Maring Visuals Q&A

CharlesandJen_Bio_8x10_300Maring is an International Award Winning studio where creative storytelling shines. We’re a group of photographers, cinematographers, graphic designers, master printer artists, and book binders working in unison to bring our clients a one of a kind experience where the words “artistic integrity” ring true.
We tell stories in print, on the big screen, online, and we even design custom mobile applications for smart phones and tablets in which we blend the creative content we produce into gorgeous interactive publications that can be private or monetized online.
Often we get to photograph and create content for some well known personalities and companies like Donald and Melania Trump, David Tutera, Star Jones, Tom Clancy, Disney, American Express, etc…
You won’t find Maring everywhere or advertising in local magazines, etc… Instead, we work primarily on referrals from past clients who know that we will deliver on our promise of excellence. Whether your project is personal such as a wedding, private party, or a family portrait…. Or, your project is commercial as an interactive catalog, a business portrait, or a viral video.

New York Wedding

Tamrac: How did you get into photography?
Charles/Jennifer:  Both Jennifer and I are lucky in that both our fathers were into photography. We both come from families that were experimenting in the photographic processes, both behind the camera and in the darkroom, our entire lives. So, it’s something both of us have always held close to our hearts and something we dreamt about growing up.

Tamrac: You guys excel in shooting diverse photographic styles.  Do you have a favorite?
Charles/Jennifer: Thank you for noticing this… We don’t really have a favorite style. We simply like telling great stories. We have just as much appreciation for photojournalism as we do for pro-active work. We strive to be the best we can at both and feel there is a time and place for both as well.

New York Photographer

Tamrac: You guys created a really cool app for the iTunes store called Modern Light, can you describe it to us?
Charles/Jennifer: Modern Light is more like an interactive book that an app per say. It covers a lot of basics, terminology, light shaping tools, etc… for those that are just getting started. However, we also included videos, diagrams, and examples of how we personally use these tools in a variety of ways from lighting reception halls to celebrity portraits to fashion. It chronicles some of our shoots over a 6 month period and shares advice on how to light with purpose.

New York Photographer

Tamrac: You guys have been on several episodes of My Fair wedding.  Can you tell us about that experience?
Charles/Jennifer: Yes we have… We actually photographed David Tutera’s personal wedding quite a few years back after he fell in love with our style and quality. We went on to co-produce several books with David on entertaining, and just recently photographed him and all of his commercial brands as well for upcoming product launches. Our work with My Fair Wedding was really more behind the scenes although we appear many times and are the focus of a couple of shows. David came to us regarding creating a My Fair Wedding book. So, most weddings had their own photographer, and our job was to capture the details of the design and from a behind the scenes perspective. It was a lot of fun to work on set with cast and crew as well as to be a guest expert.

New York Photographer

Tamrac: Do you have any unique or funny moments while shooting on location?
Charles/Jennifer: Nothing to crazy that happened to us personally. Luck favors the prepared mind I guess. I’ve dropped a few lenses over the years, but have been quite lucky.  But, we have seen some crazy things. One time at a wedding the grooms mom got out of a Lincoln Town car at the ceremony, which was driven by a neighbor. She walked behind the car and the neighbor ran her over breaking her leg severely. Luckily an ambulance arrived to bring the grandmother at the same time, and they had an extra wheelchair. In trauma, the grooms mom refused to go to the hospital. So the overall view of the ceremony was with two wheelchairs on each side of the aisle. Looking back, that was kind of lucky as well as the shot balanced quite nicely.

New York Photographer

Tamrac: What are projects are you working on that we can expect to see soon?
Charles/Jennifer: We are working on numerous projects right now on the personal front. We never sit still, and if things are slow on the client front, we ramp up personal projects. We are very passionate about personal work above all else. Too many photographers focus only on client work instead of their own ideas and dreams. In the end it is personal work that ultimately feeds client work somehow in our experience. Plus you may succeed or fail in the end, but what matters is that you grew in the process, and have something spectacular to show for it.  On the video front, we shot several short films this year, along with a feature film, with the New York Film Group. This is a creative group of directors, producers, writers, actors, and cinematographers, and we are one of the key players. Some members are seasoned professionals that work in broadcast, others are students, and still others are aspiring. We team up to help each other get projects off the ground and, as a group, we see them through to completion and off to film festivals. The group has nearly 200 members, but is growing at incredible speed. We expect 1000 members by the end of 2013. So, we are working on finding meaningful scripts, and producing several shorts and two feature films in the coming year.  We also have been shooting stills, video, and time lapse films of the growth of a new park in NYC called the High Line for the past few years. We are on the verge of launching the pilot issue of a magazine called HighLine, which will be available on the iPad summer of 2013. The magazine has interviews with entrepreneurs, artists, gallerists, etc… and is a publication that brings the area to life in a new creative way. Digital publishing is the next wave, and we intend to be on it.

New York Wedding

Tamrac: What Tamrac gear do you use?
Charles/Jennifer: Since we are in NYC, well-made roller cases are big for us. The rolling studio cases are incredible because we now do so much high production value video work. On set, everything remains organized, visible and easily accessible.  As you know, we shoot weddings and portraits as well… We absolutely love the line of Tamrac Messenger bags because they piggy-back the big wheels speed roller cases. This is ideal for travel as it all fits as a carry on.

Tamrac: What do you love about your Tamrac bags?
Charles/Jennifer: What we love about our Tamrac bags is that they are extremely well made, and they last a very long time. They are also well thought out in terms of ergonomics.
Feel free to drop us an email or give us a call. We hope that you’ll expect the best, because that is what we strive to deliver!