A Celebration of Figgs!
Over the past year, the MBV marketing crew has had the pleasure of working with one of the most kind, talented, and outgoing co-workers someone could ask for. Andrew Figgs has been a source of creativity and a model for consistent work ethic. He’s soon to be making his way back to the home-state of Washington, but on his last day here with us, we thought we’d look back at our favorite Figgs moments.
I love to speak with Figgs about anything and everything. He can find the beauty in anything he sees and he showed this with his Vapor Visuals. It was always fun to come in on Monday’s and see what he could come up with. My favorite Vapor Visuals is the one from AZ Bike week. The camera angles, the color contrast, and the beauty he was able to capture was amazing! His pictures and himself surely will be missed.
Figgs’ contributions to this team are infinite. In every project that he has had a hand in, he brings a creative eye, a positive disposition and a confidence (and I mean confidence, not cockiness) that is almost contagious. In his time here, Figgs has been able to help me grow as a photographer, passing on his extensive knowledge to me on almost a daily basis. It’s really hard to choose just one favorite moment, because for every project that I have been able to work on with him, he has made it seem like we are somehow cheating the system when we get paid to do these things. He makes the things we do more fun and he is amazing at making people look good. I personally never liked to have my photo taken. I’m not a model and cameras make me a little uncomfortable. But with Figgs behind the camera, it’s easier to just have fun in the moment and know that in post, Figgs will make you look good.
Because of how uncomfortable I was before, I think the moment I would like to highlight was the photo shoot I was able to do with Figgs (I know how vain, right?). As a person not so comfortable in her own skin, I was pleased to see how the photos turned out when we were done. I know I’m no model, but for this shoot, it didn’t matter. We had fun and the resulting images make me look good. And if I look good, I’m happy 🙂 Thank you Andrew Figgs, for everything!
Figgs is a fellow mumbling creative type. We’ve collaborated pretty extensively throughout the last year, from the Ownlife Vapor Podcast to video projects to surreal photo shoots. He brought an almost alien positivity to the office, and had a unique photographic eye.
I’ve only been fortunate enough to work with Andrew for about a month. Though its a short timeframe, Ive had the opportunity to see a great deal of his photography. From his product glamor shots to his character shots of the marketing team, I’ve been more than impressed with his flare for capturing color and composition.
Some of my favorites are his shots of our Photonic line and our exclusive “GWAR” lines. Andrew has a way of capturing the essence of his subject and highlight its overall characteristics. The first time I saw his shot of our Island Sun (Photonic) e liquid I was sold! The framing and attention to color is amazing. I love the play on greens from the interaction of the green bottle and the natural colors of the stream. This is not your standard product shot and shows a heightened sense of awareness of drama created by placement and elements. You can see Andrew’s vision of Island Sun here:
His personality is apparent in the way he uses the camera to capture the moment/subject. This is so apparent in his portrayal of GWAR Bloodbath. By reducing the color pallet and using red he allows the subject to pop in a way that illustrates the intensity of the product. Again, deep thought, but the directing of the character within the shot is what makes it. Noooooooo! If you can’t feel it, I can’t help ya. There’s also a sweet accompanying video in support of the product here.
He will be missed but I am excited to see what he does next. One thing I’ve learned is his creativity doesn’t take a day off! He is a creator and we see the world through different eyes. Don’t take my word for it though, you can check out some of his incredible work in our Vapor Visuals blog here.
Figgs is the best photographer I’ve ever known. But he did a lot more than just take pictures for the marketing department. He constantly worked to do everything he possibly could to make Mt Baker Vapor a better company. He built our Snapchat page from the ground up, was the friendly voice behind our weekly newsletter, and was the driving creative force behind our newest line of e liquid, Photonic.
He made us laugh, made us think, and made us get up from our desks and stretch at appropriate times throughout the day. He was never late and mastered the art of Facebook emoji responses. He can cook a mean Key Slyme Pie.
On top of all that? One of the kindest, most helpful people you will ever meet. Working with Figgs was a pleasure. He made Arizona just a bit more beautiful.