It's always my pleasure to work with Morgan Brooke McCarty. Here are some highlights from our latest downtown set. …
This past weekend I had the pleasure of shooting with Kiame Biandudi. She's a certified Zumba instructor and she contacted me a couple of weeks ago about getting some promotional portraits and head sho…
I had the pleasure of shooting a promotional portrait session with professional percussionist, Chris Galyon. I love how these turned out. Special thanks to Candace Wilson for the space and assistance. …
It's come to my attention that some had not seen the images I produced of meteorologist and TV personality, Ella Dorsey in 2014. Here are my favorites from both 2014 and 2015 all in one place. Enjoy.
Earlier this Fall, Ella Dorsey met up with me for the second part of our promotional portrait session. We had a blast in the lobby of a hotel, and the results are stunning. Thank you again, Ella. You did such an amazing job in front of my camera. Your personality and charisma is simply breathtaking. I wish you all the best of luck in all of your new adventures.
For the second year in a row, I had the absolute pleasure of shooting a promotional session (two actually) with meteorologist and TV personality, Ella Dorsey. I must say that Ella is one of my favorites in front of the camera. She's kind, funny, smart, and just plain fun to be around - and that, of course, doesn't touch what a beautiful person she is. So, thank you, Ella for allowing me to do my thing again. Here is part one of my posts featuring some of the images that Ella and I created this Summer and Fall. I hope you enjoy them and keep your eyes peeled for the next installment.
This past Friday, I had the pleasure of working with local lifestyle model, Leslie Fox. What a fun time we had working with Makeup Artist, Stephen Mee and roaming around downtown building her agency portfolio. Here are some of my favorite images from our session. I think they remind us all that you don't need to be under 25 to get some fabulous images.
Monday night I dragged a car full of equipment across town. It's not often I get a shoot start time of 8pm, but I can tell you it was well worth it. It was an absolute joy to shoot a commercial set at Born this Way Body Arts (off of Middlebrook Pike in West Knoxville). I cannot thank owners April Thomas and Bryan Thomas enough for having me and going all out for a great commercial set. I want to also thank staff members Mariella Buddle, Emily Walker, and Tyler McClure for being such good sports and doing whatever I asked. I walked in with a distinct vision of what I wanted to get out of the location and the staff, and boy did they all deliver. Let me say a special thanks to Payton Poteet for doing makeup for the lovely ladies of Born this Way (and for powdering down a shiny Bryan), and last but not least, thank you, Noel Zitawi for styling all that great hair. If you're in the market for a tattoo or piercing, I cannot recommend Born this Way Body Arts enough. Here are some of my favorite images from our set.
I had the pleasure of working with local model, Shelby Lindsey for the third time this past week. Such a beautiful young woman - and it was an absolute honor to be able to shoot some senior photos for her and her family during our session. Here are my favorites from our session.
After a couple of year hiatus from modeling, I had the opportunity to shoot with the fabulous Morgan Brooke McCarty this past week. We did a full commercial fashion portfolio session in Downtown Knoxville. The results, as always, were stunning. Here are my favorites from our set.
It was so great to see the fabulous Ukrainian model, Alina Moiseeva again this past Monday. She braved the cool morning air at sunrise for some amazing images. Here are my favorites from our set.
Last week I had a blast working with the folks from Monster Tower, a company that sells boat towers and accessories. We met before down and put 5 boats on the water, including the chase boat. I want to give special thanks to Steve, Amanda, and especially Brandon of Monster Tower for getting me exactly what I needed to make this a great shoot. Here are some of my favorite images from this shoot.
