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Minneapolis Millers Baseball

"I just like how it feels when you are playing the game. It's a beautiful sport" Owen Santiago - 12AAA

This is a personal / passion project dedicated to my son Wesley for his love of baseball and The Minneapolis Millers league that he has played for the past three seasons.

The short film highlights the Millers Youth Baseball Association (MYBA) and their approach to teaching the game.

“Our goal is to place kids at a level of competition that best supports their long-term development, while giving them the best travel baseball experience possible.”

The Minneapolis Millers name has roots as an American professional minor league baseball team dating back as early as 1884. A number of legendary, eventual major league players including Willie Mays, Ted Williams, and Carl Yastrzemski got their start playing with the Millers at Nicollet Park, a stones throw from where we live in South Minneapolis. The Millers team closed their doors after the 1960 season with the arrival of the Minnesota Twins coming less than a year later.

More about Minneapolis Youth Baseball and the Millers organization at MYBA.

A shout and thanks to those that came out to support the project:

Producer & Director - Jonathan Chapman/JCP
Editor - Joseph McMahon
Director of Photography - Jonathan Chapman
Camera Operators - Bill Hickey & Patrick Meehan
Field Audio - John Fontana
Assistant Camera - Justin Silvis
Music - Kevin Matley
Executive Producer - Scott Zosel

United Health Group “Life’s Best Work” | Brazil

Following up on our previous post, the continuation of our collaborative journey with United Health Group's recruitment campaign took us to a new level when we traveled to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

We spent the better part of a week in Rio capturing and telling the stories of our subjects, both at work as well as as documenting their passions and hobbies throughout the city.

What an opportunity and experience to raise the bar once again, with an incredible backdrop to frame up a group of accomplished individual employee narratives.

Thanks to the following people who came on board and added their talents to the production:

Photographer / Director - Jonathan Chapman/JCP
Production - Tanya Silver
Assistant Producer - Raquel Conde
Edit - Joseph McMahon
Camera Assistant - John Fontana
Second Camera - Joseph McMahon
Set Manager - Henrique Castelobranco
Props / Wardrobe - Ilma Ceiailma
Hair / Make-up - Inez Qcivel
Location Scout - Cristina Perez
Music - Joey Verskotzi
Sound Mixing - Nick Mihalevich

United Health Group “Life’s Best Work” | USA

We've worked with United Health Group on their recruitment campaigns for several years now and each year is a journey of discovery into the 8 to 10 star employees being profiled. It's an opportunity for JCP to translate a subject's work role and passion outside of work into stills and video. We always enjoy collaborating with the employees and learning more about what they do in their personal life and how that crosses over to their work life and vice versa. The connections at times are uncanny and reveal how intertwined two seemingly unrelated roles can be.  

We hope you enjoy viewing the final edits as much as we did making them come to life. 

Our next post will feature a few subjects we profiled in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for an international flavor of UHG - Your Life's Best Work. 

Thanks to the following people who came on board and added their talents to the production:

Photographer / Director - Jonathan Chapman/JCP
Production - Tanya Silver
Assistant Producer - John Fontana
Edit - Joseph McMahon
Second Camera - Eric Schleicher
Aerial Photography / Third Camera / Assistant - Patrick Meehan
Camera Assistant - Joseph McMahon
Digital Tech - Karl Herber
Props / Wardrobe - Julie Caruso & Kathy Muellner
Hair / Make-up - Ashlee Ellert
Location Scout - Charlotte Ariss
Music - Joey Verskotzi
Sound Mixing - Nick Mihalevich

Matrix Fitness | Amsterdam

Our latest for Matrix Fitness and their “Total Solutions Partner” campaign. Produced in Amsterdam, NL the still and motion visuals highlight Matrix Fitness’ premiere line of exercise equipment as well as their Total Solutions approach emphasizing facility design, equipment integration, with oversight and support around maintenance and service.

“For your grand opening and everyday after, when you choose Matrix, you’re getting more than the world’s finest fitness equipment — you’re getting an ongoing relationship geared for success. Together, there’s no detail of your business that we can’t refine, reimagine or reinvent. And that includes your bottom line.”

A shout out to Coelement for their post-production talents including edit, graphics, and animation.


Here in the Midwest there’s no better sign of summer on the horizon than farmers out in their fields plying steel to hard, crust-laden soil after a long winter’s sleep. Our project for Syngenta’s Golden Harvest brand, through Martin Williams, gave us first hand experience of all the spring sensations while capturing a series of visuals to build on their “Hybrid / Performance” campaign. 

Following a true farmer’s schedule from the early morning rays to the dusky evening sky provided a perfect backdrop and canvas to shoot against. Over two days of production, the campaign came to life and as always we enjoyed documenting another day in the life story of sowing and growing.

Optum Heath

Cameras, canoes, and drones... A JCP collaboration with Cue Labs to capture a series of pastoral, nature and landscape, based visuals for Optum Health's "Innovation Center." The content is being projected on a large scale as part of an immersive, interactive installation.

