Money Matters

An article in this month’s issue of Money Magazine claims that people in their early to mid-thirties tend to “cash stash” 42% of their net worth.

The accompanying photo from David Arky Studio shows a bed stuffed with wads of cash as a nod to the age-old concept of hiding money in mattresses.

This playful image was styled by our own Kellie Murphy and shot in-studio by David Arky.

Holy Smokes!

Throughout the country, more and more states are imposing either complete or partial smoking bans. This controversial issue is the subject of the cover article in this month’s Atlanta Magazine.

Shot in-studio by David Arky, the cover features a glass of beer, matches and a red ashtray with curls of smoke rising from a lit cigarette.

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Invoking a gritty dive-bar atmosphere, the photo brilliantly captures ashes in mid-air as they are flicked from the cigarette. Additionally, the flicking fingers belong to the same hands that are typing this post!

For all you non-Atantans, check out the online version of the article on Atlanta Magazine’s website.

Fish out of Water

At David Arky Photography, one of our clients is the hunting, fishing and general outdoorsy magazine Field & Stream.

Our most recent collaboration is currently featured in the Sportsman’s Notebook Instant Guide section of the magazine’s April issue.

The x-ray image of the large-mouth bass that ran with the article was personally caught by an editor at the magazine!

You can check out the photo on the front page of Field & Stream’s website and read up on fish lures in the full article by Mark Hicks.

Here are some additional photos from the shoot, including an on-location shot at the x-ray facility where these images are produced:

Complementary colors bring a fish to life.

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This octopus x-ray has an almost ghostly, ethereal quality.

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Positioning is important when preparing a subject for x-ray.

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More nature-themed editorials from Field & Stream are on their way! Stay tuned.

Precious Time

Our most recent shoot here at the studio was an editorial spread for ForbesLife in which an assortment of luxury items were photographed.

Amongst them were several high-end timepieces from watchmakers that included Montblanc, Audemars Piguet, Piaget, Vacheron Constantin, Greubel Forsey and Jaeger Coultre.

The shoot’s talented prop stylist, Megumi Emoto, took special care when handling these watches, as their inner mechanisms are especially delicate.

Here she uses protective gloves to gingerly position each piece in front of a metallic backdrop:

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Other items from the shoot included stylish men’s shoes from famed luxury brand Prada.

In this behind the scenes shot, Megumi arranges the shoes in a careful stack:

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The finished shots are yet to come, but in the meantime check out Megumi’s personal and professional portfolios at artists’ rep firm Anderson Hopkins.

Food For Thought

A collection of plastic fruits and vegetables wait to be brought to life in a recent shoot:

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The cornucopia spread out on the prop table:

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We’re excited to show off the finished result in the coming weeks! Stay tuned.

the process and the product


In honor of Throwback Thursday, here’s one from the David Arky archives:

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Always on the cutting edge, the studio produced this cover image for the March 1985 edition of Computers & Electronics to celebrate the first “birthday” of the original Apple Macintosh personal computer.


Woven from wire, the heart-shaped sculpture we shot for the February cover of Smithsonian Magazine was created by Kellie Murphy, a long-time collaborator of David Arky Photography.

Kellie’s expertise in model-making has inspired many a shoot at the studio, from her preliminary sketches to the completed sculptures.

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In addition to form, color is an essential piece of the shots we produce. Choosing the perfect shades of pink, red and white was vital in creating this model.

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Visit our client gallery to see the finished shot and tear sheets of the cover and article images from Smithsonian Magazine.

To see more of Kellie’s work in model-making and sculpture, check out her website at

California Noir

In recent weeks, the Tasting Room section of Food and Wine magazine’s website included several posts with images shot by David Arky Photography.

“5 Super Value California Pinot Noirs”, shows a 2012 BV Coastal Estates California Pinot Noir ($11) photographed for the article by David.

2012 BV Coastal Estates California Pinot Noir ($11)

“5 Essential California Pinot Noirs” is paired with the image below, the 2011 Kutch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($39) offset elegantly by a full wineglass.

2011 Kutch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($39)

Lastly, “Classic California Pinot Noirs”, features David’s accompanying shot is of a 2011 Hirsch San Andreas Fault Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($60), whose label features the mythological Rod of Asclepius.

2011 Hirsch San Andreas Fault Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($60)

A Thing of Beauty

When it comes to selecting the finer things, Forbes Life has it down to a tee. This is readily seen in the magazine’s December 2013 issue with the article “The Holiday EYE 2013” which features several images from David Arky Photography.

The series presents three elegant pieces of jewery which were photographed in-studio. This cabochon-cut black opal bracelet by Cartier is set with diamonds in platinum accented with sapphire and emerald beads.   


The image seen in the magazine was captured against a simple white background, but the shot above (an outtake from the shoot) is set against a deep indigo color that beautifully compliments the blue fire of the opal as well as the sapphire beads.

Other pieces from the shoot include amethyst drop earrings with 18k gold and bezel-set diamonds by Verdura, and an exquisite Burmese spinel ring with diamonds and platinum by James de Givenchy for Taffin, as seen below.


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