Lather Hair Salon, Cohen Studios Collaborate for Fashion Portfolios

Hair by Jessica Williams, Lather Hair Salon. Photos by Max Cohen, Cohen Studios

February 10, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) – Raleigh hair stylist Jessica Williams of Lather Hair Salon and photographer Max Cohen of Cohen Studios decided to pool their creative resources recently to build both of their portfolios.

Williams needed to create and document a few color and styling techniques that she doesn’t often get to do in the day-to-day work of a hair salon.

“As much as I love treating, cutting, coloring and styling hair for everyday wear, sometimes it’s fun — and challenging — to stretch the envelope, so to speak, and show the edgier side of my artistry,” said Williams, whose salon was recently named one of Raleigh’s trendiest hair salons by American Salon magazine. Her work is also featured in this month’s Rouge magazine. “Bold color and dramatic cuts are seldom requested by our ‘regular’ clients!”

Williams is also applying to become a training specialist for Wella hair care products and needed photos of her work to accompany the application.

Enter Max Cohen of Cohen Studios in downtown Raleigh.

For several months, Williams has displayed examples of Cohen’s work on a wall in the salon. They’d met during a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser for which they’d both volunteered. It seemed natural to ask him to collaborate.

“And I was more than happy to do it,” said Cohen, who specializes in portraiture and wedding photography. “I was already interested in expanding the fashion portion of my portfolio, so when Jessica approached me about shooting some examples of her edgier work, I immediately saw how it would benefit both of us.”

Williams found three clients who were willing to let her go a bit extreme with their hair. For one model, she added bold reds to her long brown hair then shortened the cut with multiple layering to create a sweeping silhouette around her head. “Very rock-n-roll,” Williams quipped.

For another model, Williams created deep, heavy bangs, or “fringe,” then added warm browns to the model’s original color as well as bold blond chunks to dramatically lighten the top. A hint of curl around the model’s face completes the look.

For the only guy in the group, Williams opened up the facial area and turned a previously shaggy style into a striking geometric look.

The photo sessions took place in the salon, in Cohen’s studio, and near a train track that slices through downtown Raleigh where for natural lighting.

“I wanted to do some studio shots because that would allow me to emphasize the hair without environmental distractions,” Cohen said.

Williams and Cohen intend to continue collaborating as both professionals build their portfolios.

“It was a lot of fun,” Cohen said.

Williams agreed. “Max is really easy to work with, and seeing my work through his gorgeous images is exciting.”

For more information on Lather Hair Salon, visit www.latherhairsalonnc.com

For more information on Cohen Studios, visit www.cohenstudios.com.

About Lather Hair Salon:

Lather Hair Salon is a full-service, upscale salon specializing in color, cuts, waxing, deep conditioning treatments, shine glossing, perms, anti-curl treatments, and both trendy and classic styling. The salon was recently named one of the best salons in Raleigh by American Salon magazine. Lather also offers special wedding party services both in-salon or on location, and the stylists maintain “Hair Academy 101,” an on-going blog on hair care, styling, products, and DIY techniques. Lather Hair Salon is also available on Facebook and through Citysearch. For more information, visit www.latherhairsalonnc.com or call 919-792-0715.

About Cohen Studios:

A graduate of the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, Max Cohen of Cohen Studios has been a professional photographer for five years, working in both digital photography and film. At H.I.P., he was exposed to a wide range of technical skills and studied under world-renown photographers as instructors and guest speakers. Describing himself as a “generalist,” he enjoys all types of subjects, from children and high school senior portraits to commercial and editorial assignments. For more information, visit www.cohenstudios.com. Cohen Studios is also available on Facebook and Citysearch.

Cohen Studios To Capture “After” Portrait for Make-over Contest Winner

Max Cohen © Cohen Studios

January 21, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) – Max Cohen of Cohen Studios in Raleigh has volunteered to provide a free photographic portrait of the results of a hair and makeup make-over for the winner of a Raleigh salon contest.

Lather Hair Salon recently announced its “Help Me, Lather! I Need A Make-Over!” Essay Contest. Contestants send the salon a 250-word essay, with photo, on why they or someone they nominate deserves a full, free make-over.

The winner will receive as many services as she wants: cut, color, styling and more, plus full make-up application. When the process is complete, Cohen Studios will capture the results in a free color portrait.

