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August 2, 2011

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I am so excited to share some big photography-related news with you today, at last.

Early this year, an incredible opportunity landed in my lap – my first major commercial photography job. Along with friends More & Co. and Stephanie Congdon Barnes, I shot a new print ad campaign for Starbucks in connection with their 40th anniversary.   !!!!!!

In February, we were hired by BBDO/Starbucks and we flew to Savannah, GA to do the week-long shoot. Quite honestly, it was a life-changing experience for me. It was an incredible opportunity and such a pleasure to do this work alongside my good friends, and I’m really pleased with the work we produced.

The concept for the campaign is about moments of connection with customers. Above, I’ve posted two of the print ads that have run nationally in the U.S. in magazines and newspapers.  In March, that top ad above was a full-page advertisement in the front section of the Sunday New York Times! Words can’t really describe how I felt upon seeing my work like that … I’m still pinching myself.

Below, I’m posting just small preview of the work, a few of my own favorite photos from the shoot. More & Co. will be launching their full website soon and you’ll be able to see a lot more good stuff there. Plus, I will have a big portfolio update within the next week where I’ll be sharing my work for Starbucks along with other new photographs of mine. Later this week, I’ll tell you a little more about the experience and give you a peek behind the scenes of the shoot in Savannah.

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For now, I just want to say thank you to everyone who reads this blog and supports my photography. BBDO/Starbucks initially approached me because they saw my work on this blog, which really blows my mind. The fact that you take the time to check in here and write to me about my work is very kind, and I am so appreciative of your support. I’m continuously inspired to take photos and to learn and grow creatively; it’s so valuable to me to have a place where I can share that process with all of you.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  1. August 2, 2011 1:22 pm

    wow that is big! congrats! great work

  2. August 2, 2011 1:23 pm

    Great news Brian! Your photos are FAB!!!

  3. August 2, 2011 1:23 pm

    Brian, that is crazy and amazing. Congratulations! It’s been exciting to see the opportunities you’ve gotten. Your photos are beautiful!

  4. August 2, 2011 1:23 pm

    Congrats!! That is just too cool. Starbucks obviously has wonderful taste.

  5. August 2, 2011 1:26 pm

    You make Starbucks look incredible appealing. Congrats!!!

  6. August 2, 2011 1:27 pm

    HUGE congrats and well deserved, your photos are always a joy to view and your blog is one of my favs to visit. So nice to see your intimate style of photography being using in the commercial world, I’m sure you’ll have many more opportunities land in your lap again. x.

  7. August 2, 2011 1:29 pm

    That’s awesome Brian, congratulations!!

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  9. August 2, 2011 1:29 pm

    Your blog is a beautiful island on the confused waters of the internet. As one of your many readers I wish you a continued good luck.
    Keep walking

  10. August 2, 2011 1:30 pm

    oh my word, that’s exciting news! congratulations! what a thrill!

  11. August 2, 2011 1:32 pm

    wow brian! congrats!

  12. neigeblanche permalink
    August 2, 2011 1:35 pm

    What fabulous news! Your posts regularly land in my inbox, and it’s a lovely distraction to look at your photos. Look forward to reading more about your experience with Starbucks.

  13. August 2, 2011 1:35 pm

    how thrilling! Congrats Brian!

  14. Christophe permalink
    August 2, 2011 1:39 pm

    Here’s to more big news and opportunities in the future mate…congratulations again, you deserve it!

  15. misstwig permalink
    August 2, 2011 1:39 pm

    That last one there is fabulous. Congratulations again, Ferry. Well done, you.

  16. August 2, 2011 1:39 pm

    YESSS!! Huge smile over here this morning. Congratulations, Brian.

  17. August 2, 2011 1:41 pm

    Wow, that’s big! Congrats! Lovely pictures.

  18. August 2, 2011 1:43 pm

    Fantastic! Your work obviously speaks for itself.

