Friday, December 12

Deep in the Desert

Scouting for locations out in the desert, my husband and I found this awesome state park.. miles and miles and miles of dirt roads out in the middle of no where, we must have drove 30 miles out at least and didn't see a single soul. Sooo so beautiful. We weren't planning on going out so far, but found that we couldn't help it. We where so unprepared, no water, no food, so thank goodness the flat tire we got happened the day after, on an actual paved road, somewhat close to civilization, instead of out here!! Lucky lucky.

Yaqui Brothers

Edwardo Madril and his brother Marcos, of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.

Monday, December 8

Tribal Rock

It was a little cold, and a little windy, but what fun.. to be out in a beautiful and unexpected place. Got to love the nature. Working with the best-est crew again, Jasmine on wardrobe and Ineke on the hair and make-up.

I have had this shoot in my head for a long while, ever since I found this location while scouting for another shoot. It's sooo fantastic and every time I have been out there it is fearcly windy.. perfect for catching all those long scarves.

Dia Day Los Muertos

A lovely new image, shot with miss Jazzy (wardrobe stylist Jasmine) and make-up artist Ineke Brugman.

Wallett Cosmetics

OOOhhhh all the pretty colors! I had a great shoot with Victoria Luburich, president of Wallett cosmetics in October. We played around all day and got some great shots of her new and improved "green" line of ultra fab lip products. Best part.. I got to take home every single color!! I love love love them. She produces such high quality products, the lipsticks feel sooo nourishing on top of being simply beautiful.

Flamenco Sunday

Shot a new round of flamenco dancers recently, one of which is my beautiful and talented sister in-law Sara. We have shot together several times over the years, this is by far my favorite.

Wednesday, November 5

Eva Kolenko Photography Featured in Creative Quarterly

Hey! Check me out in issue 12 of creative quarterly magazine.
I am still waiting for my issue to arrive... otherwise I would share more info.


I shot this image for the October issue of Fast Company magazine. It was a bit of a challenge coming up with a image idea for this concept. The point was to illustrate seeing and thinking in a new, different and creative way, and how iconoclasts have to power to actually change or rewire their brains to come up with new ideas. I needed to find a way to photograph something that shows the workings inside the brain. So, this was what I came up with. It just so happened that there was some guy in napa selling these old old polygraph machines on craigslist. Go figure. Miss Annika is responsible for the lovely illustrations!

Wednesday, September 24

Showing some Love for Sea Life

I finished this image about a month ago, and I think it is out in the world by now, although I haven't see them yet. They are posted on the Golden gate Ferries and such, makes sense right? I have herd rumors that they might move inland to bush shelters or other public transportation access points. It was a pro-bono project for the Marine Mammal center. We got to shoot in the oldest butcher shop in SF, which was kind of cool. They had a huge meat locker in the back where i think they still hang whole animals to drain their blood. Yum. : ) Didn't have a chance to shoot back there though, we only had a small window of time to get this done. Anyhow, it was great working with Bulter, Shine & Stern and Partners and Jay Lorenzini who was the AD for the project. There are still a couple more shots to do for the series, and I am really looking forward to it!

Monday, September 22

Every good photographer...

does a little crack, every so often. (Nice shot Amber) Went out shooting this weekend.. got some freakin' awesome shots.. i'll share when they are more done. Right now I am just trying to edit it down to the hero 6 shots.. tuff.

Btw, this isn't one of them.

Sunday, September 21

Dust and Shit

On location, and breaking in my boots (more).

This last Saturday we went out and shoot for Random house again, for a book called "Wild Girl." It really was anything but WILD. The location, the Menlo Circus Club was this super polished, and our star horse Tully, was like the most gigantic cute obedient puppy ever. I am going back to shoot him and his owner Keara on another day. They are like brother and sister.. despite the obvious major differences, they are both from Ireland and heavily freckled.

I got a great out-take in the stables, a quiet moment that I am going to work on for my book.

Friday, September 19

Random House Shoots.. starting to be Fairly Regular

Seems like I get a call from these folks every week! Love it! Keep it coming. The work is usually really playfully and although the budgets are not of advertising scale we can usually find a way to get a lot done for very little. In this case I was able to use a background shot from my library, a sunset pic from a Mexico trip. Or course I prefer my un-cropped version, the cover still came out great.


I shot for both these ads a while back. I have been meaning to post them for quite some time. Super fun projects for BBDO NY. I got to travel for both, but for the Indiana Jones one we got to go all the way to capetown.. where everyone looks like a freakin' model. Beautiful people!

So, we didn't have a lot of time, but we managed to get out a bit. Our decision to forgo sleep in our to get the most out of the distance traveled. Here are some random pics.

Our first hotel, with views of Table Mountain,
Our production vehicle, our stop at the very bottom (the cape) and the resident wildlife, the set in progress, and the wind and waves.

Saturday, June 21

An Eventful Solstice

I was asked by my soon to be brother-in -law, Eddie Madril, to do a shoot for his upcoming production called the Sun Dagger Solstice for the flyer's and program. He and his brother are both members of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and are very talented artists, I have had the opportunity to shoot them in the past which was awesome so I was thrilled to go at it again!
Eddie came up with the concept of the main image and I embellished it with adding a background and the style in post.

Friday, June 20


Took a little weekend trip to Sedona to Visit my Mother-in-law. Rented some kind of jeep thing and went off roding all day. They could have made the seats a little cushey-er... but other than that it was great to get away and see some of that good nature stuff.

Thursday, June 12

My Sweet Sweet Raquel!

So the really awesome thing about having this blog.. (and I am trying to keep up with it.. it's so hard to find time!) is that I have an opportunity to share my more experimental work or other images that might not necessarily fit into my "for serious" portfolio. Like this shoot of Raquel.. my good friend whom I met by chance as a budding model at age 17. Now she is living in Paris and shooting for folks like baccarat and even French play boy! Ooh La La. Well, I just love these pics of her, I shot on 4x5 polariod. It was one of our last shoots together before she left.