As with many of our motion based productions, we've assembled some of our favorite clips into a director's cut. We took it a step further making a poetic short film, pairing a voice over read of the poem "Afterwards" by Thomas Hardy

Photographer / Director – Jonathan Chapman | JCP
Producer – Bobbi Peacock
Production Assistant - Kate Dixon
Director of Photography – Nicolas De Miranda
DP / Drone - Adam Geiss
Camera Operator - Bruce Christianson
First AD – Chris Savage
Second AD – Joseph McMahon
DIT / Digital Tech – Chris Worlow
Location Scout - Tobias Shapiro / Healy Locations
Motorhome - Tin Gypsies
Edit – Joseph McMahon
Story Development - John Fontana
Poem – "Afterwards" by Thomas Hardy
Voiceover – Yervant Chalkagian c/o Stewart Talent
Music – "Become" by Phillip Cuccias c/o The Music Bed

FedEx | On Time, Every Time…

After recent travel to New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, and much of Europe it seemed appropriate to feature a production for FedEx, a brand that certainly spans the globe.

To see a Frank Gehry building is nothing short of extraordinary; it's an eye catching moment of curving stainless steel splendor. The Weisman Art Museum played just the role, offering a perfect backdrop to our shoot for FedEx. Shots from above, below and all around provided the elements to tell the story of the "Custom Critical" service branch of FedEx. When a crucial piece of art or any other invaluable object needs transit to another location, FedEx has the means to get it there on time, every time without fail. The shoot encompassed so many aspects of the delivery process and we were able to take advantage of beautiful morning light with the unique shapes of the Gehry architecture standing tall in the background.  

Chicago & the JCP Directors Reel

JCP+Directors Reel
JCP+Stills & Motion Montage

It's great to be back in the saddle after my "Family Sabbatical" adventure abroad these past four months. There is nothing like time away to refuel and inspire. While difficult to pull away from the business and comforts of home, I am thankful to have had the opportunity as well as foresight to step away and celebrate the fruits of past work in such a personal way. To say that my family and I came away with a life time of shared memories and experiences is an understatement. I look forward to sharing imagery and stories in coming days on the site and blog.

While away I was contacted by a Los Angeles based producer with questions around our process and approach when working in the realm of Stills & Motion. It could not have been a more relevant inquiry as is seeing a continual trend towards the mixing of mediums on nearly all of our productions. This conversation led to an invite to speak in Chicago last week at the Visual Connections conference; an event centered around "connecting buyers with suppliers of visual media." Realizing this was a unique opportunity, I was of course excited to take part and share the updated JCP Directors Reel as well as the Still & Motion montage below. The talk provided an opportunity to share insight into what we do as well as hear thoughts on how the industry continues to evolve. Feedback was very positive and the energy at the event could not have been more encouraging as far as what we are up to and how the industry continues to evolve.

Enjoy the edits and here's to keeping pace and staying inspired.

Cavan Images | JCP “Artist Spotlight”

Excited to be partnering with New York based Cavan Images, our first official foray into the stock image market. They have a solid vision as far as brand, promotion, and marketing and it's pretty sweet to see the range of JCP images being picked up for various campaigns.

A small collection of the JCP library is featured as part of their most recent "Artist Spotlight."

The Family Sabbatical | A “World is our Classroom” Adventure

As a self-employed photographer and director I have arguably one of the most varied, creative, and passion fueling professions that one could ask for. On top of this I am my own boss, yet I am able to collaborate and engage with a talented roster of friends who help support my endeavors in this business. Each year I’ve grown in the industry and I’ve never felt more satisfied and excited with the work I’ve had a hand in creating nor the direction the business is headed.

While things are moving in an ideal direction, the balls in the air have grown in number and my work / life balance has gotten more complex each year. In the back of my mind I’ve had a growing desire to hit the pause button, to take a sabbatical of sorts with my family to simply celebrate and explore life and the world outside the confines of a two-week vacation. On one hand there’s that thinking that I am taking a risk as a self-employed business owner who provides the sole income for my family. There is that voice in my head “clients are going to leave, I’ve worked so hard to build what I have, I must stay to keep the momentum…” But the wiser voice says this is why I work hard. Take the time, life is short, live in the moment and celebrate the fruits.

As far as the two full-time employees here at JCP, Studio Manager John Fontana is taking three months off for a personal break and travel and Media Producer / Editor Joseph McMahon is remaining on to support the business at a minimum of two days per week while also exploring freelance opportunities for his personal growth in the business. I certainly couldn’t have done this without their supportive high-fives. This window will ultimately be collective break in the action for all of us, a break we’ll arrive on the back side of refreshed and even more inspired for the work we all contribute to.

“Stay hungry, Stay foolish,” four words from Steve Jobs that I believe are the true backbone of success, in business and in life. Take the road less traveled, or at least a short drive along it whenever possible. Easier said than done, but a good compass bearing none-the-less.

Here’s to 2016 and your own version of a sabbatical, a break in your own regularly scheduled program of work and life.

Thanks for your friendship, support, and enthusiasm.


Jonathan / JCP

I’d like to give a shout to Seth and Sam Bohken as well as Jaime Chismar - close friends and talented designers who took my idea of a travel blog much further than I could have imagined it. If you’re inclined to keep up with my family's antics and adventures in New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, and Europe, be sure to check out