  19. August 2, 2011 1:43 pm

    That’s such fantastic news — congrats! I love all of the photos in this post a whole lot, and think those ads are wonderful.

  20. August 2, 2011 1:44 pm

    huge news – congratulations again!

  21. August 2, 2011 1:53 pm

    Oh, oh, oh…. did you mention this at Leila’s.. it’s all coming back to me now I think. Kudos, Brian! This is a big splash!

  22. August 2, 2011 1:55 pm

    Holy moly, Brian. That is just so cool. I love it when little firms and talented solo artists get a shot at working for the big guns. Game-changing.

  23. August 2, 2011 1:58 pm

    Cool beans! Congratulations! I like that your “voice” remains intact in the photos.

  24. August 2, 2011 1:59 pm

    MAJOR CONGRATULATIONS! you deserve it — it’s good work!

  25. August 2, 2011 2:03 pm

    Congratulations, Brian! The ads are wow…but then most everything you shoot is wow. A sense of discovery and wonder. That’s what sets your photos apart for me. Too young to be jaded maybe? Who knows, who cares. Your work is tops, and you deserve the recognition…not to mention the money.

  26. August 2, 2011 2:05 pm

    mental. great styling too in shots B.

  27. Ben permalink
    August 2, 2011 2:08 pm

    Good work Brian. Do you get a gold Starbucks loyalty card for this?

  28. August 2, 2011 2:11 pm

    That’s amazing – congrats! I’m sure it’s only the beginning ;)

  29. August 2, 2011 2:16 pm

    yay! so great to finally see this.
    congratulations, ferry!

  30. August 2, 2011 2:17 pm

    congrats brian, that’s amazing!

  31. August 2, 2011 2:21 pm

    Incredible photos….CONGRATS!

  32. August 2, 2011 2:22 pm


    Honestly, I’ve got your blog in my RSS feed because your photos remind me to slow down a little and admire the small beauties. I don’t love Starbucks, but I’m still happy for you.

  33. August 2, 2011 2:22 pm

    Already tweeted congrats – but I echo it here again. SO well deserved, your photos continue to make me feel as excited as the first time I ever saw them. This spread for S-bucks is something else – makes the brand feel more personal and ‘real’ { no mean feat for such a huge company }. Well done Brian, and all involved!

  34. August 2, 2011 2:23 pm

    That’s a really nice story, Congratulations! good photos too!

  35. Pekiye permalink
    August 2, 2011 2:28 pm

    Congrats Brian ! Thanks to YOU for sharing your beautiful pictures and making our days more pleasant.

  36. August 2, 2011 2:29 pm

    Congratulations! I am really liking these ads. They have a lovely artistic yet real perspective to them. Great work!

  37. August 2, 2011 2:29 pm

    Cool! Another reason to support Starbucks! (As if I needed one-smile) Love your blog.

  38. sarah permalink
    August 2, 2011 2:30 pm

    congratulations Brian!! but ha! I saw the first picture and the title of this post and I thought you were going to announce an engagement and my first thoughts were “i want to make his wedding flowers, i want to make his flowers!!

    selfish of me, i know.

  39. August 2, 2011 2:30 pm

    Congratulations! These photos really are lovely.

  40. August 2, 2011 2:31 pm

    Congratulations Brian! Your photos inspire me to slow down a little more each day. So thank YOU for being such an inspiration. You deserve all of this.

  41. August 2, 2011 2:35 pm

    Congratulations!! This has been one of my favorite sites for inspiration and I have to say that Starbucks has good taste as well as tastes good:)!!

  42. August 2, 2011 2:55 pm

    Good lord Brian, this is SO AWESOME. Congrats!! Isn’t that internet amazing like that sometimes?

  43. gretchen permalink
    August 2, 2011 2:58 pm

    congratulations. WOW. Amazing. I am in Portland, Oregon, and we are huge Starbucks State. As I look at your blog I am drinking from a Starbucks cup right now.

