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.
Author: Andy Armstrong
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.
It was my distinct pleasure to shoot a Fall Senior Session with Seymour High School senior, Stephanie Elford. Her mother, Sue accompanied and assisted in the session at the a park on the river, and we got some great images. Thank you both for being just awesome to work with. Here are a few of my favorite images.
It's hard to believe that I've known Cristina now for about ten years now, but I have. I've shot several modeling sessions with her over the years, and I couldn't ask for a better model - just so classically beautiful. And, when Bob Parr asked her to be his bride, I was honored when she asked me to photograph their wedding at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. It was, to say the least, one of the most beautiful weddings I've ever participated in. From the hand sewn dress and incredible flowers to the elegant dining tent and the raucous dance floor. It was an event that will stand out in my memory for a long, long time. Here are my favorite images from their wedding day. Thank you, Bob and Cristina for having me - it was a pleasure to help capture the memories of your very special day. Congratulations to the both of you and may you have a long and happy life together.
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.
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.
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.