Saturday, August 29, 2015

Back to the farm/ Williams Sonoma/ Fall, 2015

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc


As in most photo shoots, there are many shots that just can’t fit onto the pages of a catalog or magazine. When Studio Marcus Hay, Inc joined Williams Sonoma in Fishkill Farm for Open Kitchen we shot for 3 days solid and straight days, come rain or shine. We even spent the first day shooting product shots under the only outdoor covered area, which was the verandah leading off the farm store during heavy rain, needless to say we all returned to the hotel that night fulfilled but a little damper.

The great thing about being on an outdoor photo shoot is that it is always an adventure and while you work hard often creating environments in the middle of nowhere, you always have mother nature to help you along as a backdrop, but as we all know mother nature is unpredictable and at times a little wild so you do have to be sensible and at times deal with unruly situations. I can only imagine what it is like working on a farm, dealing with these elements, your day determined by the weather as a start.

Dodging sunburn, ticks and other critters is part and parcel and stylists that turn up in high heals looking for the glam world of photography ain't going to cut it on a farm and let me tell you I have had some of those Assistants in my day but thankfully I had a great robustly enthusiastic team, a big shout out to Quin, Andrea and Jill for being such troopers.

I grew up in the city but I would occasionally visit my second cousin’s farm in rural Australia and I often laugh at the memory of the wispy fringed blond kid in my Blondie T-Shirt being whisked around on the back of a motorbike over acres of muddy property clinging to the back of one my much tougher third cousin’s waist (who indecently were all from a family of girls) for dear life. I was scared to death but I still kind of loved it. For a city fellow, the farm still brings out an inner delight but I have to say a hot shower at the end of the day is what I crave for most of the day.

Thanks again to Fishkill Farm for being so accommodating and Thanks again to Williams Sonoma for the opportunity.

The Fishkill Farm story was photographed by the uber talented Mikkel Vang, Food Stylist Alison Attenborough also wove her magic, Also check out the video for the project we shot and extra pics including all the guests from the farm here at the Williams Sonoma Taste blog

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Prospect + Vine/ New Work


Photography: Left: Jason Vanblaricum, Right: Brie Williams, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Brie Williams, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc


Photography: Jason Vanblaricum, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Brie Williams, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Sergio Jurado, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc
Photography: Brie Williams, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Brie Williams, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Brie Williams, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc



Heading to the Berkshires with a very full cargo van of props, Studio Marcus Hay, Inc got to spend a few weeks working on a brand new brand Prospect + Vine. It was very exciting to work on a brand new project and to get to do it with some much loved familiar faces such as the brands Creative Director, Jennifer Bianco with whom we have worked with for many years. It was also wonderful to work with Photographers Sergio JuradoBrie Williams and Jason Vanblaricum on this project.

USA made, Prospect + Vine is a great new product that focus’s on decorating and making the customers approach to decorating as simple as possible. Combining fabrics and color with an ease and elegance.

Marcus’s mother is an Interior Designer and we know she would love these amazing fabrics and products, combining pattern on pattern is something she has always embraced and when done cleverly, It is very striking.

Here is a preview of some of the shots Studio Marcus Hay, Inc styled for the catalog, Look out for more here once we get a hands on the new catalog.


Check out the Prospect + Vine website here!

Hunter Douglas/ Standard Issue/ The Art of Window Dressing

Photography: Alpha Smoot, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Photography: Alpha Smoot, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay Inc



A few months ago, Studio Marcus Hay, Inc got to work with the wonderful Brooklyn based design Company Standard Issue on a project with the very talented Photographer Alpha Smoot fot the first time for Hunter Douglas. Hunter Douglas are a company that specialises in high end window treatments. We were photographing a cover for their latest catalog. 

Standard Issue is an exciting multi-disciplinary design consultancy working in branding, marketing, material sampling, merchandising, interactive, industrial, interior design and architecture


Studio Marcus Hay, Inc designed the set and styled the shots featured here.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Trends Home Magazine/ China


Photography: Hai Zhang
Photography: Hai Zhang

Photography: Hai Zhang

Photography: Hai Zhang

Photography: Hai Zhang

Photography: Hai Zhang

Photography: Hai Zhang

Photography: Hai Zhang

Photography: Hai Zhang


A few months back I had the pleasure of working with the team at Trends Home in China, Photographer Hai Zhang and Writer Viviana Wang, Trends Home contributors based in New York visited the apartment and studio to write about and photograph them for a story.

Trends Home Magazine was founded in 2000 and has become the leading brand in home magazines in China. Trends Home has the largest circulation in its market in China and is a very popular publication.

The approach was to capture the spaces as naturally as possible with minimal propping and as my apartment and studio is already set up in real life. A quick trip to the flower market in the morning and all was set.

Many of you who follow the blog would have seen these spaces featured already, We hope you enjoy the new set of pictures captured for our Chinese audience and followers.

Thanks to Editor Weina Li for taking an interest in Studio Marcus Hay and including us in this story. 

For an even more in depth tour, the feature is also featured here on this blog, Click here to view




Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DWR/ Studio Marcus Hay Interior scheme/ August Catalog

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling & Interior Design: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling & Interior Design: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling & Interior Design: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling & Interior Design: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc


In the August Issue, Studio Marcus Hay was also delighted to be featured in an article within the pages of the Design Within Reach Catalog, It is such an honor to have my work for my Connecticut client featured in their pages. It was also so great to be quoted and interviewed, Thanks to the team at DWR for making it possible.

With a lovely layout and photo's by the wonderful Photographer Jim Bastardo, I have to also a big thanks to my wonderful Assistant on the job Molly Hartman who now owns an amazing design business Rye Workshop, Thanks Molly you are a shining star!

DWR/ August Catalog, 2015

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc


It was such a pleasure to be able to work with the team at Design Within Reach again a few months ago. We shot in a number of locations including a loft in Soho/ Manhattan, A Brooklyn townhouse and a large mid century inspired home in Montauk. 

Shooting with the ever talented Jim Bastardo it was wonderful to embrace a clean palette often in some cases using very minimal color to achieve a monochromatic effect. 

These images are from the August Catalog out now, Look out for more in the September issue coming soon.