  44. August 2, 2011 2:59 pm

    This is great Brian, congratulations!

  45. August 2, 2011 3:00 pm

    congrats brian!

  46. August 2, 2011 3:01 pm

    Great things happening to great people!! Yay you!

  47. August 2, 2011 3:05 pm

    SO exciting! congratulations brian!

  48. Jack permalink
    August 2, 2011 3:06 pm

    I’m no fan of starbucks but this is really beautiful work. lovely photos and great graphic design too. congratulations.

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  50. August 2, 2011 3:10 pm

    I found your blog through Orangette but haven’t commented until now. This is really exciting news–congratulations! I really enjoy looking at your photos–thanks for sharing your work.

  51. August 2, 2011 3:15 pm

    Congratulations Brian! Your work is stellar and has such an authentic feel to it. I’m so glad that you are getting the recognition you so rightly deserve. I am in awe of your work.

  52. August 2, 2011 3:28 pm

    That is amazing news, congrats!!

  53. August 2, 2011 3:28 pm

    Fabulous…heaps of congratulations. Those that have found our way to your blog are continually inspired and now those that do not know about your amazing blog will be able to share and enjoy your amazing art:)

  54. August 2, 2011 3:35 pm

    You’re amazing. I’m sure more great opps are to come.
    Now. . . .let me go find a friend and a starbucks :)

  55. August 2, 2011 3:59 pm

    How terribly exciting! Congrats!!

  56. August 2, 2011 4:12 pm

    how exciting! congratulations!

  57. August 2, 2011 4:14 pm

    A lot of words are coming out of my mouth right now…I am speechless…SO happy for you.

  58. August 2, 2011 4:16 pm


  59. August 2, 2011 4:30 pm

    Such happy news, Congrats Brian !

  60. Grant permalink
    August 2, 2011 4:33 pm

    So awesome — I love the second to last one…congratulations again!

  61. August 2, 2011 4:36 pm

    Wow!!! Congratulations!!!!

  62. Amy permalink
    August 2, 2011 4:39 pm

    Yay, Brian!

  63. August 2, 2011 4:43 pm

    I’m so happy for you. Your work is beautiful. You deserve it.

  64. August 2, 2011 4:44 pm

    wow, that’s amazing! congrats (:

  65. August 2, 2011 4:53 pm

    raising a glass to honour your great work and happiness! Cheers

  66. August 2, 2011 4:55 pm

    Wow! Great news! Congrats!

  67. August 2, 2011 5:10 pm

    Beautiful photos! Congrats!

  68. Ana permalink
    August 2, 2011 5:17 pm


  69. August 2, 2011 5:18 pm

    A huge congrats. You definitely deserve the exposure–the world needs to see your work! I got chills while reading this and the photos (as always) are top notch. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Your images and blog are always a favorite of mine….

  70. August 2, 2011 5:18 pm

    How wonderful! Well deserved.

  71. August 2, 2011 5:20 pm

    Congrats and well done!

  72. August 2, 2011 5:31 pm

    That is amazing and I love these ads!!! Congratulations, it is well deserved.

  73. August 2, 2011 5:48 pm

    that’s really exciting, congratulations! looks great.

  74. August 2, 2011 5:50 pm

    BRIAN! I am so excited for you. And honestly, this makes me like Starbucks more now. Your photography has always been astonishing. It continues to grow. I cannot wait to see more.

  75. August 2, 2011 5:50 pm

    This is incredible! Much deserved + many, many congratulations.

  76. August 2, 2011 6:03 pm

    congrats, really exciting.

  77. August 2, 2011 6:17 pm

    So, so excited for you, friend. This is just the beginning.

    P.S. !!!!!

  78. August 2, 2011 6:23 pm

    Congrats! These are so lovely!

  79. Birchstar permalink
    August 2, 2011 6:25 pm

    That’s awesome!! I love it that they found you on your blog!