“It’s going to be interesting to see who wins,” Cohen said, “and how transformative the results will be. I’m really excited about documenting the ‘new look’ and that special moment for the winner.”

The contest is open now through February 28th.

Cohen has collaborated with Lather Hair Salon on other projects and is currently showing examples of his work in the salon, which is located off Glenwood Avenue/Highway 70W, near Carmax. (For more information on Lather Hair Salon and the “Help Me, Lather! I Need A Make-Over!” Essay Contest, go to www.latherhairsalonnc.com.)

Max Cohen has extensive experience with formal studio portrait photography and environmental portraiture in both black and white and color, on film and digitally. His website, www.cohenstudios.com., includes portrait galleries, as well as galleries of family portraits, wedding photography, and urban landscapes.

For more information on Cohen Studios, go to www.cohenstudios.com.

About Cohen Studios

A graduate of the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, Max Cohen of Cohen Studios has been a professional photographer for five years, working in both digital photography and film. At H.I.P., he was exposed to a wide range of technical skills and studied under world-renown photographers as instructors and guest speakers. Describing himself as a “generalist,” he enjoys all types of subjects, from children and high school senior portraits to commercial and editorial assignments. For more information, visit www.cohenstudios.com. Cohen Studios is also available on Facebook and Citysearch.

Max Cohen Captures The Essence of Need, Hope for Raleigh Downtowner’s December Cover

© Cohen StudiosDecember 1, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – When the Raleigh Downtowner asked Max Cohen of Cohen Studios to create a cover image for the monthly magazine’s December edition, the photographer knew he had a special opportunity. The image would illustrate a lead article on small, less visible charities that play a large role in helping those in need in the Capital City entitled “Nine for the Needy.”

Among those charities is the Raleigh Rescue Mission. And it was there that Cohen found, with the help of the mission’s director of programs Brooks Ann McKinney, the perfect subjects for his cover shot: a mother and daughter who are about to embark on a much better life as they move into their own apartment.

Shanna, the mother, was feeling completely hopeless when she first came to the mission, McKinney said. Her one-year-old was born shortly thereafter.

Over the past year, Shanna has experienced “tremendous growth,” McKinney noted. “She’s totally different now from when she first came to us. That’s why I felt she and her daughter would be great subjects for this story.”

When McKinney brought Shanna and her little girl to Cohen Studios in downtown Raleigh, Max Cohen was immediately struck by “how calm, sweet and pleasant they were,” he said. “They were perfectly comfortable to just do their thing while I did mine.”

An hour and a half later, Cohen had captured a bevy of images that the Raleigh Downtowner’s editor and publisher Crash Gregg would pour over before selecting the one that appears on this month’s cover.

“We chose a poignant photo that evoked the emotional feeling that we were looking for in hopes that it would help raise awareness for local charities,” he said.

Another Cohen image of Shanna appears on the Downtowner’s inside-cover page with her quote: “The Raleigh Rescue Mission means a lot to me because it helped me get on the right track and gave me a second chance at life.”

Max Cohen spends most of his time creating studio and environmental portraiture as well as wedding photography, yet he also enjoys photojournalism, which is why he began working with the Downtowner in October.

“There’s an immediacy to editorial photography and a level of creative freedom that is really exciting,” he said. “It’s also a lot of fun to think about how the images I capture will enhance and illustrate a story or news item.”

According to the Raleigh Downtowner’s Gregg, Cohen’s image of Shanna and her daughter perfectly illustrates “Nine for the Needy.”

About Cohen Studios:

A graduate of the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, Max Cohen of Cohen Studios has been a professional photographer for five years, working in both digital photography and film. At H.I.P., he was exposed to a wide range of technical skills and studied under world-renowned photographers as instructors and guest speakers. Describing himself as a “generalist,” he enjoys all types of subjects, from children and high school senior portraits to commercial and editorial assignments. Cohen Studios is located at 311 West Martin Street in downtown Raleigh.  For more information, visit www.cohenstudios.com. Cohen Studios is also available on Facebook and Citysearch.

