Sam's bar mitzvah celebration is this year so we took some photos for him and his family to have. It started off as a headshot session but then I realized how good Sam was in front of the camera so I couldn't help but let him do his thing.
I'm continually amazed and grateful for the people that I get to meet and the unique experiences that I get to enjoy being a photographer.
All photos were shot with the Canon 5D Mark lll using the Tiltshift 45mm lens.
Here's the story of how I got to take portraits of Ben Sollee:
I emailed him and asked him.
He said "sure".
I met him at Motorco Music Hall in Durham, NC. We shot a few portraits.
We walked down to Coco Cinnamon Coffee Shop and he bought me an espresso. I said "thanks". We shot some more portraits.
I did a long portrait of Ben. (click here to see that)
Ben and Jordon did their sound check inside of Motorco.
Afterwards, Ben and I walked up the street and did one of his "City Single" videos for their next show in Charlottesville, VA.
He gave my wife a t-shirt. She said "thanks".
I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot my first senior portrait session on Meredith College's campus recently.
Congratulations to Carson Clark on her graduation from Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.!
I had the pleasure to spend time and make art with the Carlyle family in Raleigh, N.C.
It was a beautiful session and the youthful vibes made it so much fun!
I do a PHOTO FIELD TRIP every month with other photographers who want to get better at shooting and editing with a twist of experimentation. For this this one we had model Kelly Long join us. She nailed it of course! Also, a huge shoutout to up-and-coming photographer Adam Edmundson for joining us on this adventure!
I initially chose the location of this shoot on top of a parking deck but at the last minute I remembered an old abandoned car lot location that I'd been scoping out for 3 years and switched it up. I'm so happy I did!
My longtime friend Brennen came to Durham. We've talked about this shoot for a year and a half.
Cate. Slay. Downtown Durham.
My friend Austin Trotman dropped by Durham the day after he wrestled in the U.S. Olympic Trials in wrestling. We got to enjoy a cup of Durham's finest coffee at Cocoa Cinnamon and make some portraits.
I'm currently producing a documentary on Austin. Support the film here.
I never blogged this from a year back so here you go!
I'm not sure if Kristen Hill of Kristen Abigail Collective knows how much of my musician work was influenced by her musician work. She's shot the likes of Ryan Adams, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Mat Kearney, Gregory Alan Isakov and too many more to name. I even remember emailing her and asking how she was shooting all of these big names. Her answer: "I hustle".
Since then I put her "hustle" into practice and have ventured into the musician portrait photography genre a bit. It's been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life getting the shoot Stelth Ulvang (of The Lumineers), Ben Sollee, Griffin House, Nappy Roots, Laura Ballance and many more!
If you're interesting in getting into the music industry or need promo for you band then contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's some photos from the portrait shoot I did with her in downtown Raleigh.