Head Shots & Portraits
We're both a bit older and a lot balder, but it was great to see and catch up with the reverend Jake Bohstedt Morrill. Of course, he wasn't the reverend to me back in elementary school. He was the platinum blonde kamikaze on roller skates at my third grade birthday party - and he wasn't the reverend when we graduated from Bearden High School together 25 years ago - but he is now, and he's also an extraordinary writer. The reverend Jake Bohstedt Morrill holds a BA from Texas, an MFA from Iowa, and his Masters of Divinity from Harvard - and he puts all of those to good use as a minister at The Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church. I've been following his posts and writing for a while now, and am always impressed with his steady, thoughtful message, and that's why I was incredibly happy when Jake wrote to me a few weeks ago and asked if I could help him create some head shots and portraits he could use in conjunction with his writing and speaking engagements. I think we did well, but I'll let you be the judge.
It was a cold Sunday morning on Market Square in Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, but that didn't seem to matter to Angelena and her daughter, Kayla. They were ready to go, and couldn't wait to get a set of unique and stylish Family portraits made. I must admit that my hands were frozen by the end of the session, but I know the results speak for themselves. I loved that Angelena and Kayla both wanted images together and separately and they weren't afraid to let me help them look their best. Thank you, ladies!
25 years ago, I graduated from Bearden High School in Knoxville, TN (Class of 1990), and there have been some huge success stories from my class. One of those stories belongs to John Wilbanks, whom I am still happy to call my friend. John Wilbanks is the Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks and a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and at FasterCures. He runs the Consent to Research Project. He speaks 60-80 times a year around the world (there's a fabulous Ted Talk out there featuring John), and he was in need of some new promotional portraits. So, a few weeks ago while John was in town, we roamed around downtown Knoxville and got him what he needed. If you want to learn more about John, you can read about him here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wilbanks. Here are some of my favorite images from our session.
Sometimes you just get to be part of something special. Brenda and Trip were traveling from Florida to Wisconsin to visit family and friends, and they chose downtown Knoxville on the way through. They called me on Monday, and there I was on Thursday shooting wedding portraits and covering the ceremony at the courthouse. It was frankly one of the most beautiful, intimate and special days I've ever been a part of, and I appreciate Brenda and Trip allowing me to be a part of it with them.
Don’t get me wrong. I love Pinterest as much as the next hot-blooded American. It’s a great way to find inspiration and new ideas about all kinds of things, but as a photographer, I can’t think of anything more disheartening than a client who decides to use Pinterest to create a “Shot List” for our session. Used improperly, Pinterest hurts results, produces unrealistic expectations, and ultimately leads to disappointment. Ream more now...
It was a great year with some great models. I am so thankful to everyone who took the time to stand in front of my camera this year, and I hope that next year is just as good. Here's some of my favorites from 2014.
It's been two years since I've had a drop of alcohol. No liquor. No beer. Not even a…
According to a recent (unscientific) Facebook poll, it’s clear: Almost no one cares about your photography certification, but you and other photographers. It’s practically meaningless in your client’s decision-making process. It’s your portfolio that matters to clients.
There are many questions a bride really needs to ask her potential wedding photographer, but there's one question that is often overlooked, and it could make all the difference in the world. Here it is: Are the images you're showing me from a styled wedding shoot or are they from an actual wedding? See, when you go to bridal shows or meet with potential photographers, they're going to try to put their best foot forward by showing you their very best "wedding" images. You may notice that the word 'wedding' is in quotes. That's because many photographers show you incredible images that never actually happened at any wedding ever. They were made in what is known in the industry as a "Styled Wedding Shoot."
Not to be a party pooper, but PhotoVogue Italia is not the same as getting published in Vogue Magazine
There’s nothing wrong with the PhotoVogue section of the Vogue Italia website. It provides a place for photographers to showcase their work, and frankly there’s a lot of beautiful work shown in the PhotoVogue portfolios. It’s a great place to browse and get inspired. It’s also a nice spot to showcase your work to a larger audience, but let’s stop making it out to be more than that. Saying your images were “published in Vogue” when your images are accepted for the PhotoVogue site is misleading at best and purposefully deceptive at worst. You’re only softening the impact of the moment your work really appears in the glossy pages of a well-known publication. You’re hurting your real moment to shine.