About The Raleigh Downtowner:

The Raleigh Downtowner is a local monthly print magazine dedicated to coverage of downtown Raleigh. The Downtowner’s online publication, www.Raleigh2.com, encompasses downtown and the surrounding area. Both are owned and operated by Crash Gregg with offices at 14 East Hargett Street, Raleigh. For more information visit www.raleighdowntowner.com or call 919-821-9000.

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Cohen Studios Teams with Habitat/Wake

Raleigh photographer volunteers to document

2009 Homes Tour, Party

 

logo_horizontalNovember 5, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Photographer Max Cohen of Cohen Studios in downtown Raleigh, NC, has volunteered his professional services for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County’s ninth Home Tour and Party on Sunday, November 22.

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Max Cohen

The annual event is a fundraiser for Habitat/Wake that takes participants on a tour of homes built by Habitat/Wake volunteers. After the homes tour, the party at Habitat’s ReStore on Raleigh Boulevard kicks off the holiday season.

Max Cohen will photograph each of the homes on the tour and capture the festivities at the ReStore, which sells recycled and usable building materials at discount to raise money for building Habitat homes.

“I’m a huge fan of Habitat’s mission of building affordable homes for people in need,” said Cohen, who opened his photography studio this year. “And Habitat is all about volunteerism, so I figured I should do my part. I’m a lot better with a camera than I am a hammer.”

The after-tour party will include seafood from 42nd Street Oyster Bar in Raleigh and live music. Tickets are $50 and are available at http://www.habitatwake.org/index.html.

For more information on Habitat/Wake, visit www.habitatwake.org.

For more information on Cohen Studios, visit www.cohenstudios.com.

About Cohen Studios:

A graduate of Enloe High School in Raleigh and the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, Max Cohen of Cohen Studios has been a professional photographer for five years, working in both digital photography and film. At H.I.P., he was exposed to a wide range of technical skills and studied under world-renown photographers as instructors and guest speakers. Describing himself as a “generalist,” he enjoys all types of subjects, from children and high school senior portraits to commercial and editorial assignments. The studio is located at 311 West Martin Street, Raleigh. For more information, visit www.cohenstudios.com. Cohen Studios is also available on Facebook and Citysearch.

What Nana/Bubbie Really Wants for Christmas/Hannukah

Raleigh photographer channels his Jewish grandmother

 

October 26, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) — Bragging rights. Nothing makes a grandparent’s eye twinkle more than the opportunity to show off their beautiful (even if just in their eyes!) children and grandchildren.

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Baby Annelise Clare Walker © Cohen Studios

 

That’s what Max Cohen of Cohen Studios believes anyway.

 

“My Bubbie (Yiddish for Grandma) shows off pictures of her kids and grandkids as if she’s showing off a Nobel Prize or Olympic medal,” Cohen laughed. “Then her friends pull out their pictures and a battle ensues over who has the most beautiful progeny.”

 

With his “Bubbie” and her buddies in mind, Cohen decided to serve up some holiday specials from his new studio in downtown Raleigh that just might solve the annual angst around what to give the grandparents this year.

 

From November 1 to January 1, 2010, Cohen Studios is offering:

—     Family portrait sessions that include 100 custom holiday greeting cards for free

—     Individual portraits with an extra $50 print credit

—     And 10 percent off any baby session (one year old and younger).

 

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Annelise Clare Walker © Cohen Studios

“I mean, how many World’s Best Grandma/Grandpa mugs do you need, right?” he said. “I hate to use the cliché, but a picture really is a gift that keeps on giving. And a professional portrait — well, that really raises the bar on bragging rights!”

 

He’s quick to point out that Cohen Studios is an equal opportunity grandparent-pleaser.

 

Cohen Studios, which just celebrated its Grand Opening this month, is located at 311 West Martin Street in Raleigh’s trendy Warehouse District. For more information visit www.cohenstudios.com or call 919-413-5180.

 

About Cohen Studios

 

A graduate of the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, Max Cohen of Cohen Studios has been a professional photographer for five years, working in both digital photography and film. At H.I.P., he was exposed to a wide range of technical skills and studied under world-renown photographers as instructors and guest speakers. Describing himself as a “generalist,” he enjoys all types of subjects, from children and high school senior portraits to commercial and editorial assignments. For more information, visit www.cohenstudios.com. Cohen Studios is also available on Facebook and Citysearch.

