The Journal

A collection of curiosities by photographer/director and storyteller Adam Ryan Morris.

November 7, 2018

When religion is retail

You never know where your camera — and, most important, your curiosity — will take you. Or what you'll say when you get there.

September 6, 2018

The Imitation Game

Captain America's shield? Check. R2D2? Ohhh yes. We're big believers in personal work, and recently we directed a piece on Steve Radtke, who runs Valor Replicas, making replicas of famous movie props for fans who just can't live without a piece of Hollywood.

August 20, 2018

A Study in Strength + Vulnerability

Clients often hire me to make emotionally nuanced images. In one case this year, my team and I weren’t allowed to share the results but we loved the pictures so much we shot a similar project of our own: a portrait study gently juxtaposing strength and vulnerability. But this time we’d be working with hired talent rather than real people. Here’s where directing — much like directing for motion, actually — comes into play. Creating a narrative and guiding the talent to that fine line between too much and too little. Talent are so often used to their energy…

July 9, 2018

The Golden Years

On set — as with life in general — every second counts. When your shooting time shrinks yet your shot list keeps growing, that’s even more true, and working with the right people becomes paramount. We’d need a moderate crew footprint on set, so we found people who were either the best at what they do — or could wear multiple hats. So it was that 8 seasoned senior talent, 1 prop/wardrobe stylist, 2 hair/makeup artists, 2 trusty assistants and 1 highly organized photographer/director set out to capture 8 key lifestyle concepts and additional library assets over one day…

June 6, 2018

Mister Roboto

We recently directed a day-in-the-life-style anthem video for the studio of painter and commercial illustrator Bigshot Robot. If there’s one thing we think of when we see Bigshot Robot’s work, it’s his fluid style. Those curvy lines! So, in approaching the camerawork, we opted for the buttery smoothness of a Freefly Systems Movi to reflect his work. (Freefly makes our favorite gimbals — you can even run like mad next to a bicycle and still get silky, stabilized shots.) Bigshot Robot — aka David Zimmerman — reflects the kind of passion and heart we look for in clients of…