schedule of Events:

Thursday, January 16, 2014 / Opening Night Reception, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday, January 17, 2014 / Public Hours, 11:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, January 18, 2014  / Public Hours , 11:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday, January 19, 2014 / Public Hours, 11:00am – 6:00pm

Location:
L.A. Mart
1933 Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90007

http://www.photola.com

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The Urban Landscape Images

December 11th, 2013

 

“Daylight is too easy.  What I want is difficult – the atmosphere of lamps and moonlight.”  – Edgar Degas

Everyone thinks that being a photographer is a glamorous life. In fact, it’s often lonely on the road. Please don’t get me wrong, I am crazy about what I do and would never trade it for the world. But after the shoot is over and we’ve had a nice client dinner, photographers are often alone in some exotic location. So, I put that time to good use photographing the light and design that interests me around the world.

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Michael Grecco’s Urban Landscapes portfolio of eleven limited edition signed prints from Shoeler Editions of Brazil

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Michael Grecco’s Urban Landscapes portfolio of eleven limited edition signed prints from Shoeler Editions of Brazil

While speaking in Brazil several years ago I showed the work to publisher Christian Moldanado of Schoeler Editions. They loved it – enough to produce a very unique portfolio in a Corian (as in counter tops) box of varying colors. The esteemed gallerist and curator W.M Hunt wrote the text for the project. Here is a link to the press release.

I came to meet Christian over very sad circumstances. He was friends with my close friend and college buddy Jay Colton, Associate Picture Editor of Time Magazine. Jay and I had worked together for years and years. We loved collaborating together, shot many covers and both really appreciated each others personalty and eye. Jay sent me an email once: “MICHAEL, I LOVE IT WHEN YOU MAKE MY JOB HARD. I threw down and you picked up and ran. I am amazed once again, you are outside your comfort zone and you excelled. You have by far my favorite take in LA and maybe my favorite take in the world. Really interesting novel approach to a difficult situation. I think when you go over this take carefully you are going to find gems in it. Very very happy.”

How could I not love him? I was ready to give him my kidney – literally. We both had a rare blood type, and when Jay was struck ill and needed a kidney, I let him know I was more than willing.

Like myself, Jay loved Brazil, and while there speaking, he had a heart attack during a portfolio review at a photo festival. I was scheduled to keynote the next month at the Brazilian National Photography Convention, so I hunted down Jay’s friends Christian and Luis to find out what happened. This project is the result of the bonding of our friendship to Jay.

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Michael Grecco’s Urban Landscapes portfolio of eleven limited edition signed prints from Shoeler Editions of Brazil

As a side note, I lost the Hasselblad X-pan I used to make these images, and have since purchased Jay’s X-pan from his wife Moira. I will never lose this one!Here is to life and our experiences, both good and bad, may we learn from all of them!  – Michael

For purchase information, please visit SchoelerEditions.com


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