 

 

Cohen Studios Expands Services To Editorial Coverage

While covering SparkCon for The Raleigh Downtowner, Max Cohen captured this image of an artist at work on Fayetteville Street.
While covering SparkCon for The Raleigh Downtowner, Max Cohen captured this image of an artist at work on Fayetteville Street.

October 12, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Cohen Studios, a full-service photography studio located in downtown Raleigh, NC, has been added to “Our State” magazine’s list of preferred photographers and has become a contributing photographer for “The Raleigh Downtowner.”

Max Cohen of Cohen Studios is best known for his commercial and wedding photography and environmental portraiture. Yet he’s been interested in photo-journalism since he attended the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Massachusetts.

“There’s an immediacy to editorial photography and a level of creative freedom that is really exciting,” he said. “It’s also a lot of fun to think about how the images I capture will enhance and illustrate a story or news item. It’s also nice to get a credit line!”

Published by Mann Media since 1996, “Our State” is a 75-year-old, statewide, monthly magazine that concentrates on the people and history of North Carolina and suggests places to visit.

“The photographic strength of Our State has made it very competitive among professional photographers to be published here,” says Deanne O’Connor, the magazine’s art director.

“The Raleigh Downtowner” is a monthly publication on newsstands and online, edited and published by Crash Gregg of Raleigh. The “Downtowner” focuses primarily on the center city district, featuring stories on local entertainment, arts and culture, dining, business, events, music, wine, fashion, and Raleigh history.

Recently, Cohen covered the SparkCon celebration of creativity that took place on Fayetteville Street for the “Downtowner.”

“I’m looking forward to many more assignments from the “Downtowner” and to seeing my work in the pages of Our State,” he said. “It’s really nice to get out of the studio from time to time.”

Cohen Studios celebrated its grand opening this month in the 311 W. Martin Street building, which houses a collection of studios and gallery space. For more information on Cohen Studios, visit www.cohenstudios.com.

About Cohen Studios:

A graduate of Enloe High School in Raleigh and the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, Max Cohen of Cohen Studios has been a professional photographer for five years, working in both digital photography and film. At H.I.P., he was exposed to a wide range of technical skills and studied under world-renown photographers as instructors and guest speakers. Describing himself as a “generalist,” he enjoys all types of subjects, from children and high school senior portraits to commercial and editorial assignments. For more information, visit www.cohenstudios.com. Cohen Studios is also available on Facebook and Citysearch.

Cohen Studios To Hold Grand Opening In Downtown Raleigh

Max Cohen, Cohen Studios
Max Cohen, Cohen Studios

September 22, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Cohen Studios, a full-service photography studio in downtown Raleigh, will hold its grand opening Friday, October 2, during the citywide First Friday Art Walk, beginning at 7 p.m.

Owned and operated by photographer Max Cohen, Cohen Studios is located in “311 W. Martin,” a collection of artists’ studios and exhibition space named for its address within downtown Raleigh’s trendy Warehouse District.

“It’s really exciting to be in the same building with so many creative people, and in such a vibrant part of downtown Raleigh,” Cohen said. “I couldn’t ask for a better space.”

Other artists in the building include painter/printmaker Susan Martin, printmaker Julie Niskanen, and painters Carol Joy Shannon and Shaun Richards. Judy Jones, proprietor, is also a printmaker.

Cohen Studios provides a range of photography services, including color and black-and-white portraits; engagement and wedding photography, commercial, corporate and advertising photography; website photography, headshots and portfolios for actors and models, editorial photography, and fine art photography.

The grand opening will include an exhibit of Max Cohen’s work, as well as food, wine, and give-aways. The other artists’ studios will also be open.

For more information on Cohen Studios, visit www.cohenstudios.com. For more information on 311 West Martin Street galleries and studios, go to 311galleriesnadstudios.org/home.html.

About Cohen Studios

A graduate of Enloe High School in Raleigh and the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, Max Cohen of Cohen Studios has been a professional photographer for five years, working in both digital photography and film. At H.I.P., he was exposed to a wide range of technical skills and studied under world-renown photographers as instructors and guest speakers. Describing himself as a “generalist,” he enjoys all types of subjects, from children and high school senior portraits to commercial and editorial assignments. For more information, visit www.cohenstudios.com. Cohen Studios is also available on Facebook.

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