Failed Promotional Shots

Over the past few years, we’ve had to take promotional shots for various reasons. As it turns out, the camera, the lighting, and composing the shot are the easy parts. Getting me to take a serious picture is the REAL challenge. I was just digging through some old shots and thought you might find it funny to see just a small sample of our “failed” promotional shots. I have no shame.

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Category: Musings


  1. Nicole is a lucky, lucky lady!

  2. Rich June 5, 2009

    Yeah massive FAIL

  3. Bill Akins June 5, 2009

    Oh Monk, I mean Marc, (remember that?) You are always good for a laugh!

  4. omg…my newly healing surgery wounds are pissed at you cause of the LOL I just did. So funny :D Nicole- you got a hot mess of a catch on your hands!

  5. kosta June 5, 2009

    I can see why some of those failed lol

  6. Shawn June 5, 2009

    The serious shot of you leaning on the table might have worked if you had been wearing a sleeveless t-shirt.

  7. Kevin June 5, 2009

    Funny stuff. I like #5, and #7 because they could almost be serious. I’m one for subtlety in comedy.

  8. kentuckybill June 5, 2009

    Dude, I printed out image 6 and made a poster for my shop wall. Is that wrong?

  9. Peik June 5, 2009

    Haha, flames? :D

  10. Marty June 5, 2009

    Dude, are you SURE you like girls?

  11. Brian June 5, 2009

    I think the shirt says it all :D

  12. Jim Jones June 5, 2009

    Hey, if I had a free, custom, jacked-up, turbo-charged and tricked-out Powermatic like that, I’d be giddy too!! Drooool.

  13. Marc! Cheryl says picture #6 should be of you NAKED! I mean, how much pride could you possibly have left. I like the “nerd” one myself.

  14. bbordeau June 5, 2009

    One word – Sassy!

  15. John Conklin June 6, 2009

    MAN!!! I love those shots… stuck a bunch all over the lawn and the moles are GONE!!! lol

    Great sense of humor guys.

  16. CcntMnky June 6, 2009

    Your big thumbs-up is now by laptop background!

  17. Critterman June 6, 2009

    Hey, not so sure about the poses, but the shirt was juuuusssst right. LOL

  18. Scott June 6, 2009

    So, ah, like which ones were the “failed” ones, eh?

  19. Kevin June 6, 2009

    I noticed you have the cast-iron legs and the blanchard ground top on your saw. I thought you had the standard black legs on there. Or was the the old saw?

      thewoodwhisperer June 6, 2009

      Hey Kevin. Yeah that was the old one. This is a PM Custom from Wood Werks Supply.

  20. Denny June 6, 2009

    My teenage daughter was looking over my shoulder and she squealed when photo #6 was displayed. She said “He’s cute, I like that picture!”
    (Nicole, you better keep a tight hold on Marc’s leash! LOL)

      thewoodwhisperer June 6, 2009

      Well, that’s all the approval I need. I found my new header image for the website!

  21. Claude Stewart June 7, 2009

    I agree with Brian

  22. Erick June 7, 2009

    Frightening on so many levels !!

  23. Terry June 8, 2009

    All I thought of when I looked at picture #6 was I bet that outfeed table won’t work well at that height.

  24. Patrick June 10, 2009

    I don’t know about Marc the poser (although those are some sweet moves) but that is one Wicked Cool paint job on that tablesaw. I think generally in advertising the model is supposed to be prettier than the machine.

  25. Lory June 13, 2009

    Nice costume change for the last shot!!


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  27. Frank Kovach February 27, 2010

    I’ve never met a biological engineer who became a woodworker who started a website with a cool name who really helped me get into woodworking before you, but these shots are what I like about you. Can’t take yourself too seriously. By the way, is alder a decent furniture wood? I see you using it mostly for mockups or jigs, except for a bookcase or armoire or something you made, and I found a furniture store near me selling stuff advertised as being “solid alder” and I’m wondering if that even means better.

      thewoodwhisperer February 27, 2010

      Haha thanks Frank. In some respects, I just never grew up. :)
      Alder is actually a pretty good furniture wood. Its not as dense or as durable as I usually prefer, but it can be made to look like more expensive woods quite easily. When I was making custom pieces for folks in this area, alder was the #1 requested wood. But the reason for its popularity is that it looks decent on its one, its incredibly cheap at only a couple bucks a board foot and can be made to look like maple, cherry, or walnut with just a little stain.

      • Frank Kovach February 28, 2010

        Yes, that makes sense. People over here haven’t heard of it, except for a few stores in Wilmington that sell furniture from manufacturers on the left coast.

  28. Ryan September 4, 2012

    If I has that kind of machinery, I would be giddy too!

  29. AKBeav December 7, 2012

    First time I have seen these photos. Love the flame job on the saw, reminds me of the flame job on Alton Brown’s stand mixer

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