  80. cat permalink
    August 2, 2011 6:26 pm

    congratulations!!!! beautiful, beautiful shots. i stumbled upon your blog months ago and have enjoyed seeing your work and reading your words since. thanks for sharing.

  81. August 2, 2011 6:28 pm

    Starbucks couldn’t have found a better group of people. So great to have a peek at this—congratulations!

  82. August 2, 2011 6:31 pm

    Congratulations! Happy to see that you’re getting work that you deserve. May many more opportunities come your way.

  83. August 2, 2011 7:09 pm

    congrats! this is wonderful news!

  84. August 2, 2011 7:17 pm

    congrats! you are a great photographer!!!

  85. jen permalink
    August 2, 2011 7:17 pm

    CONGRATS! These pictures are amazing!

  86. Ashley Erin permalink
    August 2, 2011 7:37 pm

    This is so fantastic Brian!!! Congratulations! The photos look amazing and I would love to hear about the behind the scene stuff. I can’t wait till I see one of the ads in person and then I can say “hey! I know that photographer! I follow his blog!” :D

  87. August 2, 2011 7:49 pm

    Enormous congratulations! Your work looks phenomenal, as always.

  88. August 2, 2011 8:00 pm

    wow, congratulations!!!! how cool is that?!

  89. August 2, 2011 8:36 pm

    Although I really dislike Starbucks I must say your photos are just beautiful. Congratulations on it.

  90. hanne permalink
    August 2, 2011 8:50 pm

    so magically wonderful*

  91. August 2, 2011 9:04 pm

    Oh wow! That’s fantastic! Congratulations! It looks great!

  92. August 2, 2011 9:30 pm

    This comment is the first time. Congratulations!!!!!

  93. Trish permalink
    August 2, 2011 9:37 pm

    Yay Brian!

  94. Elisabeth permalink
    August 2, 2011 9:57 pm

    Brian, what exciting and extraordinary news!!! Well done. May the road, as it unravels before you, rise to meet you.

    And thank you for the Dark and Stormy drink recommendation. It quickly became my drink of choice for the summer — except on Fridays, because Friday = “Bikes & Bubbly.”

  95. August 2, 2011 10:01 pm

    oh my god. that is outstanding. congratulations.

  96. August 2, 2011 10:14 pm

    Wow Wow Wow!!! That is so amazing!! The photographs look outstanding! Congratulations Brian!

  97. Osakaian permalink
    August 2, 2011 10:20 pm

    Congratulations. Hope you don’t sell out now!

  98. August 2, 2011 10:21 pm

    ALWAYS bursting with pride for you!!!!

  99. August 2, 2011 10:59 pm

    Congratulations Brian, very well deserved and so beautifully shot, as always!
    Your photos are the stuff of wonder and awe.

  100. August 2, 2011 11:14 pm

    That’s fantastic!!!! Congrats!!! So cool.

  101. Marcos permalink
    August 2, 2011 11:17 pm

    King of cofee ! Congratulations

  102. August 3, 2011 12:03 am

    Well done! Whoot!!

    Good to see talented people being given such great opportunities.

  103. August 3, 2011 12:36 am

    Their branding is so strong – those last two are perfect. Perfectly you and a terrific way to highlight the product. Really pretty.

  104. August 3, 2011 1:00 am

    Thats unreal! Well done mate!

  105. Misty Ihrke permalink
    August 3, 2011 1:19 am

    That is so fabulous! Congratulations!

  106. August 3, 2011 1:30 am

    everyone has said it. but CONGRATS. your eye is a gift.

  107. August 3, 2011 2:07 am

    Beautiful work — congratulations!

  108. August 3, 2011 2:10 am

    Wonderful news! I’m very happy for you, Brian. It’s the beginning of more to come…yes!

