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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:

Alex + Justin \\ Durham, NC

Alex and Justin have such a unique vibe and I got to capture it in downtown Durham for their engagement photo session.   

We did most of this shoot in the alleyway near Scratch Bakery and took an intermission at Alley 26 for libations so they could take a breather and change clothes. 

The two other locations were the Durham Post Office and the basement vault at 21C Museum Hotel.

 

 
 
Ben Sollee \\ Durham, NC

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 shot some portraits of Ben's drummer, Jordon Ellis (click here to see those). 

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".

We had dinner at Geer Street Garden then saw Ben's incredible show along with Becca Stevens Band.



Candice + Jonathan \\ Durham, NC

This was a fun shoot. I took Candice and Jonathan to Forest Hills Park in Durham, NC to get some nature vibes!

 
 
Defacto Thezpian \\ Durham, NC

I met Raheem (aka Defacto Thezpian) at a holiday party.  We talked.  I shared my stories (and tequila) of doing photography with musicians and how Stelth Ulvang played Outcast songs in my classroom..."cause the whole world loves it when you make that sound..bah bah..bah bah bah bah" was what would've heard if you were there. 

Afterwards we exchanged contact info and set up a photo shoot in Durham, NC. 

It's always an adventure and pleasure to work with positive, artistic humans.  Here are the photos from the shoot.

Nappy Roots \\ Durham, NC

I listened to Nappy Roots when I was in high school.  My favorite beat was the collaboration of "Awnaw" with P.O.D's Marcus.  It was nostalgic to be able to shoot portraits of them in Durham, NC at The Pinhook this week.

After they warmed up to me a bit we had a great shoot.  I also got to connect with Drew Yager of CMK Productions.  He's been with Nappy Roots for 4 years.  You can see him in the photos below.  

Someone else you might not know is Blake German.  He is the tour DJ and producer for Nappy Roots new album "The 40 AKERZ PROJECT".  I was able to grab him on his way out the door.  

You can get Nappy Roots new album on iTunes here.   

 

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

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!

Urban Street Portraits - Centerfest Arts Festival in Durham, NC

Here are some of my street portraits from the Centerfest Arts Festival in Durham, NC this weekend!  Thanks to Riley Maclean for shooting with me.

 

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!