05 / 2015

Kate Ellen

It’s always fun when I have the chance to collaborate with friends. My ultra talented and inspiring friend Kate Ellen, Jewelry designer and owner of Crown Nine in Oakland, came out with a new line of engagement and wedding bands called “The Celestial Vow Collection” and I was honored to help photograph her new lookbook. The new rings are stunning! All handcrafted by Kate, and featuring antique diamonds dating back to as early as the 1800s. We teamed up with our designer friend Emma Dime, who helped with styling and Art Direction for the shoot and ended the day with an epic dinner at Boot and Shoe Service. Not bad at all.

Kate Ellen Metals | Commitment Collection | Eva Kolenko Photography

Kate Ellen Metals | Commitment Collection | Eva Kolenko Photography

Kate Ellen Metals | Commitment Collection | Eva Kolenko Photography

Kate Ellen Metals | Commitment Collection | Eva Kolenko Photography

Kate Ellen Metals | Commitment Collection | Eva Kolenko Photography

Check out Kate Ellen’s blog post to learn more about the collection.

05 / 2015

Travel Editorial | Prince Edward Island

I couldn’t wipe the ear-to-ear grin off of my face during this whole assignment. Sure, this shoot had some challenges, namely the weather which tossed us a few curve balls… hail, rain, ruff seas.. and all while we are suppose to be shooting a “summer” clam digging story, but it only added to the adventure. Thankfully we were all in good hands with Perry as our Captain and guide for the day, keeping us safe through the squalls and well fed and warm on the boat, and that our super star models and crew were all committed to making a gorgeous story despite the cold frozen rain. I am so grateful that Leila Courey, at Air Canada’s enRoute magazine had me along for the ride. Any day Leila, you just say the word and I’ll pack a bag and my camera for the next trip. It was a pleasure working with you!

You’ll find more images from this shoot on my newly updated portfolio.

Prince Edward Island | enRoute | Air Canada Magazine | Eva Kolenko Photography

Prince Edward Island | enRoute | Air Canada Magazine | Eva Kolenko Photography

Prince Edward Island | enRoute | Air Canada Magazine | Eva Kolenko Photography

Prince Edward Island | enRoute | Air Canada Magazine | Eva Kolenko Photography

Prince Edward Island | enRoute | Air Canada Magazine | Eva Kolenko Photography

Prince Edward Island | enRoute | Air Canada Magazine | Eva Kolenko Photography

Credit where credit is due:
Photo Editor/ Art Director: Leila Courey
Hair & Make-up: Sheri Stroh
Wardrobe: Yael Gitai
Models: Carson, Ellen Shantz
Assistant: Katie Lovecraft
Special thanks to the Cap, Perry of Tranquility Cove Adventures

There are tons of fun behind the scenes shot along with captions of the experience in this blog post and on the instagram #thegreatclamadventure

enRoute had a fun little contributor questionnaire, thought I’d share:
enRoute | Air Canada Magazine | Eva Kolenko Photography

05 / 2015

Sharing a Vision for VSP

A couple months back I had the awesome opportunity to work with Godfrey Q on a new still and motion campaign for VSP Vision Care. The concept revolved around seeing and experiencing the world from a very direct first person perspective with a “day-in-the-life” feel. I really loved the storytelling aspect of this project. It’s something I always have on my mind when shooting stills so there is a sense of time beyond the moment an image is captured, but with our video component having such a thick narrative thread moving our characters through their day from morning to night, I really got to explore that aspect in more depth. Capturing video from this unique perspective also provided some really fun challenges, both for me as a director and for our talent, who by wearing the camera on a specially designed rig, essentially became my camera operator for the day. There are a few behind the scenes shots below if you are curious, or check out #seeingisbelievaing for the full set of BTS shots from the whole team.

I could not have enjoyed working with the folks over at Godfrey Q more. Thanks a million for such a fun and challenging opportunity!

VSP Vision Care | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

VSP Vision Care | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

VSP Vision Care | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

VSP Vision Care | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

VSP Vision Care | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

VSP Vision Care | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

VSP Vision Care | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

VSP Vision Care | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

VSP Vision Care | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

VSP Vision Care | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

VSP Vision Care | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

VSP Vision Care | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

Agency Credits: ECD: Paul Hicks; CD: Jeff Nee; AD: Dana Gross; CW: Bryan Dempler; Producer: Bridgette Myers; Account Mgr: Sarah Greggor;

Behind The Scenes | VSP Vision Care | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog #seeingisbelievaing #evasonsetfamiliy

And I’d be nothing without my crew… I love you all (insta: #evasonsetfamily)
Production: A+ Producer: Carmel Cottingham; Production Coord: Michelle Stauffer; Camera Assts: HUGE thanks to Amber McKee & Paul Davies for wrangling that camera rig and as always for your hussle; Wardrobe: Deb Depolito; Props: Nissa Quanstrom; Groomer: Tricia Turner

Meet Sam, our camera rig:

Behind The Scenes | VSP Vision Care | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog #seeingisbelievaing

Behind The Scenes | VSP Vision Care | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog #seeingisbelievaing

Behind The Scenes | VSP Vision Care | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog #seeingisbelievaing

Behind The Scenes | VSP Vision Care | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog #seeingisbelievaing
That would be me doing a pre-mature happy dance on the top of Mt. Tam (always dreamed of having a shoot up here) and Dana our AD still doing AD stuff. Much love Dana!

02 / 2015

Weekend At The Bunkhouse

This shoot was such a fun combo of work and play! Got to spend the weekend away in a cozy cabin on a gorgeous ranch in Marin with some of my favorite people and some new friends. Hot toddies, meteor showers, homemade chili (turned frito pie.. thanks to Jenn!) longhorn cattle grazing right outside the window… all affirmations of why I love my job. Jenn Bonnett was on board helping out with wardrobe, and my talented sister Natasha Kolenko wrangled all the props and Brian was there to be my extra set of hands. Together we collaborated with our handsome on camera and REAL couples, Meg and Sean, whom just got engaged over the holidays (congrats guys!), and Melaine and Rick, whom just celebrated their 5th anniversary a few days before our shoot. AAAAawwwwwww.. It was fun timing since the shot list included a few make-out sessions and lots of cuddling.

Weekend At The Bunkhouse | Eva Kolenko Photography

Weekend At The Bunkhouse | Eva Kolenko Photography

Weekend At The Bunkhouse | Eva Kolenko Photography

Weekend At The Bunkhouse | Eva Kolenko Photography

Weekend At The Bunkhouse | Eva Kolenko Photography

Weekend At The Bunkhouse | Eva Kolenko Photography

Weekend At The Bunkhouse | Eva Kolenko Photography

Weekend At The Bunkhouse | Eva Kolenko Photography

Weekend At The Bunkhouse | Eva Kolenko Photography

Weekend At The Bunkhouse | Eva Kolenko Photography

Weekend At The Bunkhouse | Eva Kolenko Photography

Weekend At The Bunkhouse | Eva Kolenko Photography