  109. August 3, 2011 2:21 am

    Wow Brian! Congrats! Super fantastic! :)

  110. Janet permalink
    August 3, 2011 2:38 am

    This is so very exciting, and well-deserved. It’s encouraging that this opportunity came as a result of your blog– somehow it feels so much more real that way. They were wise to notice the very personal feeling that your photography evokes, as if one could walk into any of your photos and feel right at home. Heartfelt congratulations!

  111. August 3, 2011 3:22 am

    I’m sure I’m not the only one that saw the headline ‘big news’ and then the picture of people holding hands underneath, immediately thinking you were engaged? right?
    this still pretty exciting, only career-wise instead! congratulations.

  112. nina permalink
    August 3, 2011 3:41 am

    let me add to the chorus of congrats. well deserved brian, couldn’t be happier for you!

  113. August 3, 2011 3:45 am

    youpi! and bravo!

  114. August 3, 2011 3:56 am

    Now we have to share you with so many others!! Jokes!! Congratulations!! Here’s cheers to many many more opportunities like this. Love your blog.

  115. August 3, 2011 3:57 am

    congrats! happy for you :-)

  116. sweetcomice permalink
    August 3, 2011 4:11 am

    I have been reading Bill Bryson’s book “Home”, about stuff in homes, and thinking you would like this book just for the parts about making bricks in England and the sewers of London, thinking….I should blog you about the book and then, wow! it is just perfect the you have been “discovered” through the blue hour. you are a remarkable photographer with a sensitive eye. I am so happy for you.

  117. August 3, 2011 4:53 am

    Oh my goodness – congratulations!!

  118. Shirley permalink
    August 3, 2011 5:00 am

    Congrats, so happy for you and well done! Love your photos.

  119. August 3, 2011 7:02 am

    What a great news!!! (Well-deserved.)

  120. August 3, 2011 7:03 am

    This is awesome – and I’m not the least bit surprised that you were sought out by something so huge. You have an immense amount of talent. Congratulations!

  121. August 3, 2011 7:29 am

    OMG!!! This is awesome Brian! Congratulations, you deserve it!

  122. August 3, 2011 7:33 am

    Congratulations Brian! I love your photos and the atmosphere you create on your blog.

  123. August 3, 2011 8:34 am

    thank YOU brian ! it’s your work that’s life-changing for us readers and admirers !

  124. August 3, 2011 8:43 am

    Oh, congratulations Brian. What great good news! I have to say, I’m impressed with Starbucks for thinking outside the box (and recognizing major talent). How very fantastic! Not to mention, you make them look really good. Moment of connection, indeed!
    Here’s to many more announcements of good news. I have a feeling about that :-)

  125. dangerouscake permalink
    August 3, 2011 8:48 am

    Congratulations! Your work is so gorgeous, you deserve it. More, more!

  126. Superprecise permalink
    August 3, 2011 9:24 am

    It’s great to see worthwhile artistic work recognised by such an enormous global company, so I offer my heartfelt congratulations, but it’s a bit ironic given that one of the principle themes of your blog is good food and drink?! Starbucks put out some of the very worst coffee going. Well done on the commission, it’s just a shame it had to be something so at odds with your (apparent) agenda! So, as a selfish consumer of your imagery who is probably overlooking your need to make a living, your big news is a tad disappointing. I’m sure you’ve anticipated such a response though, so I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  127. Pierrerre permalink
    August 3, 2011 9:31 am

    You added soul to their coffees. Beautiful atmosphere. Congratulations.

  128. August 3, 2011 10:01 am

    Congratulations!!! This are very good news.

    I love the last photo.

  129. shari permalink
    August 3, 2011 11:59 am

    wonderful, brian. i’m proud of you!

  130. August 3, 2011 12:17 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS, Brian! That is so incredible – and you deserve all the accolades you get. Here comes the meteor shower!

  131. researchingparis permalink
    August 3, 2011 12:28 pm

    congratulations, Brian! the photos are beautiful and I’m looking forward to seeing/hearing more about the shoot!

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  133. August 3, 2011 1:13 pm

    wow! congratulations!!!! that is so great!!

