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When I created this, I thought… “Maybe someone will use this on an album cover or a horror novel cover.”
Someone used it on the cover of a horror novel. :)
I’ve been testing some new lighting ideas and really like this particular style lighting. The white background is actually a translucent material with two strobes firing through it (backlit) and a 60″ octabox in front. This is a sample of one of the test shots for some upcoming images I hope to shoot in the next few days. Click on the image to see the high-resolution version.
I had the honor of shooting an exclusive event Saturday night; Taylor Swift received the Harmony Award from the Nashville Symphony. Congratulations, Taylor!
I had the honor and privilege of shooting The Blind Boys of Alabama with Jamey Johnson last night. The group will celebrate the release of Take The High Road with a series of concerts including May 4th at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville. I also shot the concert tonight. Fantastic music!
So I’ve decided to start blogging about some of the celebrities I’ve had the opportunity to photograph over the last several years. I won’t be writing about anything negative, only about people I’ve met who I think are decent people despite their celebrity.
I recently had the pleasure of photographing Bucky Covington of American Idol fame. This was a really fun shoot and I can’t disclose any of the details yet, but I can show just one of the images that is a set-up shot before the “real shooting” began.
Living in Nashville has it’s perks as a photographer. I enjoy getting to meet a wide variety of people from all walks of life. I don’t write about all of them, only the occasional few who strike me as slightly different… in a good way. I chose to post this image because you can see it in his eyes – life. Bucky is a genuine cut-up and is just full of life; there’s no other way to put it.
Although I’m not a fan of country music… I do like people who treat others with dignity and respect, something I don’t come across every day in dealing with people who live in the spotlight. I’ve met more than a few celebrities along the way around-whom-the-world-revolves, or so they think. Pleasure to meet you, Mr. Covington; glad to find you’re not one of those people.
More info and photos on the shoot posted here.
More rain and flooding than I’ve ever seen in Tennessee. Our neighborhood, which isn’t even in a flood plain, had its own share of flooding. The house diagonally across the street from my house was flooded up to the windows on the first floor. Another house down the street caught in fire and the family was trapped because of the flooding. Fortunately, the family was rescued by our amazing firefighters in Brentwood. Here are a couple of photos of the house a couple houses down from mine. Wow. Click on the photos and notice the water level on the lower window. Yikes!
I love the feeling I get during the creative process when I am hit with an idea, plan it out, execute it, and… NAIL IT! I love looking at the final product when the results are better than I imagined. Rarely happens, but when it does it is very rewarding. The photo above is the result of about 8 hours in total, from concept to execution–such is the nature of good stock; lots of planning and set up time. I actually made the little house just for this shoot. I bought a little plastic house and detailed it up to make it look like a little cottage. This photo was shot at two different exposures, one for the main lighting as a whole and the other to capture the nice warm, glowing light inside the house… yes, it actually is lit from inside!
Thanks, Ryan, for the use of your hands and your patience. Now on to upload this baby for sale as stock… I think this one might be a big seller for me.
In September of 2008, I was asked to accompany The Home Foundation to Moldova and Turkey to document their trip to the orphanages of Moldova and to the human trafficking hub of Istanbul. While walking through the streets of Turkey, we came across this child sitting alone in a very busy street begging for money. She couldn’t have been more than 4 years old. I’m regularly haunted by the pitiful sound of her begging cries.
This trip impacted my life in many ways and each time I see this photo it just serves as a reminder of that trip. The people walking by ignoring her, a painful reminder that we do the same thing to homeless people here. We walk by, avoiding eye contact because we don’t want to face the reality that these people are in need… hungry, homeless, cold, in need of our help. We don’t want to help because it is an inconvenience or will take away from our lunch money or our ability to buy another luxury. Shame on us. Shame on me and shame on you for ignoring genuine needs of hurting people.
*stepping off my soapbox* :P~ Just wanted to share that and admit my guilt in ignoring poverty so many times… not every time, but many times. I wish it were inverted and I could say that I rarely ignore it instead of rarely responding to it.
On Saturday, December 12th, I will be participating in a world-wide event called Help-Portrait. I’m looking for Make-up artists, Hair Stylists, and other Photographers in the Nashville/Franklin/Brentwood area willing to help me out on this. It’s a tremendous gift to make single mothers feel special this holiday season. It’s a chance to use your gift to give back to the world.
If you’ve got talent in any of these area and you have a heart, come help me give a little of both this holiday season. If you are interested in collaborating on this project, email me at email@example.com. Thanks!