Posts tagged downtown durham nc portrait photography
Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers \\ Durham, NC

This is the story of how I got to shoot musician portraits of Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers in Durham, NC:

I emailed him and I asked.  

He said "ok".

Outside of The Pinhook in Durham, I jumped into Stelth's van and rode down to the local laundry mat, Bull City Suds.  He had to dry some clothes so while they dried I took some portraits of him.

Afterwards, we went down to Full Steam Brewery and I took some more portraits of Stelth.  I bought him a beer, he bought me a grilled cheese from the a food truck.  I talked about how I teach at a local art school.  

Stelth and his band were intrigued. 

The next day he came into my classroom to play for my art students along with Blake Stepan (double bass) and Mike Jesurun (drums).  Click here to see the video of Stelth playing in my classroom. 

Here are the portraits:

Austin \\ Durham, NC

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

Holly + Kevin \\ Durham, NC

This was such a special shoot.  Holly and Kevin are the parents of Max who I taught for 4 years at an art school in Durham.  Holly contacted me about doing the very first couples shoot of her and her husband Kevin.  After a ton of re-scheduling, we finally did it!

 
 
Wayne + Melissa \\ Durham, NC

Wayne and Melissa have a really special connection and passion. For this shoot I challenged myself, Wayne, and Melissa with an urban settings that is usually challenging but on this particular occasion it didn't feel that way because of Wayne and Melissa's natural, authentic connection. 

 
 

 

 

Woolard Family \\ Raleigh, NC

I don't get to go to downtown Raleigh, NC much anymore so I was stoked to get the opportunity to hang out with Kim, Sam and Dennis for family portraits while we wandered the downtown area.  

Severed Fingers \\ Durham, NC

I had the pleasure of shooting these gentlemen outside of Motorco one Sunday evening.

I wish that I got to experience authenticity like this more often. 

Check out their art at severedfingers.bandcamp.com

 
 
Becca Stevens \\ Durham, NC

I shot some urban musician portrait photos of jazz vocalist Becca Stevens at Motorco Music Hall in Durham, NC recently.  Motorco Music Hall was her first stop along a tour with Ben Sollee.

If you've not heard her art then check it out at www.beccastevens.com

Mike Jesurun \\ Durham, NC

Mike Jesurun: Drummer for Cold Country, Teenage Rage and Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers

Mike came to town with Stelth Ulvang and I got to shoot some urban portrait photography of him at Full Steam Brewery in downtown Durham, NC before their show at The Pinhook.

Mike was quiet. Confident. and reflective.

Blake Stepan \\ Durham, NC

While Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers was in town for his show at The Pinhook, he brought with him a double bass player.  Blake Stepan.

Blake plays for numerous bands but his favorite is Spirits of the Red City.  You can see Blake playing here with them on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert entry that the band submitted.

I got to spend some time with Blake before and after shooting musician portraits of him at Full Steam Brewery in Durham, NC.

5 things I learned from spending time with Blake:

1.  He was the valedictorian of his college. 

2. He works with pre-k students

3. He is funny, passionate and extremely intelligent.

4.  He started his music career by playing on the street

5. He won't stop smiling.

 

My goal for Blake was to portray him by seamlessly meshing my urban portrait photography style with his free, deep and fun-loving spirit.

This shoot took about 3 minutes and I did it in the front room of Full Steam Brewery in Durham, NC.

Urban Portrait Photography in the Snow - Durham, NC

Here is some urban portrait photography during the recent snow in my darling town of Durham, NC.

Stay warm!

Candice Torian l Professional, Urban Portraits l Downtown Durham, NC

Last month I was encouraged by some local talent. Candice Torian.

Candice is launching a startup that helps folks that are new to the Triangle transition to our area smoothly.  It's called the "The Newbee Network".

Here are her professional, urban portraits taken in downtown Durham, NC.  All of these portraits were taken right around Coco Cinnamon!

Urban Maternity Portraits in Durham, NC - Melissa + Wayne + 2

This was a great urban maternity portrait shoot.  I was hopping around downtown Durham, NC on one foot because my other is broken.  What kept me going was knowing how amazingly beautiful Melissa looked and how proud Wayne was to have two beautiful twin girls coming soon. Cheers!