  134. August 3, 2011 1:28 pm

    Congratulations. This is really cool.

  135. August 3, 2011 1:34 pm

    way to go! you’re a talent :)

  136. August 3, 2011 1:40 pm

    Biggest congrats! I am very happy your photography is ‘officially’ appreciated.

  137. Lisabet permalink
    August 3, 2011 1:47 pm

    Kudos to them for recognizing your point of view as something that they think represents their ideology . Someone has a good eye .

  138. August 3, 2011 3:10 pm

    that’s brilliant brian. i love your photography. glad you’re getting successfull:)

  139. August 3, 2011 5:47 pm

    Congrats!!! <3

  140. Collin Hill permalink
    August 3, 2011 6:04 pm

    Congrats and the great opportunity! I love you blog and all your photos. It’s the best blog to escape from work while I am still at my desk. Keep up the great work and reprint the first issue of Kinfolk already! Looking at it on an IPad isn’t the same thing…

    Thanks again!

  141. August 3, 2011 6:43 pm

    Absolutely fantastic. Congrats Brian :)

  142. August 3, 2011 7:08 pm

    Amazing!!! Congratulations Brian! I’m so happy for and proud of you! xoxo

  143. August 3, 2011 7:24 pm

    I have been a mostly quiet reader but have always truly loved your work. It is so exciting to see the work of the artists one admires pay off in such a way that they experience great success. Many congrats to you!

  144. August 3, 2011 8:20 pm

    these are GOOD news!! congratulations!

  145. August 4, 2011 1:54 am

    Excellent news! Big congrats. It’s much deserved. Can’t wait to see your view of Savannah!

  146. August 4, 2011 5:32 am

    what to say that haven’t been said already?


    love the outtakes!

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  148. Jolayne permalink
    August 4, 2011 10:13 am

    a ferry-esque was at the back of the easy jet inflight bistro mag on their hot drinks page… i should have taken it or at least taken a photo – girl in a blue and white stripped shirt being photographed by a friend with a fancy old film camera… pretty.

  149. August 4, 2011 1:42 pm

    Congrats my friend!! I can imagine how you feel – I was elated when my first photo was published in a local magazine. The thought of being for a major brand AND in major mags…EXCELLENT! Shoot happy, my friend!! :)

  150. August 4, 2011 1:43 pm

    That is so exciting! I will be looking out for your photographs in magazines in China:) you never know

  151. August 4, 2011 1:56 pm

    Wooooow!!! This surely is a huge news and it made me so happy to know! Congratulations Brian!!!

  152. August 4, 2011 3:18 pm

    congratulations brian!!! such great news! i love that it all came about through your blog! you connected with “us” because your love of what you do shines through your photography, the words you use, and the music you share and that connection attracted starbucks attention to work on their ad campaign having to do with connections…. love it!

  153. heather permalink
    August 4, 2011 3:32 pm

    This is fantastic! Good for you!

  154. August 5, 2011 10:15 pm

    wow! congratulations!

  155. August 5, 2011 11:23 pm

    hi five ferry!

  156. August 6, 2011 12:05 pm

    This is pretty amazing! Congratulations so much!

  157. August 6, 2011 12:46 pm

    OMG! That’s so awesome Brian! Congratulations, your photos are beautiful. Go forward!

  158. August 7, 2011 9:23 am

    WOUAH. Bravo !

  159. Liz permalink
    August 8, 2011 9:09 am

    Wow, congratulations, what an achievement. And isn’t it great that this came into being all because of your blog?

  160. pewna.taka permalink
    August 8, 2011 3:58 pm

    Congratulations Brian!!!
    You inspire and I’m more than happy to read the big news!

  161. August 21, 2011 3:11 am

    Beautiful photos as usual and such exciting news! Congratulations!! :)

  162. September 8, 2011 1:44 pm

    Congratulations! you´re an artist, i love your photos… ;)


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